Bundy with "militia" supporters in Nevada
But in their hearts, many of them are with him. They will do their best to be his ally by supporting politicians who vote to minimize government involvement in our lives, reduce taxation, reduce regulation and of course, oppose immigration, the Affordable Care Act and gun control. It’s the least they can do.
Half a world away, Hamas, considered a terrorist group by both Israel and the United States, continues to work for the destruction of the State of Israel whose very right to exist they deny. They make no bones about this, and speak with the same clarity as does Farmer Bundy in defense of his refusal to pay the United States to graze his cattle on government land because of his denial of the right of our Federal Government to exist.
Youthful Palestinian in anti-Israel Hamas demonstration in Gaza
Oddly, the West Bank Palestinians are about to try to form a joint government with Hamas, at the same time as they are willing to continue, in a half-hearted manner, to participate in peace negotiations with Israel. It is no wonder, then, that Israel suspects that the Palestinians, deep down, have no desire for peace and are involved in peace negotiations with Israel only to see what they can “get” rather than what they must “give” as well. They are like the conservatives who philosophically support Farmer Bundy, without overtly committing themselves to his extremism. And this is why Israel is, for the moment, backing off from the negotiating table.
Here is a practically transparent cocoon in my butterfly garden, containing a yet to be born Monarch butterfly. (This is not the same developing cocoon shown in the last posting. I think that particular caterpillar has given up and is on its last legs.) This cocoon is already transparent and in a day or so, the bottom will burst and the butterfly will squeeze and wiggle its way out, drop to the ground and after a few hours or so of wing flexing, fly away.
Curious CNN Coverage of Malaysian Air Flight 370
As CNN continues its almost hourly coverage of the disappearance of Flight 370, watch carefully for the appearance of inferences to these other “theories” in the words of the many “experts” CNN has on its programs daily. Listen carefully to the way Wolf Blitzer and his colleagues pose questions to them. That may be a clue as to where this story is really going.
Krugman on Piketty's Book