In case you weren’t already convinced that the United Nations is a disgrace. “Iran has been appointed to several key United Nations committees that oversee the protection of women’s rights and global human rights. Iran—which leads the world in executions and recently ordered the hanging [of] a 26-year-old rape victim—was voted late Wednesday into a coveted spot on the U.N. Economic and Social Council’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).”
Even though it seems to be a slam dunk, I’m far from certain that the Obama administration will do anything. “The United States has consistently declared Hamas a terrorist organization and rejected any attempts to engage Hamas prior to its acceptance of the three criteria. President Clinton first designated Hamas a terrorist organization in 1997, and this policy has been fully supported and strengthened by subsequent U.S. administrations. Under U.S. law, no American aid can be provided directly to the PA unless the government and its members have publicly committed to the Quartet principles.”
Make sure to check his facts every single time. “Senator Rand Paul has from time to time claimed that Reagan was worse on spending, from a limited-government perspective, than Carter. . . . [But] on average, spending increased 4 percent per year under Carter and 2.5 percent per year under Reagan. That’s a pretty sizable difference: If Carter had merely kept spending at the same rate in a second term, his total would have been 37 percent. Reagan looks worse only if you hold getting re-elected against him.” For a guy who loves Reagan, he doesn’t understand his record all that well.
He absolutely would have never have made it this long if he had an “R” after his name. “Harry Reid has spent more than 40 years in government, starting as a small city’s attorney and eventually becoming the most powerful senator in the country. He has raised tens of millions of dollars in political contributions, established himself as an institution in Nevada politics along the way, and made himself a very wealthy man. His humble roots — from growing up in a remote desert town to working six days a week as a Capitol police officer while in law school — are legend in Washington and Nevada. Reid exhibits the toughness of a once destitute boy who completely transformed his life through determination, hard work — and good luck. Some who have watched Reid closely over the years, however, say that his political and economic ascendance has made him increasingly willing to use his power (and apparent electoral resilience) in ways that appear unsavory or nepotistic.” Read the whole thing.
The freak-out among anti-immigration groups is inescapable, I suppose. Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R): “I totally understand about people breaking a law to take care of their family particularly when the country whose law you’re breaking has for 40 years basically said, ‘Come on over, don’t worry about it.’ . . . . That’s the message we sent to individuals in Mexico: Come on over here, we need your work.” Good for him.
Meanwhile, immigration opponents undeniably will squawk about this: “Some people claim that illegal immigrants represent an assault on our sovereignty. If this is true, then it might be the first time in world history that a country has employed its invaders. When illegal immigrants cross the border, there’s a citizen waiting to hire them and benefit in some manner from their labor. The sooner our country realizes that immigration reform should be based upon the views of economists and nonpartisan academic researchers, rather than think tanks and radio show hosts, then Congress will finally be able to help solve this national dilemma.”
Nothing is definite, but this is usually the point where the Russians invade. “Russia on Thursday began military drills on its border with Ukraine as the government there mobilized against pro-Russian militants, killing ‘up to five’ people, according to Ukrainian officials. Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned the Ukrainian actions, and his top deputies said a Ukrainian mobilization in the restive eastern part of the country would lead to a Russian response. The tit-for-tat military movements brought the two sides closer than ever to a direct armed confrontation in a stand-off that analysts call one of the most dangerous on European soil since the end of the Cold War.”