Sunday, September 16, 2012

This Week With Alan Caruba

 For a change I have not listed these articles in the sequence they appeared.  I did this because I wanted to have them appear sequentially due to the content.  Either way, you will find that Alan has been hot again this week, covering all the main issues of the day with foundational insights.  There is more that doesn't appear here.  Go to Warning Signs to see all that Alan has posted this week.  RK

Amidst the graffiti on the wall outside the U.S. embassy in Cairo, one of the rioters scrawled “1.5 Billion Bin Ladens.” Last time I heard, the last thing bin Laden saw was a member of Seal Team Six just before he took a bullet to the head. That is the way a nation that has been attacked responds to the murder of nearly three thousand of its citizens.  To suggest, as the White House keeps saying, that rioting in more than twenty-five mostly Muslim nations is the result of some amateur film that no one has seen reveals an administration that thinks Americans are stupid and unaware that President Obama’s foreign policy in the Middle East is responsible for the crisis that has killed our ambassador to Libya and others. A compliant mainstream news media continues to report this fiction.

All Presidents are hostages to events. It is, however, the manner in which they respond that shapes their outcome. By the afternoon of September 11, the Obama administration scrambled to disavow a statement to the assault on the U.S. embassy in Cairo that had been issued by the embassy.   The statement said, “The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims—as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions.”

“Misguided individuals”?

9/11's Aftermath of Lethal Tolerance
The one thing I have never understood is the way Americans seem to refuse to accept the fact that the worst attack on the homeland since Pearl Harbor was planned, funded, carried out by Muslims, and was celebrated by Muslims around the world. Perhaps the reluctance to relate the attack to “a religion” had to do with the way whole generations of Americans since the 1960s have passed through schools that indoctrinated them to believe that America has been invading other nations wrongly, supporting allies like Israel wrongly, and deserved to be attacked because of it.  Perhaps the election of a President with a Muslim name makes people reluctant to associate 9/11 with Islam?....... The official policy of two administrations has been to pretend that Islam is not the enemy. The Obama administration went so far as to tell NASA that its new mission was Muslim outreach. And Islam is reaching back, but not in gratitude for ridding Iraq of Saddam Hussein or protecting Afghanis against the Taliban. The hatred of America, of Christians, Jews, and all other faiths is costing lives every day.

The lesson of 9/11 is that Islam cannot be tolerated.

The question of the day is: When was the last time that Israelis attacked an American embassy, took hostages, or killed an American diplomat? The answer is: Never.    The answer to a similar question about Islam is a long list of such attacks going back to Iran in 1979 when American diplomats in Tehran were seized and held hostage for 444 days and most recently in Cairo, in Libya, and in Yemen, when our embassies were besieged this week. The attacks were timed to coordinate with the eleventh anniversary of the attack on America on 9/11. Generally unknown to Americans is that, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute, in the weeks leading up to the 9/11 anniversary Muslim clerics and others throughout the Arab world repeated the fiction that 9/11 was actually orchestrated by the U.S. and Jews in order to target Islam and Muslims. Steeped in centuries of anti-Semitic Islamic teachings, this conspiracy theory is widely accepted.

Countdown to Obama's Defeat
“I don't consult polls to tell me what my principles are or what our policies should be.” -- Paul Ryan, Republican candidate for Vice President    I have a number of political pundits whom I admire, admittedly because they agree with my analysis of what’s happening. Those with whom I disagree keep telling me that Obama is doing just fine, he’s five points ahead here or there, he’s appealing to woman, Hispanics, blacks, et cetera.

No, Obama’s political base can be summed up rather easily. They are idiots.

Useless, Costly Teacher's Unions
As I close in on age 75 I can still tell you the names of most of my teachers from elementary school on up through senior high. Miss Kenniston was my first grade teacher. I was madly in love with Miss Ward in fourth grade. It was the 1940s and 50s. Women had been the predominant gender of the teaching profession since the early 1900s.  Historically, the teacher’s union movement began in Chicago in 1897 and Chicago was the site of the nation’s first teachers strike in 1902. The latest reports indicate that the strike this past week has been settled and all that really means is that Chicago’s school children will once again receive a poor, but very expensive education…..To put it another way, as Heartland’s John Nothdurft, Director of Government Relations, noted, “Chicago Public Schools have offered teachers a four-year package worth $400 million despite the fact that the city is already expected to face a $369 million deficit in 2013.” If you or I conducted our financial affairs in this manner, we would soon be living in a cardboard box on a sidewalk somewhere.


I do not subscribe to The New York Times and do not read it with only one exception. Every Sunday I do read Maureen Dowd’s column. She is a very good writer which, in itself, is reason enough to read her, but more importantly she is a weather vane pointing the direction that liberals are taking on issues, individuals, and events.  Ms. Dowd joined The Times in 1983 as a metropolitan reporter, eventually becoming a columnist in 1995. Her columns regarding Clinton’s Monica Lewinsky scandal earned her a Pulitzer Prize. She had become the rare doyenne of The Times ever since, known for not suffering fools easily and for drawing blood when her political antennas pick up an egregious deception. Despite her liberal credentials, she is far less easily duped than most.

Back in 2010, I wrote about the EPA’s war on siloxanes, a silicone derivative that comes from sand. At the time I noted that siloxanes were “inert, non-allergenic, odorless, and colorless” and that they have been safely used for decades in thousands of consumer and industrial products.”   In April of this year, Canadian Environmental Minister, Peter Kent, announced that the government of Canada had concluded that siloxane D5 was not harmful to the environment. D5 is used in a host of consumer and industrial products including automobile parts, and life-saving medical devices.  Why, then, should you be concerned about siloxanes? The answer is that you shouldn’t.   As noted in an article by Kevin Jankowski that appeared on the website of Applied Technologies, Inc. Engineers-Architects, siloxanes “play an important behind-the-scenes role in our daily lives; they have washed our hands, brushed our teeth, cleaned our clothes, driven us to work, helped us lose weight, and even print our newspapers.”

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