Sunday, 12 December 2010

THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11: UN COMMEMORATION, USA REACTION

Ken Berwitz

How will the United Nations - which is loaded with enemies of the United States and Israel - commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11?

Read today's editorial in the New York Post and find out:

Next year, as New Yorkers observe the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the United Nations is planning a celebration.

 

Its perverse. Its inexcusable. And its business as usual in Turtle Bay.

 

September 2011, you see, also marks the 10th anniversary of the Durban Conference on Racism, a weeklong farce that accused Israel of being the worlds most racist nation and sought to undermine its very right to exist.

 

So last month Yemen sponsored a resolution calling for the anniversary meet-up. The idea is to create a forum for yet another round of Israel-bashing hate speech.

 

In a sane world, such a party would be ridden out of town.

 

At the UN, the resolution passed 121 to 19, with 35 abstentions.

 

Canada is fighting back by boycotting the coming hatefest, which it says scapegoats Israel and promotes racism rather than combats it. If only the United States were just as blunt.

 

My delegation regrets that this resolution contains elements that require us to vote no, said a US diplomat, who noted that he was deeply troubled that New York would be the venue.

 

Troubled aint the half of it.

 

Theres only one reason the new conference will convene in New York in September 2011: to rub salt in the citys wounds, to dance on the citys graves.

 

Participants at the original conference, which ended three days before 9/11, openly celebrated Islamic terrorism.

 

Durban I became what Holocaust refugee and former Rep. Tom Lantos described as the most sickening and unabashed display of hate for Jews I had seen since the Nazi period.

 

The follow-up conference in 2009 was no better. Durban II actually began on April 20 Hitlers birthday and was highlighted by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejads keynote address.

 

Canada has taken yet another brave and public step in defiance of the UN. The US needs to do more than simply follow suit.

 

This anti-Semitic bash should not be held on US shores, least of all as the city observes another solemn 9/11 anniversary.

 

If only the Obama administration would announce its own boycott and then do everything in its power to end this farce.

 

The key words there: if only.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again.  The United Nations is dead.  Morally, spiritually and ethically dead.

To its great credit, Canada, under Stephen Harper, is not.  Canada is standing for what is right and principled.

And the United States, under Barack Obama?  A boiler-plate "we deplore" comment, from a no-name "diplomat":  about as sincere as a Christmas card from a bank.

No time for President Obama to say or do anything meaningful.  But plenty of time to shuttle off to Hawaii for a gala vacation.

Is this how the President of the United States wants to see 9/11 commemorated?  In New York City of all places?  Is this a fitting tribute to the victims of the 9/11 attack? 

Evidently it is (unless the Post, and other venues like it, eventually embarrass Obama & Co. into a grudging, belated condemnation of some kind, that no one will think of as sincere).

And as for United States Jews?  According to the exit polls, 78% voted for Barack Obama in 2008.  I hope they're happy with what they got.

Speaking as one of the other 22%, I can assure you I am not.


CONDOLEEZZA RICE'S TAKE-DOWN OF KATIE COURIC

Ken Berwitz

Condoleezza Rice versus Katie Couric?  Are you kidding? 

I just watched the December 3 interview Katie Couric conducted with Condoleezza Rice.  How badly did Ms. Rice take down Ms. Couric?  Watch it and find out:

 

Unbelievable.   In less than 6 1/2 minutes Ms. Rice reduced Ms. Couric to a babbling, backtracking, jellyfish.

This shows us three things:

1) Condoleezza Rice is every bit as brilliant and articlulate now as she always has been;

2) President Bush made a great choice when he appointed her Chief Security Advisor, then Secretary of State;

3) Katie Couric looks and sounds great........as long as she is nodding agreement with likeminded partisans.  But when she goes up against someone as formidable as Condoleezza Rice, she is an empty shell. 

Watching this, and noting that Ms. Couric has managed to keep CBS Evening News a weak #3 in the ratings ever since becoming its anchor, it is hard not to come away with a bit of sympathy (maybe even pity)....

