And you wonder why I think that the Palestinians are stupid?

I’ve said it before: the Palestinians could have their independent nation, in Gaza and the West Bank, if they’d just stop shooting into Israel.

That’s all that they’d have to do; they are the only people of whom I can think, in all of history, who could win their war by not fighting. If they’d stop shooting, if they’d just behave like civilized people, the Israeli voters would, within a couple of years, force the government to grant independence to the Palestinians. The Israelis are tire of war, tired of almost universal conscription, and tired of having to deal with the Palestinians and terrorism; if the Palestinians just quit fighting, the Israeli public would be happy, relieved, overjoyed at them gaining independence.

Israel is a democratic nation, under a proportional representation parliamentary system. The ruling party almost never has a majority in the Knesset by itself, and is forced to forge coalitions with minor, single issue parties to form a government. If the people want a new government, a couple of the minor parties will drop out of the coalition, and the government will fall, forcing new elections. Thus, either the current ruling party would be forced to grant independence, or a new government would be elected and do just that. But somehow, the Palestinians have been unable to see that.

Well, this might be evidence of why they can’t: apparently, they’re just plain stupid:

Gazans Celebrate Hamas “Victory” by Firing into Air, Killing Each Other
August 28, 2014 by  

There’s no way this can go wrong

Those death blossoms bloom in the Gaza summer. If they celebrate any more victories, they’ll really strain the morgues.

As the cease-fire began in Gaza, Tuesday evening—it was supposed to start at 7 PM but rockets and mortar shells continued to fall in Israeli territory as late as 7:15 PM—the V Day celebrations erupted in Gaza, after 50 days of clashes.

And then people started to drop in the streets.

According to tweets from Gaza, as many as 2 locals were killed from those gunshots, and at least 25 were injured.

An 8 PM tweet in Arabic read: “Gaza: wounded in shooting in the air, internal calls for citizens to express their happiness by other means.”

It’s either killing Jews or killing each other. Since there are no Jews in Gaza, the options are limited.

It’s kind of like this brilliance.

A sad, sad photo.

Taken Thursday, August 28, 2014, at 1835 @1835 EST. Click to enlarge.

Taken Thursday, August 28, 2014, at 1835 @1835 EST. Click to enlarge.

It was taken this evening, Thursday, August 28, 2014, and you can see the start of the leaves turning and falling to the ground.

It’s still August! It’s still Summer! Where’s my Global Warming?

It only reached 76º F today in Jim Thorpe, and the forecast is for tonight’s low to be 51º F . . . in August! We haven’t seen a 90º F degree day since June, and we have almost never used the air conditioning this Summer.

Economics 101: It doesn’t matter how liberal you are, eventually you have to do something radically conservative like pay your bills

We have previously noted, in our 18th Century Technology category, the financial travails of newspapers these days. But it’s not just newspapers, and even companies owned and run by liberals are not immune from market forces:

Bloodbath at CNN, HLN: Axing of 550 Jobs ‘Imminent’

Today’s news of a coming bloodbath at CNN and HLN is a reminder that while CNN has been able to use the unrest in Ferguson to race-bait its way to better ratings, everyone knows that’s temporary. Without something that allows the left-wing network to appeal to the lowest common denominator, CNN is almost certain to fall back into the ratings basement until something else comes along for the network to cynically exploit. So here come the layoffs and buyouts.

In the headline, The Wrap describes these layoffs as “imminent‘:

Some 550 buyouts are to be offered at Time Warner’s Turner network this week, including a large number of those at CNN and HLN, which will lead to layoffs if they are not taken voluntarily, according to an individual with knowledge of the network’s plans.

The buyouts will come across the Turner division, with a couple of hundred expected at CNN and HLN, the individual said.

A CNN spokeswoman had no immediate comment. …

HLN has been struggling in the ratings, regularly finishing fourth in total viewers and in primetime across the key cable news demo, viewers 25-54. It did edge out MSNBC in the demo across a total day measurement in 2014′s second quarter.

CNN’s ratings have been doing well during times of big, national breaking news — but the cable news net regularly ranks far behind Fox News and battles with MSNBC probably more than it would prefer.

More at the link.

In a way, it’s karmic justice once again making itself felt: it doesn’t matter how liberal or noble or whatever the good people at CNN are, the laws of economics and business realities still apply, and economics and business are inherently conservative in orientation. And, along those lines, it seems that voting socialists into power doesn’t always mean that they can stay socialists. From Donald Douglas:

Left-Wing Revolt Plunges Hollande Into Crisis

At Telegraph UK:

The French president is forced to order a reshuffle after two dissident cabinet ministers launch an open rebellion against his economic policy.

