Via Israellycool this story from the Age nails it:

Hamas has absolutely no desire to negotiate a peaceful Palestinian state living in neighbourly quiet next to Israel. Hamas, and many Palestinians, have effectively abandoned the two-state solution. They instead have a long-term demographic strategy. In 1950, there were 240,000 Gazans, Now there are 1.5 million. By 2040 there will be three million. Eventually, they believe, they will swamp Israel with sheer numbers. And they will never let Israel be free of responsibility for them, either by an association with Egypt, which is what Israel tried to achieve by its withdrawal in 2005, or by becoming an independent state at peace.

At the other end of the spectrum, I believe many moderate Palestinians don’t really want two states either. If you were an Arab East Jerusalemite, would you really want to leave Israel, with its modern economy, world class hospitals etc, to be ruled either by the corrupt kleptomaniacs of Fatah or the totalitarian Islamists of Hamas?

Combine this with Yon’s article from yesterday and you have the situation in a nutshell.

We will see a Palestinian state sometime after Puerto Rico either becomes independent or the 51st state.

And the hits keep coming from Gaza but since apparently the only story in the world is the bill in the Senate nobody around here cares.

If you are the exception you know where to look.

It hits me that there isn’t a lot of whining over the plight of the Palestinians at least I haven’t read much of it lately, there was a time I couldn’t miss it if I wanted to.

This might mean that Peres in Davos might have been a seminal moment. If the “peacenicks” have lost Peres they have lost the ability to pressure Israel.

Via Glenn Yuval Levin gives the fairest assessment of the Palin candidacy that I have yet read:

Either way, the Palin moment shed a powerful light on the power, the potential, and the ultimate inadequacy of a conservatism grounded solely in cultural populism. It also exposed the vulnerability of the Left to a challenge to its most cherished claims—as the sole representative of the interests of the working class and the only legitimate path to political power for an ambitious woman.

And, perhaps even more telling, it revealed the unfortunate and unattractive propensity of the American cultural elite to treat those who are not deemed part of the elect with condescension and contumely.

Read the whole thing. I suspect her CPAC speech will be VERY important to see what she will or will not be on the national stage.

I think Big Hollywood nails it:

Does anybody else find it supremely ironic that Ben Stein made a documentary about academia’s intolerance toward those who question evolutionary theory — and then a university effectively rescinded an invitation to speak? Seems to me that nothing in Ben Stein’s Expelled is more compelling evidence of the truth of his thesis than that.

I don’t have a horse in this race myself but I think this is a gift to Ben Stein it validates his thesis and strengthens his whole hand. Even if you disagree much better to let him talk. I suspect he would have been a great speaker.

The stimulus bill has created a giant sucking sound keeping other news to the background but lets take a quick look:

President Obama appears on an Arab network full of Mea Culpa for the US. Iran demands apologies and continues to build the bomb with a worldwide reach.

Russia flexes its muscle and suddenly Kyrgyzstan carries Russia’s water giving us notice to scoot. Russia finances the closing and then “consents” to help us.

Pakastan releases Kahn from house arrest no word from the white house.

New North Korean missile tests. IMAO has the Obama plan.

India; which was one of the real triumphs of Bush era diplomacy is cooling. Cooperation becomes warning after warning.

And hey lets drop charges against the Cole bomber.

When you look like the weak horse, people try to ride you. Carter 7 Arthur 3

Update: and yes I know IMAO is a joke site.

Update 2: The Anchoress said something similar last night. That’s my kinda company.

My wife’s union got a call from her union urging her to call our senators to support the “stimulus” bill. As our Senator’s are Kennedy and Kerry that would be a waste of time as they would support this president if it was a bill to declare English Muffins a war crime, even if she was inclined to support the bill (she’s not).

That is also why I haven’t called since it would be a waste of time in Massachusetts. I’ll do it with my congressman Olver since it is the least liberal district in the state (which isn’t saying much) and from meeting him a nice guy.

This is in my opinion a really lousy bill. It’s not as bad a first move as Clinton’s don’t ask don’t tell goes but its going to be a bad hit for him. Hopefully it will bring him down to earth. The speed of the bill suggests it. And unlike the Patriot act potentially tens of thousands of life are not in immediate danger. And if you think they are, talk to some depression era people about what hard times actually are.

Been watching since 6:30 and just not finding anything worth blogging on it so far.

6:59 a.m. It’s pretty bad when the only thing to talk about is “Drag Queen robs Burger King” But you can’t get a hit every time at bat.

7:01 a.m. Still talking the baby it was cute and she did glow when holding it. It still brings a smile to my face. As my kids are nearing the end of their teen years I’m strongly regretting not having a 3rd.

7:05 a.m. Obama could sign a winner with republicans and democrats. I still maintain that if the democrats thought this would work they would call for the vote and let Republicans take the hit for either filibustering it or voting against it.

7:07 a.m. That was a very acquired laugh by Mika interviewing the Cole’s captain.

