Wednesday, December 30, 2009
"As I’ve watched the events of the last few days it is clear once again that President Obama is trying to pretend we are not at war. He seems to think if he has a low-key response to an attempt to blow up an airliner and kill hundreds of people, we won’t be at war. He seems to think if he gives terrorists the rights of Americans, lets them lawyer up and reads them their Miranda rights, we won’t be at war. He seems to think if we bring the mastermind of Sept. 11 to New York, give him a lawyer and trial in civilian court, we won’t be at war.
“He seems to think if he closes Guantanamo and releases the hard-core Al Qaeda-trained terrorists still there, we won’t be at war. He seems to think if he gets rid of the words, ‘war on terror,’ we won’t be at war. But we are at war and when President Obama pretends we aren’t, it makes us less safe. Why doesn’t he want to admit we’re at war? It doesn’t fit with the view of the world he brought with him to the Oval Office. It doesn’t fit with what seems to be the goal of his presidency — social transformation — the restructuring of American society. President Obama’s first object and his highest responsibility must be to defend us against an enemy that knows we are at war."
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
CAUTION: Video is graphic because being shot down in the streets of Tehran is graphic. Our pathetic President can muster only the limpest of condemnations about this slaughter. Then again, it took him three days to respond to Americans almost being blown out of the sky in their own country. How can we expect him to care about those so far away? Is it 2012 yet?
Sunday, December 27, 2009
MC has gone green again its background color out of solidarity with those in Iran who are attempting to overthrow the clerical fascists now running their country. It is, admittedly, a very slight thing. We know, however, that President Obama could do much, much more in support of these brave men and women. Will he? MC is not hopeful. His is becoming a shameful legacy.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Liu Xiaobo was sentenced by the Chi-coms on Christmas Day to 11 years in prison. His crime? Demanding that the Chinese government be accountable to the people for its actions. As of this time, MC has no knowledge of any condemnation of this unjust sentence by the President. This is shameful but of a piece with this weak, craven President.
Click on the title of this post to read more about this brave man.
Click on the title of this post to read blogger Stalking on Stilts excellent list of questions to be answered. We know very little at this point but it's important to remember what the essential questions are. MC liked the tenth question very much indeed.
Hat tip: Instapundit
Friday, December 25, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Recently--quelle horreur!--it was learned (pardon the passive voice, so not MC) that Steele gets paid for speeches to various groups he addresses outside of those within the ambit of his duties as Chair of the RNC. They range from $8,000 to $20,000. The usual political apparatchiks came out whining. Please, spare us. MC bristles at alleged Republicans complaining about making money in a legal, open and transparent fashion. We remember some conservatives kvetching about Sarah Palin's speaking fees. What? Somewhere Ayn Rand was spinning in her grave!
There is nothing in the RNC organizing documents or bylaws that prevent such outside income. Michael Steele's speeches do not come at the expense of his attention to job duties. This is more of the same from people to whom we should not pay attention in the slightest. MC liked the following:
"Former Republican Party chairman and former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore said on C-SPAN, "It's not uncommon for people to have some outside employment as well as being paid as national chairman." The interview was circulated to reporters by Steele aides."
Mind you, Steele has been very successful in raising money for the RNC. Let's not lose sight of that important fact.
Then there was this:
"The races in New Jersey and Virginia were a tide change for the Republican Party," said Katon Dawson, the ex-chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party. Dawson, who lost in the chairman's race to Steele, said "he'll be judged by the midterms."
Really? Judged by midterms? MC isn't much for gambling but that's one bet we'll take against all comers. So knock it off Republicans. We can't afford this baseless attack against an effective, telegenic and competent Chair.
Click on the title of this post to read the lastest story about this issue in the Washington Post.