François Hollande was forced to order his second reshuffle in less than five months today after a revolt within the cabinet threatened to cripple his presidency.

The Left wing of France’s ruling Socialist Party is furious over Mr Hollande’s shift to more centrist economic policies with the introduction of tax and spending cuts aimed at reducing the country’s huge budget deficit.

The outgoing government, headed by the reformist prime minister, Manuel Valls, was appointed in March with the aim of bringing an end to infighting and the cabinet’s apparent lack of direction.

However, it was plunged into crisis over the weekend by Left-wingers led by Arnaud Montebourg, the flamboyant economy minister.

He defied Mr Hollande’s authority by publicly urging him to discard austerity and break with what he described as deficit-cutting measures imposed on the eurozone by “the most extreme orthodoxy of the German Right”.


Reality bites, doesn’t it? Monsieur Hollande has introduced economic measures he finds personally distasteful, because he has no real choice: his socialist experiment has led to huge budget deficits, and all of Europe is, to paraphrase Margaret Thatcher, running out of other people’s money.

Karmic Justice!

From Tammy Bruce:

Video: Hamas Funeral Attendee Forgets To Remove Suicide Belt, Goes Boom!
by Shifra on August 24, 2014


Don’t they teach anything at Hamas Suicide Training School? You’re supposed to take off your suicide belt when you go to a funeral. Capiche?

Oh, please let this be real!

Democrisy: Do as they say, and don’t even look at what they do!

From Glenn Reynolds, the Instapundit:

August 24, 2014

Mr. Gore likes to say ‘our democracy has been hacked by big money,’ but he has done some hacking himself in his many rent-seeking activities. His Current TV payday, partly at the expense of the Qataris, partly at the expense of U.S. cable subscribers and shareholders, must be especially piquant to Americans exhausted by Mr. Gore’s incessant moralizing. What would be nice to know, and what a full airing of the legal record might show, and is at what point Current stopped being a sincere experiment in liberal news and entertainment. At what point did it morph into a scheme to shake down TV distributors and flip the carriage rights for what BusinessWeek estimates was $450 million in profit to Mr. Gore and partners.

The more people talk about equality, the more they’re involved in a system that promotes special deals for insiders. The more people talk about money in politics, the more they’re involved in crooked insider deals.

Mr Reynolds’ internal link is to Ann Althouse, who further links to a more detailed story in The Wall Street Journal.1

And from Hot Air:

Irony alert: Al Gore sues Al Jazeera for fraud
Posted at 5:31 PM on August 16, 2014, by Ed Morrissey

Honestly, it’s difficult to know where to begin tracking the irony in this story. Al Gore launched Current TV in large part on the financial and political basis of his global-warming crusade and entrepreneurship, which predictably went nowhere even with high-profile headliners like Keith Olbermann. Gore then improbably convinced Al Jazeera — which is owned by the royal family of the oil-pumping emirate of Qatar — that the channel was worth a half-billion dollars on the basis of its penetration into cable and satellite-TV systems in the US. That deal, by the way, got cinched only after Gore began accusing some of those cable and satellite system operators of bigotry for threatening to drop Current TV’s slots if the deal went through — which would have cost Gore a $100 million payday.

Fast forward eighteen months, when Al Jazeera America is no more a household name than was Current TV before the sale. According to Gore, they’ve balked at making payments on the bloated cheeseburger he sold them, so Gore is suing them … for fraud:

Former Vice President Al Gore has filed a lawsuit against the Middle Eastern media group Al Jazeera, accusing it of fraud and breach of contract in its $500 million purchase of Mr. Gore’s Current TV cable channel.

The dispute centers on Al Jazeera’s refusal to turn over “tens of millions of dollars” remaining in an escrow account and still owed to the selling shareholders of Current TV, according to a statement from David Boies, the lawyer representing Mr. Gore and a Current TV co-owner, Joel Hyatt, who are suing on behalf of all the selling shareholders.

“Al Jazeera America wants to give itself a discount on the purchase price that was agreed to nearly two years ago,” Mr. Boies said. “We are asking the court to order Al Jazeera America to stop wrongfully withholding the escrow funds that belong to Current’s former shareholders.”

