Monthly Archives: April 2012

What Mothers Want

So despite the best efforts of the women’s movement over the decades to convince women that motherhood and child rearing are plots devised by men to imprison them, most women haven’t received the message. Kay Hymovitz writes in today’s Wall Street Journal:

…All over the developed world women make up the large majority of the part-time workforce, and surveys suggest they want it that way. According to the Netherlands Institute for Social Research, in 2008 only 4% of the 70% of Dutch women who worked part-time wished they had a full-time job. A British Household Panel Survey interviewing 3,800 couples discovered that among British women, the happiest were those working part-time.

A 2007 Pew Research survey came up with similar results for American women: Among working mothers with minor children, 60% said they would prefer to work part-time, while only 21% wanted to be in the office full-time (and 19% said they’d like to give up their job altogether)…

Waiting For Zimmerman

I don’t like to make predictions for the obvious reason that I don’t like being wrong. But this is going to be a springtime of waiting: for the Supreme Court to decide the constitutionality of Obamacare and for the trial of George Zimmerman for the second degree murder of Trayvon Martin.

So while I am waiting with nothing else to do, I will go out on a limb and predict that the trial of George Zimmerman will never take place. The reason: the Obama administration, the state of Florida, and the town of Sanford want a trial like they want stage 4 cancer.

Yes, the Obama administration is not averse to playing the race card and the hardcore Democratic base enjoys the occasional racial morality play followed by a figurative or literal pogrom against white (and “white Hispanic”) people. But the problem for Obama is that there is only so much the rest of us can take of Al Sharpton in full indignation mode. He and his Greek chorus of “No Justice, No Peace” chanters tend to rev up the non-Democratic base and not in a good way for Obama and the Democratic Party.

And do the words Rodney King ever enter the minds of Sanford’s city fathers (or mothers) and the Republican governor of Florida? So I would guess that all of the politicians have already agreed that a trial cannot take place. Now the trick is to get the other players in line. I’d bet that the negotiations are going on as I write.

First is Trayvon’s parents. I mean no disrespect when I say that a lot of money will have to be available in order to get them on board. Like any other parents, they would, I am sure, give anything to have their son back; but like most people, a large sum of money deposited in an account with their names on it would help to ease their grief. This money will have to come from the governments (and taxpayers) involved since George Zimmerman is apparently bereft of deep pockets.

Second is Zimmerman. He might demand a trial to clear his name, assuming his claim of self-defense is true. But clearing his name is now a dream made impossible by the national media and the racial hucksters. He must know that he will never walk out of the court house a “free man” even if acquitted, not as long as Al Sharpton, Spike Lee and the “New Black Panthers” have any say in the matter and they certainly do. The best that Zimmerman can hope for is a life akin to being in the witness protection program: a new identity and a new home in an “undisclosed location” for the long foreseeable future.

Since Zimmerman cannot receive a fair trial, he will, I believe, agree to plead guilty to a degree of manslaughter, but will not serve a sentence in any prison. He will be confined to a safe house in a secret location after which he will live many years under government protection with a new name and new government issued identity documents. I suspect he will receive a significant sum of money (“living expenses”) to go along with this.

And finally, Eric Holder (and his boss) will urge his good “friend” Al Sharpton to forgo his usual threat to bring back the summer riot season those of us old enough to have been around in the 60’s and 70’s remember so well. Perhaps a few taxpayer dollars can be funneled to Reverend Al’s National Action Network (No Justice, No Peace).

All in a day’s work, here in politically correct America.

Europe to Jews: Move On or Else

Bado Le Droit

Mark Steyn tells us of the precarious nature of Jewish life in Europe:

…Pitch the Western world a decade or two down the road, riven by an ever-more-fractious tribalism between blacks, Hispanics, and Muslims, and the one surviving nonagenarian neo-Nazi white supremacist will be at the retirement home. But it’ll still all be his fault.

