Thursday, March 31, 2011

Eric Holder Finds Eric Holder Innocent

The impeccable purity of Eric Holder - by Eric Holder.
The Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) has concluded an investigation finding that politics played no role in the handling of the New Black Panther Party case, which sparked a racially charged political fight.

After reviewing thousands of pages of internal e-mails and notes and conducting 44 interviews with department staff members, the OPR reported that “department attorneys did not commit professional misconduct or exercise poor judgment” and that the voter-intimidation case against the Panthers was dismissed on “a good faith assessment of the law” and “not influenced by the race of the defendants.”

The OPR’s findings were released in a letter Tuesday to Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) that was signed by department attorney Robin Ashton.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Obama Make A Case So Clear

That even talk show comedians can see through it (but not the network news anchors or the New York Times).

How Stupid Is Chuck U. Schumer?

He's so stupid that he needs a committee to think up his insults for him. And his insults are pretty lame and predictable besides.
Republican leaders wasted little time playing up reports Tuesday that New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, the third-ranking Senate Democrat, told other members of his party that the caucus had urged him to start calling Republican budget cut proposals “extreme” during public battle between the parties of government spending.

“Chuck Schumer did us a favor. He exposed their tactic,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Republican of Virginia, told reporters. “You heard his comment. He’s basically instructing his members to deem any spending cut unreasonable. Any spending cut. So clearly they’re not serious.”

Just hours earlier, Schumer was heard on a conference call with reporters giving what Republicans immediately dubbed “marching orders” for how to frame the debate on government funding.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Obama Advocates Even Less Accountability For Teachers

There's too much standardized testing going on out there.
President Barack Obama said Monday that students should take fewer standardized tests and school performance should be measured in other ways. Too much testing makes education boring for kids, he said.

"Too often what we have been doing is using these tests to punish students," the president told students and parents at a town hall hosted by the Univision Spanish-language television network at Bell Multicultural High School in Washington, D.C.
If education is boring for children, standardized testing indicates that they're not getting very bored.

Obama Gives Aid And Comfort To Gadhafi

The Libyan madman and his henchmen were enthused by Obama's explanation of his time limited and scope limited kinetic military action.
Many here at home may have criticized President Obama's speech last night on Libya.  But abroad, there was at least one man who dug PBO's remarks: Muammar Gaddafi . . .

That was the educated estimation of NBC's Jim Maceda, reporting from Libya, reporting on Morning Joe today.  It was PBO's failure to call for regime change that would have buoyed Gaddafi, says Maceda.  He reported that regime officials are acting much more "bellicose" and "defiant" in the wake of the president's speech.

Obama's Stab At Churchillian Rhetoric

"At least I didn't fuck up as bad as Bush - at least not yet."
“To brush aside America’s responsibility as a leader and -– more profoundly -– our responsibilities to our fellow human beings under such circumstances would have been a betrayal of who we are,” Obama said. “Some nations may be able to turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries. The United States of America is different. And as president, I refused to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action.”

Presidents routinely frustrate grand strategists looking for point-by-point adherence to a clear philosophy. Neither Obama or his foreign policy team ever promised that this speech would be about anything more than the intervention in Libya. And there is a case to be made that in a 21st-century world, complexity trumps grand strategic precepts.

And on the use of force in Libya, while he once again skirted the issue of how an endgame can be reached and what it would look like, on many points Obama was crystal clear: this isn’t Iraq; U.S. forces won’t be used to topple Qadhafi and he wants American involvement to end as soon as possible.

It's interesting to read that America suddenly has a responsibility in the world again. Not so long ago, Obama dismissed such a notion as "arrogance."

Monday, March 28, 2011

Scariest Tsunami Video Yet

An entire city wiped off the map.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

NPR Shilling For Farrakhan?

How low can NPR go?
While I do love how the “Minister” was speaking at a “civil rights conference,” the real surprise comes at the end of NPR’s story:
Farrakhan has over the years denied claims of anti-Semitism, arguing his remarks are often taken out of context and that criticism of Jews in any light automatically earns the “anti-Semite” label. The Nation of Islam has espoused black nationalism and self-reliance since it was founded in the 1930s, though in recent years it has included other groups, including Latinos and immigrants.
Ah yes, poor Farrakhan, the author of  “The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews,”  is always being taken out of context. But what I didn’t know is that the Nation of Islam has opened its doors to “Latinos and immigrants.”

First, assuming these Latinos aren’t black (Latino is not a racial category) what does this do to NOI theology? Do they teach them to believe all that stuff about Yacub too?

More important, what exactly does “Latinos and immigrants” mean? Of course, I understand that there are many other kinds of immigrants than Latinos. But does NPR? I mean are these Asian immigrants? European immigrants? Gay immigrants? Jewish immigrants? Why not tell us? Or is “and immigrants”  a sort of liberal auto-fill term thrown in to flesh out the sentence? Or is it something the Nation tells reporters who then accept it uncritically?

The NOI is a historically racist, anti-Semitic, organization. It’s news that it is opening its doors to non-blacks — if that is what is happening. But ” and immigrants” sheds no light on the news, it merely conceals it behind boilerplate.

"Odyssey Dawn?"

That's a good name for a Carnival Cruise Line ship, not a military operation.

