December 31, 2009

Predictions For 2010

I haven't done predictions in a couple of years, but I've decided that this is a good opportunity to do so. We'll review them next December and see how I've done.

  1. Obama's approval rating sinks to 40% before rising back above 50% -- but it will not exceed 55% during 2010.

  2. Republicans take the House in November -- but not by much. Republicans do not take the Senate in November, but raise their total seats in the body to 46. Republicans continue their lock on statewide offices in Texas.

  3. Unemployment soars to 12% after Obama and the Democrats implement a second "job-creating" stimulus plan.

  4. MSNBC continues to wallow at the bottom of the news ratings.

  5. As 2010 ends, the leading contenders for the GOP nomination in 2012 will be (in alphabetical order) Eric Cantor, Mitch Daniels, Sarah Palin, Tim Pawlenty, and Mitt Romney.

  6. The mullahcracy in Iran falls to a popular revolution in the spring.

  7. Gitmo remains open after Congress refuses to appropriate money to house the imprisoned terrorists in the US.

  8. Obama gets another Supreme Court vacancy to fill when John Paul Stevens steps down at the end of the current term -- and he nominates Hillary Clinton to fill it.

  9. A successful Islamic terrorist attack in America's heartland results in the Obama Administration taking serious action to defend America, including closer examination of Muslim institutions in the US blaming George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

  10. The Houston Texans will make the playoffs for the first time in team history following the 2010 season.

So, folks, what do you think? Feel free to comment below, or offer your own predictions.

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Chris Matthews Owns Up To His Partisan Bias

So much for objective journalism from Tingles -- not that we expect anything better from MSNBC hosts.

It comes right at the very beginning.

MATTHEWS: President Bush took six days according to the record to respond to the shoe bomber -- the president we have now, OUR president, took three days. . .

Got that -- Barack Obama is "OUR president" to Chris Matthews, while George W. Bush was not. I think that speaks volumes, don't you.

Which, of course, is why Matthews then lets his left-wing guest take a markedly different stance on dissent than Matthews and his fellow lefties did during the Bush years.

JOAN WALSH: . . . the climate right now is that Republicans do everything they can to undermine and delegitimize this president, and its actually un-American, its traitorous in my opinion. Do you want to give aid and comfort to our enemies? Continue to treat this president like he wasn't elected and he doesn't know what he's doing. . .

Interestingly enough, she has just described the tactics of the Left during the entire eight years of the bush Administration. is this a confession that the Left was engaged in treason when George W. Bush was president? Is it projection by a lefty on to her political opponents? Or is it a hypocritical double standard that liberal "journalists" like Matthews are willing to let pass because it conforms with their warped and biased view of reality?

H/T Weasel Zippers

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Watcher's Council Results

On Christmas day, the following winners were announced in the latest Watcher's Council vote.

Council Submissions

Non-Council Submissions

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December 29, 2009

A Global Warming Observation

There is a certain arrogance to climate scientists who presume that the average temperature/sea level today (or in the recent past) is the ideal from which we ought to benchmark all changes, and that such changes are, by definition, both negative and caused by human activity.

Which brings me to this observation regarding the level of the ocean and the nature of certain islands.

Waterworld I live on an island that is part of an atoll. An atoll is the coral ring around the place where a larger island used to be. Over the eons, the island eroded away but left behind the much sturdier reef, which is very similar to a solid band of concrete. Coral grows only under water, so at the time when this atoll was formed, the land Im sitting on was at least a few inches under water at low tide. Right now, this land is a few feet above water at high tide.

Why is it above water now? Every coral isle dotted around the 154-mile circumference of the ancient island is the same height above water, and this is true for just about every atoll in Micronesia. Its not likely that tectonic forces lifted the whole thing out of the water while keeping everything else level. The only reasonable conclusion is that sea levels were once much higher than they are now. From where Im sitting, Id say they were roughly 10 feet higher. And they had to be that high for quite a long period of time for the very slow-growing coral to build to this point.

