Antisemitism? My goodness! Are you nuts? It’s only Antizionism and constructive criticism of Israel

•Freitag, 19. Februar 2010 • Schreibe einen Kommentar

Captain Renault Is Shocked, Once Again

By Benjamin Weinthal

While Europe commemorated International Holocaust Day last month, the
European Union is experiencing an explosion of modern anti-Semitism. Have
the lessons of murderous Nazi racial anti-Semitism been inculcated into
mainstream European opinion and action?

The results of the Jewish Agency’s report released in January showing global
anti-Semitism spiraling out of control – and of a German Bielefeld
University study in December documenting mushrooming hatred of Israel –
recall the memorable line in the film “Casablanca,” in which police Captain
Renault announces that Rick’s Cafe must be closed because of illegal
activity. “I’m shocked, shocked to discover that gambling is going on
here!’” says Renault, while being handed the proceeds of his gambling wins.

While some observers of Jew-hatred in Western Europe are not shocked by the
largest wave of anti-Semitism since the Hitler movement, many European
governments, policy makers and academics tend to feign shock like Renault or
simply cannot fathom that hatred of Israel is the most ubiquitous form of
contemporary anti-Semitism.

The Bielefeld study found that 41 percent of Europeans agreed with the
statement that Jews are exploiting the Holocaust to advance their own
interests, and 46 percent supported the contention that Israel in general
“is conducting a war of extermination against the Palestinians.”

Thanks for that to the „Die Achse des Guten“
further reading here

Die Vögel zwitschern NBFS jetzt auch von den Bäumen

•Donnerstag, 18. Februar 2010 • 1 Kommentar

Um meiner Schreibfaulheit entgegenzukommen und meine(n) Mitblogger nicht ganz im Regen stehen zu lassen, habe ich mir jetzt einen Twitter-Account zugelegt. Zwar nicht unter NBFS (das war leider schon vergeben), aber NB4S trifft’s bei diesem neumodischen Kiddiekram eh besser.

Das gibt dann zwar sicher keine ganz so substantiellen Artikel wie im Blog selbst, aber für den einen oder anderen spontanen Zwischenruf reichts schon noch, ohne daß mich die Vorstellung, demnächst einen ellenlangen Artikel schreiben zu müssen, schon Tage vorher in tiefe Depressionen stürzt.

Und daß man bei Twitter zwecks URL-Kürzung fast zwangsläufig bei bit.ly landet, macht es für einen bekennenden Gaddhafi-„Fan“ wie mich noch mal ganz besonders amüsant. In diesem Sinne:

Follow me!

Wenn das der geistliche Führer wüßte

•Mittwoch, 17. Februar 2010 • 1 Kommentar

Die Islamische Republik steuere auf eine „Militärdiktatur“ zu, sagte die US-Außenministerin am Montag bei einer Diskussion mit Studenten in der katarischen Hauptstadt Doha. Denn die Revolutionswächter unterwanderten mit den von ihnen kontrollierten Unternehmen zunehmend das politische System. „Die Regierung, der geistliche Führer, der Präsident und das Parlament werden verdrängt und Iran steuert auf eine Militärdiktatur zu“, warnte Clinton.

Wie schade! Wo die Welt mit den zivilen Diktaturen nicht gewählter Regierungen, selbsternannter Präsidenten, fanatischer Führer und den Pseudoparlamenten, die die sich zu halten pflegen, doch immer so gute Erfahrungen gemacht hat.

Cry me a River/Under Obama, more targeted killings than captures in counterterrorism efforts

•Montag, 15. Februar 2010 • 30 Kommentare

We learned from the The Washington Post 02/14/10 that President Obama kill more targets than President Bush.

When a window of opportunity opened to strike the leader of al-Qaeda in East Africa last September, U.S. Special Operations forces prepared several options. They could obliterate his vehicle with an airstrike as he drove through southern Somalia. Or they could fire from helicopters that could land at the scene to confirm the kill. Or they could try to take him alive.

further reading

Okay, that is a credit point for President Obama but now a question for Progressives etc. :
With all the moralizing and lecturing over civilian casualties in “Bush’s Wars” what are your feelings on President Obama now creating so many more civilian casualties as these terrorists that we are killing are surrounded by bystanders who get killed as well.

The media doesn’t report  the wedding bombings on the front page anymore (because the evil you know who is out of office) but President Obama has simply stepped up predator strikes with the same munitions and the same civilian casualty issues.

So do you have any moral qualms with this ? Is it okay to kill civilians now, (and suspected terrorists given that, when vaporized, they have a hard time defending themselves from accusations in a court or tribunal? If killing civilians and unconnected suspects is okay, how did it become okay given that doing so was a great moral stain on our nation only 2 years ago?

