Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said recently in reference to Iran’s nuclear program that “the train of the Iranian nation is without brakes and a rear gear.” Not a very good analogy if you’re Iranian. After all, we all know what happens to trains without brakes – they derail.
It turns out that Iran’s clerical leaders, who really hold the power in that country, are not too happy with Ahmadinejad’s rhetoric, either. He’s calling a lot of negative attention to the Islamic nation that sharper, if not cooler, heads there want to avoid.
All the Iranian president’s tough talk has brought is another U.S. carrier battle group to the region and a debate over sanctions in the U.N. Security Council. We all know how ineffective sanctions can be, but my guess is that Iran’s clerical leadership is more worried about what the U.S. might do unilaterally. After all, there was never a lot of international support to topple Saddam Hussein. But it still happened. And Saddam and his sons are still dead.
It’s anybody’s guess how the Iran mess will turn out in the end, but one thing’s clear – if we keep ratcheting up the pressure, Ahmadinejad might be bumped out of office by his own countrymen. That would level the playing field a bit, to be sure.
Two interesting news items out of Britain today –
Prince Charles made a remark that McDonald’s should ban the Big Mac.
British child service officials may take away custody of an eight-year-old boy who weighs more than 200 lbs. if his doesn’t mother improve his diet. The child has trouble dressing himself and is frequently out of school because of health problems.
I’m sure Prince Charles finds it easier (and politically popular) to blame the big, bad corporation rather the consumer, but it is entirely possible to become dangerously obese without ever eating a Big Mac and banning the Big Mac is not going to solve what is essentially a cultural problem. Also, as a thin, healthy woman, I don’t see why I should lose the ability to order an occasional Big Mac just because other people made poor decisions about their personal health.
At least the British government has it right in blaming the parent who is too lazy to enforce a healthy diet on a dangerously overweight child.
Al Gore’s Oscar win for “An Inconvenient Truth” was a lock last night, if only because he is such a Hollywood darling. And the limousine liberals love to pat themselves on the back for their convenient concern of the environment. The only way Gore’s victory would have been in question was if Barack Obama had made a movie about one of his own books.
It was a sad state of affairs, but we can all take solace in the fact that Martin Scorcese finally got what he has so long deserved. I would rather go blind than see Gore’s “documentary,” but you should all run, not walk, to the nearest theater and see “The Departed.”
If you did not attend last night’s NYYRC meeting, then you really missed out on a fine speaker. Dr. Virginia Foxx, member of the House of Representatives from North Carolina, gave a great talk about working with and mostly against the Democrats and what life is like in the “people’s house.”
She voted against that travesty of a non-binding resolution last week, and spoke about the dangerous path Dems want to lead us down both at home and abroad with their policies.
Dr. Foxx took several questions and offered to lend her support to our fundraising efforts in the near future. She is truly a friend of the New York Young Republican Club.
Next month’s speaker: Grover Norquist, head of Americans for Tax Reform.
I thought some of you might enjoy this website: Conservapedia is a ‘conservative’ Wikipedia that is supposed to be Wikipidia without being politically correct, though its really more about promoting Christianity than conservative politics, so this is a great site if you’re into that kind of thing.
Dreamworks co-founder David Geffen should know not to get in between two fighting dogs – particularly when one of the dogs is Hillary Clinton. Geffen held a huge fundraiser last night for Barack Hussein Obama, and made some off-the-cuff remarks to liberal columnist Maureen Dowd.
“I don’t think that another incredibly polarizing figure, no matter how smart she is and no matter how ambitious she is — and God knows, is there anybody more ambitious than Hillary Clinton? — can bring the country together,” Geffen said.
Clinton’s campaign immediately went on the attack (do they know any other posture?) and told Obama to denounce Geffen and give his money back, presumably so the media mogul can give it to Hillary. They also accused Obama of embracing Geffen’s divisive rhetoric.
What’s so divisive about what Geffen said, anyway? Sounds right on target to me. In fact, Clinton’s response only further proves how polarizing she is. She is obviously peeved because she thought she was just going to be given the Democratic nomination, and now she is going to have to work for it. Obama doesn’t seem to be backing down, so prepare for more fireworks.
Marketplace has reported that House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, who campaigned on ethics reform, is taking a plane full of lobbyists to a resort in Puerto Rico by using a loophole in the new House ethics rules. He’s getting around the new rules by having the lobbyists give money to his PAC instead of directly to his campaign.
It was inevitable that the Democrats would slide back on their campaign promises of a more ethical house, but you would think they would at least let the ink dry on the new ethics rules before exploiting the loopholes.
Crain’s New York reported on a recent poll today, among the results:
New Yorkers like Steamrolling Spitzer – he has a 74% approval rating. It should be interesting to see whether he can turn this political capital into actual progress in Albany.
New Yorkers did not look favorably on the legislature’s antics regarding the comptroller election – 69% of voters polled sided with Spitzer. I imagine a similar poll of state legislators would reveal that none of them care because they all have safe seats anyway. I think Hevesi’s election shows how difficult it is to knock an incumbant out of an office that the average voter doesn’t know much about.
Unsurprisingly, if the primaries were held today, Giuliani and Hillary would win their respective primaries in the state.
NYU College Republicans, led by the NYYRC’s own Sarah Chambers, will be playing a fun game of “Find the Illegal Immigrant” in Washington Square Park. Here are the details (which can also be found at Gawker.com):
There will be one individual with a nametag that reads ‘illegal immigrant’. This person has volunteered to do so and is not actually an illegal immigrant. On Thursday people will be signing up to be ‘INS’ and thefirst person that signed up and finds the “illegal” will get a prize. At the table there will be information and handouts on the subject matter to inform others on the problems that ILLEGAL immigration causes.
Name: Find the Illegal ImmigrantHost: NYU College RepublicansType: Causes – RallyDate: Thursday, February 22, 2007Time: 11:00am – 2:00pmLocation: South side of Silver
Should be fun.
THE NEW YORK YOUNG REPUBLICAN CLUB, INC.
HOSTS NORTH CAROLINA CONGRESSWOMAN VIRGINIA FOXX
AT FEBRUARY GENERAL MEETING
New York, NY – The New York Young Republican Club will hold our February monthly meeting on Thursday, February 22, 2007. The featured speaker will be Dr. Virginia Foxx, a Republican Congresswoman from North Carolina who serves on the House Committees on Agriculture, Government Reform, and Education and the Workforce.
Following a successful career in academia, Dr. Foxx served ten years in the North Carolina Senate where she successfully sponsored several statewide and local bills and consistently voted against tax increases and for legislation that would make governments more efficient and less wasteful.
Since her election to Congress in January 2005, Dr. Foxx has been consistently recognized as a top Republican for promoting conservative principles on the House Floor, has helped lead the national movements to enforce our immigration laws and increase accountability within the Federal Government, was one of just 38 Republicans to score a 100 percent approval rating from the American Conservative Union.
Please join us at the Union League Club, located at 38 East 37th Street, on Thursday, February 22, 2007, beginning at 7PM. Business attire required. Please check your coat at the door and turn off your cell phone.This event will be open to media that RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The New York Young Republican Club, Inc., is a not-for-profit political organization that exists to bring Republicans aged 18-40 together to discuss the Republican Party platform and aid the Republican Party in the education of the public about the Republican agenda and the promotion of Republican candidates for office. To find out more about the New York Young Republican Club, Inc. please visit the Website at http://www.nyyrc.com.