Krugmanism Fails In Portugal

Ronald Reagan once described an economist as someone who sees something happen in practice and wonders if it will work in theory. Paul Krugman fails even that test.

The Best Way To Make Peace Is To Actually WIN Wars

But we have a president who doesn't believe in winning.
It is tempting and certainly very easy to point out that Obama’s war (or Obama’s “kinetic military action,” or “time-limited, scope-limited military action,” or whatever the latest ever more preposterous evasion is) is at odds with everything candidate Obama said about U.S. military action before his election. And certainly every attempt the president makes to explain his Libyan adventure is either cringe-makingly stupid (“I’m accustomed to this contradiction of being both a commander-in-chief but also somebody who aspires to peace”) or alarmingly revealing of a very peculiar worldview:

“That’s why building this international coalition has been so important,” he said the other day. “It is our military that is being volunteered by others to carry out missions that are important not only to us, but are important internationally.”

Media Matters Goes After Fox News

Well, their campaign against Rush Limbaugh didn't work out so well. So why not find another target to justify their existence? Maybe David Brock's starting to feel a little job insecurity. Has anyone ever been less effective in his job?
“We made a list of every single person who works for Fox and tried to figure out who might be disgruntled and why, and we went out to try to meet them,” Media Matters executive vice president Ari Rabin-Havt told Politico. “Somebody in that organization is giving us primary source documents.”

Rabin-Havt also told Politico that Media Matters was compiling “opposition research” files on “mid- and senior-level execs and producers.”

“Criticizing Fox News has nothing to do with criticizing the press,” read a 2010 memo by Brock that was acquired by Politico. “Fox News is not a news organization. It is the de facto leader of the GOP, and it is long past time that it is treated as such by the media, elected officials and the public.”

Biden Goons Lock Reporter In Closet

Mainstream media cover their eyes, shuts their mouths. Just imagine the shit storm that would have followed if something like this had happened at a Dick Cheney event.
Not looking for sympathy here, but the life of a political reporter isn’t all champagne and canapes. Consider our man Scott Powers, who was sent over to the Winter Park home of Alan Ginsburg this morning as the designated “pool reporter” — aka scribe — for the fundraiser where Vice President Joe Biden is appearing on behalf of U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.

Turns out the veep hadn’t arrived, but about 150 guests (minimum donation $500) were already in the house. So to prevent Scott from mingling with the crowd, a member of Biden’s advance team consigned him to a storage closet — and then stood outside the door to make sure he didn’t walk out without permission.

Brian Williams Whores For Obama Free Of Charge

A defensive Brian Williams appeared on Wednesday's Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to explain away Barack Obama's handling of the situation in Libya. He also hit the show's for having a "political 'tude" against the President, complaining, "I've never heard you go into this area before."

After the comedian knocked Obama for "playing soccer in Rio," Williams labeled that "unfair." He added, "The President has scrambled phones. He's got video conferencing."

Following jokes from Fallon about the President's NCAA picks, the NBC Nightly News anchor sarcastically replied, "
I think we've seen a little political 'tude coming out tonight. This is interesting."

The journalist did allow that the White House has a perception problem, but continued to defend the President being out of the country: "Even though he's with his daughters and they get very little time off. He's down in South America, three country tour, doing all of the official business."

Williams oddly closed his appearance with an assertion of journalistic independence: "
I don't work for [The White House]. I cover them all equally, Democrats, Republicans."

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Clovis Theories Unabiguously Overthrown

The story of the Clovis Migration has long been one of those "scientific" theories that has lived longer than it should have because of its political implications. This discovery should consign it to the dustbin of scientific wrong turns where it belongs. 
"It's time to abandon the Clovis-first model and develop a new model for the peopling of the Americas," said archaeologist Michael Waters of Texas A&M University, who reported his team's new find in the journal Science. "This shows that people were in the Americas at least 2,500 years before Clovis, allowing plenty of time for the Clovis culture to develop here."

Archaeologist Dan Sandweiss of the University of Maine, who was not involved in the research, added: "This really does bring the occupation of the New World into a pre-Clovis time.... Of the other sites, none are as fully convincing."
Of course, the fact that no one has ever discovered Clovis-type artifacts in Asia, where the Clovis people supposedly came from should have been a clue. As should have been the fact that Clovis artifacts were found in South America that were dated to the same time that the land bridge was supposedly open. That would have required an impossibly fast migration.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

It Pays To Be Tight With Obama

Obama's favorite big corporation pays NO TAXES! Again! Maybe CEO Jeffrey Immelt is looking for a job in Obama's cabinet.
General Electric, the nation’s largest corporation, had a very good year in 2010.

The company reported worldwide profits of $14.2 billion, and said $5.1 billion of the total came from its operations in the United States.

Its American tax bill? None. In fact, G.E. claimed a tax benefit of $3.2 billion.

Make Pestocrats Pay

Pestotcracies thrive when behaving as a pest is cost-free. We’ll never suffer a shortage of shabby, rumpled, pony-tailed leftist lawyers thirsting for celebrity eager to volunteer their time for the pleasure of being a pain in society’s rear end. And we’ll never run short of pests who see it as their business to obstruct everyone else’s business. Together these intolerant, remora-like vermin impose a drag on the normal conduct of life and commerce for the rest of us, destroying jobs and denying tax revenues to the cash-starved governments they claim to love.

