Is there anything better than that?
…it sure sounds like one when you read this paragraph from Damian Thompson on the Anglican communion rescue:
What I didn’t know is that the proposals are tied to an intricate scale of “degrees of communion” – full, impaired, partial and broken – that will ascribed to different provinces by a Lambeth Communion Review Commission, which will itself be multi-layered, supervising Review Sub-Committees based on the Indaba model that will ascribe State of Communion Assessments to individual dioceses, non-territorial episcopal oversight areas and parishes. It would, of course, be inappropriate for the same Review Sub-Committees to cross the boundary between inner and outer circles of the Anglican Communion, and so – in a radical proposal drafted by Dr Rowan Williams himself – the Lambeth Communion Review Commission will divide into inner and outer circle Areas of Special Responsibility that will shadow each other’s assessments.
Well we can now conclude that Sir Humphrey Appleby didn’t die on Boxing Day 2001 after all, apparently he works for the Anglican communion.
The captain has talked to the commander of the American Legion after meeting with Secretary Napolitano and apparently she has gotten the message:
Napolitano offered a much more complete apology for the accusation in the DHS report on right-wing extremism that came out earlier this month. He believes that Napolitano will withdraw that report in favor of a better, more specific, and narrower report on actual threats.
Although this news is quite welcome what followed was much more important:
I also asked him whether the Obama administration appears to have learned from this and the previous controversy over medical coverage of service-related injuries and illnesses, and he graciously acknowledged that they do seem to be learning — and to want to learn.
Part of a good administration is to learn from mistakes and act accordingly. Political victory is nice but an administration that does right by our vets is even better.
Charles’ post from yesterday bothered me a lot. The evidence he gave was pretty solid concerning associations and considering my own post yesterday on the Paulians and my response to comments it was something that was on my mind last night, I was trying to roll it through my head.
Since I’ve read Atlas I’m convinced her primary goal is to defend the lives of Jews, come what may. Right now in Europe the normal respectable people are not willing to defend Jews in a Europe that is quickly becoming Islamicised. The way to defend the Jews who are in actual physical danger is to have allies, but what do you do if your only allies are unacceptable?
Robert Stacy McCain writes a post that I wish I had answering the question to a pretty solid degree.
Whence these associations? I’ve explained it before, but I’ll explain it again: The mainstream “conservative” parties in Europe have refused to address effectively the issues of immigration and multiculturalism. (In Europe, multiculturalism takes the form of pandering to their massive number of Islamic immigrants.) Because mainstream politicians have forfeited leadership on these legitimate concerns of their citizens, the vacuum has been filled by the likes of Reitz and Worch. Ergo, if there is a conference in Europe addressing the question of whether Islamicization is a threat, it won’t be organized entirely by “respectable” types.
Thus, Johnson’s guilt-by-association attack on Geller highlights the real problem we face in America: If the Republican Party and the mainstream conservative movement don’t recognize and respond to our own citizens’ concerns about immigration and multiculturalism, then those issues will be taken over by similarly disreputable groups.
What should Geller do? Cancel her trip to Germany? I think not. Rather, she use the occasion to alert Germans to the consequences of cowardice by their leaders. Germans, perhaps better than any other people, are aware of the heinous results when democracy fails in a time of crisis.
If honorable people will not take up the cause then it will be left to the dishonorable. A great example of this is South Africa, because of the cold war, stratigic location and key resources the west was much more deferential to Apartheid then they morally should have been. It is true that the soviets were the greater evil and threat but that didn’t change the moral situation. The Soviets and their proxies took advantage of that situation to support the ANC and use the support of a moral case to buttress themselves. Like Prometheus it was the shining fat hiding the bones offered to the Gods.
Pam Gellar links to the other McCain, her response ends with this line:
And just for the record, nazis do not hang out with Jews, even pretty ones. Ever.
This is actually where I have to disagree with both Pam and Robert. I with John agree that these far right parties are filling the moral vacumn that the mainstream is ceeding to them, however I think that doesn’t make them any less what they are. I DO think think that the modern Nazi will hang out with jews, (particularly pretty ones) if it will gain them power and advantage. I think seeing a bigger (and legitimate) threat from Islamists they will defend the Jews in Europe and even in Israel in fact I think particularly in Israel since they wouldn’t mind in the end for the Jews to end up there instead of in Europe.