While Id hate for global warming to submerge my home, it does seem that would be the more common state of nature. Jeff Wrobel

What? You mean that it was necessary for those atolls to have been underwater for them to have formed in the first place, because of the nature of the coral from which they were formed? And that somehow the water level dropped so as to expose these atolls and render them into land for people to live upon? How could this be?

The answer, for anyone who pays attention to the history of climate, is that there is a natural cycle to earth's climate and those atolls will naturally be above and below sea level based upon where the earth is in its natural climate cycle. And just as Greenland was once green land with an exposed coast line rather than a glacier -covered land form with its coastal areas hidden beneath ice, so it will be again in the natural course of things.

Does this mean we should not develop alternate sources of energy or take proper precautions to mitigate the effects of long-term rises in sea level? Of course not! But it does mean that we should be do so based upon valid concerns and not rigged scientific studies that are then manipulated for political purposes.

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A Quote To Consider

A comment from the European context.

Flemish comedian and singer Urbanus: For years I have been saying that that the strongest weapon of the Left is a stamp with a swastika. They stamp that on the forehead of anyone who is not in the left-wing corner, so all those people will have the reflex: Oops, thats what Id better remain silent about. I cannot stand that.

In America, that stamp has KKK on it -- but its use is the same. We've seen it applied over the last year against anyone on the right who dares to speak critically of Barack Obama and his policies, even when their words contain no reference to race.

H/T Gates of Vienna

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O Come Let Us Adore Him

Obama, the demigod!

Who apparently, according to one European commentator, is greater than Jesus.

If such a comparison were to be made, it would, of course, inevitably be to Obamas advantage.

Today, his historic Health Reform is being passed through the American Senate a welfare policy breakthrough that several of his predecessors have been unable to manage.

Despite all the compromises, it has finally been possible to ensure something so fundamental, as the right of every American not to be financially shipwrecked when their health fails them. Add to that the biggest ever financial support package in Americas history, a major disarmament agreement and the quickest-ever re-establishment of American reputation.

On the other hand, we have Jesus miracles that everyone still remembers, but which only benefitted a few. At the same time, we have the wonderful parables about his life and deeds that we know from the New Testament, but which have been interpreted so differently over the past 2000 years that it is impossible to give an unequivocal result of his work.

Obama is, of course, greater than Jesus if we have to play that absurd Christmas game. But it is probably more meaningful to insist that with todays domestic triumph, that he has already assured himself a place in the history books a space he has good chances of expanding considerably in coming years.

Good grief!

But this does raise a question for me. Given the level of religious devotion shown Obama by his supporters, doesn't the Establishment Clause kick in to make him ineligible to serve as president due to the requirements of the separation of church and state?

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December 28, 2009

The Consequences Of Treating The Crotch Bomber As A Criminal

We don't get to interrogate him and gather intelligence on the organization with which he is affiliated.

After all, as a criminal defendant, he has the right to remain silent and cannot be interrogated without his attorney present -- and/or a grant of immunity.

[W]e also don't get to interrogate him to find out who he was working with and what other plots are out there. If he were treated as an enemy combatant and transferred to military commission system, we could use Army Field Manual techniques without Miranda (not as effective as enhanced techniques, of course, but much better than standard police practice). We could use his non-Mirandized statements against him in military commissions, so long as the statements were not forcibly coerced and were otherwise reliable. Instead, it's three squares a day, the best legal defense the ACLU can provide, and maybe the chance for parole before the kids he was trying to kill on that plane even make it out of college.

And yet some people wonder why closing Gitmo and treating its denizens as civilian criminals is a bad idea.

And why so many of us do not consider Barack Obama to be serious about keeping America safe from jihadi terror.

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But It Took Him Three Days To Respond To A Terrorist Attack

George W. Bush was sharply criticized when, on 9/11, he decided to allow a group of children to have a last few minutes of normalcy after being informed of the WTC attacks.

