US President Barack Obama came with a desire to inspire. As at home, he reached over the heads of the politicians to the people. He has made a clever speech invoking passion, morality and Jewish history to argue for a new peace process. But cynics may note no-one doubts he is good with words. Good at painting a big, visionary picture. [Snip] No president wants this idea--the two-state solution--to die on his watch. So a bit of energetic, over-optimistic resuscitation cannot do him any harm, even if the patient does pass away.
Comments: The patient has been on extreme life support for many, many years, of course. The essence of the nutshell is that Palestinians don´t want a two-state solution; they want the Israelis out of "their land," as they regard Israel, even though it was legally agreed at the UN in the late forties.
Obama´s legacy won´t be enhanced by this trip, just as Clinton´s legacy isn´t enhanced by the "peace" process in Northern Ireland, despite what the MSM attempts to foist upon us.
By now, given the history of the world and the nature of man, one should realize that "peace" is not going to happen anywhere.
Hell, there´s a war going on right now in America; daily murders are becoming de rigeur. The government is at war with its own people. Secularism is at war with people of faith (except for Muslims, that is).
"Give peace a chance" is so ridiculously naive that it´s laughable. Peace hasn´t had a chance since mankind fell in Eden. It isn´t man´s nature to be peaceful. Our history is replete with warlike men who demand power over other people, their money and their land. To actually believe that there will be peace anywhere, let alone in the Middle East is to badly misunderstand the nature of man.
Kenyan warplanes have destroyed an al-Shabaab rebel camp in southern Somalia used to train gunmen who attacked Nairobi´s Westgate shopping mall in September, Kenya´s defence ministry said. Many rebels were killed in the "major aerial offensive" conducted on Thursday, said a ministry statement issued later the same day. The airstrike "completely destroyed an al-Shabaab training camp," located in the Dinsoor region some 300 kilometres (190 miles) west of Somalia´s capital Mogadishu, the statement said. "Initial reports from the ground confirmed that that four technical vehicles and a weapons store were destroyed." "At the time of the airstrike, the camp had over 300 recruits,
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has told German officials he is prepared to testify over the extent to which the U.S. government tapped Angela Merkel´s phone, it is claimed. The former CIA intelligence officer met with German MP Hans-Christian Stroebele in Moscow to discuss him becoming a star witness in a possible future public inquiry. And, in an escalation in the diplomatic row, prosecutors have hinted they are prepared to defy an American extradition request in order for fugitive Snowden to testify in Germany. Mr Stroebele told ARD channel: ´He expressed his principle readiness to help clarify the situation. Basis for this is
You’ve got to hand it to Ramussen--they come up with some of the most interesting (and unusual) surveys in America. Their latest poll, released just in time for Halloween yesterday, tested US voter confidence in the federal government, with the following finding: Thirty-seven percent (37 percent) of American adults believe the federal government would do a better job than zombies running the country today. But the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that most Americans don’t share that view, with just as many (37 percent) who feel zombies would do a better job running the country and another 26
Hollywood blockbuster director James Cameron--best known for his movies Titanic and Dances With Smurfs--has announced his latest project. He is going to make the dumbest, lamest, most tendentious, hysterical, credibility-free and monumentally pointless series in the history of television. (H/T Ken Shock) The series will be called Years Of Living Dangerously [it takes its name from a film called The Year of Living Dangerously, cunningly removing the definite article and then pluralising the first word] and will be based on the cataclysmic event that no one is talking about right now because it hasn´t happened in 17 years and may
Just six people successfully enrolled in health insurance plans through healthcare.gov during the first day of the Obamacare system´s operation, according to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services meeting notes released Thursday night by a congressional committee. By the end of the second day, a total of 248 people nationwide had bought insurance policies through the federal government´s online portal, whose disastrous launch has become the stuff of late-night TV jokes and a Saturday Night Live skit. [Snip] Turned over by a private Obamacare contractor at the request of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, not by the Obama administration, the
Halloween celebrations were in full swing across America on Thursday as the President and First Lady greeted adorable children at the White House in the annual festivities. The revellry was a bit more ghoulish in New York, as the 40th annual Greenwich Village Parade returned to the city after a year off in 2012 because of the damage that happened during Hurricane Sandy. While the parade that rolled up New York´s Sixth Avenue was made up largely of adults given the later start time, the White House party was all about the kids. The fake insects could be seen slithering
Tens of thousands of Romanians plan to swarm into the UK once visa restrictions are dropped at the end of the year, new figures suggest. [Snip] The shocking figures provoked concern among campaigners fearing a flood of Romanians and Bulgarians next year when the UK’s labour market and job centres are opened to them. Experts at Migration Watch believe around 50,000 a year will arrive for the next five years. Peter Bone, Tory MP for Wellingborough--which already has a huge eastern European population--said: “This is a catastrophe about to happen and we need to stop it. Not only will Britons
This week, the elite of American politics gathered in Washington DC to unveil a bust of Winston Churchill at the Capitol building.[[Snip] “Ladies and gentlemen,” said Mr Boehner, “this is one of history’s true love stories. Between a great statesman and a nation he called ´The Great Republic.’” The famously sentimental Republican wiped tears from his eyes as the crowd listened to a recording of Churchill addressing Congress following the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Afterwards, Roger Daltrey of The Who sang Stand by Me--a tribute, Mr Boehner said, to “the best friend the United States ever had”.
