Friday, April 30, 2010

The Dust Bowl Congress created

Hot Air "For decades, the California’s Central Valley provided food to the nation and the world, and made California an agricultural powerhouse through wise water management. In weeks, the federal government brought it to an end after determining that the Delta smelt was more important than the thousands of people employed by Central Valley agriculture or the millions of people fed by it."  TW published a similar article and photo last December; the issue contunues.

Obama’s Appeal Is Lost on World Leaders

Max Boot "...But it’s far from clear that Obama’s global popularity is much of a boon for the U.S. insofar as he hasn’t been able to translate his celebrity status into policy results."

Those Crazy Iranians

""...On Iran, Clinton will say the administration is still open to engaging with Tehran but that it must meet international demands to prove its suspect nuclear program is peaceful as it claims and not a cover for developing atomic weapons. Short of that, the U.S. will continue to press for tough new U.N. Security Council sanctions on Iran..."


Democrats unveil immigration-reform proposal

Washington Post  "Senate Democrats officially unveiled a proposal to reform America's immigration system on Thursday, looking past the fact that no Republican has offered support for the effort and President Obama a day earlier played down the chances of legislation passing this year."   H/t toHeritage.

An Appetite for Real Immigration Reform

Heritage   "..Reid, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and their colleagues from the left introduced an immigration reform framework that on the surface is identical to the legislation America rejected in 2007. When you dig down, it may be worse. Of course, once introduced, President Obama issued a statement that his administration would take “an active role” toward ironing out the details. This confusing flip-flopping from the White House is indicative of how the administration has treated border security and immigration reform since taking office. "

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Limbaugh to Arizona’s critics: The time for talk is over

Hot Air "Silly Rush, doesn’t he know that only The One is entitled to arbitrarily declare public debate over?"

Obama: “I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money”

Hot Air "...consider this Share the Wealth 2010. Barack Obama went off the TelePrompter in his speech to a Quincy, Illinois audience about Wall Street reform. After saying that Democrats don’t begrudge success that’s “fairly earned,” Obama then ad-libs — and reveals more about himself than he probably wanted:"

Political Cartoons by Chuck Asay

Smart Aleck-in-Chief?

WSJ  "Even Achilles had a heel, and Mr. Obama's may be his decision to be his own Saul Alinsky. Defining, demonizing and making a mockery of one's opponents was one of Alinsky's main rules for community organizers. But community organizers, though often charismatic, can also be annoying jerks. " DANIEL HENNINGER

From One Hispanic to Others — Arizona, You’re Being Had By the Media

Alicia Colon "As a Hispanic I recognize this ploy for what it is- a desperate attempt to incite militant Hispanic groups into protesting Arizona and liberals into boycotting the state. Why, you may ask? Because if what Arizona did spreads to the entire country, the Democrats are toast. And their media pals know this."

We can’t return to our special relationship with the United States

The Globe and Mail, Canada. "U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton went out of her way to highlight differences between Canadian and American government positions on the Arctic, Afghanistan and abortion. The comments themselves were not particularly novel or provocative, but they gave Canadians another opportunity to clash over whether the two countries share a “special relationship,” and what that means for our foreign-policy priorities."

Join the Arizona BUYcott!

Gina Loudon "...protesters like Al Sharpton are asking for a Boycott of the State. In response, Patriot groups around the country want to support the rights of the people of Arizona and are calling for a BUYcott of the State. ".... "Organizers are asking all participating patriot groups to email their receipts of Arizona expenditures to so that we have quantitative data on our impact in this battle."
More here: Preserving American Liberty has announced Fred and Jeri Thompson, Liz Cheney and J.C. Watts will join Sarah Palin at the Independence Events Center, Saturday, May 1, 2010 for the Winning Back America Conference.

The real reason liberals accuse Tea Partiers of racism

Roger L Simon "You don’t have to be Nostradamus to see that relations, in the immediate future at least, between ideological adversaries are going to be increasingly hostile. In the battle to maintain power — and equally as importantly to maintain self-image — many strains of the left will redouble their efforts to define the Tea Party movement as racist, further splitting our society and racializing it. They will seize on any isolated incident of the slightest prejudice as a pretext. And it is not unlikely that they will find what they need somewhere, because any movement of millions contains someone who exhibits some form of racism some time. "

Want Proof of Media Bias, Here It Is: A Tale of Two Cases

Big Journalism "I read though the emails… ALL OF THEM… before I posted, and what I concluded was anticlimactic, there was nothing there, nothing incriminating, nothing that would derail her campaign as I had hoped, all I saw was personal stuff, some clerical stuff from when she was governor…. And pictures of her family." David Kernell, Palin email hacker and son of Tennessee Rep. Mike Kernell

Supreme Court says Mojave cross can stand

LA Times "The Supreme Court gave its approval Wednesday to displaying a cross on public land to honor fallen soldiers, saying the Constitution "does not require the eradication of all religious symbols in the public realm."  Speaking for a divided court, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy said the 1st Amendment called for a middle-ground "policy of accommodation" toward religious displays on public land, not a strict separation of church and state."

We Didn’t Deregulate

National Review  "Obama won’t have to create a new regulatory system from scratch: For all the lamentation of our allegedly scanty policing of Wall Street, the financial industry already answers to a host of regulators, including the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Reserve, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Office of Thrift Supervision, and, not least, the Securities and Exchange Commission. In fact, as Peter J. Wallison of the American Enterprise Institute explained in 2008, “almost all financial legislation, such as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Improvement Act of 1991, adopted after the savings and loan collapse in the late 1980s, significantly tightened the regulation of banks.” In other words, we’ve had regulation, not deregulation."

Financial reform; Democrats demonize GOP

Boortz "Home Depot was then. Obama is now. The type of entrepreneurship that allowed these two amazing men to go from scratch to $30 billion dollars .. leaving millionaires scattered in their wake ... is pretty much gone, and it will be finished if Chris Dodd and Barry get their way. So long entrepreneurship. Hello government-controlled economy. You're gonna love this stuff folks."

California's Man-Made Drought "It started with a 2008 federal court order that stopped water flowing from northern tributaries on a supposed need to protect a small fish — the delta smelt — that was getting ground up in the turbines of pump stations that divert the water south. The court knew it was bad law, but Congress refused to exempt the fish from the Endangered Species Act and the diversion didn't help the fish. After that, the water cutoff was blamed on "drought," though northern reservoirs are currently full. Now the cry is "save the salmon," a reference to water needs of the state's northern fisheries."

Mike Ramirez cartoon

Open Borders Moonbats Boycott Arizona Ice Tea

Moonbattery "Look out, JCPenney. The progressive brain trust is liable to go after Arizona jeans next. At least now that liberals are boycotting their product, Arizona Ice Tea won't have to print OPEN OTHER END on the bottom of the can."

How Could They Do That in Arizona!

Victor Davis Hanson "The politics of illegal immigration are a losing proposition for liberals (one can see that in the resort to euphemism), even if they don’t quite see it that way. Here are ten considerations why."...


