Archive for October, 2010

More Terrorism From The Religion Of Peace™

This time they are threatening and killing Christians.

Iraqi security forces prepared to storm a Catholic church Sunday where gunmen were holding an unknown number of worshippers as hostages, police officials said.

The gunmen seized the hostages after attacking the Baghdad Stock Market, in the central part of the Iraqi capital, earlier Sunday, police said. Four armed men entered the nearby Sayidat al-Nejat church after clashing with Iraqi security forces trying to repel the stock market attack.

The gunmen are demanding that the Iraqi government release a number of detainees and prisoners inside Iraqi prisons, saying the Christian hostages will be freed in return, according to the police officials.

Iraqi security forces have sealed off the area surrounding the church, the officials said, and buildings were evacuated of civilians as precautionary measures. They do not know how many people are inside. At least 13 hostages, including two children, managed to escape, police said.

What a sad world.

Hey, did I ever tell you what the Iraqis did to their Jewish citizens, back in the 40′s? They blocked off the Jewish ghetto at both ends and then set a huge fire. The people inside couldn’t escape. I guess I’m free associating, because in the same period, Poles and Germans liked to stuff Jews into churches and then set them on fire.

I wonder if these guys have matches? I wonder if this is a straight up kidnapping situation or if they are planning something worse?

- Aggie

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Terror In Instanbul

Suicide attack in Taksim Square, the main square of the city.

I visited Instanbul many years ago, back in the days when they weren’t flirting with Islamist leaders, back in a time when they were proud of their secular accomplishments. Even then, a sizable minority of the population favored Islamic extremism, roughly 10%.

Today it is much worse:

A suicide bomber blew himself up near police watching over Istanbul’s main square on Sunday, wounding 22 people, including 10 policemen, officials said.

Istanbul police chief Huseyin Capkin said the bomber tried but failed to get into a parked police van and detonated the bomb just outside the vehicle. Riot police are stationed at Taksim Square in case of demonstrations.

Ten police officers and 12 passers-by were injured in the attack, Istanbul’s governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu said.

Capkin said at least two of the injured were in serious condition.

“The incident is under investigation. It’s a suicide bombing,” Capkin told reporters at the scene, adding that the bomber had blown himself to pieces.

Capkin said bomb squads discovered more devices at the scene and were working to defuse them.

This is sad because Turkey really was attempting to be a sane nation, a Muslim country in the way that the US is a Christian country. They wanted a secular Islam, meaning a population that prayed according to Islamic traditions but followed a secular rule of law. As they move away from that model, they will have more and more issues with terrorists. And, to be honest, even fifteen years ago, there were armed police (or army?) standing on top of the buildings in Taksim Square, pointing weapons at the citizens and tourists below. So there must have been big problems, even then.

- Aggie

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Do You Believe This?

Half of Democrats want Obama challenged in 2010.

Sounds racist to me.

Democratic voters are closely divided over whether President Obama should be challenged within the party for a second term in 2012, an Associated Press-Knowledge Networks Poll finds.

A real Democratic challenge to Obama seems unlikely at this stage, and his reelection bid is a long way off. But the findings underscore how disenchanted his party has grown heading into the congressional elections Tuesday.

The AP-KN poll has tracked a group of people and their views since the beginning of the 2008 presidential campaign. Among Democrats, 47 percent say Obama should be challenged for the 2012 nomination and 51 percent say he should not be opposed. Those favoring a contest include most who backed Hillary Rodham Clinton’s unsuccessful faceoff against Obama for the 2008 nomination.

Those racist women….

Here’s why The Messiah is in trouble:

Among all 2008 voters, 51 percent say he deserves to be defeated in November 2012 while 47 percent support his reelection – essentially a tie.

Essentially a tie, eh? The Washpost calls that an essential tie??? What happened in November of 2008? Why, if memory serves, Barack Obama won in a landslide, winning roughly 53 percent of the votes. Words have slippery meanings, don’t they? Was it a landslide or was it a tie? Fifty-one percent is a tie and fifty-three is a landslide. Good to know.

