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Monthly Archives: January 2009

Legalizing Terrorism.

Mark down January 22, 2009 as the day that the U.S. made terrorism legal. Think this a glib statement? The path to hell is often paved with the best of intentions. In their holier-than-Bush high mindedness the Obama Democrats have officially bestowed Geneva Convention protections to the unlawful combatants housed at Guantanamo Bay without ever […]

The Jack Bauer Exception.

Here’s the Wall Street Journal: …The Army Field Manual is already the operating guide for military interrogations. The crux of the “torture” debate has been that the Bush Administration permitted more coercive techniques in rare cases — fewer than 100 detainees, according to CIA Director Michael Hayden. Yesterday Mr. Obama revoked the 2007 Presidential carve-out […]

Comparing Intelligence Chiefs.

Despite the bait-and-switch Washington Post headline of “Intelligence Pick Calls Torture Immoral, Ineffective,” it is interesting that Retired Adm. Dennis C. Blair — Obama’s pick for National Intelligence Director — declined before Congress to publicly label waterboarding as “torture.” Thus, so far, an intelligence community headed by Blair (under Obama) has taken the exact same […]

Obama annoyed with non-idolizing reporter.

How dare you ask the president a question? He came down here to be adored and idolized, not asked questions of!

WaPost imitates The Onion.

Here’s a WaPost article that does its best to imitate the The Onion. It may as well have been titled, “Government agency report finds need for more government.”

Oh, that media bias.

In 2001, during the confirmation of John Ashcroft to be attorney general, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee forced a one-week delay in the committee’s vote on Ashcroft, saying there had not been enough time to answer all the questions about the nomination.  On January 24, 2001, the Washington Post reported the story under the […]

Quote of the day.

Mark Steyn: “At some point in the next four years, we will reach a situation where the majority of Americans pay no federal income tax but are able to vote themselves more goodies from those who do. The most basic of conservative principles is that if you reward bad behavior you get more of it. […]

No change here: Geithner the tax cheat

Here are some thoughts on the proposed and likely confirmation for Secretary of Treasury nominee Tim Geithner. 1) If a proposed secretary of the treasury cannot figure out our tax code, how is it that the rest of us should be expected to? 2) Conversely, if it’s not a tax complexity problem, how is it […]

Obama’s speech.

All in all a good speech, not a great one, and not because of his subtle shots at conservatives, but because the speech, when compared text to text against Lincoln, Washington, et. al., just falls short. (By the way, those are very difficult marks to hit). Having said that, here’s what I thought was an […]

Oh, is THIS “unity”?

Jonathan Adler: President Obama’s remark that his administration would “restore science to its rightful place” was both a shot at the Bush Administration, as well as a misleading statement. First, this comment wrongly suggested that science can somehow resolve difficult policy questions.  Insofar as policy differences are based upon normative concerns, science may inform our […]