Saturday, March 26, 2011

op ed review 3/27


That was then, this is now. As a presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama emphatically stated that the Constitution does not give the president the authority to unilaterally authorize a military attack unless it is needed to stop an actual or imminent attack on the United States.

And here’s what Joe Biden once said about President Bush, 'If he gives authorization to war... without Congressional approval, I will make it my business to impeach him!'

President Obama’s Libya mission is clouded by confusion

A new Reuters/IPSOS poll reveals a striking lack of public confidence in President Obama’s ability as Commander-in-Chief, with just 17 percent of Americans describing his leadership as “strong and decisive”

A Canadian general has been put in command of the NATO Libyan operation. (Owing to lack of American leadership?)

The London Daily Telegraph asks, “Is President Obama the weakest Commander-in-Chief in US history?”

“You know the old song, “Where have all the flowers gone?” What I want to know is, where have all the moonbats gone? The preposterous president these clueless trustafarians elected has now started a war with no congressional authorization and exactly one resolution from the United Nations. George Bush got 17 U.N. resolutions before invading Iraq and the limousine liberals sneered that it was a “rush to war.””

“What is this really about? As the price of oil skyrockets, as our debt levels rise to new highs and our housing market drops to new lows, President Obama decides that it is a fantastic time to start dropping bombs on Libya. Nobody, including Obama, seems to know what our objective is…….”

The Obama administration’s pro-Obamacare Andy Griffith TV ad cost taxpayers $3.66 million..

Dr. Michael Newdow, an Atheist activist, has given up his six year legal fight that he hoped would have restricted California school children from saying "under God" when reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

Target Corp. is suing a San Diego pro-gay marriage group to get it to stop canvassing outside its San Diego County stores, saying its activists are driving away customers.

The United States is on a fiscal path towards insolvency and policymakers are at a "tipping point," a Federal Reserve official said on Tuesday.

As U.S. lawmakers seek a compromise on how much federal spending to cut, Tea Party activists who helped propel Republicans back into power are growing impatient with the debate. When Republicans captured the House in November, they vowed to slash $100 billion in federal spending. The figure is now $61B and may be further reduced by compromise.

Senate Republicans are preparing to tell President Obama that they want a Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) to the Constitution passed in Congress in exchange for raising the statuary debt ceiling above $14.2 trillion.

One of Obamacare’s biggest supporters in Congress is now looking for a waiver for New York City.

Rep. Michele Bachmann will form a presidential exploratory committee.

Hispanic students for the first time make up the majority of students enrolled in Texas public schools.

Hispanics accounted for more than half of the U.S. population increase over the last decade.

A substitute teacher's letter to Arizona lawmakers has reignited the state's immigration debate after he wrote that his Hispanic students hate America and just want to be gang members. “Hill wrote that a majority of eight-grade students who he taught recently at an unnamed Glendale school refused to say the Pledge of Allegiance and declared that "We are Mexicans and Americans stole our land."

A former official of one of the country's most-powerful unions, SEIU, is detailing a secret plan to "destabilize" the country. Specifically, the plan seeks to destroy JP Morgan, nuke the stock market, and weaken Wall Street's grip on power, thus creating the conditions necessary for a redistribution of wealth and a change in government.

A paid obituary for a Houston-area man who died of cancer recently urged mourners to, in lieu of flowers, "please make a donation to ANYONE running against" President Barack Obama.



Maggie Gallagher 3/1

In refusing to defend the federal Defense of Marriage Act, President Obama has just made a huge mistake -- a telling mistake that demonstrates what a hard-left bubble he must now be in.

President Obama's nearly unprecedented decision, based on very weak legal logic, to refuse to defend DOMA will backfire, both tactically and politically. Let's take the politics first.

Even as gay marriage advocates lose battle after battle in actual elections, they feed into the media a consistent message of despair: Their victory is inevitable. People don't care anymore, they say (and The New York Times and The Washington Post dutifully echo the theme). President Obama must actually believe those carefully worded and deeply deceptive polls that purport to indicate that a "majority" now support gay marriage.

To read the truth about public reaction to gay marriage you have to read the gay press, which actually covers what is happening. Take the battle for gay marriage in two deep blue states: Maryland and Rhode Island.

Getting a gay marriage bill through the Rhode Island House of Representatives with Gov. Lincoln Chafee's support and a new openly gay House speaker was supposed to be a cakewalk. Instead, as The Boston Phoenix (an alternative paper) reports: "The end game is proving trickier than advocates had hoped. ... They've been caught off guard by the prowess of the church, which has joined with the nation's leading anti-gay marriage group to mount a surprisingly potent defense of the status quo." (By "anti-gay group" they mean the National Organization for Marriage, which I chair). Speaker Gordon Fox suddenly pulled the bill, and its future is now uncertain.

Similarly, this week in Maryland, black Democrats from progressive districts are beginning to jump ship. First Melvin Stukes, a co-sponsor of a gay marriage bill in that state's House of Delegates, unexpectedly announced he was switching sides. A few days later, two black Democrats counted as "yes" votes suddenly went missing, refusing to show up for a committee vote, which had to be postponed.

Maryland is a deep blue state -- core Democratic territory -- but opposition to gay marriage is also surging: "With opponents, including the Maryland Catholic Conference and the New Jersey-based National Organization for Marriage, applying enormous pressure on wavering delegates, (Maryland state Sen. Richard) Madaleno and Equality Maryland officials said support in the House might be in jeopardy," reports the Washington Blade.

Leadership may yet ram through a bill, and the people of Maryland, like the people of Maine did in 2009, will have to exercise their "people's veto" through the referendum process. But the really big newsworthy event in these blue states is the surging, unexpected opposition to gay marriage from the public at large, from the Catholic church, and most significantly, from the black church.

Politically, President Obama just nationalized the gay marriage issue, potentially alienated parts of his base and caused all major GOP presidential candidates (except Mitch Daniels) to weigh in on marriage. What did he gain? He almost certainly just helped us win the legal case for DOMA.

Here's the honest truth: I've been tearing my hair out for the last six months while strategizing behind the scenes with others to figure out some legal strategy to get someone to intervene in the DOMA case. President Obama's incredibly weak legal defense was causing DOMA to lose in court. How could we get a great lawyer in that courtroom who actually wanted to defend the law?