Incidentally, that was a landslide, by my count. And a 51% win is also a landslide. So it looks like Obama has work to do, convincing the less moonbatty members of his coalition that he deserves a second term.

- Aggie

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Coffee Break’s Over, Everyone Back on Your Head

Yesterday, we noted with uncharacteristic good cheer that Israeli kids and Arab kids played soccer together in Hebron.

Yeah, that was nice.

Okay, everybody, back to work:

Terrorist gunmen opened fire Saturday evening at a Jewish couple from Har Gilo who were driving in a car south of Jerusalem. The couple escaped unhurt.

The terror ambush took place near the Arab village of Walajeh and was first reported by Arutz Sheva’s Hebrew news service at around 9:00 PM. Saturday evening. After the incident, the driver kept on going and reported the incident to the authorities upon reaching the IDF’s Ein Yael checkpoint.

One bullet reportedly struck the rear part of the vehicle.

We don’t have to remind you of what happens when the Palestinians have better aim, do we?

Hey, I always forget where I put my keys. Consider this a gentle reminder.

Meanwhile:

Arabs with Israeli citizenship reacted violently Saturday to a traffic accident caused by an Arab driver, who was killed in the crash. They pelted security forces and emergency crews with rocks…

The thing about Arutz Sheva reports is you have to trim the editorializing. I mean, I agree 100%, but I’m trying to present a dispassionate picture. Back to the story:

Police volunteers who were manning a checkpoint spotted a driver who was driving without a seat belt, and talking on a cellular phone. They motioned him to stop over at the side of the road and began approaching his car. Instead of doing as he was told, the driver tried to get away, executing a sudden U-turn on Highway 65 and getting in the way of a bus that was speeding northward. The bus hit the car, killing the car’s driver, Ahmed Jabareen, 21, of Umm El-Fahm. The force of the collision threw the bus into a shallow ditch at the side of the road, which is a major artery that connects the Galilee with the coastal Hadera area.

The bus was reportedly carrying workers from a security-related factory in central Israel. Fifteen of them were lightly hurt in the crash. It is not known why the workers were being transported on Saturday, the Jewish day of rest.

According to the bus’s driver, immediately after the accident, hundreds – perhaps thousands – of local Arabs from surrounding villages and the city of Umm El-Fahm came out to the site of the crash. Instead of offering help to the passengers of the bus, some of them began hurling rocks at security forces, fire trucks and ambulances that arrived on the scene.

Perhaps they were inspired by the soccer game, and assembled to play an impromptu game of baseball. Or dodge ball. Or dodge rock. Whatever.

Lastly:

Arabs and leftist activists staged an attack on Palestinian fields in a bid to accuse settlers of vandalism, an organization that claims to have documented the incident says.

The photos, taken by members of the Tazpit Unit, were shot on Palestinian land Friday, near the Neveh Tzuf settlement. The images allegedly show Palestinians and left-wing activists cutting down Palestinian olive trees using an electric saw.

Many so-called “Price Tag’ acts targeting Palestinians were recorded in the last few weeks, and the settlers now claim they were staged by the Palestinians themselves and intended to harm the settlers’ image.

I don’t know. Somebody was “aggressively pruning” the olive trees, though.

And while they were at it:

A gang of 12 Arabs was discovered Friday chopping down olive trees that were planted last week in the Jewish Judean community of Netzer.

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Muslim Terrorists Threaten Gay-Friendly Synagogue In Chicago

Yesterday we reported that one of the package bombs was addressed to Temple Shalom on Lakeshore Drive. That is a reform Temple in an affluent area. I speculated that they were targeted because many members of the congregation have ties to the democrats and probably know Obama, contributed to his campaign, etc. I thought that the second bomb was probably headed for the congregation of African Jews, because the Rabbi is a cousin of Michelle Obama.

I was wrong. Instead, the second bomb was directed at a congregation of GLBT Jews.

In a continuing show of tolerance and love, certain elements of the Religion of Peace™ have attempted to blow up a congregation of mostly gay Jews.

A small Chicago synagogue dedicated to serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community may have been one of the intended destinations of two packages intercepted abroad that were packed with explosive material, a co-president for the congregation said Saturday.

