Today is a rushed day for me, so I thought I'd just jumble into one post the various things that piqued my interest this morning:
Through an excellent tip at American Thinker, I got to read Lawrence Henry's article giving an interesting perspective on why six generals are essentially in revolt — and it's not a pretty reflection on the generals.
If you want comprehensive coverage of the Patrick Kennedy debacle, and how it fits in with other Democratic scandals, check out Flopping Aces. My comment is that the Democrats are no more corrupt than Republicans (there's always corruption around power), but that Democratics, sheltered by Press and prosecutors alike, are showing amazing hubris right now — and we should all be grateful. If you want an analysis of potential political ramifications, read this Thomas Lifson article.
Jacob Laskin writes about a vile anti-Semite who is being paid by California taxpayers to disseminate his garbage philosophy. (You know he's bad if even the Southern Poverty Law Center, no friend of the Jews, attacks him for his anti-Semitism.)
Joe Kaufman encourages us to vote with our feet at the gas pumps and buy gasoline only from companies that limit, as much as possible, their dealings with terrorist nations that are also oil producers. I'd love to comply but, in my market, the only gas stations are owned by companies that blithely do business with terrorist nations. If you live in a freer mark, you may want to check this article out.
Debbie Schlussel's sharp pen (computer keyboard?) highlights the differences in how the black community has approached the alleged Duke rape and the alleged Mike Tyson rape scandal 15 years before. It's not a pretty reflection on a the spokesmen for the black community. However, mentioning this article does give me another opportunity to urge you to read John McWhorter's most recent book, Winning the Race : Beyond the Crisis in Black America.
I noted with regard to Patrick Kennedy that wacko Democrat Congressmen (and women) are demonstrating a hubris that, I think, will harm them in the end. That same hubris appeared in the backlash to the "We Hate Gringos" day some illegal aliens celebrated on our soil on Monday. Rather than rousing public support, it alienated people. Well, the Captain sees the same thing in Denmark, where the Dane's in the face of repeated Islamic threats over the cartoons, are developing something that looks remarkably like backbone. Perhaps in the short term our best friend in our fight against Islamic sponsored terrorism will be the Islamists themselves, who seem as adept at alienating friends as they are at slaughtering foes.
There's shock and disgust about the fact that Italian Communists plotted with Iran to kill Italian soldiers. I'm also shocked and disgusted, but not really surprised. Communists fight to win, and that doesn't mean fighting fair. They hope for anarchy, because they believe a pure, classless society will emerge. In any event, can anyone help me track down a vague memory that recent historical research shows that, during the Spanish Civil War hardcore Communists in Spain took it upon themselves to purge American soldiers who had signed up to defeat fascism, but who weren't fully on board with the Communist agenda?
Just what a county needs — a high concentration of high risk sex offenders allowed to roam free. What in the world was the State of California thinking when it decided to bring all of California's high risk paroled sex offenders to Marin, house them in officers' quarters on the grounds of San Quentin, and give them the freedom to come and go as they please? Do they want them to be able to pool information about the best way to troll for victims in Marin, and to go on gang bangs together? This is utter insanity.
Charles Krauthammer writes movingly about the promise that is Israel and the risk inherent in that promise. I can't summarize it in a line, and I'll destroy it's impact in a paragraph. Just read his article; you'll be glad you did.