Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Cruising the Web

James Bovard outlines how there is absolutely no evidence that any federal jobs-training program actually results in increasing employment for the participants. In some cases, earnings decreased after participation and the results on employment were worse than with a control group. No wonder the Labor Department is so uninterested in conducting future studies of the efficacy of the programs.

David Catron exposes the "hypocrisy of Ron Paul."

John Hawkins makes the arguments about why Black Americans should give up on the Democratic Party. They'd sure be more likely to have their voices heeded if they couldn't be counted on to always vote for Democrats and so get taken for granted. It's the swing voters whose concerns get addressed.

William McGurn is right - the way to get unity on fighting against terrorism is to have a Democratic icon be in charge of the fight. There's nary a peep as Obama continues many of the policies that the Bush administration had begun.

Mercer Tyson combats the stereotype that the Tea Party is extreme. They're actually where great numbers of the American people are on issue after issue. It is the MSM that is responsible for that characterization even though there isn't much data to support it.

Alan Dershowitz sheds some light
for those who are history-challenged on how the Palestinians demands to return to the situation from 63 years ago. This is really a demand for Israel to not exist.
President Mahmoud Abbas described his playbook for seeking U.N. recognition while bypassing the step of negotiating a two-state solution: "We are going to complain that as Palestinians we have been under occupation for 63 years."

What exactly happened 63 years ago? The U.N. recommended partitioning the former British mandate into two states: one Jewish, the other Arab. Israel and most of the rest of the world accepted that partition plan, and Israel declared itself the nation-state of the Jewish people. The United States, the Soviet Union and all the great powers recognized this declaration and the two-state solution that it represented.

The Arab world unanimously rejected the U.N. partition plan and the declaration of statehood by Israel. The Arab population within Israel and in the area set aside for an Arab state joined the surrounding Arab nations in taking up arms.

In defending its right to exist, Israel lost 1% of its population, many of whom were civilians and survivors of the recent Holocaust. Yet the current Palestinian leadership still insists on calling the self-inflicted wounds caused by its rejection of a two-state solution the "nakba," meaning the catastrophe.

By claiming that the Palestinians "have been under occupation for 63 years" (as distinguished from the 44 years since the Arab states attacked Israel in 1967 and Israel occupied some lands of the invading nations), the Palestinian president is trying to turn the clock back to a time prior to Israel's establishment as a state based on the U.N.'s two-state proposal. In other words, the push for recognition by the U.N. of Palestine as a state, based on Mr. Abbas's complaint that the Palestinians have been under occupation for 63 years, is an attempt to undo the old work of the U.N. that resulted in Israel's statehood 63 years ago.
Just to prove that Obama's speech to Congress last week was a campaign speech, the DNC has come out with an ad using clips from the speech even though that violates House ethics rules about using footage from the House floor.