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NY Times Columnist Compares to al-Qaeda Leader to Jesus, Flatly Rejects Jihadism Had Anything to do With Times Square Bomb Plot…
Warning on this one, the rage factor is off the charts. NYT columnist Robert Wright goes so far as to implore Obama not to kill Anwar al-Awlaki, who he then compares to Jesus Christ all while putting the blame for jihadism on America. And people say liberalism isn't a mental disorder…
(NYT)- One fate the conservative commentator Daniel Pipes doesn't have to worry about is drowning in conceptualcomplexity. He keeps his theories simple. His theory about why Faisal Shahzad tried to blow up a bomb in Times Square last week is "jihadi intent."
Pipes writes dismissively of other explanations — that Shahzad is emotionally unstable, say, or that the bomb was payback for American military action in Pakistan. In Pipes's universe, apparently, these explanations are rivals to the "jihadi intent" explanation, and couldn't figure in an account of how Shahzad came to have jihadi intent in the first place.
Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic seems to agree that jihadism is a kind of prime mover of terrorism. After bloggers noted that Shahzad had lost his home to foreclosure, Goldberg rejected the idea that "the country's financial crisis, and not, say, jihadist ideology, is at the root of Shahzad's desire to commit murder in Times Square."
I'd like to invite Pipes and Goldberg to imagine an alternative universe, a universe in which behaviors — such as planting a bomb — don't have a single "root" cause. In this universe, bomb-planting behavior is kind of like the bombs themselves: a number of ingredients have to come together before things get explosive. If you figure out what those ingredients are, and which of them you can control, maybe you can make bomb-planting behavior less common.
In the universe I'm positing, the following scenario is conceivable:
A Pakistani guy moves to America, goes to college, gets a job, starts a family. He grows unhappy. Maybe he's having financial problems (though I'm skeptical, for reasons outlined by Charles Lane here, that Shahzad's home foreclosure actually signifies as much); or maybe the problem is just that he doesn't find his social niche. And maybe he was a bit unstable to begin with — which would make it harder to find his niche and might intensify his reaction to not finding it.
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WH Budget Director Peter Orszag: Obama Never "Pledged" Not to Raise Taxes, He Simply "Preferred" Not to Raise Them…
I just looked in the mirror and like I thought, "dumbass" wasn't stamped on my forehead, Mr. Orszag should look a little harder next time…
(PP)- White House Budget Director Peter Orszag, grilled about Obama's pledge not to raise middle-class taxes, left the president wiggle room. Lloyd Grove reports.
Remember President Obama's supposedly inviolable pledge—repeatedly uttered during the 2008 campaign and at countless town meetings since the inauguration—that he would never raise taxes on middle-class citizens who earn $250,000 a year or less?
This morning at a Manhattan breakfast sponsored by Thomson Reuters, White House Budget Director Peter Orszag threw that pledge out the window. Instead, he described Obama's "read my lips, no new taxes" pledge as a "stance" and a "preference" that is subject to study by the president's newly-formed bipartisan Commission on Fiscal Responsibility.
12 May 2010
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07 May 2010
While standing in line at a Publix pharmacy, I had a lot of time to have a look at the fully stocked items which line the shelves right by the cash register. Somehow, someone had faced-out every product in such a way that the 'spanish side' of the product was facing front...and that was a lot of product. It probably took just a minute or two for someone to do, but the message was effective. I felt briefly like a stranger in a strange land.
I determined right there not to buy any product that is presented with the 'spanish side out' at any retailer at any time. I think the old 'Made In America' logo that made Wal-Mart a household name instead of a small discounter needs to make a serious comeback as well. Wal-Mart is no longer 'buy American'...maybe they should be.
05 May 2010
04 May 2010
There is a method for testing the security of a network connection called a penetration test. You try all the standard attack vectors to make sure they are secure...it's like going around the outside of your house and checking all the windows and doors after you've locked it up.
Perhaps this clown has nothing to lose...maybe his family is being threatened in Pakistan...who knows? But maybe al Qaeda is testing us to see what we see and what we don't.
Why the willful blindness? Bloomberg suggests that the Times Square bomber would be a disenfranchised American. The video showed a 'white guy.' Homegrown, mentally deranged person. Somebody who doesn't like the health care bill.
What we know today:
Got right on UAE plane at airport
US Arrests SUV owner
Democrat, family man in foreclosure
Times Square Bomber is a Muslim
changed shirt because he was hot
Bloomberg will not tolerate bias or backlash against Pakistani
03 May 2010
The move to legitimize 'undocumented workers' the same level of racism as is used by the Arizona immigration law...it simply differentiates this group by the color of their skin and heritage.
For instance, the police don't prevent crime...that's not what they do. They are there to arrest the perp after the crime is committed. Strictly speaking they don't protect and serve.
FEMA is a reactionary agency and until a disaster blooms to a certain magnitude, they don't respond.
It would be like a fire department that doesn't respond to a house fire until the whole house is fully engulfed and they are there to keep the fire from spreading to the neighborhood.
Or maybe it's more like a nuclear cleanup crew who don't get called in until the leak escapes from the plant, so they stand around until the meltdown is fully engaged.
It's shockingly short-sited, I think, to decide not to respond to a disaster that can potentially spiral out of control.
With the full force of the world's greatest military out our control, we should be able to cap an oil well, protect our border, and destabilize militant dictators intent on our destruction.
Cementing by Halliburton gone wrong?
North Korean sub blew up oil rig?
SWAT teams were not sent; Obama used hyperbole
Houston luncheon US Dept of Interior was about to give 'outstanding safety and pollution prevention' award to BP?
Earth Day, Gulf of Mexico set afire and undersea oil well explodes
Fire hoses sank the oil platform?