Frivolous, harassing lawsuits are the preferred tool of pestocrats as they prosecute their permanent insurrection against democracy. Otherwise sensible judges will show deference to social and political activist lawsuits, even those lacking the slightest merit. And there are also judges eager to abuse their authority and impose their political will by fiat. In either case, courts grant even the tiniest minority making the weakest argument disproportionate clout.

Their choice of venue is understandable. After all, pestocrats have managed to elect a few of their own to high office only to see them shoved to the sidelines in obscurity. When was the last time that Dennis Kucinich exerted the slightest influence on anything? He could accomplish far more by joining his ideological soul mates by lying down on roads and blocking traffic or throwing rocks through windows, or by filing frivolous lawsuits.

Idaho Rep. Dick Harwood (R-St. Maries) has introduced a bill that would require pestocrats seeking to block megaloads in court to post a bond that they would forfeit should they lose. The bond is big enough that they would have trouble raising it in the first place and would sting if they lost it. Up until now, only the plaintiffs has suffered any tangible harm from pestocrat lawsuits. This would level the playing field.

In reality, this principle should be applied to all lawsuits, in which those initiating the lawsuit should bear some level of responsibility for wasting the courts time and peoples’ money. Too many people look at the courts as a form of lottery, hoping  that they will become the next person striking it rich after spilling hot coffee on themselves. Just this last week a woman sued Carnival Cruise Lines because she got sea sick. If judges exercised the common sense God gave six year olds, they would never allow their courtroom to be abused in this way.

Judges permit these side show acts in their courtrooms for any number of reasons. Anyone, even jackasses, is entitled to due process. And let’s face facts. The judge is a lawyer loath to seeing his fellow lawyers underemployed. And many left wing activist judges all but advertise their willingness to conspire with pestocrats.

On top of that, the law profession is a closed community sharing mutual self interests. They may have gone to the same law school or both the judge and the plaintiff’s lawyer may once have shared an office in the law firm of Nasty, Brutish and Short.

Whatever the reason, judges cannot be counted on to filter out these frivolous lawsuits. These nuisance suits end up being tried and ultimately waste the time and money of genuinely productive people.

And judges because are loath to award compensatory damages to the defendant in even the most egregious cases, it is therefore incumbent upon the legislative branch to impose costs upon those who abuse the court system for simple political harassment.

Bravo for Dick Harwood.

As a postscript, I’d like to take note of the words of two prominent politicians who weighed in forcefully on presidential authority to wield military force without the approval of Congress.

The first said: “If he (the president) takes this nation to war… without congressional approval, I will make it my business to impeach him.”

The second politician said: “The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”

“As Commander-in-Chief, the President does have a duty to protect and defend the United States. In instances of self-defense, the President would be within his constitutional authority to act before advising Congress or seeking its consent.”

The first politician was Joe Biden on December 17, 2007. The second politician was Barack Hussein Obama, three days later.

Excuse me if I smirk. Sometimes this job is too easy.

Reducing Global Warming Is Simply Impractical

If we spend the trillions of dollars and surrender all of our freedoms to Big Brother, the global temperature will drop, in a thousand years or so - Maybe.
Even if every country in the world adopts economy-killing carbon caps, they’ll have to wait about 1,000 years for global temperatures to fall, says Australia’s newly appointed climate commissioner.
Tim Flannery, a zoologist and author of an acclaimed 2005 book on climage change, “The Weather Makers,” compares skeptics of global warming to “flat Earth believers.” But he made a point that most global warming alarmists gloss over when he threw down this lightning bolt in an interview with Macquarie Radio’s Andrew Bolt:
“If we cut emissions today, global temperatures are not likely to drop for about a thousand years.”
 That’s not just in Australia, mind you. That’s cutting emissions worldwide.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Dozens Of Voters Uncertain Whom To Support

The Coffee Party, which launched last year to mild public curiosity in reaction to the Tea Party wave, has receded from public view -- in part because of a schism between its centrist leadership and some left-leaning grassroots.

"Days, Not Weeks?"

Weeks? Months? Before heading out on spring break, Obama promised that US involvement in the Libyan "kinetic military action" would be measured in days, not weeks

Having largely succeeded in stopping a rout of Libya’s rebels, the inchoate coalition attacking Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s forces remains divided over the ultimate goal — and exit strategy — of what officials acknowledged Thursday would be a military campaign that could last for weeks. (emphasis mine)

The United States has all but called for Colonel Qaddafi’s overthrow from within — with American commanders on Thursday openly calling on the Libyan military to stop following orders — even as administration officials insist that is not the explicit objective of the bombing, and that their immediate goal is more narrowly defined. 

France has gone further, recognizing the Libyan rebels as the country’s legitimate representatives, but other allies, even those opposed to Colonel Qaddafi’s erratic and authoritarian rule, have balked. That has complicated the planning and execution of the military campaign and left its objective ill defined for now.

Avoiding The "W" Word

White House spokesman Jay Carney spent of today’s press-conference not mentioning the war, and several Democratic advocates suggested that the ‘no-war-here’ approach will be the administration’s Libya policy for weeks and months ahead.

“It is a time-limited, scope-limited military action, in concert with our international partners, with the objective of protecting civilian life in Libya from Muammar Gaddafi and his forces,” Carney said in response to a pointed question about why the administration is not using the W-word, from Fox News’ Wendell Goler.

