Thursday, July 21, 2016

Cruz No Mensch and Will Pay For It. Government Never Too Big To Fail In Eyes of Liberals, Only Banks. Weakness Breeds Death and Destruction.

Apparently Woods has a very high IQ and dropped out of MIT to become an actor.

Cruz missed a chance to be a mensch. He failed
the opportunity to be gracious.

He probably also blew a potential chance to be
appointed to The Supreme Court and certainly his
chance to be a Republican  presidential nominee.

He showed his sore loser stripes last night.

Cruz defended his action by stating the vicious
attacks on his wife and father by Trump during the
 nomination process cannot be ignored and run deep.
Tonight is Trump's opportunity to prove he is credible and worthy of a chance at being elected president.  There are many who are willing to be convinced because of their discomfort with his opponent.

His daughter has a lot on her shoulders as she introduces her father and seeks to humanize him and win over reluctant women. Stay tuned!
I expect to hear from my friend, Kim Strassel, today, in regard to my invitation to her coming to Savannah to talk about her new book regarding the erosion of our First Amendment and the politicization of free speech. Kim is at the convention and e mailed she has been working 19 hours a day.

For those who wish, you can catch her on a podcast with Paul Gigot about the first two days of The RN Convention.

Bernard Lewis turned 100, May 31.  (See 1 below.)


Democrats want to spend big to make big government bigger so when it fails the failures will also be huge.

Funny how liberals believe banks can be too big to fail yet do not think the same about government. They continue to display a total lack of common sense. (See 2 below.)
More information regarding The Iran Deal and new threats to peace and stability.  Obama and his crooked State Department remain in denial. (See 3 and 3a below.)
Obama's outreach to radical Islamists has resulted in his own hand being bitten and the loss of thousands of peaceful Muslim limbs. More to come.

Weak dreamers  never seem to learn the lesson of weakness -  that it breeds increased danger and death,  (See 4 below.)
1) A Middle East Studies Legend Turns 100
by Daniel Pipes

The historian Bernard Lewis celebrates his 100th birthday today.
Three quotes establish his career.Martin Kramer, a former student of Lewis, sums up his teacher's accomplishments:
Bernard Lewis emerged as the most influential postwar historian of Islam and the Middle East. His elegant syntheses made Islamic history accessible to a broad public in Europe and America. In his more specialized studies, he pioneered social and economic history and the use of the vast Ottoman archives. His work on the premodern Muslim world conveyed both its splendid richness and its smug self-satisfaction. His studies in modern history rendered intelligible the inner dialogues of Muslim peoples in their encounter with the values and power of the West.
The University of California's R. Stephen Humphreys notes "the extraordinary range of his scholarship [and] his capacity to command the totality of Islamic and Middle Eastern history from Muhammad down to the present day." And, as the late Fouad Ajami of Johns Hopkins University put it on Lewis' 90th birthday, he is "the oracle of this new age of the Americans in the lands of the Arab and Islamic worlds."

Lewis' career spanned a monumental 75 years, from his first article ("The Islamic Guilds") in 1937 to his autobiography in 2012. Midway, in 1969, he entered my life. In Israel the summer between my sophomore and junior years in college, with my aspirations to become a mathematician in doubt, I thought of switching to Middle East studies. To sample this new field, I visited Ludwig Mayer's renowned bookstore in Jerusalem and purchased The Arabs in History, Lewis' 1950 book.

Left: Bernard Lewis (right) with the author's father, Richard Pipes, in London, May 1974. Right: Lewis (left) with the author in New York City, May 2008.
It launched my career. Over the next 47 years, Lewis continued to exert a profound influence on my studies. Although never his formal student, I absorbed his views, reading nearly all his writings and favorably reviewing seven of his books (in 19821986,1988198919941996, and2000), far more than those of any other author. His name appears on 508 pages of my website. Beyond numbers, he more than anyone else influenced my understanding of the Middle East and Islam.

That said, he and I argued strenuously during the George W. Bush years, narrowly on Iraq policy (I was more skeptical of U.S. efforts) and broadly on the matter of bringing freedom to the Middle East(ditto).
Bernard Lewis more than ever is an inspiration to his many self-identified disciples.

I first met Professor Lewis in 1973 in London, when he generously invited me to his house and offered advice on my Ph.D. studies. I saw him most recently, twice, at his small apartment in the Philadelphia suburbs.
He's impressively fit in body and mind, spending time on the computer, ever the raconteur ("What's a Jewish joke? One which non-Jews can't understand and Jews have heard a better version of"), and conjuring up anecdotes from a time before the rest of us were born (his 1946 discussion with Abba Eban about the latter's career choices). It's wonderful to see him doing well even if it's sadly understandable that he no longer engages in scholarship nor opines on current events.
Born a mere 15 days after the Sykes-Picot agreement that defined the modern Middle East, their common May centennial finds Syria and Iraq in shreds but Bernard Lewis more than ever is an inspiration to his many self-identified disciples, including this one.
2) The Democrats Want To 'Invest' Big In Big Government
The Democrats' draft party platform uses the word "invest" more than 45 times, when what they mean is "more government spending." 

2016 Elections: Democrats recently outlined what their party stands for in a draft platform, in which the party places all its bets on government.
In the 35-page draft Democratic Party platform, the word "invest" shows up more than 45 times. Democrats aren't talking about private investors putting their own money into startups, or companies investing in breakthrough technologies, or families investing for their own retirement.
Nope. In this case, the Democrats writing the platform took a page from Orwell and changed the word "spend" to "invest." After all, who could be opposed to the government making investments?
So, the Democrats promise to make "the most ambitious investment in American infrastructure since President Eisenhower created the interstate highway system." (Which, by the way, is what President Obama said this trillion-dollar stimulus would do.)
They promise "bold new investments by the federal government" to make college education "affordable." (Just like that Obama Care investment made health care more affordable?)
Democrats want to increase investments in child care, "green and resilient infrastructure," politically correct police training, still more federal job training programs, and immigration integration services. They want to invest in "housing near good jobs and good schools" and in public health programs. The list goes on and on and on and on.
As far as we can tell, there is one part of government where Democrats want to cut "investments" -- prisons.
Tellingly, the platform uses the word "spending" only three times, only one of which refers to federal spending. The others involve complaints about too much spending by the drug industry on advertisements and too much private spending on political campaigns.
And who will pay for all these bold and beautiful new "investments"? Businesses and private investors.
"We believe," the draft platform says, "that we can pay for ambitious progressive investments ... without adding to the debt by making those at the top and the largest corporations pay their fair share."
In other words, today's Democratic Party firmly believes that the only way to grow the economy is to forcibly remove still more money from the pockets of private investors, and put it into the hands of unaccountable government bureaucrats, political hacks and politically connected businesses.
This is just the Tax-and-Spend-Liberalism (with a Soft-on-Crime chaser) that wrecked the Democratic Party before and that has failed every time and everywhere it's been tried. Slapping new labels on these dusty old policies won't make them any more effective.
Everyone knows that the parties' platforms aren't binding on anyone. But they are an expression of the parties' core beliefs. If Republicans can't take advantage -- starting at the GOP convention this week -- of the Democrats' lurch to the extreme left, it will be a lost opportunity of historic proportions.

Iran Deal Was Worse Than We Thought


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