Neal Boortz "Here's the portion of the law that seems to have everyone's thong in a wad:
"For any lawful contact made by a law enforcement official or agency of this state...where reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States, a reasonable attempt shall be made, when practicable, to determine the immigration status of the person."
DISPELLING SOME OF THE MYTHS  Now Attorney General Eric Holder says that the federal government may challenge Arizona's new immigration law. My response? Bring it on. The Heritage Foundation argues that there is a constitutional case to be made for Arizona:
"Under the Tenth Amendment which preserves the traditional police powers of the states to control their own jurisdictions ... The Heritage Foundation has advocated for extensive innovation at the lowest levels of government in terms of immigration enforcement. A 2009 report of Matt Mayer highlights how "state and local governments must [and can] do more" to do something about the illegal immigration problem - a conclusion that came from a series of THF roundtables aimed at talking to state and local officials about pressing public policy problems."

'Migrants in Mexico are Facing a Major Human Rights Crisis'

JammieWearingFool "Central American migrants are frequently pulled off trains, kidnapped en masse, held at gang hideouts and forced to call relatives in the U.S. to pay off the kidnappers. Such kidnappings affect thousands of migrants each year in Mexico, the report says. Many are beaten, raped or killed in the process."       Human Rights Abuse in Mexico "Mexico is extremely dangerous for residents and visitors, and that alone is reason to secure America’s southern border."

To Comedy Central, Islam Means Submission

National Review    "A reporter working on the Comedy Central story asked me whether those who object to books, cartoons, operas, films, and other materials that Muslims might find offensive were not being hypocritical, since they do not apply the same standard when it comes to Christians and Jews. His question reveals a common misunderstanding. Islamist groups such as Muslim Revolution are not demanding equality for Islam. They are demanding superior status. They are supremacists: They believe it has been divinely ordained that Islam must dominate; that Sharia, Islamic law, must prevail; that “unbelievers” must submit." Clifford D. May

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Nobel Laureates and Texas Cowboys

Victor Davis Hanson  "And as Obama must have anticipated, there are now no more antiwar rallies and Hollywood movies, no more anguished op-eds about either an imperial, warmongering America or a virtual police state at home. A raging Michael Moore and Cindy Sheehan are distant memories. We once read that Bush as a wartime president frivolously played too much golf; we don’t read that Obama has played more golf in one year than Bush did in eight."

Why reporters are down on Obama

Politico ".“These are people who came in with every reporter giving them the benefit of the doubt,” said another reporter who regularly covers the White House. “They’ve lost all that goodwill.” And this attitude, many believe, starts with the man at the top. Obama rarely lets a chance go by to make a critical or sarcastic comment about the press, its superficiality or its short-term mentality. He also hasn’t done a full-blown news conference for 10 months."

Obama’s April 15th Speech at Kennedy Space Center

Commander Merlin Hat tip to Mary Torrens  "Obama started out his day visiting the KSC area by avoiding the workers. Though NASA and United Space Alliance had sent down word that no personal opinions of the employees would be allowed (also no twitter, Facebook, or talking with the media) or tolerated, many of the workers, from what I’ve been told, had left their jobs briefly to line the road and express their “opinion” of Obama’s new policy. But Obama the coward took a back route in from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to get to his teleprompter at the Operations and Checkout Building many miles away from the workers." Rocketman.

Sharpton and his crew descend on Arizona

Jeannie DeAngelis in AT "Either way, Sheriff Arpaio is on the job and ready outfit hair coiffed civil disobeyers in fashionable prison garb. So before Al makes a firm commitment to be arrested in Arizona maybe the reverend should cover all bases by making sure inmates of Tent City have Joe's permission to use hairspray."

Arizona stands alone

Top Calif. Lawmaker: Cut Ties With Arizona .....San Francisco City workers banned from official travel to Arizona .....LA Could Pass Arizona Boycott ..... On the other hand:  Rep Wants AZ Immigration Law in Texas.....  Then this from George Will:  "Arizonans should not be judged disdainfully and from a distance by people whose closest contacts with Hispanics are with fine men and women who trim their lawns and put plates in front of them at restaurants, not with illegal immigrants passing through their back yards at 3 a.m."

Mike Ramirez cartoon

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Constituting America

Constituting America "The very first part of the First Amendment to our Constitution reads as follows: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…” What does this text (commonly known as the Establishment Clause) mean? Does it mean the same thing today as it did when it was enacted? Today’s post will focus on this topic. The first ten Amendments to the United States Constitution were adopted because many of the Founders feared that the new federal government they were setting up would become tyrannical."  Michael Krauss, Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law

Janine Turner: “It’s affected my career, too”

Hot Air "Why speak out, then? Turner says she’s tired of people in her industry who meet in secret and “won’t take a stand.” She’s taking her case public, offering video podcasts of her thoughts on the Constitution, very informal segments that entertain as well as enlighten. The site also offers more serious analysis by Constitutional scholars such as Professor Michael Krauss of George Mason School of Law’s essay  on the amendments today. Be sure to check it out and keep checking back for more."

Our 'Insulter-in-Chief' about to go into overdrive

American Thinker  "The derision that greets Republicans or tea partiers is meant to chill free speech..while the praise heaped on Barack Obama is meant to energize the troops." Ed Lasky .Then this: Insulter-In-Chief:  "By now he's insulted just about everything and everyone. I list some of his insults below, in alphabetical order by insultee. Let the healing begin."

Obama is a Bully

CNBC "Hmm, now that I think about it, nor can I recall any other modern President who has spent so much effort lambasting his immediate predecessor. Reagan didn’t do it to Carter. Clinton didn’t do it to the first George Bush. And the worst part is, we’re barely calling out Obama the Bully on this behavior at all. We are becoming entirely too accustomed to it, failing to see it for what it really is: a striking lack of civility, and an overflow of divisiveness, from a President who had promised to give us precisely the opposite."

Demonizing Goldman Sachs

Powerline "I'm not a particular fan of either Goldman Sachs or Congress, but today's hearing confirms that, given a choice, I'd rather have Goldman Sachs regulating Congress than Congress regulating Goldman Sachs. Goldman's employees are much smarter, considerably more honest, and far more likely to have my interests at heart."  Maybe Goldman can write that $900k donation to the Obama campaign as a  loss.

The Contract from America; in case you missed it last time

The Contract from America "...8. Pass an ‘All-of-the-Above” Energy Policy.Authorize the exploration of proven energy reserves to reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources from unstable countries and reduce regulatory barriers to all other forms of energy creation, lowering prices and creating competition and jobs."

America's enemies testing our resolve

American Thinker "Example number one. North Korea torpedoes a South Korean warship in international waters, killing 46 South Korean naval personnel. This should have triggered an immediate, decisive, military response by the United States as guarantor of South Korea's security but no response has been forthcoming despite the event having taken place over a month ago. North Korea has certainly taken notice. Attacks by the North Koreans on South Korea will increase in frequency and severity because North Korea now knows that the U.S. will not use it's military to stop them or allow the South Koreans to respond in kind." This is what those people with "peace" bumper stickers all wanted the US to be like.

