Americaâ€™s domestic energy boom doesnâ€™t sit well with San Francisco-based, former hedge fund billionaire Tom Steyer.Â Having made a large share of his fortune in foreign coal and oil investments, he now seems to believe that America should abandon oil and natural gas in favor of alternative, and significantly more expensive, forms of energy.
And what errors of fact would those be, Steve?Â Â Bookman did not point out a single factual error.Â Instead, regarding TTAJCâ€™s three main points, that Jim Crow was â€śdehumanizing, deadly and Democratic,â€ť he painfully admitted the paperâ€™s accuracy:Â â€śthat is true as far as it goes.â€ťÂ Apparently, Benen believes if you canâ€™t find a factual error yourself, itâ€™s okay to claim falsely that somebody else did.
â€śWe have your back,â€ť President Obama told Israelis when he visited that embattled country recently. Way back, apparently. Mr. Obamaâ€™s administration famously claimed to â€ślead from behindâ€ť in overthrowing Libyaâ€™s strongman, Khaddafi. Young Sergeant Benjamin Anthony spoke to the Christians United for Israel (CUFI) Washington Summit this week. Sgt. Anthony described aÂ differentÂ vision of leadership.Â AhalaiÂ he gave as the Hebrew word for â€śafter me.â€ť Officers in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) they shouldÂ lead from the front.Â That used to be Americaâ€™s idea of leadership, too.
Connecticutâ€™s liberal Sen. Richard Blumenthal wants no one to have to worry aboutÂ aborting unborn children late in pregnancy, very late. He favors abortion at any time prior to birth. Itâ€™s not clear yet whether he would vote to deny federal protection to newborns who survive an attempted abortion. Blumenthal was not in the Senate when that bill passed. Barack ObamaÂ wasÂ in the Illinois Senate when that stateâ€™s Infant Born-Alive Bill was killed. Then-Sen. Obama made sure that bill never got to the Governorâ€™s desk.
â€śIsrael hits Gaza Homes.â€ť The sub-head said: â€śChildren and women killed.â€ť This headline will be defended by all good journalists as no more than describing what happened in the seemingly endless clash between Arabs and Israelis. They will argue that when Israel its homes in Gaza, it is news. When Hamas rockets rain down on Israeli cities and townsâ€”and homes, schools, and hospitals, it is not news. It happens ever day, so it becomes like a weather report. Thousands of Hamas rockets have been fired at Israeli homes.Â Thousands.Â This coverage brings to mind the old French saying: This animal is very wicked; when you attack it, it defends itself.
Americans this summer are not so much war weary as war wary. We certainly doÂ notÂ want any further entanglements in the Mideast. But we do know that great countries keep their word. If they donâ€™t keep their word, they cease to be great countries. Our pledges must not be "a scrap of paper."
Iran is the worldâ€™s leading state sponsor of terrorism. It is a major persecutor of religion. In todayâ€™s Iran, Christians, Jews, Bahaâ€™i, Zoroastrians, and minority Muslim sects are actively suppressed and terrorized. Pastor Saeed Abedini was sentenced to eight years in a filthy prison, beaten and abused for â€śthreatening the national security of Iran.â€ť His crime: He started an orphanage!
If that were not troubling enough, Iraqâ€™s vital importance to the global oil market could mean thatÂ todayâ€™s rising prices may be just the beginning. Markets are already reeling from a series of oil production outages in countries across the globeâ€”from Nigeria, Libya, and South Sudan to Iraq, Iran, and Syria. Any additional loss of supplies from Iraq could stress the system to its limit and send oil prices to levels that many of Americaâ€™s political leaders had hoped were a thing of the past.
This is not the first time Susan Rice has been dispatched to the Sunday shows. In 2012, she appeared onÂ fiveÂ Sunday talk showsÂ in one day.Â Then, her mission was to spin the story that it was an anti-Muslim video produced in the U.S. that had provoked the deadly attack on our diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.
As voices across the ideological spectrum have come to recognize the need for serious reform of our housing finance system with a greater role for private capital, the nationâ€™s top housing regulator made an unfortunate revelation.Â A revelation which points to the difficult path for serious housing reform.Â Mel Watt, newly installed Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) director and top regulator of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, says that reforming the unfair housing finance system and protecting property rights is not part of his job description.