By Kevin D. Williamson
Alger Hiss: Why He Chose Treason, by Christina Shelton (Threshold, 352 pp., $26)
Print Text It is unlikely that we ever will have a proper reckoning of the American Left’s culpability in the worldwide Communist enterprise — the gulags and laogai, the Stasi, the Holodomor, the 100 million corpses. It is a testament to the perversity of human nature that in the two main political efforts to uproot Soviet agents from U.S. institutions, the villains in the popular mind are not those who enabled the enslavement of entire nations but the imperfect men who tried to stop them. We never had a Nuremberg trial for Communists — we would have had to hang too many veterans of the Roosevelt administration. Instead, we had the perjury case of Alger Hiss. And we keep having it.
My Take - It is amazing that there are so many on the left who cannot come to grips with reality. I guess Stalin didn't really kill all of those people after all....and apparently Chou En Lai murdered tens of millions of Chinese during Mao's was nap time. But the left did have a value system they stood firm on. They really hated Nixon. He had personality problems.
Tilting at the U.N. Windmill
By Jonah Goldberg
Those of us who believe the United States would be best served by pulling out of the United Nations and starting up a more morally and politically serious clubhouse for morally and politically serious nations are often accused of tilting at windmills. The phrase “tilting at windmills” was inspired by Cervantes’ novel Don Quixote, and it means to fight something that doesn’t really deserve to be fought. Quixote mistook the windmills of the Spanish countryside for ravenous giants and set out to vanquish them. (“Tilting” is a jousting expression, in case you didn’t know.)
Well, let’s review some recent evidence.
Law of the Sea Treaty now dead, DeMint says
By Kristina Wong and Sean Lengell
The Law of the Sea Treaty now has 34 senators opposed and thus will not have the Senate votes for ratification, a key opponent of the treaty announced Monday. Critics of the treaty had argued that LOST would require the U.S. to subject its sovereignty to an international body, require U.S. businesses to pay royalties for resource exploitation, and subject the U.S. to unwieldy environmental regulations as defined in the treaty.....“4 additional senators have joined in opposition to LOST.....The four senators Mr. DeMint named would bring those opposed in the Senate to 34 — making it impossible to reach the 67 votes that would be required to ratify the pact, which Sen. John F. Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat and Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman, had wanted to bring to a vote later this year.
My Take - Thirty Four? Can you imagine? And they had to think about this. We have really LOST our minds.
Demokratische Republik of Maryland Demands Pay For No Service!
This is ludicrous: Some of you will see an extra charge in your next electric bill because Pepco and BGE lost money when they couldn’t charge customers to deliver power during the storm outage.
Only regulators in Maryland allow utilities to recoup lost billings by invoicing customers directly. “It’s the law,” said Pepco spokesman Bob Hainey. “It’s called bill stabilization.” Officials in the District and Virginia say the utilities can not charge customers for lost billings there – so this is unique to Maryland customers.It’s called highway robbery. It may be the law, but the fact is there was no power being consumed by millions of people for days and yet, MD allows for them to be charged for no service! Power losses led to water shortages, food losses in refrigerators and freezers, which then led to expensive alternatives like eating out. Thousands were at risk health wise, sanitation issues ‘blossomed’ – and for all this suffering MD consumers are handed the bill? Can everyone see shades of Obamacare in this life lesson? When the government runs the monopoly, they are free to take from you as they see fit. In VA there is no such need or requirement. We also have balanced budget, better economic growth and lower unemployment than MD. Wonder why that is?…..
My Take – One of the readers left this comment: This certain explains why Dominion (in Virginia) seemed to be restoring power faster than Pepco.
Egyptians pelt Clinton motorcade with tomatoes
By Arshad Mohammed and Marwa Awad
Protesters threw tomatoes and shoes at U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's motorcade on Sunday during her first visit to Egypt since the election of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi. A tomato struck an Egyptian official in the face, and shoes and a water bottle landed near the armoured cars carrying Clinton's delegation in the port city of Alexandria. A senior state department official said that neither Clinton nor her vehicle, which were around the corner from the incident, were struck by any of the projectiles. Protesters chanted: "Monica, Monica", a reference to Former President Bill Clinton's extra-marital affair. Some chanted: "leave, Clinton", Egyptian security officials said.