Gaza Gay Pride Parade

It seems that Israel does not have many friends around the world just now. It is fashionable among the Left to bash Israel as some sort of colonial power, an “apartheid” state, etc. etc.

The BDS movement continues apace, with its intent being the demonization of Israel. It is no accident that some allegedly Christian churches have joined this unworthy effort. They have apparently forgotten, ignored, or simply denied Scripture that promised all of the land from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River to the Jews. Meaning, simply, that what the Left and its enablers consider a “European” power has somehow usurped the land and suppressed those poor, downtrodden peace-loving Palestinians.

Yes, the same Palestinians who are now controlled by the Islamist terrorist organization Hamas. Whose stated goal is hardly peace, but the destruction of Israel and the killing of all Jews they can get their hands on.

Israel is a liberal democracy, not perfect, mind you, but one in which Arabs are given full rights as citizens. And, as a liberal democracy, it tolerates things such as a gay pride parade. Things that would result in an immediate death sentence in many Islamic countries.

Islamists, such as those in control of the Palestinian rump state (good name, in several senses), would send death squads out to counter a show of gay pride. Their total intolerance is also demonstrated by their refusal to allow a single Jew to live in their territory. If one is both a homophobe and a rabid anti-Semite, this might make perfect sense. To those of us who are neither, Palestine shows itself as just another shithole unworthy of sympathy.

Fun with the Left

The Daily Beast is a must-read for those of us who would follow the latest in political correctness, multiculturalism, and, in general, turning a blind eye to liberal hypocrisy. Of course, even a blind squirrel finds an acorn every now and again.

Today we learn of “Tea Partier Chris McDaniel’s Mississippi KKK Connection.” One can almost hear those sweet and sad sounds of Dixie being played at Jeff Davis’ funeral.

The basis for the scare headline? It boils down to this excerpt from the story (and it’s a story in the best use of the term to connote a work of fiction):

Tea Partier Chris McDaniel has taken $800 in donations from Carl Ford, a former lawyer for Sam Bowers, the imperial wizard of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan…

Oh, the humanity. That nasty Kluxer Chris McDaniel is about to go night riding and lynching black people. Well, perhaps not. The scare headline, and the “facts” about it, put McDaniel a mere two steps away from taking money from someone who provided a legal defense to a now deceased Kluxer.

In fairness, the Beast also highlighted the somewhat closer connection between Hillary Clinton and a pedophile who raped a child. A pedophile who Hillary got off on a legal technicality. Do the Democrat’s have the perv vote sewn up yet? See, I can write scare headlines as well…

In the real world, that piece of human garbage was guilty of raping a child. Hillary got him off. And now, according to the Beast, she’s laughing about it.

That is today’s Left: taking a campaign contribution from someone who defended a Kluxer is bad bad bad; being the lawyer who gets a child rapist off on a technicality is a qualification to be our next president?

God spare us.

 

White Man’s Burden

Even when Rudyard Kipling’s poem was first published in 1899, it was with laden with a heavy sense of self-loathing by an Englishman: Who are we to be ordering about native peoples around the globe?

And yet, the first paragraph aptly describes the reality:

Take up the White Man’s burden, Send forth the best ye breed
Go bind your sons to exile, to serve your captives’ need;
To wait in heavy harness, On fluttered folk and wild–
Your new-caught, sullen peoples, Half-devil and half-child.

As an American, I grew up too readily accepting the liberal premise that we white folk had no business subjugating the darker-hued. Also, as an American, I naturally favored our Revolution against England’s tyranny. After all, we’d learned the essentials of government and liberty from the English and Scottish Enlightenment. We were civilized and no longer needed to be ruled from afar.

Two centuries on, starting in the 1940s, Britain divested itself of its Empire. And, with the exception of the Anglosphere democracies (Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, New Zealand), post-colonial areas of the world in Africa and Asia are, to be blunt, festering sewers that lack prosperity and liberty. Places that were not quite civilized and truly needed adult supervision. And still do to this very day.

Three examples of what happens when the White Man leaves town? First, Sudan. Here’s a timeline of grief and misery since Britain granted it its Independence in 1956. After going on 60 years, they are back to being savages.

Then there are current events. Boko Haram in Nigeria, a long-festering sore on the largest nation in Africa has been in the Western news of late because of its long-standing practice of murder, rape, and selling hostage children into sex slavery. Yep, sure am glad they don’t have those Brutal Englishmen around anymore.

Finally, my greatest disappointment: Pakistan. From the Wall Street Journal, this lovely testament as to how little freedom exists there:

The 26-year-old Christian was convicted in March of insulting the Prophet Muhammad. He is one of four Pakistanis sentenced to death for the crime this year under the country’s draconian blasphemy laws, which increasingly target religious minorities in this predominantly Muslim country.

More people have been convicted under the laws in the past seven years than in the first two decades since death penalty for blasphemy was enacted by conservative dictator Zia-ul-Haq in 1986.

Is this inherent in the color of the skin of the former colonies’ populations? No, of course not. Consider India as a counterweight. Hardly perfect (which nation is?). But it does demonstrate that the Islamic-tribal culture of Pakistan overcame the English model for government and liberty, whereas the Hindi-tribal culture of India acclimated itself.

We in America have our problems. As do the Australians, Canadians, and most others (can’t think of what problems the placid Kiwis might have…). But the essential difference is that we resolve our problems under the rule of law, with freedom ensured by our institutions and enshrined in our founding documents.

Absent adult supervision, much of the former colonial world just does not seem up to this task.

Having it both ways

There is a great big double standard in our nation these days about diversity. Diversity, which is worshiped as a great and noble good of and by itself by our so-called progressives, is also used as a club against whites when it suits the Left.

