An Abstention Worse Than An Aye

Today, the USA threw Israel under the bus. Yesterday, President-Elect Trump succeeded in stopping Egypt from putting forth the resolution but today a bunch of other enemies of Israel went ahead with it, and the USA *abstained* instead of voting to veto the UN’s condemnation of Israeli “settlements in Palestinian territory”. Then our representative who doesn’t even deserve to be named said it was in keeping with longstanding USA policy going back 50 years . . . never mind that as recently as 2011 a similar resolution was vetoed by us.

I hope President Trump lives up to his hype in regards to Israel. We have been playing footsie with the enemies of God, on the subject of his favorite bit of real estate, for far too long.

But VFD, how was this worse?

Because the result was a foregone conclusion. If the USA didn’t veto the resolution, it was guaranteed to pass. Abstaining from the vote was the same as voting in favor, except that it shows a lack of courage. Even courage to do the wrong thing is more admirable than cowardice.

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What Difference, At This Point, Does it Make?

No, I’m not going to bag on Secretary Clinton for trying to shirk responsibility for the four dead Americans in Benghazi.  This is about our BFFs the United Nations Peacekeepers.

Turns out, the difference it makes is THOUSANDS of dead Haitians.  Dead of Cholera, which was unknown in the Caribbean before the UN’s Peacekeepers brought it with them from Nepal and dumped it with their kaka in the biggest river in Haiti for people to drink and to bathe in.

According to this piece by Johathan Katz, the UN were pointedly NOT interested in investigating the source of the outbreak because they already knew it was they who were killing those Haitians.  But hey, the dead haitians are black and poor so there’s no need to talk about them on the nightly news! 

(which, of course, is why you should get at least some of your news from Instapundit, where I saw this story)

USAID has released an an announcement (.pdf file) to declare that we will soon commit to saying something quite definite, in no uncertain terms. Here’s the quote everybody is bouncing around the Internet today:

In September 2009, President Obama launched a study of U.S. development policy and will be issuing a new development policy in the near future. The policy will focus on achieving sustainable development outcomes by promoting broad‐based economic growth and democratic governance, investing in game‐changing innovations that have the potential to solve long‐standing development challenges, and building effective public sector capacity to provide basic services over the long term. The policy also puts a premium on selectivity, on leveraging the expertise and resources of others, on mutual accountability, and on evidence of impact. This new development policy will guide the U.S. approach to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

This all sounds warm and fuzzy, which is why it is the money quote (that, plus it’s right at the beginning of a 15-page report about a plan to announce a plan). But let’s fisk it, shall we? My comments are (in parenthesis).

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In September 2009, President Obama launched a study

(Yet another commission. How original.)

of U.S. development policy and will be issuing a new development policy in the near future.

(BREAKING NEWS! We will soon be announcing a plan to do . . . something!)

The policy will focus on achieving sustainable development outcomes

(because Government is the answer)

by promoting broad‐based economic growth and democratic governance,

(growth by what means, and democratic like Greece or democratic like USA circa 1779?)

investing in game‐changing innovations that have the potential to solve long‐standing development challenges,

(we will be announcing an attempt to misappropriate taxpayers’ take-home wages and throw them at things that sound like really good ideas, but which are as-yet unproven (and may not pan out but hey it’s worth a shot!))

and building effective public sector capacity to provide basic services over the long term.

(We’re also going to be adding HUGE numbers of people to the public welfare roles, if we can possibly manage to sneak it under the radar)

The policy also puts a premium on selectivity,

(We will be emphasizing sexism and racism, as appropriate)

on leveraging the expertise and resources of others,

(we’re going to pay consultants -and hire our cronies for- HUGE salaries!)

on mutual accountability,

(we will tell you everything. We hope you will tell us some things)

and on evidence of impact.

(they probably meant effectiveness vs. impact, but they really mean we want to see if this stuff helps, after we’ve poured our money down the drain to make it work)

This new development policy will guide the U.S. approach to the Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs).

(It’s a guide. We’ll be sure to vary from the guide in any way that suits our nepotism, racism, sexism, fancy, and pocketbooks, thank you very much)

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As an extra bonus, let’s remember that the USA pays the lion’s share of the UN’s bills, and then read (from farther down in the report, which I did skim):

We will also place the United States on a trajectory to meet our long‐term Copenhagen commitment to jointly mobilize $100 billion per year in public and private sources by 2020 in the context of meaningful mitigation actions and transparency from developing countries.

(excuse me, WHOSE Copenhagen commitment? Run that by me again? And for HOW MUCH?!)

Careful students of the Bible know that we will always have extreme poverty in the world. Attempting to mitigate it by charitable measures is fine. Taking from my wallet to do it -at gunpoint- without so much as a ‘by yer leave’ is Not Cool.

Crisis Averted! Let’s Get Out Of The Blizzard!

The Copenhagen talks about how to crush the western world’s capitalist economies in the name of preventing Global Warming! have concluded. An agreement was reached, and it is much better than I had hoped. Basically it says:

“We don’t like the icky climate change thing, but we can’t be seen as having accomplished nothing at all over here after spending all this money to set up the conference. We agree that in theory it would be nice if everyone would agree to cooperate and slow their national economies (if rich) or get lots of free money (if poor) and then it, like, wouldn’t get all hot an’ junk. For now, we’ll just keep on pollutin’ as usual.