Steele's latest goof

American Thinker "Apparently, the creation of a dependency state in which misery trickles down is a winning platform for Democrats; whereas, limited government, low taxes, free markets and self-reliance is a loser for Republicans."

About those lower insurance costs we promised . . .

WSJ   "In fact, the real choice with medical care, as with any good or service, is between rationing via politics and bureaucratic lines or via a competitive market and prices. As Democrats are showing by trying to pass a new insurance bill, they want all U.S. health care to function like price-controlled Medicare. Dr. Berwick's job as the country's largest purchaser of health care will be to find ways to offset the higher insurance and medical costs that ObamaCare's subsidies and mandates will cause, which will inevitably mean political rationing of care."

Costly IRS Mandate Slipped into Health Bill

CATO "Basically, businesses will have to issue 1099s whenever they do more than $600 of business with another entity in a year. For the $14 trillion U.S. economy, that’s a hell of a lot of 1099s. When a business buys a $1,000 used car, it will have to gather information on the seller and mail 1099s to the seller and the IRS. When a small shop owner pays her rent, she will have to send a 1099 to the landlord and IRS. Recipients of the vast flood of these forms will have to match them with existing accounting records. There will be huge numbers of errors and mismatches, which will probably generate many costly battles with the IRS."

No More Beer Summits: Tea Party ‘N-Word’ Incident Didn’t Happen, And the Congressional Black Caucus Owes America an Apology

Andrew Breitbart "When I offered a reward of $100,000 to be donated to the United Negro College Fund if anyone produced video and audio evidence that this occurred, I was accused of a publicity stunt (because everyone knows that the best way to get publicity in America is to accuse a civil rights icon of lying about racism). Rep. Carson himself suggested that my challenge was “a veiled attempt to justify actions that are simply unjustifiable.” Get it? He calls protesters racist and if you ask him to prove it, you’re a racist, too.
Needless to say, no one has claimed the $100,000."


Boortz   "In everything the left does there is always the quest for more power. They cannot see why they should not be controlling something as large as the U.S. economy; but to do that they must first demonize and then destroy the major private aspects of that economy. One of those battles will be fought today in a hearing room on Capitol Hill."

Liberals Seek VAT to Pay for Big Gov’t

Human Events  "What is a president to do when his gargantuan spending increases threaten to double the national debt and push the federal government into insolvency? A conservative would put together a commission to eliminate waste, fraud, abuse and unnecessary programs (all those things the federal government is doing but shouldn’t be). A liberal would raise taxes."  Brian Darling

The Federal Budget in Pictures

Heritage "This recurring feature allows visitors to dig down deep into the data of government revenue and expenditures in a visual format that is easy to understand. This year’s chart book does not disappoint, providing roughly 40 new charts–even several that are interactive. We also recently put together a brief video introduction to the chart book and all of its features. Watch the  video,  explore the new chart book, and learn more about the federal budget."

Monday, April 26, 2010

Filtering History

Thomas Sowell "Only the fact that the West had more firepower than others put an end to slavery in many non-Western societies during the age of Western imperialism. Yet today there are Americans who have gone to Africa to apologize for slavery-- on a continent where slavery has still not been completely ended, to this very moment."

Obama's credibility crisis

Washington Post "As the Obama administration will learn, plummeting public trust eats away at the fundamental credibility of government and undermines its ability to carry out even its most basic duties."

Is this Obama's understanding of the free market?

Boortz "The bottom line here is that our "sort of a God" president doesn't seem to understand the basic essence of a free market economy, and this spells danger for our economy."

Death Panels: Sarah Palin was right.

Gateway Pundit  "Obama Budget Director Peter Orszag admitted earlier this month that: A Powerful Rationing Panel (Not Doctors) Will Control Health Care Levels. Via Breitbart TV: "  Jim Hoft

Top Islamic Site Calls for the Final Jihad

Europe News
"This is the only the first in a series of messages which will be provided for use in the worldwide struggle to establish a truly and fully Islamic world. This declaration simply and publicly calls the Muslim ummah to jihad."

Dressing up left-liberal jurisprudence once again

Powerline "But the public not only dislikes Obamacare, it favors repeal. Thus, the White House's reformulated empathy standard can be viewed as cutting in favor of a decision that would find Obamacare unconstitutional. What Obama really wants, I think, is a justice who will be animated not by what ordinary citizens think they want, but by what the liberal elite has concluded they need. "

'Small' Riot in Arizona over Illegal Immigration Bill (VIDEO)

Human Events  "New aerial footage has surfaced of the violence that broke out at the Arizona state capitol building after a new illegal immigration bill was signed into law on Friday. In stark contrast to peaceful Tea Party rallies, the pro-illegal immigration protesters took to the streets pelting police with rocks and water bottles as a means to voice their discontent. The new footage shows the riot was not quite as “small” as media reports initially indicated. "  Connie Hair  IMMIGRATION HEATS UP  "We can't walk to school any more. We can't be in the streets anymore without the pigs thinking we're illegal immigrants." Well isn't that wonderful. An Hispanic kid calling the cops "pigs." "

Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden

Danish Cartoonist Who Drew Muhammad Fired for "Security Reasons"

Weekly Standard "Thankfully, in America the media are resolutely standing up to such vicious attacks on free speech. Oh, wait:
An episode of “South Park” that continued a story line involving the Prophet Muhammad was shown Wednesday night on Comedy Central with audio bleeps and image blocks reading “CENSORED” after a Muslim group warned the show’s creators that they could face violence for depicting that holy Islamic prophet."...

“We Are All Israelis”

Michael Ledeen "To demonstrate their conviction that Israel is the problem, these people treat Israel’s enemies — who are also OUR enemies — with greater respect than they showed Israelis. Prime Minister Netanyahu is treated as an unwelcome guest at the White House while radical Islamists are constantly asked, very politely, to be reasonable and to become our friends. Sometimes they even receive a bow."

Obamacare’s Danger Signs

National Review  "Not one of its major programs has gotten started, and already the wheels are starting to come off of Obamacare. The administration’s own actuary reported on Thursday that millions of people could lose their health insurance, that health-care costs will rise faster than they would have if the law hadn’t passed, and that the overhaul will mean that people will have a harder and harder time finding physicians to see them."

Justice Stevens on Distinguishing Protest from Incitement

American Thinker "Many liberals are making loaded, unsubstantiated claims that talk radio, the internet, peaceful Tea Party protests, and other conservative speech and associations run the risk of inciting violence. Indeed, in the past it was liberals who not merely came to the defense of such forms of protest, but who articulated the actual danger of suppressing such protest."

Obama Is Enabling Nuclear Breakout

American Thinker  "The United States has plainly failed to stop North Korean and Iranian nukes. Saudi Arabia just announced plans to build a nuclear plant. North Korea just blew up a South Korean warship. All the little mad tyrannies around the world see nuclear weapons as their key to survival and power forever. Nuclear breakout can't be far away."   James Lewis


Politico "Obama speaks with unusual demographic frankness about his coalition in his appeal to "young people, African-Americans, Latinos, and women who powered our victory in 2008 [to] stand together once again."" Via Drudge.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

I Find Them Amusing…

More American Expatriates Give Up Citizenship

NY Times "Relinquishing citizenship is relatively simple. The person must appear before a U.S. consular or diplomatic official in a foreign country and sign a renunciation oath. This does not allow a person to escape old tax bills or military obligations. Now, expats’ representatives fear renunciations will become more common." The article blames the Patriot Act more than Obama at present.