Or Chadash, a congregation of about 100 people, held its Sabbath services Friday with security out in full force.

“It was unnerving, [but] we carried on as normal,” Or Chadash’s co-president, Lilli Kornblum, told CNN.

“We do always have security when we have congregational events, however last night Chicago police were in much, much higher visibility,” she said. “And we were on higher alert for people we don’t know or anyone who might be carrying backpacks, packages, that sort of thing.”

I could say a number of sarcastic things about the loving nature of these lame-o Islamists, but I don’t have the energy.

- Aggie

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The Humanitarian Holocaust

It’s one thing to treat Israel as a criminal state, lacking legitimacy—a very wrong thing, to be sure, but a thing.

It is another, even worse, thing to treat Judaism the same way.

But that’s the United Nations:

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) voted recently to officially declare Rachel’s Tomb to be a mosque. UNESCO director Irena Bokova had previously stated “concern” at Israel’s decision to treat the tomb as a heritage site.

The vote called for Rachel’s Tomb and the Tomb of the Patriarchs – the burial site of the other Biblical Patriarchs and Matriarchs – to be removed from Israel’s National Heritage list.

The Palestinian Authority has claimed that Rachel’s Tomb is holy to Muslims as the site of a mosque called the Bilal Bin Rabah Mosque.

Who says Muslims are not welcome at an Israeli heritage site? Not Israel, as far as I know. I’m sure Jews don’t mean any offense by holding Abraham—sorry, Ibrahim—and his family in such reverence, but there’s more than enough matriarchs and patriarchs to go around, I say. Grab a Rebecca, and make yourself at home.

But the UN doesn’t like the idea, no sir, not one bit. And while they’re at it:

UNESCO appeared to support the PA demand for the Temple Mount as well, asking that Muslim officials be allowed to examine the Mughrabi Gate near the Western Wall (Kotel). Muslim leaders have accused Israel of attempting to damage the Al-Aksa Mosque on the Temple Mount under the guise of repairs to the Mugrabi Gate. Israeli officials have warned that if the gate is not repaired, it could collapse, putting worshipers at the Western Wall at risk.

Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovich, Rabbi of the Western Wall, termed the decision “outrageous.”

“They have never said in the past that this was a Muslim holy site. The [UN] organization responsible for heritage has turned heritage into politics.”

But to the UN, everything is politics. Starving children, raped women, slaughtered tribes of people—all grist for the political mill on Turtle Bay.

They don’t come more grizzled and cynical than I, but even I am appalled at this example of cultural genocide practiced by the UN. You want to make something a mosque, the UN building itself would be fine with me.

PS: Now, this is how people live together, with no prejudice from the UN:

For the first time in many years, Jews were able to enter Hebron’s Old City without a personal security escort. Palestinian movement in the area was also not limited, prompting local merchants to keep their stores open and welcome Jewish shoppers.

The highlight of the day occurred when Jewish youngsters touring the city spontaneously joined Palestinian youths playing soccer in the area. Dozens of teenagers, both Jewish and Arab, gathered at the site to cheer on the players, as smiling police officers and IDF soldiers watched on.

May the UN choke on a bagel.

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Do as I Say

That’s all. What part of “Do as I say” was unclear to you?

Green-minded campaigner Al Gore has been left red-faced after being accused of leaving his car running for almost an hour while he gave a lecture on sustainable development.

It is alleged that Gore made the gaffe while he spoke at the School of Business, Economics and Law in Gothenburg, Sweden on Wednesday.

His mistake was compounded further by the fact that he had asked his distinguished guests to attend the event by public transport in order to minimize CO2 emissions.

However, environmental website Climate Depot alleges that he arrived in a rental car from the airport and did not shut off the engine while he spoke.

Swedish law prohibits – for environmental reasons – any car engine being left running without its driver for more than 60 seconds.

The fines for breaking that law are severe but it appears Gore has not been fined.

Despite his active environmental campaigning, the former U.S. Vice President Gore has been criticised by other environmental campaigners in his career.

On this occasion he was accused of ‘stupidity and hypocrisy’ by Marc Morano, Executive Editor of the Climate Depot website.

