Monday, November 26, 2012

Europe will see more and more of this:

Muslim immigrants in a town near Copenhagen have forced the cancellation of traditional Christmas displays this year even while spending lavishly on the Islamic Eid celebration marking the end of Ramadan.

. . . [T]he Muslim majority on the Board of Directors refused to authorize spending 7,000 Danish kroner ($1,200) for the community's annual Christmas event.

The vote came shortly after the same Board of Directors authorized spending 60,000 kroner ($10,000) on a large communal celebration of the Muslim holiday Eid. Five out of nine of the board members are Muslims.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Hamas are bastards:
The Israeli Defense Forces knocked out Hamas’s communication infrastructure with a strike in Gaza City this weekend. Hamas had placed its equipment atop a building housing foreign press, but Israel managed to surgically eliminate only Hamas’s apparatus.
(Emphasis added.) How can media around the world fail to be outraged by Hamas's use of journalists as involuntary human shields? (I know, I know . . .)

Friday, November 16, 2012

Daniel Pipes on the current Hamas-Israel clash.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

From Kevin Williamson, an insightful examination of Romney's loss in Ohio and its implications for Republicans.

Friday, November 9, 2012

How did the lackluster John McCain draw more popular votes (59,934,814) than the better-liked Mitt Romney (58,159,408 as of today)? The answer: Sarah Palin. Whatever her detractors say, Palin possesses star quality, with huge, widespread appeal; as Thomas Sowell has noted, the only time McCain led Obama in the 2008 race was shortly after Palin joined the GOP ticket. She’s the reason Obama’s victory in 2008 wasn’t a Reagan/Carter-type blowout.

The lesson is this: in US politics charisma and biography matter enormously, possibly more than credentials or competence, definitely more than experience. Romney was a plainly decent and able man, but too few people felt connected to him; Obama’s a disastrous president, but enough people like his story that he managed to sneak out a win. Republicans must choose nominees who inspire passion in voters, even if other candidates have better résumés. Luckily there are several young conservatives with the requisite talent and charisma. For 2016 the best of them is Marco Rubio. We need to start fighting for him now.

Later: John Fund writes that when all ballots are counted Romney will have earned more votes than McCain. I believe him, but I stand by my argument. The electorate is bigger than in 2008, Romney was a more attractive candidate than McCain, yet the nominees' vote totals basically matched. Palin's appeal explains the lack of difference and shows the way ahead for the GOP.

Later still (11/14/12): Romney's total is now 59,133,398.

And (1/16/13): Romney's total has reached 60,931,959.