Protecting Free Speech on College Campuses

ACLJ "As part of our work, the ACLJ works to protect the constitutional rights of students who attend public colleges and universities. I want to share this encouraging victory with you concerning a student we represent in Virginia...." Jay Sekulow's Trial Notebook

Krauthammer: Obama may be president, but he's not "the arbiter of American political discourse"

 Washington Examiner "In his Wall Street speech, President Obama relied on a common rhetorical crutch which was defining what is and is not a legitimate argument. Charles Krauthammer made a fantastic observation:
The way, and he has done this before — he tries to denigrate, cast- out, and de-legitimize any argument against his. And here he is talking about that it's not legitimate even to suggest that the bill he is supporting might encourage a bailout."

Let’s Not Let a Celebration of Heritage Get Hijacked

Frank Cagle  "Let me say this again, so you don’t misunderstand. A celebration of our heritage and an appreciation for our history is a good thing. What we have to avoid is any attempt to gloss over or neglect to mention the disgusting enslavement of a whole people as the cause of the war. We also have to avoid allowing yahoos to use this event as cheap political theater."

Democrat’s Coal Miner Memorial Turns into Obama Rally (Video)

Gateway Pundit "They Just Can’t Help It–  This memorial today was supposed to be for the local miners who were killed in the worst mining accident in 25 years. Instead the democrats turned it into an Obama rally. The attendees had to wait in line for hours for tickets to the memorial/rally. “We love you Obama!”"

The violent left is at it again.

Gateway Pundit "A protest organizer smacked a photographer in the head at an pro-illegal immigrant rally in Arizona:"  Video.

A War in the Near Future

By Faridoddin Haddad Adel  in Farda News, Iran  "Obama is prone to rushing to war, due to his character. He has always retreated on the nuclear issue and may go to war with Iran to to make up for his failures and to cover up America’s internal problems. We should not forget that the first American president to authorize the use of a nuclear bomb was a president with very little political experience, who was, surprisingly, elected."

Does Obama Want to Destroy America? Yes, But…

Big Government "But, again, these liberals think they are doing a good thing. The problem is that they are utterly wrong. If this country treads the left-wing path, the U.S. will not emerge a winner. It will be laid low just like the left wants, but it will not rise again. The left’s prescriptions will lead to our becoming a third world nation. And yet there is no doubt they really imagine they are doing good."   Warner Todd Huston

Why ACORN is Unworthy of Our Hard-Earned Tax Dollars and Chief Organizer’s Toilet Talk Proves Why

Big Government "A federal court of appeals overturned Clinton-appointee Judge Nina Gershon’s ruling that claimed the government had the right and responsibility to fund ACORN. Thank God, in light of the latest antics from ACORN Chief Organizer Berth Lewis. While applauding the Young Democratic Socialists, she said, “Any group that says, ‘I’m young, I’m Democratic, and I’m a socialist,’ is all right with me.” "  Kyle Olson

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

An Age of Untruth

Victor Davis Hanson "Do we recall any American shock when the Guardian published Charles Brooker’s lament — “John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley Jr. — where are you now that we need you?” And I don’t recall anyone felt that language was getting too heated when Howard Dean, head of the Democratic Party, fumed, “I hate the Republicans and everything they stand for.” "...

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Obama Tries to Eradicate Radical Islam

Raymond Ibrahim "The situation is already dire. There is already a lamentable lack [7] of study concerning Muslim war doctrine in the curriculum of American military studies, including in the Pentagon [8] and U.S. Army War College [9]. Obama’s more aggressive censorship program will only exacerbate matters: another recently released strategic document, the QDR [10], nary mentions anything remotely related to Islam — even as it stresses climate change [11], which it sees as an “accelerant of instability and conflict” around the world." The numbers in brackets refer to corroborating sources.

Secret papers reveal Senate ‘talks’ between Obama and Blagojevich

Sweetness and Light "The filing indicates that the union official has testified to federal investigators about a phone call he had with Obama on the day before he won the presidency in which he indicated that Jarrett "would be a good senator for the people of Illinois and would be a candidate who could win re-election." …

Funny how no one investigating Mr. Blagojevich and no one in our watchdog media discovered this."

The actual Arizona immigration bill

 Hot Air  "The more I think about it, the more I think this law is little more than a bargaining chip Arizona’s using to make the feds get serious about enforcement. They surely realize they’ll have no end of headaches from passing this thing, but no matter how much it backfires, they’ll still get to point at Washington and say, “You drove us to these desperate measures!” — which will put that much more pressure on Congress to seal the border when it finally takes up a new amnesty bill."

Barack Obama and the arrogance of arrogance

Powerline "Obama, meanwhile, seems too arrogant to recognize the blowback his arrogant, and indeed hostile, approach to our traditional allies is bound to produce. This is not surprising. Obama's policies towards our traditional allies are the product of attitude, not of calculation. He may well be temperamentally unable to calculate their costs."

The Paranoid Style of American Liberalism

Powerline "Liberals, to put it mildly, are not dealing well with their declining political fortunes. For some reason, liberals seem surprised that Americans have not warmed to the Obama administration's policies, like government takeover of health care; bailouts and government ownership in multiple industries; wasteful and ineffective "stimulus" spending; unheard of deficits; massive tax increases slated for next year; and a foreign policy that perversely alienates our allies and caters to our enemies."

Immigrants and Nazis, Communists and Cardinals

Volokh Conspiracy "Of course we all know the rule that the first debater to compare the other side to the Nazis is losing the debate. And this is a law that even President Obama, who obviously dislikes it, can’t say for sure goes beyond the state’s constitutional authority. Plus, there’s nothing in the bill about children turning in parents or neighbors spying on neighbors.Why is the Cardinal’s criticism so over the top?"

Remember November

Powerline "Hot Air calls the video linked below a "dynamite little piece of expressionism from Haley Barbour and the Republican Governors Association, aimed at synthesizing the mood of angry grassroots would-be donors. The message is familiar, but between the HD, the F/X, and the editing, the production values are light years ahead of the usual DNC/RNC crap. If they're looking to get attention, this'll help." "

From Canada: What have voters wrought with Obama?

Macleans   "The genius of America was to create a system that prevented the power grab but not at the cost of lawlessness. Yet Obama, the man from nowhere, seems poised to single-handedly “change” this very essence, all in the name of levelling inequality in America."    Barbara Amiel

21st Century Socialism; The attempt to destroy democracy in Latin America.

National Review  "The Obama administration started out on the wrong foot in world affairs. It used techniques better suited for domestic political campaigns — popularity contests — in its foreign policy. In our own hemisphere, the result was confusion for our allies and our enemies alike. The overriding objective of U.S. policy — in Latin America and elsewhere — should be to advance U.S. national interests, not to curry favor with foreign leaders."  Otto J. Reich

It Worked So Well For Bush...