Well, if anyone knows about fraud, it’s Al Gore. After all, he’s the same man who took the half-billion-dollar deal from the Qataris while claiming not to be a hypocrite about climate change by drenching himself in oil money. He shouldn’t be surprised at the sudden refusal by AJA to pay the overpriced bill for the bill of goods Gore sold them. After all, as a wise man once intoned: “There’s no such thing as ethical oil.” Unless they’re stuffing the proceeds into your pocket, of course.

More at the link.

The First Street Journal is amused by all of this. The hypocrisy of our former Vice President was obvious long before he started Current TV or sold it to al Jazeera; we noted previously that Mr Gore’s mansion in the tony Belle Meade section of Nashville uses twenty times as much electricity as the average American home, and that the energy consumption there actually increased after the initial stories. I wrote previously that “I’d take Mr Gore’s warnings about anthropogenic global warming more seriously if there was some evidence that Mr Gore took it seriously himself.”

And, of course, there was Mr Gore’s efforts to get the deal closed before December 31, 2012, to avoid the higher tax rates on the top earners that President Barack Hussein Obama insisted were the patriotic duty of the wealthy2 to pay, and which took effect on January 1, 2013, according to The New York Times.3

But, if we are fortunate to have escaped, by the skin of our collective teeth, a Gore presidency, he’s hardly the only utter hypocrite that the Democrats have . . .and who might one day become President. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton rather famously said that her husband and she were “dead broke” when Mr Clinton’s term was up, even as she was already a sitting United States Senator,4 and her husband was entitled to a permanent presidential pension equal to the Executive Level 1 (cabinet secretary) pay grade.5 Of course, they had just bought a $1.7 million home in Chappaqua, New York,6 and a $2.85 million five-bedroom brick colonial near Embassy Row in Washington. Mrs Clinton had also signed for an $8 million advance against royalties in December of 2000 — before the Clintons left the White House — and while her husband hadn’t yet signed a book advance deal at the time, the Clintons knew that it would be there, and he signed, in October of 2001, for $15 million.7

Which brings us back to Professor Reynolds’ statement:

The more people talk about equality, the more they’re involved in a system that promotes special deals for insiders. The more people talk about money in politics, the more they’re involved in crooked insider deals.

The younger George Bush, received a smaller advance, $7 million, for a book about eight years as President than Mrs Clinton did eight years earlier for a book about eight years as First Lady. And now Mrs Clinton has signed for twice as much money as Mr Bush received for half as much time, as Secretary of State instead of as President. And Chelsea Clinton was paid about $600,000 as a no-previous-experience “special correspondent” by NBC News, for doing a few puff pieces.8 Insider sweetheart deals, indeed!

You can count it as a truism: when a Democrat talks about the need to address income inequality, he’s as busy as he can be about making more money for himself! Republicans are also interested in making money for themselves, but they are at least honest about it.

  1. A media consultant suing Mr Gore claimed that the 2000 Democratic presidential nominee was at first “adamant in his rejection of the proposal” to sell to al Jazeera.
  2. The Democrats were attacking 2012 Republican presidential nomine Mitt Romney for being too wealthy, but Bloomberg reported that Mr Gore was “Romney rich” just a few months later.
  3. The deal didn’t actually get done until Wednesday, January 2, 2013.
  4. As a freshman senator in 2001, her salary was $145,100.
  5. $161,200 per year in January of 2001.
  6. Personally financed by Terry McAuliffe, President Clinton’s fund raiser and the current Governor of Virginia.
  7. Mrs Clinton recently signed for a $14 million advance for a book on her for years as Secretary of State, but that’s too far removed from 2001 for it to count against her “dead broke” statement.
  8. Jenna Bush Hager earns about $500,000, thanks to some sweetheart deals of her own, but at least she had some real world experience before she got the deals, and the Republicans aren’t lying through their teeth about income equality.

President Obama sending delegation to the #MichaelBrown funeral

From the Gateway Pundit:

Report: Obama to Send Official Delegation to Michael Brown’s Funeral – Went Golfing During 2-Star General’s Funeral
Posted by Kristinn Taylor on Saturday, August 23, 2014, 10:57 PM

The Obama administration is sending Cabinet Secretary Broderick Johnson, an African-American who heads up an Obama initiative to help young black males, to lead the administration’s all-black delegation to the funeral on Monday of Michael Brown. Brown is the unarmed black 18 year-old robber shot dead in a confrontation by a white Ferguson, Missouri police officer two weeks ago in a case that has stoked racial tensions.

