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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Michael Totten on the Palestinians of 1967:

Around 20 percent of Israeli citizens are Arabs. Unlike their brethren in the region’s refugee camps, they remained in Israel after the Jewish state’s declaration of independence from the post-Ottoman British Mandate, and so they were naturalized. Some people refer to them as the Palestinians of 1948, and they’re politically and culturally distinct from the Palestinians on the West Bank and in Gaza, most of whom will eventually become citizens of Palestine rather than Israel.

Israeli Arabs get precious little attention in the media, and as a consequence are largely ignored and even forgotten outside Israel. There’s a third group, only a few hundred thousand in number, that gets even less attention than the Palestinians of 1948, and they are who I think of as the Palestinians of 1967.

I’m referring here to the Arab residents of Jerusalem. Like Israel’s Arabs, they were offered citizenship, only this time in the wake of the 1967 war rather than the 1948 war. In June of that year Israel defensively took the West Bank from Jordan and the Gaza Strip from Egypt, but it never annexed the territories. Both remain beyond the borders of Israel not only according to the “international community,” but also according to the Israeli government.

Israel did, however, annex the formerly Jordanian-occupied parts of Jerusalem. Everyone who lived in those neighborhoods at that time were Arabs because Jordan ethnically-cleansed the Jewish residents when it completed its conquest of the eastern half of the city in 1949. Victorious Israel didn’t ethnically cleanse anyone, though, so annexing east Jerusalem meant annexing its people, and the Palestinians there were offered Israeli citizenship.

It is long, but read the whole thing. There are several interesting perspectives on the situation from both Palestinians and Israelis.

Monday, June 27, 2011

James Taranto wonders why asking for ID is only discriminatory within the context of voting, but not when traveling via airplane or train, renting a car, visiting the doctor or checking into a hotel. These are the types of questions no one else seems to be asking, while listening to Dems cry racism at the first mention of a voter ID requirement. Anything to preserve the vote buying that goes on in many city wards.
The Gunwalker scandal is getting bigger and bigger, and who will get taken down in the Obama Administration beyond some ATF underlings is unknown. However, it would seem to behoove the House Republicans to pursue this case with a great deal of zeal, as American and Mexican law enforcement officials lost their lives to firearms that U.S. government officials deliberately allowed to be smuggled to Mexican cartels, all to further the lie that U.S. gun shops were arming the cartels. The lunacy of these actions cannot be fully understood without an appreciation of the progressive mindset where the ends always justify the means. It will be interesting to see how long major media outlets can play down this scandal before the greater American public finally understands the gravity of the violations that have occurred, from treason on down to perjury, with no regard for those killed by such reckless actions.

Friday, June 24, 2011

When the Washington Post sides against the government in the case of Boeing trying to open a new factory in South Carolina, you know that the National Labor Relations Board must really be stretching their powers far beyond what they should. Not that this will stop them. Absolute obedience to union bosses is required by our commander in chief and those he has appointed, never mind the harm to the U.S. economy. When looking for reasons why companies move overseas, cases such as this are prime factors in the decision to relocate.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Amidst all the news of the "Arab Spring" and the continuing revolts, actual good news about Morocco's king proposing a new constitution that contains explicit guarantees for the rights of women, minorities, religions, speech, assembly and the press doesn't really get much press. Which is too bad, because this is a fantastic development for North Africa, which hopefully will serve as an example to states looking for a direction like Egypt and Tunisia.
Popular Mechanics has you covered in case you were wondering about the latest developments in the field of fusion power. Still sounds like we are a couple decades away...

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Obama sides with Argentina over the Falklands? Siding with Venezuela and Nicaragua as well, against our strongest ally in Great Britain, seems to be quite foolish to me. I guess this is more of that "smart diplomacy" which is too sophisticated for us normal folks to understand the reasoning behind.

Friday, June 10, 2011

EPA closing functional power plants to "protect the children"? I am always doubtful of any motive that uses "the children'"as their modus operandi. And in this case, whatever happened to Congress passing the laws? Now some unelected government bureaucrat makes willy-nilly decisions that have a chilling effect on job creation and growth in this slow economy, in this case to supposedly "save children from asthma". It sounds like something farcical news story.

Step one to create jobs in the country would be removing the power of new regulation from government agencies and restoring this power to Congress. Then maybe businesses wouldn't be moving overseas at an unprecedented rate... Let these agencies fulfill the obligations they already have, not create new ones.
RIAA corporate lawyer to represent government interest as solicitor general. So a guy who made a living suing Youtube and Limewire gets this cushy job? Why do I get the feeling the inmates are running the asylum?

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Homeowner forecloses on bank? This is a headline I'd like to see more often. Maybe this will show Bank of America not to be so reckless when dealing with foreclosures and paying what they owe.