.... and a hope that someday there might be another opening for the perky, upbeat Ms. Couric on the Today Show.

Zeke .... ..... Regretfully (for her), I do not find Ms Couric to be perky, upbeat, informed or compelling. .... .... She is not worth the electricity to have the TV turned on. ...... Just another empty-headed, stale eye-candy. (12/12/10)


IS MITCH DANIELS A VIABLE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE?

Ken Berwitz

Years ago I wrote about Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels and whether he could be elected President.  I noted Mr. Daniels' amazing success in reining in the Indiana budget and suggested that it was just what the United States needs.

Today we have this, excerpted from Mona Charon's latest column:

After stints as a Senate staffer, a senior adviser to Pres. Ronald Reagan, president of the Hudson Institute, president for North American operations at Eli Lilly, and director of the Office of Management and Budget under George W. Bush, Daniels was elected governor of Indiana in 2004. He was reelected in 2008 (when Obama carried the state), winning more votes than any candidate in the states history.

 

Inheriting a $600 million deficit, Daniels transformed it into a $370 million surplus within one year, without raising taxes. Youd be amazed how much government youll never miss, he grins. Six years on, Indiana now enjoys a AAA bond rating, boasts the fewest state workers per capita in the nation, enjoys the third-highest private-sector job growth in the nation, has seen property taxes drop by an average of 30 percent, and was ranked first in the Midwest for business climate by the Tax Foundation. Daniels was named Public Official of the Year in 2008 by Governing magazine.

 

Daniels believes in improving governments performance cutting less-important spending in favor of more-important, and keeping close tabs on results. Under his leadership, the state has increased K12 education funding by 12 percent, hired 800 new child-welfare workers, added 150 state troopers, provided free or reduced-price medications to 288,000 Hoosiers through the Rx for Indiana program, reduced wait times at the DMV to less than eight minutes, funded a $10 billion infrastructure-improvement plan to repair roads and bridges, and improved health care for low-income Hoosiers through the Healthy Indiana Plan, which encouraged healthy behaviors (and which may be unsustainable if Obamacare is not repealed).

Pretty impressive, wouldn't you say?

But, you might reasonably ask, could Mr. Daniels apply the fiscal principles he has used in Indiana to the entire country?  My answer is also a question:  wouldn't you like to find out?

Socially, Mitch Daniels is very conservative. He is strongly pro-life and has a strong grounding in his Christian faith. 

But before you make any assumptions from that, please note that he was awarded the Anti-Defamation League's Man of Achievement award last November, and that he very conspicuously declined to campaign in favor of a state resolution banning same-sex marriages.   This suggests that Mr. Daniels is able to reconcile his personal beliefs with the freedom of others to be different from him.  Not every politician can accomplish this but, apparently, he does.

Also, Daniels' marriage, then divorce, than remarriage to his wife (they have four daughters) is hardly the stuff of a hardline take-no-prisoners religionist.  

Does Mitch Daniels sound like someone you would like to see in the oval office? 

If so, maybe you'll get your chance to make it happen in 2012.


THE NEW DEFICIT NUMBERS

Ken Berwitz

As of next week Barack Obama will have been President for 23 months.  And the so-called "stimulus package" President Obama and congressional Democrat stuffed down our throats, which was supposed to have stopped the recession in its tracks and created millions and millions of new jobs, will have been in force for 22 months.

Excerpted from yesterday's article by Jeff Bater of The Wall Street Journal:

WASHINGTONThe U.S. government ran its 26th straight monthly budget deficit in November amid wrangling over a package that would extend big tax cuts to Americans trying to recover from recession.

 

The Treasury Department, in its regular budget monthly statement, said the government spent $150.4 billion than it collected in the second month of fiscal 2011.

 

Economists surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires had expected a shortfall of $126.5 billion. November is traditionally a month for deficits.

 

Last month's red ink pushes up the deficit to $290.8 billion for the fiscal year, which began Oct. 1. 

Damn that Bush......


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