Saturday, June 15, 2024

Saturday Miscellany

First, from Nellie Bowles in The Free Press, a description of our sometime president: 

Whatever you think of Biden—be you to his right or be you throwing pigs’ blood at the White House right now (i.e., to his left)—you should want our president to succeed. To project strength, for all of our sakes. This week we have: Biden stiff, his limbs locked, and his face looking confused, for a painfully extended period of time while everyone around him dances and claps at a Juneteenth celebration. He looked like he’d stumbled out of a nursing home but into a nice background while Doug Emhoff stood by, all “I should be in a hot tub in Malibu right now.”

We also have Biden rambling a bunch of nonsensical syllables in a speech and seeming to not notice. We have him with the G7 leaders to watch a demonstration but wandering away, looking confused, alarming the other Gs, until the Italian prime minister pulls him back into the group. Four more years! Four more years! 

Of course, the American media for the most part did not notice. How did the European media react to our president’s performance? Glad you asked. Tom Elliot has the answer on Twitter:

Across the European media, the news is all about Biden’s obvious dementia on display at the G7. I don’t think anyone seriously expects he’ll serve another 4 years, let alone live another 4 years.

Second, also on the Biden front, rumor has it that a Trump presidency will produce a decisive ending to our membership in the United Nations. One remarks that the past Trump administration pulled away from the United Nations. One also remarks that the Biden administration restored funding to that organization, the better to coddle Iran and to undermine Israel.

Brett Schaefer explains on Real Clear World:

President Biden entered office in 2021 boasting that “America is Back” and pledging to reverse many policies of President Trump to “repair our alliances and engage with the world.”

He quickly followed through by restoring funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Palestinian humanitarian organization UNRWA, rejoining the UN Human Rights Council and UNESCO, and rescinding sanctions on the International Criminal Court.

How did the United Nations react to Biden administration largesse:

Meanwhile, the UN legitimizes Hamas’s false casualty numbers for months, the International Criminal Court is prepping charges against Israeli leaders, the International Court of Justice accuses Israel of genocide, and the Secretary General reportedly is set to include Israel on a blacklist of governments like Russia and terrorist organizations like Al-Qaeda that deliberately harm children in conflict zones.

If you were wondering how badly the Biden team messed up, this offers some evidence.

The United Nations’ days are numbered. You did not hear it here first, but that does not make it untrue.

Third, remember when the Biden administration proposed building a pier in Gaza, the better to facilitate deliveries of food and medicine. As you know, it has been a boondoggle to end all boondoggles:

But the hastily constructed pier was never designed to handle the Mediterranean Sea’s rough waters, which are expected to worsen over summer, and the logistics of delivering aid from the pier to the Gazan population proved vexing. The floating structure broke apart late last month after 10 days of operation, something defense officials privately described as all but inevitable, and some humanitarian organizations have all but given up making longer-term plans around the pier.

But at least, our Navy is diverse.

Fourth, and then there is Yemen. Remember when our vaunted military said that it was going to counter the Houthis rebels who had been disrupting shipping through the Red Sea.

Marco Castelli has the story on Twitter:

Update on the Suez Canal crisis: - transits thru the Canal are down -50% - shipping lines punctuality is at 54.6% - shipping rates prices +44% - ships transit times +90% Latest news is Houthis arming Somalis to extend reach Lost a strategic area in the hands of terrorists

Fifth, in the meantime, one world leader is not whining and complaining about civilian casualties in Gaza. It is none other than Yahya Sinwar, the leader of Hamas.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

For months, Yahya Sinwar has resisted pressure to cut a ceasefire-and-hostages deal with Israel. Behind his decision, messages the Hamas military leader in Gaza has sent to mediators show, is a calculation that more fighting—and more Palestinian civilian deaths—work to his advantage.

“We have the Israelis right where we want them,” Sinwar said in a recent message to Hamas officials seeking to broker an agreement with Qatari and Egyptian officials.