Barack Obama, on the other hand, waited three days before interrupting his vacation to talk to Americans about the Crotch-Bomber attack on Christmas Day.

However, we now know what will get the Obama's immediate attention and cause him to leave the golf course during his vacation.

President Obama has left a golf course abruptly while vacationing in Hawaii on Monday for a "personal matter," and an ambulance was seen speeding to the first family's compound.

CBS 2 has learned that the incident does not involve any member of the first family, and that a young family friend traveling with them has suffered a minor injury. Sources say a child friend was injured by a surfboard while playing on the beach, but no additional details on the injury were reported just yet.

Journalists when they returned to the secured neighborhood where Obama was staying saw an ambulance speed past with its lights on. The ambulance then left the neighborhood with a black sedan trailing.

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After a brief delay, Obama returned to the course.

Isn't it good to know that our president has his priorities straight?

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Obama Human Rights Definition Identical To That Of Soviet Union: Washington Post

In a stunning reversal of decades of American policy and a century of American political tradition, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced that the US has adopted the definition of human rights espoused by the Communist regime that enslaved much of Eastern Europe during the twentieth century.

That isn't my analysis -- that is the position taken by the Washington Post in a stunning editorial.

The Obama administration, she said, would "see human rights in a broad context," in which "oppression of want -- want of food, want of health, want of education, and want of equality in law and in fact" -- would be addressed alongside the oppression of tyranny and torture. "That is why," Ms. Clinton said, "the cornerstones of our 21st-century human rights agenda" would be "supporting democracy" and "fostering development."

This is indeed an important change in U.S. human rights policy -- but the idea behind it is pure 20th century. Ms. Clinton's lumping of economic and social "rights" with political and personal freedom was a standard doctrine of the Soviet Bloc, which used to argue at every East-West conference that human rights in Czechoslovakia were superior to those in the United States, because one provided government health care that the other lacked. In fact, as U.S. diplomats used to tirelessly respond, rights of liberty -- for free expression and religion, for example -- are unique in that they are both natural and universal; they will exist so long as governments do not suppress them. Health care, shelter and education are desirable social services, but they depend on resources that governments may or may not possess. These are fundamentally different goods, and one cannot substitute for another.

As the editorial goes on to note, this seems to be the basis for putting a higher value on economic development around the world rather than human freedom and the right to choose one's own government leaders. It is likely, therefore, that we will continue to see the Obama Regime continue its weak support of democracy around the world, its relative silence on the oppression of those aspiring to have American-style freedom in such nations. In short, the human rights agenda for the twenty-first century espoused by Obama and his surrogates is likely to look more like the agenda of Stalin, Khrushchev, and Brezhnev than that of Truman, Kennedy, and Reagan.

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Fire Hillary!

The Obama/Clinton State Department TWICE missed the Crotch-Bomber's active visa after he was reported to US officials by his father.

According to a law enforcement source, the first failure came on Nov. 19, 2009, the very same day Abdulmutallab fathers, Dr. Umaru Mutallab, a prominent banking official in Nigeria, expressed deep concern to officials at the U.S. Embassy in Abjua, Nigeria, that his 23-year-old son had fallen under the influence of "religious extremists" in Yemen.

The second failure to flag an active visa belonging to Abdulmuttalab occurred the very next day in Washington, after Mutallab's concerns were forwarded to officials there. It was only after the Christmas Day terror attack in Detroit that U.S. officials learned that Abdulmuttalab had been issued a visa by the U.S. Embassy in London valid from June 16, 2008, through June 12, 2010.

Now some leftards have tried to blame the Bush Administration for the original issuance of the visa in 2008. However, the reports that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab had become involved with religious extremism were not made until November of 2009, nearly a year and a half after the visa was issued. The Crotch-Bomber should have been caught by two different checks, but was not.

