who insist that Israel is occupying Palestinian land in the West Bank.

Since Jordan held the West Bank before 1967 was Jordan occupying Palestinian Land?

Since England held the West Bank before 1947 did England occupy Palestinian Land?

Since the Ottoman Empire held the West Bank before 1918 did the Ottomans occupy Palestinian Land?

We can go all the way back to the time of David and before. So can anyone tell me who was the first people who occupied land owned by “Palestinians” on the west bank?

I expect an answer sometime after Oliver Willis answers the question I gave him.

Think again:

In the wake of the US raid in Abbottabad that killed Osama bin Laden, China has “warned in unequivocal terms that any attack on Pakistan would be construed as an attack on China”, a media report claimed today. The warning was formally conveyed by the Chinese foreign minister at last week’s China-US strategic dialogue and economic talks in Washington

Pundit Press asks the question

Are we now one predator drone strike in the badlands of Pakistan from war with China or is this bluff and bravado from an increasingly powerful nation seeking to expand it’s local influence?

and at Hotair:

For instance, what about the Predator attacks on terrorists in the border regions? Pakistan has officially protested these attacks while unofficially tolerating them. If China is serious about its message, will they insist on an end to all operations within Pakistan from now on? And how will China respond to an attack on Pakistan under a doctrine that’s not dissimilar from NATO’s charter? Will they attack the US and start a war, or will they react only diplomatically?

You can take it to the bank the China will at best react diplomatically, China has been flexing its diplomatic and economic muscles worldwide but their ability to project military power worldwide hasn’t kept up.

China’s worldwide interests are very vulnerable to US international power that can be projected around the globe in a way that China can not. Economically China is also highly dependent on the purchase of cheap goods by the US. In case of war with America, how quickly would China’s merchant marine, oil tankers and global trade quickly find itself transformed into new artificial coral reefs all over the ocean floor thanks to our submarine fleet?

And with a populace already now expecting more from their communist government as their standard of living improves, how will a government that depends on a strong standing army and secret police to control unrest going to be able to fight what would frankly become a global war while preventing revolution at home?

If I”m right then why is China doing this now? Because for all the “I’ve got Bin Laden” bravado in the White House the Chinese understand that with this crew in the White House NOW is the time for their Rhineland gambit. They aren’t just assuming the US will not answer, they are counting on it!

I guarantee you that if the Rhineland gambit is not challenged we will see it followed by a Sudetenland gambit.

The friends of Domique Straus-Kahn have decided it’s time to double down and pony up.

First we have Bernard-Henri-Levy in a second piece.

I maintain that the tabloids which, the moment this story broke, and before we were aware of his version of the facts—or any facts at all—called Strauss-Kahn a “perv” (the New York Daily News headline), were indignant at his release on bail (the New York Post: “Frog Legs It”) and echoed unconfirmed rumors, always playing against him and changing every two hours (hasty departure… airline ticket purchased at the last minute… looking stressed out…), have set themselves up as judges in the place of the judges—which is still another infraction of the most elementary of rules of law.

Read the whole assault on a free press and marvel how he so easily shifts to “the system is to blame” argument, no longer querying if his friend was having lunch with his daughter, or how a mere chambermaid could have walked in alone as the Kahn defense has shifted narrative.

And while Levy keeps the pressure on in the press, Kahn’s friends are taking a different Tack that is likely to have a pretty strong effect:

“They already talked with her family,” a French businesswoman with close ties to Strauss-Kahn and his family told The Post. “For sure, it’s going to end up on a quiet note.”

Prosecutors in Manhattan have done their best to keep the cleaning woman out of the reach of Strauss-Kahn’s supporters, but the source was already predicting success for the Parisian pol’s pals.

“He’ll get out of it and will fly back to France. He won’t spend time in jail. The woman will get a lot of money,” said the source, adding that a seven-figure sum has been bandied about.

Talk about an international monetary fund, with her extended family living in poverty without electricity let along modern conveniences it’s no wonder they are feeling confident.

I’ve often talked about how the attitude of the left is that of a feudal Lord. You won’t find a better example of it that this case period.

For those of you looking to make the US into Europe lite, be careful of what you wish for.

When I heard the news that Scott Brown was opposing the Ryan plan I sighed.

It’s clear that democrats in Massachusetts would use support of the Ryan plan as a weapon against him, but I took Brown at his word that he had specific objections to the plan. Everybody doesn’t agree with everything so I didn’t consider it a big deal. When people objected on twitter to the vote saying we need a real conservative in Massachusetts I asked “A real conservative like Martha Coakley?”

I was going to let it drop until the word started going around that Scott Brown couldn’t vote for the Ryan plan because of Newt poisoned the water and look at the League of Woman voters attacks.

Let’s answer this stuff now:

1. I don’t know what other people’s expectations but I expect my US Senator’s to use a standard other than “Does Newt Gingrich put his foot in his mouth” on what will be supported or not.

2. If anyone in the GOP thinks that the League of Liberal Women voters or any other liberal group is going to go less all out against Scott Brown they are deluding themselves. Brown could vote a straight Harry Reid line and Massachusetts liberals would spend tens of millions to destroy him.

I’m very much hoping that this “We can’t vote for this with a tough election” line is not officially sanctioned from the Brown campaign, because if it is then that means they didn’t learn this lesson:

#3 Light Dawns on Marble Head

The league’s actions clearly demonstrate the futility of courting the media and “mainstream” groups. It is a lesson he may not understand but he needs to learn asap. Senator Brown you’re a nice guy but get this through your head:

No matter how many votes you give them, no matter many words you say or do. LIBERAL NGO’S AND THE MSM ARE NOT GOING TO SUPPORT YOU IN 2012.

Once you get this through your head, the rest is easy.

Of these lessons the 3rd is the most important for Senator Brown to learn, will he be wise enough to do so. That is the $64,000 question.

It is the failure to learn this lesson that has cost the GOP over and over again.

I think Scott Brown is a good senator and a decent fellow. I was very pleased to support him in 2010 and I expect to support him in 2012, but if anyone thinks that appeasing liberals is the way to win they are deluding themselves. Brown won by only 5 points in a huge turnout, he may want prevent defections among independents but he definitely can’t afford defections from his base, because those are the people who make the calls, who do the stand outs and buttonhole folks.

Update: Kelly Ayotte just stated on Fox she would vote for the plan, yet one more reason for conservatives in Massachusetts to move to New Hampshire

Update 2: The legal insurrection post is bad but the Fleming and Hays post is devastating, I think an explanation is in order and sans one I see no reason for any conservative to bother to work for Brown or donate money, if he wants to court liberals let them support him.

Update 3: Stacy suggest he might be looking over his shoulder and seeing Elizabeth Warren?

Apparently the plan for the left is misrepresent Herman Cain then run away.

When I posted my questions for moral arbiter extraordinaire Oliver Willis he answered with a “you don’t like Muslim” tweet and then ran away, when I repeated the questions on twitter we discovered that answering questions is apparently above his pay grade at Soros and company.

Meanwhile anyone even slightly informed about the Herman Cain campaign is aware that his fundraising arm is “Friends of Herman Cain.” Yet days after he pointed out that his old PAC is inactive MSNBC reports that Cain only has $15 bucks or so because that is all that’s in the old PAC.

What does this tell you? It tells you that the Cain campaign has the potential to break out and the left is desperate to make sure this doesn’t happen. They rightly fear that between the Cain campaign and speeches like this the race card is now crashing and burning.
The day voters stop loaning on the race card is doomsday for the democratic party.