Sixth, Elon Musk is in despair over our inability to build much of anything. The reason for our failings: bureaucratic red tape and DEI requirements:

You know, in the West, I think we have created regulatory gridlock where just almost everything is illegal. This is why they can't build a high speed rail in California. They spent $7 billion and there's 1600 ft section, it's all they have to show for it and it doesn't even have rails on it. It's really too absurd for parity. Large projects are essentially illegal in California and much of Europe and other countries. So there has to be some garbage collection process for removing rules and regulations in order for society to function and not to get hardening of the arteries to the point where you can't do anything." Source: The Rebirth of Liberty in Argentina and Beyond, by the Cato Institute and Libertad y Progreso. June 12, 2024

Seventh, among the more mindless of therapy culture nostrums is this: we must remove stigmas-- around obesity,around mental illness, around therapy. You see, stigmas are a bad thing. Down with stigmas. Normalize mental illness and depravity, to say nothing of morbid obesity.

And yet, consider this, from Business Insider:

Gen Zers grew up amid a movement to destigmatize mental illness and encourage people to get treatment. They witnessed suicide rates tick up, especially among their peers. They watched celebrities like Selena Gomez, Simone Biles, and Demi Lovato speak out about once taboo subjects such as bipolar disorder, depression, and ADHD. And over the past few years, they've watched rates of depression and anxiety climb through the roof. 

They've felt increasingly empowered to be open about their struggles, support their coworkers, and lobby management for better benefits.

Across corporate America, talking about mental health is all the rage.

There's just one problem. While destigmatizing mental illness is important, a workplace overly focused on mental health isn't always a recipe for better mental-health outcomes. Recent articles about "therapy speak" and being "overtherapized" point to a growing sense that all the mental-health talk might be a bit much. In fact, researchers studying the issue think that talking about your psychological struggles too much can make your problems worse….

Too much mental-health talk can be counterproductive. Take concept creep, for example — the idea that the meanings of things like abuse, trauma, anxiety, and depression have expanded over time. Over the years, negative emotional experiences that were once considered a normal part of life have increasingly been viewed as signs of psychological disorders.

Trauma, for example, once referred to the severe psychological distress that came from rare, life-threatening experiences. Now, it's used to describe less-severe distress caused by a wider variety of adverse events, such as exposure to offensive speech or violent media.

Our society offers a multitude of therapies. Some are more effective; some less. It offers a multitude of therapists; some are better; some are worse.

One thing should be clear, emotional distress should remain within the confines of a counselor’s office. When you bring it into the office-- because someone told you it should not be stigmatized-- it undermines group cohesion and work product.

Worse yet, you force people to see you as less than competent and less than sane. Great job, team. 

Eighth, a few notes from the transmania front. Wesley Yang, who often tweets about transmania, wrote this:

Transgender activists understand that their ideas are fragile, don't bear up under reasoned scrutiny, and can only be sustained through systematic coercion to prevent any scrutiny from being applied. Enshrining an obvious falsehood as dogma necessarily entails destroying the rights of free speech and free conscience and replacing it with a neo-theocratic mandate to believe untruths on pain of punishment. Liberal democracy cannot accommodate this movement; either the movement is brought to heel and is forced to observe the same limits on the scope of its power and ambition as every other social movement in a liberal, pluralistic society, or it entrenches itself as a neo-totalitarian power standing sentry over the thoughts of each and every one of its subjects dictating that falsehoods be affirmed. There is no partial resolution to this conundrum; only one of these two outcomes can obtain.

Ninth, and then we have the words of Adele, at Madriver Mind, on Twitter:

We don’t affirm delusions. We don’t affirm an anorexic’s distorted body image.If a schizophrenic believes he’s Napoleon, we say “You’re name is Fred, you’re in the hospital right now and I have your evening dose of Haldol for you.” It’s called reorienting the patient to reality.

Tenth, in the matter of the famous moron named Judith Butler. You recall that Butler is a Berkeley professor. You might also recall that she, being an out lesbian, supports Hamas and Hezbollah, groups that would consider her sexual proclivities to be capital crimes, and would hang her from a lamppost.