The Toulouse assumptions were particularly deluded. If the flow of information is really controlled by Jews, as the Reverend Jeremiah Wright assured his students at the Chicago Theological Seminary a year or two back, you’d think they’d be a little better at making their media minions aware of one of the bleakest stories of the early 21st century: the extinguishing of what’s left of Jewish life in Europe. It would seem to me that the first reaction, upon hearing of a Jewish school shooting, would be to put it in the context of the other targeted schools, synagogues, community centers, and cemeteries. And yet liberal American Jews seem barely aware of this grim roll call. Even if you put to one side the public school in Denmark that says it can no longer take Jewish children because of the security situation, and the five children of the chief rabbi of Amsterdam who’ve decided to emigrate, and the Swedish Jews fleeing the most famously tolerant nation in Europe because of its pervasive anti-Semitism; even if you put all that to the side and consider only the situation in France… No, wait, forget the Villiers-le-Bel schoolgirl brutally beaten by a gang jeering, “Jews must die”; and the Paris disc-jockey who had his throat slit, his eyes gouged out, and his face ripped off by a neighbor who crowed, “I have killed my Jew”; and the young Frenchman tortured to death over three weeks, while his family listened via phone to his howls of agony as his captors chanted from the Koran… No, put all that to one side, too, and consider only the city of Toulouse. In recent years, in this one city, a synagogue has been firebombed, another set alight when two burning cars were driven into it, a third burgled and “Dirty Jews” scrawled on the ark housing the Torah, a kosher butcher’s strafed with gunfire, a Jewish sports association attacked with Molotov cocktails…

Here’s Toulouse rabbi Jonathan Guez speaking to the Jewish news agency JTA in 2009: “Guez said Jews would now be ‘more discreet’ about displaying their religion publicly and careful about avoiding troubled neighborhoods. … The synagogue will be heavily secured with cameras and patrol units for the first time.”

This is what it means to be a Jew living in one of the most beautiful parts of France in the 21st century.

Well, you say, why are those Jewish kids going to a Jewish school? Why don’t they go to the regular French school like normal French kids? Because, as the education ministry’s admirably straightforward 2004 Obin Report explained, “En France les enfants juifs — et ils sont les seuls dans ce cas — ne peuvent plus de nos jours être scolarisés dans n’importe quel établissement”: “In France, Jewish children, uniquely, cannot nowadays be provided with an education at any institution.” At some schools, they’re separated from the rest of the class. At others, only the principal is informed of their Jewishness, and he assures parents he will be discreet and vigilant. But, as the report’s authors note, “le patronyme des élèves ne le permet pas toujours”: “The pupil’s surname does not always allow” for such “discretion.”

Metropolitan Toulouse has a population of 900,000 or so, about the size of Jacksonville, Fla. Imagine if, in Jacksonville, synagogues were firebombed, and kosher butchers shot up, and Jewish schoolkids gunned down, and, in the dull, placid months between the spasms of front-page attention, the cold, ongoing Jew-hate were so routine that it was no longer safe for a Jew to walk his own city with any identifying mark of his faith, or for his child to reveal his Jewishness at school.

In Toulouse, much of the Jewish community arrived after the religio-ethnic cleansing of French North Africa in the Sixties and Seventies. What they fled has followed them to the Midi-Pyrénées, and now it’s time to move on again — as it is elsewhere in Europe. “Jews with a conscience should leave Holland, where they and their children have no future, leave for the U.S. or Israel,” advised Frits Bolkestein, the former EU commissioner and head of the Dutch Liberal party. “Anti-Semitism will continue to exist, because the Moroccan and Turkish youngsters don’t care about efforts for reconciliation.”

Thus, posterity’s jest. Pre-war Europeans would never have entertained for a moment the construction of mosques from Malmö to Marseilles. But post-war Holocaust guilt, and the revulsion against nationalism and the embrace of multiculturalism and mass immigration, enabled the Islamization of Europe. The principal beneficiaries of the Continent’s penance for the great moral stain of the 20th century turned out to be the Muslims — with the Jews on the receiving end, yet again.

It won’t stop there. Mijnheer Bolkestein is not (yet) asking what else those “youngsters” don’t care for, but like many other secular Continentals with no interest in Jews one way or the other he’ll soon find out. [all emphasises mine]

Do New York (And The Rest Of Us) A Favor

Ray Kelly

There is good news and bad news. First the bad news: As the New York Post predicted and editorializes about today, the Associated Press was awarded yesterday a Pulitzer Prize for “its year-long, non-stop hit-job on the NYPD’s counterterrorism efforts.” The good news is that the AP and the politically correct, Upper West Side morons who hand out these prizes may have inspired those New Yorkers who still remember the cesspool that was pre- Guiliani New York to convince current commissioner and AP target Ray Kelly to run for mayor next year.

The Post notes:

…The Pulitzer board at Columbia University cited the AP for “spotlighting” the NYPD’s “clandestine spying program that monitored daily life in Muslim communities, resulting in congressional calls for a federal investigation and a debate over the proper role of domestic intelligence gathering.”

Debate? There’s none on the streets of this city, where a recent Quinnipiac poll shows 58 percent of New Yorkers reject the AP’s smear that the NYPD “has unfairly targeted Muslims,” and where fully 82 percent — including majorities of every demographic group — say the department “has been effective in combating terrorism.”

Why such love for the cops?

