How’m I doing? Ed Koch, a New York Jewish icon, died this morning. The liberal world cast him out because he endorsed George W. Bush in 2004, but it’s one of the things that made me respect him even more–the ability to ignore party lines in favor of country. People from the rest of the nation probably know about him, but he was larger than life to those of us from the New York area. This is why:
Commuters walking across the Brooklyn Bridge during the first day of an 11-day transit strike in 1980 were startled to find the bald, 6-foot-1-inch mayor cheering for them. He called critics “wackos,” welfare advocates “poverty pimps,” told visiting Soviet schoolchildren that their government was “the pits” and said a crack-smoking lawyer accused of killing his daughter should be “boiled in oil.”
May his memory be a blessing.
Don’t think we’re going to have to worry about SecDef Hagel: How bad was he? This bad. And this bad. And this bad. He was so bad, people are feeling sorry for Chuck Schumer, who put his reputation on the line for the president over this jackass. Oh, and MJ Rosenberg, a proudly-declared self-hating Jew, felt confident enough in Hagel’s nomination to admit that Hagel was lying through his teeth yesterday. Rosenberg is a despicable douche. Here’s hoping he has to break out the Kleenex when his Jew-hating hero withdraws his nomination for SecDef.
Score one for Hague: Well, that’s a surprise. The U.K.’s foreign minister is refusing to condemn Israel over the bombing of anti-aircraft missiles at a Syrian military base. Now, if only he would stop pretending that the Palestinians want to negotiate with Israel. They don’t. They’re trying to create a state by fiat.
Oh, that’ll work: This is interesting. Washington is warning Syria not to transfer weapons to Hezbullah. Not that we think Assad is going to listen. But it was interesting.