Anyway, we owe to Butler the aberrant notion of “gender,” presumably being something that you can make up as you wish and as your feelings dictate.

As for defending women, Butler has recently shown the world precisely how stupid she really is. When young women complained that they did not want to see intact males in the women’s locker rooms, Butler responded that if said women did not want to see naked men, they should just stay home. 

I suspect that she wanted to show how stupid you need to be to have a chair at Berkeley.

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Friday, June 14, 2024

The Merry Divorcee

It’s almost a new literary genre: Tales of the Merry Divorcee. Apparently, divorce is all the rage-- but, why do we think that this is new?-- and memoirists like Lyz Lenz are proclaiming, to one and all, that it was the best decision they ever made.

In the Lenz case, she had to divorce because of her appalling husband. There is nothing new about this. In modern divorce memoirs the husband is always at fault. 

It is better for her flagging self-esteem if her husband was incapable of appreciating what a wonderful wife she was. And thus, that she had no choice but to bolt.

Lenz wrote her plaintive wail about cooking for men in Glamour magazine several years ago. I make no apologies for failing to keep up with the latest in that august publication. Still, better late than never.

Anyway, in the matter of cooking for her husband, not to mention her children, Lenz was the perfect wife. She was the Platonic archetype of wifely perfection. She put more time and effort into cooking meals than the average restaurant chef does. And yet, sad to say, her family did not appreciate her travails.

Her children did not respond to gourmet meals. Her husband was the breadwinner and strangely decided that he needed to grade her culinary output.

She felt underappreciated and eventually quit. The children did not know the difference. Her marriage dissolved into a divorce.

I stopped cooking because I wanted to feel as unencumbered as man walking through the door of his home with the expectation that something (everything) had been done for him. I wanted to be free of cutting coupons and rolling dough and worrying about dinner times and feeding. I wanted to rest. To be just like him and sit with the kids and play. I wanted to lie on the couch and watch Curious George and snuggle tiny arms, tiny hands. I wanted to watch TV or order in. Or forget dinner and have popcorn instead. So I did.

He didn’t stop asking what was for dinner until I moved out.

A woman who hates herself for being a woman. What a strange notion. Of course, Lenz does not want to stay at home, even though she is staying at home. She has no real awareness of what her husband is doing out in the world all day. She merely resents him for not participating in food preparation.

It almost feels like she is playing to the feminist peanut gallery. She is a writer and wants women to read her verbal ramblings. How better to do so than to explain how she became enlightened about toxic male chauvinism? How better to do so than to show herself gaining advanced feminist consciousness, while blowing up her marriage.

Now, take a deep breath and reconsider her strategy. Aside from the obvious fact that most men, and even children, do not expect or need or want gourmet cooking every dinner, we recognize that her performance was worthy of a restaurant, but not a home.

Here is the problem. If you feel like you are eating in a restaurant, you might feel like a restaurant critic. And you will do what Lenz’s sometime husband did-- you will rate the performance. Otherwise, you will be waiting for the bill to be served up. 

Dining in a restaurant does not feel like dining at home. It does not feel like you have a home. It feels like you are indulging decadent pleasures, going above and beyond the purpose of the ritual. 

Family dinners are designed to produce group cohesion. They allow all family members to feel like they fit in and belong. If gourmet food is the centerpiece of the ritual, then everyone is being seduced into thinking that they are seriously beholden to the person who made the meal. Better to emphasize good table manners and learning to pass plates of food around. Harmony and cooperation are the keynotes.

In the case at hand, Lenz feels righteous because she feels underappreciated. And yet, she does not understand the basis for family meals and does not even understand the division of household labor.

Eventually, she got a job, and then did something that other wives have happily done:

And even later, when I did get a job, and when I went to graduate school, I filled the freezer for him—casseroles, homemade cookies, pans of brownies. I'd slow-cook stew and portion it off into little bags, leaving notes that instructed how to defrost, how to reheat. How to eat without me there. There were lapses, of course. When I had babies. Or the time I had a kidney infection and sciatica. But during those times, friends brought us food.

