Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Cruising the Web

Mona Charen explains why she is reluctant to give Obama credit for his conduct of the war on terror or whatever it is that he prefers to call it.
Three glaring obstacles stand in the way: One is the memory of the casual smears candidate Obama directed at President Bush. The second is the rank abuse of power his administration has demonstrated, which undermines one’s trust that the trove of information the government is sifting will be used only to disrupt possible terror attacks. The third is the administration’s pattern of lying — which undermines any reassurances the president proffers that “nobody is listening to your telephone calls.”

Jay Cost explains why it is ludicrous to assert that Republicans have grown more conservative now than they were 50 or 40 years ago.
So why are liberals complaining about the GOP’s lurch rightward in recent years? One obvious explanation is the “mobilization of bias.” You cannot win elections in this country as a radical; ergo, if liberals can successfully tag Republicans as radicals, then they can effectively eliminate the GOP as a competitor.

What's the use of working in government if you can't practice a little nepotism?

James Taranto links to this quote by Barack Obama:
President Obama on Friday said he sympathized with concerns about National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance because he could be targeted after leaving the White House.
Obama noted that he "will leave this office sometime in the next three and a half years," and at that point, would "have a personal interest in making sure my privacy is protected."
“I suspect that on a list of people who might be targeted, so that someone could read their emails or listen to their phone calls, I'd probably be pretty high on that list,” Obama said.
Is he saying that he wouldn't care about concerns about the NSA surveillance program if he didn't have to worry about being targeted himself? Yes, because everything is always about him.

As Jonah Goldberg writes, the confluence of all these scandals clarify why people are nervous about the NSA story.
The IRS scandal is a cancer because if you can't trust Obama to keep that agency from being politicized, you can't trust him to keep anything immune from politics -- including health care and, more relevant, the National Security Agency.

Here are Eleven Things You Didn't Know About Lincoln. Or maybe, just one or two you didn't know already.

Rebutting the myth of Republicans winning the racist South.

Those who don't learn from history desire to keep spending taxpayer money to continue to implement the same failed policies that wasted money previously.