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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Newt Was Right, But ...

Much is being made these days by those who took great glee in Newt Gingrich's declaration of the truth when it came to Palestine and its history.

(Here's what he said, for the sake of accuracy: ""Remember there was no Palestine as a state -- [it was] part of the Ottoman Empire. I think we have an invented Palestinian people who are in fact Arabs.")

While historically (and refreshingly) accurate, it's also historically inaccurate.  True, there has never been a "Palestine as a state."  Nor, until recent decades, has their been a "Palestinian people" as we know them today.  (In fact, there are many Jews living there today who can rightfully claim "Palestinian" heritage because their ancestors are of "Palestine.")

So why is Gingrich's statement of fact factually inaccurate?

Because there is - whether he likes it or not - a well-defined, well-recognized group of human beings who call themselves Palestinians today.  Today being part of history too.

To deny Palestine as a legitimate geographical/geopolitical entity is to deny the state of Israel for the same reason.  Israel as we know it, after all, was not "invented" until done so by the United Nations, beginning in 1947, when it was carved out of ... guess what.  See "United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine."  To use his terminology, Israelis are "an invented people who are in fact Palestinians" too.

So Newt was right and Newt was wrong.  What was was.  But, just as important, what is is.

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Want to know what Newt was getting at? Here's a map of "Palestine" before the state of Israel was created:

And here's what "Palestine" consisted of in the way of Jews and Arabs (you'll want to click on the image to enlarge it):

Again, there was no "Palestine" as we know it today.  But there was no "Israel" as we know it today either.  So Newt Gingrich's statement of fact is beside the point.

Why China Looks So Inviting

It's not just the crushing tax burden here in the USA.

It's the rising mountain of onerous regulations as well.

One chart, provided by the Wall Street Journal, illuminates the growing problem with American business drying up:

Most importantly:

"To answer the most basic question—has regulation increased?—we'll focus on what the government defines as 'economically significant' regulations. Those are rules that impose more than $100 million in annual costs on the economy, though there are hundreds if not thousands of new rules every year that fall well short of that."

The chart reflects only "the big ones."

A basic rule by which to judge this: Every regulation is a cost that affects an employer's bottom line. Hit him or her with thousands upon thousands of regulations ...

... and you get the wretched economy that we are suffering through.

The worst part? With each passing day, more and more government mandates fall upon us.

Meanwhile, The Chinese hum right along.  Smiling.

Sorry, Dude. You've Lost All Credibility.

Now here's a suggestion that'll bring America's business back to prominence:

How businesses can embrace environmental, social and governance metrics.


While Chinese business embraces the maximization of profitability by meeting demand, production, and supply needs, and by exceeding its customers' expectations, we should embrace environmental, social, and "governance" (think regulation; see below) measures.  The road to success, according to Crazy Al.

We're doomed.  We're freaking doomed.

Ah, I had Forgotten

As many of you know, I quit watching NBC Nightly News many years ago.  But even I had forgotten completely why.

Yeah, for decades it's been fueled by leftist partisanship.  Which I can deal with.

And yeah, it has the exciting-as-peeling-wallpaper anchor Brian Williams reading the news.

And then there is the fact that some genius there thought Chelsea Clinton would - with her three college degrees and soon-to-be doctorate - a good reporter.

But that was only part of it.

I find out in the article that NBC Nightly News has a regularly featured segment entitled “Making a Difference.”  ("'Nightly News' most popular regular feature, "Making a Difference," profiles ordinary people doing extraordinary things, helping neighbors -- or even complete strangers -- in these tough economic times.")

On a news show.

On a "news" show.

For the love of God.  Make 'em go away, Lord.

Speaking of Whom, I thank Him for inventing the remote control.

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To be fair to NBC, I should mention the fact that it doesn't hold a monopoly on stupidity.  ABC, another network I walked away from many years ago, thought it a good idea to hire a leftist with a serious and obvious hate-America bent to chair its once-venerable "This Week" program on Sunday.

So much for that:

Christiane Amanpour proves to be wrong fit

"Proves to be"? How about "destined to be".

A leftist anti-American gets poor ratings in pro-America America. What was their first clue that that was going to happen?

Now This Is News

Humans and Nature coming together.

I'm believin' it but I'm not believin' it.

Norman Lear Has Lost His Mind

Noun: paranoia par-uh-noi-uh
1.a mental disorder characterized by systematized delusions and the projection of personal conflicts, which are ascribed to the supposed hostility of others, sometimes progressing to disturbances of consciousness and aggressive acts believed to be performed in self-defense or as a mission.
2. baseless or excessive suspicion of the motives of others.

See "Norman Lear Attacks Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Karl Rove and GOP Presidential Candidates" and take pity on the guy.  His mind is elsewhere now.

"Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!"

Do Nothing Congress?

How about a do-nothing president.

So Obama says he's wants a jobs bill passed.

And he wants the payroll tax cut extended.

And the House of Representatives passes a jobs bill that also extends the payroll tax cut and Obama threatens to veto it.

Oh, I see.  It doesn't include a tax increase on those evil wealthy Americans.  The ones who have caused all our country's problems.

How convenient they are to his blame game.

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To be fair, I should include an explanation for Obama's threat to veto the jobs bill.  He has his reason:

President Obama has threatened a veto of any bill with the Keystone XL in it so as to not lose the coveted Daryl Hannah endorsement.

There you have it.