Of course, she is describing her husband as a monster of ingratitude. And yet, she had been married to him for twelve years. Might she not have taught him a few things in that time? Apparently not.

And if he was a moral degenerate at that level, whyever had she married him?

Besides, dare we mention that her efforts would largely have been lost on her small children.  In time she comes to understand this and revises the menu for them. Naturally, they do not notice. But, her failure to understand what children do and do not want to eat is symptomatic of her failure to understand her role.

Strangely, she describes her efforts to cook dinner as something akin to torture. Consider her description of her experience, a clear picture of feminist martyrdom.

And then one night, as my daughter watched TV, my toddler screamed from the living room, and the water boiled, collecting steam on the windows, I broke. I cut and chopped and desperately looked at a recipe on my phone. My back burned with frustration. My feet ached from standing. The steam flushed my cheeks and I wondered at the molecules that could escape from the heat as I stood trapped there, spatula in my hand.

It's hard for me to understand when cooking became more repression than liberation, more act of obligation than act of creation. But I knew it then. This thing that had sustained me now felt like a prison. And whose fault was it? It certainly wasn't all my husband's. After all, hadn't I wanted to cook? Hadn't I enjoyed it? Hadn't I found purpose in the texture of the cinnamon rolls, the ache of my arm as I whisked a French silk pie over a double boiler? But who had that ever been for? I couldn't remember.

Considering how little she understood about wifery, it is a good idea that she no longer has a husband. Her husband, by the way, has remarried and has another child.

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Thursday, June 13, 2024

Replacing Joe Biden

For now it’s a distant drumbeat. As time advances and the Democratic National Convention approaches, you will hear more and more columnists and pundits doing their level best to persuade Joe Biden to withdraw his candidacy for the presidency.

Some consider it a potentially noble gesture; others see it as a sign of an ignoble defeat. For Democrats what matters is holding on to political power. They are usually willing to do just about anything to win elections. Losing to Donald Trump, perhaps decisively, is their ultimate nightmare scenario.

Yesterday, Bret Stephens took a swing at the problem, hoping against hope to persuade senile Joe Biden to drop out. According to Stephens, Joe Biden’s executive leadership manifested a lack of true courage, so withdrawing from the fray now, before he has been reduced to ignominious defeat, would be an act of courage.

Dare we say, it’s a rhetorical ploy. We will see whether it works; and we will also hear how loud the drumbeat becomes.

Stephens couches his advice in ethical considerations. Given that the Biden administration policies have been decidedly cowardly, lacking in any manifestation of manly courage, Stephens offers a path to redemption. Retiring from the fray would count as a courageous act, one that would, if we follow Stephens, be out of character.

So, Stephens suggests that, in stark opposition to Ronald Reagan,  Biden does not understand the concept of victory. He believes that Biden is more comfortable managing threats than defeating them.

He writes:

He doesn’t appear to have one. His style of governance is to manage threats, not defeat them. He has sought to provide Ukraine with sufficient weaponry not to lose to Vladimir Putin. But even before congressional Republicans forced a spending hiatus, he was reluctant to give Ukraine the types or numbers of weapons it needed to evict Russian forces from its territory. He believes Israel has a right to protect itself. But his previous insistence that Hamas has to be defeated has given way to a U.S.-backed cease-fire resolution that effectively ensures Hamas’s survival.

He has vowed that Iran will never get nuclear weapons. But in the face of Iran’s refusal to give international inspectors access to its nuclear facilities, the United States worked to soften a diplomatic censure. He has promised to defend Taiwan in the event of an invasion. But projected U.S. military spending, when adjusted for inflation, is essentially flat, and U.S. naval power isn’t keeping pace with China’s growth.

One might say that the problem lies in the inability to take sides. In the Biden policy on Israel and Hamas he tries to take both sides of the issue, the better to avoid a commitment. This makes it impossible to lose, but it also makes it impossible to win. 

