Last year we had Festivus In July. Not much has changed since then. Barack Obama was going on vacation, unemployment was still the hallmark of the Obama “recovery summer”, and, well let’s just say there was the traditional airing of grievances.
This year our July Hanukkah comes laden with gifts – many already opened in our comments section. Regular readers of Big Pink will notice that many of those gifts are actually re-gifts from years ago. Re-gifts? Well we mean that much of what passes for news these days we wrote about months ago, if not years ago.
Let’s start with an Israel related Hanukkah gift. This past March during real Hanukkah we discussed a story that we labeled a real life Hanukkah story. Oddly, not many noticed this important story. Yesterday Mrs. Smith opened the re-gift via IsraPundit:
“Canada’s Globe and mail recently reported
”The London-based World Energy Council says Israel’s Shfela Basin, a half-hour drive south of Jerusalem, holds 250 billion barrels of recoverable shale oil, possibly making the energy-vulnerable country (as expressed by The Wall Street Journal) “the world’s newest energy giant.” With reserves of 260 billion barrels, Saudi Arabia would remain the world’s No. 1 oil country – though not, perhaps, for long. Howard Jonas, CEO of U.S.-based IDT Corp., the company that owns the Shfela Basin concession, says there is much more oil under Israel than under Saudi Arabia: Perhaps, he says, twice as much.”
It concluded that Israel should be pumping oil within three to four years. Israel, it reported, “will match Canada in oil exports to the U.S. and thus free its long-time friend from needing to deal with tyrants”.
This week Bloomberg reported,
“The results for Sara and Myra follow other gas finds off Israel since 2009, including the Tamar and Leviathan discoveries that together hold an estimated 25 trillion cubic feet. The finds are sufficient to meet Israel’s domestic needs eventually and enable it to export gas, industry executives and government officials have said.”
In effect, these resources will change the global balance of power.
Yes, Israel is sitting pretty.”
IsraPundit leaves out the very important point that Israel has a new method of extracting the oil and gas from the shale:
“Yet new technologies, being developed for Israeli shale, seek to separate the oil from the shale rock 300 meters underground; these techniques actually produce water, rather than use it up. [snip]
For if Israel develops a unique method for separating oil from shale deep underground, that has none of the negative ecological side-effects of earlier oil shale efforts, that technology can be made available to the whole world, changing the entire global oil market. The effect of the spread of this technology would be to shift the center of gravity of world oil away from Iran, Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf to more stable states that have no history of backing terrorism or radical Islamic causes. (In the Arab world, Jordan and Morocco have the most significant oil shale deposits.)”
IsraPundit does note that things are looking up for Israel in the U.N. front because it is fighting fire with fire:
“A few months ago, Britain, France and Germany were threatening Israel to accept the armistice lines as the basis for negotiations, failing which they would vote for recognition. Now they are lined up with the US and Israel in urging the PA not to go to the UN for recognition.
Israel has successfully made the case that such a unilateral move by the PA would be a violation of the Oslo Accords which mandated no unilateral moves and a negotiated settlement. Israel has made it clear that such a move would result in unilateral moves by Israel and the end of the Oslo Accords. This means the end of the PA created pursuant to these accords. The primary unilateral move mooted by Israel is the extension of Israel law to the settlement blocs which would make the blocs sovereign territory of Israel. It would also replace occupation law over these territories. Many in Israel are demanding that Israel not stop there but that she should do the same for all of Area “C” over which she currently has full control pursuant to the Oslo Accords. These lands contain 300,000 Israelis and 10,000 Arabs. Israeli grassroots are now mobilizing a major campaign to increase Israeli support for such a move.
The last thing the Quartet wants to see, is the end of the peace process because it’s control over Israel would also end. It prefers to keep Israel shackled to the Oslo Accords while it violates them by demanding Israel concede more that the Accords required. It also violates them by interfering in negotiations.
Last I heard, Abbas is still determined to go the UN. If he does, he risks alienating the US and the EU and ending the PA and his job.”
Oh, and that “Audacity of Hope” ship meant to provoke Israel? It’s over. The Greeks knew it was not bearing gifts, just strife, so the ship is ashore (though the provocateur passengers are proverbially still at sea).
Oh it’s fun, fun, fun when it is Hanukkah in July! Fun, fun, fun, if you have a job. But with a self-promoting flim flam con artist boob in charge…:
“Reuters also notes that the Labor report revises the April and May figures downward by a total of 44,000 jobs, which erodes the weak job growth in Q2 even further. The private sector did add 57,000, or about half of what is needed for population growth, while government at all levels shed 39,000 jobs. Construction fell 9,000, while factories added 6,000 jobs. The average hours per workweek declined slightly, which means that we’re losing efficiency as well as jobs, and that will mean that businesses have room to add hours before creating new positions.”