Carney’s circumlocutions took him through much of the thesaurus as he repeatedly didn’t mention the war during the 37 minute press gaggle. He referred to the U.S. military’s air-attacks and missile-strikes against the Libyan’s government’s airpower and ground forces as ”this mission,” “operation,” and “action,” but only used the W-word twice.

Who Has Worse Taste In Fashion - Moammar Gadhafi Or Lady Gaga?

How Do You Avoid Saying "War?"

Or, how do you say "bullshit?"
“I think what we are doing is enforcing a resolution that has a very clear set of goals, which is protecting the Libyan people, averting a humanitarian crisis, and setting up a no-fly zone,” Rhodes said. “Obviously that involves kinetic military action, particularly on the front end. But again, the nature of our commitment is that we are not getting into an open-ended war, a land invasion in Libya.”

War Versus Spring Break

Say what you will about the Bush White House. It knew something about preparing Congress and the public for war, having done so before invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. A president needs to lay the foundation for military action by holding extensive briefings for Congress and also by explaining to the American people why action is needed and what it will involve.

That's why veterans of the Bush White House can't quite believe what they are seeing from the supposedly communications-savvy Obama administration.

"I am completely mystified," says former top Bush aide Karl Rove, who supports the Libya intervention, "that this administration, of all administrations, makes a decision on a Tuesday night and does not bother to call anybody in Congress until Friday morning, 90 minutes before the policy is going to be executed, to tell them what is going to happen. Can you imagine what would have happened if we had tried to do that? We'd have been barbecued!"

Obama Can't Explain The Inexplicable

President Barack Obama is resisting pressure to deliver an Oval Office speech explaining his policy on Libya — in part, because he doesn’t want to equate what he regards as a smaller, time-limited mission with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Mission Accomplished!

Some Democratic advocates are already touting President Barack Obama’s Libyan intervention as a success, but others, including Democratic foreign-policy gurus, worry that a continued stand-off will damage the president’s polls and wreck efforts to boost the role of transnational organizations, such as the United Nations.

“We’ve accomplished what we needed,” said Lawrence Korb, a senior fellow at the Democratic-affiliated Center for American Progress (CAP). The killing has been halted, no U.S. ground troops are committed, and the mission is supported by the United Nations and the Arab League, so Obama won’t face a political backlash at home, he said. “Politically, he’s golden,” Korb said.
To say the least, this is not a widely held view.

Impeach Obama?

Even one of Nancy Pelosi's top lieutenants thinks that Obama exceeded his Constitutional authority when he attacked Libya. 
Here’s an indication of how angry are Congressional Democrats that President Obama put the U.S. in the mix in Libya without consulting them:

A top Congressional confidant of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat Rep. George Miller, suggested this morning that President Obama acted outside his Presidential authority by engaging in military action without consulting Congress.

An MSNBC anchor asked Miller if he thinks the President acted with proper legal authority in taking military action.

“Well, I’m one of those people who believe that when you’re not defending the shores of the United State, you have an obligation to come to the Congress and ask for permission. So no, I don’t agree with that,” Miller said. He later said he thinks Obama would have gotten permission from Congress.

I can think of at least one really, really good reason why we don't want to impeach Obama.

There Is A Substitute For Victory After All

MacArthur was wrong? Winning is not our top concern. 
President Obama has launched an operation that has two distinct qualities, one highly unusual and the other familiar. At its broadest, Obama's diplomacy has tried to redefine the exercise of American power. It is an effort at a distinctive form of multilateralism, deeper than anything any President has tried before. At the same time, Obama is proposing a limited military intervention for a problem in which U.S. interests are limited.

A Kinetic Military Action Is A War Designed By A Committee

This is what happens when you subordinate your constitutional duties as commander-in-chief to your Spring Break plans.
Obama has conceded that the United States is currently in command of operations, but says that command will be handed off to others in “days, not weeks.”

But news reports make it clear that the overwhelming majority of military forces in action are American. Putting a British or French officer in command will not change that. And putting U.S. forces under foreign command might weaken support for the enterprise here at home.

Obama’s policy is reminiscent of the old saying that a camel is a horse designed by committee.
See here to learn the distinction between a war and a "kinetic military action."

Now This Is Just Too Cool

Why settle for walking, when you can run?

Libyan Confusion

Who's in charge? What's the objective? Who knows? Does Obama care?
President Barack Obama said he was setting clear and unmistakable terms for the U.S. role in Libya: It would be limited, lasting days, not weeks, and its purpose was to protect Libyan citizens.

But that's not the way it's turned out. Less than a week later, the mission has been clouded by confusion and questions about who's in charge and who's doing what — all while the killing of civilians is going on.
The Pentagon claims success in establishing an effective no-fly zone over much of Libya that has grounded Col. Moammar Gadhafi's aging air force. But Gadhafi's tanks and troops are still targeting civilians on the ground...

... "It could still all come around very quickly in our favor. But if that's to happen, we will have to apply much more intensive military power in an effort to make this succeed," said Aaron David Miller, a former top State Department Mideast negotiator in Republican and Democratic administrations.

"But it doesn't appear to me, given the constraints acting upon us and our own reservations, that we're prepared to do that," said Miller.
It's been what? A week? And we're already talking about failure? Against Libya? Now that's change I'd rather not believe in.