Anyone who refuses to take a risk cannot fail, but also cannot succeed. One notes that one of the two sexes is especially prone to avoid taking risks. One might say that men are less risk averse because they are trying to impress women. One might also say that men take more risks because their reproductive potential is largely superior to that of women. It is much easier to replace a man than it is to replace a woman. You see, it’s all about replacement value.

Stephens explains that even if Biden negotiates a ceasefire in Gaza it will not count as a victory. Not least, he fails to mention, because the horrors that befell Israel happened on Biden’s watch. When Biden’s predecessor was in charge, October 7 did not happen. Again, do you prefer the Abraham Accords or October 7? It is not a trick question.

Stephens writes this:

The Gaza cease-fire isn’t it, at least not in itself. It merely punts a problem that needs to be solved: Hamas’s continued grip over the territory. It begins with a six-week pause in the fighting that might lead to the release of some Israeli hostages in exchange for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners. But it risks falling apart because no Israeli government will retreat from all of Gaza while Hamas retains power, and Hamas won’t release all the hostages or meet the deal’s other terms while Israeli forces remain in the territory.

That means the cease-fire could fall apart closer to the election, when Biden will least want another Middle East crisis. What could rescue it is a deal with Saudi Arabia — the kingdom’s recognition of Israel plus an Arab security force in Gaza in exchange for a U.S. defense guarantee and ambiguous Israeli promises of an eventual Palestinian state.

Will it work after the administration has done so much to insult and antagonize dislikable leaders in Jerusalem and Riyadh? Or will those leaders bide their time to deliver the prize to Donald Trump? That’s a question — and a lesson — for the future.

The last paragraph deserves emphasis, not least because I have often made the same point. That is, conducting foreign policy with insults and invective is largely a losing game. At the very least, the people you insult will be less likely to take your calls when you need them.

Moving on to domestic policy, Stephens is none too optimistic there either:

It won’t be his executive order all but banning asylum for migrants: That only confirmed that he had failed to use every option at his disposal to tackle the crisis. It won’t be low unemployment: No magic wand will erase 2022’s inflation or today’s high interest rates. It won’t be Trump’s legal travails, which seem to have galvanized his supporters at least as much as it has delighted his opponents.

And it won’t be finding a way to offload Kamala Harris from the ticket, easing the apprehension many voters have about a feeble president being succeeded by his unpopular and unconvincing vice president. Pushing out the first Black female vice president would alienate a lot of Democratic voters.

Stephens concludes that Biden would be a profile in courage, would demonstrate a character trait that he has failed to manifest up to now, if he retires from the fray.

The problem would then be, how do you prevent Kamala Harris from garnering the nomination. True enough, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has won the Botox derby-- her face has not moved in a decade-- but Kamala is waiting in the wings. 

One agrees with those who believe that the Democrat game plan is to elect Joe Biden, and then to have him retire from office, leaving the presidency to Kamala Harris. Evidently, this would require that both Joe and Kamala remove themselves from consideration. Good luck with that.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Wednesday Potpourri

First, let’s see. The new Miss National American Alabama is morbidly

obese. Apparently, a morbidly obese beauty queen will make those who are morbidly obese feel better about themselves. Don’t you know, the major problem a morbidly obese woman has is that people think she is fat. Does it get any more stupid?

Second, not to be outdone, the new Miss Maryland is biologically a male. As all the other contestants applauded his ascent to the throne, more sober heads pointed out that if women do not want to be competing against males in athletics, they ought certainly to draw a line at beauty pageants.

Third, the Republican House of Representatives has been staunch in its support for Israel. Democrats, not so much.

Now, the Republicans have again invited Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress, on July 24.

Naturally, Democrats are seriously torqued over this, as they were the last time that Netanyahu addressed Congress, in 2015. 

So, many of them are planning to boycott the event. Their former leader, one Nancy Pelosi, has already declared that it was wrong to invite him and that it made her sad.

Fourth, the son of the founder of Hamas, that would be Mosab Hasan Youssef, has a few words of warning for American Hamas supporters.