By pretending to defend DOMA, President Obama was blocking the door to the courthouse for marriage advocates. This week, he just removed that obstacle. The U.S. House of Representatives will intervene to protect DOMA. Our chances of winning a great victory for marriage at the Supreme Court just shot way up.

President Obama, this decision will cost you votes, energize the GOP base, and most important, dramatically increase our side's odds of legal victory on DOMA. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Maggie Gallagher is the founder of the National Organization for Marriage and has been a syndicated columnist for 15 years.



"For decades, Europe has been in the grip of an Islamist assault. Largely ghettoized Muslim populations have become dangerously alienated from the European mainstream. ... America faces the same kind of threat. Yet when anyone tries to put a spotlight on the growth of domestic Muslim extremism, liberals, Islamic lobby groups and their fellow travelers cry 'Islamophobia' and 'racism.' The latest example was the congressional hearing held by Rep. Peter King, New York Republican, who dared to examine how some U.S. Muslim youth are being radicalized and recruited by terror networks. The American Civil Liberties Union, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Democratic Party all claimed the hearing was not only unjustified and deeply discriminatory, but could spark an intense backlash among many in the U.S. Muslim community. The critics even argued that this could provide fodder for al-Qa'ida and other jihadists to commit more terrorist acts. In other words, Islam is a 'religion of peace' unless you investigate some Islamic extremists who may be plotting to kill or maim Americans; then that will compel peaceful, law-abiding Muslims to wage jihad. This is the twisted -- and perverse -- logic of the multicultural Left."

-Jeffrey T. Kuhner

"I would not have involved our military in Libya. For one thing, I see no reason why the Arab League, which gave the no-fly zone notion a big thumbs-up, doesn't take on that job. They have pilots and jets. Why is it that America and the European nations always have to do their dirty work? All it ever gets us is the ongoing hatred and resentment of Arabs and Muslims. Besides, unlike most people, I have not been sitting on the sidelines rooting for the rebellion forces in the Middle East. I do not confuse enemies of my enemies with friends. I have no reason to think that when the smoke clears, we are going to see a lot of George Washingtons and Thomas Jeffersons running any of those moral swamplands. It is far likelier that Al Qaeda, Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood and Hezbollah, will fill any and all power vacuums in that part of the world, with the mullahs in Tehran pulling their collective strings. ... I am not suggesting that the U.S. military should never venture out beyond our borders, but we should have a better reason for doing so than because CNN is showing us one bunch of anti-American creeps killing another bunch of anti-American creeps. In short, we should not be letting the 6 o'clock news determine our foreign policy."

-Burt Prelutsky

"If George Bush reacted this way in an international catastrophe -- wholly irrelevant radio addresses, golf outings for the 61st time ... the left-wing media would require medically-induced sedation to keep them in check."

-Brent Bozell



In the wake of changes to government employee unions’ power in Wisconsin and elsewhere, The Communist Party USA is working in conjunction with national labor unions and other left wing political groups to organize protests in Madison, Wisconsin and across the nation on April 4th. Scott Marshall, Vice Chair of The Communist Party USA said his organization is working with the likes of, the SEIU, the AFL-CIO and others to make April 4th, the anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., a national day of action.

For a few days in the middle of March, the left-wing organization Media Matters for America threw a partisan boot camp where rebel forces were trained for combat on Fox News.

“….an all-out campaign of “guerrilla warfare and sabotage” aimed at the Fox News Channel.”

Capitalism may be to blame for the lack of life on the planet Mars, says Venezuela's socialist President Hugo Chavez.



Women arrested by the Egyptian police during protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square were subjected to forced 'virginity tests', according to Amnesty International. “They were then given 'virginity checks' and threatened with prostitution charges if medics ruled they had had sex, according to the charity.”

It isn't often you hear about entire religious groups seriously interested in unidentified flying objects. But UFOs are what the Nation of Islam, led by the controversial Minister Louis Farrakhan, considers among its core beliefs.

A Swedish court has sentenced a Muslim man to 18 years in prison followed by deportation for the honor killing of his 21-year-old daughter. During questioning, Othman told police he saw no other solution since his daughter was leading what he viewed as an "indecent" lifestyle.

A member of the Canadian Parliament thinks “barbaric” is too strong a word to describe honor killings. “….in an official Government of Canada publication, there needs to be a little bit of an attempt at responsible neutrality.”

Canadian authorities and school officials don’t know quite what to do about a McGill University Muslim student who has written that he’d like to “shoot everyone in the room” at a conservative student organization, that the organization is a “secret Zionist convention” to which he “should have brought an M16,” and that — in response to the club’s showing of “Indoctrinate-U,” a documentary about political correctness on college campuses — “the jihad begins today.”



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“Americans will have a hard time supporting President Obama's war in Libya -- because the United States is already fighting two wars, because the president never publicly made the case for involvement, because Congress never authorized the war, and because there are no identifiable American interests. But just as important, for those Americans paying close attention, is the growing realization that the president can't be trusted. His assurances that America's military role in Libya will be limited in scope and duration carry little weight after the lies and evasions of his top aides….”

Peggy Noonan: It all seems rather mad, doesn't it? The decision to become involved militarily in the Libyan civil war couldn't take place within a less hospitable context. The U.S. is reeling from spending and deficits, we're already in two wars, our military has been stretched to the limit, we're restive at home, and no one, really, sees President Obama as the kind of leader you'd follow over the top. "This way, men!" "No, I think I'll stay in my trench."

Sun Tzu wrote that deception was one of the most important factors in warfare. He introduces deception in the first chapter of The Art of War (translated variously as "Laying Plans" and "Estimates"): So why has the U.S. thrown one of the basic elements of military success to the four winds? Not a day has gone by in the current campaign against Gaddafi but somebody prominent in the administration or military hasn't gotten up to explain what "we're not going to do".

