Monday, February 01, 2010

Cruising the Web

Rich Lowry persuasively argues that Eric Holder is an even worse Cabinet appointee than Janet Napolitano. Sadly, but these weak links have too much influence in how our government is supposedly protecting us from terrorists.

Mark Steyn takes a look at the sexual prose of the head of the IPCC, Rajendra Pachauri, or, as Steyn describes him, "the cricket-loving climate-profiteering Nobel Peace Prize-winner with a carbon footprint almost as big as Al Gore's." Apparently, the septuagenarian has written a racy novel. The mind boggles. But Steyn has some fun with it. As will many more, I'm sure.

David Axelrod is either dishonest or a fool. Take your pick. He is still trying to maintain the fiction that we didn't miss out on any valuable intelligence by Mirandizing Abdulmutallab.

If you haven read Mark Thiessen's column in the Washington Post explaining how Nancy Pelosi was able to get one CIA top secret program stopped and thus was clearly lying when she tried to explain why she never spoke up against waterboarding when she was on the House Intelligence Committee, give it a good read. It will give you one more reason to agree with Jack Cafferty that Nancy Pelosi is just "a horrible woman."

Tom Harkin says that the Democratic negotiators from the House and Senate had reached an agreement on a health care compromise that both chambers would agree to before the election of Scott Brown. But then Brown was elected, and they just dropped it. However, President Obama told the House GOP that they were still trying to cut out some of the, as he called them, "stray cats and dogs" in the plan that they were still working on eliminating. So either, as Big Government points out, they had reached an agreement that would have left those various provisions in or they were still negotiating to try to pass a plan that didn't have those sections that Obama expressed concern over.

Is there no part of life in America that those in Washington will not stick their noses into? Sports Illustrated reports that Senator Hatch of Utah had written President Obama asking for his help in getting rid of the BCS system for college football. Obama has long expressed an interest in getting rid of the BCS and his Justice Department is now looking into the issue. No matter how you feel about the BCS, no one can think that college football's championship would be improved by having either Congress or the President involved in tinkering with it. Just what we need is for every senator angry that his home team, like Hatch's Utah, doesn't have an automatic bid to one of the top bowl games, to be filing complaints with the Justice Department.

Floyd Abrams is one of the most prominent defenders of the First Amendment in the country today. Few other legal analysts have his credentials. He explains to James Taranto why the Supreme Court made absolutely the correct decisions in the Citizens United case. He tells of how the ACLU considered reversing its longtime support for lifting restrictions on political advertising in reaction to the decision, but how Abrams argued that they shouldn't go back on their standard policy just because they don't like the corporations who might be advertising. He also argues that, if media corporations are allowed to voice their opinions before an election, there should be no limits on other sorts of corporations.

And, for your viewing pleasure, SNL's take on Obama's State of the Union.