March 11, 2009

Web Reconnaissance for 03/11/2009

A short recon of what’s out there that might draw your attention, updated throughout the day...so check back often.

Black & Right: Haters Of Color - During his most famous speech, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." I wonder what Dr. King would be saying today? I've just read one of the most truly disturbing, ugly commentaries ever. Again, black people are the only demographic group in America not allowed a diversity of thought. One does so at one's own peril. “Most Blacks see both Obama’s election, and leadership, not only as a tremendous source of pride, but an extraordinary example of excellence and achievement that all African-Americans, especially young people, should follow. But not every Black leader is as fond or as proud of the new president as the NAACP and the American people are.” (READ MORE)

Road 2 Recovery: Profiles in Courage: U.S. Army LTC Patricia S. Collins - Welcome to PROFILES IN COURAGE, a series of articles profiling the courage and honor from some of the many Wounded Heroes that Road 2 Recovery has come in contact with. It is an honor and privilege to have worked with these brave men and women who have been severely wounded and had to overcame both mental and physical injuries. They have sacrificed so much to defend our freedom. It is a testament to their courage that each of them has not only overcome these wounds, but has gone beyond what most people thought was possible. Many of them have dedicated themselves to showing fellow wounded warriors the way as mentors, some have gone back to active duty to continue serving our country. This week’s profile features a women who has participated in each of the R2R program events. She has come a long way in a short amount of time. Her unique story is told here. (READ MORE)

AJStrata: DC Liberals An Incoherent Bunch Of Eff-Ups - Some news has been circulating in my circles which has just cemented for me how bad it is in DC with the current liberal Democrat control (or lack of therein) of the Federal Government. I have never seen a more confused or incoherent lot in my life. They put on a facade of understanding what they are doing, but their actions (not their words) demonstrate that any 3rd grade class in America could do better at defining and implementing a strategy to get the nation back on track. We know the general pattern since Obama took office: wild, unfocused, out of control pork spending which has bankrupt the country badly in just one year (see graph below). What would be two presidential terms of deficit spending in one year! We have a treasury team stumbling along with no real plans, just disastrous press conferences. (READ MORE)

Chicago Boyz: Going to the Movies has Become a Political Act - I went to see The Watchmen over the weekend. I did like it overall. The movie successfully captured the visual style and overall atmosphere of the comic, which is no trivial feat. I read the comic back in college when I was still a lefty and enjoyed it, so I went into the movie understanding that my evolved and matured world-view would make me appreciate the original story less. However, the movie’s needless deviation from the book merely to make contemporary political points showcased just how profoundly leftism contaminates modern film and art. Increasingly, this makes going to the movies a political act in support of leftism. In general the movie adhered closely, perhaps too closely [h/t Instapundit], to the story line of the original. I was particularly struck by how well the movie captured the book’s accurate depiction of the overall feel of seedy decay that came over America in the period 1973-1985. (READ MORE)

In From The Cold: Today's Good News (Chas Freeman Bows Out) - From Ben Smith at the Politico: The controversial appointee to chair President Barack Obama’s National Intelligence Council walked away from the job Tuesday as criticism on Capitol Hill escalated. Charles W. Freeman Jr., the former ambassador to Saudi Arabia, had been praised by allies and by the director of national intelligence, Dennis Blair, as a brilliant, iconoclastic analyst. Critics said he was too hard on Israel and too soft on China, and blasted him for taking funding from Saudi royals. Freeman “requested that his selection to be Chairman of the National Intelligence Council not proceed,” Blair’s office said in a statement. “Director Blair accepted Ambassador Freeman’s decision with regret.” In our view, Mr. Freeman's positions in support of China (and against Israel) were enough to disqualify him for the NIC job. Lest we forget, the council is supposed to provide policymakers with unvarnished and unbiased information. (READ MORE)

Jammie Wearing Fool: Today's Enemy of the State - While Rush Limbaugh has been the focus of the pathetic Barack Obama and lately Jim Cramer and Rick Santelli have also become enemies of the state, today we have a female entry, and no, it's not Ann Coulter. I sure a fresh smear campaign will be fired up today. “Yes, free the president from his flacks, fixers and goons -- his posse of smirky smart alecks and provincial rubes, who were shrewd enough to beat the slow, pompous Clintons in the mano-a-mano primaries but who seem like dazed lost lambs in the brave new world of federal legislation and global statesmanship. Heads should be rolling at the White House for the embarrassing series of flubs that have overshadowed President Obama's first seven weeks in office and given the scattered, demoralized Republicans a huge boost toward regrouping and resurrection. (Michelle, please use those fabulous toned arms to butt some heads!) First it was that chaotic pig rut of a stimulus package, which let House Democrats throw a thousand crazy kitchen sinks into what should have been a focused blueprint for economic recovery.” (READ MORE)

