Quotes of Note that reflect what conservatives think. Or are up against.
Hill and Bill
So there’s former President Clinton over in the UAE, recommending Joe Lockhart to help them with the PR required to overcome the negative reaction of the American public to the Dubai ports deal. Then there’s his wife, Hillary, over here in American waxing on about how dangerous the deal is and it should not even be considered. Hillary’s reaction to her husband’s actions in UAE was that she didn’t know what he was doing.
Goodness knows these two would never talk out of both sides of their mouth or anything.
Let’s take a trip around the Blogosphere and find out what others have discovered or have to say.
DO THESE TWO EVER TALK?
“U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton didn’t know her husband was giving Dubai advice on the port deal she’s fighting and Bill Clinton says he didn’t even get paid for it.”
– New York Daily News, 3/3/306
Mrs Clinton’s own senatorial financial disclosure forms reveal that her husband earned $450,000 giving speeches in Dubai in 2002.
“If his status is less clear, here is what we do know: If Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton did not know about her husband’s standing with the United Arab Emirates and with Dubai World Ports, members of her Senate staff most assuredly did.
“There were enough people in the Clintons’ orbit who were potentially going to be part of the deal,” says an employee of a firm that does work for both Clintons. “We were pursuing work on the ports deal, and we cleared our participation with Clinton’s office. We didn’t want there to be a conflict.”
If anybody thinks that two lifelong politicians would not discuss this sort of thing please raise your hand. I’ve got some waterfront desert property for sale.
Yale, Now Taliban University
The Taliban used to execute women publicly for showing an ankle. They allowed Al-Queda to flourish. They were (are) horrible examples of man’s inhumanity to man, or women in the Taliban’s case.
Now I don’t know how involved this new Yale student Hashemi was with the Taliban (although the Fund quote below indicates he was a high official), but from the little I’ve heard he is neither ashamed of his former association with the Taliban or does he regret it. Yet the vaunted Yale welcomes him with eager diverse eyes.
“Never has an article made me blink with astonishment as much as when I read in yesterday’s New York Times magazine that Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi, former ambassador-at-large for the Taliban, is now studying at Yale on a U.S. student visa. This is taking the obsession that U.S. universities have with promoting diversity a bit too far. Something is very wrong at our elite universities. . . . Yale is giving a first-class education to an erstwhile high official in one of the most evil regimes of the latter half of the 20th century–the government that harbored the terrorists who attacked America on Sept. 11, 2001.”
– John Fund on the Trail, 2/27/06
A Few More Abe Lincoln Quotes
In a recent Notable/Quotables I presented a compilation of quotes by Abe Lincoln. A few commenters offered up two more by Abe and I thought them so wise that we’ll include them here.
Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital.
Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed.
India Reports on the President’s Visit
There’s nothing earth-shattering or mind-boggling in the quotes below from two Indian newspapers on Bush’s recent visit. As Powerline reports, the prose is positive and without snide inferences or nasty adjectives.
Once upon a time journalists were taught the “five w’s” of reporting: Who, Why, Where, When and How. Nowhere in that mantra does it say “insert your own opinion”. Unless, heh, it’s an editorial. Once upon a time major newspapers had an editorial page. Now they have editorial newspapers.
Quotes are included because yon savvy reader should be able to detect the difference in tone between many of our American newspapers and those in a land where reporters have not yet become part and parcel of the elite and political class on which they are supposed to report.
The Tribune writes:
Mr George W. Bush today wooed India like no other US President had ever done before and admitted that he had been “dazzled” by India.
Like a seasoned Indophile, he reeled out facts after facts, with a liberal sprinkling of quotable quotes from two great makers of India — Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru — to convey to his countrymen back home that India had arrived. “The United States and India, separated by half the globe, are closer than ever before, and the partnership between our free nations has the power to transform the world.”
The Hindu writes that “Bush gets a glimpse of rural India”:
A brief visit to Hyderabad on Friday gave US President George W. Bush a glimpse of how India’s rural economy sustains itself and, contrastingly, how young and modern-looking entrepreneurs plan to compete with the world’s best in industry.
Mr. Bush saw the use of simple and cost-effective technologies by farmers to improve yield and innovative methods to market their produce when he visited the Agricultural University named after an eminent son of the Andhra soil Prof. N. G. Ranga. Harking back to the days he spent at his ranch in Texas, the US President tried his hand at a tiller, a rake and a moisture-testing meter.
The Katrina Aftermath Continues Based on a Bad Premise
We are not stupid out here in la-la land. Most of us have had to deal with the government on some level, either the local motor vehicle unit onto the many other details of life that require government approval/license/permission.
The bad premise as the hackles are raised over Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, is that our suddenly slow and bulky federal government is supposed to, with the appearance of one hurricane, suddenly become efficient responders with supplies and personnel at the ready. They are expected to show up on the scene within minutes of the storm’s passing to pass out supplies, rescue those on rooftops and move the weak and lame to safer shores.
Well that’s not going to happen. Although such action is expected from the local government and there’s the second bad premise. For the local governments of our experience aren’t all that efficient either but at the very least they don’t have to travel from Washington D.C. to save our sorry behinds who refused to save ourselves.
Here’s a prediction. No matter how much the finger-pointing continues or the accusations resound, come another major hurricane, we who carry this country on our backs will be packing cars and crating pets. We’ll get out of the way of the hurricane our own fine selves.
The rest can sit and wait for the government to save them.
“Anyone who’s ever filed a tax return or visited the Department of Motor Vehicles understands that government does two things well: spend our money and waste our time. Unfortunately, both traits were on display during the response to Hurricane Katrina.”
– Ed Fuelner of the Heritage Foundation
The Best Question About the Dubai Port Deal
The answer to the question quoted below by Rep. Ron Paul could tell us all we need to know about this questionable endeavor. Heck, the question itself is revealing.
The Port Security Controversy
By Rep. Ron Paul
The Dubai company is owned by the government of the United Arab Emirates. It is in essence an agent of a foreign government, which raises questions: Does DP World truly operate like any corporation, answering to a board of directors, serving shareholders, and working to boost profitability? Or does it serve the foreign policy and economic goals of the United Arab Emirates?
Leaving With Some Smiles
Or quotes about smiles.
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