Random Must-Reads

Collected in my tab-bar since I started feeling cruddy – might as well share with you all the things I have either read or “been meaning to get to reading…” All submitted mostly without comment, because I’m still not 100%.

“We are at war…”:

The president went on to say that while America will strengthen its defenses, “we will not succumb to a siege mentality that sacrifices the open society and liberties and values that we cherish as Americans, because great and proud nations don’t hunker down and hide behind walls of suspicion and mistrust.”

“That is exactly what our adversaries want,” he said. “And so long as I am president, we will never hand them that victory.”

Yeah…that’s one of the reasons Bush said, after 9/11, “go shopping, go on vacation.” And it’s one of the reasons Bush put into place all those “Imperialist” and “constitution-shredding” measures that Obama has kept in place.

Who is the Real Enemy?

Apparently, the Obama administration came into office in January 2009 thinking that the notion of a “war on terror” was archaic and largely had been an excuse for the Bush-Cheney nexus to scare the nation for partisan political purposes. Given the long period of calm after 9/11, the somnolent “good” war in Afghanistan, and the sudden quiet in the “bad” Iraq theater, Obama preferred to focus on Bush’s constitution-shredding rather than on national security. What vestigial danger remained could be changed by the charisma of Barack Obama, the obvious appeal of his ancestry to the Muslim world, and the ritual demonization of George Bush.

But Obama has discovered that there really are radical Islamic threats; that Bush’s record of seven years of security was no accident; and that the “good” war is heating up. Obama has been forced by events to quietly find ways of emulating Bush’s successful anti-terrorism formula, while making loud but empty declarations to mollify his liberal base (which so far seems pacified that Guantanamo is “virtually” closed, and that KSM is “virtually” facing an ACLU dream trial).

Radical Islamists sense, fairly or not, that this administration is angrier at prior officials who kept us safe than it is at those who wish to destroy us for who we are. Given his adoption of the Bush protocols, Obama might show the same magnanimity toward his predecessor that he does toward the Muslim world.

The Message Filters Down

“We are at war; we are at war against Al Qaeda…” Reality Strikes Home.

Live Blogged Excerpts.

Drew wonders: “. . .if we are at war with al Qaeda as Obama just said, why are we sending them to civilian courts?” I’m glad the president is “less interested in passing out blame…” Perhaps, a year into his presidency, the daily Bush-blaming will end.

No Specific Mention of “Terrorism” in Undie-bomber Indictment

Further Limitations on Civil Liberties:

Many of us said during the days of the Bush administration that restrictions on civil liberties motivated by the conflict with Al Qaeda would be maintained during any subsequent administration, whether Democratic or Republican, as long as the terrorist threat remained. This prediction has been amply confirmed. The most recent example is the implementation of an explicit profiling program for airline passengers. The ACLU aside, there has not been much criticism of this initiative. (Maybe because some of the most prominent critics of the Bush administration’s counterterror policies are now members of the Obama administration.)

The persistence of policies across ideologically divided administrations is good evidence that those policies are now mainstream rather than partisan and ideological. Of course, many people will continue to disagree with them, just as many people continue to object to a standing army and a central bank; but these people are now officially on the fringes. There will also continue to be arguments about interrogation practices and the like, but a wide range of Bush administration policies—indefinite detention without charges, trials by military commission, the use of military force against suspected terrorists in foreign countries, secrecy privileges that undermine litigation against government officials responsible for terrorism policies, profiling on the basis of nationality, and much else—are now politically entrenched.

Is Obama raising a mustache?

“Buck Stops With Me”; Ace Not Having It

What Does the Detroit Bomber Know and is the US interested in finding out?

Year One W/ President at War with Reality

Profiles of the CIA’s Dead

“All Major Taliban Leaders are Former Gitmo Prisoners”

Gitmo Prisoners want to stay in Cuba. Damn straight. It’s warmer, there.

Christian Conservatism as Myth

Waking Up God

Here is What Really Worries the Pentagon

Spending is Up Over 23% Under Obama

A Pop Quiz

Threats Watch Daily Briefings

Terror Recruiting Tools?

Connecting Really Big Dots

Mass in Slow Motion:

…it always ends in this or a similar manner: and so with angels and archangels and the whole company of heaven we sing the unending hymn of your praise: Holy, Holy, Holy…. And thus we are reminded that our worship is caught up into the heavenly liturgy where our voices join innumerable angels and saints in the glorious act of praise. We are in heaven! Our hearts (our very selves) are aloft! . . . Until recently Churches were designed to remind us that we were entering heaven. As we walk into older churches we are surrounded by windows and paintings that depict the angels and saints. Christ is at the center in the tabernacle. And all the elements that scripture speaks of as in the heavenly liturgy are on display not only in the building but in the celebration of the liturgy: Candles, incense, an altar, the hymns that are sung, the Holy Holy Holy, the scroll is brought forward in the Book of Gospels, the lamb on the throne-like altar, , the prostrations and kneelings of the saints before the Lord. All these things are described in the Book of Revelation descriptions of the heavenly liturgy. None of these things are in our churches or the liturgy for arbitrary reasons. We are in the heavenly realms and the heavenly liturgy and so we see and experience heavenly things. Hearts aloft!