Start A War - Go On Spring Break

It’s hard to find a precedent for a president ordering U.S. military forces into action, then heading off for a five-day tour of Latin America, but that’s just what President Barack Obama did when he approved the deployment of air and naval assets to establish a no-fly zone over Libya.

His homecoming gift is a barrage of questions about the military action Obama aides refuse to label a “war.”

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Obama Doctrine - Explained By Andrea Mitchell


Who's In Charge? What's The Objective? What Will Victory Look Like?

Just a few of the inevitable questions when you have a leaderless military operation.
The US government, wary of getting stuck in another war in a Muslim country, would like to hand control of the mission over to NATO, but the alliance is divided. At a meeting on Monday, NATO ambassadors failed to agree on whether the alliance should take control of the mission. NATO involvement would require approval by all 28 members.
France has opposed handing control to NATO because of Arab skepticism about the alliance, which is perceived as being dominated by the US. . . . Turkey, an alliance member which sees itself as a bridge to the Muslim world, is opposing NATO control of the operation. . . . Britain and Italy want the alliance to be in charge of the operation, however.
London's Daily Mail reports that the Germans--whose diplomats helped draft the U.N. resolution authorizing the operation, then refused to vote for it because it was too strong--are withdrawing assets from the Mediterranean "after fears they would be drawn into the conflict if NATO takes over control from the U.S."

A Thug At Home, A Weakling Abroad

Obama loses Dana Milbank. Hey Milbank! Welcome to the club.
After two years of being called a tyrant and a dictator, President Obama returns to Washington from a five-day overseas trip to find that he has become a weakling.

Would-be opponents such as Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty and Sarah Palin had been trying out this somewhat contradictory line of attack for more than a month, as Obama gave mixed signals about events in Egypt and Libya. But the “weak leader” charge gained traction over the weekend, as Obama chose to launch the attack on Gaddafi’s forces while on an excellent adventure in South America with his family.

At about the moment the Tomahawk missiles began to rain down on Libya, Obama was joking with Brazilians about Carnival, the World Cup and the Olympics. Rather than hearing an Oval Office address announcing the new war, Americans got word from the president in a scratchy audio recording. As thousand-pound warheads pounded Libyan forces, Obama was kicking a soccer ball, seeing the sights and watching cowboys in sequins.
It was perilously close to George W. Bush’s My-Pet-Goat moment, when then-President Bush continued reading a storybook with children on Sept. 11, 2001, after he was told that the second World Trade Center tower had been hit.  
Actually, it's not even close to measuring up to George Bush's "My-Pet-Goat" moment.

Joe Biden Threatens Articles Of Impeachment If President Initiates War Without Congressional Approval

The Democrats' Latest Attack On Civil Rights

Get collared years ago on a bogus drug charge because the oregano in your back pocket looked like was a bag of weed? Or maybe a judge back in 2006 dropped those charges because you were able to provide proof for that Adderall prescription? Under proposed legislation, it will not matter if you were innocent all along or even proven innocent by a court of law.

Either way, you can forget about buying a gun.
Democrats think that convicted felons should be casting votes in elections. And they believe that you should lose one of their least favored constitutional rights without a conviction. 

We Are Not Leading - We're Enabling

This isn't war. Because, if this were a military attack, then it would be illegal and unconstitutional. 

And Bush Had The Permission Of Congress....

Bush had twice as many coalition partners as Barack Hussein Obama.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Department Of Race - Not Justice

Well, someone once said that the law was simply retaliation by other means.
Attorney General Eric Holder may be the face of the Justice Department, but behind the scenes, a little-known assistant attorney general named Loretta King (no relation to Martin Luther King, Jr.) has been the driving force behind the DOJ’s recent, most questionable racially motivated decisions.

Neck-deep in the more divisive civil rights cases of the past several years — most notably the New Black Panther voter intimidation case and the recent Dayton, Ohio police department’s testing standards issue — the Obama appointed assistant attorney general has many wondering whether her guide is the law or racial politics.

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Seven Lies in Two Minutes

Reason Number One: Obama Is Not Bush

A critique of the U.S. involvement in the military intervention in Libya that will no doubt be common in coming days is that the Obama administration is making a large error by embarking on a war with a third Muslim country, as if reversing Moammar Gadhafi's momentum against the rebels will be a rerun of the debacle of the war against Saddam Hussein.
Another difference. We won in Iraq. Obama isn't even interested in winning.

Obama Versus Obama

George W. Bush is looking awfully smart these days. What follows is Barack Hussein Obama, circa 2002, explaining his opposition to the Iraq War.
"That’s what I’m opposed to. A dumb war. A rash war. A war based not on reason but on passion, not on principle but on politics.
Now let me be clear – I suffer no illusions about Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal man. A ruthless man. A man who butchers his own people to secure his own power. He has repeatedly defied UN resolutions, thwarted UN inspection teams, developed chemical and biological weapons, and coveted nuclear capacity.
He’s a bad guy. The world, and the Iraqi people, would be better off without him.
But I also know that Saddam poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States, or to his neighbors, that the Iraqi economy is in shambles, that the Iraqi military a fraction of its former strength, and that in concert with the international community he can be contained until, in the way of all petty dictators, he falls away into the dustbin of history.
I know that even a successful war against Iraq will require a US occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences.
I know that an invasion of Iraq without a clear rationale and without strong international support will only fan the flames of the middle east, and encourage the worst, rather than best, impulses of the Arab world, and strengthen the recruitment arm of Al Qaeda.

