Overt Bias Again on Display at MSNBC, but…
(FROM: Newsbusters) What MSNBC did–the commentary at the end by David Shuster and the text overlaying the interview (“TURKEYS DIE AS GOVERNOR PALIN TAKES QUESTIONS FROM MEDIA,” “GOV. PALIN APPARENTLY OBLIVIOUS TO TURKEY CARNAGE OVER HER SHOULDER”) in particular–shows their overt bias against the Alaska governor, and is reprehensible but expected from that wonderful network. I will say, however, that there is something inherently funny about the video itself, the interview language (especially about three minutes in) juxtaposed with the actions of the moustachioed turkey-killer in the background. Honestly, this seems like something Joe Biden would get himself into, and if it were him, I would absolutely find it funny. Still, to me, the juxtaposition of interview with background is humorous enough on its own — MSNBC doesn’t have to go overboard with the text and stuff.
Michael Mukasey: Al Qaeda Detainees and Congress’s Duty
(FROM: The Wall Street Journal) Sadly, while giving a speech last night before the Federalist Society in Washington, D.C., the Attorney General collapsed and, as of this time (2:15 a.m. on Friday) nothing more is known of his condition besides what the Associated Press story says, that he is “conscious, conversant and alert.” This is certainly heartening, considering the nature of his collapse — as you can see in the raw video, he began to slur and stutter as he spoke to the crowd. This piece, from today’s Wall Street Journal, seems to show that he is trying to keep national security in mind when doing his level best with the bad situation handed to him by the United States Supreme Court. Personally, I think these detainees have no business whatsoever in courts on American soil, or receiving rights reserved for American citizens alone. These people are laughing at us. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed couldn’t believe that he was given even a single day in court. If given the chance, any one of these people would gut us and our children like a goat, and the fact that we’re even considering the prospect of releasing some of these detainees on U.S. soil makes me want to tear my hair out. Regardless, let’s say a few prayers this morning and today for Mr. Mukasey. From what he wrote, from how he’s trying to make the best of unfortunate circumstances, he certainly seems like someone I want on my side.
What Do We Really Know About the Uninsured?
(FROM: The Wall Street Journal) Excellent piece for a bit of perspective on Obama’s healthcare plan and supporting arguments. Still, all numbers aside, you’ve got to wonder how such a universal healthcare system would affect American ingenuity, the skill sets of American doctors … and not to mention the quality of care for American patients. Right now, in some countries, women who find a lump must wait weeks or even months for a biopsy, people in Britain have resorted to pulling their own teeth rather than waiting for a dental visit. There is a reason that we have the finest medical facilities in the world, that our doctors and equipment and support staff are the envy of nearly everyone, that people from all over the globe travel to America for elective procedures. No, the system is not perfect–despite having excellent health insurance, my daughter’s premature birth still cost us more than $5,000 out-of-pocket–but we must work for more competition, not less. The last thing we need is for the very same government that the left blames for bungling the response to Hurricane Katrina and that history shows tanked the housing market with relaxed lending standards in the name of social engineering to be playing around with our healthcare system.
DeMint: Republicans to Push ‘Bold’ Ideas
(FROM: Newsmax) I really, really like this guy. He’s someone who will turn out to be a real leader in this party, and it is apparent that he believes wholeheartedly in the strength of core conservative principles. Plus, all of my liberal friends in the Palmetto State don’t like him, so that alone is good enough for me. A big thumbs-up for Sen. Jim DeMint.
High Turkey Prices Blamed on Corn for Ethanol
(FROM: Newsmax) I cannot–CANNOT–believe that anyone ever thought it was a good idea to tap into our food supply in order to appease environmentalists with regard to a total farce and front for global socialism–global warming–which (a) may or may not be caused by human beings, (b) likely is a result of a natural cycle in temperature, and (c) may not be as harmful as the environmental alarmists suggest. This whole thing has gotten out of control. For a long time now, I’ve maintained that we must take a deep breath, step back, and assess what we really want to get out of the “green” movement. We need to be wary of unintended consequences. For instance, a study done by Stanford University showed that the amount of mercury in just one of those economical, environmentally-friendly compact fluorescent light bulbs is enough to contaminate more than 6,000 gallons of fresh water. We must be wary of unintended consequences, as nobody wants to be the pediatrician who treats and cures an ailing little Adolf Hitler.
SEE ALSO (one of my personal favorite articles ever):
- The Clean Energy Scam (Time Magazine)
Daschle Choice Tests Obama’s ‘No Lobbyist’ Pledge
(FROM: Newsmax) It also tests the whole “change has finally come to Washington” proclamation. As of November 15, it seems, 31 of the 47 transition or staff posts filled by Obama have gone to people with close ties to the Clinton administration, and eleven of the 12 members of his transition advisory board are Clinton administration veterans as well. Sure doesn’t look like much change to me.
Mitt Romney on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’
(FROM: YouTube) A few days ago, I reproduced Mitt Romney’s excellent, tough love commentary on the possibility of our government bailing out the “Big Three” automakers. Hopefully, you read the piece then. If not, read it now! Anyway, here’s a pretty darned good interview with the former Massachusetts governor, who I happen to think is pretty darned right on the money:
Boehner Says House GOP Not Shifting to the Right; Other Leaders Disagree
(FROM: CNSNews) As angry as I am that nobody had the testicular fortitude to seriously provide an alternative to Boehner as House Minority Leader, I do take heart in some of the selections for leadership positions. Here’s part of a statement from Indiana Republican–and new Republican Conference Chairman–Mike Pence:
I will be loyal to the Cause of returning our party to the ideals of Lincoln and Reagan, the ideals that most Republican voters embrace—defending our nation, our treasury and our values with everything we’ve got. …
“And I’m going to be loyal to the Cause of returning a Republican Majority to Capitol Hill in 2010 …. We all have a duty to be the loyal opposition, to support the Administration when we can and to vigorously oppose every time they try to keep the promises they made to the American left.
“And if we do this, if we will be that loyal opposition … the American people will soon tire of the flowery speeches and see the Democratic agenda for what it is—the failed ideas of the Great Society and the New Deal.
“And they will come looking for the alternative. And that alternative will be a renewed Republican Party that combines time-tested conservative principles with a positive plan for the future.”
Sounds pretty darned good for me. For my take on conservatism in the age of Obama, please take a look at the three pieces in the “On Conservatism After 11/4/2008″ section at the right-hand side of America’s Right. The GOP needs to realize that moderate Republicans lose elections and conservative Republicans generally do not, and that we absolutely must not only return to our core principles, but learn how to effectively communicate our message to others.
Jonah Goldberg: Honestly, Another Abe?
(FROM: National Review) I actually have Doris Kearns Goodwin’s “Team of Rivals” on the shelf of my home office, ripe for reading over the Christmas holiday when the law school casebooks are shelved. I’ve heard, since this summer, that it is an excellent book, and all of the comparisons during this past week about Obama’s selections for posts within his administration has certainly piqued my interest. However, it’s already getting a little old, and may cause me to forego Goodwin’s book for another choice when classes break next month. As for Goldberg’s piece, it’s excellent — but what else would you expect from Jonah Goldberg (whose own book, “Liberal Fascism,” may replace Goodwin’s Lincoln tale on my nightstand in December)?
- Ann Coulter: Genius, Thy Name is Obama (Human Events)