Victor Davis Hanson cuts through the “it’s always someone else’s fault” leftist lament:
What strikes me is not that leftism does not work, but that when it is indulged and doesn’t work, its beneficiaries scream at the unfairness of it all—in the fashion that a theorist who claimed 2 plus 2 equals 5 blames the construct of mathematics because his equation is not true.
… In short, there is no “them” who wrecked Greece, ruined California, subverted the climate change movement, sidetracked a half century of liberalism to come, or discredited mega-deficit spending.
“Them” you see is simply a shorthand for “I got what I wanted, and I am mad at someone or something for not allowing the world to become what I think it should have been.”
Hmm — Fewer movie tickets were sold in 2010 than in any year since 1995 The drop-off from 2009 was over 8%. Can’t wait to see the people who seem bound and determined to produce crap that is either spectacularly untrue, not what people want to see, or both explain this away (“It’s all because of NetFlix” — sure).
Busted: Kirsten Powers swallowed an Obama administration talking point (i.e., falsehood) about how end-of-life legislation first appeared “under” George W. Bush, conveniently overlooking the fact that Bush vetoed the related legislation. Congress overrode the veto, and it went into law without Bush’s signature. News outlets which relayed the Dem spin have thus far been reluctant to retract.
Bottom line: You can’t pin this one on Bush. Note the irony of cowardly Dems trying to hide behind W when they unilaterally impose something clearly unpopular and particularly odious.
From the “World Turned Upside Down” Dept. — “Mexican cartel announces 1-month truce.” They get to decide this? I hope not. If they’re as weakened as indicated, put ‘em out for good.
The attack on a church in Alexandria, Egypt caused 21 reported deaths and dozens of injured from both the Christian and Muslim communities.
“Clever” parsing — technically silent on who died, and specific on who was injured. But it will be read by many as if both Christians and Muslims died.
But as Gateway Pundit notes (HT Cold Fury), the fact is that all 21 dead were Christians. It’s conceivable that some of the 79 injured were Muslim (“All but eight of the injured and all the fatalities were Christians from Saints Church”), but does that even include those who committed the bombing?
The point is that this administration won’t call out Islamist-related terror attacks when they occur, which only emboldens them to carry out more of them.
A spokesman for Crown called the performance remarkable, saying he could not immediately think of any other hardcover nonfiction books in 2010 that had sold over 1 million copies.
Devonia Smith at Examiner.com offers succinct reason for this:
After reading both books, it is much more accurate to offer that meaningful historical substance was the reason Bush’s book outsold Clinton’s x-rated description of an x-rated life.
Piling on: The New York Post has filed at least four damning reports about sanitation workers’ conduct during the City’s snowstorm (previously noted, accompanied by fact-free defenses of the indefensible at the New York Times, in BizzyBlog posts here, here, and here).
Here’s the fourth:
Sanit bigs boozed amid snow chaos: witnesses
Instead of plowing, they got plowed.
A group of on-duty Sanitation supervisors is under investigation for allegedly buying booze and chilling in their cozy department car for hours Monday night after the blizzard stranded a bus and three snowplows blocks away.
The city Department of Investigation is probing the incident after witnesses said four snow blowers blew off their duties to get blitzed, buying two six-packs of beer from a Brooklyn bodega. The workers then walked five blocks to their car, which was in 20 inches of snow in the middle of 18th at McDonald avenues near the F train entrance, passing the stuck bus and idle plows on 18th Avenue between Third and Fourth streets.
The four remained in the idling sedan until morning — then told their bosses they could do nothing about the blizzard because they had run out of gas, one witness said.
“They just sat in their car all night with the heat running,” the witness said.
… six riders remained on the snow-stalled bus all night.
Michelle Malkin’s related December 31 column (“Slow the plow: Big Labor’s death grip”) nails it:
It would be laugh-out-loud comedy if not for the death of at least one newborn whose parents waited for an ambulance that never came because of snowed-in streets.
This isn’t a triumphant victory for social justice and workers’ dignity. This is terrifying criminal negligence.
It’s especially terrifying because, barring a miracle, the large majority of those who willingly participated in the past week’s work slowdown will suffer no consequences for their actions.