Oops, we left out the news in that bit of bad news for the jobless: the unemployment rate rose to 9.2% in June.
Don’t blame Obama you jobless layabouts, he’s been busy with his checklist. Obama is busy raising money for himself and is much too busy to bother with layabouts who don’t bother to read about the GDP or the jobless numbers so screw you (plus, you cheapos refuse to contribute money to him). Anyone who disagrees that most Americans are lazy layabouts will be hired, not fired, by Obama.
The only job that matters to Barack Obama is Barack Obama’s job you lazy layabouts. On that score Professor Jacobson brings us a rib tickling Hanukkah gift:
“The only way for Obama to stimulate the enormous private sector job growth needed to ensure Obama’s reelection is for Obama to announce he is not running for reelection, which would unleash a wave of investment and economic activity not seen since the Great Depression.”
No one wants to invest in a company or a country run by a boob. Back in February 2009 we declared that Obama’s budget was “clueless, truthless, hopeless”. We opposed his budget and his stimulus scam because you don’t let a boob invest your money or run your country – and Obama had no plan or any idea about how to get an economic plan.
Some on the left opposed Obama’s plan because they wanted even more money to be spent. We opposed that as well. It would not have helped the economy if Obama spent ten times as much in his stimulus scam because he did not know what he was doing, had no plan for economic recovery (other than spend and hope), and was an all around boob. Keynes does not work with a boob in charge. A tree is known by its fruit, a boob is known by his boobery.
As the Obama jobless continue to lay about we continue to unpack our Hanukkah gifts. Pm317, informs us via HotAir (we understand their front page question “Will “Hillary Democrats” go GOP?”) that Obama continues to be in trouble in the Keystone State:
“Pennsylvania is a keystone (pun intended) for any Democratic presidential candidate, much the way Ohio is for Republicans. Its Electoral College mathematical significance matters slightly less than it did before the last Census, but its loss would make Election Night very difficult indeed for Obama. The disaffection of blue-collar Democrats in Pennsylvania would almost certainly be a harbinger of a national trend, leaving him gasping for air in states like Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin — all states Obama won in 2008. It’s very difficult to see a path to a second term in an election where Obama loses Pennsylvania, especially since its status as a swing state would shift resources to a state that Obama won handily just three years ago.”
Obama lovin’ Steve Kornacki Hanukkahs us with this gift:
“How a one-term president is made
The possibility that Obama will end up like Carter and Bush 41 has never been more real
Republicans hope to unseat President Obama next year with a message that goes something like this: He inherited a bad economy and made it worse, squandered hundreds of billions of dollars on a stimulus program that didn’t create jobs, and blew a massive hole in the deficit that sapped the private sector’s confidence.”
Now, that is enough of a Hanukkah gift, but Kornacki gives us more. Kornacki thinks the case against Obama might make him crazy: “You can make yourself crazy pointing out how flimsy these arguments are….” Why is the case flimsy? Because according to Kornack, the facts appear to agree!:
“Which is why the new unemployment data released Friday morning is so devastating for Obama. As Andrew Leonard noted already, the numbers themselves — a 9.2 percent unemployment rate and almost nonexistent job creation for June — are truly awful. But what’s worse for Obama is whatever job-creation momentum seemed to exist a few months ago is now completely gone. Joblessness is again rising, with no indication that a significant downward trend is on the horizon. And the idea of a new, meaningful stimulus program before the 2012 election has been off the table since last November, when Republicans won control of the House. It’s looking more and more likely that unemployment will remain above 8 percent — perhaps well above 8 percent — between now and Election Day 2012.”
According to Kornacki, it’s a flimsy case because the facts are incontrovertible. HOPIUM KILLS – brain cells.
Kornacki is proof of the dead brain cells in the numbskull Obama worshipers. Today Shadowfax galloped in to gift us with several articles from the dummies at DU and DireFog concerning the death of the Democratic Party and Social Security. RGB44HRC likewise gifted us with an ‘Obama cannot be trusted’ article. Thanks for the re-gifting.
It’s re-gifting because we declared the death of the Democratic Party long ago on a summer night.
As to Social Security and Barack Obama we wrote “Barack Obama’s Social Insecurity” back in September of 2007, so we are not surprised a whit by Obama treachery on the issue. Here’s what we wrote in January 8, 2009 in “Obama’s Social Security Treachery”:
“Obama has now revealed what his legacy is to be – the destruction of Social Security.
Ignore the flowery words, Obama is planning a great treachery. Expect PINOs to be silent.
Obama today mouthed another “big speech” on the economy. Ignore it. Obama is doing the ol’ Razzle Dazzle to distract from his real plans.
The Obama economic plan, the so-called “stimulus” – all are stalking horses for the destruction of Social Security.”
Pardon us if we yawn at the news which is startling to so many. It’s Hanukkah. It’s July. Can Christmas be far behind?