Sunday, February 28, 2010
Liz Cheney Says Latest Obama Push on Health Care Shows "Supreme Arrogance" -
Freedom'sLighthouse "Cheney was answering why in the world Obama is doing another Health Care Push despite Democrat losses in New Jersey, Virginia and Massachusetts, and despite many poll[s] showing a majority of Americans are against what he is trying to do."
Here's why Dems keep pushing 'dead' Obamacare despite growing public opposition
Washington Examiner "Today's Democrats are controlled by the radical Left, and it is more important to them to execute the permanent transformation of American society than it is to win the upcoming election cycles. They have already factored in losing in November — even losing big. For them, winning big now outweighs that. I think they're right." Mark Tapscott
Why Has No one in the Media Noticed That Obama Never Responded to Paul Ryan?
AmericanGlob "But neither Reuters nor Milbank — nor many others, it seems — noticed Obama’s conspicuous non-rebuttal to Rep. Paul Ryan. Ryan was the GOP superstar of the Health Summit. You can confirm it for yourself by watching this video:"
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said "existence of Jewish Homeland is an insult to the entire humanity"
Atlas Shrugs "The forces of good have shrugged. They shrugged when after nuking the Japanese and decimating the Nazis in World war II, they inexplicably did not prosecute the leaders of the Islamic world that partnered with Hitler and were instrumental in exterminating the Jews during the Holocaust. The Mufti and his quislings should have been hung from the gallows. Is it any wonder the Islamic world is still calling for the extermination of the Jews? "
NY Times Crank Frank Rich Confuses Marxist Killer With Tea Party Protesters
Gateway Pundit "On February 18 a crazed leftist loon wrote a Marxist manifesto on his internet page and then flew a plane into an IRS building. It took dishonest crank Frank Rich writing at The New York Times 10 days to distort the truth and blame it on the tea party protesters."
Junk Scientist Al Gore Still Beating Dead Horse
Gateway Pundit "At least The New York Times will still publish his crackpot propaganda:" Then this: UKIP would ban Al Gore film in schools ---- (Photo from iOwnTheWorld. )
Would the GOP Actually Benefit from Winning Majorities in 2010?
Pajamas Media "As much as conservatives long for a 1994 redux, I believe that we should rather focus on 2012. We’ve already had 2008’s equivalent of Jimmy Carter; let’s concentrate our efforts on electing 2012’s equivalent of President Reagan as his successor." Jeremy Marks
Just to be sure you know this
Sunday Open Thread: GOP Edition "Today, in 1854, the Republican Party is organized in Ripon, Wisconsin. One of its central planks is the abolition of slavery." They were opposed by the slave-holding Democrats.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
MSNBC talker Ed Schultz:'Rip out Cheney's heart.'
Rick Moran, AT The left calls conservative talk radio "hate radio", but I have only heard things of this order from the left.
Tea party movement inspires similar group in Great Britain
American Thinker "America has always been a beacon of hope and freedom throughout the world. As Lady Liberty raises her torch on the horizon, the American Tea Party movement has inspired the citizens of TeaGreat Britain to join the cause of less taxation and less government intrusion in our lives. "
Prosecuted for Saving a Girl's Life
American Thinker ""An Ohio minister accused of driving a teenage runaway to a bus station last year has retained a lawyer as police say they're investigating whether anyone broke the law in helping the Christian convert leave home for Florida." And why did she flee to Florida? Because, she says, when her devout Muslim father found out she had become a Christian, he said to her, "I will kill you." And with Islam's death penalty for apostates, she had to take that seriously. But Rifqa's father is not in danger of being prosecuted. Brian Williams is." Pamela Geller.
Move Along. No Outrage Here
Glenn Foden cartoon via Newsbusters
The Price of Arrogance
Jennifer Rubin "Mark Halperin joins the chorus of those who found Obama dismissive and condescending toward the Republicans — to his own detriment. As Halperin observes, Obama is so convinced “he is right and they are wrong” that he cannot disguise his contempt. As a result, I would venture to say, there is not a single Republican who feels inclined, let alone obligated, to help Obama out of his dilemma, namely his inability to pass his signature agenda item."
How Many Justice Lawyers Does It Take To Screw In A Lightbulb?
Big Government "Perhaps these DOJ attorneys should be subjected to scrutiny by the Senate but let us not jump to conclusions. At this point, the only bad actor is AG Holder, and he should not be representative of the entire legal profession."
Are Democrats choosing to run off a cliff with ObamaCare?
Hot Air "A party with a leadership of zealots, though, could choose to use a two-year session of Congress to fundamentally remake America if it accepted a humiliating loss of power as the necessary trade-off." Then this: Transformation by Andy McCarthy; "Today's Democrats are controlled by the radical Left, and it is more important to them to execute the permanent transformation of American society than it is to win the upcoming election cycles. They have already factored in losing in November — even losing big."
Friday, February 26, 2010
Obama Readies a Fallback Health-Care Proposal
WSJ "His leading alternate approach would provide health insurance to perhaps 15 million Americans, about half what the comprehensive bill would cover, according to two people familiar with the planning."
America, A Love Story
Atlas Shrugs "U.S. Air Force Nurse, Lucy Lehker, comforts an 'unknown' Canadian soldier after he was badly wounded in Afghanistan."...."Dear Michael Yon, Today we were sent your story of February 14, 2010. The “unknown” Canadian is our son Danny. He is a 23-year-old soldier from Vancouver, Canada. Your photographs were extraordinary and have impacted so many people here in Canada. There has been an outpouring of affection for the Americans who helped Danny in his moment of need. For that, we thank you for recording these acts of kindness into history..." Original story here, by Michael Yon: From Canada: A Thank You to U.S. Service Members
Charles Krauthammer Says Obama Has ‘Given Up the Aura of the Presidency’...
Weasel Zippers Remember if you browse around in this site, the language can get a bit, er,...salty.
"Follow-Up Appointment Needed"; An after-debate symposium
National Review Online "In the wake of the Blair House summit, we asked a few of our health-care experts: Was anything accomplished on Thursday? What is a constructive next step for Republicans?"
"Victimizing blacks," By Dr. Thomas Sowell
JewishWorldReview "Being a race hustler is a very lucrative business for people like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. But such people can extort money and power from white business and political leaders precisely because it is easier to pay off a relative handful of noise makers than to be bothered fighting them." Then there's this article by actor Adam Baldwin: "Racist!’ He cried…: A Thought-Terminating Cliché in Decline"
Obama salutes Ryan (Did he or didn't he?)
Powerline "The remarks of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan (video above) stole the show in this regard. ....Ryan deconstructs the fairy tale at the heart of Obamacare. Obama was not amused.....Professor Obama seethed as Ryan spoke; he badly wanted to throw Ryan out of the class. Instead, he gives Ryan the evil eye and appears to give Ryan the finger. It's a moment that reveals something of the animus driving the project."
Obamacare supporters told to call talk shows
Screen shot from the Michael Graham blog, The Natural Truth from the Obama site: http://radio.barackobama.com/.
The story: Neal Boortz on the Obamabots "We've been through this before. During Clinton's term the Democrats assigned a man by the name of Bua to conduct seminars for Democrats who wanted to call a talk radio show and promote the Clinton agenda. It didn't work. The Bua callers were trying to present and argue talking points that simply were not their own, and they failed. "
British Pol knees EU prez in the nads
Uncle Jimbo via Blackfive "The EU is doing all it can to socialize all of Europe into the loving, caring arms of unaccountable bureaucrats in Brussels. They want to run it all and want the proles to just shut up and let their betters tell them how to live. Well the new EU President showed up today and Nigel Farage the leader of the UK Independence Party let him know not everyone is impressed. " Nobody can make a speech like an Englishman.