The Belmont Club: Stratfor on Obama’s diplomatic ‘reset’ buttons - Stratfor says that never has a incoming administration been talking to so many people. But it adds that what is important isn’t the the volume of talk, but what is being said. In that regard, it’s easier to figure out what foreign governments want than what BHO will agree to. Here’s what they want, in a nutshell. The question is what will Washington agree to give them. Some of the desires are mutually contradictory. Stratfor notes that Obama is mostly dealing with enemies. Only in Europe is it dealing with Allies. One would have thought that America could also see itself as dealing with Allies in the Middle East. What’s really interesting about Stratfor’s analysis is the degree to which the Obama administration may have let America’s rivals dictate the frame of reference of the problem. By seeing things in terms of how much to give the enemy, we minimize the shadow question: what do we want to happen? (READ MORE)

No Looking Backwards: The Gift That Keeps On Giving - Never before have so many tireless public servants worked so hard and dedicated themselves so completely to the economic well-being and fiscal stability of the state of New Hampshire. Now, all someone needs to do (no rush, mind you) is remind them they're supposed to be working on behalf of the people of Massachusetts. Boston Herald: Pols look to hike sales tax: “Top state lawmakers are seriously considering a controversial and politically risky plan to boost the sales tax by one penny* to 6 percent, socking it to Bay State residents already facing possible gas and booze hikes.” "Politically risky"? Excuse me? There's nothing risky about it. Why do you think these "stewards of the public trust" have worked so hard over the years to create an environment where a majority of the citizenry becomes entirely dependent on, and beholden to, the benevolent graces of those holding the chains of power? (READ MORE)

Sigmund, Carl and Alfred: Confusion And A Crumbling Nation - America and Americans are confused. Since our inception as a nation, we and our allies have been confronted by adversaries and antagonists, all easily identified by perverted agendas designed to thwart democratic values or ideas that would subjugate millions. There was a time when our nation had great clarity. Now, we are confused. It seems we cannot identify those ideas and leaders that ought to be repulsive and immediately rejected. Our adversaries take offense when we point out blatant examples of outrageous, repressive, oppressive and murderous behavior. We back away, chastising our own ‘insensitivity.’ We are told that we are hated for our very existence- and we cannot or wil not refute those absurdities. The good we have done, the gifts we have brought forth mean nothing. When we are taken to task by brutish and cruel leaders of failed nation-states, we are ashamed. (READ MORE)

Westhawk: China’s harassment of U.S. survey ship not the first, won’t be the last - What exactly Impeccable and Victorious were doing near China is likely highly classified. A very good bet is that these ships were collecting data about water characteristics and ocean bottom features that are crucial to potential U.S. submarine and anti-submarine operations in that area. China’s rapidly expanding diesel submarine fleet may have the potential in the future to greatly increase the risk to U.S. Navy surface vessels operating in blue water near China. In order to counter this future threat, the U.S. Navy needs to understand the specific characteristics of the waters around China and how China’s submarines operate in these waters. In short, the U.S. seeks to take away China’s "home court" advantage in this area. Conversely, China is very interested in denying this information to the U.S. Navy. China realizes that its diesel submarines, operating near home, will be its best weapon should a fleet action against the U.S. Navy ever occur. Impairing U.S. anti-submarine effectiveness would be a key to China’s success. (READ MORE)

Cassandra: Setting The Terms of the Debate? - You know, I'm sick to death of the silly bickering over a radio talk show host's choice of words. How many days now has the right wasted arguing over whether Rush ought to be more careful in his choice of words or not? This whole debate seems to have devolved into a cage match between two positions that don't make much sense. On the one hand, Rush has every right to say whatever he wants and though it would be helpful if he didn't go out of his way to be outrageous, he isn't going to change anytime soon. Which makes any debate over whether he ought to be more circumspect a moot question. He isn't going to change, and that's really not the point. The point is, how much time do we want to waste defending him and others like him? Apparently, some people seem to think the future of conservativism is inextricably bound up with defending the casual utterances of a radio talk show host. (READ MORE)

Jules Crittenden: University Free Speech Update - Campus newspaper column hurts prof’s reputation. Bess Davis’ ”Bess Sex” column in th University of Montana’s Montana Kaimin doesn’t appear to be about Law Prof Kristen Juras. She just doesn’t like the content and is afraid its relative proximity to her is damaging. It’s an interesting argument. Does this mean, for example, that material that appears in the Boston Herald may harm the reputation of people who don’t like it, simply because they live in Boston? How about stuff that appears in The Nation. A danger of disrepute on others associated with … the nation? Clearly the Washington Post is OK, because I’m pretty sure Washington DC denizens are largely libel-proof. More to the point, does this mean anyone else using a university forum … classroom, podium, newspaper, etc. … who expresses objectionable views should be hounded out or shut down? I guess we already know the answer to that. It depends. (READ MORE)

