Nordlinger commented on this and lionized it.

Doc’s talk commented on it elegantly:

Only an old man could speak out that way at the WEF in Davos. Peres’ age was like a sacred receptacle containing the heart and soul of Judaism. What in the world did the organizers think they were doing, throwing the old man into the ring with those three guys? Is that their idea of a fair fight? Or was it simply one more international Israel-bashing jamboree? All so smooth in shirts and ties, invited to punch up the old man… for what? To shlurp up some jihadi money and make a giant step in the direction of sharia finance?

Big mistake. They hit the jackpot, a cascade of solid gold divine wrath that knocked them dizzy.

Even Atlas was impressed:

I am not a fan of Shimon Peres, but I am deeply proud of him in this. Don’t sit through the Jew bashing…. fast forward to minute 40 – watch Peres. It is an incredible speech. And please don’t point out to me in the comment section all of Peres’ faults. I know them well. But in this moment, he is magnificent.

If you haven’t seen it here it is:

Update: Redirected Atlas quote to her own blog.

Nordlinger’s 6th and final report from Davos went up today. (I keep wanting to type Davros, that would be an interesting Nordlinger interview). He is relating a question and answer session with Václav Klaus and part of it is almost as required as the Yon story today:

Klaus has published a book called Blue Planet in Green Shackles: What Is Endangered: Climate or Freedom? He tells us that the answer is freedom—freedom is endangered—adding, “I imagine National Review would understand what I mean.” I reply, “Actually, there are differing views about global warming at National Review.”

A different journalist says, “What freedom do you mean? What freedom is endangered?” Klaus points to her and says, “Yours, mine, [turning to the WEF representative] the moderator’s. The freedom of publications like National Review.”

Still another journalist, with high-pitched indignation, says, “Are you saying that Al Gore is threatening freedom?” Klaus answers, “More or less. Environmentalism and the global-warming alarmism are challenging our freedom; Al Gore is an important person in this movement.”

About the financial crisis, Klaus says, “I am more afraid of the ‘reforms’ that will result from the crisis than I am of the crisis itself. I’m afraid that the current crisis will be misused for radically constraining the functioning of the markets and market economies all around the world. I’m afraid of the potential consequences of overactivity by politicians,” as those politicians “try to win votes by pretending that they are coming to the rescue.”


His speech is pretty good he is hitting all the right notes. He goes into some details about his own family and lack thereof. He mentions that his father was a Muslim who became an atheist and that his people were not particularly practicing Christians.

He notes Tony Blair and his coming to his (Catholic) faith. He talks about his coming to Christianity briefly it is interesting so I’ll comment on it later in its own post.

He asks for prayers for himself and the country.

A good solid speech that hit the right tone.

One small thing that I’ll mention since it will be beaten into the ground; He says that no religion says to kill the innocent. The question is who is considered the innocent? He might want to re-read his Koran on that one. Of course this speech wasn’t the place for that question but there are going to be those who hit on it hard, so I’m saying it now.

Considering we went through the same thing here I really feel for the people in Kentucky who are still without power and that no matter what the Today show said tuesday has had a slow Fema response and been rather ignored by the Obama administration.

The most interesting story I’ve seen on this is here:

When the wind died down and the ice storm had passed, Joe Stutzman gathered his spare lanterns and stepped out of his Amish farmhouse to lend them to his modern-living neighbors.

“I feel sorry for my neighbors who were used to electricity and all of a sudden didn’t have it,” Stutzman said. “I know that must be hard for them.”

Hundreds of thousands of people in Kentucky have been without electricity for their lights, furnaces, ovens and refrigerators since the killer storm hit more than a week ago, and some spots might not get power back for weeks.

But Kentucky’s Amish have been living that way all their lives. And when the disaster struck, they generously lent a hand to their non-Amish neighbors and showed them how it’s done.

