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“Be With You in a Minute, Mr. Peabody!”

Cineastes will recognize the title of this post as the line repeatedly shouted out by Cary Grant in that screwiest of screwball comedies, Bringing Up Baby, as he chases Katherine Hepburn and a leopard around a country estate. Mr. Peabody is the potential donor to Grant’s paleontological studies, but poor Cary can barely catch his breath, let alone his quarry, the eponymous Baby the leopard.

President Obama can relate. Can’t a man take a two-week Martha’s Vineyard vacation—interrupted by a bachelor party—followed by a weekend wedding and several fundraising appearances without the world falling apart? To quote from another great film, The Incredibles, “No matter how many times you save the world, it always manages to get back in jeopardy again. Sometimes I just want it to stay saved, you know?”

So I just have to ask, do we have a strategy for this?

Ukraine’s president has said his country is “close to a point of no return – full scale-war”.

Petro Poroshenko was speaking in Brussels, where he said a meeting of EU leaders had agreed to prepare more sanctions against Russia.

Outgoing EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton earlier accused Russia of “direct aggression” in east Ukraine.

Russia denies that its forces are backing rebels, who have been gaining ground on Ukrainian forces.

Mr Poroshenko said Ukraine was a victim of “military aggression and terror”.

He said: “I think that we are very close to the point of no return. Point of no return is full-scale war.

Because it would appear this is Putin’s strategy:

Ukraine military spokesman Andriy Lysenko told journalists in Kiev that Russian tanks had entered the small Ukrainian town of Novosvitlivka on the border with Russia and fired on every house.

“We have information that virtually every house has been destroyed.”

That strategy would appear to be: first they came for Crimea, but we did not speak up because we were not Crimean; then they came for Donetsk, but we did not speak up because we were not Donetskan; then they came for Novosvitlivka, but we did not speak up because we were not Novosvitlivkan.

That strategy appears to be working so far.

Our strategy…well, maybe we’re playing the long game:

President Obama was among the guests at the wedding of White House chef Sam Kass late Saturday, according to a White House pool report.

Obama, the first lady and their daughters, Sasha and Malia, attended the ceremony at a farm-to-table restaurant in Westchester County, New York.

The first family departed Blue Hill at Stone Barns at 1:05 a.m. Sunday morning after spending six-and-a-half hours at the wedding festivities, according to a reporter traveling with the president.

The Obamas returned to the White House shortly before 3:00 a.m. Sunday morning, approximately two-and-a-half hours behind schedule.

You say two and a half hours, I say two and a half years. But we can all agree that this sort of behavior has no place in the 21st century. Okay, Vlad? So, just cool it.

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#mynypd

The New York Police Department reached out on Twitter to ask people to tweet pictures of their interactions with New York’s Finest. Oh sure, they got a couple of nice shots of cops smiling in selfies.

And then they got this:

The NYPD showed it knows a lot more about fighting crime than it does about Twitter when it asked users to post pictures of friendly cops on the Web site — and online trolls responded with a flood of tweets depicting police brutality.

The NYPD’s attempt to court Twitter members blew up in its face on Tuesday, shortly after the department started the Twitter hashtag #myNYPD.

“Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD? Tweet us & tag it #myNYPD,” they wrote.

Instead of a social-media coup, the department’s net naiveté was exposed by cop-hating members of Occupy Wall Street, who used the hashtag to post every photo they could find of officers manhandling people.

The hashtag hijacking soon went viral and left the NYPD with egg on its face.

“Here the #NYPD engages with its community members, changing hearts and minds one baton at a time,” a user of Occupy NYC’s twitter handle wrote under a picture of cops struggling with protesters.

It’s hard to judge on the basis of a snapshot. Arrests of violent or disorderly people can look awfully rough when the only goal is to render the person harmless to himself or others. We all know examples of excessive brutality, but as all the reality TV shows like Cops and the prison shows make depressingly clear, cops face much more violence in their line of duty than they dish out.

And if these were indeed Occupy Wall Street people, I can’t very well criticize cops for doing what I so very badly wanted to do myself.

Lest ye forget the true… uh, face of the Occupy movement:

Here’s one picture I can’t see my way to defend, however:

Police can and should be held accountable for excessive force. And the unwashed anarchists of Occupy wherever can and should be doused with a fire hose if their pestilence ever returns.