Powerline "Evidently Obama doesn't think he has a chance of carrying Arizona in 2012--assuming that he intends to run for re-election, which I am starting to doubt. More broadly, he seems to have learned nothing from the Bush administration's experience with comprehensive immigration "reform." "

Friday, April 23, 2010

Rush Limbaugh, Patriot

 Roger Kimball "Virtually all the real violence has been committed by the Left: The SEIU goons send Kenneth Gladney to the hospital because they don’t like what he says at Russ Carnahan’s town hall meeting. Karl Rove goes to Claremont College to talk and someone phones in a bomb threat. Allee Bautsch, Bobby Jindal’s campaign finance director, and her boyfriend are attacked leaving a fundraiser in New Orleans. She suffers a broken leg, he a concussion, fractured nose, and broken jaw. When it comes to theoretical violence, though, the Left is sure that conservatives are just bursting with it. "

John S. McCain, Will You Please Go Now?

Michelle Malkin "With veteran tough-on-illegal-immigration primary challenger J. D. Hayworth (whom I support) just five points behind McCain in the latest Rasmussen poll, Not-Maverick has now abandoned (or rather re-abandoned) his notoriously long-held open-borders stance. Just a few short years ago, Not-Maverick was attacking Rush Limbaugh as a “nativist” for opposing the Bush-Kennedy-McCain amnesty plan. When Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) introduced an amendment to bar illegal aliens from receiving the earned income tax credit, McCain likened it to Jim Crow laws."

MSNBC's Deutsch booted for criticizing Olby

American Thinker "So, to sum up, Keith Olbermann went postal when another anchor on MSNBC basically said he was an angry man because he was included in a segment entitled "America the Angry." Does the man have no sense of irony at all?"

Shocking Report: Police Find TEA Parties More Peaceful Than Anti-war Protests

Newsbusters Patrik Jonsson's article drew a refreshing contrast between violent rallies of the Vietnam era versus the new model of peaceful civil uprising:

On Presidential Rhetoric: the politics of polarization

WSJ "If the President and his advisers are wondering why his approval ratings are falling even as the economy is recovering, they might look to his own divisive conduct and the contempt he too often shows for anyone who disagrees with him."

The time of testing is coming for Obama

American Thinker "Most of us have been too fixated by the spectacle of our country being overturned by Marxist revolutionary zealots to pay much attention to external threats. But in the meantime, our enemies have been watching as the US shows no will to fight, and no inclination to oppose aggression with anything stronger than teleprompted words. Surely, they must think, - this situation will not last, and that now is the time for adventurism. I do not believe we have long to wait."

In Search of a Villain

Andrew McCarthy "[Statists] are betting that Americans will be duped into believing that something other than pandering — something other than the government’s scheme to use taxpayers’ dollars to purchase the loyalty of low-income and minority voters — is responsible for our current straits. Obama & Co. are constructing a narrative that says a near-depression was triggered by greedy Wall Street predators who dragged investors under water. If you buy that, they get a double boon: They escape blame, and they bolster their campaign to grab more control of the private sector under the guise of “regulation.” Don’t buy it. "

Obama backtracking from muscling Israel?

American Thinker "From all appearances, it means that after weeks of internal White House debate and indecision, Obama finally stepped in and put an end -- at least for the time being -- to National Security Adviser James Jones' push to skip negotiations and go directly to a final-status peace deal."...."Whatever the reason, it looks like Jones' trial balloon has fizzled out. Score one for Netanyahu."

Lindsey Graham: Immigration would kill climate bill

Politico “This comes out of left field,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), after hearing that Democratic leaders may now push immigration reform ahead of a climate bill. “I’m working as earnestly as I can to craft climate and energy independence, clean air and jobs, and now we’re being told that we’re going to immigration. We haven’t done anything to prepare the body of the country for immigration.” Via Heritage.

Quick Hits from Heritage

Expecting health insurance premiums to rise under Obamacare, Democrats are now trying to give Washington price control power over insurance rates.

According to pension consultant Girard Miller that California state and local governments have $325 billion in unfunded pension liabilities, which he said amounts to $22,000 for every working adult in the Golden State.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called President Obama’s Middle East peace strategy “counter-productive,” explaining: “If the U.S. says certain things and takes certain stands the Palestinians say, ‘Why should we negotiate?’”

According to a new Congressional Budget Office analysis, if Obamacare is not repealed by 2016, nearly 4 million Americans – the vast majority of them middle class – will have to pay a little more than $1,000 apiece penalties per year if they don’t get government approved insurance.

The Senate Democrats’ new federal budget would raise taxes on about 30 million people by $3,700 a year by 2012.


The Fatal Flaws of the Wall Street Bailout Bill

Heritage "According to Rasmussen Reports, 64% of Americans are not confident that policymakers in Washington know what they’re doing with regards to Wall Street. They have every reason to be concerned."

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Liberals and the Violence Card

Rush Limbaugh "The latest liberal meme is to equate skepticism of the Obama administration with a tendency toward violence. That takes me back 15 years ago to the time President Bill Clinton accused "loud and angry voices" on the airwaves (i.e., radio talk-show hosts like me) of having incited Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. What self-serving nonsense. Liberals are perfectly comfortable with antigovernment protest when they're not in power. From the halls of the Ivy League to the halls of Congress, from the antiwar protests during the Vietnam War and the war in Iraq to the anticapitalist protests during International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings, we're used to seeing leftist malcontents take to the streets. " Emphasis added.

Goodwin Liu flunks the mainstream test, Part Two

Powerline "Interpreting the Constitution is, of course, one of the most important things judges do. Thus, the notion that Liu's writings about how the Constitution should be interpreted have "no bearing on [his] role as a judge" insults the intelligence of the Senators on the Judiciary Committee. When the path to confirmation involves insulting Senators' intelligence to this degree, that path is likely to be rocky. Liu is looking like a nominee Republicans may be able to block."

Mike Ramirez cartoon

Free All The SEALs From Travesty "An al-Qaida handbook captured in a raid by British authorities on a terrorist cell in Manchester, England, states "brothers must insist on proving that torture was inflicted on them by state security before the judge. Complain of mistreatment while in prison." And lie Abed did."...."This, however, is a politically correct administration that wants to close the detainee facility in Guantanamo Bay lest it tarnish our image among Islamofascists worldwide. We apologize to everybody and anybody. We won't tolerate another Abu Ghraib, so we tolerate this tragedy."

Rules for Republicans

Pajamas Media "Want your country back? Learn from our mistakes and be proactive." Clayton E. Cramer

Mr. Obama’s Nowhere Discussions

Victor Davis Hanson     "President Obama could rather easily restore his credibility. But to do so, he would have to stop talking and start making hard policy decisions."

