March 3, 2009 — Assigned Reading

Obama ‘Ready to Drop Missile Shield Plans for Russian Help on Iran’
(FROM: RIA Novosti via Drudge) I’ll be in Poland for almost three weeks this summer, gleefully unplugged in nearly every sense of the word as we relax with my wife’s family. (No word yet on how America’s Right will be handled.) It’s wonderful there, absolutely beautiful. The people are gloriously generous, the food divine. I remember hearing about the internal debate in Poland as to whether they should get involved with the American missile defense system — no doubt it was a difficult decision, weighing the lessons of the Westerplatte against the possibility of reprisal from Russia. Finally, they agreed to get involved. Now, this new American president left them high and dry, dropping the plans for the missile defense system for which Poland stuck its neck out in support. I think it’s the disingenuous nature in which he has done it which frustrates me most — just as he uses the financial crisis here to institute his socialist ideas, he’s using the Iranian problem to justify employment of his detente-at-all-costs approach to foreign policy. The last time I was there, in 2005, we joked that if Hillary Clinton won the next election, we’d make the next trip a one-way affair; how odd that I’d take the pragmatic, poll-driven Clinton in a second over the guy from Chicago who vanquished her in the Democratic Party primary.

AIG’s Black Box
(FROM: The Wall Street Journal) Today, I heard somebody say that AIG should be split up into its various parts and components and divisions and IPO’ed off. I don’t know enough to know if that’s a good or bad or awful or even feasible idea. What I do know is that a few months ago, we threw $150 billion in taxpayer money at this company, and in the last three months of 2008 it posted losses of more than $60 billion — and, knowing this, we’re giving them another $30 billion in taxpayer funds. For what? Another six weeks? At what point can we truly say that enough is enough?

Rush Limbaugh vs. Michael Steele
(FROM: Limbaugh’s site) I like Michael Steele, but cannot for the life of me understand why he’s saying things which could have come from the Daily Kos. Limbaugh has some 20 million listeners, and the number of people who share his views and simply cannot listen due to work or time constraints–like myself, for example–must be three or four times that. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, this time in big, bold letters:

To have success in 2010, 2012 and beyond, the GOP must stop trying to build a bigger tent over those in the middle and center-left, and instead start patching the holes in the tent over those getting soaked on the right.

Madoff: NYC Penthouse, $62 Million Are Mine
(FROM: Okay, I get it — the house and the personal funds are held by the wife and technically unrelated. Honestly, it will be interesting to watch from a legal standpoint. Still, when you look at the lives that were ruined, both in terms of those who invested with Madoff on a personal level and those who were affected because a certain charity or retirement fund or something along those lines invested with Madoff, his pleas that he “shouldn’t be forced into the poorhouse” just ring a little hollow.

Michelle Obama Accepting Fashion Freebies
(FROM: Newsmax) Obviously, sleeves are extra. Nevertheless, I find it amazing that the press can go after Nancy Reagan for borrowing stuff from designers and Sarah Palin for accepting clothing purchased by the GOP, but not a word is said about Michelle Obama’s burgeoning practice of borrowing clothing and jewelry. Maybe, considering the possible tax problems which could arise, the First Lady is simply positioning herself for the next open cabinet position.

More Assigned Reading likely as day progresses…


  1. Rix says:

    Yet again, I find myself in a position of dissent. I do believe that the “shield” program had Russia as its target, not “rogue states”, and I do believe that America must get off that unipolar mentality hook that it happily hang its hat onto in the nineties and consider Russia as a natural ally against Islamic expansion. Today’s Russia might not be a democratic country of the Western mold, but its current leaders are a pragmatic bunch popular with their own people – not religious zealots, drug-crazed tyrants, or barbarian halfwits. They do not respond well to threats but will cooperate when given a good reason to – and, unlike with certain “democratic” regimes like those in Ukraine or Georgia, the “reason” will involve trade and cooperation rather than buying elections.


    Looks like a cover for The Globe. What a superficial society when women and Larry Sinclair would find this guy desirable.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hillary was not defeated in the Primaries, it was in the Caucuses that she was defeated. The Caucuses gave Obama the lead. If all the states had Primaries there would have been no Obama on the ticket.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Obama’s going to get a lot of people hurt and killed with his ninety-eight pound weakling approach to foreign policy. What a fool.


  5. Anonymous says:

    Good morning, Jeff.

    I couldn’t agree with you more on your comment about the “big tent” fallacy of the Republican leadership.

    The Scripture says that “it is necessary that there be conflicts (i.e. disagreements) so that the truth can be made known”. The more that the Repuclican party becomes indistinguishable from the Democrats, the less purpose it serves in steering a Constituional course in American politics.

    Another Scripture verse comes to mind that might be useful here; “——but because you were neither hot nor cold, I will spew you out of My mouth.”

    On a personal note, I know that you get accolades all of the time from those of us out here in the hinterlands, but you truly are a talented writer (and write about the “right” things, of course). If I really worked at it (and with a lot of help from Spell Check) I might be able to compose something worth reading by a few (and without making others really mad at me), but it would take me a week to do what you seem to do in an hour. Do you ever have to rewrite your compositions or are they in “print” form the first time through?

    Old Bob

  6. Dee says:

    I think it’s funny that the current administration is so upset over a radio personality. There must be something in what Rush says that scares them. As the saying goes: The truth hurts.
    Keep it up, Rush.
    Thank you once again, Jeff.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Rush comes across as hateful hence the reason I do not like him. I agree with much of what he says but his arrogant personality is what defines him.

  8. Ayamo says:

    Oh, it is disgusting.

    Did you have to put this picture of The ONE there?

    But anyway: Thank you for your work.
    Always love to read this blog.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I read that the main ‘component’ that makes AIG the Dems darling is that Congress’ retirement plan is funded with AIG; and with that greedy bunch, guess that’s as good an excuse as any.

    Just wish that their money was at as much risk as our money is from their idiotic bills and laws, but no doubt their mega bucks are safely stashed out of harm’s way.

  10. Anonymous says:

    To Anon…
    Rush is passionate, not hateful. Period…end of story. If you’re on this blog commenting, and saying you agree, then why the disdain? You call him “arrogant”, yet your comments say the same about you.

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