April 29, 2009

Web Reconnaissance for 04/29/2009

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

Home on the Range: Licensed to Grill - How well you remember those days, when the air is burning hot, the whiff of lighter fluid in the air, the dark nuggets of briquettes, overhead a badminton bird flying over, the only sign of motion in the still summer air. Laughter as your brothers and cousins play. Shadows on the grass as you ran and played under branches from which smoke drifted like a soft touch. Shadows that got to those trees before you did, then faltered, so you could stomp them into the grass under your bare feet. Summer has just one date when you're a kid and that's the first day after school lets out, when the barbecue is officially fired up by the man of the house. But there was more than smoke in the air that first night of summer, something I was too young to understand, but I could sense. There was a war, and one of the boys was going. A country I had never heard of. I didn't understand the details. I only sensed those urgent conversations in the kitchen amongst the adults as they prepared the food for the fire. (READ MORE)

Lonewolf Diaries: Time to Body Check Obama - I was back in junior high when my dad used this unforgettable analogy: “The role of the government is similar to that of a hockey referee. His job is to keep the players safe and keep the pace of the game. No more, no less.” Granted, my dad was really just trying to simplify an explanation for me amidst a time in my life where I’d rather be lighting my own flatulence than engaging in true political discourse, but looking back… I realize that my father is a genius! Step aside Thomas Edison and Guy-who-invented-PopTarts, there’s a new sheriff in town. The simple, yet brilliant description should be one of the “go to” weapons in any conservative’s quiver when it comes to debating the left. See, liberals hate it when you have a firm grasp on the role of government and more importantly, the founding fathers original intent. (READ MORE)

AJStrata: Conservatives Bailing The Ocean Into Their Sinking Ship - Boy, am I glad I left the conservative fevered swamps when I did. Talk about self destructing! As I posted on earlier, in response to the political center dumping conservatives into oblivion Jim DeMint made the comment he would rather be a top fish in a tiny pond than actually lead this great nation into the future: DeMint says he would rather have 30 Republicans in the Senate who really believe in principles of limited government, free markets, free people, than. . .that don’t have a set of beliefs.” Ahh, the lovely sound of tolerance and respect for fellow Americans. I don’t think DeMint and his paltry band of ‘true conservatives’ get it yet. No one would be upset if he was part of an impotent and irrelevant ban of 30 has beens in the Senate either! (READ MORE)

Burt Prelutsky: The ACLU: Self-Righteous Fools and Fascistic Bullies - I am not a religious man. I’m neither proud of that nor ashamed. I merely state that fact to establish where I’m coming from. I have friends who are believers and friends who are not. Where religion is concerned, I believe in live and let live. I only wish that the ACLU shared that attitude. I don’t like to describe myself as an agnostic or an atheist because I don’t care to align myself with the people whose own religion consists of a profound antipathy to everybody else’s. I decided a long time ago that religion would play no part in my life, but I felt no compulsion to convert others. Oddly enough, I never resented the folks who would ring my doorbell and try to proselytize me. Although I don’t like dealing with uninvited guests, I always thought it was nice of them to be that concerned about the eternal soul of a perfect stranger. Having said all that, I wish to announce that I despise the ACLU for its relentless attacks on Christianity and Judaism. (READ MORE)

Smooth Stone: Abbas Rejects Calling Israel a Jewish State - Mahmoud Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen, engineered the “Black September” Terror Attack during the Munich Olympics, which killed 11 Israeli athletes and a U.S. citizen. Like the filthy Arafat before him, Abbas/Mazen congratulated Hizbullah and all the resistance forces on their “victory” over Israel and on the return of “the heroes of freedom, the prisoners and the martyrs [to Lebanon]. Too bad the “international community” decided not only to meet Mahmoud Abbas’ request for $5.6 billion in aid, but to throw in almost $2 billion more. Why? Did the PA end its Jew-hating blood-lust terrorist ways? No. The US government has been pushing very hard to give Mahmoud Abbas’s Al Fatah its own state, carved out of the Jewish state. Al Fatah (also known as ‘the PLO’) was trained in the 1950s by CIA-sponsored German Nazis. (READ MORE)

Russ Dvonch: Heroic Hollywood: American Exceptionalism and the Hollywood Hero - For nearly a century now, Hollywood has inspired generations of Americans with the central truth behind the American Dream: in this country, people are free to choose their own destiny. It’s the moral message found in every film that features the classic Hollywood Hero. Here’s a look at how our movie heroes were shaped by American values, a personal look at how the Hollywood Hero can inspire our lives, and the belief that, despite the rise of explicitly anti-American movies, the Hollywood Hero will continue to ride to the rescue. True Grit was released in June of 1969. In those days, we still wore onions on our belts and the “New Hollywood” was just getting started, fueled by the rise of the “New Left.” At that time, the New Left was a catch-all phrase for the youth movement, the counter-culture movement, the anti-war movement…in sum, the entire political shift of the left towards radical social activism. In the 60s, the New Left was a minority, but they understood that influencing the culture was key becoming a majority. (READ MORE)

