On Rantburg's Sunday Morning Coffee Pot:
As Mexico's most powerful political party, the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) recovers from embarrassing revelations about its last president, Humbero Moreira Valdez, a disturbing picture forms about several Mexican states and their appetite for spending fuelled by public debt.
Does Goldman Sachs or J P Morgan Chase have offices in Mexico City?
That would explain everything...re-hypothecation..and all.
If I used the same collateral to get financing for my personal affairs, I would be put in jail.
Posted by: Bill Clinton ||
12/17/2011 14:01 Comments ||
As per recent immigration legislation, methinks the Bammer + Admin are expecting a supermassive new flood of illegals, Hispanics + Other, to flood CONUS-NORAM once PROPOSED FTAS/FTZS + NAU + TEXAS "SUPER-HIGHWAY/CORRIDOR", ETC. IS UP + RUNNING.
The days of when America = Amerika only had a mere or lowly 11.0Milyuhn +/- illegals will be seen as "the good ole days"???
E.g. MEMRI.ORG + MUSLIM-MAJORITY/CONTROLLED AMERICA BY YEAR 2070 > Muslims = Hispanics = Chinese-Asian, etc. = NO NEEDS FOR VIOLENT JIHAD = REOLTS, JUST ...
> Keep having more Sex + Kiddies.
> Keep demanding autonomous Sharia + Land-Property Rights.
> Keep influencing = engaging in "creeping" takeover of the US Economy, + by extension Political-Govt processes.
Iff Whitey = Infidels don't like Sex + $$$ anymore, thats Whitey's = the Infidel's problem, correct???
h/t Gates of Vienna
The politicians of Europe love to flourish the flag of Community togetherness. But in their day-to-day politicking they give the lie to their supposed virtues. Die Zeit has compiled a cheat-sheet of national egotisms that are harming the Community...
While an entire swath of the Arab world is in upheaval in one form or another, two non-Arab nations, Iran and Turkey, are in fierce competition to redefine their leadership roles in the Middle East, further stoking concerns that unrest sweeping the region may risk inciting wider, potentially devastating conflicts.
Following a day-long meeting on Thursday, the top Turkish military council said it reviewed the military's preparedness for war, without elaborating on what types of threats the country faces. Observers immediately jumped to the conclusion that it was a message designed to send chills through Tehran and its chief ally Syria. The statement came shortly after a series of threats Iranian officials made against Turkey, although Iran denied they were the Islamic republic's official position. The largely hidden "cold war" between Tehran and Ankara is brewing quickly, bringing with it a greater risk of conflict.
The great indulgence granted to Iran's ways and phobias in the face of a nuclear standoff last year between the Islamic republic and the West has reaped a self-destructing harvest, giving leeway to Iran's never-ceasing desire to expand. It would have been unimaginable last year, following Turkey's defense of the Islamic republic to defuse Western threats, to now expect Iran to end its friendship with the NATO member. The current split between Turkey and Iran began with the installment of NATO's early-warning radar system in Turkey and widened as the uprising in Syria looked to oust the leader of Iran's chief ally.
Turkish diplomats tossed back and forth the question of whether Iran is a reliable partner, and there was a deep fissure among Turkish intellectuals over Irans role in Turkeys foreign policy decisions. Turkey and Iran have always had trouble describing how they relate to each other. While Turkey was protecting Iran from a growing Western confrontation last year, its policy was calculated to maintain stability in the region, advancing trade and friendly relations. The current upheaval in the Middle East has thrown the Turkish governments much-vaunted zero-problems foreign policy into disarray and spawned a new era of rivalry between Iran and Turkey over Arab lands.
h/t Gates of Vienna
US presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich (whose Lazarus-like trajectory to the Republican nomination I flagged up here a month ago) has recently demonstrated yet again Melanies First Rule of Modern Political Discourse the more obvious the truth that you utter, the more explosive and abusive the reaction.
...So just what did he say? This:
Remember, there was no Palestine as a state (it was) part of the Ottoman Empire. I think we have an invented Palestinian people who are in fact Arabs and historically part of the Arab community and they had the chance to go many places...
But of course, he is absolutely correct. As Elder of Ziyon pointed out, the Arabs who lived in Palestine were a disconnected bunch of tribes who had nothing in common with each other except that they were Arabs. They never were, are not and never will be a Palestinian people (the claim that they are now just because they say they are is risible and would be dismissed out of hand if applied to any other self-defined grouping). There is not and never has been any Palestinian Arab culture, language, religion or national identity separate from that of the wider Arab nation. Palestinianism was invented solely to destroy Israel. The one and only characteristic of this spurious national identity is the aim of destroying another -- authentic -- national identity. One that makes Europeans, and all properly credentialed Americans, sick to their stomachs
They never were, are not and never will be a Palestinian people...
There was a time when there were no Americans. Now there are, and will be for quite a while into the future.
There was a time when there were no Israelis. Now there are, and will be for quite a while into the future.
Yes, seventy years ago there were no Paleostinians. But now there are, and I don't think they're going away anytime soon. As much as it might be better for their 'brother Arabs' to absorb them into their own countries, that simply isn't going to happen.
So the Paleos are a fact of life, like it or not. There are a couple million of them. They're going to sit in Gaza and the West Bank if for no other reason than nobody else wants them.
So, gromgoru, what are you going to do with them? Kill them? You won't be an Israeli anymore if you do that. Expel them? To where? If they could be moved that would have happened already.
Sorry dude, but your country is going to have to make a deal. The Paleos have to deal as well -- they have to give up their charter, their own exterminationist rhetoric and dreams, and settle for a couple small slices of land.
But the idea that "there are no Palestinians", and therefore they're illegitimate and thus don't rate any consideration, is short-sighted.
They didn't exist before, but they exist now.
Gingrich is wrong. Again.
Posted by: Steve White ||
12/17/2011 14:46 Comments ||
"Sorry dude, but your country is going to have to make a deal. The Paleos have to deal as well -- they have to give up their charter, their own exterminationist rhetoric and dreams, and settle for a couple small slices of land."
One could reasonably argue that there is Palestinian people but can you seriously believe that they will give up their goal of exterminating Israel?
Given the fact that Iran will get their nukes, I'm betting that the Palestinians get their wish.
At which point the question of whether the Palestinians get their own state will become very moot.
So IIUC ARTIC > ...
* Muhammed was a frustrated or failed non-Jewish/Hebrew = Arab Judaic wannabe + reformer rejected by the Jews whom in his angst dev his own new version of Judaism/Hebraism called ISLAM???
* Despite being a Holy City, JERUSALEM was routinely ignored by any + all Camps save when POTENT, COMPETING GEOPOLITICAL FORCES OR IDEOS CAME HEAD-TO-HEAD IN ITS REGION???
IMO the Artic + Newt's assertions supports the belief of many Regional Muslims that the Paleos are merely ISLAMIZED JEWS/HEBREWS + ALIGNED.
Prior to the 1967 War all the residents of the West Bank were what? Oh yes, Jordanians. Israel was going to demand that it keep Jerusalem in the ceasefire negotiations with Jordan. Jordan said no, keep the lot, all of the West Bank including Jerusalem AND keep all of the people too. Jordan then withdrew citizenship from all of the West Bank residents so that they could not return to Jordan. What did that leave the nomenclature of the residents? Eventually they started calling themselves Palestinians instead of "the most despicable people on Earth that nobody wants"
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.