On this occasion? Cite for us one example of a time when Gore was neither stupid nor hypocritical. Go ahead, we’ll wait. Let me just get a sandwich and a beverage first… And some chips… And a pillow… There. No, wait, now I have to pee… Okay, I’m good.

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Restore Sanitation [UPDATED] Where’s Walid?

I know that’s not the right name for the rally in Washington this weekend, but when you read about their efforts to sanitize the news, you wonder if you wouldn’t get more reliable information from the stalls of the men’s room in Union Station than up on the Mall:

Irony reaches new heights as Comedy Central is going to “strictly prohibit filming” of the Rally to Restore Sanity/March to Keep Fear Alive. PJTV’s Washington Bureau chief Richard Pollock inquired with the Comedy Central’s senior vice president of corporate communications Steve Albani about receiving credentials. Albani claimed that Pollock would not be given credentials because of limited supply, and as such there would be no room on the “press riser” for PJTV’s camera and crew. When Pollock said that he’d be fine with filming not on the press riser, Albani said that filming would be “strictly prohibited” between 3rd and 7th streets on the National Mall (ground zero for the event).

The claim that Comedy Central can prohibit filming on federal property during an event open to the public is completely wrong. I know this because I co-organized the first D.C. Tea Party event with John O’Hara.

And under the special events guidelines, which Albani may not have taken time to look at, is this:

News coverage of the event is allowed without additional permits unless significant additional equipment set-up, which is not depicted on the Permittees site plan, is involved. Arrangements for press and broadcast media coverage of the event must be made at least seven (7) days before the opening day of the event.

If PJTV’s crew walks around with handheld cameras, they’re well within their rights, particularly as a media organization — especially considering the number of camera phones, Flipcams, and personal camcorders that will be used during the event.

Of course, banning free assembly and a free press was a non-starter all along, but you can’t blame a liberal for trying.

For they really are so trying:

[T]he last I heard the First Amendment still does apply to America. It not only applies to TV hosts, show producers and to networks, but extends to the public and to events held on federal land. Yes, public lands! Although it may not make any sense to you at this moment, the National Mall is not a TV set, although it may look like one.

As the former chief Washington producer for ABC’s “Good Morning America” for nine years, let me assure you that you cannot bar cameras from public walkways on the Mall. It has never happened.

And so we will be there crew and all.

It does seem a bit incredulous that a rally for “reasonableness” should exclude freely based camera crews exercising their First Amendment rights to cover your attendees walking on public property. Unless this is Prague in 1968. And unless Comedy Central own tanks. Or unless it deploys a Comedy Police with enforcement powers.

On the other hand maybe I got this all wrong…I thought you were merely trying to be clever when you said it was a rally for fear. If is that, then I certainly understand your attitudes and rules.

See you tomorrow!

Remember when conservatives were humorless and sticks-in-the-mud, while liberals were madcap and cool? Me neither.

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Where’s Walid?

Find person of color, win suit!

I think I see a swarthy-ish person about half an inch left of center, halfway up. But from his anxious posture, barely peeking his head out, he looks lost. From available evidence, I think we can conclude that snotty, sarcastic liberals are racially exclusive, if not outright hostile. That’s settled!

PS: I think this lady gets close to the true spirit of the rally:

PPS: The four letters in the middle are the clue.

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Transit 1, Trannie 0

Submitted without comment to the dossier on human rights advocates (h/t 1.524 Meters of Malice):

A renowned human rights lawyer allegedly pushed to his death under a Tube train was living a secret life as a transsexual escort.

David Burgess, 63, who was also known as Sonia, offered his services on a website, where he advertised himself as a ‘pre-op’ transsexual escort looking for paid encounters with men.

Mr Burgess was killed instantly when he was hit by a train at King’s Cross Underground station during rush hour on Monday evening.

A 34-year-old woman, Nina Kanagasingham, has been charged with his murder.

They mean “woman”.

Mr Burgess, who had two adult daughters and a son by his ex-wife, was a senior partner in his firm, with more than 40 years’ experience in immigration law. He had brought human rights cases against North Korea.

His family knew him as both Sonia and David.

