Saturday, August 1, 2009

Right on the $$$$$...

Mark Steyn:
" care is the fastest way to a permanent left-of-center political culture. That’s its attraction for an ambitious president: It redefines the relationship between the citizen and the state in a way that hands all the advantages to statists — to those who believe government has a legitimate right to regulate human affairs in every particular."

Friday, July 31, 2009

One leg at a time.....

Jonah Goldberg:
Obama isn’t supposed to be a typical politician. He was supposed to be The One. He was supposed to change Washington. Transcend race. Fix souls. Bake twelve-minute brownies in seven minutes.

Oprah promised Obama would help us “evolve to a higher plane.” Deepak Chopra said Obama’s presidency represented “a quantum leap in American consciousness.” Last month, Newsweek editor Evan Thomas proclaimed that Obama stood “above the country, above — above the world, he’s sort of God.”

Well, now he’s the god who bleeds, and once you’re the god who bleeds, it’s hard to get the divinity back in the tube, as it were."


Can Obama lead without active assistance of MSM?

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Hope and Change!!!

"Associate Attorney General Thomas J. Perrelli overruled career lawyers at the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division to drop a complaint against three members of the New Black Panther Party of intimidating voters in Philadelphia during November’s election — including one member Samir Shabazz who brandished a nightstick."

Watch your back....

Clifford D. May:
"Historian Bernard Lewis has observed that a nation can make few mistakes worse than this: to be “harmless as an enemy and treacherous as a friend.” Is that a fair characterization of American foreign policy under the Obama administration?"

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Nobody really gets it.....

Markets, Not Mandates:
"Right now consumers are locked into the health insurance and health care plans that their employers choose, thanks to previous government meddling with the health care system and the tax code. Consequently, most consumers simply don't have a clue what their health insurance costs. They have no way to reduce those costs, and no incentive to do so, even if they could."

If people really understood that the current medical care mess is actually caused by of government intervention, perhaps they wouldn't be so quick to offer their lives and futures to the fools who are in charge. No place is that more evident than (of course) in today's NY Times. David Leonhardt takes us painfully through a series of gymnastics for the sole purpose of making sure that the government is in charge of the system, rather than really solving the problems. Read it and realize just how stupid we have become....

And I expected much less....

"I expected more from him. Even while deriding the idea of Change as a strategy, I was hopeful that at the very least his popularity and political capital would allow for some meaningful progress. Instead, Obama seems bound and determined to fritter his capital away, and allow the Democrats in Congress to do what they do best, lose majorities. One more time Joe. “That’s not change. That’s more of the same.”"

A worthy read; but only if you're willing to see all the warts underneath the bullshit....

Let's hear it for "disproportionate force"!

Culture War Replaces Missile War:
"In early 2006, shortly before the outbreak of the Second Lebanon War, an Israeli intelligence officer predicted the future. “Missile war will replace terrorist war,” he told me when I spoke with him at the Ministry of Defense."

Totten usually gets these things right....

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Good Night, and Good Luck.....

Megan McArdle:
"I know, most of you have already figured out why I oppose national health care. In a nutshell, I hate the poor and want them to die so that all my rich friends can use their bodies as mulch for their diamond ranches. But y'all keep asking, so here goes the longer explanation.

Basically, for me, it all boils down to public choice theory. Once we've got a comprehensive national health care plan, what are the government's incentives? I think they're bad, for the same reason the TSA is bad. I'm afraid that instead of Security Theater, we'll get Health Care Theater, where the government goes to elaborate lengths to convince us that we're getting the best possible health care, without actually providing it."

Sunday, July 26, 2009

In other words - Up Your's, Mr. President!

Mark Steyn:
"The president of the United States may be reluctant to condemn Ayatollah Khamenei or Hugo Chávez or that guy in Honduras without examining all the nuances and footnotes, but sometimes there are outrages so heinous that even the famously nuanced must step up to the plate and speak truth to power. And thank God the leader of the free world had the guts to stand up and speak truth to municipal police sergeant James Crowley."