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What’s Russian for Achtung!

History repeats itself, Marx avers, first as tragedy, second as farce.

What about the 2,748th time, Groucho?

A leaflet distributed in Donetsk, Ukraine calling for all Jews over 16 years old to register as Jews marred the Jewish community’s Passover festivities Monday (Passover eve), replacing them with feelings of concern.

“Dear Ukraine citizens of Jewish nationality,” the flyer began…

Love the use of “dear”! Why not “Dearest Jews” or “My darling Hebrews”? You’ll see why not:

“Due to the fact that the leaders of the Jewish community of Ukraine supported Bendery Junta,” a reference to Stepan Bandera, the leader of the Ukrainian nationalist movement which fought for Ukrainian independence at the end of World War II, “and oppose the pro-Slavic People’s Republic of Donetsk, (the interim government) has decided that all citizens of Jewish descent, over 16 years of age and residing within the republic’s territory are required to report to the Commissioner for Nationalities in the Donetsk Regional Administration building and register.”

The leaflet detailed what type of documents the Jewish citizens would need to supply: “ID and passport are required to register your Jewish religion, religious documents of family members, as well as documents establishing the rights to all real estate property that belongs to you, including vehicles.”

If the message was not made clear enough, the leaflet further stipulated the consequences that would come to those who failed to abide by the new demands: “Evasion of registration will result in citizenship revoke and you will be forced outside the country with a confiscation of property.”

Because some Jews—most of whom would be dead by now—wanted a free Ukraine after WWII, this fascist Russian occupier wants to round up—or the first step—all of today’s Jews over the age of 16. Flocks of Jews, are there?

Donetsk, a Ukraine province with 4.3 million people – 10 percent of Ukraine’s population – and 17,000 Jews, is home to much of the country’s heavy industry, and is thus the biggest prize of the eastern regions where pro-Russian separatists have captured government buildings in the past week.

Donetsk is 0.4% Jewish; 99.6% not. Pardon me if I’m not surprised. Disgusted, but not surprised. Remember, part of the reason Russia invaded Crimea was to battle supposed Ukrainian fascists—even though local Jews had had no problems.

Have you heard it said that WWII came about in part out of the unfinished business of WWI? Doesn’t this feel the same way? Only with Russia in the role of Nazi Germany?

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Care to Hear the Other Side?

So, we’re all on board that Russia behaved very badly, right? There should be “costs” (per Obama) for this “act of aggression” (per Kerry), right?

Ri-i-i-ght…:

The West organized the coup in Ukraine and they can make this very ugly, but there is no chance of Russia being able to back down, Danny Welch, blogger and anti-war activist, told RT.

Russia’s dispatch of a stabilization force in Crimea on official request from local authorities was harshly criticized by US Secretary of State John Kerry over weekend, threatening to isolate Russia economically and politically and warning of potential asset freezes and visa bans.

“You just don’t invade another country on phony pretext in order to assert your interests,” John Kerry said during an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press. “This is an act of aggression that is completely trumped up in terms of its pretext. It’s really 19th-century behavior in the 21st century.”

Danny Welch: The harshness of his [Kerry’s] reaction is indicative of the weakness of his position. In the first place it is absolutely surreal for the Secretary of State of the US to state that a country doesn’t have a right to invade other countries without a pretext, when right at the moment his own government is involved in up to a dozen countries. And I think the whole world thinks it sounds crazy except for the Western press.

RT: Western countries back Kiev … are we seeing a self-appointed government receiving international recognition?

DW: I’m not sure that’s international recognition. The Western powers always use a term international community when they mean themselves and a few of their closest friends. I think what remains to be seen is Russia and China – they are the two strongest members of the UN Security Council. They’ll obviously withhold recognition. Turkey basically agrees with Russia on the Crimean issue.

The coup is unraveling. The Navy commander defected and swore his leniency to Crimea. It’s not a tenable position for anyone involved, I think [the West] will try and they have military muscle, if they really want to start a war they can. [The West] started the coup, they funded the coup, they organized the coup – they can make this very ugly. But there is no chance of Russia being able to back down, so I don’t think they can do much.

RT: Washington and Brussels appear to be ignoring the nationalists and extremists within the Kiev government. Why is that?