I think they are playing the Soviet South Africa game. I think they are exactly what Charles says they are, but I also think that if the European Jews want to survive they need allies and there doesn’t seem to be any others willing to stand up over there.
If Pam can persuade mainline Europeans that this is a threat they need to combat then it is worth the trip but I think Charles alarm is not only justified but needs to be shouted very loudly. If Pam thinks this has to be done then it should be done with eyes wide open. I think both Pam and Charles are acting with honor. I won’t make a lot of friends with that statement but that’s what I think.
Don Corleone may have kept the widow from losing her apartment but it didn’t make him any less mafia. He may have avenged the funeral director’s daughter but it didn’t make him unwilling to kill.
Michael Corleone did what he thought he had to do. It didn’t make him less of a murderer. In the three movies he is preferable to the other thugs he faces, but he is still a thug.
This is why we have to be very careful of the Paul people here in America when it comes to the tea parties. In Europe there might not an ethical good choice to make. We aren’t at that point here which is why we have to act with discretion. I think we ignore Charles warning at our peril but I think we fail to act as Pam is at our peril too.
That is why the title of this post is what it it. And I have the same answer as Tevye. “You know you are also right!”
This story at Big Hollywood struck me because of a something similar that happened to me. As the person in question was rather elderly I put it down to generational stuff but was still very taken aback. This guy didn’t have that excuse:
The brother-in-law started, “You people don’t care about the suffering, don’t care about the weak and under-privileged, you don’t give a rat’s ass what happens to them, because to you and your ilk they’re all just a bunch of Tiggers!”
I was shocked. Even more shocked was the black gentleman sitting at the bar who suddenly took a keen interest in the conversation. After all, this is a word so repulsive it can cut through the static of even the noisiest bar. My friends had their backs to him, so it was impossible for them to see they had attracted an audience.
Never being one to avoid a conflict, I feigned ignorance. “They’re just a bunch of what?”
My friend was happy to clarify, “Tiggers. You think they’re Tiggers. You don’t care about them because they’re just all Tiggers.”
Here were two long-time liberals demonstrating to me the privilege of language accorded only to those on the correct side of the aisle. I asked again, “They’re WHAT?”
The husband spoke, “TIGGERS TIGGERS TIGGERS! How plain do I have to say it for you? T-I-double GUH- ER!!!”
At this point the eavesdropping stranger could remain silent no longer, “Uh, excuse me…”
My liberal friends turned around, and I cannot find the words to describe the shade of red their faces took as their bravado sunk under the table. The moment of silence that followed, seemed to last an eternity. The husband broke, “Um, you don’t understand what’s going on here,” he pointed into my chest and indicted, “You see, he’s a REPUBLICAN!”
The gentleman pretended like he wasn’t listening, so when the husband rushed over to apologize, he had to say the word again, right to his face. It was a very embarrassing moment, almost too painful to watch. On the up side, the gentleman ended up getting a free drink out of the deal, as the husband was eager to put it behind him.
What is that old saying? There is truth in Wine. Give a person a few drinks and they will say what they actually think.
Looking at the debate on who knew what and with the waterboarding and “torture” Michelle Malkin’s book
In Defense of Internment: The World War II Round-Up and What It Means For America’s War on Terror is looking particularly relevant again.
I would suggest giving it a read. My Amazon review from 2004 is here.
There are quite a few sobering parallels to today.
Unlike the pope the other people at the briefings aren’t interested in saving her soul. The Schultz routine is not going to satisfy the monster left that she supported and enabled for all these years.
My gut says the president uses this as a chip, sort of like the AIG bonus stuff. You might remember once the vote took place it died. The president can bring this up at any time and crash and burn this congress. President Obama who as everyone of the left seems to have ignored was only briefly in congress and didn’t have those briefings.
Congressional democrats, particularly leaders, will in my opinion do ANYTHING to avoid this trap.
Finally up early enough to see it!
6:13 a.m. The difference between the two leaders is interesting and everyone notices it.
6:15 a.m. You overreach and have showtrials it will blow up. He doesn’t know the half of it.
6:17 a.m Personally I think the president likes this. I think this gives him power over congressional democrats.
6:23 a.m. Gee they never had a chance until suddenly a major change came to the ticket. Pat mentions seems to remember what actually gave McCain a chance.