Look, I’m a sensitive New Age guy — I cook, I do laundry, I choke up at movies (well, Gladiator, anyway). But does anyone think our enemies abroad are as enlightened as we are about feminism? Steyn is right that the specific lesson they’re learning is that nukes are the best insurance against invasion — but a broader one is that our commander-in-chief is an effete vacillator who is pushed around by his female subordinates. Prof. Althouse notes, “A feminist milestone: Our male President has been pulled into war by 3 women……”

Stossel: Want to get a check from the government for $50,000? If you’re black and willing to say you once “attempted to farm,” the money could be yours. Why? In the 80’s and 90’s, some Black farmers were allegedly discriminated against by the Agriculture Department. Department loan officers supposedly did the opposite of what Shirley Sherrod was accused of: they granted government-subsidized farm loans to whites but not to blacks. According to the census, there were 18,000 black farmers in the country when the lawsuit was filed. But 97,000 black “farmers” have applied for the money….Black farmer Jimmy Dismuke says it’s fraud. He said lawyers went to black churches and told people who had never farmed to file for the money….People say well, how do I qualify?” Dismuke told us. “And then [the lawyers] started talking about potted plants. They said if you had a potted plant, you can be a farmer. And if you have a yard and you fertilize it, you're a farmer.”



When NEWSWEEK recently asked 1,000 U.S. citizens to take America’s official citizenship test, 29 percent couldn’t name the vice president. Seventy-three percent couldn’t correctly say why we fought the Cold War. Forty-four percent were unable to define the Bill of Rights. And 6 percent couldn’t even circle Independence Day on a calendar. Here’s the US Citizenship Test that 38% of Americans failed:

7 Questions For Liberals About Obama's Libyan War

The 12 Worst Features Of ObamaCare



"The U.S. Border Patrol in Arizona was ordered to fire only beanbags at Mexican drug runners. No one's happy. Arizonans want a wall, the cops say beanbags stop nothing, and Mexicans are demanding they use live ammunition because beans are an offensive racial stereotype."

-Argus Hamilton

Leno: For Lent, some people give up meat, and some people give up drinking. President Obama gave up conferring with Congress………Dennis Kucinich wants to impeach President Obama over Libya. There’s a very good case against impeachment. It’s called "Joe Biden."…….It’s one humiliation after another for Moammar Gadhafi. First his own people started rising up against him, then his compound was bombed, and now he’s getting beaten up by the French…….Germany has pulled its forces out of NATO over Libya. When the Germans don’t want to fight and the French do, the whole world is upside down……...The Pentagon says that U.S. operations in Libya are limited and have a definite end date. I don’t believe that. We still have troops in Germany.........We’re fighting three wars now. Imagine how many we’d be fighting if President Obama hadn’t won the Nobel Peace Prize.



"The strongest argument for free enterprise is that it prevents anybody from having too much power. Whether that person is a government official, a trade union official, or a business executive. If forces them to put up or shut up. They either have to deliver the goods, produce something that people are willing to pay for, are willing to buy, or else they have to go into a different business."

-Milton Friedman

"If there is any political viewpoint in this world which is free from slavish adherence to abstraction, it is American conservatism. ... Our task now is not to sell a philosophy, but to make the majority of Americans, who already share that philosophy, see that modern conservatism offers them a political home. We are not a cult, we are members of a majority. Let's act and talk like it. The job is ours and the job must be done. If not by us, who? If not now, when? Our party must be the party of the individual. It must not sell out the individual to cater to the group."

-Ronald Reagan

Sunday, March 20, 2011

op ed review 3/20


On the day of the disaster in Japan, President Obama responded with a golf outing (his 61st as president) followed by an evening hobnobbing with major donors and his media sycophants at the annual Gridiron Dinner. While horrifying images of the quake and tsunami were seen around the world, Obama kept to his schedule, unwilling to interrupt it long enough to support Japanese leadership via the basic gesture of a reassuring interview with its national news service, NHK. He did find time, however, to record a presidential address on "Women's History Month."

“Japan may be on the verge of an unprecedented catastrophe. Saudi Arabia is all but colonizing Bahrain. Qaddafi is close to retaking Libya, with bloodbath to follow. And the president of the United States is going on ESPN to talk about the NCAA and delivering speeches today on his rather dull plan to replace No Child Left Behind with No Teenager Left Behind, or something like that.”

The nation's unemployment rate will be 7.7 percent in November of 2012, according to a projection by a group of economists surveyed by the Wall Street Journal. That number would mark the highest unemployment rate in a year with a president seeking reelection since November of 1976, when Democrat Jimmy Carter defeated President Ford.

Here comes the inflation: The Producer Price Index rose 1.6% in February alone, the Labor Department reported Wednesday, the biggest jump in nearly two years.

Sen. Patty Murray seeks to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act she voted for in 1996. The act defines marriage as only between a man and woman, and permits states to refuse to validate gay marriages sanctioned in other states. President Bill Clinton signed it. For Sen. Murray, that was then, this is now.

Florida lawmakers gave final legislative approval Wednesday to a bill aimed at replacing teacher tenure with a merit-based system, in the latest clash between a U.S. state government and public employee unions. By an 80-39 vote, the Florida House approved largely along party lines a Republican-backed measure that would decide teacher pay according to a yet-to-be determined measure of student performance on standardized tests along with other criteria determined by local school boards.

Congressional Democrats and President Obama are blocking every effort by Republicans to cut runaway government spending, leaving Washington at a stalemate. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.) even failed to pass a token spending cut last week. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) has fought any cut from current spending levels in a Continuing Resolution (CR). And, Obama announced for the second time that he will veto the Republican spending cuts, while he refuses even to negotiate with Congress on the budget. After months of refusing to cut any spending, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.)

The U.S. Medicare program improperly spent more than $3 million in 2007 and 2008 to buy Viagra and other erectile dysfunction drugs for senior citizens.

How’s this for civility? Time magazine asks: “Wisconsin's Governor Wins, but Is He Now Dead Man Walker?”,8599,2058601,00.html#ixzz1GgAKbKAG

For the first time in history, a larger percentage of Americans (46%) get their news online than get their news on that paper stuff that leaves their fingers ink-smudged (40%).Only local television news (50%) still surpasses online as a source of news for Americans. And its lead is shrinking.

Police are searching for suspects after someone shot-out windows at a Republican office in Washington DC.

Why isn’t the mainstream media talking about the death threats against Republican politicians in Wisconsin?

Two former leaders of the Oakland County Democratic Party are facing a total of nine felonies for allegedly forging election paperwork to get fake Tea Party candidates on November's ballot. "Some of the people didn't even know they were on the ballot till they began receiving delinquency notices of filings”

Following a community outcry, organizers of a respected women's seminar have retracted their invitation to have actress Jane Fonda speak at the event.