Hillary Clinton, as head of the State Department, ought to be fired over this failure -- as should the incompetent Janet Napolitano over at TSA, whose performance since the attack has been nothing short of mind-bogglingly inept.

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Obama Regime To Israel: Who Do You Think You Are Killing Terrorists?

Seriously. That is the implicit message here.

( The United States has demanded clarifications from Israel after IDF special forces killed three terrorists Saturday who murdered a civilian, Rabbi Meir Chai, on Thursday.

Calls were made to National Security Adviser Prof. Uzi Arad, apparently by senior U.S. Administration officials, in which he was asked to provide clarifications.

The proper answer, if Israel deigns to respond at all to such an insulting demand, should be that Israel is a nation that takes its security in the face of Islamic terrorism much more seriously than the US does -- and which still has leaders who have functioning testicles.

H/T Atlas Shrugs

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When Is A Tax Not A Tax?

When a liberal tells you it isn't.

The assessment proposed in the Senate is not a new tax; it is the elimination of an existing tax break that is provided to exactly these firms. Under current law, if workers are paid in wages, they are taxed on those wages. But if they receive the same amount of compensation in the form of health insurance, they are not taxed. As a result, the tax code has for years provided a large subsidy to the most expensive health plans -- at a cost to the U.S. taxpayer of more than $250 billion a year. To put this in proportion, the cost of this tax subsidy to employer-sponsored insurance is more than twice what it will cost to provide universal health coverage to our citizens.

The excise tax on generous insurance plans would simply offset this bias for the most expensive health insurance plans -- and only on a partial basis. To understand how, consider two firms. One has an average insurance cost per family of $13,000, the national average. The other spends twice that much, $26,000 -- perhaps because its workers are older or perhaps because it provides much more generous coverage. Under today's system, a typical middle-income worker at the first firm gets a tax break of $4,550 while a worker at the second gets a $9,100 break. Taxpayers are literally sending twice as much money to the second firm simply because its insurance is more expensive -- regardless of the reason.

The most amusing part of the argument on why the new tax on health care benefits is not a tax is that the liberal idiot making the argument cannot even discuss it without calling it a tax.

Not to Professor Gruber of MIT -- when you can't explain why a tax is not a tax without calling it a tax, then it is a tax.

Not to students of Professor Gruber of MIT -- if you are signed up for this guy's class next term, drop it immediately. if you have taken his classes in the past, round up your classmates and a couple of attorneys and file a class action suit to get your tuition money back, because he clearly lacks the qualifications to teach economics on any level.

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December 25, 2009

THe Nativity Story According To The Gospel of Luke

Chapter 2


1 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.
2 This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria.
3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.
4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David,
5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.
6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered.
7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.
10 Then the angel said to them, Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.
11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
14 Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!
15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.
16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.
17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child.
18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.
20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.

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An American Hero Passes

Col. Robert Howard -- America's most decorated hero of the modern era.

What a pity that we have not heard more about the passing of this man.

I'll let Brian Williams of NBCNews provide a send-off that honors this man better than I could ever hop to do.

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BRIAN WILLIAMS: We have a brief special word tonight about a very special man whose story you should know about, in part because his story will be told for generations to come. Robert Howard might have been the toughest American alive while he was among us. Bob was the only man ever to be nominated for the Medal of Honor three times for three separate acts of staggering heroism in combat. But you can only receive one Medal of Honor per lifetime, and so that's what he got in 1971 from President Nixon. That's not all he got, though. He received eight Purple Hearts, eight of them. There were Silver Stars, four Bronze Stars, two Distinguished Service Crosses. It's believed Bob Howard was the most heavily-decorated American veteran of the modern era, period.

He was a proud product of Alabama, and he let you know it. He was a Green Beret, Special Forces. While technically he fought in the Vietnam War, he fought in Laos and Cambodia and all kinds of other places where we were once told U.S. forces weren't fighting at the time. In one 54-month period he was wounded 14 times. He served five tours of duty in Vietnam. And in recent years, he loved his trips to Iraq and Afghanistan to visit the men and women in uniform and in the fight there.