Taliban defectors accept U.S. approach but wait for promises to be kept
WaPo "Interviews with Wahab and other fighters who recently left the Taliban as part of an Afghan government effort to lure them from the battlefield suggest that in many cases, U.S. policymakers may be on to something. Several ex-fighters said they joined the Taliban not out of religious zealotry but for far more mundane reasons: anger at the government in Kabul, revenge for losing a government job, pressure from family or tribe members -- or simply because they were broke." H/t to Heritage.
Exclusive: What happens next in health care
Politico "After a brief period of consultation following the White House health reform summit, congressional Democrats plan to begin making the case next week for a massive, Democrats-only health care plan, party strategists told POLITICO. A Democratic official said the six-hour summit was expected to “give a face to gridlock, in the form of House and Senate Republicans.” " Hat tip to Heritage.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Government Grab of Retirement Accounts a Matter of ‘Social Justice’
Pajamas Media "Uncle Sam wants your retirement money. The Obama administration has just solicited public comment on their proposal to take money from Americans’ private 401(k) retirement accounts and convert it into government-backed annuities. In other words, they want to take your money now to purchase U.S. Treasury bonds, then pay you a monthly sum later after you’ve retired." We had promised to give you more input on this topic. Here it is.
We Have Race on the Brain
Victor Davis Hanson "In contrast, one reason I disliked academia was that in such a dry, bored self-created landscape, pretense trumped action, and one’s tribe, not one’s essence, was the key to career advancement. I never heard a Mexican neighbor say he was Mexican or an Armenian vineyard grower talk of his vaunted heritage or the German claim privilege — they all succeeded or failed on their own ability, or lack of, to grow food at a profit."
Al Gore a lightning rod at Apple shareholder meeting
CNET "...a longtime and well-known Apple shareholder--some would say gadfly--who introduced himself as Sheldon, stood at the microphone and urged against Gore's re-election to the board. Gore "has become a laughingstock. The glaciers have not melted," Sheldon said, referring to Gore's views on global warming. "If his advice he gives to Apple is as faulty as his views on the environment then he doesn't need to be re-elected." "
DeMint for president? Not as crazy as it sounds...
Washington Examiner "DeMint, in this scenario, would run as a spoiler/insurgent candidate in 2012, setting himself up for a full-on presidential run in 2016. DeMint, running in 2012, would knock Sarah Palin out of the primaries, crushing any momentum she received out of Iowa ..."
HCR Summit: Six Hours and Counting (Updated)
Weekly Standard "Why is the health care reform summit going over time? The answer is simple: President Obama. He's decided to try to refute -- at length -- every single Republican criticism of the Democratic health bill." Matthew Continetti More here: The Main Event: Ryan v. Obama "The expression on the president's face as Ryan made his case was absolutely priceless. Simply put, he looked like someone who realizes he's met his match."
Army, Air Force Warn Against Quick Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’
CNS News "The testimony by the service chiefs is considered crucial to the debate. As the top uniformed officials in each service, the chief is in charge of recruitment and preparing troops for deployments. If the policy on gays is overturned, they would have to decide how to implement the changes." My problem is that this campaign is coming from people that have historically held the US military in contempt and supported anti-war movements.
Congressional Budget Office Report on Healthcare
Congressional Budget Office Report Excerpt: "All of those considerations serve to emphasize the considerable uncertainty that surrounds any estimate of the impact of any proposal that would make substantial changes in the health insurance or health care sectors, given the size and the complexity of those sectors. That uncertainty applies to the estimated effects of proposals on the federal budget and insurance coverage rates, as well as to their impact on premiums." From page 28 of the report.
Early "returns" good for Republicans
Powerline Blog "CNN's David Gergen: The folks in the White House just must be kicking themselves right now. They thought that coming out of Baltimore when the President went in and was mesmerizing and commanding in front of the House Republicans that he could do that again here today. That would revive health care and would change the public opinion about their health care bill and they can go on to victory. Just the opposite has happened."
Jihadis Incite South African Blacks to kill all Whites
Atlas Shrugs By Adriana Stuijt. "Members of my Facebook site recently alerted me to a number of ‘Africanist’ websites in volatile South Africa where radical islamists are very actively inciting black South African members to ‘kill all the whites’ there. This incitement to kill all Europeans is often targetted towards the increasingly besieged Afrikaans-speaking minority -- but has also been targetting all the Western football fans planning to travel to the World Cup 2010 tournaments in South Africa in June."
An Orchestrated Campaign Against Toyota in Overdrive?
Pajamas Media "Let’s be clear: If the company is proven to have seriously erred and knowingly compromised driver and public safety, it should be made to pay an appropriate price. The developments of the past weekend, though, seem much more sinister, supporting the idea that the goal of many critics is really to drive the company’s public perception, and perhaps the company itself, into the ground."...."I do hope that the folks at Toyota fully appreciate the ugliness they’re up against."
Terrorists’ Lawyers at the DOJ
National Review Online "...they’re not serving their client well by returning our country to the September 10 approach to counterterrorism, meaning prosecution in the civilian courts. In such an approach, the Justice Department is the most significant agency. With the United States still at war and our enemies still plotting to carry out more 9/11s, the American people are entitled to know what attorneys at the Justice Department worked for the enemy combatants detained at Gitmo."
Terrorists in the Military: The Legacy of Political Correctness
BigJournalism "Our government is blindly working with Islamic front groups to try to find ways to prosecute the war on terror without offending Muslims. They’re telling them our tactics and secrets. No wonder they think they can beat us."
How Israel's Biggest Drone Could Take Out Iranian Nukes
Popular Mechanics "But in a "big war" operation, when enemy radar and missiles are robust, as they are in Iran, the way Israel could use its UAVs is worth watching. Israel's long-distance Eitans are not that new, but the way they could be used during a complex air raid could be groundbreaking. Literally and figuratively."
Is Obama a Muslim or an Apostate?
Translating Jihad "Through these Islamic judgments, in comparison with the autobiography of President Barack Hussein Obama, we find that this president is either a Muslim or an apostate from Islam according to the strongest viewpoints of Islamic jurisprudence." By Mu'ammar Ahmad 'Abd-al-Latif Rajeh, for the Watan Voice, 30 January 2010.
American Support for Israel at Near Record High
Atlas Shrugs "And in any war between the civilized man and the savage, you always side with the civilized man. Obama, OTOH, ................... better get a clue. The country does not share his anti-semitism."...."Even on this longer-term basis, support for Israel among Democrats has been relatively flat. And the Jews cling to the Democrat party, like the Gazans cling to "occupation." "
ObamaCare Strategy Sabotages Bipartisan Summit
Big Government "Furthermore, the American people explicitly reject ObamaCare and don’t want it. So much for consent of the governed. This Summit is going to be a day long press conference for President Obama and the ObamaCare Cheerleading Squad to try one last time to sell the President’s health care plan that includes unpopular mandates, higher taxes and cuts to health care providers."
Too Little, Too Late, Too Cynical
Victor Davis Hanson "But the problem is that a now jaded public believes that Obama is changing both course and tone not because he wants to for the country, but because he is forced to for his own survival.In other words, the “hope and change” of last year’s messiah has devolved into this year’s “whatever it takes” of a cynic."
