Saturday, 12 July 2008
LETTING THE UN DO ITS WORK: ZIMBABWE
Remember that line when we invaded Iraq (after 12 years of saddam laughing at
16 different UN resolutions, and leading inspectors on a countrywide wild goose
chase for wmd's?) "Let the UN do it's work".
Well here is another episode of the UN doing its work, courtesy of
Reuters. This time it is in Zimbabwe, where the people are literally
starving in the streets and democratic elections were ignored::
Zimbabwe: Sanctions failure a win
China, Russia vetoed U.N.
resolution pushed by Britain and the U.S.
updated 2 hours, 40 minutes ago
HARARE, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe on
Saturday welcomed the failure of a Western-backed U.N. Security Council
resolution to impose sanctions over its violent presidential elections, calling
it a victory over racism and meddling in its affairs.
Russia and China on Friday
vetoed the resolution, which would have imposed an arms embargo on the southern
African country and financial and travel restrictions on President Robert Mugabe
and 13 other officials.
Britain said Russias veto was
incomprehensible, while Russia said sanctions would have set a dangerous
precedent of political interference. Russia, China and regional powerhouse South
Africa said the resolution would have hurt dialogue between the ruling ZANU-PF
party and the opposition.
We are very happy with the
turn of events and would like to thank those who helped defeat international
racism disguised as multilateral action at the U.N., Zimbabwean Information
Minister Sikhanyiso Ndlovu told Reuters.
The principles of
non-interference into the sovereign affairs of a U.N. member state have been
upheld. What has the U.N got to do with member states elections?, he
Zimbabwes opposition leader
Morgan Tsvangirai defeated Mugabe in a March 29 presidential election but failed
to get enough votes to avoid a second ballot.
Tsvangirai withdrew from the
run-off poll held on June 27, citing attacks on his supporters by pro-Mugabe
militia. His and Western powers branded Mugabes landslide re-election a
The Movement for Democratic
Change is now in preliminary talks with ZANU-PF under the auspices of South
African mediators, but has refused to negotiate a power-sharing deal until the
government halts the bloodshed. The opposition says 113 of its supporters have
South Africas government
applauded the U.N. decision on Saturday, in line with an African Union
resolution to encourage dialogue between ZANU-PF and the Movement for Democratic
It is our considered view
that imposing sanctions would indeed have impacted negatively on the current
dialogue process among Zimbabwean political parties, it said in a
Millions of people have fled
to neighboring states including South Africa to escape an economic meltdown in
Zimbabwe, which has led to widespread shortages, 80 percent unemployment, and
inflation estimated to be at least 2 million percent.
China also said the sanctions
could undermine the talks and would complicate rather than ease the
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British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said on Saturday:
Itll appear incomprehensible to the people of Zimbabwe that Russia ... should
stand in the way of Security Council action.
The Group of Eight rich
nations, which includes Zimbabwes former colonial ruler Britain, the United
States as well as Russia, agreed on Tuesday to impose sanctions because of the
violence during the widely condemned elections.
Despite the diplomatic
setback, Miliband insisted Britain would keep up pressure on Mugabe.
The U.S. ambassador to the
United Nations, Zalmay Khalilzad, accused Russia on Friday of a U-turn from
its position at the G-8 summit, and said it raised doubts about its reliability
as a partner in the group.
Russias Foreign Ministry
defended its vote on Saturday and said the situation in Zimbabwe posed no danger
to regional or international peace and security and did not merit
An adoption of such a
document by the U.N. Security Council would have created a dangerous precedent,
opening the way for interference by the Security Council in internal affairs in
connection with certain political events including elections, which is a gross
violation of the U.N. Charter, it said.
THAT is the UN doing its work. And that is the
quality of "work" it brought to Iraq.
I rest my case.
WHAT IF BARACK OBAMA'S WITHDRAWAL HAPPENED?
Here, via www.powerlineblog.com,
is a report from ABC News on what would happen if Barack Obama, as President,
actually did what he said he would do in Iraq - i.e. remove all troops in 16
months regrardless of conditions on the ground:
Reporting on Obama's Plan for
This ABC News report is quite
remarkable. It takes Obama's plan for Iraq, as set forth on his web site, and
tests it against the views of officers and men serving in Iraq, and against the
logistical requirements of withdrawal. The conclusions are not fudged, and they
are not flattering to Obama:
HERE FOR VIDEO)
If Mr. Obama is elected President, it is entirely possible that he will
ignore his own campaign rhetoric and face reality. But, then again, maybe
he won't. Maybe the pressure from the hard left and the USA haters who
flock to him like barnacles to a pier, will be too much.
In any event, this report lays out some (by no means all) of the consequences
of such an action.
Is this what you want? If so, you know which lever to pull in November.
ANOTHER STATE MOVES TOWARD SANITY ON ILLEGALS
They are ILLEGALS. They are NOT HERE LEGALLY. They are NOT
ENTITLED TO OUR SOCIAL SAFETY NET, that is funded with TAXPAYER DOLLARS.
There, that wasn't hard to understand, was it?
With this in mind I am happy to report, with thaks
to its Governor, Democrat Matt Blunt, that Missouri is the latest state
to move toward sanity regarding illegal aliens. Missouri is not entirely there yet
by any means, but a major step is a major step:
Missouri Governor Signs Law Targeting Illegal
Thursday, July 10, 2008, 10:05 AM
Missouri Governor Matt Blunt signed into law today
legislation that will make it harder for illegal aliens living in the state to
receive benefits and harder to find jobs.