DW: Because it’s supremely embarrassing. I was in Kiev and in Moscow many years ago, and one of the things that you can see when you’re on the ground there, that you are never taught in American schools, is the overwhelming pride at having defeated the fascists, and having pushed back the Nazis, and at what an incredible sacrifice of tens of millions of people for the Soviet Union and how important that is to the national identity. And now to have these Western powers actually paying fascists, paying neo-Nazis, to seize power in a country on Russia’s border is simply too evil and too embarrassing to admit, and so they’ll just continue to deny it.

That’s more than enough, as I’m sure you’ll agree. But it’s what they’re telling themselves. Or at least what this Danny Welch (who he?) is telling us.

I stopped there because there’s one little hole in his story: to paraphrase John Kerry, the Soviet Union was for the Nazis before they were against them. And it does little good to defeat German fascists if all you’re going to do is impose Russian fascism for the next four decades.

But if this is how Russia sees Obama/Kerry bluster, Ukraine is in for a very, very, very long winter.

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Our Substitute-Teacher-In-Chief Pummeled With Lots Of Spitballs

Obama was elected on Hope-n-Change. Every now and then, it is instructive to see where he has lead us.

Let’s begin with his foreign policy. Obama has adopted the foreign policy of Neville Chamberlain, with similar results. The Arab Spring has turned into chaos in Egypt and Syria, with reports of approximately 140,000 deaths in Syria alone. We don’t have a grim milestone watch for Egypt or Libya. The press seems a bit bored. And it seems that Iran will soon be a nuclear power. That should help.

As Sarah Palin predicted, Russia has invaded Ukraine and Obama stands holding his limp you-know-what. (Ms. Palin didnt put it that way, I did.) At least Bill Clinton was capable of doing two things at once.

Oh and there are problems in Latin America too, it seems.

That’s all so dreary. Let’s turn to domestic matters. We now have a shiny new health care system that costs much more than predicted and delivers much less. But we love it just the same. It’s called ObamaCare.

And the economy continues to play CandyLand. Did you ever play CandyLand? Nothing ever happens and it goes on and on forever. I think that ObamaCare is somehow related to the performance of the economy, but who knows?

And what else is there? What am I missing here? Oh yeah. We hired a stoner, apparently, to be the President. He recently gave a talk in which he said that he “got high a lot” instead of doing school work, but that he got many, many chances to improve. This confirms what I suspected. Obama went to an elite private school in Hawaii, and from there to an ok school in California, Occidental College. People who work very hard at those elite private schools usually end up going to elite colleges. I’m not trying to be snotty here; that’s just a fact. Obama somehow then managed to go to Columbia and then to Harvard Law. The public has never seen his transcripts so we don’t know what his grades were in High School or what he studied at either Occidental or Columbia. But we can guess. Those of you who have kids in high school, or had them in high school, just imagine your son or daughter getting the ride this man has gotten. We elected him, fair and square. We deserve this because elections have consequences. But it is shocking to consider the power in the hands of such an incompetent.

- Aggie

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Kiev Chicken

Yesterday, I linked to a profile of Joe Biden, in which he lamented being given “every sh*t job” by Obama. You know, like Afghanistan, Iraq, Congress, so that Obama could focus on… what again?

Pretty clear it wasn’t Ukraine. The situation changes by the minute, so I won’t try to pin it down, but the next few days will determine of Obama was paying attention. His statements to date are pathetic. If he’s got more up his sleeve, however, he’d better get moving before Crimea becomes de facto Russian territory. Just as Abkhazia and South Ossetia morphed from Georgian to Russian in the blink of an ICBM.

Putin wants to get the band back together. If there’s one good thing about fascists like him, it’s that they make posers like Obama look like the 98-pound weaklings they are.

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Now We’ll Both Have Sisis for Presidents

I don’t want to tell Egyptians how to run their country (I’d have to care first). But if they’re just going to play a game of musical thrones—where the loser has to rot in jail at the whim of the winner—and we wind up with one pharaoh in place of another, is it okay with Egyptians if we decline to give a [bleep]?

Hundreds or thousands of you died for an Islamist dictatorship, and now a military one?

Egypt’s military leadership council on Monday gave Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi — the army chief who helped oust the country’s first democratically elected president — its blessing to run for the presidency, the state-run Middle East News Agency reported.