Ed Morrissey: Fineman: Washington Establishment concluding Obama in over his head - Newsweek has transformed itself over the past two years into the cheerleading section of the media Obamabots, but Howard Fineman throws a little cold water on the Age of Obama. The meme of the Greatest Transition Evah has faded away as Barack Obama stumbles from crisis to crisis, and not just in finance. The impression of incompetence has started to spread, and while his approval numbers still remain average, the DC establishment has begun to lose confidence in him. Even as he delivers the bad news, Fineman still sounds like an apologist: “Surfer that he is, President Obama should know a riptide when he’s in one. The center usually is the safest, most productive place in politics, but perhaps not now, not in a once-in-a-century economic crisis. Swimming in the middle, he’s denounced as a socialist by conservatives, criticized as a polite accommodationist by government-is-the-answer liberals, and increasingly, dismissed as being in over his head by technocrats.” (READ MORE)

Syd And Vaughn: Pork-A-Palooza part deux - Or should we call it a redux? Lord knows but I know the nation isn't ready to swallow a second, larger, juicier crap sandwich: “House Democrats are looking at yet another economic stimulus bill beyond the $787 billion one just enacted as investors and consumers continue to show little faith in the economy. At a special meeting of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee on Tuesday morning, Democrats heard again from their trusted band of economists and came away reinforced that Congress would need to spend billions of additional taxpayer dollars in the coming months to help pull the economy out its severe recession.” MORONS! Spending a ton of money the nation doesn't have isn't going to get us out of this recession, and neither will the seemingly unending tinkering with the bloody markets! (READ MORE)

Ft. Hard Knox: This Ain’t B-Ball Obama! - Nothing in Obama’s life prepared him for this, especially not pickup games in the park. An errant elbow, a trip, bluffing the bullies off the court does not compare to dealing with maniacal despots. It is not a matter of scoring points and alternating defense and offense, in real life the mission of the President is to prevent the other from scoring any points. His oath of office is to defend this Country. Obama’s overtures to our enemies are like playing 2 on 5. Obama is overmatched. His book smarts are no match for the combined savvy of some of the most insane people on Earth! You don’t make nice with fanatics. They don’t want to be your friend. All they want to do is use you. China is trying to push our navy out of international waters. Russia is invading countries and demanding we abandon all our promises to allies. The Taliban wants total and complete Shari’ah. Iran is maneuvering to attack Israel. North Korea has threatened war. Syria is funneling more rockets into Lebanon and Gaza. (READ MORE)

Dr. Sanity: IN DENIAL ABOUT DENIAL - A reader pointed me to this post which discusses how the eco-fascists of our planet would like to label "denial" about global warming a mental illness. “The idea that ‘climate change denial’ is a psychological disorder – the product of a spiteful, wilful or simply in-built neural inability to face up to the catastrophe of global warming – is becoming more and more popular amongst green-leaning activists and academics. And nothing better sums up the elitism and authoritarianism of the environmentalist lobby than its psychologisation of dissent. The labelling of any criticism of the politics of global warming, first as ‘denial’, and now as evidence of mass psychological instability, is an attempt to write off all critics and sceptics as deranged, and to lay the ground for inevitable authoritarian solutions to the problem of climate change. Historically, only the most illiberal and misanthropic regimes have treated disagreement and debate as signs of mental ill-health.” Before I discuss such tactics (which many on the left accuse me of using), I think some background ideas need to be reviewed. I frequently use psychiatric and psychological concepts to describe behavior in this blog, and because of that, many people accuse me of labeling anyone who disagrees with me politically as having a mental illness. (READ MORE)

McQ @ Blackfive: The Pride and Fear of A Father - This is a real “shoe on the other foot” moment for me. My son – my only son - just got orders for Afghanistan. He’ll be the third generation of my family committed to a foreign war. Stretching back to WWII one of us always seems to have been among those serving the nation during conflict. Except this time it’s the guy who once was small enough to sleep on my chest. He’s developed into a fine young man. In fact, he has 4 sons of his own. They’re my pride and joy. We live a couple of miles from each other and I’ve been blessed to watch them grow up. He’s not a full-time soldier. He’s a member of the National Guard. But he’s just as proud of his service as if he was on active duty. After serving previously, he left the Army to pursue a career and raise a family. But he found he missed the service. Funny how that works. I’m convinced it is either in your blood or it’s not. Heh … he comes from the proper bloodline I suppose. His grandfather served for 36 years. I did 28. (READ MORE)


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