Flashback: Obama, Reid Blasted Idea of Majority Rule in the Senate
American Spectator "BreitbartTV has posted a great compilation video of the arguments that top Democrats, including President Obama, made against the prospect of Republicans using the "nuclear option" to break Democratic filibusters in 2005. Their words stand in stark contrast to Democrats current statements ..." H/t to Boortz.
What the GOP Should Say at the Health Summit
Karl Rove, WSJ "The congressional Republicans at today's televised health-care "summit" at the White House naturally want to prevent the president from turning it into a PR stunt. This is no easy task. They'll not only have to point out problems with his plan and offer their own ideas, but correct the president when he makes statements that are not true. The GOP participants appear ready for the first two tasks."
The Summit to Nowhere? (UPDATED)
Commentary "But unless a dramatic shift in public and congressional opinion occurs, he will not get his bill. Indeed, we now see signs that he realizes this. This report explains that Obama is preparing an alternative plan to cover 15 million people and do a small fraction of what his ObamaCare scheme envisioned:"...Jennifer Rubin
The Brutal Truth About Californians
Pajamas Media "...you’ll have an unelected judge making California’s budget decisions. And if you think that’s bad… the California electorate’s taste for endless government got the state into this mess — and who elected them?" Well, the left brought Russia seven decades of misery and they STILL won't acknowledge they were wrong.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Beware of 'Comprehensive' Anything
Victor Davis Hanson "Comprehensive reform also often involves new laws, more money and additional bureaucrats. Yet almost every problem facing America arises from too much federal spending and borrowing — not too little government."
Conservatives disappointed in Senator Brown
American Thinker "You can take the Senator out of Massachusetts, but you can't take Massachusetts out of the Senator."
What Part of "Party of No" Don't You Understand?
Townhall "Republicans can't stop the Democrats from socializing health care: They are a tiny minority party in both the House and the Senate. (Note to America: You might want to keep this in mind next time you go to the polls.)"
For Dems and GOP alike, optics are everything
Politico "[Republicans] wanted the six-hour talks to take place around a table with House and Senate members sitting at the same height as President Barack Obama, according to a senior Senate GOP aide. “We don’t want any more of that Professor Obama lecturing to us stuff,” said one staffer, speaking on condition of anonymity."
The Silence of the Lamb
Commentary "Obama’s obsessive “reaching out to the Iranian leadership,” starting in his inauguration speech and continuing month after month in spite of no Iranian response, sent an unmistakable signal — one confirmed when he stood mute after the fraudulent Iranian election; confirmed again after he offered a muffled response to the secret nuclear facility in Qom; confirmed yet again when he remained silent as each of his “deadlines” passed; and confirmed even now by his continuing silence on the subject as he devotes his speeches and attention to ObamaCare. Lions know a lamb when they see one." Rick Richman
Toyota vs. Government Motors
HotAir "Toyota’s handling of the recall has been miserable. Weeks after I first learned that my car is subject to one of the recalls, I still haven’t been notified directly by the company, and so far as I know, there is no fix yet for the potentially faulty gas pedal in my 2009 Corolla. I’m not happy about that. But the evidence that the federal government’s recent entrance into the car business has influenced its antagonizing approach to the Toyota recall is quite convincing:"
My Gift to the Obama Presidency; By John Yoo
Wall Street Journal "Barack Obama may not realize it, but I may have just helped save his presidency. How? By winning a drawn-out fight to protect his powers as commander in chief to wage war and keep Americans safe. He sure didn't make it easy. When Mr. Obama took office a year ago, receiving help from one of the lawyers involved in the development of George W. Bush's counterterrorism policies was the furthest thing from his mind. "...
John Yoo: Stallion
Blackfive "In less than an hour, more than 80 Taliban fighters attacked and killed all but one member of the Seal team and 16 Americans on a helicopter rescue mission. If a president cannot, or will not, protect the men and women who fight our nation's wars, they will follow the same risk-averse attitudes that invited the 9/11 attacks in the first place." John Yoo.
Boehner Responds [to] Obama’s Insincerity
Tab Right “The President has crippled the credibility of this week’s summit by proposing the same massive government takeover of health care based on a partisan bill the American people have already rejected. This new Democrats-only backroom deal doubles down on the same failed approach that will drive up premiums, destroy jobs, raise taxes, and slash Medicare benefits. This week’s summit clearly has all the makings of a Democratic infomercial for continuing on a partisan course that relies on more backroom deals and parliamentary tricks to circumvent the will of the American people and jam through a massive government takeover of health care." John Boehner, R-Oh.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
New Camo for the Stan
Multicam "This is definitely needed since the ACU seems designed to blend in with, well no one I know has figgered that out. So they chose a new type called Multicam." From Uncle Jimbo at Blackfive
Eric Holder’s Radical Far Left Attorney Claimed Khalid Sheikh Mohammad Was Tortured; Pushed to Throw Out His Guilty Plea
GatewayPundit "Jennifer Daskal is a radical far left American lawyer who serves as senior counsel for Human Rights Watch, and focuses on issues of terrorism, criminal law and immigration. She is also currently a political hire at Eric Holder’s Department of Justice, which is seeking to prosecute terror suspects through the criminal justice system instead of through military tribunals."
The Green Prince
Powerline "This is a very nice story that I hadn't heard before: the son of one of the founders of Hamas converted to Christianity and for a decade, worked closely with Israel's security agencies to frustrate terrorist attacks. He now lives in California and is about to publish his memoirs:"
The Republican health-care plan posted online
GOP.gov "Not only do House Republicans already have their own health care plan, not only is it already available online, but the White House's own website already links to it!"From Heritage.
Morning Bell: Can They Make Obamacare Worse? Yes They Can!
Heritage "The problem is, the plan the President released yesterday is not a "start over" ... it is just a continuation and expansion of the same Washington-centric policies that the American people have clearly rejected over the past year. There still is a chance for Obama to save his presidency, but yesterday's plan will not do it."
Afghanistan at the Crossroads
Alex Alexiev , NRO "...a crucial watershed has been reached in Afghanistan. It is currently on display in the unfolding campaign in Helmand Province. In many ways, the Marjah campaign is an about-face from the way things were being done, and it offers the first realistic hope for victory in Afghanistan, much as the surge did in Iraq a couple of years ago. To understand what’s going on, the best place to start is a little-noticed analysis co-authored by the top U.S. intelligence officer in Afghanistan..."
Sinking to New Lows in the Terror War
FrontpageMag "What we are seeing is the domestic version of the Obama administration’s dangerously loopy “engagement” strategy. Basically, if you’re a friend of the United States, say Israel or Poland, prepare to be screwed; if you despise America as, say, Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood do, prepare to be wooed. " Andrew McCarthy
Dear Rahm, Republicans Are Calling Obama’s Bluff
Tab Right "On Monday the Republican Congressional leadership sent a letter to Rahm Emanuel essentially calling President Obama’s bluff. Listing a set of demands that includes: - Televising the Congressional/Adminstration debate. - Publically agreeing not to force through a plan without Republican support. - Providing a 72 hour window for public review of any plan. - Including the CBO, other non-partisan experts and Republican invited experts into the televised discussion. - That the special interest groups that the Obama Administration has cut deals with be included in this televised discussion. The following is a copy of that letter…"
Holder Stacks Justice Department with Jihadists' Lawyer
Atlas Shrugs "As for everyone else, Holder lists no names and no cases, but in a paragraph filled with modifiers, he makes it clear that all the lawyers who had advocated for detainees are free to work on general detainee matters."