El-Sisi has yet to announce whether he’ll run, but the move by Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces essentially is an endorsement of him, said Ehab Badawy, a spokesman for Egyptian Interim President Adly Mansour.

The council added in a statement to state television Monday night that it would be up to El-Sisi to decide, but that it considers his candidacy “a mandate and an obligation.”

Badawy said that El-Sisi, who was promoted from general to field marshal earlier Monday, would have to retire from the military before running for president.

Talk about burying the lead! People don’t get promoted from general to field marshall every day. Attention must be paid. Respect, mon générale—er, Juan Marichal, or whatever the term is.

And I like Sisi. Anyone who bottles up the Muslim Brotherhood genie is all right with me, no matter how many free speech and civil liberty advocates get taken along for the ride.

Funny, though. I don’t hear a peep from Barack or Kerry on the regression in Egypt (even CNN describes the MoBros as “democratically elected”). Once upon a time, Obama rode into Cairo on his chariot; now he avoids the place like the plagues (get it?). Maybe some of them don’t like him because he’s black.

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You Can’t Fool All The People All The Time

Watch an Irish politician explain Obama:

- Aggie

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Big Brother Is Watching You

Facebook going after conservative commentary

“Chicks on the Right,” a popular conservative website, could lose its Facebook community after posting a critical message about the White House press secretary that allegedly violated the social networking site’s standards.
The controversy involves a posting on their Facebook fan page that referred readers to a website posting titled, “You Know What? Liberal Hypocrisy is Starting to Cause Me Actual Physical Pain.”

“Jay Carney can kiss my assular area,” wrote Mockarena, who runs the website with Daisy, a medical writer and adjunct professor of communications.
Both women asked that their true identities not be revealed due to possible security concerns.
“I think people are starting to realize Facebook is not necessarily a safe place for conservatives,” Mockarena told Fox News.
She said she tried to log onto her Facebook page Tuesday morning and learned that access not both her personal account and “Chicks on the Right” account had been temporarily blocked.”
“We removed the following content you posted or were the admin of because it violates Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities,” read a screen-grab she posted.
Facebook did not immediately return email seeking comment.
Mockarena, who said their site has nearly 90,000 fans, said Facebook could eventually shut them down.

“Apparently we are on very thin ice and are about to be shut down if there’s something else that’s identified as a violation,” she said.
And that – in itself – is a problem because the ladies who run the website and Facebook page aren’t sure how the Carney statement violates the social networking site’s policies.
“There are pages on Facebook that are incredibly obscene,” she said. “There were ‘Kill Mitt Romney’ pages during the election that were allowed to stand.”
A quick check of Facebook revealed a number of vulgar pages directed at conservatives including:
“Ann Romney’s Amputated Breast”
“F*** Conservatives”
“F*** Mitt Romney”
“Tea Party Can Kiss My A**”
“Rush Limbaugh is an Abject A******”
So why haven’t those sites been taken down?

At the heart of the matter – the ladies who run the website believe there’s another motive behind the threat.
“They are targeting conservatives,” Mockarena said.
She also believes liberals “who are hellbent on silence conservatives” are trolling conservative pages and reporting specific posts.
“All those reports get funneled into Facebook and with enough complaints the pages are then shut down,” she said.
As a result of the incident, the “Chicks” have launched a new social networking site on TeaPartyCommunity.com.
“The experience is very similar to Facebook,” she said. “We are hoping to drive traffic there because we know it’s a safe place.”

And safety is the issue, isn’t it? As we lurch more and more leftward, as the Left becomes nastier and more emboldened, we become concerned for our safety and our privacy.

- Aggie

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Arab Terrorists Blow Up Bus In Tel Aviv, Media Yawns, Blames Israel

BTL has already presented this:
How’s diplomacy working so far?

I’ll just add this, from CNN

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I can name tens of Muslim clerics, important formulators of public opinion in a region dominated by religion, that will readily condemn acts of terrorism against the West, but will fall silent when it comes to condemning Hamas or Islamic Jihad. Put simply, support for violent resistance against Israel among Arab and Muslim-majority countries — including allies of the United States such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia — remains popular.

