London Times: Haiti earthquake: a few more rescues, but aid still slow.â€œNobody can go anywhere without security in the city. No aid workers can go anywhere without taking risks with security. That adds to the difficulty of delivering the aid because you not only have to have transport â€“ which is rare â€“ you also have to have some sort of security with you, or you are taking a risk. People are getting angry, people are getting hungry and thirsty.â€ This is sounding kind of familiar.
As I mentioned before, disaster relief isnâ€™t like ordering a pizza. Itâ€™s hard to get aid into a place where the infrastructure has been wrecked and ordinary social order broken down. Iâ€™m seeing some people start to go after Obama on this in an obvious echo of the Katrina-based criticism of Bush. I understand the appeal of payback, but I donâ€™t see any evidence that Obama has blown it here; this stuff is just hard. Of course, the press wonâ€™t go after him the way they went after Bush, but thatâ€™s a given.
Thing is, thatâ€™s exactly the point. I said to David in [...]
Itâ€™s no use pretending this isnâ€™t a major blow. The emails extracted by a hacker from the climatic research unit at the University of East Anglia could scarcely be more damaging. I am now convinced that they are genuine, and Iâ€™m dismayed and deeply shaken by them.The trouble is, heâ€™s still playing the party line:
Yes, the messages were obtained illegally.As I told you yesterday and Friday, as well, I suspect this was an inside job, and there is no credible evidence that suggests that the messages were illegally obtained. Rather, they were distributed by someone who had legal access to them. If youâ€™re going to claim then that illegality was involved say they were illegally distributed rather than illegally obtained. Unless, of course, that is , youâ€™re trying to project yourself in the public eye as the victim. The fact of the matter is that this is damaging to the global warming religion, because of the pattern which has already been laid down over a period of decades. The misbehavior of the scientists being [...]
This morning, Politico reported that Democratic members of Congress are increasingly being harassed by â€œangry, sign-carrying mobs and disruptive behaviorâ€ at local town halls. For example, in one incident, right-wing protesters surrounded Rep. Tim Bishop (D-NY) and forced police officers to have to escort him to his car for safety. This growing phenomenon is often [...]
â€œThe worse, the better,â€ Vladimir Lenin is said to have observed. What Lenin meant was that the worse social conditions became in Russia, the more likely he and the Bolsheviks could foment a communist revolution. President Barrack Obamaâ€™s White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel recently updated Leninâ€™s maxim, saying, â€œNever allow a crisis to go to waste.â€Last Friday, the Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives took those maxims to heart when they pushed through their 1,200-page American Clean Energy and Security (ACES) Act by a vote 219 to 212. The bill is supposed to address the twin crises of economic recession and climate change by creating millions of new â€œgreenâ€ jobs. Instead of an old-fashioned Soviet-style five-year plan, ACES can be thought of as 50-year plan to radically transform how Americans produce and use energy.â€¦Well, look, Ron Bailey, this entire administration seems to me to emulate the tactics of Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, in all things, not just energyâ€¦ and in my view weâ€™ve not seen nearly the worst of it yet. (A Depressing thought as we come to July 4th, isnâ€™t it?) So why should Energy be any different? Energy, after all, is the key to our country and itâ€™s prosperity. Which of course was why I raised such holy hell when the first thing Obama did upon being sworn in was to reverse President Bushâ€™s sign off on offshore drilling. That action is the major reason oil prices have better than doubled in the last 6 months. The question that Ron asks, though, seems to me pertinent:
Will Americans tolerate such sweeping interventions into their lives and workplaces? â€¦ The 1994 mid-term election became a referendum on [...]