Friday, January 06, 2012

Facing the Arithmetic with Bill Whittle

Bill Whittle demonstrates as only he can that the United States is on an unsustainable financial and social path, asking if we, as a nation, can forge a new path saving ourselves, sans current political parties help, from the moral and fiscal ruin currently facing us.



The answer is "no" so long as Liberal Democrats are in control and Obama remains in the White House. Without them, the answer is "maybe".

Gaza is not Occupied Territory says Hamas

Gaza was freed from Israeli occupation in 2005 when Israel dismantled the military administration, forcibly removed all Israeli residents, withdrew every soldier, and turned over all Gazan territory previously controlled by Israel. In 2008, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that Israel had fully disengaged from Gaza no longer exercising "effective control over what occurred there.”

Mahmoud Zahar, Hamas co-founder, confirmed last Tuesday Israel no longer occupies Gaza and denying that the Gaza based Hamas would hold anti-Israel protests along with the planned protests by Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. Recognizing the obvious, Zahar said, "Against whom could we demonstrate in the Gaza Strip? When Gaza was occupied, that model was applicable." No matter what outside control Israel, Egypt, or any other entity tries to exert, Hamas rules the Gaza Strip with an unquestioned iron fist.

Jerusalem Post:
THE HAMAS statement follows growing recognition among international lawyers that the UN’s resistance to holding Palestinians responsible for territory they control is outdated.

Four-and-a-half years after seizing power in Gaza, Hamas runs its own police, courts, jails, schools, media and social services, noted Abraham Bell and Dov Shefi, two international legal experts, in a 2010 research paper for the University of San Diego law school.

Hamas regulates business activities, banks and land registries. It levies taxes, controls its own borders and even imposes a dress code. In sum, wrote Bell and Shefi, Hamas operates “a functioning and fully independent local civil government, buttressed by armed forces.”

Similarly, in an article published in the American University International Law Review, Elizabeth Samson concluded that under the Geneva Conventions and international judicial precedents, Gaza can no longer be considered occupied because Israel, despite its ability to exercise certain powers over the area, no longer exercises “effective control,” the litmus test for what qualifies as occupation.
Despite the reality on the ground, rulings by the Israel Supreme Court, public protestations by Hamas, and the recent statement by Zahar, the United Nations continues to refer to Gaza as "occupied territory", "occupied Palestinian territory, specifically the Gaza Strip", "the Occupied Palestinian Territory", and similar terminology of occupation.

This is part and parcel with the Liberal left's efforts to maintain helplessness and dependency among Palestinians by them granting maximum privileges while absolving them of all responsibility not only for their actions but their own welfare rendering the Gazan Palestinians perpetual losers.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Obama to Create 180,000 Summer Jobs

Well, that's not strictly true. Obama's proposed summer jobs are really private sector "work opportunities." And of the 180,000 work opportunities, 70,000 are wage earning paid jobs leaving 110,000 work opportunists out in the unpaid work field we once called slavery.

The Hill:
President Obama on Thursday will unveil a summer-jobs initiative that the White House says is already on track to create 180,000 “work opportunities” in the private sector in 2012.

That is the number of opportunities, which includes mentoring and unpaid internships, that companies have told the administration they are willing to create. Some 70,000 jobs are paid, the White House says.
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“Today’s announcement is the latest in a series of executive actions the Obama administration is taking to strengthen the economy and move the country forward because we can’t wait for Congress to act,” a White House statement reads.
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Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said the “opportunities” are all new and were not jobs that would have existed anyway.

“The president has been clear that where there is gridlock with this Congress, he will act,” she said. She noted that the unemployment level among those aged 16 to 24 is 16 percent, far higher than the 10.7 percent in 2007 before the recession began.
I wonder how many of those companies willing to create work opportunities were threatened in some way in order to bribe and bamboozle voting age students to vote Obama in November by offering non-paying jobs to nowhere. I know many college students and I can't think of any who will think this is a fabulous idea they must jump at just to have something to do for the few weeks of summer break. Sounds like a dumb idea that will go nowhere fast.

Monday, January 02, 2012

Life Immitates...

García Márquez.
A 91-year-old newlywed says she expects to spend a dozen more years with her 92-year-old spouse following their wedding at a retirement home on James Island.

According to media reports, Margaret McSpadden and retired Air Force Col. William Thomas married Wednesday at Bishop Gadsden.

Thomas is a World War II veteran and was President Dwight Eisenhower's personal pilot. He celebrates his 92nd birthday Thursday. McSpadden owned an antique store in Charleston.

The two were friends for more than 40 years. Both lost their spouses within the last two years. McSpadden moved into an apartment next to Thomas when her husband died, and the friendship became a romance.