Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Cruising the Web

Bret Stephens looks to Rudyard Kipling, David Hume, and Max Weber to explain the decline of Obama.

Meanwhile, William McGurn wishes that Obama would be a fraction as tough on Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac as he's been on BP. Surely they deserve as much disdain and blame for the financial crisis as BP does for the oil spill.

Would waiving the Jones Act matter? Robert Bluey looks at this question.

Richard Cohen fears
that Obama's foreign policy lacks "a theme" or perhaps it's just that Obama "seems to stand foursquare for nothing much." Ouch.

Now that the Times Square would-be bomber admits that he trained in Pakistan and considers himself a "Muslim soldier," can we start to admit that we're at war with a certain strand of Muslim terrorism? Just wondering.

Tim Blair
links to this Reuters story that Parisian police are banning a giant wine and sausages party that was being planned in Paris to protest the closing down of streets on Fridays for Muslims praying. The day chosen for the party was the Friday when England is playing the mostly Muslim Algeria in the World Cup. It is also the 70th anniversary of De Gaulle's speech to his countrymen calling on them to resist the Germans. Seventy years later, they've already surrendered their culture to the fear of violent protests from their Muslim citizens.

Ooh, General McCrystal doesn't sound all that impressed with President Obama or the President's advisers on Afghanistan. The Commander-in-Chief is apparently not pleased. What was the general thinking? No matter his private opinion, he just can't go spouting off with criticizing the President. That's just not done.

David Brooks imagines the last few years as a liberal dream of all that would be necessary to allow the public to see how absolutely awesome liberal solutions for our country are. Except it just hasn't worked out that way. Oh, darn.

Debra Saunders reminds us of the promises that the Democrats made that they would always pass a budget, not like those stinky Republicans. So much for that.

John Hawkins has five reasons why bipartisanship is not the answer.

Frank Fleming of the humor site IMAO has ten reasons to elect Renee Ellmers over Bob Etheridge. Number One: If you ask her if she supports the Obama agenda, her answer is simply a polite,"No.”

This is why presidential commissions can be such a joke. The President has appointed his commission
to look into the prospects for future deep-water drilling and he didn't appoint a single expert on drilling or oil; instead they're all environmental activists already opposed to drilling or former politicians. He's just going to ignore the engineering experts who have already spoken out against his ban.

Anne Applebaum explores how the world has reacted to the vuvuzelas. Apparently, British stores are selling out of them and ordering thousands more. The Chinese are manufacturing them as fast as they can. Soon they'll be ruining every sporting event unless banned.