Okay, it makes some issues easier like the need for renditions, the need for Gitmo
and don’t forget the controversy over Mirandizing them and civil/military trials

Anyway. Given what he said prior to the choice I had feared he wouldn’t and it is proper to give him due credit for continuing President Bush’s policies of kill Al Qaeda at every opportunity wherever they are – and unilaterally too.

Joke of the day/VP Biden: Iraq one of President Obama’s great achievments

•Freitag, 12. Februar 2010 • 4 Kommentare

This is more than a great schenkelklopf this is the best joke of this Administration.
They really take the ticket for Iraq War success credit.

[Biden] – I am very optimistic about — about Iraq. I mean, this could be one of the great achievements of this administration. You’re going to see 90,000 American troops come marching home by the end of the summer. You’re going to see a stable government in Iraq that is actually moving toward a representative government.

I spent — I’ve been there 17 times now. I go about every two months — three months. I know every one of the major players in all the segments of that society. It’s impressed me. I’ve been impressed how they have been deciding to use the political process rather than guns to settle their differences.

Biden interview here and here

A stable government no thanks to you, former junior Senator Obama and Senator Clinton:

President Bush signed a bill Friday to pay for military operations in Iraq after a bitter struggle with Democrats in Congress who sought unsuccessfully to tie the money to U.S. troop withdrawals.

Democratic presidential rivals Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama both voted against the bill.

“I fully support our troops” but the measure “fails to compel the president to give our troops a new strategy in Iraq,” said Clinton, D-N.Y.

“Enough is enough,” Obama, an Illinois senator, declared, adding that Bush should not get “a blank check to continue down this same, disastrous path.”

Their votes continued a shift in position for the two presidential hopefuls, both of whom began the year shunning a deadline for a troop withdrawal.

Sen. John McCain, a GOP presidential contender, said the two Democrats were embracing a “policy of surrender.”

“This vote may win favor with MoveOn and liberal primary voters, but it’s the equivalent of waving a white flag to al-Qaeda,” said McCain, R-Ariz. MoveOn.org… is a grass-roots anti-war group that rose to prominence in last year’s elections.

Remember Biden’s awesome idea to split Iraq up?

Iraq’s new government of national unity will not stop the deterioration. Iraqis have had three such governments in the last three years, each with Sunnis in key posts, without noticeable effect. The alternative path out of this terrible trap has five elements.

The first is to establish three largely autonomous regions with a viable central government in Baghdad. The Kurdish, Sunni and Shiite regions would each be responsible for their own domestic laws, administration and internal security.

Whats about his assertion that the surge, the strategy that won the war in Iraq, was going to be a failure and should not have been implemented:

“I mean, the truth of the matter is that, that the — America’s — this administration’s policy and the surge are a failure, and that the surge, which was supposed to stop sectarian violence and — long enough to give political reconciliation, there’s been no political reconciliation… The reality is that, although there has been some mild progress on the security front, there is, in fact, no, no real security in Baghdad and/or in Anbar province, where I was, dealing with the most serious problem, sectarian violence. Sectarian violence is as strong and as solid and as serious a problem as it was before the surge started.”

etc. etc. etc.

President Obama did nothing absolutely nothing for Iraq. He voted consistently against any kind of measure that would ensure victory and insisted troops be withdrawn before the victory was achieved.

Because of President Bush there is now a democratically elected government in Iraq. Not the best but it is a fresh start.
Because of President Bush there are millions of free people in Iraq that once ruled by a tyrant. Because of President Bush  and his willingness to change course and listen to new ideas, we won in Iraq and this is why those troops US and Friends can be brought home.

Nothing President Obama, Vice President Biden, or anyone else in his Administration did enabled Iraq to be a success story. If the American people had listened to these fools we would have ran home with our tails between our legs.

The New iPad/Yes, the iPad is small, lightweight and slim. But can you swim with it?

•Donnerstag, 28. Januar 2010 • Schreibe einen Kommentar

iPad ultra thin

Obama’s State of Denial Address and Justice Alito has a quit „Joe Wilson Moment“

•Donnerstag, 28. Januar 2010 • Schreibe einen Kommentar

I don’t know how it works in Germany and if is an acceptable solution to blame a Verfassungsgerichts adjudication if you are the Chancellor.
But in the US i NEVER see a President rebuke the Supreme Court to their face, in a State of the Union speech.
Obama did it Wednesday night. What’s more, he lied about the Supreme Court’s recent ruling overturning recent campaign finance law.

Justice Alito couldn’t sit there and take it. Notice how he shakes his head then mouths “not true.”