The money quote is right here:

Stutzman, his wife and their seven children were secure in their toasty, two-story home amid corn and soybean fields and swampy stands of cypress in western Kentucky.

“We paid it no attention,” Stutzman said Tuesday, relaxing in a handmade rocker as a wood stove across the room radiated heat on a windy morning with temperatures in the low 20s.

Take that Weird Al!

…the New Minutemen

A WOMAN suspected of recruiting more than 80 female suicide bombers has confessed to organising their rapes so she could later convince them that martyrdom was the only way to escape the shame.

Samira Jassam, 51, was arrested by Iraqi police and confessed to recruiting the women and orchestrating dozens of attacks.

Hot air reports and comments:

It’s a particularly despicable scam. Jassam didn’t just step in as some sort of Islamist rape counselor to advise suicide as an answer to shame. She arranged the rapes of dozens of women, and then presented herself as an advisor to the victims to recruit them for suicide missions. It’s one of the most ghoulish plots I’ve ever known, and a stunning betrayal of her own gender.

I’m reminded of what Lincoln said concerning the bill passed in the south at the end of the war authorizing Negro troops. He said we have to get to the bottom of the manpower well of the foe. I guess they are getting there.

This would never get reported while Bush was still there.

…but if you read only one thing today read Michael Yon’s letter exclusively on Instapundit. Key Excerpt:

The idea of a two-state solution, once popular with many Israelis, is evaporating. More and more Israelis are coming to believe that any appeasement with the Palestinians is merely a reward for terrorism. And so it is. The Palestinians have become prisoners by their own hand. The hand that builds the bombs, wields the guns, and welds the rockets, has caused a fence to be built around them.

They are isolated and imprisoned. But it’s not only Israel who’s done this. The Gaza Strip borders Egypt, and Egypt has done the same. The terrorists are tunneling like rats and the Egyptians and Israelis are trying to locate and destroy the tunnels under their respective fence lines. Who wants the Palestinians? If the Palestinians truly were a peaceful lot, victims only of Israel, one might think that they would have free entry into Egypt. But they do not.

Yon is the best single reporter in the world on the war on terror.

UPDATE: His bottom line is unfortunately correct at least at this time.

It simply does not make sense for us to support a Palestinian state, when at every turn they demonstrate that they will simply become more powerful, richer terrorists, with longer range rockets.

My greatest regret with HiWired is we were unable to pull off the podcast with Yon. We traded e-mails kept missing each other. It was before he was well known and would have been a solid exclusive.

Promoted from today’s Morning Joe. One of the starting headlines is that one of the most wanted Nazi War Criminals still left alive from WWII apparently died in Egypt where he hid under a false name for decades.

One of the most wanted Nazi war criminals, Aribert Heim or ‘Doctor Death’, lived for years as a quiet, pious Muslim in a small hotel on the edge of Islamic Cairo, where he was known as Doctor Tarek.

Concealed in the labyrinthine streets of the largest city in Africa and the Middle East, the man wanted for killing hundreds of concentration camp victims with horrific medical experiments found refuge until his death in 1992.

The next paragraph is almost stereotypical of killers in hiding:

“He was like a giant, not very chatty but he never missed a prayer at the mosque,” remembers Gamal Abu Ahmed, who today lives in Dr Death’s former room on the sixth floor of the Qasr el-Medina hotel.

He was a very quiet man…Never missed a prayer at the mosque. No!

A genocidal war criminal involved in the death of Jews hiding in an Arab country as a Muslim. I can’t handle the shock. How did he ever manage to blend in?

Update: Israellycool covered this yesterday, see what happens when you miss a day of your favorite blogs.

Up early today right from the start.

6:01 a.m. Obama defending the bill. Joe is worried that neither side really doesn’t have a clue.

6:02 a.m. Barnicle All the other stuff is for later do the financial stuff first.

6:03 a.m. Scarborough is quoting the Limbaugh plan favorably on MSNBC. Olberman and Maddow will soon go Kryten.