Hamas benefits from that support. From radical Iran to moderate Tunisia, Hamas’ Prime Minister Ismail Haniyyeh was welcomed by vast cheering crowds during visits this year.
In a new Middle East, where popular opinion matters more than ever before, to demand that people condemn Hamas is a political nonstarter. It won’t happen. Israel’s talk of Hamas terrorism has failed to convince the Muslim and Arab masses. And worse, the label of “terror” loses its importance when entire populations, essentially, see nothing wrong with Hamas’s violent activities. [And that, Gentle Reader, is why Hitler was not a terrorist. People loved him. Notice how the author redefines terrorism, away from the victim, toward the perpetrator? - Aggie]

In short, Israel’s strategy has failed to win Muslim hearts and minds. In the long term, it cannot continue to rely on military superiority and Western support in the face of popular hostility. Israel is a nation in the Middle East, and it needs to find a home and place among its increasingly democratic neighbors. The old ideas of “we do not talk to terrorists” are not only strategically futile, but also untrue.

Can you imagine any other group on the planet being targeted with that sort of logic? You-need-to-make-your-killers-like-you-logic. I can imagine it because my parents and grandparents watched it unfold in Europe. We are a very foolish society, to put it kindly.

We are living in the Age of Obama, not unlike the Age of Chamberlain in England. There Will Be Peace In Our Time.

- Aggie

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Don’t Drink the Drachma

You can’t make this stuff up:

Antonis Samaras, the prime minister who was sworn in on Wednesday, cancelled meetings and will undergo surgery on Saturday after he was found to be suffering from a detached retina following a routine eye examination.

Of greater concern was the condition of the country’s new finance minister, Vassilis Rapanos, who was rushed to hospital after collapsing from apparent exhaustion. Mr Rapanos, 65, who is known to suffer from a long-standing illness, was in a stable condition last night.

The men’s ill health was emblematic of the strain being placed on millions of ordinary Greeks as the eurozone struggles to find a solution to the financial crisis.

What about the Golden Shower Party? They seem pretty healthy:

An immigrant rights group on Thursday accused a Greek far-right party of being behind hundreds of violent attacks on immigrants as part of a stepped-up “terror campaign” aimed at driving them out of the country.

Leading activist Petros Constantinou told a news conference that the number of such attacks had ballooned since Sunday’s crucial national election, which saw the extreme Golden Dawn party nab 18 seats in parliament.

“There’s a huge pogrom underway now that has been organized by Golden Dawn gangs, with fascist and racist attacks in neighborhoods and in subway and bus stations,” said Constantinou, coordinator of the United Against Racism and Fascist Violence Movement. “Right now we have dozens of injured, stabbing victims.”

Constantinou said Golden Dawn’s strong showing in the poll has emboldened it to step up such violence, and he accused police of covering up for the party.

I have no quarrel with Greece. I just fine it ironic that the birthplace for Western democracy should become its latest graveyard.

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Today Souvlaki, Tomorrow Moussaka!

Have you been following the Golden Shower—sorry, Dawn, Golden Dawn—Party in Greece?

You’re missing something:

The Greek prosecutor’s office issued a warrant Thursday for the arrest of a well-known politician videotaped throwing a glass of water at a colleague and slapping another.

Ilias Kasidiaris of Greece’s far-right party Golden Dawn caused a national uproar with his actions during a popular morning television talk show. Police are looking for Kasidiaris, also the party’s spokesman, but no arrest has been reported.

Kasidiaris and other candidates appeared on ANT1 TV to discuss the June 17 elections.

Rena Dourou of the Coalition of the Radical Left, also known as Syriza, stated that Kasidiaris’ party would take Greece back 500 years, video shows. Kasidiaris is then seen tossing the water glass. But things did not end there.

When a candidate from the Communist Party of Greece, Liana Kanelli, stood and waved a newspaper toward Kasidiaris and told him to get out, things got worse. Kasidiaris responded by slapping Kanelli three times, ANT1 TV’s video shows.

Kanelli is a well-known former journalist and was a deputy in the Communist Party for many years.

Well then, clearly she had it coming.

From beating up Jews to beating up girls—must be in the Nazi DNA. I’ve been comparing the Greek Nazis to the German Nazis along the lines of Karl Marx’s old line that history repeats itself, first as history, second as farce. But ol’ Karl and I are wrong: it repeats as Jerry Springer.

They’re clowns, but I hope none of you is laughing.

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