Archive for February 15th, 2010


Monday, February 15th, 2010

The State Department has long been a stronghold of “Arabists,” (which in practice bascally means folks with no use for Israel) and so to some extent has the CIA (think of Michael Scheuer). But in the Obama administration, Arabists in the sense described above dominate at the highest levels of the national security apparatus.

Consider Dennis Blair, the Director of National Intelligence. He selected Chas Freeman to be chairman of the National Intelligence Council. Freeman had a long and deep association with Saudi Arabia, including service as president of that regime’s mouthpiece, the Middle East Policy Council (MEPC). MEPC published an abridged version of the notorious essay by Mearsheimer and Walt, “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy.” This tract argues that American Jews have a stranglehold on the U.S. Congress, and use it to advance Israeli interests at the expense of those of the U.S. Freeman expressly endorsed this thesis.

Freeman also argued that the September 11 attacks should have been an occasion for self-examination to determine “what might have caused the attack.” Given his record and his fealty to the Saudis, it’s quite likely that Freeman meant that September 11 should have been an occasion for re-examining U.S. support for Israel.

47% Blame Global Warming on Planetary Trends

Monday, February 15th, 2010

47% Blame Global Warming on Planetary Trends

Energy Update – Rasmussen Reports™.

59% Favor Letting States Opt Out of Federal Programs – Rasmussen

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Voters strongly believe that a state should have the right to avoid federal programs it doesn’t like, but they draw the line at states seceding from the union.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 59% of likely voters say states should have the right to opt out of federal government programs they don’t agree with. Just 25% disagree, while another 15% are not sure.

When asked about a specific program in late December, however, only 47% said states should have the right to opt out of the national health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats if it is passed into law. Nearly as many (40%) disagreed and opposed an opt-out clause for individual states.

59% Favor Letting States Opt Out of Federal Programs – Rasmussen Reports™.

GOP even winning in Washington state

Monday, February 15th, 2010

The potential vulnerability is highlighted when Murray is matched against Dino Rossi, the unsuccessful GOP candidate in the state’s last two gubernatorial contests. Certainly the best-known of the Republicans, Rossi attracts 48% of the vote in a match-up with Murray while the incumbent earns 46%. One percent (1%) like another candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided.

Election 2010: Washington Senate – Rasmussen Reports™.

KS Watchdog — Dodge City reporter found in contempt, fined for court no-show

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Are Kansas Courts overstepping their bounds in a freedom of the press case?

Claire O’Brien, a Dodge City Globe reporter, learned details from an interview with a murder suspect.  Ford County attorney Terry Malone wants to force her to reveal her sources:

From today’s Hutchinson News:   Dodge City reporter is fined for court no-show

Andrew Roth — Evan Bayh’s Conservative Record?

Monday, February 15th, 2010

In Bayh’s case, it just makes you only slightly less liberal.  Here are some big votes that Bayh cast that no self-respecting fiscal conservative would make.  He was:

  • FOR the $2 trillion federal health care takeover;
  • FOR $700 billion Wall Street bailout;
  • FOR the $787 billion stimulus;
  • FOR the Cash for Clunkers debacle;
  • FOR a job killing cap-and-trade energy tax;
  • FOR the auto bailouts;
  • FOR card check; and,
  • AGAINST repealing the Death Tax.

CQ Politics — GOP Plans to Stay on Offense Over Recess

Monday, February 15th, 2010

As Democrats use the first Congressional break of the year to talk jobs and the economy while painting Republicans as obstructionists, GOP Members will again be promoting an incremental approach to governing and a renewed invitation for bipartisanship.

“We’re going to be talking about a need to move forward and address health care, energy, security and the economy in a step-by-step manner that makes people on Main Street comfortable,” one GOP aide said of the messaging strategy for the Presidents Day recess.

CQ Politics | GOP Plans to Stay on Offense Over Recess.

Run, Mort, run! –

Monday, February 15th, 2010

The emergence of real-estate magnate — and Daily News Publisher — Mortimer Zuckerman as a potential candidate for the United States Senate is an event all New Yorkers of good will can welcome.

This isn’t an endorsement of Zuckerman’s candidacy. Indeed, it’s not at all clear that he’ll even make the run.

But here’s hoping he does.

The Senate seat in question is now held by David Paterson protégé — and Chuck Schumer hand puppet — Kirsten Gillibrand. She’s an upstate cipher whose sole qualification for the job is that Paterson appointed her to it when Hillary Rodham Clinton gave it up to join the Obama administration.

Run, Mort, run! –

Mighty Washington: The greatest President – New Hampshire Union Leader

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Today is not Presidents’ Day. The holiday’s official title is George Washington’s Birthday. It is a day for celebrating the Father of our Country, whose greatness is often forgotten.

Few Americans know that George Washington never received more than elementary-level schooling. But he was a whiz at math, and his sharp mind and appetite for adventure led him to surveying, then to the Army.

Mighty Washington: The greatest President – Monday, Feb. 15, 2010.