Bending to terrorists will have consequences," Yousef said. "We are sending the wrong messages. These people don't receive our statements or our action as a form of tolerance that we are trying to reach peace.They perceive it as weakness. "The more we continue sending the wrong messages, the more we complicate the situation," he added. 

Fifth, after the Israeli Defense Forces rescued four hostages from Hamas, the usual coterie of radical leftist voices criticized Israel, for not being nice enough, or whatever.

Brendan O’Neill takes up a concept that others have promoted, namely that the Palestinians never take responsibility for their own behavior.

From his Spiked article:

There is frothing anger online over Israel’s rescue operation in Nuseirat. It is bloody proof of Israeli deceit, people are saying. From the ‘war crime’ of troops wearing civilian disguise to the subsequent streetfighting and airstrikes that caused many civilian deaths, this was a wicked massacre, says the anti-Israel set. They’re in agreement with Hamas, which has accused Israel of carrying out a ‘complex war crime’ in Nuseirat. Just one thing is missing from all this boiling commentary: any acknowledgement whatsoever of Hamas’s responsibility for bringing this hellish situation about. When is Hamas going to get some credit for its evil?

The usual group came forth to attack Israel for its success:

The EU’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, called it ‘another massacre of civilians’. Francesca Albanese, the UN special rapporteur for the Palestinian territories, said the Nuseirat raid is proof of Israel’s ‘genocidal intent’. She accused Israel of killing ‘at least 200 Palestinians, including children’, all while ‘perfidiously hiding in an aid truck’. This was ‘humanitarian camouflage’ for genocide, she thundered.

We really are living in an era of moral inversion. Every day there is a sinister twisting of the truth to suit the ideological prejudices of those who loathe Israel. Hamas hides the hostages it seized from the Nova music festival in a densely populated civilian area, and yet it’s Israel that is accused of being ‘perfidious’. Hamas purposely puts its Jewish victims among the women and children of a crowded refugee camp, and yet it’s Israel that is accused of wearing a ‘humanitarian camouflage’. Hamas was founded with the express intention of murdering Jews, an intention it gave brute force to on 7 October with its slaughter of a thousand Israelis, and yet it’s Israel that is damned as ‘genocidal’. The racist hostage-takers are reimagined as victims, the liberators of the hostages as criminals. It is one Kafkaesque lie after another.

Sixth, writing in the Gatestone Institute site, Alan Dershowitz offers a brief history of the Palestinian movement. 

The founder of the Palestinian movement in the run-up to the Second World War was a proud Nazi and friend of Adolf Hitler. Haj Amin al-Husseini was the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, the religious leader of the Muslims in what is now Israel but was then called Palestine, and, after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, governed under a British Mandate. It was Husseini who turned the Arab-Jewish dispute from a resolvable conflict over land to an irresolvable conflict over religion.

Husseini decided it was against Islamic sharia law to allow Jewish sovereignty over even an inch of what had previously been Ottoman territory, which he decreed was forever religious Muslim land, part of an endowment, or "waqf," to be held in trust for Allah. He opposed the creation of any Jewish state, regardless of how small, even if it was part of a two-state solution that offered a far larger percentage of the land to a state for the Palestinians.

Husseini spent the war years in Berlin as Hitler's guest, plotting to extend Hitler's genocide against Jews from Europe to the Middle East. He participated in the genocide of Jews and others in the Balkans. For this, he was designated a Nazi war criminal at the end of the war, and had to escape to Egypt to avoid being tried and hanged.

Seventh, on a more depressing note-- if such were possible-- the Canadian Cancer society has declared the word “cervix” to be verboten-- because it might offend transmaniacs who do not have a cervix.

In its place, the society is promoting the notion of-- front hole. And no one considers that to be something of an insult.

Eighth, a significant majority of Americans favors deporting illegal migrants. Surely, this discomfits the Democratic Party, intrepid defender of a borderless world.