The new legislations requires all public employers
to use the E-Verify
system to verify the legality of a potential employee and
individual to prove their citizenship status before receiving
benefits such as food stamps and housing. The bill also punishes
localities that adopt policies to not cooperate with
Missouri joins Arizona, Oklahoma, and Georgia in
anti-illegal immigration laws. So far, the laws in
these states have
been successful at removing the "jobs magnet."
Let me say, as I have said many times before, that I
welcome legal immigrants to the USA, whether from Mexico, Europe, Asia or
Africa. I have no problem with newcomers to this country and no problem
with the diversity of cultures they bring.
But I do have a problem with people who cut the line and jump ahead of
everyeone else. And I have a special problem with people who do this so
that they can get social services and benefits that are funded by the tax
dollars of legal citizens.
The more states get serious about illegals, the more illegals will gravitate
to the remaining states that don't.
Let them have the illegals. They're the ones who want
TONY SNOW R.I.P.
Tony Snow died of cancer last night. He was just 53 years old.
Mr.Snow was an excellent columnist, who became an excellent news show
host, who became an excellent press secretary to President Bush. And he
did it with a level of class that class clowns like olbermann, abrams and
matthews only dream about.
May he rest in peace.
UPDATE: It is about 12:00 noon. I have checked crooksandliars.com
and dailykos.com. Neither of them has put up the news of Tony Snow's death
yet. The Huffington Post apparently just did because there are, as yet, no
comments posted. I have a very bad feeling regarding what the lunatics who
frequent these sites will have to say about Mr. Snow's death.
If I'm right (and assuming they don't warn their regulars not to do it, which
means they're censoring the more disgusting comments out), I'll let you
THE NEW NEWSWEEK POLL & MEDIA'S BURIAL OF IT
If John McCain were ahead by 15% in a national poll, and then, just a couple
of weeks later, the same poll had him ahead by just 3%, how much media coverage
do you suppose it would get? Do you doubt that it would have lead story
status? Me neither.
With that in mind, read this piece by Brent Baker of www.newsbusters.org:
Nets Highlighted Newsweek's 15
Point Obama Lead, Yawn When it Plummets to 3 Points
Three weeks ago when a Newsweek poll put Democrat
Barack Obama 15 points ahead of Republican John McCain, the ABC and CBS evening
newscasts highlighted the out of sync finding. But when a new Newsweek survey
released Friday placed Obama a mere three points in front of McCain, neither
ABC's World News nor the CBS Evening News mentioned it on Friday or Saturday
A startling new poll, fill-in CBS
Evening News anchor Russ Mitchell announced during the Friday, June 20 newscast,
Barack Obama now leads John McCain nationwide by 15 points, 51 to 36
percent. This according to Newsweek. The next night, Saturday, June 21, ABC
World News anchor David Muir pointed to a new poll from Newsweek magazine that
shows Barack Obama opening a 15-point lead over John McCain.
Newsweek's Jonathan Darman failed to consider the
inaccuracy of the earlier poll as he expressed his befuddlement on Friday
with the slim 44 to 41 lead for Obama: Perhaps most puzzling is how McCain
could have gained traction in the past month.
Muir's item in full on the June 21
We turn to the presidential race
tonight and a new poll from Newsweek magazine that shows Barack Obama opening
a 15-point lead over John McCain. Other polls this week showed Obama with only
a slight edge.
Barack's Bounce: The latest NEWSWEEK Poll shows
the Democrat with a 15-point lead over McCain, read the headline over the article
by Michael Hirsh posted the afternoon of Friday, June 20.
Three weeks later: Glow Fading? The latest
NEWSWEEK Poll shows Barack Obama leading John McCain by only 3 points. What a
difference a few weeks can make, posted on Friday, July 11. An excerpt from the story by
A month after emerging victorious from
the bruising Democratic nominating contest, some of Barack Obama's glow may be
fading. In the latest NEWSWEEK Poll, the Illinois senator leads Republican
nominee John McCain by just 3 percentage points, 44 percent to 41 percent. The
statistical dead heat is a marked change from last month's NEWSWEEK Poll,
where Obama led McCain by 15 points, 51 percent to 36 percent....
But perhaps most puzzling is how McCain could
have gained traction in the past month. To date, direct engagement with Obama
has not seemed to favor the GOP nominee. McCain has announced major
initiatives on energy and the economy but failed to dominate the conversation
on those issues. Last week's shake-up of the campaign's senior management did
little to halt calls from Republicans for a major overhaul in McCain's
message. Nor did it quell the lingering suspicion among Republicans that 2008
is simply destined to be a Democratic year....
The difference in coverage is jaw-dropping -- unless you assume most major
media are in the tank for Barack Obama. Then it all makes sense, doesn't
But listen to them squeal like stuck pigs if you call them
BOBBY MURCER R.I.P.
This is a very bad day for class acts.
First we lose Tony Snow and now Bobby Murcer.
Bobby Murcer was an excellent ballplayer and terrific announcer for the
New York Yankees (yes, he played several years for the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs but,
to me, he was always a Yankee). Because of his easygoing style and winning
personality, he was tremendously popular everywhere he went.
Like Tony Snow, Bobby Murcer died of cancer (Snow had colon
cancer, Murcer had a brain tumor).
He will be greatly missed. Good guys always are.
May he rest in peace.