AND OH ... THOSE OBSCENE HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANY PROFITS
Boortz "Just to remind you ... while The Community Organizer is talking about putting price controls on the evil, profit-gobbling health insurance companies ... the average industry profit margin is under 4%. Yeah ... these insurance companies are really sucking down the obscene profits, aren't they?"
New Climate Agency Head Tried to Suppress Data, Critics Charge
FoxNews "The scientist who has been put in charge of the Commerce Department's new climate change office is coming under attack from both sides of the global warming debate over his handling of what they say is contradictory scientific data related to the subject."
Inhofe Calls For Gore To Defend Climate Claims Before Congress
Newsbusters “In [Gore's] science fiction movie, every assertion has been rebutted,” Inhofe said. He believes Vice President Gore should defend himself and his movie before Congress." And this: Climategate Meets the Law: Senator Inhofe to Ask for DOJ Investigation Senator Inhofe’s announcement today appears to be the first time a member of Congress has formally called for an investigation into research misconduct and potential criminal acts by the scientists involved."
Less than Meets the Eye — Again
Commentary "He went to Copenhagen twice, each time with spinners expecting the fix was in and Obama could deliver a huge political win; but there was no game plan; there was no Chicago Olympics or global-warming deal."
Valerie Jarrett thinks Tea-partiers are extremists
BreitbartTV "It's an anti-government...I mean that's the Tea Party. They really are, um, are, uh, trying to rebel against government at all. And I think that that's...again it's an extreme. It's always easier to scare people and get them angry when they're already scared...and I think that's what the Tea Party is trying to capture."
Monday, February 22, 2010
Iran: Ahmadinejad aims for 'global Islamic revolution'
Atlas Shrugs "It's not Ahmadinejad's idea -- it is ideology of Islam. It is Islam. When Ahmadinejad said in a live address, "The Islamic revolution's final objective is global revolution," he is right."
Searching for Saddam
Slate "A five-part series on how the U.S. military used social networking to capture the Iraqi dictator." Chris Wilson
Woman who assaulted a pro-life protester cancels abortion and thanks protester
HotAir "It’s interesting how angry pro-choicers get when someone actually exercises the right to choose that pro-choicers claim to be fighting for… and don’t choose what pro-choicers want them to choose. A woman decides to cancel her abortion, and feminists scream with outrage."
The Case for Hillary’s Run for Prez in ’12 and Pelosi Retiring
BigGovernment "The 2010 midterm elections are shaping up to be a Democrats nightmare. But the problems for the Democrats and Obama won’t end there. Indeed, the fallout from the 2010 elections will likely carry over into 2012 which may well feature Hillary running against Obama and Nancy Pelosi’s retirement. Here’s why:"... Thomas Del Beccaro
Obama’s Last Chance on Iran
Jennifer Rubin "...Reuel Marc Gerecht and Mark Dubowitz make the best case one can for sanctions, in the processing dispelling the notion that the newest Obami craze — targeted sanctions against the Revolutionary Guard Corps — have any hope of success."
Imprisoned for Saving American Lives
Frontpage "Former U.S. Army Master Sergeant John Hatley is now serving a forty year sentence in Leavenworth prison. He was convicted by a 2009 Court Martial of murdering four Iraqi insurgent arrestees in Baghdad following a 2007 ambush and firefight, and dumping the bodies into a Baghdad canal." Mrs. Hatley has this site: Defend John Hatley
Dallas Tea Party To MSNBC: 'We Have More Diversity On Our Three-Person Steering Committee Than Your Entire TV Network Line-Up'...
Weasel Zippers "Hypocrisy and liberalism go hand in hand..."
Lightbulb bill aimed at asserting state rights
AzCentral " "The real intent of this legislation is to challenge the federal mandate in court," he told the House Commerce Committee. "We could make history by having the (U.S.) Supreme Court rule that the federal government overstepped its bounds." " More on states' rights: A modest proposal to the federal government: Let Utah do it .
Counties push illegals to win census bucks
Washington Examiner "Failing to count illegal immigrants, local officials say, will reduce federal funding around $1,000 a year for each ignored person. And counties are looking for ways to offset costs that arise from providing health care and school services to thousands of residents who don't contribute taxes."
Toyota: Democrats 'not industry friendly'
Politico "Upwards of 8 million cars have been recalled in the U.S. and worldwide, amid reports of Toyota's vehicles accelerating rapidly. The problems have turned political, as the company has shuttered some American factories, potentially resulting in layoffs."
White House: If GOP Filibusters, We’ll Pass Health Reform Via Reconciliation
The Plumline "Update II: A new batch of polls shows that it may make political sense for Dems to pass the public option via reconciliation." More here: House Republican Leader John Boehner: Obama’s Health Care Proposal Jeopardizes Summit
Re: More on Yoo and Bybee
Commentary "It is not as if the Justice Department came up with the idea of closing Guantanamo, treating terrorists as ordinary criminals, or engaging in a vendetta against the Bush administration. These ideas were all part of Obama’s campaign rhetoric and his professed agenda from the earliest days of his administration. So rather than a rogue Justice Department, we have one that facilitates and enables the Obami’s worst instincts." Jennifer Rubin.
American Journalists MIA on Global Warming
Pajamas Media "Where are the American journalists who should be covering the collapse of the man-made warming scare — the biggest hoax in human history? The public, shoveling snow amid blizzard winds, wants to know. The stock market, laboring under the threat of trillion-dollar energy taxes, urgently needs to know. "
White House Accused of Federal Crime in Specter, Bennett Races
InfidelBloggers "For the second time in five months, the Obama White House is being accused -- by Democrats -- of offering high ranking government jobs in return for political favors. What no one is reporting is that this is a violation of federal law that can lead to prison time, a fine or both..."
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Did Israel Just Acquire a New Bombing Capability?
Noah Pollak , Commentary "The Israeli Air Force has not had a long-range bombing capacity. But this new drone not only can easily reach Iran but also can loiter over the country for hours with a full payload."
Realities of War
Max Boot "Conversely the surge strategy of 2007, which placed our troops in more exposed Combat Outposts and Joint Security Stations in Iraqi neighborhoods, incurred more casualties in the short run but saved American (and Iraqi) lives in the long run by actually pacifying Iraq. That strategy is also our best bet in Afghanistan. That’s something that Gen. McChrystal realizes and that Stateside naysayers fail to grasp." Emphasis added.
Targeting Your 401(k)
Wall Street Journal "If Democrats want to improve the prospects for American retirees, their first priority should be removing barriers to economic growth. Anger over the drop in 401(k) balances is one reason that voters who belong to the "investor class" swung to Democrats in greater than usual numbers this year. Their mandate is for policies that improve those returns, not strip them of tax benefits."
Are congressional Democrats talking about confiscating IRA and 401(k) investment accounts?
FactCheck.org "No. There's no plan to seize these accounts. One House witness at a committee hearing proposed to allow some people to trade their old accounts for a new type that would be less risky." We will research this more and post any more information as we find it.
Blame Americans First/ Democrats lose patience with democracy.