“In an important case in the United Kingdom, the High Court held this week that Christian views on sexual morality could be “inimical” to a child’s welfare. Mr. and Mrs. Johns wanted to foster a child as young as five as respite care for parents who were having difficulty….When they retired, they applied to be registered as foster parents again. Early on in the assessment process, their Christian faith was identified (they are Pentecostals). It was felt their views on sexual ethics conflicted with the duty to promote and value diversity….”

Oklahoma Republican lawmakers pushed through lawsuit reform, a key victory in the GOPs long-standing effort to curtail the cost of lawsuits that hurt businesses. The Oklahoma House passed the bill to cap pain-and-suffering damages at $350,000, except in cases of gross negligence, malicious intent, fraud and recklessness. Floor leader Dan Sullivan, a Tulsa Republican, said the measure is fair to all concerned and will benefit the state by encouraging economic growth and the retention of medical professionals.


Arnold Ahlert 3/16

It a testament to the obtuseness of the progressive mindset that the foundation of their worldview is built on sand. It is a sand on which the idea of "spreading the wealth around" presumes either the endless goodwill of the wealth creators, or their never-ending surrender to progressive guilt-mongering. And when either emotion can no longer be manipulated, you get what you just got in Wisconsin: a hate-filled debacle of death threats, extortion and an unabashed attempt to toss the foundations of our democratic republic into a ditch.

Only those without an ounce of shame could characterize an attempt to be responsible with the wealth created by the taxpayers of that state as an "assault on democracy." Only those with an unbridled sense of entitlement could believe that robbing Peter to pay Paul constitutes "social justice." Only those completely at odds with common sense would continually berate the very people they need to underwrite their utopian schemes. And only those completely bereft of common decency would look at the greatest transfer of wealth in the history of the planet, not only from the Haves to the Have-nots, but from the Haves to the Want-mores, the one in which every dollar sent to Washington, D.C. has been spent--plus fourteen trillion dollars more--and conclude it isn't enough.

It has been enough. More than enough. And yet progressives never learn the one lesson that has repeated itself over and over throughout the course of world history. It is the one that remains a constant among the wreckage of state-run societies which have maintained their power through intimidation, coercion, oppression, pogroms and outright genocide: you cannot expect one man to enslave himself to another and be content about it.

According to the New York Times, President Barack Obama made a remarkable admission recently, telling aides that it would be easier to be president of China than the United States. No doubt about it, Mr. President. No doubt all this messy free-market capitalism hitched to the government wagon via the threat of imprisonment or death would make for far smoother sailing at the executive level of government. No doubt coercion is far less "problematic" than persuasion.

No doubt the line-up of progressive Czars, cabinet-level Secretaries and other inhabitants of this administration, the ones such as the EPA's Lisa Jackson who prefers executive fiat to the burdensome obligations of Congressional approval, or Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who considers a contempt of court citation inimical to his ideological whims, or an Attorney General who apparently believes justice for "his people" takes priority over justice for everyone, would agree.

And then all of them stand back and wonder why the economy is still in a ditch, even as their "green shoot," "Recovery summer" "prosperity is just around the corner" media pimp squad endeavors to convince Americans to disbelieve what the see with their own eyes. Even as "experts" are continually confounded by "unexpected" results. Even as confidence in the government drops to a 35 year low, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll. Unsurprisingly, 35 years ago was 1976, which is when the second-worst president of the modern era began to express his petulant notions regarding Americans' insufficient contributions to the welfare state.

The Carter administration, just like the Obama administration, could never come to grips with the realities of the human condition. Progressives will never understand that their ham-fisted attempts to make everyone happy will never lead to happiness. It will only lead to the misery and jealousy that inevitably arises when no meaningful distinction is made between the ambitious and the slothful, the savers and the squanderers, or the moral and the immoral. There has never been a single moment in the history of socialist/marxist governance where the unproductive members of society elevated themselves to the level of the productive members. Yet there are innumerable examples of the productive members of society lowering themselves to the level of the takers until those societies collapse.

That is why progressivism is doomed to fail. It is why productive people flee states like New York and California, where government is openly hostile to those they most depend on to foot the bill. Like so many states dominated by the progressive worldview, they are literally biting the hand that feeds them, forever convinced that the aforementioned one-two punch of goodwill and guilt-mongering has no limitations.

But it does. That is why America has a viable Tea Party movement, and whey we are seeing the beginning of a serious shake-up in the status quo of public sector unions. More and more Americans are beginning to realize that their goodwill has been mercilessly exploited. They are beginning to realize that, in a nation drowning in fourteen trillion dollars of multi-generational debt, guilt-mongering is unseemly as it gets. They are angry at being told they aren't paying their "fair share" of taxes in nation where almost half the people pay no income taxes at all. They are getting sick to death of the idea that ever-expanding government is the cure to all their woes, when over two hundred years of American history tells them exactly the opposite. They are fed up with being told they must be their brother's keeper when they know damn well that they are really their brother's enabler. And, little by little, they're beginning to realize that their ideological embrace of hard work, tireless ambition and the determination to make a better life for themselves and their families, can stand on it own merits.

Even as they are learning their ideological counterparts can only crash and burn without them.

Slightly edited from a longer article, read it here:



"There's never been a better opportunity to rid public broadcasting of its dependence on public welfare to spread its left-wing bias and propaganda, if only the Republican leadership can screw up the courage to lead the way. Public broadcasting could have leavened the bias years ago and saved itself by easing up on the mockery and ridicule of the things most Americans hold dear. We can be glad it didn't; government radio is the norm in Pyongyang and Havana and Tehran, but never here. All things considered, the left and the liberals should pay for their own entertainment. The rest of us do."

-Wes Pruden

"The outraged reaction to New York Rep. Peter King's hearings into the radicalization of the domestic Muslim community was so mindless it bordered on a collective self-lobotomy. The late conservative intellectual James Burnham once wrote that 'liberalism permits Western civilization to be reconciled to its dissolution.' If the congressional committee devoted to homeland security ... can't examine why some Muslims born and raised in the United States wage war on their own country, we might as well turn off the lights on our common culture."

-Rich Lowry



“Revolt!: How to Defeat Obama and Repeal His Socialist Programs” by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann. The GOP won the elections of 2010. Revolt! explains how to translate this avalanche of votes into power and action in Washington. Their plea: Don't surrender. Don't compromise. Don't give in. Just push ahead and win!

