May 9, 2011

Lucid Links (050911, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:30 am

Mark Steyn, whose latest column is as usual a must-read (bottom line: “Millions of Muslims support bin Laden’s goal — the submission of the Western world to Islam — but, unlike him, understand that flying planes into buildings is entirely unnecessary to achieving it”), submits three pieces of evidence that Osama bin Laden’s demise at the hands of our soldiers means that “we won a tree but we’re losing the surrounding forest” in a post at the Corner (links in original; some items in ellipses are presented in a different order or are from different paragraphs):

In Canada — “Miss (Zaynab) Khadr … the daughter of Ahmed Khadr, known as “al-Kanadi”, the highest-ranking Canadian in al-Qaeda until his death in a firefight in Pakistan … is disconsolate at the death of Osama. … the Khadrs aren’t merely ‘giving aid and comfort to the Queen’s enemies,’ they are the Queen’s enemies, a significant proportion of them having been captured and killed while fighting for the other side. Yet, instead of being reviled or even mildly disapproved of, they became Canadian liberals’ cause celèbre …

… In Londonistan, “‘Hundreds of Osama bin Laden supporters clashed with English Defence League extremists today as a “funeral service” for the assassinated terror leader sparked fury outside London’s US Embassy.’ Hundreds of people cheer a mass murderer on the streets of London, but they’re merely “supporters”. Those who oppose them are the ‘extremists.’”

… In Germany, “A Hamburg judge has filed a criminal complaint against Chancellor Angela Merkel for ‘endorsing a crime’ after she stated she was ‘glad’ that Osama bin Laden was killed by US forces.”

… The western world imports, nurtures and celebrates its enemies; its dominant institutions render that fact undiscussable; and they’re prepared to demolish their own justice systems and prosecute the most absurd thought-crimes against those who decline to get with the program.

Rest assured that if George W. Bush had presided over the operation that killed bin Laden, mainstream leftists, including Democratic Party politicians, would be trying to do to him what the left is trying to do to Angela Merkel — with 10 times the intensity.

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A week ago, partially reinforcing the point I just made, John at Powerline (HT Peter Wehner at Commentary) compared Nancy Pelosi’s public thoughts on Osama bin Laden now and five years ago (links are in original):

Nancy Pelosi, press conference, September 7, 2006:

[E]ven if [Osama bin Laden] is caught tomorrow, it is five years too late. He has done more damage the longer he has been out there. But, in fact, the damage that he has done … is done. And even to capture him now I don’t think makes us any safer.

Nancy Pelosi, earlier today (May 2):

The death of Osama bin Laden marks the most significant development in our fight against al-Qaida. … I salute President Obama, his national security team, Director Panetta, our men and women in the intelligence community and military, and other nations who supported this effort for their leadership in achieving this major accomplishment. … [T]he death of Osama bin Laden is historic….

No one can reasonably contend that Pelosi wouldn’t have gone into 2006 mode if bin Laden had been taken out under a Republican or conservative president.

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From late April: “Businessman prepares bid to buy Globe” — Actually, the apparently imminent offer is for the New York Times’s New England Media Group, which includes the Boston Globe and two smaller papers.

If successful, this $200 million attempt doesn’t bode well for journalistic improvement:

Among those who have been involved is a former Globe editor, Ben Bradlee Jr., as well as Benjamin and Stephen Taylor, members of the family that owned the Globe for generations before selling to the Times Co. for $1.1 billion in 1993. The Taylors have previously said they intend to invest in Kushner’s effort.

Also involved is Chris Harte, a former publisher of the Akron Beacon Journal and the Minneapolis Star Tribune, who is advising Kushner on media issues. He said he believes Kushner has developed a business plan that can help the Globe thrive.

In other words, this is from all appearances a collection of old media dinosaurs interested in preserving the left’s control over the establishment press narrative in the Bay State and if possible New England. Also, before being impressed by the $200 million price tag (which, Mediaite points out, would be a $900 million loss on NYT’s $1.1 billion original investment), I’d like to know if the buyer group plans to take on any of the Globe’s likely hefty pension and other liabilities. I’ll bet not.

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From last Tuesday, Taranto at the WSJ’s Best of the Web, on just one element of “Why the Left Needs Racism,” and why it’s not working like it used to:

“No one ever thinks they’re a racist”–including, it is safe to surmise, (New Yorker editor) David Remnick. For him, white guilt is directed outward; he is certain that other people are racist. His “evidence” is the assertion that they have “feelings” that are “half buried” and “latent.” Could we get The New Yorker’s storied fact-checking department to confirm that, please?

… It used to be that people expressing politically incorrect views about race felt compelled to preface their statements with a defensive denial: “I’m not a racist, but . . .” The editor of The New Yorker, speaking to an NPR audience, now has a similar compulsion to deny that he is “in the habit of screaming racist.”

The tables have turned. Now it is the left that is on the defensive over “racism.” Their outdated attitudes about race put them in the absurd position of arguing that the most powerful man in the world is a victim of oppression because of the color of his skin. Men like David Remnick turn out to be the ones who aren’t ready for a black president.

Distinguishing between racists and “racers” — people who believe that race and racism explain almost everything, when they explain almost nothing — is an important step. In his defense, David Remnick is not a racist. But he is without a doubt a racer.

Positivity: Actor Meets Marrow Donor Who Saved His Life

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:56 am

From Los Angeles:

Saturday, Apr 30, 2011 | Updated 1:05 PM PDT

The 45-year-old actor from Toluca Lake had tears in his eyes Friday when he met the 22-year-old woman from Florida who saved his life without even knowing him.

They were among the thousands of bone marrow recipients and donors who gathered in the City of Hope rose garden for the 35th annual Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion.

The actor/filmmaker Jerome Williams was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia in 2003.

Within a short period of time he became the central character in his own life and death drama.
The father of two began treatment and a six-year wait for a compatible donor.

Williams’ mixed heritage made it more difficult.

He is of African-American, French, Native American and either Asian or Hispanic background.

Just when other treatments began to fail, the national donor registry came up with a match.

Janelle Cunningham was a 20-year-old biomedical engineering student when she stepped up to help a total stranger.

She was born in Jamaica and moved to Florida when she was five.

She told City of Hope she was always interested in customer service and giving Williams her stem cells was “the ultimate customer service.”

Friday, she, too had tears in her eyes when she met Williams for the first time, two years after becoming his lifesaver.

Williams made a pitch for more people to sign up for the National Bone Marrow Registry.

“You get the opportunity to extend someone’s life. So I want to say thank you for those people who have done it, for those people who will do it, and it’s not difficult at all,” he said. …

Go here for the rest of the story.