Weekly Standard "What’s the clearest sign the Obama agenda is in trouble? That’s easy: the string of jeremiads in the pages of the New York Times, Washington Post, and other outlets of fashionable opinion. Unable to tout the administration’s successes, and worried about Republican ascendancy, liberals have assigned responsibility for the mess they’re in neither to their program nor to their methods but to larger, structural faults in American politics and society. Beginning with you." Matthew Continetti
The Tragic Truth of War
Victor Davis Hanson "When an enemy finally gives up, it is for a combination of reasons — material losses, economic hardship, loss of territory, erosion of civilian morale, fright, mental exhaustion, internal strife. But we forget that central to a concession of defeat is often the loss of the nation’s soldiers — or even the threat of such deaths."
"Ron Paul wins CPAC straw poll.. if that's the final result .. I WILL NEVER VOTE FOR HIM "
Infidel Bloggers "His election if such a calamity ocurred would be the rebirth of progressivism just as Obama's absurd excesses have given life to everything to their right."
Back&Forth Dept.: Islam envoy retreats on terror talk
Politico "The comments touched off criticism from conservative commentators, who questioned whether someone who held those views should represent the United States in the Muslim world"
The War on Truth
Bruce Walker, AT "Has Obama ever seriously searched for truth? His lifelong chums are a gaggle of pseudo-thinkers and strong-arm operatives who float through college into jobs unconnected with honor. He reads us his soul off a teleprompter whose digitized letters conform to polling data. The terrifying numbers which his surreal spending has created mean nothing to Obama. The threats to our nation are real to him only as it affects his polling numbers."
The Fraud of Progressive Nobility
American Thinker "Desire to help others is noble. It's noble, though, not in and of itself. It's noble only if it's likely to lead to helping others who truly need help. A desire to help others that prompts well-meaning people to address nonexistent problems isn't so much noble as it is misguided and, possibly, dangerous."
Christian-Americans Forbidden To Kill Murderer If He Is Muslim
Pajamas Media "If Billy Little is that concerned with not shedding Muslim blood: Faleh al-Maleki is a Muslim who also killed a Muslim; he rode right over his daughter with a two-ton jeep. Is her female Muslim blood cheaper than his male Muslim blood? And, let’s not forget: Al-Maleki attempted to murder another Muslim woman who was sheltering his daughter."
Re: A Dubai Victory
Max Boot "Funny how no one seriously objects when U.S. Predators carry out similar hits on al-Qaeda operatives but the whole world is in uproar when the Israelis target members of Hamas — an organization that is morally indistinguishable from al-Qaeda."
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Sharia Compliant Law Enforcement in Ohio Confirms Persection of Rifqa Bary Pastor, Brian Williams
Atlas Shrugs "Rifqa Bary, a 17-year-old from a Muslim family, disappeared from her home in New Albany in suburban Columbus in July and was discovered in Orlando, Fla., a few weeks later living with a minister and his wife, whom she had met on Facebook. The girl claimed she could be harmed or killed for converting to Christianity, a charge her parents, immigrants from Sri Lanka, have denied."
Issa Releases Video Of Obama And ACORN
Sweetness&Light "The ranking member of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee released video today showing then-candidate Obama praising the work of ACORN. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) unveiled the video during an appearance at the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) today. Issa’s staff uncovered the footage during their ongoing probe into ACORN, who conservatives long made a boogeyman."
Bush Officials Cleared of Torture By Loony Obama Justice Department Officials
Instapundit ""What is clear is that there is no basis — and never was — for stripping these lawyers of their professional licenses, let alone criminally prosecuting them as many on the Left demanded." Of course, we have to remember with this radical administration that– Waterboarding terrorist killers is bad… while infanticide is good." Jim Hoft.
Gartenstein-Ross Defends Rashad Hussain
Max Boot "But as a general rule, I would suggest approaching these debates with some degree of humility and sympathy, and an understanding that a few statements often pulled out of context do not necessarily constitute the totality of a person." Perhaps this will balance out a previous article in the TW attacking Hussain.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Blame Obama, Not the System
National Review "Obama made the same calculation, but on behalf of an agenda that wasn’t popular. If people had been persuaded of its merits, Obama could have made Republicans pay the price for obstruction. “Public sentiment is everything,” Abraham Lincoln said. “With it, nothing can fail; against it, nothing can succeed.” If Obama tries to govern from the center, he’ll find the system magically restored to health. Otherwise, it will look more miserably broken by the day." Rich Lowry
No Need for Hubris on Matters of National Security
Victor Davis Hanson "This administration has an even worse record of consistency..."...."I am sure that, if need be, they will blithely and without embarrassment offer us a new narrative in which, in fact, al-Qaeda is still dangerous in the 9/11 sense and Iran most assuredly is close to getting a bomb. "
Ungovernable? Nonsense. By Charles Krauthammer
National Review Online "[The President] failed because the utter implausibility of its central promise — expanded coverage at lower cost — led voters to conclude that it would lead ultimately to more government, more taxes, and more debt. More broadly, the Democrats failed because, thinking the economic emergency would give them a political mandate and a legislative window, they tried to impose a left-wing agenda on a center-right country. The people said no, expressing themselves first in spontaneous demonstrations, then in public-opinion polls, then in elections — Virginia, New Jersey, and, most emphatically, Massachusetts. That’s not a structural defect. That’s a textbook demonstration of popular will expressing itself — despite the special interests — through the existing structures. In other words, the system worked. "
WaPo Intentionally Omits Commie Plane Crasher’s Marxist Rant to Paint Him as Tea Party Protester
Gateway Pundit "Jonathan Capehart at the The Washington Post intentionally omitted the Austin commie plane crasher’s Marxist rant from his article today about the attack on the IRS Building. That way he could blame those violent “teabaggers.” Ace of Spades discovered the omission. Here’s the final lines from the commie plane crasher’s manifesto:"
Barack's Bi-Polar Nuclear Policy
John Leonard , AT "Why would Obama close the only viable answer to long-term storage of nuclear waste while he simultaneously calls for additional nuclear power plants? One reason, though not a very good one, is that he made closing Yucca Mountain a campaign issue. Another would be his obligations to radical environmental groups opposed to the facility. As for rational reasons, I'm still trying to think of one."
Pakistanis see the light, turn on Taliban?
Blackfive "I give myself bonus points for the phrase "satchels full of cash" always a fave, and for saying the Pakistani govt. and military make Chicago politicians look like Boy Scouts."
Climategate: The Big Picture
Pajamas Media "It’s been less than three months since the Climategate files were first revealed to the world, and an amazing lot has happened — so much that I think it’s worth bringing things together in one place."
Sarah Palin takes on the pathology of the elites.
"NRO Governor Palin, in contrasting “American values” with the aspirations of “elite education,” warns us of the arrogance — and the moral “spinelessness” — that today’s higher learning too often fosters. Knowledge divorced from what Trilling and Gertrude Himmelfarb (following Burke) call the “moral imagination” is a dangerous thing.As for me, I today announce the formation of the Ivy Leaguers for Palin Committee, J. G. Faustus, honorary chairman."...
Hero In Texas That Saved Five Lives Was A Combat Engineer For The U.S. Army...It's All about Character
Fox News "Cepak said he thought the six and half years Dehaven spent as a combat engineerfor the U.S. Army probably gave him many of the skills he used to execute the rescue. But he had no doubt where he found the courage to go forward with it. "It comes from his character," he said." Via Weasel Zippers.
Muslims' duty to exterminate Jews in Islamic Holocaust.
Trencherbone "...Mohammed tried to convince the Arabian Jews that he was the real Messiah, but his knowledge of the Jewish religion was so inaccurate that they rejected him as an obvious conman and probable nutjob. Mohammed then flew into a tantrum and called for the extermination of the entire Jewish nation. Here are some examples of the genocidal Muslim scriptures and how the Muslims explain them, in their own words:"...