“P.S. please don’t ask about our carbon footprints getting here on private jets and driving around in limo’s, and don’t tell our wives what the ‘extra expenses’ are on our hotel bills. Also please don’t mention the seven-year record-deep snow that fell during the global warming talks. No, we did not actually hear God laughing at us from Heaven.

“XOXOXO, Love, -The World’s Leftist Bureaucrats”

This Should End Well . . .

The United Nations General Assembly is tomorrow set to consider sending Peacekeepers into Honduras. Because there is . . . well . . . peace. Also there is obedience of the Honduras Constitution, leading to the legal ouster of ex-President Zelaya. This dramatic state of affairs calls for armed intervention!

U.S. Pulls Out Of "Durban II" Conference

Wow, that was fast. It hasn’t even started yet, but it was pretty easy to see that the Durban Review Conference was going to go straight for pure racist and anti-semite before it even left the gate.

So we left the table before we sat down to it. I guess Freeman hasn’t had a chance to poison BHO’s mind yet.

Pray for your country, Christians, and pray for President Obama in particular, that he be given extra wisdom and discernment. With the crowd he’s gathering around himself, he is going to need them.

Hurry Up Before the People Notice! U.N. Convention On The Rights Of The Child, PASS IT NOW!

Sorry, too late you commie [deleted].

Senator Boxer -D(ingbat, California) is trying to hurry up and get the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child ratified by the Senate. If you are a person who values the rights of a parent to raise the child, you should be calling your senators’ office ON MONDAY MORNING to be sure they know not to sign on to this mess, especially if they are a Democrat.

Children don’t have rights many rights of their own, aside from the right to life, except as devolved from their parents. Unless you don’t believe in the authority of parents because you had a bad father and became an international socialist, that is. I’ll let WND’s writing stand in for mine, because it’s the same arguments no matter who typed it:

“According to the Parental Rights website, the CRC dictates the following:

  • Parents would no longer be able to administer reasonable spankings to their children.
  • A murderer aged 17 years, 11 months and 29 days at the time of his crime could no longer be sentenced to life in prison.
  • Children would have the ability to choose their own religion while parents would only have the authority to give their children advice about religion.
  • The best interest of the child principle would give the government the ability to override every decision made by every parent if a government worker disagreed with the parent’s decision.
  • A child’s “right to be heard” would allow him (or her) to seek governmental review of every parental decision with which the child disagreed.
  • According to existing interpretation, it would be illegal for a nation to spend more on national defense than it does on children’s welfare.
  • Children would acquire a legally enforceable right to leisure.
  • Teaching children about Christianity in schools has been held to be out of compliance with the CRC.
  • Allowing parents to opt their children out of sex education has been held to be out of compliance with the CRC.
  • Children would have the right to reproductive health information and services, including abortions, without parental knowledge or consent.

    The government would decide what is in the best interest of a children in every case, and the CRC would be considered superior to state laws, Farris said. Parents could be treated like criminals for making every-day decisions about their children’s lives. “

  • Twice in A Week I Am In Agreement With The Muslims?

    ~or~

    Queer activists disappointed that nations with strong religious tradition shoot down a bill decriminalizing their preferred perversion.

    The USA disagreed with the UN resolution decriminalizing buggery because we are a nation of laws, with a bunch of different sovereign powers. When you have a bunch of equals with rights, you don’t just say “OK all you hicks, you’re wrong and criminally wrong at that” and call it a day. Also (and here’s where I’m in agreement with the Muslims) you don’t just say to a nation with a strong religious prohibition on sodomy “OK all you haters, you are wrong and criminally so. We’re going to switch you from calling this a captiol offense, to it being no offense at all.”

    Hold on there.

    Think of this that way for a moment. There were just a hair over 1/3 of the member nations for this bill including all of the EU and some of their spawn. There were more nations opposed to it (not just non-signers to the declaration) than there were nations that signed it. Most of them are muslim nations who, in this case fortunately, are obnoxious and numerous enough to get their way almost always for various reasons. In some of those countries it is an offense punishable by death to have MSM sex (well, when you’ve past a certain age anyhow, but that’s for another post). This declaration would have declared a capitol offense to be no offense at all.

    That’s like saying “OK all you backward-@ss intolerant countries, you currently are killing people for Murder, but now we’re going to say it’s alright and not even a misdemeanor.”

    No?

    Why is it different?

    Just one more reason we need to withdraw from the UN.

    By the way, there are some petty tyrants who don’t seem to have too much concern about your right to enact laws to suit your morals (and yes you can so shut up about legislating morality, that’s all laws are) who are all bent because they don’t get to bugger each other all over the world with impunity. You should try to un-elect them because that’s the same type of attitude that takes away all your other rights as well. I hate to quote Star Wars, but does anyone remember when Anikin Skywalker pounded the grass in frustration and expressed the attitude you should beware of in your Elected Heroes:

    “Someone should MAKE them agree!”