NOTE: I have a ton of studying to do this weekend, especially if I’m going to rearrange my work and studying schedule on Monday to attend the We The People Organization’s press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Therefore, we’re going to do something a little differently, and stretch out this entry of Assigned Reading throughout Saturday and Sunday. As I take a break here and there and inevitably stretch my legs and turn to the Internet, I’m sure I’ll see a few articles of interest and add them throughout the weekend.
Thanks for understanding, y’all.
Obama Shelves Oil Company Tax After Price Fall: Aide
(FROM: CNBC) All those advertisements advocating a “windfall profits tax” to be placed on big oil, to benefit the have-nots in America? Just words and populism, supplemented by $4-per-gallon gasoline. Perhaps someone told him that the 8.3 percent profit margin on the gas and oil industry pales in comparison with the 14.5 percent profit margin enjoyed by the electronics and appliance industry, the 18.4 percent margin for big pharma, or the 19.1 percent margin for alcohol and tobacco. Regardless of why, one thing is perfectly clear — Barack Obama is once again breaking a foundational campaign promise. Did you hear that sound? Somewhere, a hardcore liberal Obama voter just exploded (crime scene investigators are currently searching, apparently in vain, for any sign of a brain).
O.J. Sentenced to as much as 33 Years for Robbery
(FROM: Associated Press) I feel the need for a James Bond-type one-liner.
- “The Juice is no longer loose.”
- “He used to be a running back, now he’s gonna be a wide receiver.”
- “Now, nobody will ever mistake him for a tight end.”
- “Orenthal James? Now O.J. stands for ‘oh, Jesus, it’s the pokey.’”
- “What does O.J. stand for? Orange Jumpsuit!”
- “The Juice is canned!” or “The Juice is in the can.”
Got any of your own? If they’re good, I’ll put them up. Regardless, no matter how you look at it, no matter what you want to say — good riddance. Don’t let the bars hit you in the posterior on the way into the clink, Orenthal.
National Parks Allow Right-to-Carry
(FROM: U.S. Dept. of the Interior) It only makes sense that law-abiding citizens should be allowed to protect both themselves and their families while visiting our national parks. Of course, there are the animals and wildlife, but so many of our parks have their share of violent crime as well. Common sense decision, and I’m glad it was made.
One More Question (Head Obama Speechwriter Caught Boob-Handed)
(FROM: The Washington Post) The guy on the left is Jon Favreau–apparently not the actor from “Swingers”–and he was recently appointed Director of Speechwriting for the Obama White House. Now, however, this photo briefly came up on his Facebook page. Whoops. Now, as a former hard-drinking undergraduate at Auburn, there are indeed a few regrettable moments, some of which may very well have been caught on film (nothing too bad, though). So, let’s not make this out to be more than it is — a funny photo of a guy thinking sexual thoughts about a woman who, certainly in that respect, gives me the creeps. I’d point out that this is an obvious contradiction to the intentions of the questionnaire given to all potential White House staffers, but Barack Obama himself couldn’t pass his own test.
Geert Wilders: ‘Our Culture is Better’
(FROM: The Wall Street Journal) This is a week-old Journal interview with the Dutch MP who put together the widely-praised and equally-maligned “Fitna” movie showing the permeation of radical Islam in Europe. This interview is good, but if you haven’t yet watched “Fitna,” I highly suggest you do so. Providing a link would be near useless, as the video seems to always get taken down from various hosts, so you’re better off just entering the name in your favorite search engine. The video is graphic, but extremely necessary. The interview is interesting as well. Please read and watch both.
MSNBC Anchor Frets: Why Hasn’t Obama’s Election Ended Terrorism?
(FROM: The Wall Street Journal) Daytime anchor Alex Witt, talking about the Mumbai attacks on November 27:
Talking with correspondent John Yang, who was covering the Obama side of the story, Witt conceded that while “you certainly can’t expect things to change on a dime overnight….There had been such a global outpouring of affection, respect, hope, with the new administration coming in, that precisely these kinds of attacks, it was thought — at least hoped — would be dampered down. But in this case it looks like Barack Obama is getting a preview of things to come.”
Mark Steyn: Jews Get Killed, but Muslims Feel Vulnerable
(FROM: Orange County Register) Every year, we see an assault on Christmas. We no longer have Christmas Trees but, instead, decorate “holiday” trees. We no longer have Nativity scenes in the town square. Christianity, regardless of the time of year, always seems to get the shaft. Yet, when Muslim women cannot work out in the same gym as men due to modesty issues, they get womens’-only hours. When certain segments of student populations complain, they get footbaths. They have prayer rooms in airports here. In the UK, it’s worse. In some hospitals, nurses are forced to turn the beds of Muslim patients toward Mecca at prayer times, and Muslim nurses have sued because scrubbing in for surgery requires them to show too much skin. (I’ll get links for these stories when I have time). Now, in the wake of the Mumbai massacre, Deepak Chopera blames the United States, while the rest of the world worries about how India’s Muslim population will weather the coming storm of discrimination and hate. I have nothing–NOTHING–against moderate Muslims, save for the fact that I’d like to see them speak out more publicly against the radicals who kill in the name of Allah. That, see, is the best way to avoid reprisal. Explain the difference, send your honest condolences, and offer to help root these fundamentalists out of your ranks. That’s the way to do it. Now, can’t we focus on the real issue at hand? Rabbi Holtzberg and his wife, along with the many, many others, were not murdered because of the dispute over Kashmir, or because of Bush’s foreign policy. Let’s get to the REAL root here, people.
Dodd: General Motors Executive Should Resign in Exchange for Bailout
(FROM: Fox News) So, let me get this straight — Chris Dodd, one of the architects of our housing and credit crisis and the top money-getter from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, is calling for the GM CEO to resign because of how he drove the automaker into the ground? HA! Now, I may happen to think he’s right, that GM and the other two must have a radical restructuring–I’m with Mitt Romney, who suggested in part to bring in executives from other industries, but even Dodd has to be smart enough to see the irony in all of this. Well, on second thought, perhaps not.
Auburn Split With Tuberville Echoes Other SEC Changes
(FROM: ESPN) Now, I realize that the vast, vast majority of you folks out there may not follow college football, and surely aren’t SEC or Auburn alumni. Still, Ivan Maisel’s piece was just so effective that I had to include it here. I knew Terry Bowden when he was at Auburn. I covered Auburn football for the school paper and third-largest weekly in the state, The Auburn Plainsman. I was outside his office when he was fired, and in the few times I spoke with Terry after that, he was always very pleasant and nice. Tommy Tuberville, however, just oozed everything that was right about Auburn football and the Loveliest Village on the Plains. He was calm and collected. He had class. He wasn’t one for poor sportsmanship. Off the field, he infused himself and his family into the community. On the field, he largely made good decisions, and up until this season surrounded himself with good people. Think of the NFL players who have come through his system: Ronnie Brown, Cadillac Williams, Jason Campbell, Karlos Dansby, Rudi Johnson, Carlos Rogers, Willie Anderson, Brandon Jacobs, Rob Bironas, Roderick Hood, Marcus McNeill, Kendall Simmons, Jeno James, Takeo Spikes, Marcus Washington — these are just the decent performers. Point being, I’m all for accountability, but Auburn has had one of the consistently good teams over the past half-dozen years or more … one bad season, predicated by a foreseeable, kneejerk bad decision in term of an offensive coordinator, should not end a good coaching career for an exemplary man. Thank you and War Eagle, coach — you were a class act, a good coach, and a great face for Auburn University.