Robert Samuelson – The China Miscalculation

Monday, February 15th, 2010

WASHINGTON — It’s become apparent from recent events that America’s political, business and scholarly elites have fundamentally misjudged China. Conflicts with China have multiplied. Consider: the undervalued renminbi and its effect on trade; the breakdown of global warming negotiations in Copenhagen; China’s weak support of efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons; its similarly poor record in pushing North Korea to relinquish its tiny atomic arsenal; the sale of U.S. weapons to Taiwan; and Google’s threat to leave China rather than condone continued censorship.

RealClearPolitics – The China Miscalculation.

Obama’s Fall — How quickly the president and congressional Democrats have turned to tricks and ploys and sham events — FRED BARNES

Monday, February 15th, 2010

How the mighty have fallen! Only seven or eight months ago, President Obama and congressional Democrats were on their way to remaking America along liberal lines and positioning themselves for decades of political dominance. Their lopsided majorities in the House and Senate, plus the White House, gave them unassailable command of Washington.

Today, they still have those majorities and the presidency, but they’re no longer in command. Their hopes of enacting the most ambitious agenda of liberal legislation since the days of FDR and the Depression are over. Now they’re reduced to stunts, tricks, and gambits usually associated with embattled presidents and minority parties.

Obama’s Fall | The Weekly Standard.

RealClearPolitics – Hafer Steps Forward To Succeed Murtha

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Former state treasurer and auditor general Barbara Hafer will run to replace the late John Murtha in Pennsylvania’s 12th District. Hafer gives Democrats a legitimate contender for the seat, which Republicans will target in the forthcoming special election and for the full term in November.

RealClearPolitics – Politics Nation – Hafer Steps Forward To Succeed Murtha.

Big Government Not A Solution — John Stossel

Monday, February 15th, 2010

This month’s Atlantic cover story makes dire predictions  about the impact of the recession:

It will likely change the life course and character of a generation of young adults… It could cripple marriage as an institution in many communities. It may already be plunging many inner cities into a despair not seen for decades. Ultimately, it is likely to warp our politics, our culture, and the character of our society for years to come.

The dreary article quotes nearly every liberal economist and concludes that because we are in “such a deep hole,” “solutions—like more-aggressive support for the unemployed, and employer tax credits or other subsidies …—are straightforward and obvious…

Big Government Not A Solution « John Stossel.

Obama’s chance to be next FDR or Reagan fading fast — McClatchy

Monday, February 15th, 2010

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s dream of being a historically transformational figure like Franklin D. Roosevelt or Ronald Reagan may be slipping from his grasp.

To be sure, he’s already made one lasting mark that changed the country’s course — his election as the first African-American president broke a centuries-old racial barrier.

Obama’s chance to be next FDR or Reagan fading fast | McClatchy.

NY Times probes reporter’s lifting from other news sources — Breitbart

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Zachery Kouwe, who joined the Times in 2008 from the New York Post, “reused language from The Wall Street Journal, Reuters and other sources without attribution or acknowledgement,” the Times said in an editors’ note.

The Times said Kouwe appeared to have “improperly appropriated wording and passages published by other news organizations” in a number of business articles over the past year and in posts on’s DealBook blog.

NY Times probes reporter’s lifting from other news sources.

Jay Cost, HorseRaceBlog — Remembering President Washington

Monday, February 15th, 2010

His military heroism and skill is well known, so also is his establishing many beneficial precedents that survive to this day. What is less commented upon, however, is Washington’s strong nationalism, and his work to bring about the United States as it is known today.

Washington had experienced firsthand the ineptness of confederated government during the American Revolution, most notably in its inability to pay soldiers in a regular and fair way. After the war, he retired to Mount Vernon, but stayed interested in politics. He was greatly concerned about the nation’s disarray. The Confederation was unable to attend to basic governmental matters – and it appeared to Washington that things were spiraling out of control. In 1785, he wrote the following to James Warren, former Paymaster General of the Continental Army:

RealClearPolitics – HorseRaceBlog.

Mobile DTV Brings TV to New Devices and Smartphones –

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Beginning in April, eight television stations in Washington, D.C., will broadcast a signal for a new class of devices that can show programming, even in a car at high speed. In all, 30 stations in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle and Washington have installed the necessary equipment, at a cost of $75,000 to $150,000.

Mobile DTV Brings TV to New Devices and Smartphones –

Senator Scott Brown: VP Biden comments ‘insulting’ — POLITICO 44

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Sen. Scott Brown thinks Vice President Joe Biden was “off base” when he suggested Sunday that the Massachusetts Republican get his facts straight on the legal procedures for military tribunals.

“It was insulting,” said Brown, who frequently jabbed the administration during his Senate campaign for giving suspected terrorists legal representation.

Senator: VP comments ‘insulting’ | POLITICO 44.

Sarah Palin Mania takes over Daytona International Speedway. South Florida

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Sarah Palin Mania takes over Daytona International Speedway. – South Florida

Obama’s challenge: Anger is replacing hope – AP

Monday, February 15th, 2010

WASHINGTON – Thrust into office on the veracity of hope, President Barack Obama is trying to get himself on the right side of a remarkably different national sentiment these days: anger.

Obama’s expansive domestic goals are largely the same, but his message is changing, now constructed around a concession that the public is disillusioned and wanting results. If he cannot show people that he understands their frustration and is working to fix it, the risks are real.

Obama’s challenge: Anger is replacing hope – Yahoo! News.