Sunday, 02 May 2010

THE TIMES SQUARE CAR BOMB

Ken Berwitz

Did you hear the one about the car bomb in Times Square?

This is not a joke.

Excerpted from msnbc.com:

NEW YORK - Police found an "amateurish" but potentially powerful bomb in a smoking sport utility vehicle in Times Square, then cleared the streets of thousands of tourists milling through the landmark district so they could dismantle it, authorities said Sunday.

"We avoided what we could have been a very deadly event," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. "It certainly could have exploded and had a pretty big fire and a decent amount of explosive impact."

The mayor commended the actions of a T-shirt vendor a Vietnam veteran, he said who alerted a mounted policeman of an "unoccupied suspicious vehicle." The policeman observed that the SUV had smoke emerging from vents near the back seat and smelled of gunpowder.

 

After the vendor noticed the SUV, police cleared buildings and streets at the so-called "Crossroads of the World"; the area remained closed hours later. Officers were deployed around the area with heavy weapons on empty streets in the heart of busy midtown Manhattan.

My wife and I will be in midtown Manhattan today, taking our son, along with his brother, our daughter in law and two grandchildren to a restaurant.  And, yes, this will of course add an element of fear to the trip.  Which is the idea of terrorism, isn't it?

We have open borders and even our military is playing insane PC games with potential terrorists - games that turned very real in Fort Hood last November.

It is nothing but dumb luck that the car bomb did not go off killing and injuring dozens of people.  Just as it was nothing but dumb luck that the so-called "Christmas bomber" didn't explode a plane over Detroit.

When do we get serious about this?  How many dead must there be?

 


THE ENTITLEMENTISTAS

Ken Berwitz

Here, via an excerpt from the Times of London's article, is a grim look as what very well could be our future:

MAY DAY protests in Greece turned violent yesterday as youths in gas masks and hoods set fire to vehicles, smashed shop fronts and threw molotov cocktails and rocks at police in an explosion of fury over austerity measures they claim will hurt only the poor.

Tourists were cut off from their hotels as thousands of communists, civil servants and private-sector workers converged on a main square in Athens to vent their rage at the European Union and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

No to the IMFs junta, they chanted as a youth in a black hood produced a hammer to try to smash windows of the luxury Grande Bretagne hotel.

Another painted anti-capitalist slogans on the facade, and demonstrators intervened to prevent him from spraying an Australian woman with paint as she tried to get back into the hotel. Japanese tourists stood taking photographs of the mayhem with mobile phones before being forced to retreat, coughing and sneezing, under a cloud of tear gas.

The violence came as negotiations were concluding between the socialist government of George Papandreou, the IMF and the EU over a multi-billion-euro rescue package for Greece.

Anger has grown against the EU for insisting on tough austerity measures in return for a bailout worth an estimated 45 billion (39 billion) this year alone, and up to 120 billion (104 billion) over three years.

Some young Greeks prefer to blame their elders for the mountain of debt that has resulted in Greece, like a wayward child, being placed under the tutelage of the men from the IMF.

When a country takes more and more from its producers and redistributes it to others, eventually that country will disincent the producers and give the takers a belief that they are entitled to what other people produce. 

When that goes on long enough, the demands for more and more entitlements grow, and eventually overtake what the producers can provide. 

Then the country winds up with a hopeless deficit and a segment of the population that rises up to demand their "right" to more entitlements anyway. 

In other words, you wind up with Greece.  Which is why the Entitlementistas - the people who think it is the producers' responsibility to provide them with more and more, rioted in the streets of Greece yesterday.

Is Greece an isolated incident?  Anything but.  In Europe, Portugal, Spain and Italy are not far behind.

And what about the United States?  Do you think it is somehow exempt?  Forget it.  We ae rapidly approaching the same status. 

Let's see how fast a "stimulus package" that raises rather than reduces unemployment, and a major move toward nationalization of health care (to match similar moves in the auto industry and finance) does the trick.

Zeke .... .... .... The PIIIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Iceland, Greece, Spain) merely prove Margaret Thatcher's point: "Socialism is fine, until you run out of other people's money". (05/02/10)


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