In From The Cold: The Debacle that Keeps on Giving - If the Air Force--and the Obama Administration--were hoping that the "fly-by" kerfuffle would quickly subside, they were sadly mistaken. More than 24 hours after Air Force One's ill-advised, low-level flight near the Statue of Liberty, New York political leaders (and local residents) remain angry. Despite detailed planning that involved multiple federal agencies, no one bothered to inform local officials or ordinary citizens. The sudden appearance of the familiar Boeing 747, trailed by two fighter jets, set off fears of another 9-11 attack in lower Manhattan. Making matters worse, "explanations" offered by the White House have been anything but satisfactory. When reports of the fly-by first broke, press secretary Robert Gibbs referred journalists to the Pentagon and the FAA. Confronted with the news that it was the administration approved the photo-op, Gibbs promised to "look into it." (READ MORE)

Philip Klein: The Velocity of Hope - President Obama's first 100 days in office are likely to be judged in different ways by different people, but there's one measure by which he's been objectively successful -- the speed at which he has advanced his liberal agenda. The young president has certainly had his share of stumbles along the way, including: the bungled nominations of Judd Gregg and Bill Richardson to be Commerce Secretary; the tax problems of Tim Geithner and Tom Daschle (the latter costing Obama his original point man on health care); and the AIG bonus controversy. But these events were all short-lived and in the meantime, Obama has kept his mind focused on his larger goal of using government to fundamentally remake the American economy. Obama came into office at a moment of economic peril with a substantial Democratic majority in both chambers of Congress, a friendly media, and the momentum from a successful presidential campaign. (READ MORE)

William Tucker: The Tragedy of AIG - If you want to understand why Wall Street is leaving New York City as fast as possible, look no further than the saga of AIG. The rapid disintegration of the country's largest insurance company into the Recession of 2009's largest villain has occurred for only one reason -- because AIG founder Hank Greenberg didn't move his company out of New York City. All this was deliberate. Greenberg, a World War II veteran who founded the company and ran it for 40 years, was a loyal and true New Yorker. (At a 2006 sit-down sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reiterated his familiar charge that the Holocaust was a lie, at which point Greenberg arose and declared, "Listen, I helped liberate Dachau and it was no lie," to which Ahmadinejad responded he didn't think Greenberg was old enough to have liberated Dachau -- which proves, one must supposed, that in a land of suicide bombers nobody is expected to live past 40.) (READ MORE)

HughS: Specter Defection A Good Thing - It may take several weeks or months to get the real story on the defection of Arlen Specter to the Democrat Party. One question about the behind the scenes negotiations may be what motivated Specter to make such a public spectacle of his decision to vote against cloture on the EFCA a month or so ago. Was this actually a negotiating tactic given that the senator, as Lori mentions below, was on the phone with Vice President Biden discussing political dissembling for the past three months? Perhaps. It's difficult to imagine a scenario where Specter does not flip flop on the EFCA prior to the primary because the unions would seemingly not gamble on such an important piece of legislation by not attacking Specter in a primary. But the broader perspective remains that the Specter defection is a good thing for conservatives. (Note that I said conservatives, not Republicans.) Conservative governing principles have not been served well in the Congress or the Executive when Republicans try to emulate Democrats. (READ MORE)

Tel-Chai Nation: Geert Wilders visited Florida senate - The bold and honorable Dutch politician visited a special free speech summit held at the Florida House, at the invitation of Rep. Adam Hasner. And following that, unindicted co-conspirator in terror CAIR demanded that Hasner step down (Hat tip: Jihad Watch), in another show of their disrespect for critics of religion: “The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on GOP leaders to demand that Rep. Adam Hasner step down from his leadership post for co-hosting a Florida ‘Free Speech Summit’ criticized as an anti-Islam event.” Hasner was unfazed: “Hasner responded: ‘I am not going to allow the right to free speech [to] be stifled by a group like CAIR that has legally documented ties to the Muslim Brotherhood - a radical organization that is on record as stating they want to destroy America from within thru the imposition of Sharia law.’” Well said. I'd strongly recommend him as a presidential candidate in another 2 years. (READ MORE)

Pros and Cons: Unbelievably, We Still Don’t Get It - Let’s recap here: in 2000 Republicans had control of the White House and both houses of Congress. Fast forward to the mid-term elections of 2006, when Democrats regained control of both houses of Congress with a 1-vote majority in the Senate and a 31-vote majority in the House. Now, fast forward again to November of 2008, when Democrats further solidified their hold in the Senate by 17 seats, and their hold in the House by 79. Common wisdom amongst almost every conservative/Republican commentator, talking head, analyst, blogger and generally anybody else with an opinion was that the Republican demise was due almost (though not quite) entirely to their sacrificial offering of conservative prinicples on the altar of power (that’s a metaphorical way of saying that our Republican leaders cared more about maintaining power than actually governing by conservative principles). The concensus prescription for this malady was that Republicans needed quit worrying so much about power, and get back to conservative principles. (READ MORE)

Donald Douglas: You're a Professor, Really? - Without a doubt, the most frequent left-wing attack on me and my writing is some variation of, "I can't believe you're a professor." The "I can't believe you're a professor" attack is not really a repudiation of ideas (the slur almost never comes with an actually rebuttal of the issues at hand), but is meant ultimately to excoriate, to harm, to indict, and to inflict pain against those who refuse the progressive party line. And Lenin forbid (not God, for they are atheist) a professor of political science deviate from the left's ongoing campaign to dominate all the institutions of cultural values and learning. Note here that I am just reporting this, not complaining. Leftists have no power over me as an activist and thinker, since I don't let them. Still, it's just extraordinary how the "I can't believe you're a professor" attack reveals how entrenched is the totalitarian mindset among secular progressives. (READ MORE)

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