Mr Burgess had been dressing in women’s clothing for four years and had set up profiles on two transgender websites as Sonia Jardiniere.

Look, I’ll confess that I’m creeped out, but if I had encountered Sonia Jardiniere, I would have just moved to the other end of the platform. Push him under the train? Now, that’s sick.

Besides, other than working for “human rights”, he sounds harmless:

Under the heading ‘things I like’, he wrote: ‘Fashion, makeup, shopping, romance, Look magazine, romantic films and most guys but let’s not forget girls a guy is for 40mns [though maybe the next one will fall in love with me...] but a wardrobe is for a season.’

So true.

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He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Polygamist Half-Brother

Some guys get all the luck. Some are elected to the highest office in the land without any qualification, riding a wave of privilege and unearned achievement—and some get to sleep with chicks less than half their age!

President Barack Obama’s polygamist half brother in Kenya has married a woman who is more than 30 years younger than him.

The 19-year-old’s mother said she was furious that her daughter quit school and married the 52-year-old.

Mary Aoko Ouma said her daughter tried to marry Malik Obama two years ago, but she wouldn’t give permission.

Malik Obama, who is Muslim, has two other wives.

Michelle Obama seems a bit prickly to me. Rumor has it she hates life in the White House. But she should count her blessings that she didn’t marry one of the other Obama brothers (there are so many!). The adorable Sasha and Malia would be grandmothers by now.

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A Clean (and Articulate), Well-Lighted Failure

One word: word.

A few weeks after President Obama’s victory in the 2008 election, adviser Rahm Emanuel quipped that “[y]ou never want a serious crisis to go to waste . . . [because it] provides the opportunity for us to do things that you could not do before.” Emanuel was correct: The situation in which the new Administration found itself constituted an unusual political dynamic that, properly used, would have allowed the Obama Administration both to stimulate the economy and make it more productive over the long haul.

The Administration should have endorsed a stimuluspackage based on a repeal of the corporate income tax and reductions in employment taxes. This policy would have accomplished its stated goals, and the budgetary implications would have been less negative than those of the package ultimately adopted because this alternative plan would have enhanced rather than detracted from economic efficiency. This approach would also have been difficult for Republicans to oppose.

Yet the Administration did not take this approach, presumably because its true goals were not just economic stimulus. Instead, the Administration wanted to reward its constituencies (unions, environmentalists, public education) and increase the size and scope of government. This tactic is consistent with the Administration’s policies in general. Across the board, it has taken a big government, redistributionist approach, whether regarding housing, unions, health, the auto industry, trade, anti? trust, or financial regulation. The Administration’s view appears to be that government is better than individuals at deciding how taxpayers get to spend their money and that government should engineer large transfers from richer to poorer.

Whether the Administration’s stimulus package will be successful is still to be determined. If the extra spending ends up being productive, then the impact of the stimulus might be positive on net. My own prediction, however, is that the programs adopted will generate large distortions and substantial waste, with minor stimulus impact. This is a pity because much better alternatives were available.

Let me quarrel with my better by insisting that if the economy turned around tomorrow (which, lamentably, it won’t), it couldn’t possibly be due to Obama’s stimulus boondoggle—which has been in place for a year and a half, with no discernible effect. Even Obama would agree: If everything up to now has been Bush’s fault, how would Obama’s policies magically take hold overnight?

No, this is the result of the stimulus bridge we were sold:

On the eve of the midterm elections, a third-quarter GDP report showing a meager 2 percent growth rate is the final nail in the Obama Democrats’ political coffin.

The economic nails slowly have been hammered into that coffin all summer and fall. A spate of subpar economic statistics has shown the failure of the fiscal-stimulus spending program. And myriad tax and regulatory threats produced by new government policies have created a massive uncertainty overhang and a dismal jobs outlook. American businesses have gone on an investment-capital and hiring strike.

For a White House that bet the ranch on a massive government pump-priming plan, it has all turned out to be a complete failure. The scheduled economic recovery has simply not occurred.

It should have been recovery summer, according to the president and his followers. But it is now officially a recovery slump. The entire command-and-control economic philosophy of the Obama Democrats has proven to be a big bust. And they’ll pay a very big price for this.