7:10 a.m. Joe is going a little loud on it. Commander Lippold shows how calm and cool is. He doesn’t like this.

7:12 a.m. I do think this is a little disingenuous since this guy is not going to be let go.

7:15 a.m. I love that this show isn’t afraid to have a guest who will challenge liberal orthodoxy.

7:26 a.m. Mika: What is the rush if its going to be bad?

7:41 a.m. These guys just love that Obama says I screwed up. Pat does point out that the vetters are responsible, but I say that the fact that stuff like this wouldn’t have been considered a problem says a lot about the way these guys think.

7:54 a.m. Confessions of a Shopaholic. blah blah blah YAWN!

7:56 a.m. All about confidence says Woodward. He’s right about that.

8:08 a.m. Krugman we are nitpicking on this bill. Obama should go on the offensive on the bill.

8:12 a.m. Krugman seems to think that all president Bush did was cut taxes wasn’t there a ton of spending? Re-writes the history of the Reagan years. Has a point about the fed though.

8:15 a.m. The 90’s was gridlock not corporation, hey maybe that means we should do nothing. Krugman thinks doing nothing is horrible, that’s confirms my opinion.

8:29 a.m. Chris Matthews needs to be on Morning Joe more often, it seems to bring him back to sanity. Says he needs to explain what the bill does and why.

8:31 a.m. Dump stimulus it sounds like a porn ad. I think that the great talking bit is lessened without a teleprompter.

8:40 a.m. Matthews seems to have crowned Susan Collins as kingmaker. Maine votes like people from Maine, looking for deeper meaning in her victory this year is just wrong.

8:43 a.m. Barnicle must have seen this ad from Reason:

8:51 a.m. More Mika and the baby I expect this judge to get angry.

Baseball Musings notes that today is Hank Aaron’s Birthday.

Here is an interview from last year:


Aaron wasn’t a flashy player he just showed up every day and did his job better than almost everyone else in the game. He had a solid bat , 3 gold gloves and some speed on the bases (240 stolen bases). He is the all time leader in RBI’s and Total Bases and Extra Base Hits. He is in the top 5 all time in Games, at bats, Plate Appearances, Runs, Hits, Home Runs, Times on base, Sac Flies, Intentional Walks and a few less popular categories such as Grounded into Double Plays and Outs.

There is absolutely no way I would want Bonds on my team over Aaron. I don’t care what the numbers say. The only time I would choose Bonds over Aaron is if the bases were loaded and I needed one run for a world series.

Aaron is one of the all time class acts of the game. We were very lucky to have him.

There is shock and horror over the story of a woman who went in for an abortion, went into labor early delivered a live child and then, well lets quote the story:

What Williams and the Health Department say happened next has shocked people on both sides of the abortion debate: One of the clinic’s owners, who has no medical license, cut the infant’s umbilical cord. Williams says the woman placed the baby in a plastic biohazard bag and threw it out.

Doesn’t shock me one bit. We have a society that has no respect for life. The humanity of he unborn child is denied and it is treated as property. Large profits are made by the industry that does this and lawmakers even “catholic” lawmakers defend it with their votes.

Why would you expect this not to happen? What I wonder is how much does this stuff happen and people stay quiet?

This is the society that people have voted for and supported. Just remember if you are one of those people the day may come when your life might not be considered to have value, when you are considered a burden to society in general and your family in particular. And when that day comes and you are put away or worse, don’t complain.

And if you are Catholic and you support abortion either actively or passively; find a priest and make a good confession. God will give you the rest of your life to do so.

After that you’re on your own.

Update: Via Jules Crittenden slightly off subject but with the same theme via at Jules Crittenden “The normalization of evil.”

Update 2: The captain quotes the Pres.

Via LGF and Mere Rhetoric we find out why Peres’ speech is so important:

Human rights groups argued Wednesday that a detailed probe into Hamas’s firing of Kassam rockets at Israeli communities is not necessary, because it constitutes such a “blatant” war crime. By contrast, Israel’s actions are more complex, and therefore do require such investigation, they said.

With Israel it is much more complicated apparently;

“With Israel things are more complicated because Israel states it does not deliberately target civilians and that it safeguards them. With Israel, you have to investigate each specific incident because even if a civilian is killed in an attack, it doesn’t mean its necessarily a war crime.”

Hamas however says not so fast:

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum was quoted by AP Wednesday as saying Hamas attacks on southern Israel towns are “a means of self-defense.” “Those are not civilians. They are all soldiers,” Barhoum said of the residents of southern Israel. “We are firing at places that bring us the F-16s, the warplanes and the tanks.”

But Micha’eli dismissed Barhoum’s statements as absurd. “No credible human rights law expert would accept that excuse,” she added.

This explains why they are not investigated but it doesn’t explain why they are not condemned or protested. The less that these guys make of this stuff the more they are ignored and forgotten. If these “blatant” crimes are ignored by the NGO’s then as far as the world community is concerned they don’t exist.