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Meanwhile, in Tegucigalpa, the deposed Honduran president and Chavez wannabe Manuel Zelaya has sneaked into the country and taken up residence at the Brazilian embassy. La Gringa reports that Zelaya's return was accompanied by an outbreak of violence by supporters.
The democratic forces of Honduras oppose Zelaya's restoration to power, but the government of the United States adamantly backs Zelaya. The Obama administration is punishing Honduras for refusing to accede to its dictates and restore Zelaya to power. If this seems nuts, the Obama administration is not alone in its nuttiness.
Zelaya is not only hostile to the United States, he is something of a madman. The Miami Herald reports that Zelaya claims his throat is sore from toxic gases and "Israeli mercenaries'' are torturing him with high-frequency radiation. There's a lot of that going around.
Osama bin Laden famously expounded on the appeal of "the strong horse" in the Arab world. Somehow the Obama administration has chosen to back an insane horse "in the image of Hugo Chavez, Muammar al-Khadaffi and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad."
An attack on German soil would totally work too. They'd do whatever the terrorists told them to do after that, and be so damned proud of their sensibility for doing so. I know Germans. They would also blame it on the United States.
"The president scores highly at the UN for refusing to project American values and military might on the world stage, with rare exceptions like the war against the Taliban. His appeasement of Iran, his bullying of Israel, his surrender to Moscow, his call for a nuclear free world, his siding with Marxists in Honduras, his talk of a climate change deal, have all won him plaudits in the large number of UN member states where US foreign policy has traditionally been viewed with contempt."Simply put, Barack Obama is loved at the UN because he largely fails to advance real American leadership. This is a dangerous strategy of decline that will weaken US power and make her far more vulnerable to attack.
STEPHANOPOULOS: How about the funding for ACORN?
OBAMA: You know, if — frankly, it’s not really something I’ve followed closely. I didn’t even know that ACORN was getting a whole lot of federal money.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Both the Senate and the House have voted to cut it off.
OBAMA: You know, what I know is, is that what I saw on that video was certainly inappropriate and deserves to be investigated.
STEPHANOPOULOS: So you’re not committing to — to cut off the federal funding?
OBAMA: George, this is not the biggest issue facing the country. It’s not something I’m paying a lot of attention to.
If you get your news primarily from the typical newspapers and alphabet-soup TV networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, et al) then:
And because you are so well-informed, the government would like to make it so you are always that well-informed.
Conservatives have long known that the Democrats would love an excuse to subsidize the collapsing left-partisan newspaper industry. Readership has been dropping steadily for years, thanks to a relentlessly bitter left-wing news slant and the growing availability of alternate news sources. I realize the ‘falling ad revenue due to everything moving to the web’ argument gets used alot, but I tell you, I don’t see the Washington Examiner, New York Post, and the Wall Street Journal yipping about declining revenues.
If you get my drift.
One of the remarkable things about this collapse of the bird-cage-lining industry is that in spite of readership vaporizing, and in spite of some pretty substantial evidence that their leftist political pitch is at least a factor, they refuse to moderate their tone. The decline in the evening news viewers on ABC, NBC, and CBS over a 10-year span is
AWESOME BABY rather drastic, and the corresponding numbers at FoxNews has risen to the point where they border on competitive with the broadcast networks.
Ideology may not be the whole reason but it is undeniably a part of it. Whether you think the Examiner and FoxNews are right-biased or now, it is a FACT that conservative viewers and readers can no longer tolerate the stench issuing from the NY Times, WaPo, CBS, and friends.
So the industry will not change in order to be profitable. And now Democrats are proposing to “subsidize” — aka take over — the industry, and Obama has expressed that he’s “open” to it. That is code for “it was his ideal”. We already have Government Banking and Government Motors. Now we can have the Government Press.
I bet that will result in a better product and more fair political representation.
Especially during election season.
This explains why many leftist Dutch are so puzzled by Geert Wilders. While they can understand that the blue-collar lower classes oppose immigrants – because they are unsophisticated and dumb – they find it hard to understand why a seemingly intelligent man like Geert Wilders is fighting the Islamization of his home country.
Last week, an article by the cultural anthropologist Lizzy van Leeuwen in the leftist weekly De Groene Amsterdammer (“The Green Amsterdammer”) caused a stir. She explains Wilders’s “rabid anti-immigration and anti-Islam ideas” as stemming from his ethnic mix. The article is considered to be “an intellectual attempt to analyze what drives Wilders.” According to Mrs. van Leeuwen his statements – plus the fact that he dies his hair peroxide blond – are connected to his genealogical link to Indonesia, the largest Islamic country in the world.
Of Barack Obama it is said that his worldview has been influenced by his childhood years in Indonesia, the former Dutch colony that is also said to have shaped Geert Wilders’s worldview. Van Leeuwen reveals that Wilders’s maternal grandmother, Johanna Meijer, was a member of a prominent Jewish-Indonesian family. Her husband, Johan Ording, was a regional financial administrator in the Dutch colony. According to van Leeuwen, the latter was fired while on leave in the Netherlands and reduced to poverty when the government refused to give him a pension. Van Leeuwen says that Wilders is out to avenge the injustice done to his granddad.
The Indonesian colonial background of his grandfather is also said to explain Wilders’s “far-right” opinions. She claims that in the 1930s many colonial administrators sympathized with the Dutch Nazi party NSB. After the independence of Indonesia in 1949, they were forced to leave for the Netherlands. This frustrating experience led to their attachment to patriotism and European values. Moreover, they harbored strong sentiments against Islam, the dominant religion in Indonesia. In Wilders’s case, his anti-Islamic and pro-Israeli feelings were exacerbated by the Jewish origin of his grandmother.
Van Leeuwen’s revelations – if true, because Wilders has not responded to them and keeps his private life absolutely private – do not explain, however, how Wilders’s father can have harbored sympathies for the anti-Semitic NSB while being married to a Jewish wife. That accusation makes her thesis highly unlikely, if not ridiculous.
It is astonishing, however, that leftist intellectuals in Europe no longer see a contradiction between Nazism and pro-Jewish positions. Indeed, Israel is consistently depicted by the European left as a racist Nazi-like state. Meanwhile, the Dutch media criticize Wilders for not disclosing his genealogy. “Wilders hides his family roots,” a major (center-right) Dutch newspaper headlined.