Was There a Fort Jackson Cover-Up?
Commentary "On advice of other supposed gurus, the Army continues to engage groups that are in the business of decrying efforts to focus on and target Islamic fundamentalists. Is it any surprise, then, that the Fort Hood and Fort Jackson incidents occurred? One wonders how many must die in the next incident before there’s a change in perspective."
Democratic Candidates Stay Local if They Hope to Win
Peter Wehner , Commentary "Developments like these are significant straws in the wind. They are the kinds of things you see when an epic election is in the making."
Obama & Dems to Ram Through Unpopular Health Care Bill With 51 Votes
Gateway Pundit "Obama said that senate democrats had to “break more filibusters last year than in the entire 1950s and 1960s combined” despite the fact that there wasn’t a single filibuster in 2009. Not one. Now we know that it was all a set-up. "
When Islam comes to call - your culture disappears - literally
Up Pompeii "Nobody knows how this country would have developed had Islam not taken it, and does the present condition of this country give us insight into what our country [England]may become if the Islamic invasion is not effectively stopped.The article states that society in that country effectively stopped - disappeared - upon Islam gaining dominance in the region."
Thursday, February 18, 2010
"Miss Me Yet?" Bush Merchandise a Hit Online
CBS ""There were no Obama-themed designs on the list," she said. "Bush has stolen the political spotlight, just like Sarah Palin did the week before when she re-surfaced with crib notes written in her palm." "
Nice. Obama Meets With Dalai Lama; Makes Him Leave Through Garbage Exit
Gateway Pundit "The Tibetan spiritual leader, who was also denied a meeting in the Oval office, left via a side entrance where rubbish bags were piled up and The White House didn’t release photos of the meeting until several hours afterwards."
Time.com Links Austin Suicide Pilot To Tea Party Movement
Newsbusters "In an article about Thursday's apparent suicide by a pilot in Austin, Texas, the folks at Time.com made two seemingly intentional links to the Tea Party movement"...."You know a lot of conservatives and/or Tea Party members extolling the virtues of communism while bashing capitalism? No...I don't either. Shame on Time for doing this. " The connections are totally gratuitous; one more reason to not trust the established press.
Mutual Loathing Society
George Will "Yet Sarah Palin, who with 17 months remaining in her single term as Alaska's governor quit the only serious office she has ever held, is obsessively discussed as a possible candidate in 2012. Why? She is not going to be president and will not be the Republican nominee unless the party wants to lose at least 44 states."
Morning Bell: The Mount Vernon Statement
Heritage "We recommit ourselves to the ideas of the American Founding. Through the Constitution, the Founders created an enduring framework of limited government based on the rule of law. They sought to secure national independence, provide for economic opportunity, establish true religious liberty and maintain a flourishing society of republican self-government." Quoted from an article by Edwin J. Feulner, President of The Heritage Foundation.
Clinton Plotting Tea Party Counterattack
BigGovernment "They plan to identify 7-8 national figures active in the tea party movement and engage in deep opposition research on them. If possible, they will identify one or two they can perhaps ‘turn’, either with money or threats, to create a mole in the movement. The others will be subjected to a full-on smear campaign. (Has MSNBC already been notified?)" And here: American Thinker
On Teaching Christianity
InsideHigherEd "That’s how I view my teaching of the Christian tradition — helping my students to take an inventory. They can’t go back in time and decide not to have received some form of Christian inheritance, in all the varied ways they have received it, but I would hope that after taking my class they are in a better position to decide what to do with it."
Middle East Terror and Double Standards
Pajamas Media "Given the already prevailing anti-Israeli climate, it is no surprise that this time the Human Rights Council answered back with the 574-page Goldstone Report accusing Israel of war crimes, a document that has been denounced as “a shoddy piece of work, unworthy of serious consideration by people of good will,” and as “an abominable travesty of justice.” "
Kill or Capture?
Andrew C. McCarthy "My hesitancy about Obama on Pakistan was rooted in the fact that I didn’t believe him. Leftists are always big on fighting the war we’re not in as an excuse for undermining the war we are in. I thought Obama was flexing his rhetorical muscles on Pakistan to blunt his derelictions on Iraq. I couldn’t be more pleasantly surprised to be wrong. As president, he has done what he said he would do in Pakistan, and he has gotten effective cooperation from the wily Pakistanis, which is no mean feat." Emphasis added.
Where Did Our Real Wealth Go?
Victor Davis Hanson "Here in California we idle farmland, though we have the water, expertise, and soil to produce far more food than we do. We put vast swaths of both land and sea off limits to gas and oil production, though we could produce far more petroleum and natural gas than we do. We snub nuclear power, though our population steadily increases and its desire for electronic appurtenance grows, not shrinks. We like “wilderness areas” (who doesn’t?) where we build no roads, harvest no timber, and build no dams. We strangle Silicon Valley with all sorts of labor and business regulations until it fabricates and outsources abroad. In other words, we are creating no real new sources of concrete wealth as we nuance the shrinking capital we inherited."
Stop Press Item: Boxer and Gore Begging for Money in Same L.A. Room
Big Journalism "To my few friends in California, who are brilliant and conservative, I apologize. Still, even y’all have to admit that the liberals in your state have run roughshod for decades over every shred of common sense anywhere within their sights." Kyle-Anne Shiver
The Yucca Mountain Blues
Warning Signs "...the U.S. has an abundance of oil. Like nuclear power, however, successive administrations since the 1970s have ensured that U.S. oil companies were kept from exploring for it, extracting it, refining it and selling it to us at affordable prices. This is in sharp contrast to the endless babble about the need to be “energy independent.” ".... "Cap-and-Trade is a fraud. Let your senators know you oppose their vote for it. Any senator that does vote for it should be replaced if they are running for reelection in the November midterm elections. "Alan Caruba. Tell it like it is, Alan.
Ron Ross , AT "Nevertheless, the fact that the most powerful man in the world is incompetent does not make for a good situation. Unfortunately, he is in a position to do major damage, and he has, in fact, already done so. His poorly conceived economic policies have unnecessarily prolonged and deepened the recession. His foreign policy missteps have jeopardized our national security." This happens when rock stars and celebrities pick your president.
Photo Evidence: Michelle Obama Keeps Socialist Books In The White House Library
SayAnythingBlog "Now, according out the person who guided our tour, the library is stock[ed] with books picked out by the First Lady, Michelle Obama. Being a bit of a bibliophile, I started to peruse some of the books on the shelves…and lookie, lookie what I found (click for a larger view):" Via Weasel Zippers.
AHMADINEJAD: 'YEP, I'M NUCLEAR!'
Ann Coulter "Ron Dellums, a typical Democrat of the time, who -- amazingly -- was a member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence and chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, famously declared in 1975: "We should totally dismantle every intelligence agency in this country piece by piece, brick by brick, nail by nail." "...."The only people more triumphant than Ahmadinejad about the absurd conclusion of our vaunted "intelligence" agencies were liberals. "
ALREADY LOOKING FOR LOOPHOLES
Nealz Nuze "If you think that giving an employer a small tax credit for hiring a $50,000-a-year employee, and then not removing the threat of future tax increases, is a "jobs bill," then this bill may be for you. The problem is that the Democrat jobs bill requires money - money that we clearly don't have. "
ARE PEOPLE REALLY THIS STUPID?