“Back on the Road to Serfdom” by Thomas E. Woods Jr. “….brings together top scholars to examine how bailouts, “stimulus” packages, a trillion-dollar health care bill, and other government expansion endanger America’s prosperity and culture of enterprise. Here they explore government’s role in the recent economic crisis, how government expansion damages free enterprise and also crowds out culture and individual freedom, why the statist temptation is so strong, what the United States can learn from Europe, and much more. This impeccably timed book reveals the devastating consequences of succumbing to the statist temptation.”



Donald Trump called activist filmmaker Michael Moore a “communist” during an appearance on Fox News. The Donald made the comment responding to an accusation from Moore that Wisconsin and the rest of the nation were not broke because the wealthy were not fairly distributing their money. “This is like in other words: ‘Everybody’s cash is everybody’s cash’. It’s sort of interesting. Castro in the good old days used to say the exact same thing, right?”



Al-Qaeda has launched a women's magazine which mixes tips on skin care with articles on ‘marrying a mujahedeen’ and carrying out suicide attacks. Its cover features the barrel of a sub-machine gun next to the image of a woman in a veil. The magazine features exclusive interviews with martyrs' wives who praise their husbands' decisions to die in suicide bombings.

On February 22, 2011, Jessie Bender, a 13-year-old southern California girl, ran away from home. No, Jessie was not into “sex, drugs, or rock n’ roll.” On the contrary. Jessie was terrified that her American-born mother, Melissa, a convert to Islam, and her mother’s Pakistani boyfriend and acting stepfather Mohammed “Mo” Khan, had decided to send her to Pakistan to be married against her will. Had Jessie gone, her mother and “Mo” would have received $3000.00.

A Pakistani Christian serving a life sentence for blasphemy against Islam, was found dead in his Karachi jail cell.



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“This was a week of enormous contrasts, in which we saw colossal courage and integrity and bravery on the part of U.S. troops and ordinary Japanese, and cowardice and childishness in the White House…… One could only watch the horror and be stunned by the brave and civilized response of the Japanese nuclear technicians -- dubbed the Fukushima 50 -- who willingly risked their health and lives to save their countrymen. As this column goes to press it appears the Fukushima heroes may have succeeded in preventing the meltdown of the fuel rods under extraordinarily difficult conditions….. In the face of all this it is hard to believe that this blurb from the official White House web page could be real, but I am sad to report this infantile, narcissistic, piece of tripe, utterly lacking in empathy or dignity is authentic: As he does every year, the President filled out his brackets predicting the winners of the men's and women's NCAA basketball tournaments……”

A beleaguered President Obama has told aides it would be so much easier to be the president of China…There are two ways to read the remark, which is attributed to anonymous aides. One is that Obama resents the burden of global leadership that comes with the American presidency. The other is that he longs for an authoritarian system, where he need tolerate no dissent. Under either or both interpretations, his confession carries a dose of self-pity that means Obama has hit a wall. He is in over his head, and he knows it.

“The landscape of parts of Japan looks like the aftermath of World War Two; no industrialised country since then has suffered such a death toll…..And solidarity seems especially strong in Japan itself. Perhaps even more impressive than Japan’s technological power is its social strength, with supermarkets cutting prices and vending machine owners giving out free drinks as people work together to survive. Most noticeably of all, there has been no looting, and I’m not the only one curious about this. This is quite unusual among human cultures, and it’s unlikely it would be the case in Britain….”

Call it the Nanny State run amok. By hosting an all-day White House conference on adolescent bullying last week, President Obama elevated a schoolyard issue to the level of public enemy No. 1, perhaps on a par with the first lady's labors on behalf of childhood obesity. Typical of all federal "preventions" that mobilize the Departments of Education or Health and Human Services on behalf of some perceived crisis, none of the players of the conference had the guts to yank at the underlying root of the bullying culture: family breakdown.

The answer to our economic problems lies beneath our feet. If a foreign power tried to dictate our energy policies to us, we would declare war. But no foreign power is to blame for our energy troubles. Rather, we’ve pointed a gun at our own head. In a case without historic parallel, the United States has opted for national suicide when the answer to many of our energy problems lies literally under our feet.

It may be a bigger threat to President Barack Obama than Romney, Palin or Gingrich — a crew by the name of Christie, Scott and Walker that is slashing budgets, undercutting the new health care law and picking fights with unions. Call 2011 the year of the Republican governor.

“Ideological budget battles between GOP and Dems in congress mask the real battle erupting across America-- the battle between the makers and the takers. Entrepreneurs and other working Americans, the makers, are growing tired of government's rapacious hand in their financial pocket and they are becoming more aggressive and more outspoken in their protests.”



Before and after the tsunami photos side by side

Many shocking photos:

What’s it like to fly by Saturn in a spaceship? This is real.

The sounds of Japan's 9.0-magnitude quake "have been accelerated 16 times so that they can be audible to human ears." The red and yellow colors on the spectogram represent the most intense parts of the quake. You can also listen to the first and second aftershock on the LIDO site.



“In a major diplomatic victory for the Libyan opposition, France has become the first country to formally recognize Libya’s rebel leadership. Ya know, the last time the French took the lead on something while the US did nothing, it was because America handn't been discovered yet……….A satellite that was supposed to study global warming crashed shortly after take-off on Friday. It's a terrible thing. How are these guys supposed to prove global warming without good, solid data to fudge?...........A contest to have President Obama give a high school commencement address got only 68 entrants, a far cry from over 1000 last year. Probably because this year, Obama saying "you can grow up to do what I did" is more of a cautionary tale than an inspiration…… The White House vowed to work with Congress to cut waste in spending after two GAO reports came out. The reports said it all. The first report said the U.S. spends ten billion a year on fifteen redundant government programs and the second report said the U.S. government spends ten billion a year on fifteen redundant government programs.”

-Fred Thompson

So a Republican and a Democrat are walking down the street... They come upon a homeless person. The Republican gives the homeless person $20 and a business card and says, "If you're looking for work, contact me." They walk another block and come upon another homeless person. It's the Democrat's turn. So he reaches into the Republican's pocket, gives the homeless guy $50 and keeps walking...