6:08 a.m. Barnicle should be talking up Dunkin Donuts not Starbucks.

6:09 a.m. Shock Shocked I’m shocked that a Nazi war Criminal might have been hiding in an Arab country for decades. Who would have thought it. (this deserves its own post and will get it.)

6:10 a.m. Hate to say it but I think Joe’s question concerning an abortion connection is not an invalid one. And in case people haven’t figured it out you can’t be doing this stuff while claiming the mantle of Christianity. See Brown, John and the slavery issue.

6:14 a.m. Joe points out the Ponzi scheme nature of Social Security, in fairness to the congress that passed it at the time we weren’t killing our kids and large families were not only the norm but had always been the norm. The idea that this would change would have occurred less to people of the 30’s then gay marriage and the removal of prayer in schools.

6:31 a.m. Dionne is commenting that no president can walk on water, is this a new revelation to the press. Who wants to bet that the press will claim credit if this bill fails and uses it as an example of them “standing up” to the new president?

6:36 a.m. This is a guy who never once had to make payroll, and neither have a lot of these guys.

6:41 a.m. The president’s oped is really getting trashed here, Mika is trying to give him a little slack.

6:42 a.m. These guys think Larry Summers is God, I know of one blogger who would disagree.

6:52. a.m. Isn’t that the same name as the Springfield team on the Simpsons?

6:54 a.m. Madoff stole from Sandy Koufax, that’s where we draw the line.

6:57 a.m. I’ve always hated the baby investor commercials. I suspect he was in charge of it all.

6:59 a.m. Judd v Palin advantage Palin.

7:03 a.m. Barnicle has fun with full exposure.

7:08 a.m. They are talking about the parallels between the pressure for the bill and Going into Iraq. That’s very unfair. “The Rush to War in Iraq” canard is an insult to history and to anyone who actually paid attention at the time.

7:24 a.m. Is executive pay congress’ business? Sen Welch Reed “Tax Payers are now high equity investors” I think he has a very good point. If are shareholders he have a vote. This is why these business’ shouldn’t have been in a rush to take government money.

7:26 a.m. He is focusing on the unemployment extension when asked why the bill should be voted on. Why not just pass that alone says I?

7:27 a.m. Joe: This bill doesn’t follow the gospel of Summers. Welch Reed: “Yes it does” Joe: “No it doesn’t” Welch Reed: “Yes it does.”

7:29 a.m. It’s all the fault of tax cuts that we are in this mess in the first place. It’s all Bush’s fault.

7:31 a.m. A question on Afghanistan and a solid answer remembering Pakistan.

7:35 a.m. Joe’s example is excellent but it inadvertently reveals a truth concerning men. RedSox with Joe or Mickey D’s with Mika? I think Mika wins that one. It is instinct. If it was Joe and Willy then Joe’s point would carry. Men like being with beautiful women even if there is nothing going on.

7:40 a.m. Jack Welsh: “Revenge is a bad [economic] strategy.”

7:42 a.m. Leave the pork in the 3rd bucket, focus on real stimulus. Get a bill that creates jobs. Energy and healthcare is stimulus and the safety net.

7:44 a.m. Explains mark to market. This is very important to understand. Capital has to be put against uncertain assets. They couldn’t loan the money they had to restore the balance sheet.

7:46 a.m. Forcing Fannie & Freddy to loan is a big part of the problem.

7:48 a.m. Don’t give the content away screams Joe, screw the kids. Welsh: They have to monetize the web but we can’t see how.

7:54 a.m. We need to have an informed public for a democracy. This is a joke coming from someone from Time Magazine, the New York Times, Washington post etc. If they actually REPORTED and did their job of reporting instead of advocating what they want and burrying what they don’t want to report then it would be different.

8:07 a.m. Jane Harmon for CIA chief!

8:12 a.m. The difference between S&L is we took over banks as failed banks and sold assets at .20 on the dollar. A lot of us got rich on it. The problem is these banks are too big to do the same.