In fact, the last two GDP reports have averaged less than 2 percent growth, something that qualifies as a growth recession, not a recovery.

Even worse, the GDP deflator – the broadest inflation measure – came in at 2.2 percent in the third quarter, following a 2 percent reading in the second quarter. That means inflation is rising faster than real output. Stagflation.

Aggie has been calling it stagflation for months now. The rest of us are just figuring it out.

When Rush Limbaugh notoriously announced “I hope he fails!” it was taken by some, disingenuously, to mean that he hoped the country failed. Rather it was obvious to anyone with a brain stem that Rush meant he hoped Obama failed in his ambitions to remake the country in a socialist image. But Rush might also have meant that he hoped that, if we had to have a President Obama, he hoped he failed and failed spectacularly in his Stalinist-Leninist efforts. Because that’s happened, too.

Speaking of Rush and failed stimulus efforts, it’s been at least a couple of weeks since I posted this:

My proposal is a genuine compromise.

Fifty-three percent of American voters voted for Barack Obama; 46% voted for John McCain, and 1% voted for wackos. Give that 1% to President Obama. Let’s say the vote was 54% to 46%. As a way to bring the country together and at the same time determine the most effective way to deal with recessions, under the Obama-Limbaugh Stimulus Plan of 2009: 54% of the $900 billion — $486 billion — will be spent on infrastructure and pork as defined by Mr. Obama and the Democrats; 46% — $414 billion — will be directed toward tax cuts, as determined by me.

Then we compare. We see which stimulus actually works. This is bipartisanship!

Look at your pay stubs, liberals, and admit you don’t feel a pang that Obama didn’t take Rush up on his offer. I bet you even secretly wish (in those dark places of your heart you don’t admit even to your psychiatrist, your publicist, whatever) that Rush were president.

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Heartwarming Story

Really, I’m so proud. I’m kvelling:

Hundreds of protesters who blame U.N. peacekeepers from Nepal for Haiti’s widening cholera epidemic marched on a rural military base Friday to demand the soldiers leave the country.

Demonstrators waving tree branches and carrying anti-U.N. banners walked from the central plateau city of Mirebalais several miles to the gates of the base perched above a tributary of the Artibonite River — a waterway identified by health officials as a conduit for the infection.

The protesters chanted “Like it or not, they must go” as the Nepalese soldiers and other U.N. peacekeepers remained inside.

Cholera has sparked widespread fear in Haiti, where it was unknown before the outbreak was first noticed by authorities Oct. 20. As of Friday morning, more than 4,700 people have been hospitalized and at least 330 have died, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Experts say the disease was likely imported. Until this month there had not been a diagnosed case of cholera in Haiti as far back as records go in the mid-20th Century, said Claire-Lise Chaignat, head of the global task force on cholera control at the World Health Organization. The disease is pandemic in parts of Africa and Asia.

Speculation among Haitians is increasingly centered on the Nepalese peacekeeping base near Mirebalais, much of it being stoked by politicians including the town’s mayor — a Senate candidate — ahead of the Nov. 28 national elections.

Cholera is endemic in Nepal and the country suffered outbreaks this summer. The current troop contingent arrived in shifts starting Oct. 9, after the outbreak in their home country and shortly before the disease broke out in Haiti.

Show of hands from anyone who’s ever thought the UN served any purpose on this earth—hey, mine’s up too.

But whose mind was so distracted by Jew-hatred to come up with the bright idea of importing cholera from Nepal, where it’s rife, to Haiti, where it’s unknown? Like they didn’t have enough problems?

While I let the hot jets of schadenfreude wash over my body, I can think of one potential benefit from this oh-so-typical sUNafu: that Haiti may finally come to understand that it will never, ever climb out of the stagnant slough of despond until it throws out the helpy-helpertons like the UN, and instead builds institutions that protect individual liberty, reward self-reliance, and respect the rule of law.

Checking the weather forecast in Hell, I wouldn’t hold my breath if I were Haitian (but I would refrain from shaking hands with anyone recently returned from Mt. Everest).

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