“The principle feature of American liberalism is sanctimoniousness. By loudly denouncing all bad things -- war and hunger and date rape -- liberals testify to their own terrific goodness. More important, they promote themselves to membership in a self-selecting elite of those who care deeply about such things. It's a kind of natural aristocracy, and the wonderful thing about this aristocracy is that you don't have to be brave, smart, strong or even lucky to join it, you just have to be liberal.”

-P.J O’Rourke

Sunday, March 13, 2011

op ed review 3/13


The Wisconsin Senate succeeded in voting Wednesday to strip most collective bargaining rights from public workers, after Republicans discovered a way to bypass the chamber's missing Democrats. The Senate requires a quorum to take up any measures that spends money. But Republicans took all the spending measures out of the legislation and a special committee of lawmakers from both the Senate and Assembly approved the revised bill a short time later.

Add Idaho to the list of states moving to end the free lunch fun of public employee unions. On the same day Wisconsin ended many collective bargaining rights of government workers there, Idaho officials moved to limit the process and phase out tenure for unionized teachers.

Americans believe the United States is on the wrong track by a large margin, a Reuters/Ipsos poll shows. The proportion of Americans who believe the country is on the right track dropped 7 points in the past month to 31 percent, and 64 percent think the country is on the wrong track.

An early spate of Democratic Senate retirements has put Republicans in solid shape to retake the majority in the upper chamber next year.

The era of big government has returned with a vengeance, in the form of the largest federal work force in modern history.

Government payouts—including Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance—make up more than a third of total wages and salaries of the U.S. population,

The number of temporary healthcare reform waivers granted by the Obama administration to organizations climbed to more than 1,000 this week.

Obama job approval starts down again

Vivian Schiller, the President and CEO of National Public Broadcasting, announced her resignation on Wednesday after an undercover camera caught then-NPR Vice President Ron Schiller (no relation) calling the tea party ‘racist’ and disclosing that the organization could survive without government funds.

The video was posted Tuesday on the website for James O'Keefe's Project Veritas. O'Keefe is the conservative activist whose previous hidden-camera videos embarrassed the community-organizing group ACORN.

The Seattle Office of Civil Rights is proposing legislation which would make criminals a protected class. Yes, you read that right. The proposal would make it illegal to discriminate in employment, contracting and housing based on a person's criminal history. Oh, and “…landlords would be required to rent to convicted drug users and sex offenders unless they could prove occupancy would involve unreasonable risk of substantial harm to property or to the safety of individuals or the public."

The Dayton, Ohio Police Department is lowering its testing standards for recruits. It's a move required by the U.S. Department of Justice after it says not enough African-Americans passed the exam. “The D.O.J. approved new scoring policy only requires potential police officers to get a 58% and a 63%. That's the equivalent of an ‘F’ and a ‘D’.” Even the local NAACP thinks this is wrong.

Social democratic parties across Europe are losing elections on an "unprecedented scale", according to former UK foreign secretary David Miliband. "Not since the first world war has there been this kind of domination from the right…….Left parties are losing elections more comprehensively than ever before. They are losing from government and from opposition; they are losing in majoritarian systems and PR systems…..Just for good measure, they are losing whatever position the party had on the Iraq war and they are fragmenting at just the time the right is uniting."

Planned Parenthood Federation of America is fighting a congressional attempt to end federal funding for the organization with a nationwide bus tour, dubbed the "Truth Tour." The organization's bright pink bus advertises various Planned Parenthood statistics and health data, but it does not include the number of abortions the organization has performed. In 2009, Planned Parenthood clinics performed 332,278 abortions, according to a fact sheet on the group’s Web site. Also, in fiscal year 2008-2009, Planned Parenthood received more than $363 million in government grants and contracts.

Great moments in socialized medicine: “Premature Babies Should be Left to Die due to the Cost, says UK National Health Service Chief”

Senate John Kerry (D-Mass.) warned that spending cuts could wipe out future government achievements, like the invention of the Internet, which Kerry credited to Washington DC.



David Paulin 3/13/11

America's gun-rights debate has moved into some new territory that highlights the ideological divide separating gun-hating Eastern elites from Americans in fly-over country.

Recent events in New York City, Washington D.C., and in gun-friendly fly-over states (mostly red) demonstrate how profoundly the nation's Second Amendment debate is wrapped up with its culture wars.

Consider how Americans on opposite sides of the liberal-conservative divide are viewing the gun-rights debates underway in at least nine state legislatures. According to Eastern elites, lawmakers are doing the unthinkable: They're debating whether to eliminate so-called "gun-free zones" on public college and university campuses; such zones exist in 22 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Texas is considered the most likely to pass such legislation, with a vote possible this March. Only Utah allows concealed carry holders on its campuses.

Conversely, 25 other states leave it to colleges and universities to allow or ban concealed carry holders; and so a handful of schools in the Midwest and West actually do allow concealed carry holders on campus to varying degrees. They include Michigan State, Colorado State, and the University of Colorado, schools where no concealed carry holders are reported to have been involved in campus massacres or robbery sprees. Nine of those states nevertheless introduced legislation last year to ban concealed carry on campuses, a response to shootings like the Virginia Tech massacre…..

In gun-hating New York, getting a carry permit involves a nightmare of red tape. But not so in Texas and most states, where it's relatively easy for law-abiding adults to obtain concealed carry permits after passing a course and undergoing a background check. In Texas, one part of the 10-to-15 hour course includes instruction in "non-violent conflict resolution" - to help ensure people only use their weapons for legitimate self-defense purposes.

Gun-hating liberals may be surprised to hear it, but it's virtually unheard of in Texas for people with carry permits to commit crimes or be involved in unnecessary shootings. They don't hold up convenience stores; don't get involved in shoot-outs at bars or after traffic accidents. Nor do they shoot people whom they feel have "dissed" them -- a common occurrence in gritty parts of Chicago and Detroit. It all underscores a fact that gun-hating liberals overlook: Culture plays a big role in gun violence. Switzerland, after all, is armed to the teeth, with members of its large citizen militia keeping military-issued weapons at home -- yet gun-related crimes in Switzerland are rare….