8:14 a.m. None of the banks in trouble are hiring ANYONE say Jack Welsh.

8:22 a.m. “I don’t need you to tell me you hate fraud.” He wasn’t necessarily wrong.

8:24 a.m. Mika: “I wonder if Bernie Madoff really meant to hurt anyone?” Me: “Ketchup you want ketchup on lobster? BOOM!

8:28 a.m. Jack Welsh: “Is he going to get a better bill?” Todd: “He has to modify it to get the most conservative democrats on board.”

8:29 a.m. Most powerful speaker since Rayburn says Joe? Bull. Tip O’Neil was more powerful because he dealt with the people below him from a position of trust.

8:30 a.m. Chuck Todd: “I think the house republicans don’t matter. I don’t think Joe and Jane in Missouri are counting if he gets house republicans.”

8:32 a.m. Joe gives them a history lesson circa 1994.

8:34 a.m. Is it just me or has everyone forgotten that 11 dems voted against this bill too?

8:35 a.m. Jack is at the web chat, Erin Burnett is giving the job report (it’s bad) and Sen Webb is due to come one for real this time.

8:39 a.m. From the web chat:

[Comment From Jim Thompson]
“Buy America”, how do you feel about this?

Jack Welch: Good morning Jim. I think it’s a disaster, we went through this with Smoot-Haley in the 30s and it reduced global trade by two-thirds in 24 months

8:41 a.m. Mika’s got a baby in hand and like all women I’ve ever seen just glows when she is holding a child, my wife is the same way.

8:43 a.m. The live comments are taking over from the pre-sent questions in the chat.

8:44 a.m. Webb is trying to get a group together for compromise on the bill.

8:52 a.m. The Bale outburst hides the fact that time is money on the set.

8:58 a.m. Courtney has the baby and can’t think of anything else.

9:07 a.m. Stayed for Willie Geist’s chat question asked by me:

Hi Willie: One of the things I notice about the show is that you guys seem to have a lot of fun and not take each other too seriously but aren’t afraid to say what you think. Would you say that is the secret of the show’s success?

full disclosure asked a question under my name, under guest and Under the blogs name.

Willie Geist: Peter, thanks for the question. You’re right that we don’t take ourselves very seriously. We take the news and our guests very seriously, but you won’t ever catch us saying we’re “Keeping Them Honest” or that we’re “On Your Side”. Better to just keep people honest and be on your side without announcing that you’re keeping them honest and being on your side, you know?

9:14 a.m. My cunning plan to sneak in a 2nd question by not using my name has succeeded!

[Comment From Guest]
MSNBC is considered a very liberal network . Yet your show is very appealing to conservatives like me. How do you manage it?

Willie Geist: Good question about MSNBC. I can tell you with a straight face that we really have no agenda on Morning Joe. Joe is as tough on Republicans as he is on Democrats. I have no dog in the fight – I just like calling people out when the act like fools. And, yes, Mika does own a Barack Obama cheerleader outfit, but she can be unbiased sometimes. Being predictable doesn’t strike me as very interesting.

You won’t hear me say that about Daily Kos very often but this post deserves it strongly:

To: Anyone who sent his or her resume to my transition team
From: The President of the United States

Please pay your taxes. We kinda need them, what with the financial crisis and the massive stimulus spending and whatnot. Thanks.

No Andrea Mitchell or Doris Kearns Goodwin nonsense for Trapper John. No blaming Bush. A straight out do the right thing. Wonderful!

I can’t say the same for Marc Ambinder.

He is very sensitive to public opinion, and his public image has taken a major beating. He was portrayed emphasis mine as a tax delinquent, a guy who lived by a different set of standards.

This is opposed to what it turned out he actually was: A tax delinquent, a guy who lived by a different set of standards.

Via Jules Crittenden who is having an awful lot of fun with this.