Economy, Jobs Trump All Other Policy Priorities in 2009
(FROM: Pew Research Center) Sorry, Al — when it comes to pressing concerns for everyday Americans in this new year, it’s all about the economy and rising unemployment; your farce that is man-made global warming is down at the bottom of the list, right between bad hair days and the leather-like skin on Jell-O pudding. Perhaps it’s because your fear-mongering doesn’t work, and people have figured out that your sea level numbers are unrealistic even as far as the IPCC is concerned. Perhaps it’s because the same polar bears you showed drowning in your little movie are actually now flourishing as compared with the population 20 years ago. Perhaps its because people see trading carbon allowances like a new currency as an asinine facade for global socialism–a leading British climatologist certainly does, dismissing much of the “green” movement as a “gigantic scam”–which will have little or no effect in terms of saving the environment. Or perhaps, Al, people look at the way you lead your own life, the energy you use at your own house and on your own boat and on your own private jet and see you for the bloated hypocrite you are. Either way, despite the attention given to your “movement” by the liberal socialists in the mainstream press, and despite how your brand of environmentalism–ha!–has been embraced as essentially a new religion by a few crunchy types, it’s not resonating with everyday people who have to pay their mortgage and run their businesses.
The Jack Bauer Exception: Obama’s executive order wants it both ways on interrogation
(FROM: The Wall Street Journal) While it wasn’t the main point I drew from the article, this excerpt really stuck out as amazing to me. Despite my disdain for the former vice president when it comes to socialism masquarading as environmentalism, it’s nice to see that, even in the Clinton administration, somebody was willing to get the job done. I was surprised and impressed, and hope Obama will be willing to do the same:
An anecdote former Clinton counterterror czar Richard Clarke recounts in his memoir “Against All Enemies” is instructive. In 1993, White House Counsel Lloyd Cutler was horrified by Mr. Clarke’s proposal for “extraordinary rendition,” where our spooks turn over prisoners to foreign countries like Egypt so they can do the interrogating.
While Mr. Clinton was still chewing his fingernails and seemed to side with Mr. Cutler, Al Gore arrived late to the meeting. “Clinton recapped the arguments on both sides,” Mr. Clarke writes. “Gore laughed and said, ‘That’s a no-brainer. Of course it’s a violation of international law, that’s why it’s a covert action. The guy is a terrorist. Go grab his ass.‘”
The problem here, however, is that even if President Obama is willing to be so pragmatic, I fear that he–along with his party–has handcuffed himself. What CIA agent, even if granted discretion by bureaucrats in Washington, will be willing to put him or herself on the line when the very political culture on Capitol Hill is one where Marines are dismissed as “murderers” by congressman, and the John Kerry “Genghis Khan” mentality has permeated throughout D.C.?
Geert Wilders and the Netherlands’ Shame
(FROM: Dallas Morning News — Opinion Blog) This is a first for me, taking something from a blog entry and posting a link to it in Assigned Reading, but the commentary was so well-put, I couldn’t help it. “It is infuriating,” the author wrote, “to watch the politically correct Dutch establishment sell out the right to free speech to appease an obstreperous minority.” He noted the double standard, too, stating that no atheist would–or should, for that matter–be prosecuted for criticizing Christians, yet Wilders is charged with “insulting as well [as] substantially harm[ing] the religious esteem of the Islamic worshippers.” Kids, this is why the makeup of our federal bench is so important, as those who wear the black robes and wield the gavels are the last line of defense when it comes to stealth Jihad. The first and second lines of defense, of course, are vigilance and resistance to the trappings of political correctness. This Wilders prosecution is out-of-control bad, and I expect more on it here at America’s Right in the future, when I have the time and the will to open that can of worms.
Two Ex-Guantanamo Inmates Appear in Al-Qaeda Video
(FROM: Agence France-Presse) I wonder if the Democrats will insist that one was the gaffer, and the other one was in charge of craft service. They’re just so out-of-touch with reality on this issue. Even IF they find it necessary somehow to close the detention facility, I find it irresponsible to do so without a plan as to where to send the detainees. Are we that much in a hurry to curry favor with everyone abroad that we’re willing to abandon the responsibility of addressing the consequences of our actions? Again, I’m no expert on international tribunals and everything–give me a little while and I’ll try to be–but the hasty approach to Gitmo just rubs me the wrong way. America is less safe now than She was before that executive order was signed.
That ‘Thing’ Flying Around at President Obama’s Inauguration…
(FROM: Fox News) Everybody seems to be talking about it today. At a time when there were complete and total airspace restrictions in and around Washington, D.C., CNN cameras spotted something flying over the National Mall, in front of the Washington Monument. Folks everywhere seem to be curious about the lack of visible wings and, at least so far, Dennis Kucinich has been quiet and hardly forthcoming with an expert opinion. So — what do you think it was? The lost Mars Probe? Aretha Franklin’s crazy hat? Our Constitution, fluttering away in the breeze? Here’s the video … discuss.
More coming throughout the weekend, as always, as I get a few minutes here and there on study breaks, etc.