Obama Punked By The Arab League

I'm sure that Barack Hussein Obama did everything he believed was necessary to earn the "respect" of the Arab League. How's that smart diplomacy working for ya?
European and U.S. forces unleashed warplanes and cruise missiles against Gadhafi on Saturday in a United Nations-backed intervention to prevent the veteran leader from killing civilians as he fights an uprising against his 41-year rule.

But Arab League chief Amr Moussa said what was happening was not what Arabs had envisaged when they called for the imposition of a no-fly zone over Libya.

“What is happening in Libya differs from the aim of imposing a no-fly zone, and what we want is the protection of civilians and not the bombardment of more civilians,” he said.

Obama Promote Brazilian Oil Exploration

While smothering the industry at home. You figure it out.
The agreements were signed on the first day of U.S. President Barack Obama’s two-day visit to Brazil, where he met with Brazilian counterpart Dilma Rousseff and a host of local and U.S. business executives.
Following is a summary of the agreements that were signed:


The United States seeks to be “a strategic energy partner” to Brazil, which recently discovered major new offshore oil reserves. Obama said the United States wants to be one of Brazil’s “best customers” when the oil starts flowing.

China Regrets Libyan Attacks

This would be more believable if China "regretted" Gadhafi's attacks on civilians or North Korea's unprovoked attacks on South Korea.
China on Sunday expressed "regret" over punishing airstrikes by the U.S. and European nations against Libya to enforce a U.N. no-fly zone.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said China "consistently disagrees with the use of force in international relations" and expressed "regret" over the Saturday attacks.

In a statement posted on the ministry's website, Jiang said China "hopes the situation in Libya resumes stability as soon as possible" in order to avoid escalation of a military conflict.

Memory Lane: Obama Shakes Gadhafi's Hand

At least he didn't bow. Ronald Reagan called Gadhafi a "mad dog."

Overpriced Trains Station Named For Joe Biden

As a thank-you to its most famous customer, Amtrak is renaming the train station in Wilmington, Del., after stimulus “sheriff” Vice President Joseph R. Biden — after the project received $20 million in stimulus money and came in $5.7 million over the initial announced budget.

Spokesmen for Mr. Biden, who said he personally fought for stimulus money for Amtrak, didn’t respond to messages Wednesday or Thursday.
And it's appropriate that the Amtrak official had to take a car to the ceremony because the trains were running late.
ABC News Deputy Political Director & Political Reporter Michael Falcone tweeted at approximately 10 a.m. that the Acela train he was riding had been “delayed” in Baltimore and that he was sitting next to Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman.

Falcone tweeted, “Acela to NY delayed for ‘unknown period’ Should I feel better that the Amtrak CEO is sitting next to me?”

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Farrakhan Defends Gadhafi

" I warn my brother do you let these wicked demons move you in a direction that will absolutely ruin your future with your people in Africa and throughout the world...Why don't you organize a group of respected Americans and ask for a meeting with Qaddafi, you can't order him to step down and get out, who the hell do you think you are?"

Warren Christopher, RIP

How could anyone tell?
Warren M. Christopher, the attorney turned envoy who tirelessly traveled to Bosnia and the Middle East on peace missions during his 1993-96 tenure as secretary of state in the Clinton administration, has died at age 85.
What I remember about Warren Christopher was his total impotence during the Iranian hostage crisis. When a military option was being considered, Christopher wanted US soldiers to refrain from killing the enemy. He wanted our soldiers to shoot the guns out of the hands of the Iranians.
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Kari Byron Slideshow

Babes with Barretts.

Just When You Thought That Biden Couldn't Sink Any Lower

I'm beginning to thing that, where Democrats are concerned, there is no bottom.
At a Friday fundraiser in Philadelphia, Vice President Joe Biden said that Republicans are employing a “blame the victim” strategy in addressing falling government revenue by cutting taxes and reducing spending.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Biden compared Republicans’ economic policies to insensitivity toward rape victims. “When a woman got raped, blame her because she was wearing a skirt too short,” Biden said, drawing a parallel.

“We’ve gotten by that,” Biden continued. “It’s amazing how these Republicans, the right wing of this party – whose philosophy threw us into this god-awful hole we’re in, gave us the tremendous deficit we’ve inherited – that they’re now using . . . the very economic condition they have created to blame the victim, whether it’s organized labor or ordinary middle-class working men and women. It’s bizarre.”
Apparently, this is what works with Democrats. Biden raised $400,000.

San Francisco Public Pension System Much Worse Than Admitted

Via Instapundit. Once again, math is hard. Lying is easy.
San Francisco's public-employee pension fund is in weaker shape than many people realize, according to an analysis by Stanford University Professor Joe Nation released Tuesday. It is underfunded by some $6.8 billion, Nation's report finds.

The city's pension fund is officially underfunded by $1.6 billion. Nation's study argues that the pension fund is relying on a 7.75 percent annual rate of return that is unrealistic over the long term. The study argues for 6.2 percent, which it says was the average rate of return in the capital markets from 1900 through 1999.

Who's Afraid Of Barack Hussein Obama?