Bob had two master's degrees, but for the most part he was a soldier with only one employer. When he retired from service back in 2006, as a full colonel, he'd been an employee of the US government in all for 50 years. That old expression, "They don't make them like him anymore," well, they don't. Bob Howard died today. He was 70 years old. Cancer did what the enemy never could do. It got him and brought him down. He leaves behind three children, several grandchildren, a lot of us who were proud to be his friend. In addition, Bob Howard leaves behind a grateful nation.

May God grant eternal rest and peace to this man who dedicated his life to the defense of our nation.

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Just A Friendly Reminder

What Obama has wrought with his policies and programs.


This is a comparison of what Obama said would happen under his policies against what happened when we followed his policies. And given how well he has done with unemployment, do you really want to allow him to implement his policies regarding your health care?

There is still time -- Contact your congresspeople and senators, Write the local paper and call the talk radio shows. There is still time to scuttle this mess if the American people speak in a voice loud enough to make it clear -- we reject the legislation passed by the House and the legislation passed by the Senate.


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The President's Christmas Address

No, not that president.

This is the best Christmas address from the man who will always hold that title in my heart -- the one holder of that office in my lifetime who I would argue has best lived up to what that office ought to be.

I give you Ronald Reagan's 1981 Christmas message to the American people.

Today we find both faith and freedom under attack in this country. Take comfort and hope from these words from a great man of our nation's recent past, and resolve once more to devote yourself to holding on to both and working to secure them in the months and years ahead.

Continue to be enlightened while reading "The President's Christmas Address" »

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Two Week's Watcher's Council Results

I've been remiss in posting these Watcher's Council results, so let them appear as the ghosts of voting past.

December 18, 2009

Council Submissions

Non-Council Submissions

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December 21, 2009

Is Obama Bad For America

That was the question in a recent poll.

And the survey says ---

58 percent of Americans believe that decisions by the Obama administration have been bad for America, as opposed to 37 percent who think Obamas decisions have been good for America.

And yet somehow we are supposed to believe that only a racist fringe opposes Obama.

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A Proper Response?

Limited debate.

No amendments.

Undisguised bribery.

Votes in the dark of night.

Disdain for the opposition of the American people.

It seems to me that some of our so-called representatives in Washington have forgotten a founding principal of this nation.

Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. . . .

Has the time come to take a page from an earlier era's playbook?

Continue to be enlightened while reading "A Proper Response?" »

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December 19, 2009

Coprse Hauled Out To Support ObamaCare

No, not the aged Kluxer who sits three heartbeats from the presidency thanks to the the ascendancy of the Democrats. I mean the corpse of a dead Senator dragged through the pages of the Washington Post by his allegedly grieving widow in an effort to pass legislation rejected by the American people.

My late husband, Ted Kennedy, was passionate about health-care reform. It was the cause of his life. He believed that health care for all our citizens was a fundamental right, not a privilege, and that this year the stars -- and competing interests -- were finally aligned to allow our nation to move forward with fundamental reform. He believed that health-care reform was essential to the financial stability of our nation's working families and of our economy as a whole.

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The bill before Congress will finally deliver on the urgent needs of all Americans. It would make their lives better and do so much good for this country. That, in the end, must be the test of reform. That was always the test for Ted Kennedy. He's not here to urge us not to let this chance slip through our fingers. So I humbly ask his colleagues to finish the work of his life, the work of generations, to allow the vote to go forward and to pass health-care reform now. As Ted always said, when it's finally done, the people will wonder what took so long.

Who gives a rat's hindquarters what the drunken sod would have wanted? The American people are overwhelmingly against this legislation, or anything resembling it.

Do we peasants need to descend upon the Capitol and White House carrying torches and pitchforks to get our message across?