The latest example? From a National Education Association worthy who bemoans the alleged lack of diversity among our nation’s teachers. From this Washington Times story, this is the (alleged) problem:

U.S. teachers are nowhere near as diverse as their students.

Almost half the students attending public schools are minorities, yet fewer than 1 in 5 of their teachers is nonwhite.

To which my reaction would be: who cares, so long as the teachers are actually teaching their students?

To think otherwise is to assume that minority students are so stupid and bigoted that they will simply not listen to any teacher who does not look just as they do. Which is apparently exactly what some in the NEA believe.

Actually, some in the NEA apparently believe two mutually exclusive things. As reported in the Washington Times,

Teachers are always pushing their students to excel, said Kevin Gilbert, coordinator of teacher leadership and special projects for the Clinton Public School District in Clinton, Mississippi.

It becomes easier for students to believe “when they can look and see someone who looks just like them, that they can relate to,” said Gilbert, a member of the NEA’s executive committee. “Nothing can help motivate our students more than to see success standing right in front of them.”

More than minority students would benefit from a more diverse teacher corps, said Ulrich Boser, the author of the center’s report.

“Even in a place like North Dakota, where the students aren’t particularly diverse relative to the rest of the country, it’s important for our social fabric, for our sense as a nation, that students are engaging with people who think, talk and act differently than them but can also be just as effective at raising student achievement in the classroom,” he said.

Huzzah! for our “social fabric.” Results don’t matter, apparently. And “social fabric” is a meaningless term, demonstrating too much formal education and not enough common sense. Let’s hire the best teachers and not spend any time worrying about the color of their skin.

Loud + Weak = War

TR Big StickWith this title in his article, Victor Davis Hanson captures perfectly Obama’s foreign policy.

Events around the world since Obama was elected have shown that our would-be enemies are bolder, our friends pushed away from us, and our military a target for cuts to the lowest levels since before World War II.

Teddy Roosevelt is famous for writing and saying what should be obvious to anyone who has ever had to face a bully: speak softly and carry a big stick. Carrying that big stick is not sufficient, of course. Your enemies need to know that you will use it if necessary.

Obama has the big stick of the still-paramount American military. But he lacks the sand to actually use it. And the world’s bullies, such as Vladimir Putin, know this very well.

Being weak is not just an embarrassment, although this is true enough. It encourages the Putins of this world, who don’t give a fuzzy white rat’s posterior about what the good people of this world may think of them. Who don’t care if an effeminate president and his poodle John Kerry bleat that Putin will be on “the wrong side of history.”

Nonsense on stilts. History, as they say, is written by the winners. Not the whiners. And, as VDH concludes,

Being weak is sometimes dangerous. Being loud, self-righteous, and weak is always very dangerous indeed.

Obama and the people he surrounds himself with are all three of these things. And the world is, as it has always been, a very dangerous place. No place for those better suited for faculty lounge debates.

Johnson County dullards

Regardless of one’s opinion of the baby-killers at Planned Parenthood (oops, gave it away I did…), this story should get any American riled up. The essence, from NRO:

After 79-year-old Donna Holman protested outside of a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic, police arrested her and jailed her overnight for allegedly violating an injunction they say bars her from being near any Planned Parenthood personnel.

This took place in Johnson County, Iowa, and that’s important. Johnson County is different from most others in Iowa, as it contains that bastion of right-thinking, meaning left-thinking, folks at the University of Iowa (daughter No. 2 went there, so I know something about it).

So, in this regard, perhaps the good burghers of Johnson County are a little less aware of the liberty that we Americans used to take for granted. Or, if aware, have no problem trashing our Constitution in the name of protecting those who provide baby-killing services (darn it John, you stop that truth-telling).

For those dullards of Johnson County, here’s a quotation that even the slowest of them might recognize:

Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech..or the right of the people peaceably to assemble…

Got that, eejits?

It is a great strain for me to keep this civil; my actual opinion of any judge who would issue such an injunction as discussed is not fit to print in a family blog.

Willful

The naifs we’ve put in charge of our national security, Obama and his poodle John Kerry (or is he Hillary’s poodle?) are no match at all for Vlad the Impaler Putin. It’s like pitting a newborn kitten against a hungry Rottweiler. And Vlad has taken his bite out of Ukraine.

As reported at Politico, Kerry is up in arms, or at least waving his arms:

Secretary of State John Kerry said Russia is behaving “in a 19th century fashion” by invading Ukrainian territory in what he called “an incredible act of aggression” by President Vladimir Putin.

“It’s an incredible act of aggression, it is really a stunning willful choice by president Putin to invade another country,” Kerry said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

“You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pre-text…”

Oh, the humanity! Putin, the current would-be Tsar of All the Russias, has taken a bold, military step to assert his nation’s interests. Interests as he sees them, not as Obama and his faculty-lounge sycophants would wish them to be.

In a word, Putin has been willful. In my native language, meaning “said or done on purpose.” Yes, indeed. Beyond being intentional, Putin’s actions are a clear statement, not just of Russian national purpose, but of disdain for Obama and his crew.

Urgent memo for our secretary of state, John Kerry, copy to Obama: nations have always acted in the way that Putin’s Russia is acting. In the 15th century. In the 19th century. In every century, including our allegedly more enlightened 21st century.

What has changed is our resolve, or lack thereof. All we’ve used so far are soft words, the words of weak kittens. Which Putin no doubt laughs at when off camera.

That chewing sound you may hear is the Russian Rottweiler devouring Obama’s foreign policy kitten. It won’t take many bites.