As the gun-rights debate has heated up, the New York Times recently launched an anti-gun crusade -- running a full-page article that "outed" well-known New Yorkers who own handguns….Not surprisingly, getting a handgun permit in New York is hard if not almost impossible, whether it's to carry a handgun in the street or keep at home. Even so, many well-heeled New Yorkers have actually managed to get such permits. So who are these crazies? To find out, The Times culled through thousands of names of gun owners that it got from the police after filing lawsuits and freedom of information requests. It was amazed to learn that some of the city's leading citizens were handgun owners and even had carry permits. According to The Times, the list included: "Men and women. Democrats and Republicans. Doctors, lawyers, merchants and moguls. A remarkable, if relatively small, cross-section of New Yorkers."……

In its quest for accountability from the city's gun-toting subculture, The Times then contacted a number of gun owners. Some were apparently outraged at being outed -- and told reporter Jo Craven McGinty to go screw herself. Others, apparently embarrassed at being outed, proceeded to blurt out some incredibly dumb comments; things no gun-toting bubba or hayseed in fly-over would ever be so naive to utter.

Consider not-too-bright Alexis Stewart, 45, a radio and television talk-show host. She was among a surge of New Yorkers who bought handguns after 9/11. Obviously embarrassed at being outed, the daughter of classy Martha Stewart gushed: "I keep it in my apartment unloaded in a safe. Wait. I probably shouldn't say that. It's under my pillow and ready to go." (Readers who don't know why it's dumb to say such things are obviously not among American Thinker's conservative readers.)…..

Interestingly, the same edition of the Times also featured a long story with a self-defense angle -- of sorts. "It Ended in a Suitcase," as it was titled, dealt with a "strung-out" 28-year-old hooker who called herself "Jackie" and the violent 55-year-old man who killed her, a drifter with a long criminal history named Hassan Malik. It was an utterly banal crime story, the stuff of New York's lowbrow tabloids; and it certainly wasn't what the Times normally gives its upscale readers. But apparently Times' editors felt more "diversity" was needed in its crime coverage -- and so they offered up "It Ended in a Suitcase" -- an in-depth story about two losers from the city's low-life culture.

The fates of Malik and "Jackie" (real name: Betty Williams) were completely predictable given the lives they had led. Yet reporter Alan Feuer was clearly intrigued, and he naively wrote: "Why had things turned violent? And, most important, how, in 21st-century New York, was it possible for a strangled woman to be stuffed inside a suitcase and summarily deposited on the street?" Of course, no gun-toting bubba or hayseed in fly-over country would have trouble answering that question.

Malik, incidentally, didn't dispatch Williams with a gun. He used a frying pan and a VCR cord - and he claimed he acted in self-defense. A likely story. One that raises a question: "When frying pans and VCR cords are outlawed, will only outlaws have them?"

Edited from a longer article; read it here:



"As Obama rakes in historic campaign contributions from Wall Street money, liberals claim Republicans are beholden to 'the rich.' However that may be, it is far more true, and far less remarked upon, that the Democratic Party is the party of public sector unions. And now, the nation watches helplessly as public sector unions and their Democratic allies say to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: Nice state you got there, governor. Be a shame if something bad happened to it. ... Democrats use taxpayer money to fund a government jobs program, impoverishing the middle class and harming the people allegedly helped by the programs -- by creating a vast class of voters who owe their jobs to the Democrats. This is a system designed to ratchet up costs. Look at the history of every entity where public employees have unionized, and you will find that not only are government workers paid more, but there are also a lot more of them doing a lot less useful work. ... For Democrats, the purpose of public education in this country is not to teach children; it's to create jobs for 'educators.'"

-Ann Coulter

"In the context of federal spending that will total something like $3.8 trillion this year, $61 billion is a rounding error. Yet the Democrats resisting that amount in House-approved cuts say it will wreck the economy while leaving children unschooled, taking food from the mouths of the elderly and casting disabled people into the streets. ... The cuts represent less than 2 percent of the total budget, less than 4 percent of the deficit and less than 5 percent of discretionary spending, which rose in real terms by 75 percent from 2000 to 2010 and by about 9 percent in each of the last two fiscal years. If the House-approved reductions would be 'the largest one-year cuts in history,' as the folks at Every Child Matters say, that is a sad commentary not on Republican cold-heartedness but on the fiscal incontinence of both parties."

-Jacob Sullum

"That 'clean energy' is code for 'anti-warming' is obvious, given that even Environmental Protection Agency numbers show that virtually all emissions have dropped dramatically in recent decades -- except for greenhouse gases. ... Global warming is a dying cause because the costs of the favored 'fixes' for the problem vastly outweigh the supposed benefits -- and China and India aren't going to stop industrializing, and stay poor, simply to please Western elites. Republicans should wake up and not let Obama use the guise of clean energy to keep the anti-warming crusade alive."

-Shikha Dalmia

"When you live about 3,000 miles west of the Potomac, it's impossible not to feel as if you're watching the antics of people who should be wearing big floppy shoes and big red noses on the job. The upside is that 20 of them could use a single jalopy in order to carpool to work."

-Burt Prelutsky

"Michael Moore said [last week] the nation's wealth belongs to everybody. He thinks if you divide up all our wealth you could feed all the world's hungry people. That's not going to happen, but if you divided up Michael Moore you could feed at least five hundred of them."

-Argus Hamilton



Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World!” by Andrew Breitbart. Breitbart talks about the key issues that Americans face, how he has aligned himself with the Tea Party, and how one needs to deal with the liberal news world head on. Along the way, he details his early years, working with Matt Drudge, the Huffington Post, and so on, and how Breitbart developed his unique style of launching key websites to help get the word out to conservatives all over.

“Deconstructing Obama” by Jack Cashill

Herb Meyer reviews: “By Deconstructing Obama page by page -- and piece by piece -- Cashill brings the reader to understand that in 2008 "Barak Obama" wasn't a candidate but a carefully created myth. The leftist mainstream media bought that myth, which is why they blew off Cashill and his overwhelming amount of evidence that so much about Obama was fraudulent.”



“The British have dug themselves a deep hole by embracing windmills instead of coal mines. Billions have been wasted by Spain and Germany on alternative energy sources. The anti-energy agenda will have devastating affects on life in the West. Electricity consumers in the United Kingdom were recently told by the CEO of the country’s grid operation that, by 2020, they will have to get used to having no electricity for periods during the day and night. This will put the U.K. on par with North Korea. And the U.S. is not far behind if it does not quickly reverse current energy policies.