Johnson’s attendance at the funeral was first reported by April Ryan, White House Correspondent and Washington Bureau Chief for American Urban Radio Networks, in a posting on Twitter.

The Washington Post later reported two more black Obama administrations officials are being sent to Brown’s funeral. Marlon Marshall, Special Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy Director of Public Engagement and Heather Foster, Public Engagement Advisor. Both work under Valerie Jarrett.

The Post reported Marshall is from St. Louis and went to high school with Brown’s mother.

Johnson was appointed earlier this year by Obama to be chair of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force which is aimed at helping young black males avoid the fate of the likes of Michael Brown and lead successful lives. Johnson’s official title is, Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary.

More at the link.

The article continues to note that President Obama was golfing during the funeral of Major General Harold Greene, the highest ranking officer killed in combat since the Vietnam War. I disagreed with several other conservatives on their condemnation of that, because I don’t believe that General Greene’s life was either more or less important than that of a Private First Class who was killed in Afghanistan, and I’d rather see the President attend the funeral of some otherwise nameless non-com killed. Some people have said that missing General Greene’s funeral was a sign of disrespect, but we all knew that the President has no respect for the military officers and enlisted men who serve under his command.

My question is: what will the sending of this delegation mean if it is eventually proved that Officer Darren Wilson’s account of the shooting is correct, that Mr Brown assaulted the police officer, and that the officer was defending what he perceived to be a threat to his safety and life? The First Street Journal does not take any position on the facts of the case, because there are so many different witnesses, telling different versions of what happened on August 9th. The Editor does, however, note that to believe the left’s version of the story, that Officer Wilson simply shot Mr Brown without justification, he must also believe that a six-year veteran police officer with a public commendation earlier this year for subduing a man involved with the drug trade, and no record of disciplinary action taken against him, simply decided, for whatever reason, to shoot a man who was not threatening him. That is certainly possible, but it doesn’t seem particularly probable.

Surveillance camera image of Michael Brown assaulting a store clerk.

To believe the reverse, that Mr Brown decided to assault Officer Wilson, I would also have to believe that a very large young man, who had already used his size to push around a man half his size, while helping to rob a convenience store just ten minutes prior to the shooting, and who had residue of marijuana in his system when he died,1 would be foolish enough or angry enough or whatever enough to attack a police officer much smaller than himself. It sounds pretty stupid, but it seems more probable to me than the other possibility.

Of course, the funeral of Mr Brown cannot be delayed long enough for the investigation to be completed; that’ll wind up taking months. If the President is going to send representatives to Mr Brown’s funeral, he has to do that now. But it risks saying something not very good if it turns out that Mr Brown was indeed a thug who caused his own death.
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  1. This does not prove that he was under the influence of drugs at the time he was killed, but simply that he had used drugs at some point.

Rule 5 Blogging: Living the #Glamour Life!

It’s the weekend and time, once again, for THE FIRST STREET JOURNAL’S version of Rule 5 Blogging. Robert Stacey Stacy McCain described Rule 5 as posting photos of pretty women somewhat déshabillé, but, on this site, our Rule 5 Blogging doesn’t put up pictures of Megan Fox in her summer clothes, but women, in full military gear, serving their countries in the armed forces. The terribly sexist authors on this site celebrate strong women, women who can take care of themselves and take care of others, women who have been willing to put their lives on the line in some not-so-friendly places, women who truly do have the “We can do it!” attitude.

Today, the glamorous life of the American soldier!

Nothing quite like changing a truck tire to bring out a woman's femininity!

Nothing quite like changing a truck tire to bring out a woman’s femininity!

Continue reading ‘Rule 5 Blogging: Living the #Glamour Life!’ »

From Around the Blogroll

Hypocrisy? In the media? Say it isn’t so! From Robert Stacey Stacy McCain:

The Silent Terror: Media Ignoring Islamic Radical’s Murder of Seattle Gay Men?
Posted on | August 23, 2014

Ali Muhammad Brown

Ali Muhammad Brown is a suspected Islamic terrorist accused of murdering three men in Seattle and a New Jersey teenager:

The man accused of killing a New Jersey teenager and three other men as retribution for U.S. military action in the Middle East could eventually be charged with terrorism offenses, according to a national security expert.

