Wednesday, May 05, 2010

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No More Mister Nice Blog and the War on Murdoch-ism

Posted: 05 May 2010 11:56 AM PDT

Leftist blogger No More Mister Nice Blog has a current offering entitled "Oh, Now It's OK To Blame Terrorism on U.S. Actions?" What provoked him? A New York Post article stating that the Times Square bomber claimed to be retaliating for drone attacks against the Taliban in Pakistan. According to the Post:Admitted terrorist Faisal Shahzad ... said he was driven to evil by the slew of deaths among leaders of the terror group, law-enforcement sources revealed yesterday....Quoth NMMNB:Wait -- "driven to evil" by American deeds? Hasn't it always been an ironclad rule in Murdoch Land that nothing we do can...

Everything you always wanted to know about sachs but were afraid to ask

Posted: 05 May 2010 04:16 AM PDT

Charles Krauthammer's son, Daniel, has embarked on a pundity career with The Senate and Goldman Sachs (h/t Peter Wehner). I'm not going to pretend to understand the whole thing, but this is about as comprehensive and understandable explanation of the investment created by Goldman Sachs and the investigation into whether Goldman Sachs committed fraud. There is a basic and very important difference between what financial institutions do and what every other sector of the economy does. Unlike firms in the rest of the economy, financial institutions do not produce actual, tangible goods. They operate on a level once removed from...

The post and proximity talks

Posted: 05 May 2010 04:15 AM PDT

The Washington Post has a pretty good editorial on the upcoming proximity talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Israelis and Palestinians are ready to begin talking -- sort of: INDIRECT TALKS between Israelis and Palestinians appear finally set to begin, after a two-month delay that showed the Obama administration's diplomacy at its worst. The trouble started with an errant announcement by Israel of new housing construction in East Jerusalem; President Obama chose to escalate what could have been a blip into a public quarrel, in the apparent hope of extracting a series of concessions from Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin...

Mirror image possible?

Posted: 05 May 2010 03:39 AM PDT

There's an obituary of Rabbi Moshe Hirsch in the New York Times with a pretty good discussion about the Neturei Karta. Jonathan D. Sarna, a professor of American Jewish history at Brandeis, said that what made Rabbi Hirsch so controversial "was not just that he believed -- as did some other rabbis of his day -- that Jews should await the Messiah before establishing a Jewish state, but that he befriended someone like Arafat." Neturei Karta, he said, "represented a small fringe, but were very good at gaining publicity." About Rabbi Hirsch the obituary writes: Moshe Hirsch was born in...

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