What will it take to get our so-called representatives to actually represent us on this issue and put a stop to the monstrosity being foiset upon us by Obama, Pelosi and Reid?

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A Rude Awakening

'Twas the first day of Christmas break,
And all through the land
Teachers needed not to wake
To grade or to plan.

And I in my boxers
And my spouse in her gown
Were snuggled up toasty
And still drowsing around.

A planned implosion of a Pasadena chemical plant prompted several reports of explosions early this morning.

The implosion of the Sunoco Inc. plant at 9802 Fairmont Parkway in Pasadena took place at 7:30 a.m. Officials say there is no threat to the public.


Whose bright idea was it to blow the thing up at 7:30 in the morning on the Saturday before Christmas?

Heck -- whose bright idea was it to blow it up at 7:30 in the morning any day of the week, but especially on the weekend?

As the crow flies, we are talking about a place that is probably less than 6 miles from our house. And given that there was an explosion and fire at a chemical plant merely 1 1/2 miles away less than two weeks ago, it was a particularly unpleasant way to start the day.

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December 18, 2009

Another Liberal Double Standard

Heres the opening sentence from todays Paul Krugman column.

A message to progressives: By all means, hang Senator Joe Lieberman in effigy.

Could you imagine the howls of outrage if a conservative columnist were to suggest that it would be acceptable for conservatives to hang President Barack Obama in effigy over policy differences? And would there not be screams of raaaaacism from the Left, demands for hate crime prosecutions and Secret Service investigations if those conservatives actually did it?

But then again, we all know that the rules on political speech and dialog differ for liberals and conservatives.

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Improper Spying?

Initially, this looks bad.

The Department of Homeland Security improperly gathered intelligence on the Nation of Islam for eight months in 2007 when the leader of the black Muslim group, Louis Farrakhan, was in poor health and appeared to be yielding power, according to government documents released Wednesday.

The intelligence gathering violated domestic spying rules because analysts took longer than 180 days to determine whether the U.S-based group or its American members posed a terrorist threat. Analysts also disseminated their report too broadly, according to documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil liberties group.

Sounds damning, doesnt it.

But then I came across this little detail that I think makes all the difference in the world.

Charles E. Allen, who was DHS undersecretary for intelligence and analysis at the time, said that although violations were unintentional and inadvertent -- only publicly available information was collected -- the report should never have been issued.

Hold on. Only public information was gathered. In other words, only what was available in libraries anon the internet. That does not rise to the level of spying in my book unless the research paper I just assigned my college students requires them to spy on government agencies and lobbying special interest groups like the NRA and MADD.

Frankly, if the law prohibits the collection and retention of such information by government agencies, then the law is an ass.

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About That Economic Stimulus Bill

It looks like creating jobs was not the criteria for distribution of the funds. It was who voted Democratic in recent elections.

A new analysis of the $157 billion distributed by the American Reinvestment and Recovery act, popularly known as the stimulus bill, shows that the funds were distributed without regard for what states were most in need of jobs.

You would think that if the stimulus money was actually spent to create jobs, there would be more stimulus money spent in high unemployment states, said Veronique de Rugy, a scholar at the Mercatus Center who produced the analysis. "But we don't find any correlation."

Even more damning was the assessment that We find no correlation between economic indicators and stimulus funding. Preliminary results find no statistically significant effect of unemployment, median income or mean income on stimulus funds allocation.

But there is a clear relationship between the partisanship of congressional districts and the dollars spent there. Democrat districts nearly doubled the spending of Republican districts, and having a Republican representative was likely to result in a district receiving nearly 25% less funding than comparable Democrat districts.

And people wonder why the stimulus bill was looked at as partisan pork by so many conservatives.

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Members Of The Religion Of Terrorism Object To Being Viewed As Potential Terrorists

They are scared, they are angry, and they want law enforcement to quit engaging in standard law enforcement tactics to stop their co-religionists from killing and maiming the people of the United States!