William C. Banks, Director of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism at Syracuse University, said that if the details of a confession by Ali Muhammad Brown described in court papers filed in Washington state Wednesday are accurate, he could face additional charges at either the state or federal level.

“If he’s got the motivation that he announced he has, which is to exact revenge for the U.S. killing of Muslims in that part of the world, he’s a terrorist,” Banks said. “It’s a matter of motivation.”

Brown, 29, has been in custody at the Essex County Jail in Newark since July 18 on charges related to the murder of Brendan Tevlin, a 19-year-old college student from Livingston who was shot eight times as he drove through West Orange on his way home June 25.

Authorities in Washington have also charged him with a trio of slayings, including the shooting deaths of two gay men in Seattle on June 1, and the death of another man whose body was found on a highway in an unincorporated area outside the city April 27.

More at the link. But the hypocrisy is amazing: one black teenager was killed by a white police officer, and the left go out of their way to depict the victim as a “gentle giant,” who was “timid” and “had never been in a fight in his life,” but who knocked over a convenience store, supposedly has a juvenile arrest record, and is alleged to have assaulted the police officer who shot him, resulting in a fractured orbital bone,1 and it has become a weeks-long national news story, but an Islamic black man (allegedly) kills four men, three of whom were homosexual, and the (non-tabloid) professional media are as silent as the snowfall.

Donald Douglas supports Glenn Greenwald’s complaints about censorship by Google and Twitter, for those services disallowing posting of the YouTube video of the beheading of James Foley. Your Editor disagrees here: neither Twitter nor Google can prevent people from seeing that video; they are simply not going to allow the use of their services to facilitate it. Dr Douglas, for instance, is under no obligation to publish the words of James Casper, his personal gadfly, which does not prevent Mr Casper from writing; it is simply Dr Douglas not aiding Mr Casper’s speech.

Deanna Fisher of the Victory Girls asks where the Islamic moderates are.

On Truth Before Dishonor, John Hitchcock posted ‘No different than supporting ISIS’: Libs work to take down fundraising page for Officer Darren Wilson while DNW wrote ISIS threatens to destroy Chicago and Americans shrug.

Karen, the Lonely Conservative, pointed out an Investor’s Business Daily article noting that over 35% of Americans are on some form of means-tested public assistance.

Patterico takes apart an article in The New Republic which claimed that Missouri was almost alone among the states in a legal doctrine which would make it very difficult to convict Officer Darren Wilson of a crime in the shooting of the “Gentle Giant,” Michael Brown. It turns out that Missouri’s law is very similar to what Patterico said was the law in 48½ of the 50 states, “once the defense introduces any evidence of possible self-defense, the prosecution must disprove self-defense beyond a reasonable doubt.”

William Teach of The Pirate’s Cove does us a public service by giving us advance notice about a women’s topless equality rally in San Antonio.

On the Colossus of Rhodey, Hube noted the idiocy of retired professor Perry — no, not that Perry! — J Mitchell.

Sister Toldjah, who has been mostly on a blogging hiatus, noted how James Foley lived before he was murdered by ISIS.

It’s possible that Protein Wisdom may be ending. I didn’t read that site as often as I should have, and I din’t always agree with the site proprietor, Jeff Goldstein, but I’ll be saddened to see him go.

David Gerstman of Le*gal In*sur*rec*tion wrote about the Forbes investigative report concerning the bias of The New York Times, and other professional media, in favor of the Hamas terrorists. There’s just something strange about a newspaper primarily owned by a Jewish family subtly supporting a terrorist group whose goal, whose stated goal, whose proudly and publicly proclaimed goal, is the destruction of Israel.

As usual, there’s nothing of any importance on Bridging the Gap, but Cassandra of the Delaware Liberal asks what is going on at the Wilmington News-Journal. Her story is not terribly different from my disappointment with the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Well, that’s it for this week!

  1. A different Lost Kos writer decided that the fractured orbital story simply must be bovine feces, and a strong majority of the article readers who took the article ending poll, 1258 out of 1609 valid responses as of this writing, said that the orbital fracture report was either “highly unlikely” (487) or absolutely false. (771)

Why President Obama will never beat ISIS: he won’t even try.

From The Wall Street Journal:

So What Will You Do, Mr. President?
Denunciations won’t stop the men who killed James Foley.

