Surprise! GOP Fights FCC on Behalf of MSM Freedoms – UPDATED

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It's true: if I only got my news from the Mainstream Media, and did not stop in at Instapundit's place every single day, I'd never know what was going on. My day is just too busy to read everything, even though I subscribe to many news sites. Glenn Reynold's editorial eye and pithy -- often hilarious -- commentary are invaluable to me. Take this story, for instance. I had no idea that the Obama Administration was going all "Let's Create Pravda" on news outlets. Somehow, the major networks … [Read more...]

Drone-killing without Due Process, and Obama and Ayers – UPDATED AGAIN

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Ed Morrissey links here to one of the most chilling things I've heard in ages: Worth watching in its entirety, as Joe Scarborough pings the consequences of the drone-strike memo back and forth with Michael Isikoff, but the best reactions take place near the beginning of the video. Isikoff points out that the restrictive language in the memo is almost meaningless, and that it shifts the burden of proof to the target rather than the government. Scarborough calls this “frightening,” and … [Read more...]

What a Difference A Month Makes to “Coolness”

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It's getting so hard to keep up! Apparently, now, if someone says Obama is "cool" they're sending a coded racism: [Angela Rye, Executive Director of the Congressional Black Caucus] said that "a lot" of conservative opposition is racially-charged, citing the use of the word "cool" in an attack ad launched by Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS superPAC." Oh, for Pete's sake, it was just one month ago -- just a bare month! -- that we were being told by members of the Obama press and the folks who … [Read more...]

US Economics Headlines, Circa 2005-2006

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I happened to be looking for an old post which seems to have been lost in my moves, but while searching I a link to this headline from 2006: U.S. Economy: Growth May Slow From 5.3% Annual Rate (Update4) U.S. economic growth rose at an annual rate of 5.3 percent in the first quarter, slower than forecast and reflecting less momentum in consumer and corporate spending. I read that and thought, imagine what the headlines would read, now, with a Democrat in the White House. I'm pretty sure … [Read more...]

Kim Jong Il is Dead; New Tyrants Come

While you were sleeping our already-roiling world took another hit to its tenuous stability: North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has died at the age of 69, state-run television has announced. Mr Kim, who has led the communist nation since the death of his father in 1994, died on a train while visiting an area outside the capital, the announcement said. He suffered a stroke in 2008 and was absent from public view for months. Pyongyang described his son Kim Jong-un as the "great successor" … [Read more...]

If Obama was just going to be Bush, anyway…

While I can't find the links, I do seem to recall that a few times during the Bush years, Glenn Reynolds waxed philosophical over at Instapundit, wondering if it would take the Democrats winning elections -- and thus taking control of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars -- in order for them to finally get behind them. I'm remembering that now, because it seems that the Obama Administration's stated mission for Libya is one of regime change and the establishment of system of governance. Which sounds … [Read more...]

The Deficit Graph

This will go viral today As I wrote in 2007, when I was arguing for the impeachment of George W. Bush: even the NY Times admitted in 2006 that tax receipts were at record highs and were lowering the deficit. That’s what happens when everyone is working because businesses aren’t being taxed to death, or because they simply are too uncertain about the future to hire folks. … [Read more...]

Hawkins Interviews Rove

I had no plans to purchase Karl Rove's book, Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight. We're trying to cut back on spending around here, for one thing, and Lent is leaving me reluctant to engage, for another. And after passionately defending Bush for so many years, I am also just sort of exhausted on the whole subject of his presidency, and feel like I need a little break. But I may pick it up now, after reading Rove's interview with John Hawkins, which is pretty good. … [Read more...]

Matt Lauer Picks & Chooses "consensus"

"Earlier today, I ordered America's armed forces to strike military and security targets in Iraq. They are joined by British forces. Their mission is to attack Iraq's nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs and its military capacity to threaten its neighbors" - President William Jefferson Clinton 12/16/98 Karl Rove and Matt Lauer apparently went at it today about whether "Bush lied" about WMD. Lauer has decided he will stick to the narrative established by the media and Democrat … [Read more...]

"Un-American" to oppose KSM trial in NYC

During the Bush administration, we heard the frequent straw-man charges, from the Democrats and the left, that they were being called "un-American" for opposing various policies. Hillary Clinton famously bellowed about it, but if the accusation of being "un-American" had been made with anything like the frequency the Dems pretended, it's nebulous in my memory. Since January of '09, the Democrats have unleashed the "un-American" charge with some real frequency. Jon Stewart, who should know … [Read more...]

"Carrying Swastikas…"

(H/T) Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House: "They're carrying swastikas and symbols like that...". Kevin Aylward says of Pelosi's assertion: What a CROCK! You'll want to read it, and then take a look at the "nazi thugs that have Pelosi so worried. Barbara Boxer, D-CA: Townhall protesters are "too well dressed..." to be real. Repeat after me: The fascist is whoever is trying to shut you up, shut you down, dis-employ you, silence you, cripple you or marginalize you for the crime of daring to … [Read more...]

"Immoral Villains!" sez Nancy "Queeg" Pelosi – UPDATED

Okay, I've decided that Nancy Pelosi (whose Native American name might be "Stands With An Angry Little Fist" ala "Dancing With Wolves") is beginning to sound like a paranoid lunatic who can find a convenient villain any time she needs one, as Tom Elia points out here. Thus spaketh The Pelosi: "They are the villains in this," Pelosi said of private insurers. "They have been part of the problem in a major way. They are doing everything in their power to stop a public option from happening. And … [Read more...]

Ok, concedo; the world is nuts

Reading the news today, I feel a little like Roberto Duran, blocking the blows and shouting, "no mas, no mas!" Let's start here: Pop’s parents, both 24, made a decision when their baby was born to keep Pop’s sex a secret. Aside from a select few...nobody knows Pop’s gender; if anyone enquires, Pop’s parents simply say they don’t disclose this information. In an interview with newspaper Svenska Dagbladet in March, the parents were quoted saying their decision was rooted in … [Read more...]

George H.W. Bush; Birthday Appreciation

Today is the 85th Birthday of our 41st President, George H. W. Bush. I believe he's planning to celebrate with a skydive, weather and health permitting. (He did, Hot Air has the video.) I am late to appreciation of him; I was a liberal Democrat who believed he was a silly man, while he was president. I know better, now. His son, George W. Bush, the 43rd President, writes of the joy he takes in his father. One of the most striking notions in Dubya's tribute is that, because of the … [Read more...]