American Neutrality Toward Israel Invites Violence

Victor Davis Hanson "No wonder that in the ongoing dispute, most of the world adds up the pluses and minuses and concludes that it is wiser to side with Israel’s foes than to become its friend. But why, until now, has America always bucked the tide?"...."No matter. This administration should take a deep breath and review history. It would learn that when Israel is alone, its opportunistic enemies pile on. And then war becomes more, not less, likely."

Finance Reform: Neal Boortz makes the complex understandable

Neal Boortz "Ok, I know it may be a snooze-fest but it's important. I'm learning about all of this nonsense right along with you. So before we turn to the latest in Washington on financial reform, let's do a little Boortz Finance 101."

Obama slams Wall Street ways while asking support

Yahoo "Obama has denied any White House involvement in the timing of the SEC case, but the charges have emboldened Democrats in their criticism of Republicans who oppose the administration's overhaul proposal -- even though measures in the proposal may not have stopped the transactions involved in the Goldman case."

A Response to the President Obama’s Earth Day Message

Heritage "Take the Endangered Species Act, for instance, which creates perverse incentives for landowners to destroy their land if endangered species become an economic liability. Jonathan Adler, law professor at Case Western, explains,"...

On the road

Blogging will be a bit slower for a couple of days since we are somewhere alone US 40. This location has very slw wi-fi


Boortz "Now he tells us. Obama can't let the Bush tax cuts expire because of the deficit that he inherited. Isn't that convenient? We can spend a trillion dollars on a government takeover of healthcare but god-forbid we let rich people keep more of the money they earn ... we need that money in order to pay down the deficit! Somehow the money that is used (or borrowed) to pay for the Democrat agenda is more legitimate than the money earned by hard-working Americans simply because the government believes they earn "too much." "

Economic Freedom Will Save the Earth

Heritage "The left in this country has always considered it “tragic” when people make money in this country, and the plight of the earth is just one of many justifications they have used over the years to demonize free markets."

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Crony Capitalist Threat to Our Economic Freedom

Heritage   Quoting the Wall Street Journal: "Distorted prices and interest rates no longer serve as accurate indicators of the relative importance of goods. Crony capitalism ensures the special access of protected firms and industries to capital. Businesses that stumble in the process of doing what is politically favored are bailed out. That leads to moral hazard and more bailouts in the future. And those losing money may be enabled to hide it by accounting chicanery."

Wouldn't A Mini Series on Attila the Hun Explain Nancy Pelosi?

Ann Coulter "Rachel Maddow's MSNBC special on Timothy McVeigh this past Monday night did not come a moment too soon. As Maddow explained in the introduction to her show: "Nine years after his execution, we are left worrying that Timothy McVeigh's voice from the grave echoes in the new rising tide of American anti-government extremism." "  "After months of hysterically warning viewers that cheerful, well-dressed tea partiers carrying "I Can See November From My House" signs could suddenly erupt into wanton violence, MSNBC finally had proof: Timothy McVeigh. "

Obama and the New Civility

Victor Davis Hanson  "It will be considered childish to caricature a stressed president for mangling his words, whether “nucular” or “corpseman.” If, from time to time, the commander-in-chief flubs up and says something stupid like Bush’s “Is our children learning?” or Obama’s “Cinco de Quatro,” we have learned to accept that such slips are hardly reflective of a lack of knowledge. The old “gotcha” game is puerile and, thankfully, is now a thing of the past."

The New Front in the War on Wealth

American Thinker "And per the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce, "A lot of banks simply will not be able to do business in the US and that would cause considerable damage to the US economy." "...."Therefore, foreign investors viewing the overall landscape of what was once the preeminent nation for investment will not subject themselves to the machinations of the IRS and other enforcement agencies, which have been given unlimited power to broadly interpret regulatory bills passed by this Congress and signed by President Obama."

Progressives in America

Big Government  Alexis de Tocqueville traveled to the United States of America in 1831 ... One result of those travels was a rather prophetic study of American society, “Democracy in America.”:...."What Sort of Despotism Democratic Nations Have to Fear"...."It is therefore most especially in the present democratic times, that the true friends of the liberty and the greatness of man ought constantly to be on the alert, to prevent the power of government from lightly sacrificing the private rights of individuals to the general executions of its designs."

Clinton Holds Tea Party to Higher Standards Than Islam

The Razor "Yet while Clinton, Obama and the mainstream press have no problem linking every politically motivated incident with their political opponents, they have not held Muslims to the same standards. Even during his own administration that averaged over one terrorist attack a year perpetrated by a Muslim, Clinton and his administration never dared equated the actions of the radicals with the broader religion they claimed to be acting in the name of."

Ordinary people view Rush as a dangerous Svengali *UPDATED*

Bookworm Room "It’s also very frustrating to me because, in a funny way, I agree with my liberal friends that Rush can rejigger their world view very quickly. The only thing is that I don’t believe Rush works his magic through hypnotism and trickery. Instead, I think Rush’s real magic lies in his ability to view the political world as a vast chess board, one on which he can see multiple future moves; his prodigious memory; his well-informed mind; his logical analyses; and his funny persona. He convinces by appealing to our rational mind, our sense of humor, and our knowledge of the world as it is, and not as some Ivory Tower liberal tells us it should be." H/t to Rush Limbaugh. We had to hear this from Rush because I didn't get to blog this morning.

Now It Begins - Dems Push For Criminal Charges Against Goldman Sachs

Legal Insurrection "Civil charges can put pressure on a firm and industry, and in themselves can be destructive. Regardless of the SEC's subjective motivation, objectively the Democrats use of the charges as an excuse to push through legislation seems to fit a pattern of bullying private industry. Now the bullying is being raised to a whole new level, as Democrats in Congress are calling for a criminal investigation of Goldman Sachs:"...William A. Jacobson;  Associate Clinical Professor of Law, Cornell Law School, Ithaca, NY

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Iran Pretense; Obama's diplomacy depends on Iran's goodwill

Weekly Standard  "All of which provokes two questions: Why doesn’t President Obama talk about Iran and terrorism? And why hasn’t this president, so quick to issue formal condemnations of Israeli apartment construction, ever once publicly rebuked Iran for arming and training those who are killing Americans?" Stephen F. Hayes. Mr. Hayes is frequently one of the Fox All-Stars on Special Report with Brett Baier.

A Master Terrorist’s First Days in Baghdad; Before the U.S. entered Iraq.

Weekly Standard  "But here is one fact the press is not likely to trumpet: Abu Ayyub al Masri set up shop in Saddam’s Iraq roughly ten months prior to the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. His presence there was tracked by the CIA. The agency was even concerned that al Masri and his al Qaeda compatriots might be planning terrorist attacks outside of Iraq from Baghdad."  Thomas Joscelyn

SEC v. Goldman & Obama's Political Operation

National Review  "Internet surfers who entered "Goldman Sachs SEC" into Google were directed to the president's campaign Web site via a sponsored link titled "Help Change Wall Street." The White House's political arm paid for the keywords — but would not say how much. The tactic provided the latest evidence of how Obama and the Democratic National Committee are using the Securities and Exchange Commission's bombshell fraud suit against the financial giant to push financial-reform legislation through Congress. "  Andy McCarthy

The New Orleans Beating: Real Violence, Real Evidence, No Media

Pajamas Media "...Bautsch and Brown exited through the front door into what appeared to be a dwindling demonstration. The duo were immediately “catcalled” by the remaining protesters, and were followed by a group of approximately five white males bearing a “counterculture” appearance. The pursuers made repeated insulting comments based largely in class-warfare rhetoric: “little blond bitch,” “you think you’re f***ing special.” Brown told Bautsch to hurry towards their car. When they reached the 600 block of St. Louis Street, a block and a half from Brennan’s, Brown turned to gauge their progress. At that time, the attack began."