Maybe because they’ve foiled some 14 terrorist plots against the city since 9/11 — including one targeting the subways by three homegrown Muslim extremists, one of whom is now on trial in federal court…

Knowing that the only things preventing the return to New York City of the pre-Guiliani squeegie men, the raving lunatics defecating on the streets and in the parks, and the roving packs of “wilding” predators are a mayor and police commissioner with the balls to stand up to the New York Times, Al Sharpton and the other leftist nudniks, the Post urges Ray Kelly to run for mayor:

…New Yorkers got welcome news yesterday: Police Commissioner Ray Kelly might run for mayor next year after all.

Our advice: Go for it, Ray!

Do New York a favor.

Sources say that Kelly is now open to the idea of running, as Post State Editor Fredric U. Dicker was first to report.

And certainly, there’s a powerful case for a Kelly bid. As everyone knows, crime’s fallen sharply — some 35 percent overall — on his watch, after having already dived over the previous decade.

Many folks had feared it could only go up.

And Kelly has had to add a whole new mission to his portfolio: fighting terror.

He’s served during a time of tightening budgets — and vitriolic bashing of law-enforcement by the left.

Indeed, you can tell Kelly’s done a spectacular job just by the breathless, dirty reporting by outlets like The Associated Press (which won a Pulitzer Prize yesterday for doing so…), The New York Times and New York magazine. These left-leaning outlets dread the idea of a Kelly run.

Yet despite all this, the commish — relying on keen management skills and tough-as-nails, law-and-order policies — somehow managed to drive down crime further.

The results have been stunning:

* Murders dipped 77 percent since their peak in 1990, from 2,245 to 551 last year.

* Burglaries are down 85 percent.

* Car thefts fell — get this! — an incredible 94 percent, from 150,000 to just 9,300.

Meanwhile, the NYPD has thwarted some 14 separate terror plots against New York since the 9/11 World Trade Center attack.

Is the city safer? No question about it…

Now, the problem is the thirty-something New Yorkers who reflexively vote for Democrats and who either didn’t spend their childhoods in pre-Giuliani New York or can’t remember what, say, Central Park was like in those days. Many of these naifs take what is now the safest and most glorious large city in the world for granted.

Those who were around during the Dinkins administration have a responsibility to educate their younger fellow New Yorkers in local history. This won’t be an easy task with the New York Times and the rest of the liberal media in aggressive opposition.

Breast Cancer and MS. Have They No Shame?

Are there no limits to how low Democrats will stoop in order to re-elect their Dear Leader?

A few weeks back I wrote the following:

…then there’s the 800 pound gorilla for feminists: the caring for infants and small children. In my experience, there are some women who hate and resent having to care for their children and cannot wait until they drop the little buggers off at “day care” and get back to the really interesting stuff like sucking up to customers, clients and bosses. I think women like that really ought to forgo motherhood.

But there are others who just love being with their babies and toddlers and do not mind at all changing their diapers and seeing to all of their other needs. These women, if and when they have to return to work, often suffer from real separation anxiety and depression.

Of course, their suffering is something the movement types would prefer not to discuss. It just isn’t a woman’s “health issue” like birth control and abortion. No, the movement types want to concentrate on getting the taxpayers to pay for the squirt’s day care so the woman can get back to the place where, they proclaim, she really wants to be: the office.

Now we have one Hilary Rosen, a “Democratic strategist” with close ties to the Obama campaign, attacking Mitt Romney’s wife, a cancer survivor and MS victim, for choosing to forgo a career in favor of giving birth to and raising five children.

Feminists, as we know, reflexively despise women who have that many children and when you add to that Mrs. Romney’s being a “stay-at-home mom,” you get the picture: She is an un-liberated Stepford Wife who is rich enough to stay home. Democrats find embarrassing the many less-than-rich women who make do without a second income because they consider being with their children more important than material things and feminist ideology.

In the 2008 campaign, left wing women attacked Sarah Palin for her fecundity and especially for her refusing to abort a Down’s Syndrome child. Yet, they had some trouble rationalizing Palin’s successful politcal career which she achieved without the help of a rich, influential father or husband, unlike some Democratic women I could mention.

Still, you have to admire the Democrats’ chutzpah in thinking they can attack a breast cancer and MS victim with impunity. Sorry, but I can’t help wonder what would happen if a Republican attacked a similarly afflicted Democratic woman.

Nice Little Supreme Court You Got Here. Wouldn’t Want Anything To Happen To It.

Lisa Benson

Barack Obama is the community organizer as president. Of course, Obama is more refined than other community organizers like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, but he operates from the same playbook written by the Pope of street organizers, the late Saul Alinsky.

