All she wanted was a chance to do what Nicholas Kristof takes for granted—to live her own life. What difference would saying “I love you” in a Lifestyle Channel soft-focus blur accompanied by saccharine strings make? As they see it, the perpetrators of “honour killings” love their daughters: that’s why they kill ’em. Would Kristof wish to swap his options for the set menu served up to Muslim women? How would he like it if, just as he was getting ready to head to Oxford on his Rhodes Scholarship, his dad had announced that he’d arranged for him to marry a cousin? Oh, and in Canada.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Victor Davis Hanson:
I used to think that oil, Arab demography, fear of Islamic terrorism, and blowback from its close association with the United States explained the global double standard that is applied to Israel.
But after the hysteria over the Gaza flotilla, the outbursts of various members of the Turkish government, and Ms. Thomas’s candid revelations, I think the mad-dog hatred of Israel is more or less because it is a Jewish state. Period.
...How odd that the more the activists, political leaders, and media figures issue moral strictures against Israel, the more they prove abjectly amoral. And the more they seek to pressure Israel, the more they are liberating it to do what it feels it must.
The gulf between Hollywood hypocrites and the oil spill:
Now that the gulf faces a crisis that's poised to be potentially worse down the road for the region, Hollywood celebrities are not only absent from the area - they are practically silent. Unlike after the earthquake in Haiti in January, there hasn't been an overwhelming response of donations, large-scale fund-raisers, contribution-driven Web sites and hotlines or public service announcements encouraging Americans to do all they can to help out the fishermen or the oil-drenched ducks.
Not because celebrities don't want the media attention, but because their guy, Barack Obama, is in the middle of the mess.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Front-page headline in my New York Post this morning:
2 + 2 = 5
NY passes students who get wrong answers on tests
The accompanying story describes a further dumbing-down of state math tests for kids in grades 3 to 8. Half marks are given for fragments of work; also for wrong answers arrived at via correct methods: “A kid who answers that a 2-foot-long skateboard is 48 inches long gets half-credit for adding 24 and 24 instead of the correct 12 plus 12 . . . ”
Monday, June 7, 2010
The New Ledger
...I must admit that there is more than one silver lining to this entire sordid affair. While it has provided us another example of Ehad Ha’am’s cold comfort that the world can be wrong while Israel is right; it has also done us the favor of exposing precisely who is who in this world of ours. We now know for certain which politicians, journalists, and activists are conscienceless liars, fabulists, conspiracy theorists, and feverish opponents of anything resembling basic human decency.