Sunday, 22 August 2010

Some recommended reading

For anyone looking for something extra to read, here are a few suggestions:

First, a posting I missed when it was first posted in January but which is certainly worth a read and perhaps increasingly relevant:

Obama's Make-Believe Life

By Alan Caruba

I have this theory about Barack Obama. I think he’s led a kind of make-believe life in which money was provided and doors were opened because at some point early on somebody or some group took a look at this tall, good looking, half-white, half-black, young man with an exotic African/Muslim name and concluded he could be guided toward a life in politics where his facile speaking skills could even put him in the White House.

In a very real way, he has been a young man in a very big hurry. Who else do you know has written two memoirs before the age of 45? “Dreams of My Father” was published in 1995 when he was only 34 years old. The “Audacity of Hope” followed in 2006. If, indeed, he did write them himself. There are some who think that his mentor and friend, Bill Ayers, a man who calls himself a “communist with a small ‘c’” was the real author.

His political skills consisted of rarely voting on anything that might be deemed controversial. He went from a legislator in the Illinois legislature to the Senator from that state because he had the good fortune of having Mayor Daley’s formidable political machine at his disposal.

He was in the U.S. Senate so briefly that his bid for the presidency was either an act of astonishing self-confidence or part of some greater game plan that had been determined before he first stepped foot in the Capital. How, many must wonder, was he selected to be a 2004 keynote speaker at the Democrat convention that nominated John Kerry when virtually no one had ever even heard of him before?

He outmaneuvered Hillary Clinton in primaries. He took Iowa by storm. A charming young man, an anomaly in the state with a very small black population, he oozed “cool” in a place where agriculture was the antithesis of cool. He dazzled the locals. And he had an army of volunteers drawn to a charisma that hid any real substance.

Continue reading at Warning signs
(Hat Tip: Tony C)

There have also been a number of interesting posts at South Africa Sucks recently:

Only skin deep?: A Kenyan man has been convicted of attempting to sell an Albino work colleague to Tanzanian witch doctors so they could make medicine from his body parts: Read about it here: Human Trafficker jailed for trying to sell Albino Man

SA on strike: You may not be aware but there has been a national strike amongst public sector workers in south Africa, which has led to emergency hospital patients being left untreated, and to school children being physically attacked by striking school teachers. Mike Smith analyses what is really behind the Nationwide strikes?

Related article “What about the Children?”
(Hat tip: Daniel A)


Unwelcome arrivals

Another article, for which I must also thank SAS for drawing to my attention, relates to another of the glorious benefits of Multi-Culturalism and a certain form of long ago (in the West) irradiated wildlife which the new arrivals are reintroducing to our cities, our homes, and our beds)
Good night Western Civilisation – don't let the bed bugs bite



Curt said...

Yes indeed! New York City has an incredible infestation problem thanks no doubt, to its very large number of 3rd world immigrants. The result is that bedbugs are found in places one would never expect: Penthouse suites, office buildings, the homes of some very well-to-do people. Roaches and rats (both the two and four legged varieties) have always had a home there, but now, thanks to multi-culturalism, bedbugs are endemic as well.

Kirsty M said...

It has only happened in the last five years at most, as the article says these sorts of infestation were eradicated half a century or more ago.

However they have come back massively, together with TB and all sorts of other diseases we thought were gone forever.

They are being imported.