Morning Bits

What timing. “News of the EU’s act of existential spite against Israel broke on the fast of Tisha b’Av, when Jews mourn the destruction of the Temple (you know, that Temple, the one that stood in Jerusalem all those centuries ago before any Arabs existed, let alone any Green Line) along with the seemingly never-ending list down through the ages of all those prosecuting their uniquely murderous and baseless hatred of the Jewish people. Some coincidence. To that list of infamy, the EU can now add its name. For shame.”

(J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

(J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

Time is on al-Qaeda’s side. “The war against al Qaeda is not going well. . . .Al Qaeda affiliates in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and West Africa have dramatically expanded their operating areas and capabilities since 2009 and appear poised to continue that expansion.  . . . Current trends point to continued expansion of al Qaeda affiliates and their capabilities, and it is difficult to see how current or proposed American and international policies are likely to contain that expansion, let alone reduce it to 2009 levels or below.  Americans must seriously consider the possibility that we are, in fact, starting to lose the war against al Qaeda.”

There is plenty of time to get something done. “House Speaker John Boehner reaffirmed that House Republicans planned to take a gradual, ‘step by step’ approach to overhauling the country’s immigration system, but he didn’t put the quest at the top of his list of legislative priorities for the year.”

It is long past the time to call out abrasive ideologues on the left. “A  freshman senator is causing a stir. Outspoken and impatient of the upper chamber’s clubby atmosphere, this career academic is driven by intellectual self-confidence and a willingness to be abrasive. The result is bipartisan offense and admiration. Such an outline might depict Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) . . . . But it also describes Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), a firmly liberal Democrat who in her first six months on Capitol Hill has displayed elbows just as sharp as those of her fellow freshman across the aisle.”

Some argue it is time to move on. “Nationwide rallies against the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin drew small crowds, a sign that Americans had largely accepted the verdict and that race relations are not nearly as frayed as Al Sharpton’s National Action Network had sought to [portray].”

Others take time to point out the president’s machinations. “Despite Obama’s assertion that he could have been Martin, the jury did not believe that the teenager was killed because he was black. . . . By saying he could have been Trayvon Martin, President Obama bypassed the evidence and established his own motive. Only a maestro could accomplish this.”

Speaking of justice, it is time to find out why. “Confidential tax records of several political candidates and campaign donors were improperly accessed by government officials, but the Justice Department declined to prosecute any of the officials involved, even in one ‘willful’ violation of the law, an IRS watchdog reported.”

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