Neal Boortz "Have you heard about the census scam? Scammer show up at your door. They tell you they're from the census and they have some questions for you. They start out by asking how many people live in the home. Then they start asking for names, Social Security numbers, bank account numbers, credit card numbers and other financial information. The surprise - or maybe not - is that people answer those questions!"
The Ripple Effects of Federal Action: A Case Study
Hot Air "Kimball said reductions in the federal limit on herring is the main reason behind the company’s decision. In 2004, the federal limit was 180,000 metric tons but this year it is only 91,000 metric tons, she said. With such catch restrictions, the plant is no longer economically viable, she said."
Local Reporter Physically Intimidates Those Who Question Him.
Sharp Elbows "I spotted local TEA Party hating "Reporter" Charles Jaco. Jaco is know for constantly using the term "teabagger" and for his all around hatred of all things TEA Party. However, he is best known for his stellar "coverage" of the gulf war for CNN in the 90's. Clips of that "coverage" can be seen at the bottom of this post. It's worth watching if you haven't seen it."
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
US Olympian and Soldier to Afghanistan
Fox News "Napier has petitioned his command to join his unit which is on the ground in Afghanistan and an army official confirms that it is likely that he will deploy in the months following the Olympics."
Barack Obama Mocked at This Year’s Mardi Gras Parade
Gateway Pundit "On a pride-themed float called “Experiment of His Own Power,” Obama is compared to “The Proud One” of Dante’s Inferno, posing with his Nobel Peace Prize medal, next to several other representations of him—along with Oscar and Heisman Trophy awards, he appears as a five-star general, president of General Motors, and as the “healthcare-expert” Surgeon General—all engulfed by the flames of hell."
Daily Gut: Some ‘Subversive’ Movie Ideas for James Cameron
Big Hollywood "So James Cameron was just on “The View” Wednesday morning, and he was disarmingly frank about the premise and purpose of his film, “Avatar.” He plainly explained it was anti-corporate, and that his goal was to take that “subversive” message, and wrap it up in an entertaining vehicle in a way that America, or the world, would swallow it whole."
Operation “Together” Has Commenced
Max Boot "Casualties are inevitable among the attacking troops, but there is little doubt they will achieve their objectives. The real challenge will come in Phase Two, when the troops will have to garrison Marjah, keep the Taliban from infiltrating back in, and get government services up and running. That will require a sustained commitment that President Obama’s dispatch of 30,000+ additional troops makes possible." And this: The Battle for Marjah from Blackfive. "These stories all contain grains of truth but none of them is even close to telling the real story. Here it is: when the Marines crossed the line of departure today, the battle for Marjah had already been won."
Olbermann: Captured Taliban Leader Should Get Show On Fox News
Newsbusters "In his Worst Person in the World segment on Tuesday's "Countdown," the MSNBCer went after Fox's Glenn Beck for statements he made about Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar on that morning's "Fox & Friends"
GOP Risks Being Swept Away Unless They Adopt Tea Party Principles
Pajamas Media "Republicans are playing with fire if they continue to ignore the call for fiscal conservatism and respect for traditional values."
Is Heckling a Right?
InsideHigherEd "All of this raises the question: Is interrupting a campus speaker ever a legitimate form of free expression?" And this by Max Boot: Hooligans, an Ambassador, and a General .
Not Just Anti-Incumbency, Jonathan: Anti-Liberalism
Newsbusters "1.Health care "reform" that would have compelled every American to join a government-approved system and fined those who didn't. 2.Cap-and-trade, imposing a huge tax on energy. 3.Closing of Gitmo.-----Dems are currently projected to lose something on the order of 5-10 Senate seats and perhaps 25-40 House seats. What would those numbers, and PBO's poll ratings, be today if the above agenda had gone through?
TV Backlash: Sponsors Rebel Against Salacious Content, Create ‘Family Friendly’ Programming
Big Hollywood "P&G and Wal-Mart ‘s decision to make their own movie and stuff it down the Peacock’s gullet is just one of the first tremors in an earthquake that will shake Hollywood to its foundations. The next shake-up will come from the Right. "
Covering Up for Jihadists in the White House
Atlas Shrugs "Sure. It’s just “anti-Muslim discrimination” to be concerned about Rashad Hussain’s support for Al-Arian, a vicious suicide-bombing supporter who chanted “Death to America” and “Death to Israel,” and clearly meant it. When two Islamic Jihad suicide bombers killed eighteen people in Israel in 1995, Al-Arian called them “two mujahidin martyred for the sake of God.” "
Keeping the U.S. in the space race
Washington Post "NASA GOES AFTER CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: It’s unusual for NASA to attack a critic by name." Via Instapundit.
Toyota and the Union-Backed Government-Led Witch Hunt
BigGovernment "Toyota’s U.S. operations are extremely successful, not saturated by inefficient union monopolies, and are in direct competition with the now government-owned General Motors."...."These artificially inflated costs, bound by forced union contracts, are sinking other US auto industries. Toyota has managed to rise above that, not by being anti-union, but by believing in and enforcing a corporate-wide model based on efficiency and improvement."
BIG FAIL. One Year Ago Today Stimulus Signed into Law- Since Then US Lost 2.74 Million Jobs
GatewayPundit "Republican leader John Boehner wrote the obvious today– Taxpayers aren’t getting their money’s worth. Just 6% of Americans believe the Obama-Pelosi trillion dollar stimulus bill has created jobs."
The case of Rashad Hussain
PowerlineBlog "I guess there's a fast track for Muslim-American lawyers, at least those with connections to Paul Soros and sympathy for Palestinian jihadists."
The “System” Failed or the Liberals Did?
Commentary "So no one is responsible, or everyone is. And it’s all a generic downer. But is this right? It seems that the essence of leadership — what Obama is supposed to be providing — is to forge an agenda, corral Congress, and get stuff done. All this smacks of Obama’s “It is hard” complaint about the Middle East. Well, yes, but he also isn’t up for the job, based on what we’ve seen."
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
The Trouble with Elitist Theories
Victor Davis Hanson "There is an unfocused but growing anger in the country — and it should come as no surprise. Nobody likes to be lectured by those claiming superior wisdom but often lacking common sense about everything from out-of-control spending and predicting the weather to dealing with enemies who are trying to kill us all."
U.S. Terror Attack 'Ninety Days at Most'
Fox News "I predict, based primarily on information that is floating in Europe and the Middle East, that an event is imminent and around the corner here in the United States. It could happen as soon as tomorrow, or it could happen in the next few months. Ninety days at the most." Counterterrorism expert Juval Aviv
BBB Alerts Consumers about U.S. Census Workers: Be Cooperative, But Cautious!
BBB “Unfortunately, scammers know that the public is more willing to share personal data when taking part in the Census and they have an opportunity to ply their trade by posing as a government employee and soliciting sensitive financial information.” Hat tip to Jeff Hayden And this: [An email] states information about the Census Bureau is not working with ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. We don't know where THAT came from…the BBB's never said anything about that one way or the other.
Is The GOP Ready To Govern Again?
Cook Political Report "I've been struck by the remarkable ad that Japan's embattled automaker, Toyota, is now running: "For over 50 years, providing you with safe, reliable, high-quality vehicles has been our first priority. In recent days, our company hasn't been living up to the standards that you've come to expect from us or that we expect from ourselves." When will either of America's political parties learn that the best way to start anew is by apologizing?"