Residents of Misurata and Adjabiya in Libya said pro-Gadhafi forces were continuing an assault on their cities, hours after the Libyan government had announced a cease-fire in response to a U.N. Security Council resolution.

In satellite phone interviews with The Washington Times on Friday, residents reported no interruption in fighting between anti-government and pro-Gadhafi forces...

...Speaking at the White House, President Obama warned Col. Gadhafi to stop killing Libyans or else face military action from the U.S. and its allies, including those in the Arab world.

Moammar Gadhafi has a choice,” Mr. Obama said. “The United States, the United Kingdom, France and Arab states agree that a cease-fire must be implemented immediately. That means all attacks against civilians must stop.

Gadhafi must stop his troops from advancing on Benghazi, pull them back from Ajdabiya, Misurata and Zawiya, and establish water, electricity and gas supplies to all areas,” he said.

Obama Threatens Gadhafi With Equivocation

Obama might, or might not, send in the Marines.
Obama did not specify what military actions he would consider, but administration officials have said that American forces could help enforce a no-fly zone to prevent the Libyan leader from using his air force to bomb civilians.

Obama will leave for Brazil late Friday, his travel plans unaffected by the international crisis.

European Governments Have No Idea Where Obama Stands On Libya

Is this what smart diplomacy looks like? At least when he was in the Illinois senate, Barack Hussein Obama voted "present." He hasn't even showed that much leadership lately.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's meetings in Paris with the G8 foreign ministers on Monday left her European interlocutors with more questions than answers about the Obama administration's stance on intervention in Libya. 

Inside the foreign ministers' meeting, a loud and contentious debate erupted about whether to move forward with stronger action to halt Col. Muammar al-Qaddafi's campaign against the Libyan rebels and the violence being perpetrated against civilians. Britain and France argued for immediate action while Germany and Russia opposed such a move, according to two European diplomats who were briefed on the meeting. 

Clinton stayed out of the fray, repeating the administration's position that all options are on the table but not specifically endorsing any particular step. She also did not voice support for stronger action in the near term, such as a no-fly zone or military aid to the rebels, both diplomats said. 

"The way the U.S. acted was to let the Germans and the Russians block everything, which announced for us an alignment with the Germans as far as we are concerned," one of the diplomats told The Cable.

Puppet Masters For NPR And Congress Too?

How much does a congressman cost?

It may well be past time for James O’Keefe to take his hidden cameras to the halls of Congress. Or, more precisely, he should take them into Congressional offices to find out how much influence he can purchase there.

James O’Keefe is a practitioner of sting journalism, a style of information gathering that blue blooded, communications school educated and therefore, pristinely ethical journalists disdain, unless it’s a blogger pretending to be billionaire conservative activist David Koch calling Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, or ABC News running sting operations on ordinary Americans, or CBS’s 60 Minutes every Sunday, or... You get the picture.

It’s one of those situational ethics things. And it’s very common in journalism. It’s the sort of thing that requires a degree in journalism to distinguish from bias.

Every real journalist knows where the ethical line is, even if the rest of us don’t have a clue, unless it has something to do with ideology, which couldn’t be. Because everyone knows that the journalism profession is above ideology and can be trusted to deliver unbiased facts. That’s one of the things that sets them above us – and far above James O’Keefe.

And it permits James O’Keefe access to the low hanging fruit that real journalists elect to leave unpicked.

And because his methods, or perhaps his results, are so distasteful to the journalistic elite, consumers of news from traditional news media might not have heard that James O’Keefe snared high level National Public Radio executives schmoozing with undercover journalists pretending to represent a fictitious Muslim Brotherhood front group, the Muslim Education Action Center. O’Keefe’s actors offered NPR $5 million in exchange for more sympathetic coverage of the Palestinian cause.

The NPR executives were clearly eager to make the deal. And to prove their devotion to the Muslim Brotherhood’s cause, they enthusiastically indulged themselves in a little anti-Semitism.

Ron Schiller explained to his guests that “Jews own the newspapers,” but not NPR. His fellow NPR fundraiser, Betsey Liley, volunteered no dissent from his statements, and even speculated on how NPR could hide the donation from federal auditors. In addition, Schiller nodded his agreement with the actors’ complaint that, “Jews do kind of control the media,” and that they would like to see, “less Jew influence on NPR.”

The release of the video forced the resignations of both NPR executives involved in the meeting and culminated in the dismissal of NPR President and CEO, Vivian Schiller.

One wonders what editorial influence George Soros purchased with his recent $1.8 million donation to NPR and what sort of discussions attended that gift, although he would hardly have to pay NPR to disseminate his ideology. They’re pretty much on the same page already.

But even though there is not yet a video of similar interactions between certain members of Congress and the Muslim Brotherhood, recent testimony suggests that a similar sting opportunity is ripening on Capital Hill. The Daily Caller, an online magazine and news aggregator site created by Andrew Breitbart, discovered an eerie similarity between Democratic criticisms of Congressman Peter King (R-NY) and talking points issued by the Muslim Political Affairs Council, a domestic group very closely affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, and not James O’Keefe.

The similarities are so striking that the Democrats’ rhetorical flourishes might qualify as plagiarism if discovered in a college term paper.

First, the MPAC accused King of, “pure political posturing,” a criticism then repeated word for word by Representative Laura Richardson (D-CA).

