"So now, with the help of the new Republican House majority and a working center-right majority in the Senate, Congress may be able to push the administration in a more positive direction. 'Engagement' per se is not bad, as long as while engaging we do more than utter sweet words and appease adversaries. The president is on the defensive at home; now is precisely the time for him, and America, to go on the offense internationally. Russia is the perfect place to start."
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
So explain to me the difference between this type of behavior and pure terrorism (or The Sopranos for that matter)
"Within 12 hours of a British judge’s decision to deny Mr. Assange bail in a Swedish extradition case, attacks on the Web sites of WikiLeaks’s “enemies,” as defined by the organization’s impassioned supporters around the world, caused several corporate Web sites to become inaccessible or slow down markedly on Wednesday."
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
The sheer incompetence of the Obama White House is quite a thing to behold. The president appears to have cut a deal with Republicans on taxes without consulting his party in advance. Then the president held a news conference yesterday in which he not only attacked Republicans (nothing unusual there) but also lectured and lashed out at Democrats for their “sanctimonious” outrage.
The fury of Democrats is nearly off the scales, threatening passage of the bill. And the New York Times is now writing about a possible primary challenge to Obama.
It may be that Obama’s decision to cut a deal with Republicans on tax cuts is similar to George H.W. Bush’s decision to cut a deal with Democrats on tax increases. This may end up being Barack Obama’s “Read My Lips” moment.
"Let's be honest here: a lot of being president is the aura of authority and the projection of strength and competence. Right now, does anyone on either end of the political spectrum think he's demonstrating those traits? Well, Dowd and Rubin sure don't, and that covers a pretty vast swatch of political territory."
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
"It’s amusing, in a bitterly ironic way, to see people who make their living off of the space created by the First Amendment demand government intervene to stop speech. It’s even more ironic considering that Al Sharpton paid no price at all for his part in the Tawana Brawley hoax, in which Sharpton falsely accused an assistant district attorney of being one of the supposed rapists in a series of allegations found utterly false by a grand jury. Steve Pagones won a $65,000 judgment against Sharpton for false and defamatory statements, which Sharpton’s supporters paid instead. If anyone has grounds to be censored for utterly irresponsible and false speech, it would be Sharpton, not Limbaugh — and yet Sharpton has his own radio show and regularly appears on MSNBC."
Sunday, December 5, 2010
"'In a surprising setback, the nation's unemployment rate climbed to 9.8 percent in November, a seven-month high, as hiring slowed across the economy,' the Associated Press reports. Another surprising setback! It's almost enough to make you nostalgic for the summer of recovery.
...The "progressives" who dominate the Democratic caucus believe in punishing the prosperous. The ugly face of such class warfare is on display in a new MoveOn.org ad pleading with President Obama to "stay strong" and raise taxes. That attitude will be even more prevalent in next year's much smaller Democratic caucus: Of the 20 Dems who dissented from the tax-hike vote, 9 will not be returning to Congress, having either retired or lost their re-elections bids."