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

After Obsessing Over Enron's Political Friends, Media Mostly Ignore Much Deeper Obama-Goldman Sachs Connections

Newsbusters  "Obama's inflation-adjusted $1,007,370.85 in contributions from Goldman employees is almost seven times as much as the $151,722.42 (also inflation-adjusted) that Bush received from Enron. Goldman was one of the chief beneficiaries of the TARP bailout package -- supported by then-Senator Obama -- and has been a force for -- not against -- Democratic financial "reform" proposals currently under Senate consideration."

TV's Tea Party Travesty

Media Research Center "So how have the supposedly objective media covered one of the biggest political stories in recent years? MRC analysts reviewed every mention of the Tea Party on the ABC, CBS and NBC morning and evening newscasts, Sunday talk shows, and ABC’s Nightline from February 19, 2009 (when CNBC contributor Rick Santelli first suggested throwing a “Tea Party” to protest government takeovers) through March 31, 2010. Among the major findings:"...

A blueprint for coercion

Dick Morris  "Yes, George W. Bush acquired vast new powers for the executive branch of government in the Patriot Act and the war on terror. But there is no record of his intentionally misusing them to intimidate political opponents. But Obama has a more ruthless mind. His war on Fox News shows how this thin-skinned president keeps track and takes names. We can well imagine a Nixonian enemies list of financial institutions earmarked for special regulation and intensive oversight, not for their economic performance, but for their political views."

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Criminalizing Debate "Those fighting unprecedented federal expansion appeal to constitutional principles. With Bill Clinton deployed to demonize the Tea Party movement, is it really the Constitution those in power fear? There is something terrifying to Democratic leaders about the flavor and the force of the Tea Party, so on the eve of the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, they portrayed the group as a bunch of Timothy McVeighs."

Mike Ramirez cartoon

A decade of historic spending increases

Washington Times "The federal budget picture has collapsed over the past decade. In 2000, Washington collected $2.6 trillion, spent $2.3 trillion and ran a $300 billion surplus. One decade later, in 2010, Washington is set to collect $2.1 trillion, spend $3.6 trillion and run a $1.5 trillion deficit (all numbers adjusted for inflation). What happened? "  H/t to Heritage

A 'perfect storm' for socialism

American Thinker " This first storm hit America's shores full-force with the Presidential election of Barack Obama. Today in America, the winds of "hope and change" have grown to form a perfect storm to socialism.".... "Unfortunately, many defenders of liberty and democracy, who clearly identified early storm warning signs, are now being overruled by Obama's administration, while being maligned, ignored and discounted by the liberal media as a bunch of racist Obama haters and conspiracy kooks."  Neil Braithwaite

FDA plans to limit amount of salt allowed in processed foods for health reasons

Washington Post  "The initiative, to be launched this year, would eventually lead to the first legal limits on the amount of salt allowed in food products."  Via Drudge. Then what comes after salt?

The Beholden State; How public-sector unions broke California     "The camera focuses on an official of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), California’s largest public-employee union, sitting in a legislative chamber and speaking into a microphone. “We helped to get you into office, and we got a good memory,” she says matter-of-factly to the elected officials outside the shot. “Come November, if you don’t back our program, we’ll get you out of office.’ "

Remember Victoria Jackson from Saturday Night Live?

Nealz Nuze "Victoria Jackson interviewed at a Tea Party rally." Video. Do I like this interview? Or not?


Neal Boortz "So .. what's the deal here? Well, you come to the right place for a simple explanation: A simple-minded talk show host." Neal's my go-to guy for making the complex understandable. Three bad actors in this mess: Goldman Sachs, John Paulson and the Obama Administration. Related, by golly: WILL OBAMA RETURN $994,795 IN GOLDMAN SACHS CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS?

Monday, April 19, 2010

Cultural Marxism in Education: The Gathering Revolt

American Thinker "Unless sensible parents and teachers put a stop to the indoctrination, today's free speech-crippling political correctness, tolerance of immorality, and lack of knowledge of our country's birth will continue to grow until America is no more. To stop the indoctrination, parents and teachers must understand how cultural Marxism came to permeate school curricula."

The Making of the ‘Ballad of the Tea Party’

Big Hollywood  "It struck me that day, standing on the lawn of the Capitol, that the Tea Party might be more effective if it had a song–not an official anthem, but a singable ballad that could convey the spirit of the Tea Party and what it stood for in a fun, humorous way."  Joel B. Pollak

Greatest. Cartoon. Ever.

Powerline "Is the US turning into a nation of freeloaders? One certainly hates to think so, but there are powerful forces pushing us--lots of us--in that direction. Michael Ramirez captures the phenomenon of the 21st-century freeloader brilliantly. If you're not outraged, you haven't been paying attention."

Obama Must Persuade Israel He's A Friend  "Obama has the right policy — the only policy that makes sense — and Netanyahu is a weak prime minister who heads a shaky coalition. What's missing on Obama's part is not necessarily good intentions but the perception of them. He ought to do what Egyptian President Anwar Sadat did in 1977 to assure Israelis of his sincerity. Go to Jerusalem."   RICHARD COHEN in the "On The Left" column of IBD.

Timing of SEC's Goldman Sachs Fraud Case Was No Coincidence

Rush Limbaugh "So we have the weekend. Goldman Sachs, rotten to the core, meaning Wall Street's rotten to the core, meaning the regime has to come in here to save the day, protect us, the little guy, from these bandits on Wall Street, when in fact the government caused the problem in the first place."

Why All the Wounded Fawns?

Victor Davis Hanson  "For the once-giddy Left, which misinterpreted the causes of the Obama landmark victory, the current pushback is seen as somehow terribly unfair, and thus arise both their own furor and their amnesia about their own past attitudes during the Bush years."

Was Vicious Attack On Republicans Inspired by Democratic Party?

Powerline "It is deeply ironic that Democrats are trying to sell the idea that Republicans are somehow violent and unAmerican, when in fact, every actual violent incident is perpetrated by liberals, usually union thugs, against Republicans." John Hinderaker


Neal Boortz "Okay ... let's start with his first point that no one is raising taxes right now. Clearly this braindead liberal failed to learn about Obamacare and the 14+ taxes increases that will hit everyone, including the middle class. These are just some taxes increases in Obamacare."

