Ross Mackenzie

Brief comments on a variety of topics currently in the news....

With the Obama administration springing Guantanamo-housed terrorists and e.g. funding Hamas-dominated Gaza to the tune of $900 million (etc.), how far we have come from George Bush's admonition: "Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists."

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Bankrupt California has gone hat-in-hand to the White House, where the president said in effect, Not today, buddy, but maybe tomorrow -- and averted his eyes. 'Sfunny. What's good for the nation's gargantuan banks is not good enough for a (now) decidedly Democratic gargantuan state? Has Obama consulted his economic advisers? They might tell him that with the world's eighth-largest economy, and a state boasting more population than any other, California is too big to fail. As was, for instance, General Motors.

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Is the stock market these days a bull or a bear? A Wall Street Journal news story tries to help: "Historical data and the still struggling economy seem to point to...a cyclical bull market in a secular bear market." All clear?

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If you listen to the Obama media, the president has seduced Israel's new, second-time-around prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, into accepting a Palestinian state. Maybe. A tough hombre, Netanyahu now supports a two-state plan -- with conditions: The new country (1) would have to recognize Israel as "the nation state of the Jewish people." Further (2) the Palestinian state would possess no military and (3) Israel would control its air space. (4) Israel would accept no Palestinian "refugees," (5) Israelis would maintain the right to settle in the West Bank, and (6) Jerusalem would remain undivided and under Israeli control.

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Palestinians told Netanyahu to take his two-state overture and stuff it. Said Khaled Meshal last month, chief dialectician of the Hamas terrorists crushing Gaza: "There is only one enemy in the region, and that is Israel."

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Ponder this one. Self-styled "moderates" often say that rather than departing what they deem a wayward organization in a huff, it is better to remain in the group and help reform it from within. Yet (a) many have left a Republican Party they deem usurped by social conservatives and the religious right. And (b) many have left, for greener ecclesiastical pastures or lush fairways, mainline Protestant churches no longer satisfying their religious, emotional, or intellectual needs. It's all enough to make one wonder, regarding supposedly stay-the-course moderates: Who's in a huff?

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Ross Mackenzie

Ross Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.

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