Welcome to UC Islam
Prof. Mike Adams "To date, I’ve seen nothing about this in the main edition of the Los Angeles Times. But suppose the Syrian ambassador had been interrupted just once by the Jewish Student Association. Do you think they would have found that newsworthy? I’m just wondering." More here: UC Irvine: MSU Calls for Israel to Be Wiped Out Via Little Green Footballs "If you’re as appalled by what you see and hear in this video as I am, here’s a page where you can contact the president of the University of California system, Robert C. Dynes. Please be polite and respectful, to make your points heard: University of California - About UC."
In Mideast, Bet on a Strong Horse
Daniel Pipes via NRO "More broadly, when the U.S. government flinches, others (e.g., the Iranian leadership) have an opportunity to “force their own order on the region.” Walid Jumblatt, a Lebanese leader, has half-seriously suggested that Washington “send car bombs to Damascus” to get its message across and signal its understanding of Arab ways. Smith’s simple and near-universal principle provides a tool to comprehend the Arabs’ cult of death, honor killings, terrorist attacks, despotism, warfare, and much else. He acknowledges that the strong-horse principle may strike Westerners as ineffably crude, but he correctly insists on its being a cold reality that outsiders must recognize, take into account, and respond to.
Selling Freedom Cheap
Thomas Sowell "Alarms ranging from “overpopulation” to “global warming” and crusades ranging from “affordable housing” to “universal health care” have been among the distractions of political magicians. But few distractions have had such a long and impressive political track record as getting people to resent and, if necessary, hate other people." Most originated by liberals (progressives), I might add.
The Doritos Ad Wasn’t Funny
Dennis Prager via NRO "Those who argue that the boy was just defending his mom may well be right. But that only further reinforces the point of what a dysfunctional scene the ad was portraying: A leering man, a mother dressed in a sexually provocative way, and a sexually aware child who essentially serves as man of the house at the age of five."
McCain and Hayworth: Tale of the Tape
Randall Hoven "This Arizona primary election can be put in simple terms. Do Republicans want more compromise with Democrats and "bipartisanship," or would they rather take the Ronald Reagan approach: We win, they lose?"
Mister Cool and Detached
American Thinker "Obama's admirers will point to his ambivalence as "cool and detached." "Deliberate and thoughtful" are like-minded badges describing a powerful intellect making an agonizing choice among equally unattractive alternatives. This has been Obama's style in dealing with Iran, terrorist captives, and economic recovery. Don't be fooled. For this president, "cool and detached" means "clueless and bewildered." " This column includes the word "bumfuzzled".
Bidenism (Two decades of 'em)
Victor Davis Hanson "Biden, like others, did not merely “evolve” on the war, but at each stage of his metamorphosis, emerged as a vehement, loud advocate of an entirely new position usually at odds with his prior assertions." And this: Scott Brown Schools Joey Plugs
Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy and the ACLU
InfidelBloggers "The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Minnesota is suing Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy (TiZA) for allegedly crossing the line between religion and public education...When will the ACLU turn its sights in the direction of public schools other than those of the charter type?"
Secret Joint Raid Captures Taliban’s Top Commander
Sweetness&Light "Mullah Baradar has been in Pakistani custody for several days, with American and Pakistani intelligence officials both taking part in interrogations, according to the officials. It was unclear whether he was talking, but the officials said his capture had provided a window into the Taliban and could lead to other senior officials. Most immediately, they hope he will provide the whereabouts of Mullah Omar, the one-eyed cleric who is the group’s spiritual leader…" Let's see, where'd we stash that waterboard? Um, er, you have the right to remain silent...
Saudi warning that sanctions against Iran may not work
UK Telegraph "Saudi Arabia has warned that Iran could develop a nuclear weapon before stronger sanctions take effect as Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, sought its support for a new round of UN-backed penalties. "
RNC Wants Collective Bargaining with Tea Parties
Big Government "At the same time I warned of the impending disaster that would result in the creation of a third party. To use some of the language popular with the current administration this would be a Tea Party equivalent to the “Nuclear Option.” The result would be a split vote that would turn the keys over to liberals for yet another term." SFC Steve McQueen (Ret.)
MSNBC’s Maddow Regrets Misquoting Senator Inhofe But Then Misquotes Him Again...
CNS News " “We appreciate that Rachel is a proud liberal defending the massive government spending bills now flowing out of Washington, but hope she will consider making another correction,” reads the statement. " More MSNBC here: "Olbermann: Tea Partiers Are Racist, Scared Because Obama Is Black, Only Use 'Tax Cuts' As Code For Obama Is Black ...'Tea Klux Klan'"
Dumb and Dumber: Joe Biden Picks a Fight with New York
Commentary "We have come to expect flawed decision-making from the Obami. But it does seem as though the longer they stay in office, the dumber and more inept they become on the pure politics of it all. For people waging a perpetual campaign complete with rallies and Potemkin Village summits (the bipartisanship rather than the buildings is fake, in this case), they sure have lost their political touch."
It Is Not Going to Help
Commentary "...(hold more “carefully choreographed interactions with the press,” they declare) and more aggressive with opponents (”more direct, rapid response to criticism”). Sigh. Yes, this gang imagines that less transparency and more hyper-partisanship are the way to go. Sadly, there is no brave soul there to say, “Ah, Mr. President, I think we are already getting slammed for being too secretive and thin-skinned.” "
Nuclear power aids climate push - White House
ReutersAlert "The Obama administration will announce on Tuesday an $8.3 billion loan guarantee to help Southern Co. build two reactors, helping to invigorate the nuclear power industry after nearly three decades in which no new plants have been built." Let's support him on this; Mothers for Peace protests begin in 3...2...1...
Monday, February 15, 2010
Fred Barnes , Weekly Standard "Hutchison, should she lose to Perry, may make the perfectly sensible decision to stay in the Senate. If that happens, Republicans may get what they’ve wanted all along: to keep Governor Perry and Senator Hutchison. No doubt Palin would be pleased, too."
Bill Kristol: Feeling Lucky?
Weekly Standard "...the legislation introduced last week by Senators John Cornyn and Sam Brownback at least pushes in the right direction. “The Iran Democratic Transition Act” would support—rhetorically and financially—efforts by Iranian opposition groups to remove the regime in Tehran and pave the way for a free and democratic government in Iran."
Climategate: Phil Jones Finally Proves Al Gore Right — The Debate Is Over
Pajamas Media "CRU's Phil Jones just ended it via the BBC, but the world now owes credit where credit is due: to the long-suffering, abused global warming skeptics. (See also Roger Kimball: "It’s Not That I Like Saying 'I Told You So' About 'Global Warming,' but ... ")"
Barack Obama in BusinessWeek
National Review Online "In an exclusive interview with Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Barack Obama offers a number of interesting arguments and ideas, and I'd like to highlight a few of them. Perhaps you've heard about the president's favorite CEOs. But there's some other very interesting stuff in there too. " By REIHAN SALAM
Battle of the Veeps; the Dick and Joe Show
Biden Knocks Cheney on Meet the Press --------------------------- Cheney Hits Back on ABC
Climategate Conspirator Cracks
Atlas Shrugs "When one attempts to get one's arms around the level of this fraud, it is impossible to fathom. A scheme to rob productive nations of their wealth, line the pockets of the international aristocracy and enrich Africa and Islamic nations -- failed states made sicker by foreign aid. Al Gore ought to be in jail."
Muslim Group Defends Interruptions of Campus Speaker
InsideHigherEd "The Muslim Public Affairs Council has come out in defense of the students at the University of California at Irvine who repeatedly interrupted a speech last week by Israel's ambassador to the United States, leading to arrests and university investigations."
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