The Defense of Self and Nations

Mike Adams "With each passing day it's become easier and easier to doubt the depth of Barack Obama's Christian faith. If we put aside his outright hostility towards Israel there is another glaring clue that reveals his personal worldview as one fundamentally at odds with the Judeo-Christian worldview. Obama revealed that clue with an announcement regarding a new defensive strategy for dealing with non-nuclear nations."  "Mike Adams is a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and author of Feminists Say the Darndest Things: A Politically Incorrect Professor Confronts "Womyn" On Campus."

There is Nothing Conservative About This President

Heritage "This is not the first time the Obama administration has falsely claimed Heritage Foundation support for its policies. During the 2008 campaign, then-candidate Obama ran a multimillion-dollar television ad falsely claiming that we supported his tax plan. We did not. Then just last month, an Obama Treasury official falsely suggested to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that we supported the administration’s financial reform plan. We do not."

The Jews of Silence

American Thinker  "So it is better, it would seem, to weaken the U.S. and spread power around. A lot of what has occurred the last fifteen months makes sense in light of this extraordinarily foolish statement. Obama appears to think that the world would be a better place if, say, Russia, China, or maybe Venezuela and Sudan had more power, and the U.S. less. "  Richard Baehr

Why Rashid Khalidi is Happy: The Obama Middle East Policy and the Palestinians

Ron Radosh "Friends of Israel should be deeply concerned that Israel’s sworn enemies now see hope in Obama’s policies."

Tea partiers fight Obama’s culture of dependence.

Michael Barone  "Paul Lazarsfeld saw politics as just a matter of dollars and cents. But the tea-party movement reminds us of what the Founders taught — that it has a moral dimension as well. They risked all in the cause of the culture of independence. The polling evidence suggests that most Americans don’t want to leave that behind."

SCUDs and Syria

Elliott Abrams  "But the best message we could send right now does not require an ambassador in Damascus, just clarity in Washington: Sending SCUDs to Hezbollah will not be tolerated, and Israeli military actions taken to prevent it will have full American support."

WaPo Promotes Maddow Special on How McVeigh Echoes in 'Rising Tide of Anti-Government Extremism'

Newsbusters "Nine years after his execution, we are left worrying that Timothy McVeigh's voice from the grave echoes in the new rising tide of American anti-government extremism," Maddow says at the outset of her MSNBC special Monday night called "The McVeigh Tapes: Confessions of an American Terrorist."

Wall Street suspects Goldman charges 'not coincidental' to financial reform effort

NY Post "Barclays banking analyst Roger Freeman comes right out and blasts the SEC effort as “a well-timed, and perhaps not coincidental, effort to sway some on-the-fence Republicans” to get tough on financial reform."  Then this: MANUFACTURING A CRISIS  ;  Obama’s Newest Villain: Goldman Sachs : "Careful observers will note that Team Obama is never content to argue the potential benefits of their increasingly dodgy legislation (e.g. Stimulus, Healthcare, Cap and Trade). Obama is no fool; he understands that his wealth redistribution schemes, his desire to grow government, to provide new kickbacks to Unions, and to crush small business growth are so antithetical to most Americans that passage and support require that a villain be found that can be blamed for any and all possible evils."  All this is not to say that Goldman Sachs is an innocent victim but is this all another Reichstag burning?

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Here it is: The Contract from America  "The Contract from America is a grassroots-generated, crowd-sourced, bottom-up call for real economic conservative and good governance reform in Congress. "....
"During the past several months, hundreds of thousands of Americans have debated thousands of ideas to solve our nation’s most pressing problems. 454,331 votes were cast. It has been an open process and has provided a genuine opportunity to give voice to a broad cross section of concerned Americans."

Bill Clinton and Timothy McVeigh

Blackfive "Bill Clinton has been back at the game of trying to tie patriotic dissent with violent extremism. As Byron York points out this is a sleazy stunt he has pulled before."  More here: Clinton Running the Old Playbook  and here: Clinton Continues To Lie About Limbaugh

The List of Obamacare Taxes

Heritage "Check out the list HERE, from (hat tip to Brenda Bowers). Taxed enough already?
This administration doesn't think so." Via Infidel Bloggers Alliance

Conventional Wisdom About Iraq Proves Wrong

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON "Meanwhile, Iraq's democracy has for some time now proven itself independent from the U.S. — and that old anti-war accusations that we entered the war to control Iraqi oil were false. Last June, the representative Iraqi government held its first oil auction — featuring transparent negotiations in which no American oil company was awarded an oil concession."

Mike Ramirez cartoon

ABC’s Republican Character Under Siege from ‘Conservative Purity Police’ and ‘Ultra-Conservative Yahoos’

Newsbusters   " “It’s just the conservative purity police trying to purge the party of lily-livered Republican moderates.” Kitty complains to her sister, “Sarah Walker,” played by Rachel Griffiths: “I am fighting for my political life with a bunch of ultra-conservative yahoos who want my head because you decided to fall in love with a guy who has immigration issues.” "  Emphasis added.

Allee Bautsch’s Mother Speaks Out – Says Daughter Was Attacked by Leftist Political Protesters

Gateway Pundit   "It’s no coincidence that the only major conservative media outlet to have accurately covered the story belongs to Andrew Breitbart, because he actually has some guts. The rest of the conservative media still seem to be afraid that the MSM is going to say something bad about them. " Jim Hoft

Taking it ALL over: Next up, Control of Wall Street

Atlas Shrugs "He is taking it all over. It doesn't matter how destructive, how chaotic his plan is -- the objective is .... seize control and then move on and seize control of the next sector. No time spent looking at the problems he has created or the terrible reverbs of what he has wrought."

How Could We Be So Stupid? Let Us Count the Ways

Victor Davis Hanson "I present seven alternative reasons — some overlapping — why the present government is hell-bent on doubling the national debt in eight years. Either one, or all, or some, or none, of the below explain Obama’s peculiar frenzied spending."

Gates: Obama’s Iran Policy Is a Flop

Commentary  "There is no greater national-security challenge than the threat of a nuclear-armed, revolutionary Islamic state. And the president is failing to address it, as his defense secretary warns. The American people and history will judge Obama accordingly." Jennifer Rubin

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Goldman's Dirty Pool

The Daily Beast "SEC claims that Goldman sold a complex type of mortgage bond, known as a collateralized debt obligation, to investors without alerting them that hedge-fund manager John Paulson had selected the same bonds as likely to default.
Paulson made money because he was actually shorting the bonds (a trade that becomes profitable when prices decline), as Goldman was selling the bonds to investors, suggesting they buy them because the housing market would continue to boom." They were jerks, so now watch the demagogues in Washington attack the entire investment industry.

Mr. Obama’s Nowhere Discussions; Obama needs to stop talking and start making hard policy decisions.

Victor Davis Hanson  "The public wanted a racially transcendent figure and got instead a Chicago ward boss. The problem now for Mr. Obama — reflected in growing popular discontent — is that on matters of debt, taxes, energy, jobs, and race, he apparently has very little new to offer. He just serves up in new wording the them/us divides of the past."

Berkeley's Judge; A liberal nominee of illiberal temperament.

WSJ "... but the real test of a judge is to decide cases based on the law, not on political ideology or human sympathies. Professor Liu sounds like a man with a political legal agenda."