A former assistant secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs pleaded the Fifth on Wednesday, refusing to testify about a pair of taxpayer-funded human resources conferences in 2011 that cost a scandalous $6.1 million or more. John Sepulveda oversaw the conferences, which included the screening of a parody video based on ´Patton,´ whose production cost the Treasury more than $52,000. [Snip] ´You are not excused,´ committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa ultimately told Sepulveda before sending him away. ´You are dismissed.´ Issa, a California Republican, said Sepulveda ´played a lead role in the conference planning process,´ and that his name ´appears more
Every illegal immigrant in Britain costs the taxpayer up to Every illegal immigrant in Britain costs the taxpayer up to £4,250 a year in costs for public services such as the NHS and education, according to a new official report. It means the total cost to the public purse could be up to £3.7 billion a year, based on previous estimates which said there were as many as 860,000 illegal immigrants in the country. The figure emerged in an official Home Office document which showed the Government’s controversial “Go Home” advertising campaign--which included ad vans touring the streets of multicultural
Russian investigators claim to have found household appliances imported from China which contain hidden microchips that pump spam data and malware into wi-fi networks. Authorities in St Petersburg allegedly discovered 20 to 30 kettles and irons with ´spy microchips that send some data to the foreign server´, according to Russian media. The revelation comes just as the EU launches an investigation into claims that Russia itself bugged gifts to delegates at last month´s G20 summit in an attempt to retrieve data from computers and telephones. This has led to speculation that the chips allegedly found in the home appliances may also have
Facebook is losing young teenagers. That’s the revelation made by the company’s finance chief which wiped £11.2 bn off its share price yesterday. In a recent survey, the social network was preferred by just 23 per cent of youngsters, down from 44 per cent. The gap is being filled by more lightweight, temporary, photo-focused networks like Snapchat, WhatsApp and Instagram (which Facebook owns). If ever there was fuel needed for the “Facebook is a fad” theory, this is it. Among big investors obsessed with youth, alarm bells are ringing. For most adults who didn’t grow up with technology, it’s hard
President Barack Obama’s job approval has dropped to an all-time low, according to a new poll released Wednesday. A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey shows that a mere 42 percent of Americans approve of Obama’s job performance, down five points from a poll conducted in early October. The president’s disapproval rating stands at 51 percent, tying an all-time high for Obama. In all, 41 percent of respondents say they have a less favorable opinion of the president since the 16 day government shutdown, compared to 21 percent who say they have a more favorable view since the shutdown. The Affordable Care Act
Exactly half the nation sees the year-old killings of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya as a serious scandal — one many believe will hurt former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s chance to be the next president, according to a newly-released national poll. Rasmussen Reports revealed that 43 percent of likely voters believe the scandal will damage Clinton. That rises to 47 percent among voters not affiliated with any political party, like independents. Some 41 percent said it wouldn´t ding her chances. The impact is clear, and not just on Clinton. Most — 58 percent — rated the
White House officials have pressured insurance industry executives to keep quiet amid mounting criticism over Obamacare's rollout, insurance industry sources told CNN. Sebelius: 'I apologize, I'm accountable' for Obamacare website flaws - After insurance officials publicly criticized the implementation, White House staffers contacted insurers to express their displeasure, industry insiders said. Multiple sources declined to speak publicly about the push back because they fear retribution. But Bob Laszewski, who heads a consulting firm for big insurance companies, did talk on the record.