6:29 a.m. I’m sorry but seeing that rather statuesque woman talking about going out to play shortly will certainly wake up a certain percentage of the viewing audience.
6:31 a.m. “Honoring” horses? That is going to be a killer lawsuit.
6:32 a.m. Hey they are constantly promoting the Green stuff, lets decide it’s an NBC construct and totally ignore it.
6:34 a.m. The promos for Olberman and Maddow are just hilarious considering the headlines. Apparently this is a problem for Republicans?
6:35 a.m. And then the show comes back on and Gibbs statement and ducking brings the reality. This is unsustainable.
6:40 a.m. Joe hits the nail on the head, you don’t do this while the war is on.
6:43 a.m. FDR and Wilson and Lincoln, Joe is on a roll.
6:45 a.m. Malkin’s book is looking better and better!
6:57 a.m. You know if Blago didn’t exist Willie would have to invent him.
7:01 a.m. Willie who was a judge is saying NC was goign to win everyway. Mika insists that she was discriminated against.
7:02 a.m. Willie won’t answer the Gay Marriage issue. Mika is really hot on this, boy I wish I was up early this week to see it all play out.
7:03 a.m. Pat brings up the Perez c— stuff. Mika points out that people who agree with Hilton are poorly represented by him.
7:05 a.m. Joe: “Some people on the left like to feel morally superior.” It seems this dovetails a lot with the Miss California stuff. This is a great debate.
7:06 a.m. I was very angry and divisive my first year in congress. If you feel yourself getting angry you have to step back and think is his advice. That is a function of experience.
7:16 a.m. What is this wired stuff? This is the Jacksonian side of America.
7:17 a.m. Letter writers figure Mika put a target on herself. Who cares what Perez thinks. She wasn’t shy about hitting Rancic.
7:27 a.m. Hoekstra : “They were for this program before they were against it.”
7:33 a.m. Will this stuff get destroyed? Bureaucracys tend to protect themselves.
7:43 a.m. The democrats running were for this. John Edwards is mentioned.
8:00 a.m. Oh boy more NYT magazine!
8:10 a.m. Gene Robinson is unwilling to take the logical step about war crimes.
8:12 a.m. Gene Robinson: “I’m comfortable with my moral argument but I’m uncomfortable where my legal argument leads me.”
8:14 a.m. The Nixon pardon comes up again. This is going to be the left’s escape clause in the end.
8:28 a.m. The theory is to let the Taliban gain strength to justify taking them down violently? Did I hear that right?
8:58 a.m. What we learned with Pat and Mika were spot on.
Citing the importance of the taxpayer movement in California, California Republican Party Chairman Ron Nehring today strongly condemned the use of anti-Semitic material used to promote the recent April 15 TEA party in San Mateo County.
“The taxpayer movement is incredibly important for California, and we applaud the success of the tea parties that took place across the state on April 15. Because we remain intensely interested in the growth and success of the mainstream taxpayer movement, we strongly condemn the use of anti-Semitic imagery in the promotion of the recent event in San Mateo County.
Ron Paul has several good points in terms of small government and unnecessary spending, however that doesn’t and can’t justify anti-semitic garbage like this.
I am very pleased that the California GOP jumped on this to hit it. The group in general issued this response:
Anti-semitism is too real, not to mention despicable, to be charged lightly, and Mr. Nehring’s reactionary charge is regrettable. It amounts to an unjustified smear of Dr. Paul and the people who support him.
One irony in this matter cannot be overlooked. A large, growing contingent of Ron Paul supporters has been elected to Republican County Central Committees throughout California. By indirectly smearing them, Mr. Nehring harms his own party.
I would be a lot more convinced of their group’s good intentions if the spot where the cartoon appeared wasn’t suddenly made private. This looks a lot like the disabling of comments on Huff Po whenever a person of the right is sick or dies. Gotta hide the hate.
Like the Larouche groups the Paulians are going to do their best to co-op the tea party movement. If they want to join in tax protests that’s fine, after all they pay taxes just like everybody else. If they want to argue the US spends too much money on foreign wars that is a legitimate debatable issue. The idea that this is a big Jewish conspiracy is not. If the Paulians want to advance an anti-semitic agenda and use the tea party protests as their vehicle, we must respectfully decline their company.
I expect the media to jump on this hard, in fact I am shocked that it already isn’t’ being reported.