In this, as in many other ways, Europe is leading the way. Germany’s left-of-center government is going to start deporting criminal illegal migrants. This comes to us from the Zero Hedge blog:

In response to last weekend's terrorist stabbing at a counter-Jihad meeting in Mannheim which left one officer dead - and a second stabbing of an AfD politician in the same city, (and not years of terrorist attacks, having to close public pools and double-digit increases in crime among non-Germans), Chancellor Olaf Scholz - a leftwing social democrat, announced a new 'zero tolerance' program which will deport criminal migrants or those "who venerate them."

Ninth, meanwhile, in Saudi Arabia, the movement toward reconciliation with Israel grows apace. You can see it in the construction of school books, now purged of their anti-Semitic and jihadist language.

The New York Post reports:

What we found was very encouraging. Continuing a steady positive trend in Saudi textbooks over the last several years, passages that endorsed violent jihad have been removed, antisemitic language is no longer found and texts that in the past promoted male superiority over women have been removed or altered, providing much-needed gender-parity in a region where it’s been lacking. Meanwhile, Zionism is no longer portrayed as the product of European colonialism.

As Saudi ruler Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) works towards implementing his comprehensive vision for his Kingdom’s future, the way Saudi children are being educated is instructive. It is no coincidence that these textbook changes are taking place as MBS, who has faced scrutiny, opens his Kingdom up to the world. As the Saudi desire for economic development, modernization and closer relations with the West persists, a curriculum which is increasingly tolerant and inclusive makes this prospect all the more likely.

One understands that the world stands transfixed by the actions of lunatic Palestinians. But, we would do wrong to ignore what is going on in a far more important place, Saudi Arabia. And, we should not ignore the reforms undertaken by that country’s crown prince.

It is not just Saudi Arabia:

In the United Arab Emirates, textbooks have been revised to include the Abraham Accords to emphasize tolerance, coexistence and friendly relations with non-Muslims. In Morocco, their curriculum now embraces minorities including Jews and Amazigh. Meanwhile, in Egypt, a year-by-year reform of textbooks has seen major improvements in attitudes toward Jews and Judaism. These developments remind us that a different version of the future is not only possible, but that positive steps are already being taken towards it.

Tenth, you may or may not have been following the recent elections to the European Parliament. Many observers do not take them as seriously as they do elections to local parliaments.

But still, they were clearly a wake-up call to the woke. Daniel Hannan offers this assessment in the Daily Mail:

The people of Europe are in revolt. In France, following victories by Marine Le Pen's National Rally in every region, Emmanuel Macron has dissolved the lower house of parliament and called a snap election.

In Belgium, the liberal prime minister, Alexander De Croo, has resigned.

In Germany, the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) has beaten all three parties that form the governing coalition: the Greens, the Liberals and the Social Democrats.

The political structures of the European Union have been shattered. And, as the EU attempts to deal with unprecedented numbers of illegal arrivals on its shores, the cause is obvious.

Its voters have had enough of price rises, political correctness and eco-posturing.

And, of course, the voters have had enough of the war in Ukraine.

Eleventh, on the transmania front, a new study from Germany has shown that trans-identified children outgrow their manias.

Christina Buttons reports:

GROUND-BREAKING NEW STUDY: A long-term study from Germany on insurance data reveals that the majority of youth outgrow their transgender identity, with 72.7% of 15-19-year-old females with a gender identity diagnosis desisting after five years.

Twelfth, to top it all off, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin has passed a resolution condemning Israel. About Hamas they have nothing to say.

The New York Post reports:

Wisconsin Democrats overwhelmingly passed a pro-Palestinian resolution at their state party convention the same weekend four Israeli hostages were rescued in a daring Gaza raid.

And the resolution didn’t even mention the Israelis killed or taken hostage in Hamas’ Oct. 7 terror attack.

The Sunday vote revealed a dark underbelly of a party that hosted a “Unity Fair” all weekend long.

Convention delegates approved by 136-91 a resolution demanding a cease-fire in Gaza and calling the Jewish state’s response to the massacre “genocide” and “an egregious violation of humanitarian law.”

It didn’t acknowledge the Oct. 7 attack or the hostages, including Americans, Hamas still holds.

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