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Friday, June 19, 2009

Even More Friday Links!!!

Hello to all. I'm still plugging away at the book, but I'm beginning to hit that wall that usually happens right around now. Ah, well... It's to be expected. Obamacare and Obama's cowardly lack of support for the Iranian protesters are both distracting-- I think I have to go isolate myself in the Polynesian Islands for the summer... yeah, right.

Here are some links for to check out. All of it's interesting stuff:

Michelle S at Generation Patriot has this analysis about the expanding powers of the Federal Reserve. A good analysis. It amazes me how many people seem to have no idea how the housing crash started and just give the silly answer of "greed." While you're there check out Jordan's quick note that it's a moment of truth in Iran. I think he's dead-on about that. And still Obama's committed to dealing with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The missed opportunities and the shrugging off of a moral imperative... it's giving me an ulcer.

Expanding on that note is Gerald Warner who has (as far as I know) invented a new favorite word for me-- Obamaguff. Here's a short excerpt from his post: "'To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist." That piece of classic Obamaguff, unloaded during his presidential inauguration, has come home to haunt President Pantywaist, as a consequence of the Iranian election.'

"Today Iran unclenched its fist - to slap President Pantywaist on the face. It seems, despite the chiding from Barack Obama, that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad feel quite comfortable on the wrong side of history. At Friday prayers - accompanied by encouragingly reformist shouts of 'Death to America!' - the Supreme Leader (Khamenei, not Obama) delivered the most intransigently authoritarian speech heard in Iran since the reign of Cyrus the Great."

Read the rest. I love his British-flavored bluntness.

William A. Jacobson at Legal Insurrection has a post on bloggers' comparisons of Iran and the Soviet Union. In it, Jacobson shares a brief overview of his personal experiences in the USSR. Personally, I don't see the analogies holding a lot of water. I have a few Persian friends and their outlooks and the experiences they've shared with me are quite different from my Ukrainian and Armenian friends' outlooks and experiences.

Jacobson is dead-on when he says: "The policy question is whether we will support the Iranian people without equivocation, as we did for the people of the Soviet Union, or will we help perpetuate the regime. While we were negotiating nuclear arms treaties with the Soviet leadership, we were undermining their rule through an unyielding refusal to accept communist rule as inevitable or justified."

Also check out Jacobson's response to the laughable notion that "supporters of freedom for Iranians are actually against freedom for Iranians" and that "[t]he election fraud, the demonstrations, the crack down, the shouts of Death to America, the beatings, the green banners carried in the streets, the millions on the march ... it's all an American NeoCon conspiracy." These jackasses deserve Obama-- but the rest of us don't.

Atlas Shrugged has this heads-up (h/t to Jacobson at Legal Insurrection) on an attempt to boycott Israeli products at Trader Joe's on Saturday June 20. Be sure to thank Trader Joe's for refusing to to be bullied (addresses and e-mails at the post).

Pundit & Pundette have some Obama hypocrisy in the realm of fund-raising. Check out their post. How does anyone still believe his Obamaguff?

Pat Austin at And So it Goes in Shreveport has a whole slew of posts for Friday, but my favorite is her wish (voicing an opinion of a great many people I suspect) for Obama to stop whining and blaming Bush. Gibbs has been sounding like a spoiled two-year-old recently. Also check out her post on the House of Reps condemning Tehran's crackdown on protesters 405 - 1. Ron Paul was the sole dissenter. Of course it's all largely symbolic, but at least it's something.

Caroline Glick has this article on a recent Netanyahu speech. Check it out. Her analysis, as usual, is compelling and logical. And you probably didn't hear about any of this in the MSM.

Last, but certainly not the least, Quite Rightly at Bread Upon the Waters has this update about the fallout from Bermuda's acceptance of the Uighur terrorists from Gitmo. Obama's apparent quest to alienate/exploit our allies is proceeding with wonderful alacrity.

Check them all out. They all deserve some attention.

And a Happy Father's Day to all those fathers and grandfathers out there!

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for updating people on the Trader Joe's boycott. More details can be found here:

    http://www.divestthis.com/2009/06/when-all-else-fails-trash-supermarket.html

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  2. Thanks, Yukio, for the great list and for the link to my site. Continued good luck on your book!

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