EXAMINER PUBLICATIONS – SEPTEMBER 30, 2009
By Rich Trzupek
– An oil-rich middle-eastern country run by lunatics is purported to be developing weapons of mass destruction. Western leaders demand proof that the WMD does not exist. Threats of military action abound.
It’s déjà vu all over again.
– The City of Chicago, by which we mean the municipality’s government, rather than its citizens, are all aquiver in anticipation of the official announcement of who gets stuck with – sorry, who is awarded – the burden – sorry again, the honor – of hosting the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
The theory of the Olympics is a wonderful thing: nations coming together in peace and harmony while their star athletes show off their skills. The reality, in modern times, is quite different.
Hosting the Olympics is a monstrously expensive undertaking, one that ends up costing host cities more than the income the event generates. With Chicago involved, there is little doubt that the costs would skyrocket, what with having to give every political crony a cut of the pie. And who will be on the hook when it’s over? If you guessed you and me, and all the rest of the taxpayers, you’d be absolutely correct.
The President is lobbying hard the Olympic Committee hard to bring the Olympics to Chicago. Here’s hoping that he’s no more successful convincing them than he has been in trying to convince the American people that government-run health care is a good idea.
– The self-destruction of the mainstream media continues to amaze. The old-line media outlets, ABC, CNN, etc., did their best to ignore the ACORN scandal as the story developed, but ultimately had no choice – when Congress starts voting to pull funding, even Keith Olbermann has to admit that this is news.
Still, the old guard was days behind Fox in giving the story attention. One would think that the profit motive would overwhelm ideology, but so far it hasn’t happened. They’re giving Fox News an open field on stories that expose leftist fraud and corruption, and I’m sure the execs at Fox are quite happy about that. Their viewership continues to grow, while so many of the traditional news sources continue to hemorrhage money, and they just can’t figure out why.
– Speaking of the ACORN scandal, a grand total of seven United States Senators voted “no” on the bill to cut funding of the discredited organization. (They would have been eligible for up to $8 billion under the stimulus package). Among those dissenters – and this should come as no surprise – were both of the Prairie State’s members of the upper house: Dick Durbin and Roland Burris.
Durbin and Burris are too smug to be embarrassed by their performance, but the citizens of Illinois should be. The best that I can say is that at least I didn’t vote for either of these clowns, but then, in the case of Burris, nobody did.
– Kudos to the western diplomats who walked out in the middle of the disgraceful, inflammatory speech given by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last week. Calling Israel a racist state was bad enough. Denying, once again, that six million Jews were not murdered by the Nazis in World War II was unforgivable.
It is a sad state of affairs when someone has to respond to such vile ravings, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did so with dignity. He chastised those who did not walk out on Ahmadinejad:
“To those who gave this Holocaust-denier a hearing, I say on behalf of my people, the Jewish people, and decent people everywhere: Have you no shame? Have you no decency? A mere six decades after the Holocaust, you give legitimacy to a man who denies that the murder of six million Jews took place and pledges to wipe out the Jewish state. What a disgrace! What a mockery of the charter of the United Nations!”
Netanyahu provided a powerful, moving performance. Our President won’t have America providing moral leadership for the rest of the world in the new order. That creates a vacuum in the west that will be filled, whether Obama likes it or not, and statesmen like Netanyahu will fill it.