Friday, June 14, 2013

Cruising the Web

CBS announces that it turns out that Sharyl Attkisson's computer was indeed accessed by unknown and unauthorized parties. Makes you go hmmmm, doesn't it?

Ed Morrissey reminds us what Attkisson had been reporting at the time of the intrusion into her computer.

Jonah Goldberg demolishes the liberal argument that libertarianism is a failed idea simply because there is no country organized on libertarian principles.
Pick a date in the past, and you can imagine someone asking similar questions. “Why should women have equal rights?” some court intellectual surely asked. “Show me anywhere in the world where that has been tried.” Before that, “Give the peasants the right to vote? Unheard of!”

In other words, there’s a first time for everything.

It’s a little bizarre how the Left has always conflated statism with modernity and progress. The idea that rulers — be they chieftains, kings, priests, politburos, or wonkish bureaucrats — are enlightened or smart enough to tell others how to live is older than the written word. And the idea that someone stronger, with better weapons, has the right to take what is yours predates man’s discovery of fire by millennia. And yet, we’re always told that the latest rationalization for increased state power is the “wave of the future.”

Matthew Sheffied refutes the myth that Republicans today are more conservative than those of a few decades ago. Such assertions are just selective history.

Oops. Senator Landrieu may be on the Homeland Security Committee but she still flunks basic American geography.

David Feith has some very good questions for Samantha Power. For example:
You wrote in 2003 that "Instituting a doctrine of the mea culpa would enhance [U.S.] credibility by showing that American decision-makers do not endorse the sins of their predecessors." Which sins? In what three ways could a U.S. ambassador to the U.N. carry out this "mea culpa" doctrine you envision?

You wrote in 2003 that "much anti-Americanism derives from the role U.S. political, economic, and military power has played in denying such freedoms [of religion, of speech, etc.] to others." To which specific historical cases were you referring?

Is al Qaeda a response to past American "sins"? Is Iran's state sponsorship of terrorism, or its drive for nuclear weapons? What changes in past American foreign policy could have mitigated the threats posed today by al Qaeda and Iran?
Does it surprise anyone that over a thousand IRS workers misused government charge cards?

Oh the delicious irony. A labor organizer with the Clark County Education Association in Nevada is claiming that she was fired when she tried to organize her co-workers into a union to represent the staff of the union.

I've rarely been in a mass conference that was beneficial. How about cutting the spending that all our federal employees seem to love spending on conferences. Now we find out that HHS has been spending more than $36 million in the past four years on employee conferences. Have them circulate information by email and save some money.

According to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, government pre-school is better than leaving a child with grandma.