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a statement from Martha’s Vineyard. (Reuters)

President Obama on Wednesday condemned the made-for-YouTube murder of American James Foley with as much passion as we’ve seen from the cool Commander in Chief.He said that Foley’s killers in the jihadist Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, “have rampaged across cities and villages, killing innocent, unarmed civilians in cowardly acts of violence. They abduct women and children, and subject them to torture and rape and slavery. They have murdered Muslims—both Sunni and Shia—by the thousands. They target Christians and religious minorities, driving them from their homes, murdering them when they can for no other reason than they practice a different religion.”

All of this is horribly true. It was also true a year ago. The question now—what the world wants to know now, Mr. President—is what are you going to do about it?

Well, we all know what President Obama will do: nothing, nothing at all. But we have this, also from the Journal:

Three Senior Hamas Military Leaders Killed in Israeli Airstrike in Gaza
Deaths Are a Hit to Islamic Militants After Collapse of Cease-Fire
By Joshua Mitnick in Tel Aviv and Asa Fitch in Gaza City | Updated Aug. 21, 2014 4:12 p.m. ET

Raed Attar, left, and Mohammed Abu Shamlah stand before a Palestinian Authority court in Gaza in February 1999. An Israeli airstrike Thursday killed three senior Hamas military commanders–including Messrs. Attar and Shamlah–in the Gaza Strip. (Reuters) Click to enlarge.

Israel killed three top Hamas commanders in an airstrike on Thursday in the southern Gaza Strip, officials from Hamas and Israel said, striking a blow to the Islamist group’s military leadership after the collapse of a cease-fire and truce talks in Egypt.The deaths of Mohammed Abu Shamalah, Raed Attar and Mohammed Barhoum, who the Islamist movement’s military wing described as three of its most prominent leaders in Rafah, followed Wednesday’s attempted assassination of military chief Mohammed Deif, which killed his wife and two children.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu credited Israel’s domestic-intelligence service, the Shin Bet, with identifying the three officials’ whereabouts.

It seems that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu doesn’t have much trouble deciding what to do to enemies at war with Israel: he has them hunted down and killed. Back to the first article:

Six years into this Presidency, we know Barack Obama can do empathy. We know he can channel a family’s grief for a murdered son and express a nation’s outrage. What we don’t know is if he can muster the will and fortitude to defeat an enemy that is growing in strength and danger on his watch. This is what America and the world need from a President when killers are on the march.

If it serves any purpose, the butchery of James Foley will open more eyes about the threat ISIS poses to the Middle East and to America. Make no mistake, Foley was killed because he was American. The masked murderer in the video made that clear. Captured in Syria two years ago, the courageous journalist may have been kept alive precisely for this kind of public execution. The video also displayed another captured American freelance journalist, Steven Sotloff, whose fate it said would depend on Mr. Obama’s “next decision” on bombing in Iraq.

It is folly to think this brutality will be confined to unlucky journalists or the sands of western Iraq. ISIS knows which country’s bombs have forced its retreat from the Mosul Dam this week, and it knows American power is the greatest threat to its dreams of a regional caliphate stretching from Lebanon to Kuwait. The jihadists know they are at war against America.

Yet it is not clear that Mr. Obama is willing to admit even now that America is at war against ISIS. American bombs are hitting ISIS Humvees in northern Iraq, but Mr. Obama continues to limit the military mission to preventing genocide against the Yazidi minority and protecting the U.S. consulate in Erbil. This is a defensive containment strategy. It is not a strategy for killing and defeating ISIS.

More at the two links.

We might as well face facts: Steven Sotloff is a dead man walking, a brave journalist who knew he risks of working in the combat zones, and nothing President Obama could do, short of withdrawing all American forces from the Middle East, all of the Middle East, would get ISIS to release Mr Sotloff. Worse, if somehow his release was arranged, for cash, for changed policy, for whatever, such will simply confirm the value of seizing Americans to hold as hostages. President Reagan tried to secretly negotiate our way out of the hostage crisis in Lebanon, getting some hostages released in exchange for armaments, only to have other Americans and other Westerners seized.

Some White House speechwriter got the President to tell the nation and the world that there was no just God in whose name the execution of Mr Foley could be justified. If the President actually believed the words written for him, if the President actually understood what he was saying, and based our policy upon it, he would understand, as Prime Minister Netanyahu does, that the only thing that you can do to enemies in war is to kill them. You don’t allow them safe havens, you don’t seek to just keep them away from a vulnerable group of people, but you have to go after them, you have to carry the attack to their hideouts, their camps, and their homes, and inflict so much death and destruction upon them than any of them who survive are going to be so beaten and so broken that they’ll never stir beyond their own miserable huts.