400 Years Ago Today

2009 Study Confirms Abortion/Breast Cancer Link. Wrote about this from an intuitive standpoint, ages ago.

Behind Closed Doors

A Surge of Air Marshalls

Geithners Fed Told AIG to Limit Swaps Disclosure

Obama Used Us as A Political Football!

Why Are Empires Buried Under Afghanistan?

Newtie Not Lovin’ the Obama Machine

Letterman Offends Gays, Transgendered. Hmmm, that reminds me of this anecdote:

Louise Casselman, who was at that White House Yale reunion with her husband, Kirk Casselman and a Bay Area contingent, says that although Yale was still all-male in 1968, one alum has since had a sex-change operation. “You might remember me as Peter when we left Yale,” said the woman upon coming face to face with the president. George W. didn’t pause for a moment, reports Casselman, grabbed the alumna’s hand, and said “Now you’ve come back as yourself.”

Who are the intolerant morons, again?

The Social Security Deficit.

Britain faces coldest night yet and The UK Has 8 Days of Gas Left. Better be nice to Putin.

Worldwide Cold Not Seen since ’70′s Ice Age Scare

Climategate and the Migrating Arctic Tree Line

What Happened to the Republicans I used to Know?

Michael Totten Excellent Interview w/ Christopher Hitchens

Alicia Colon: Compares her chest pains to Rush Limbaugh’s

WH: Hey, we told our counterterror chief to keep skiing after the Christmas bomber…. Panetta stayed on vacation too. Come on! Terrorism was not supposed to be real or serious, anymore!

One Hour of Obamacare Negotiations

Constitutional Crisis and Security Crisis

“A Triumph for Al Qaeda”?

All 3 Domestic Terror Attacks of 2009 were Enabled by WH Reverse Profiling Orders…

King James Bible, Catholic Edition

Do Only Radical Pacifists Oppose Torture?

Pro-Abortion Women and the US Army

The Ongoing Evolution of Secular Messianic Jesus

An anti-inflammatory drug that can prevent skin cancer?

Your Feel-Good Read of the Day

The Eucharist, Mary and Redemptive Suffering

About Elizabeth Scalia
  • dry valleys

    You know, I hailed the Hitch for his interview. I was sickened by the Groan’s approach to this issue. It went beyond the ranks of conservatives, in fact in my view- which has withstood my recent argument on this very blog- it is the secularists who are mounting the strongest objection to this bigoted Somalian.

    Of course, a principled secular leftist approach is going to outrage conservatives, so don’t go thinking we have reached agreement :)

    (Hitchens C is, of course, completely left-wing. Does anyone think it was a coincidence that he agreed with Bush over Iraq, then wrote “God Is Not Great”, & attacked Palin, whilst not actually changing his set of values at all, being consistent all the way through?)

    Of course, also, I may not share your views on how to deal with a specific problem. But if you said that attitudes such as that expressed by the Groan should be challenged I will not quibble.

    It is a bit chilly out here. But while we laugh, a cold snap doesn’t somehow disprove “global warming” or climate change- I enjoyed this.

    You can have a giggle. My native city was the first to sign up to the “10:10″ campaign which has got something to do with reducing carbon emissions. They listed everyone who supports it & all the organisations, & one of them was called “Beat the Cold”- wouldn’t they want global warming if they supported beating the cold? But I am more serious than my joking around would suggest.

    Regarding John C. Wright’s statements, I found tehm fascinating. It’s worth noting that hawks, such as Hitchens C, are often not conservatives at all in any way I’d call conservative, they are just left-wing hawks who think leftist values can best be spread by hawkish means, which I am more sceptical of, but share their values. Why else do you think paleocons go out of their way to berate neocons? Some, like your pal Neo, become properly conservative themselves but others, like Charles Johnson, never take the plunge & remain left-wing at heart. Which he always was, even when he was the darling of some on the right.

    Don’t know if you saw that Pew Research thing “Beyond Red vs. Blue”. It was in 2005 so it may be a bit out of date. I came out as a “Disadvantaged Democrat”, not a “Liberal”- imagine that! But it’s no surprise really, with a job like mine, & as for what I think about bailouts it’s best not repeated on a family blog.

    Interesting, also, to see that he opposes libertarians. Most of the right-wing bloggers I read are vaguely libertarian, though few have actually taken the plunge into becoming LPUK members, & I don’t read those who have- they are vocal on the sphere but not to my liking.

    But on the subject of libertarian-ish types, A Case For Inaction on climate change. I do not agree with the stance taken by the author but I think we had a worthwhile discussion, in which I said some things that doubtless won’t be agreed with here, but since when were my views ever agreed with, eh?

    As an aside, had I not had my period doing voluntary work, I wouldn’t have been able to write some of that as it taught me a fair few things.

    I’ve offered up almost as many links as you, eh? But I suppose a long post needs a long response.

  • Elaine S.

    Well, since most of Illinois is currently buried under 6 or more inches of snow and we’ve had sub-zero temperatures almost every morning for the past week or so (and for the foreseeable future), I can’t blame the terrorists for wanting to stay in Gitmo… heck Gitmo sounds pretty good to ME right now :-)

  • Carol

    New motto for your blog:

    “More links than Instapundit”


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