The anxiety and anger have been building all year. In March, a national coalition of Islamic organizations warned that it would cease cooperating with the F.B.I. unless the agency stopped infiltrating mosques and using agents provocateurs to trap unsuspecting Muslim youth.

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There is a sense that law enforcement is viewing our communities not as partners but as objects of suspicion, said Ingrid Mattson, president of the Islamic Society of North America, who represented Muslims at the national prayer service a day after President Obamas inauguration. A lot of people are really, really alarmed about this.

Sadly, there are too many terrorists among the followers of the teachings of Muhammad. Here and abroad, there are large numbers of Muslims who believe that their faith requires them to kill Americans and other infidels in the name of Allah. To find them and stop them, that means that Muslims are going to be objects of suspicion. It isnt fair, but it is irresponsible for the government to act otherwise. And as we saw at Fort Hood, ignoring signs of Islamist radicalism has deadly consequences for innocent victims.

That said, I understand the feelings of those Muslims who object to such things and I am prepared to bid them a tearful farewell as they depart our country for a nation where they will be more free and subject to less official oppression.

And I have no doubt that such a nation will not be found in the Muslim world.

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Rules For Greenies

Victor David Hanson offers these five green commandments for those who publicly champion extreme greenism in order to stop climate change. They certainly seem reasonable to me.

1) No green public advocate shall have personal business interests predicated on climate-change remedies.

(2) No green public advocate shall fly in a private jet.

(3) No green public advocate shall ride in a limousine.

(4) No green public advocate shall live in a mansion.

(5) Every green advocate shall limit transcontinental jet trips to one per year.

Lets think about these, shall we.

The first is basic conflict-of-interest stuff. After all, Al Gore makes money off of carbon offsets. That makes it hard to tell if his advocacy is to save the earth or line his pockets.

The next three seem equally reasonable. If you want to impose draconian lifestyle restrictions on the rest of us, why dont you actually live it first?

And as for number five, Id like to take it a step beyond what Hanson proposes. Id include intercontinental trips as well. And make it clear that the restriction does not allow for a round-trip that is one trip, one way.

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December 17, 2009

Nancy Pelosi's Fascist Tendencies

On display for all to see.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) today barred Republican members of the congressional delegation to Copenhagen for the U.N. climate change conference from participation in the official congressional press conference at Bella Center. Sources at the event told HUMAN EVENTS that Republicans were not initially informed of the event then were subsequently barred from participation. The Bella Center is the base for the U.S. Delegation in Copenhagen.

Around 3:45 pm local time today, Republican members of Congress and their staffs were rounded up for transport back to their hotels on busses just as the press conference began. They were not allowed to hold their own press conference.

It is possible that the Republican members of the delegation may be permitted to hold a press conference tomorrow.


But only if Queen Bitch deigns to grant dissenting voices the privilege of being heard.

Does such an individual have any legitimate place in any public office in America?

In closing, a little tribute to Speaker Pelosi.

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December 16, 2009

Why Wasnt Schumer Arrested?

If it had been any ordinary citizen, that individual would have been escorted from the plane and charged with a federal offense. Somehow, Senator Chuck Schumer got away with conduct that was well-beyond what his constituents would be allowed.

Schumer and his seatmate, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), were chatting on their phones before takeoff when an announcement indicated that it was time to turn off the phones.

Both senators kept talking.

According to the GOP aide, a flight attendant then approached Schumer and told him the entire plane was waiting on him to shut down his phone.

Schumer asked if he could finish his conversation. When the flight attendant said no, Schumer ended his call but continued to argue his case.

He said he was entitled to keep his phone on until the cabin door was closed. The flight attendant said he was obliged to turn it off whenever a flight attendant asked.

He argued with her about the rule, the source said. She said she doesnt make the rules, she just follows them.

When the flight attendant walked away, the witness says Schumer turned to Gillibrand and uttered the B-word.