And after the MPAC expressed the ironic concern that these hearings would “hurt national security,” Representative Al Green (D-Texas) said the same thing and even gave the same reason - because of the hearing’s “narrow scope.”

Someone should have asked him how much home grown Hindu terrorism has threatened the US lately.

Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) scrolled right down the MPAC’s list, scarcely altering a word. He most certainly would have found himself before a disciplinary board if he had tried to pass that off as his own work in college.

Which makes one wonder – just how much does the Muslim Brotherhood have to pay for the privilege of puppeteering congressmen in Washington? NPR’s Ron Schiller and Betsey Liley at least had the decency to place a $5 million price tag on their ethics. Do these congressmen’s principles come with a price tag in the range of NPR fundraisers, or are they simply useful idiots?

Friday, March 18, 2011

Obama Misunderestimates The Deficit

Math is hard. Lying is easy.
A new assessment of President Barack Obama's budget released Friday says the White House underestimates future budget deficits by more than $2 trillion over the upcoming decade.

The estimate from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says that if Obama's February budget submission is enacted into law it would produce deficits totaling $9.5 trillion over 10 years -- an average of almost $1 trillion a year.

America Transformed

Obama’s campaign slogan was mesmerisingly simple and brimming with self-belief: “Yes we can.” His presidency, however, is turning out to be more about “no we won’t.” Even more worryingly, it seems to be very much about: “Maybe we can… do what, exactly?“ The world feels like a dangerous place when leaders are seen to lack certitude but the only thing President Obama seems decisive about is his indecision. What should the US do about Libya? What should the US do about the Middle East in general? What about the country’s crippling debts? What is the US going to do about Afghanistan, about Iran?

What is President Obama doing about anything? The most alarming answer – your guess is as good as mine – is also, frankly, the most accurate one. What the President is not doing is being clear, resolute and pro-active, which is surely a big part of his job description. This is what he has to say about the popular uprising in Libya: “Gaddafi must go.” At least, that was his position on March 3.

Since then, other countries – most notably Britain and France – have been calling for some kind of intervention. Even the Arab League, a notoriously conservative organisation, has declared support for sanctions. But from the White House has come only the blah-blah of bland statements filled with meaningless expressions

The World Follows Sarah Palin

 The call by the Arab League for Western military intervention in an Arab state — in this case asking that a UN “no-fly zone” be imposed over Libya – is not only without precedent but it puts in formal terms what Governor Palin stated three weeks ago should have been America’s response to the political and humanitarian crisis now unfolding there.

The former GOP vice presidential candidate was being interviewed on February 23rd on national television by Sean Hannity on a range of issues. On the Libya crisis, she proposed a no-fly-zone to protect the armed and un-armed opposition to the Qaddafi regime. Mrs. Palin’s formulation had been blogged about for nearly a week when it was echoed by the man who, before the Iraq war, had led the Iraq democratic movement in exile, Ahmed Chalabi.

Have Bill And Hillary Decided To Protect The Clinton Brand?

First, Slick Willie trashed Obama for his illegal Gulf of Mexico drilling moratorium, and now Hillary's has had enough of Obama's limp-wristed foreign policy.
“Obviously, she’s not happy with dealing with a president who can’t decide if today is Tuesday or Wednesday, who can’t make his mind up,” a Clinton insider told The Daily. “She’s exhausted, tired.”

Obama Embraces Hamas

The FBI won't even talk to the Council on American-Islamic Relations due to the group's extremist ties. But they're welcome in the Obama White House.
White House officials have applauded advocacy efforts by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, even though top FBI managers refuse to meet its leaders, the council has been judged by courts to have been associated with the Islamic terror group Hamas, and several of its employees and members have been jailed or expelled for jihadi-related terrorist offenses since 2001.

CAIR was publicly applauded at a Mar. 10 White House event by Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to the president for intergovernmental affairs and public engagement, for its work with MTV to counter “bullying.” “Bullying can be prevented if we all take action,” said Jarrett, as she cited the MTV project, and named CAIR as a partner.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

We Shall Overcome...

Fiscal responsibility. Overpaying public employees is like black civil rights in the sixties.
"April 4 [is] the day on which Martin Luther King Jr. gave his life for the cause of public collective bargaining," Trumka said in another speech, in Washington, on Wednesday. And on the AFL-CIO blog, there is this notice: "Join us to make April 4, 2011, a day to stand in solidarity with working people in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and dozens of other states where well-funded, right-wing corporate politicians are trying to take away the rights Dr. King gave his life for."

Obama Nominee Accidentally Tells The Truth

If Hillary Clinton Gave Barack Obama One Of Her Balls...

Then they'd both have two. Actually, I think that Barack Obama might finally have one. I have no idea how many Hillary would have left over.
Clinton’s position was vindicated early Thursday evening when the United Nations Security Council - at the urging of the United States - approved a resolution authorizing “all necessary measures” to protect Libyan civilians, including a no-fly zone. U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice told reporters that such a move could involve direct attacks on pro-Qadhafi forces now bearing down on the rebel stronghold of Benghazi in eastern Libya. 

Clinton’s persistence in the anti-Qadhafi cause has been such a constant in the White House in recent days that Obama, according to reports, joked about Clinton lobbing rocks through his window during his remarks at Saturday night’s Gridiron dinner. 

“Stay tuned,” said one Clinton friend when asked if the secretary would ultimately prevail.