Friday, April 26, 2013

Cruising the Web

We're still waiting to see those mobs of Americans attacking Muslims after the Boston Marathon bombing. For all the liberal hand-wringing about such an anti-Muslim backlash, it's a total myth.
Time and again, Left-leaning campaigners and observers respond to terror attacks in the West by panicking about the possibly racist response of Joe Public – and time and again, their fears prove ill-founded and Joe Public proves himself a more decent, tolerant person than they give him credit for. What this reveals is that liberal concern over Islamophobia, liberal fretting about anti-Muslim bigotry, is ironically driven by a bigotry of its own, by an deeply prejudiced view of everyday people as hateful and stupid. The anti-Islamophobia lobby poses as the implacable opponent of bigotry, yet it spreads a bigoted view of ordinary white folk as so volatile, so brimming with fury, that they are one terrorist bombing away from transforming into an anti-Muslim pogrom. Yes, some prejudiced things have been said about Muslims post-Boston; but far more prejudiced things are being said or implied about ordinary Americans.
The Obama administration has asked the Supreme Court to strike down the circuit court ruling striking down Obama's recess appointments. If they uphold the lower court ruling, it will be fundamental support for our system of checks and balances. And it will be a major setback for Barack Obama's vision of his own executive powers.

The Senate Democrats gave in on the administration phony delays for plane travel.

Others outside the conservative blogosphere are starting to notice Obama's hubris and solipsism.
Tuesday morning, a peculiar announcement trickled out of the White House press office: President Barack Obama would be holding a moment of silence for the victims of the Boston bombings. At the White House. By himself. No press or other intruders allowed.

Except the White House photographer.

That Obama assumed Americans would want an iconic photo of him privately mourning the victims of the bombings was emblematic of a kind of hubris that has enveloped the president and his White House as the president commences his second term.

Jim Geraghty persuasively argues that this presidency isn't about governing. For them, it's enough to state a noble goal. Implementing that goal? Not so much.
But Democrats often speak as if the Right’s skepticism of the government’s problem-solving ability is driven by some sort of abstract ideological theory. It’s not. It’s usually built upon hard experiences. Human behavior isn’t predictable, particularly their interactions with the government. Unintended consequences pile up like a car crash. The pattern is depressingly predictable: Someone in government comes up with some laudable goal, and announces some new program. After the press conference, when the cameras and microphones are away, implementing the idea proves more complicated than the press-conference announcement made it seem. Deadlines get missed. Costs turn out much higher than expected. Bureaucratic inertia begins to exert the gravitational pull of a black hole.
Case in point: the administration's goals on green energy that devolved into just more crony capitalism.

So why wasn't Tamerlan Tsarnaev interviewed on his return to the United States?

The Department of Homeland Security hasn't fulfilled its responsibilities in overseeing chemical facilities which would have included the plant in west Texas that just blew up. Their inspections probably wouldn't have seen the safety problems that led to the explosion, but it's disturbing to hear how little has been done to protect chemical facilities from criminal or terrorist threats.

John Kerry, "Secretary of Gaffes"