Does anyone, anyone at all, believe that President Obama has the cojones to actually do it?

Update: Via Donald Douglas, Pamela Gellar of Atlas Shrugs reported that the abortive mission to rescue Mr Foley failed because “the president drug his feet. He waited too long, the intel got stale, and by the time we actually gave the ‘go’ word it failed because we just didn’t react quick enough.

#Ferguson: We don’t know enough for informed commentary, but we do know that #AlSharpton is despicable

In today’s Philadelphia Inquirer crossword puzzle, 34 down was “Sharpton and Jolson,” the correct answer being “Als,” and I thought, what an insult to the actor and singer once called “the world’s greatest entertainer,” to be mentioned in the same breath with the famed race baiter.

Things are going well for the man known as Rev. Al. The July 17 death of African-American Staten Islander Eric Garner, 43, who lost his life while resisting arrest by police officers picking him up for selling loose, untaxed cigarettes, was tragic. For Rev. Al Inc., it’s been good for the grievance business.

Sharpton, who was sensibly banned from City Hall under the administration of former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and was welcomed back into the fold by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg — who never let him run the show — last week appeared at a City Hall “roundtable’’ discussion on police-community relations, perched beside de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton. He outrageously warned the mayor that if minorities are targeted by police for arrest, “I’ll be your worst enemy.

He asserted that if the mayor’s biracial 16-year-old son, Dante, were not de Blasio’s kid, “He’d be a candidate for a chokehold.

But Sharpton sees participating in local engagements as nuisances.

“Going to City Hall is not the thrill of my life,” groused Sharpton, who boasted, “I met with the president of the United States last week!”

A group of city cops held a news conference Tuesday in which they denounced Sharpton for whipping up racial unrest before all the facts are known about the cause of Garner’s death. Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch blasted the city Medical Examiner’s Office’s “political” declaration that Garner’s death was a homicide resulting from a chokehold — a maneuver banned by the NYPD that was allegedly used by Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo — combined with Garner’s obesity, asthma, sleep apnea, diabetes and heart disease.

“If they weren’t taking me seriously, they wouldn’t be holding press conferences, going crazy,” Sharpton told me.

Sharpton doesn’t like the “broken-windows theory,” which holds that if nuisances such as broken windows are not tolerated in communities, more serious acts of vandalism and crime won’t occur down the road. This theory has guided policing for more than 20 years, especially benefitting poorer neighborhoods with high minority populations.

“Are you telling me that people spit on the street more in Bed-Stuy than in Greenwich Village?” railed Sharpton, who these days beds down on Manhattan’s gentrified Upper West Side.

“I suppose if you look at that community six times more, that’s what you’ll find.”

Yes, he’s arguing that cops who go after low-level offenders are racists. Scary.

Does any law-abiding citizen really want to see New York return to the year 1990, when murders in the five boroughs surged to an all-time high of 2,245? The city ended last year with 333 murders, or 215 fewer lifeless bodies than in 1963, when New York’s murder rate was first tallied.

Sharpton rose to fame in 1987 as a cheerleader for the rape hoax perpetrated by upstate African-American girl Tawana Brawley.

The sadly amusing part? That article was published on August 8th, and the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, occurred the next day. The Rev Sharpton, as one would expect, quickly flew to Missouri, to whip up more racial hysteria.

Robert Stacey Stacy McCain’s Official Position is that he doesn’t know what happened and we don’t know what happened in Ferguson beyond a few, established facts, and that most of what we are hearing is biased and uninformed speculation. The similarities with the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case are startling: in Mr Zimmerman’s case, the race-baiters jumped in, before all of the facts were known — and a few are still unknown — and tried Mr Zimmerman in the media. When the case actually went to trial, the judgement of local prosecutors not to charge Mr Zimmerman was vindicated, and Mr Zimmerman was acquitted.

Will that be the case in Ferguson? Only the LORD knows, and He hasn’t told us yet. All of the facts may never be known — they certainly aren’t all known now, not that that has stopped the Rev Sharpton — and an informed judgement cannot be taken without information.

But we do know enough to say that the Rev Sharpton is a despicable human being. As usual, he jumps into any racial situation with both of his stinky feet, because that is what he does, and that is how he makes his money. If he should be so unfortunate as to get run over by a bus, your Editor will shed exactly zero tears.