Alinsky taught his flock that “the threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself” and urged them to:

Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. In conflict tactics there are certain rules that [should be regarded] as universalities. One is that the opposition must be singled out as the target and ‘frozen.’…

“…any target can always say, ‘Why do you center on me when there are others to blame as well?’ When your ‘freeze the target,’ you disregard these [rational but distracting] arguments…. Then, as you zero in and freeze your target and carry out your attack, all the ‘others’ come out of the woodwork very soon. They become visible by their support of the target…’

“One acts decisively only in the conviction that all the angels are on one side and all the devils on the other.”

During his tenure and especially this past week, Barry has shown that he learned much from his master and fellow Chicagoan. After freezing, personalizing and polarizing the Congress (half of which is run by the Democrats), Barry has now added the Supreme Court to his axis of evil. You could say he’s the only candidate in history to run against all three branches of government by avoiding his own record and instead harping on the long dark night of the soul that, he claims, would be ushered in by the election of a Mitt Romney joined at the hip with Paul “the Mad Monk” Ryan.

Back in 1970, Tom Wolfe homed in hillariously on the community organizers and their prey in his great piece Mau-Mauing the Flack Catchers. A few excerpts:

…There was one genius in the art of confrontation who had mau-mauing down to what you could term a laboratory science. He had it figured out so he didn’t even have to bring his boys downtown in person. He would just show up with a crocus sack full of revolvers, ice picks, fish knives, switchblades, hatchets, blackjacks, gravity knives, straight razors, hand grenades, blow guns, bazookas, Molotov cocktails, tank rippers, unbelievable stuff, and he’d dump it all out on somebody’s shiny walnut conference table. He’d say “These are some of the things I took off my boys last night … I don’t know, man … Thirty minutes ago I talked a Panther out of busting up a cop …” And they would lay money on this man’s ghetto youth patrol like it was now or never …

Then [the community organizer] would say, “Now when we get there, I want you to come down front and stare at the man and don’t say nothing. You just glare. No matter what he says. He’ll try to get you to agree with him. He’ll say, ‘Ain’t that right?’ and ‘You know what I mean?’ and he wants you to say yes or nod your head … see … It’s part of his psychological jiveass. But you don’t say nothing. You just glare … see … Then some of the other brothers will get up on that stage behind him, like there’s no more room or like they just gathering around. Then you brothers up there behind him, you start letting him have it … He starts thinking, ‘Oh, good God! Those bad cats are in front of me, they all around me, they behind me. I’m surrounded.’ That shakes ’em up.

“And then when one of the brothers is up talking, another brother comes up and whispers something in his ear, like this,” and the [community organizer] cups his hand around his mouth like he’s whispering something. “And the brother stops talking, like he’s listening, and the man thinks, ‘What’s he saying? What kind of unbelievable shit are they planning now?’ The brother, he’s not saying anything. He’s just moving his lips. It’s a tactic … you know … And at the end I’ll slap my hand down on the desk–whop–and everybody gets up, like one man, and walks out of there. And that really shakes ’em up. They see that the people are unified, and disciplined, and mad, and tired of talking and ready for walking, and that shakes ’em up.”

Then there’s the flak catcher:

…The man’s a lifer. He’s stone civil service. He has it all down from the wheatcolor Hush Puppies to the wash’n’dry semi-tab-collar shortsleeves white shirt. Those wheatcolor Hush Puppies must be like some kind of fraternal garb among the civil-service employees, because they all wear them. They cost about $4.99, and the second time you move your toes, the seams split and the tops come away from the soles. But they all wear them. The man’s shirt looks like he bought it at the August end-of-summer sale at the White Front. It is one of those shirts with pickets on both sides. Sticking out of the pockets and running across his chest he has a lineup of ball-point pens, felt nibs, lead pencils, wax markers, such as you wouldn’t believe, Paper-mates, Pentels, Scriptos, Eberhard Faber Mongol 482’s, Dri-Marks, Bic PM-29’s, everything. They are lined up across his chest like campaign ribbons…

Why do so many bureaucrats, deans, preachers, college presidents, try to smile when the mau-mauing starts? It’s fatal, this smiling. When some bad dude is challenging your manhood, your smile just proves that he is right and you are chickenshit–

Of course Obama is now the community organizer-in-chief, and he seems to be channeling a great Monty Python skit in which a couple of mafiosa threaten an army colonel. As Obama might put it: Nice little Supreme Court you got here, Mr Chief Justice. Wouldn’t want anything to happen to it. Would we, Mr.Chief Justice?

I hope the Supremes and Mitt Romney don’t wear Hush Puppies.