Michael Moore and his fellow-travelers in the American version of the Socialist/Marxist cabal have picked up the mantle of defending public unionism in their demonstrations in Madison, Wisconsin and other state capitals. They are vocally calling for more confiscation of the wealth of the rich to pay for the bloated incomes of government workers and openly stating that all wealth belongs to the state...

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman doesn't believe education is the key to solving America's economic woes. Quite the contrary, the Nobel Laureate argued that the path to a more prosperous nation is for unions to have increased bargaining power and for everyone to have "free" healthcare.

A representative of the National Education Association, the nation’s largest teachers union, recently told attendees at a United Nations conference on the status of women that “oral sex, masturbation, and orgasms need to be taught in education” worldwide. The advice for promoting sexual activity among children comes as union-run schools in the U.S. continue failing to teach children basic reading and math, despite a doubling of education funding in the U.S. since the 1970s.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) once again attacked Republicans’ budget proposal on Wednesday, claiming its cuts target “little children” and “poor little boys and girls.”



A former television executive was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for the beheading death of his wife. After an hour of deliberation, an upstate New York jury convicted Muzzammil "Mo" Hassan of second-degree murder last month after a three-week trial. Hassan founded a TV network aimed at countering Muslim stereotypes.

Last week, the Frankfurt, Germany airport jihadist and murderer, Arid Uka, who killed two American soldiers and wounded 2 others said, “I did it for Allah”

A Jewish couple and three of their children were stabbed to death in bed in a West Bank settlement in what Israeli officials said Saturday was an attack by one or more Palestinians who broke into their home.



China is planning its own large space station around 2020. (And it won’t be an “international” effort)



The ABC network wants to see what you will tolerate: “ABC Television is currently working on a pilot for a prime-time program called "Good Christian Bitches." It's a Christian-bashing version of ABC's current "Desperate Housewives." The show centers on a recently divorced mother of two who moves back to the affluent neighborhood where she grew up to find herself in the whirling midst of gossip, Botox and fraud. Disney-owned ABC has no reservations about creating hate speech against Christians, but you can be sure they would never consider a show called "Good Muslim Bitches" or "Good Jewish Bitches."……Even if they change the title, the content will still mock people of faith.”

Brent Bozell: “If ABC picks up this pilot, it's very likely that the sour message that will resonate is that everyone who goes to church, including priests and ministers, can be exposed as a fraud and a counterfeit. That is consistent with Hollywood's long-standing hostility to the faith of its own audience.”

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The Evergreen Leadership Conference 2011 “A Conservative President - How Do We Choose?”

Michelle Malkin's Cousin Is Missing: She is a University of Washington undergrad and she has been missing since Saturday afternoon, when she left the Rainier Beach neighborhood headed to the UW Seattle campus. Her parents have been trying to reach her all weekend; she apparently never made it to campus and has not been heard from by phone/Internet. They’ve filed a missing persons report with the Seattle Police Department.



Yesterday Sarah Palin sent another signal that she probably won't enter the 2012 presidential race when it was announced she would be doing an event in Denver on May 2—the same day as the first Republican presidential debate.

“If (George) Will is right, then the right is in critical condition heading into 2012. Aside from Daniels, who deserves inclusion in any list of plausibles no matter the controversy he has courted by calling for a truce on social issues and owing to the fact that he has been without question America’s best governor for the past half-decade, none of the others on this list has a prayer. Romney is the man who invented the individual mandate in health care, and now seeks the presidency in a campaign that will revolve around ObamaCare? He’ll be lucky to win a single primary, let alone the nomination. I’ve enjoyed Haley Barbour since I worked with him briefly nearly a quarter-century ago in the White House, thought he did a brilliant job as RNC chairman, and I gather he’s been a very effective governor — but his lobbying record will kill him as a candidate. Pawlenty ended his tenure as governor of Minnesota with an approval rating under 50 percent, which suggests the kind of staying power he might have even with primary voters who liked him. And Huntsman? A chemical-company magnate who was governor of a small state before quitting that job to serve as Obama’s ambassador to China?........So what does this tell us? It tells us that the person who can win has either not reached the point of deciding to run or that he is biding his time until later. It could be Chris Christie. It could be Paul Ryan. It could be Marco Rubio. It could be Bobby Jindal. One hears that the 2016 GOP race will feature all these guys in a superstar battle….”

Regardless of failed economic policies, a destructive health care law that most Americans want repealed and the lack of leadership in foreign affairs, Barack Obama will have $1 billion, the support of the majority of the media and a potentially long and divisive Republican primary to assist his re-election in 2012. However, the recently elected Republican governors can assure the nation of a Republican victory by taking control of the election. By organizing now and selecting a candidate from among themselves, forcing all others to step aside for the good of the country,

Obamacare is living on borrowed time, and even its most ardent supporters are beginning to realize it. That’s why they’re racing to implement - and entrench - as much of the plan as possible before the laws of economics and the laws of the land and voters catch up.

“My colleagues and I have received substantial death threats today,” Wisconsin Sen. Randy Hopper tells National Review Online. It isn’t the first time the GOP state senators have been threatened with violence.

Sen. Rand Paul asked the DOE deputy assistant secretary on energy efficiency, “I was wondering if you’re pro-choice?” “I’m pro-choice of bulbs,” she responded. “Actually, that’s the point,” Paul said, during an appliance efficiency hearing at the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. “The point is that most members of your administration probably would be frank and characterize themselves — and upfront — as being pro-choice for abortion,” he said, “but you’re really anti-choice on every other consumer item.”

University of Georgia senior Chelsea Lipocky barely notices it anymore. Where did all the men go? Once the vast majority, they now make up just over 40 percent of the nation's college students. That can make women at schools like the University of Georgia sometimes feel like they go to an all-girls college.



Top 10 Ugly Moments in the Wisconsin Union Battle



Craig Ferguson: NASA is short on cash and is shutting down some activities. It’s sad because space travel is inspiring. Who’s going to inspire the next generation — “Jersey Shore?” …….President Obama attended a parent-teacher conference. Apparently, Biden is being held back a grade.

Conan: Arnold Schwarzenegger has been offered a role in a sequel to “Terminator.” In this one, he travels back in time and kills the person that suggested he run for governor.



"Socialism of any type leads to a total destruction of the human spirit."

-Alexander Solzhenitsyn

"I place economy among the first and most important virtues and public debt as the greatest dangers to be feared."

-Thomas Jefferson