Right there, most of us would have been off the plane. But then it got worse.

But moments after the flight attendant had told Schumer to shut it off, the phone rang again.

Its Harry Reid calling, the source quoted Schumer as saying. I guess health care will have to wait until we land.

Got that complete refusal to comply with things that are required of ordinary citizens, and potential endangerment of his fellow passengers. Why no arrest? Why no charges?

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Bravo, Kay

Whether or not the Democrats risky health care scheme can be stopped, Americans should at least begin getting benefits from the legislation when they start paying the bill for it.

n an effort to stem billions of dollars in tax increases that would begin in several weeks and to improve transparency in the health care debate, U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) today introduced a motion with U.S. Senator John Thune (R-SD) that would send the government-run health care legislation back to the Senate Finance Committee with instructions that no taxes or fees be imposed on American families and businesses until the supposed benefits of the bill have begun.

"The Democrats' government-run health care proposal will levy taxes on virtually every American and business in this country during a time when we're in one of the worst economic downturns in recent memory," Senator Hutchison said. "In an attempt to mask the massive cost of this legislation, the Democrats impose these taxes on prescription drugs, medical devices, and business as soon as next month. But astoundingly, it's only after four years of these taxes that the supposed reforms to the health insurance market will take effect. This is a classic example of a bait and switch," Hutchison said. "I'm outraged the Democrats would even attempt to tax the American people without offering anything in return for four years, and my motion is a critical step in making sure that doesn't happen."

Hutchisons proposal would also require that the proposal be deficit neutral.

Kay has it exactly right on this one. If we are going to be sucked dry by Obamas new taxes to pay for health care, then let us get an immediate return for our money. After all, we keep being told that there are people dying because of lack of access to health care why should we be forced to wait for four years before we get that access? After all, liberals tell us that tens of thousands die annually because of this why are they willing to sacrifice so many more lives by making those folks wait?

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Health Care Trumps National Security

Is the Obama Regime really threatening to degrade national security if a Senator wont vote for Democrats risky health carte scheme?

Could be.

According to a Senate aide, the White House is now threatening to put Nebraska's Offutt Air Force Base on the BRAC list if Nelson doesn't fall into line.

Offutt Air Force Base employs some 10,000 military and federal employees in Southeastern Nebraska. As our source put it, this is a "naked effort by Rahm Emanuel and the White House to extort Nelson's vote." They are "threatening to close a base vital to national security for what?" asked the Senate staffer.

Offutt is the home of the US Strategic Command, and is so centrally located in the country for reasons of both national security and geographic reality. For the White House to play politics with this location is not merely disgusting and irresponsible, but also un-American and arguably grounds for impeachment if the threat was made with the knowledge and consent of the president.

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The Liberal Double Standard On Religion

When a Catholic bishop dared to call into question whether or not Rep. Patrick Kennedy was a good Catholic and urged him not to seek to receive communion, we heard all sorts of wailing and gnashing of teeth about the separation of church and state. For that matter, we even heard suggestion that the Catholic Church should be stripped of tax exempt status because of bishops lobbying against taxpayer-funded insurance coverage of abortion.

But now, we are seeing a different approach from folks regarding the religious faith of Senator Joe Lieberman.

"Because he invokes his Jewish identity and Jewish values so frequently, we, as a community, should speak to what he is saying," Rabbi Ron Fish from Congregation Beth El, a Conservative synagogue in Norwalk, said about his decision to pen an open letter to Lieberman calling him out on his opposition to the health care bills.

But The Forward reports that local rabbis are also using quiet diplomacy, trying to get 25 of the state's 50 pulpit rabbis to sign on to a private letter to Lieberman to convince him to change his stand. The more liberal rabbis--Lieberman himself is Orthodox--apparently prefer a more confrontational approach. "There is a good cop, bad cop routine," one of them told the paper. "On the one hand, there are demonstrations outside his home; on the other, there are people trying to reach out behind