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Friday, July 23, 2010

Cruising the Web

Deroy Murdock revisits some of the lowlights of Obama's first 18 months as president. Some of these moments I'd forgotten about - it really belies the myth of the competence and smoothness of the Obamanians.

In a story reminiscent of his own fiction, the papers of Franz Kafka are tied up in legal and bureaucratic limbo. Apparently, there are boxes of his personal papers and unpublished manuscripts but the ownership of these papers are in doubt.

David Harsanyi responds
to Obama's accusation that the Republicans don't have faith in the American people by noting all the policies that Obama endorses that betray his own lack of faith in the American people.

Senator James Webb speaks up against government-directed diversity programs, though he still wants programs to help African Americans.

Kenneth Blackwell and Kenneth A. Klukowski explain
why the insurance mandate is not constitutional.
A tax is when the government takes money from individuals, puts it in the Treasury, and plans to spend it. With the health-insurance mandate, the government is not taking money from private individuals; rather, it is commanding them to give their money to another private entity, not to the Treasury. If individuals don't obey the mandate, they pay a penalty to the Treasury. But penalties aren't taxes. The mandate is legally separate from the penalty.
Of course, it will all come down to what Anthony Kennedy believes.

In the newest leak from Journolist, the Daily Caller puts up how the liberals on that site really can't stand Keith Olbermann and find him strangely misogynistic.


tfhr said...

The Harsanyi article about "faith" reminds me of the similar ploy used by those advancing weak arguments when they finally resort to "Why do you hate America?". That people do have faith and really are patriotic makes cynical fodder for Progressives.

ic said...

"...all the policies that Obama endorses that betray his own lack of faith in the American people."

Or outsized faith in his own infallability, in his own "geniuses". In other words, too much faith in his own bs.

ic said...

James Webb is a politician. He is one of the 60 votes that passed Obamacare, the so-called financial reforms, ... His self-interests and the writings on the wall dictate him to say what he is saying. It's disappointing to see a supposedly standup guy cave to his party boss's demands, instead of standing up for the people he represents. Too bad he is not up for re-election this year.

tfhr said...


Webb is a two-faced creep. Given that, I suppose it was inevitable that he would rise to the Senate.

As much as I disliked the senator that he replaced, the bungling doofus, George Allen, Webb's victory demonstrated only that a moron could be replaced with an opportunist with no principles. Case in point: Webb is an outspoken supporter of the Second Amendment. Good. He carries a weapon. I would too, if I were him. It was (and basically still is) impossible to carry a pistol in DC (legally). Yet Webb did carry a pistol and when one of his aides was found with it after returning from a trip to the airport, Webb denied that the aide was returning his weapon for him when he was caught bringing it into the Senate office bulding. Coward.

Webb had an opportunity to stand up and make a point to support gun ownership rights for thousands of DC citizens but chose the coward's way out. He let his friend and aide, Phillip Thompson, take the blame and then used his influence to mitigate the penalty. Coward and weasel.,2933,261583,00.html

Webb may likely find a way to survive his next election. The demographics in VA are such that I would not want to predict Webb's electoral demise based on his commitment to principles.

The Webb missive on race, as linked by Betsy, is a good example. He owes his very seat in the Senate to the hatched job carried out by the race-baiting WaPo. Doofus George Allen called a Webb aide, not the gun-toting fall guy, a "macaca". Allen actually admitted that he didn't know the meaning of the word - he isn't moron for that since nobody in this country had ever heard it before - but his inept handling of the situation and Webb's eager embrace of the WaPo's character assassination of Allen that followed, belies much of what appears to be a welcome reflection on the subject of his WSJ article.

Bottom line: Virginia needs TWO new senators NOW but the history and current trend don't hold much promise for improvement, regardless of which party wins. I think the state is just too close to DC and given that I live in Maryland, I can uncomfortably say that the divide between our two states is not much more than the DC effluent choked Potomac.