Sunday, September 18, 2011

Cruising the Web

Byron York sticks up for Barack Obama against his liberal critics. He's done everything that Democrats have dreamed of, yet they're bashing him now. They might be upset with how the economy is now, but hey, it was Democrats who came up with that stimulus bill and stuffed it like a Christmas stocking. They've met the enemy and it is them.

Here's a question for Hispanics: "Do we want to be the next victimized minority group in America, or do we want to be the next successful immigrant group?" So says Juan Rangel, the head of Chicago's United Neighborhood Organization and a major supporter of Rahm Emanuel. His group runs a series of successful charter school in Chicago that focus on English-immersion and Americanization efforts. And a strong focus on teaching Hispanic students the importance of getting a good education and doing their civic duty and voting and being involved.

Jennifer Rubin wonders why we can't get better debates that focus on fewer issues, but longer answers with follow-ups. There are so many debates scheduled; why not mix it up with the format instead of these silly 90-second answers?

D.C. teachers are starting to buy into the idea of a teacher-evaluation system that rewards good teachers.

This new Ron Suskind book about the Obama White House's disarray in their first few years is playing the role of a typical Bob Woodward book. The administration is all upset. Here they gave time to Suskind and Obama even sat down for a 50-minute interview and Obama's administration didn't come out smelling all that great. And for extra good measure, there is an Obama quote calling himself a "policy wonk" like Carter and Clinton. Eeek - the dreaded Carter comparison! Except Obama has not demonstrated himself to be a true policy wonk. Instead he outsourced his policies to the Hill Democrats because he has decided that his "job is not legislator in chief." But just as conservatives have complained, he's come to see that symbolism was the crucial feature of his candidacy.
“I think that the evolution that happened in the campaign was me recognizing that if I was going to be a successful candidate, then the symbols and the gestures mattered as much as what my ideas were,” Obama continued, according to the book.
That was certainly true in 2008. The problem for Obama in 2012 is that he can't symbolize Hope and Change as a blank slate that everyone could write their dreams upon as he could in 2008.

Ed Morrissey wonders why the Republicans have gotten into a cul-de-sac of arguing about Gardasil and Ponzi schemes and the Fed instead of talking about jobs. He also points out that Michele Bachmann never seemed to complain about her own children being required to be inoculated against Hepatitis B to attend Minnesota schools.

Despite being Jewish himself, Henry Waxman feeds into anti-Semitic attacks on Jews as being only concerned about money when he excused the loss in New York's special election being due to Jews caring too much about money.
"There are Jews who are trending toward the Republican Party, some of it because of their misunderstanding of Obama’s policies in the Middle East, and some of it, quite frankly, for economic reasons. They feel they want to protect their wealth, which is why a lot of well-off voters vote for Republicans.”
Steven Hayward puts Waxman's quote into perspective.
Waxman looks at your bank account and thinks, “My precious!”
David Harsanyi explains how the Palestinians are breaking their previous agreement to engage only in bilateral negotiations on a Palestinian state by their pursuit this week of a vote in the General Assembly on recognizing a Palestinian state.
Supporters of Israel often speak in perfunctory tones about the existential threat Israel faces. But one would have to go back to 1973 to find a more perilous time for the Jewish state. With this vote, the United Nations is simply giving in to its seemingly pathological need to undermine Israel — no matter the circumstance, no matter the consequence.

There can be no other reason for a vote that is simultaneously so dangerous and so utterly useless.

Then again, that’s the perfect way to describe the United Nations.
And here's a reminder from James Phillips of The Heritage Foundation in testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee of how the first Bush administration in stopped as similar push by the PLO to gain membership in the UN.
In 1988, after the PLO issued its first “declaration of statehood” and sought to gain membership in U.N. organizations, such as the World Health Organization, to bolster their claims of statehood, the first Bush Administration blocked this effort by threatening to withhold U.S. funding for the United Nations. Secretary of State James Baker publicly warned that the U.S. would cut funding to any international organization which made changes in the PLO’s status as an observer organization.
As Rick Richman explains,
The Palestinian gambit deserves such a response because the move is a blatant breach of the Oslo accords, multiple UN resolutions, and the Roadmap, all of which require that final status issues be negotiated between the parties, not determined by the UN. It would violate numerous principles for the UN to be — in Phillips’ words — “co-opted in a politicized effort to delegitimize Israel at the behest of an organization that is partnered with a terrorist group.” It could easily be stopped, as it was once before, if only the Obama administration knew how to use smart power.
Ah, now that is the question, isn't it?

This is where hate speech legislation eventually leads to: teachers in England are now branding children as young as three as bigots and entering their name-calling on their permanent files that can be passed on to other schools, universities, or future employers. Figures show that last year more than 20,000 students who were 11 or younger were written up for their so-called hate crimes.
One youngster was accused of being racist for calling a boy ‘broccoli head’ and another was said to be homophobic for telling a teacher ‘this work is gay’.

Two primary school children were reported for homophobia after quarreling over a rubber [eraser] and calling each other ‘gay’ and ‘lesbian’.
How soon before we get those kinds of rules here that will follow students forever?