President Barack Obama will not attend next month´s event marking the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln´s Gettysburg Address in Pennsylvania. Officials at Gettysburg National Military Park said Wednesday that U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will represent the administration the Nov. 19 sesquicentennial. Jewell and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson will share the role of keynote speaker. Other events include a reading of the Gettysburg address by a Lincoln portrayer. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett also plans to attend the ceremony. Lincoln delivered the immortal words of the address at a dedication of the Soldiers´ National Cemetery on Nov. 19, 1863, more than
Politico describes this kindly gesture as “an olive branch.” I agree. Cruz, whose fiery brand of conservative politics continually draws the enmity and wrath of the GOP establishment, has publicly pledged he will not help conservative candidates oust his more squishy, Republican colleagues. The “surrender caucus” can finally breathe a sigh of relief. For now: Extending an olive branch to GOP senators, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is privately making it clear he won’t engage in the Senate Conservatives Fund’s hardball tactics to defeat his colleagues in their primary races. At a closed-door lunch meeting of Senate Republicans Wednesday, the freshman
Every disaster has its moment of clarity. Physicist Richard Feynman dunks an O-ring into ice water and everyone understands instantly why the shuttle Challenger exploded. This week, the Obamacare O-ring froze for all the world to see: Hundreds of thousands of cancellation letters went out to people who had been assured a dozen times by the president that “If you like your health-care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health-care plan. Period.” The cancellations lay bare three pillars of Obamacare: (a) mendacity, (b) paternalism and (c) subterfuge. (a) Those letters are irrefutable evidence that President Obama’s repeated you-keep-your-coverage claim
The firestorm over President Obama´s "you can keep your plan" lie now threatens to singe vulnerable Democrats next year, so they´re springing into action to try to force the administration to keep its word. Louisiana´s Mary Landrieu -- an ardent Obamacare supporter -- is scrambling to undo one of the obvious consequences of a law she´s voted to pass, fund, and retain: Sen. Mary Landrieu said Wednesday she would propose legislation to ensure all Americans could keep their existing insurance coverage under Obamacare, a fresh sign of the political problems the law’s rollout has created for congressional Democrats. Landrieu, a Democrat
Secretary of State John Kerry expressed his frustration Tuesday with the fact that even in the United States, “a very educated country,” there are those who do not recognize the urgency of combating global warming. Addressing the D.C. Greening Embassies Forum, which encourages the “greening” of foreign mission in Washington, Kerry took aim at those who challenge the notion that the science is settled when it comes to climate change. “I am amazed after all these years that we’re still struggling here in a very educated country to get a lot of people to embrace and understand why this is not a
For a moment Wednesday morning, the person in charge of ObamaCare — not to mention the largest and most expensive Cabinet department in the United States and, therefore, the world — turned into a frustrated teenager. Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of Health and Human Services, was undergoing a grilling from a Republican congressman over whether President Obama bore responsibility for the failures of his health-care rollout. She said it was her fault. He said Obama was her boss and she reported to Obama, so wasn’t it his fault, too? To which Sebelius responded thusly: “Um . . . You clearly . .
When German Chancellor Angela Merkel celebrated the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Berlin in 2008, she could not have imagined that she was blessing the workplace for the largest and most effective gaggle of American spies anywhere outside of the United States. It seems straight out of a grade-B movie, but it has been happening for the past 11 years: The National Security Agency (NSA) has been using Mrs. Merkel as an instrument to spy on the president of the United States. We now know that the NSA has been listening to and recording her cellphone calls since 2002.
In Wednesday’s New York Times, former reporter and columnist Maureen Dowd lamented how the “incalculably destructive Dick Cheney” is once again “ominously omnipresent” in media interviews. She loathed how “he still can’t emulate the respectful restraint of his former partner, George W. Bush. He grabs every opportunity to snarl at President Obama, who is still mopping up from the Bush-Cheney misrule.” How many times has Dowd complained that Bill Clinton couldn’t emulate the “respectful restraint” of either Bush? Lacking either restraint or respect, Dowd borrowed a page from Bill Maher and insisted that if Cheney had been medically disqualified from
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was the honoree at the annual Jack Kemp Leadership Award Dinner on Monday night, delivering a speech that laid out ways conservatives can advance the “American idea” that the dinner’s namesake advocated. Bush advocated free market principles, especially in energy policy.We should let market forces, not crony capitalism, decide where to invest and how to incentivize citizens to conserve,” Bush, a possible GOP candidate in 2016, said, advocating approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, “rational” regulations on fracking, and opening federal lands to drilling. “A real energy strategy could add an additional 1 percent growth over