Click on the title of this post to read The Corner's take on this development. They ask good questions:
"Why would we elevate an international police force above American law? Why would we immunize an international police force from the limitations that constrain the FBI and other American law-enforcement agencies? Why is it suddenly necessary to have, within the Justice Department, a repository for stashing government files which, therefore, will be beyond the ability of Congress, American law-enforcement, the media, and the American people to scrutinize?"
Go HERE to read The Anchoress' take on it.
Hat tip: The Anchoress.
MC isn't the only one plotzing about this egregious executive order.
Go HERE for the Pink Flamingo's Bar take.
Go HERE for Brutally Honest's take.
Go HERE for Noisy Room's take.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Hat tip: Instapundit
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Nat Hentoff: I try to avoid hyperbole, but I think Obama is possibly the most dangerous and destructive president we have ever had. An example is ObamaCare, which is now embattled in the Senate. If that goes through the way Obama wants, we will have something very much like the British system. If the American people have their health care paid for by the government, depending on their age and their condition, they will be subject to a health commission just like in England which will decide if their lives are worth living much longer.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Copenhagen, in Politico's phrase, is imploding from within and collapsing from without. MC likes the parallelism (symmetry?). Above are Copenhagen environmental wackos under arrest, handcuffed (does that plastic degrade?) and awaiting processing. We would be unkind to wish them processing at an abattoir but the thought did cross our minds.
MC, like its readers, will be relieved when this dreadful year ends. Click on the title of this post to read the coverage at Rediff, a very good online site from India.
Of course. The American people elected the community organizer and when he turned out to be another hack pol of extreme left-wing tendencies they began to recoil. Obama's failure is the American people's failure. Click on the title of this post to read the comments yourself.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Welcome to La France.
Imagine still, if possible, the head of the Democratic or Republican party saying in a radio interview that "the internet is a danger for democracy."
The internet is exposing the mandarin class of politicians in France and they do not like it much, non! One French commenator stated that "[t]he internet is 'desanctifying' a once untouchable political class. . . 'We now have politicians who are scared.'"
Well that's a start, non?
Alas, one of President Sarkozy's closest advisors was histrionic enough to say: "We can no longer say anything, we can no longer do anything. It's absolute transparency--it's the beginning of totalitarianism."
No it is not. It's the beginning of citizens (remember them, French revolution types?) taking back their government from the high priests of the École Normale Supérieure or Sciences Po.
Click on the title of this post to read the NYTimes story.
*Apologies to Robert Gildea, author of the book by the same name: Marianne In Chains: Daily Life In The Heart Of France During The German Occupation. Purchase it here.
Blake Hounshell, the managing editor of Foreign Policy magazine, tweeted that: "the berlisconi [sic] thing will probably make him more popular and distract from his legal woes." The managing editor of Foreign Policy magazine can't spell the Italian Prime Minister's name correctly? He appears to be as badly educated as Obama.
More substantively, his comments are shocking in their indifference to violence upon a democratically elected leader. MC has no doubt if it had been Fidel Castro Blake would have been distraught and stamped his tiny feet in rage against reactionaries. @Shabbosgoy sent the following tweet back to this cretin:
"Thing? You mean a violent hateful assault on his person? Broken nose and two teeth? That "thing?" Liberals are pathetic."
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
In his decade long tenure as director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas Hoving effectively changed how every museum in the world operates. He had his critics but MC isn't among them. Hoving sought to keep museums alive and (that dreaded word) relevant. For the most part he succeeded even if lesser lights took his example to mean that fluff and nonsense should be part of the museum experience. It shouldn't but he can hardly be held accountable.
Click on the title of this post to read his obituary in the NYTimes. From the article:
Philippe de Montebello, who worked for many years under Mr. Hoving and succeeded him as director, said on Thursday: “People criticized him for his excesses, but you have to remember that it is not the timorous who climb life’s peaks. He has left us with a changed museum world.”
. . . . .
“Great art should be shown with great excitement,” he once said, citing an observation by a previous Met director that the museum is the “midwife of democracy.”
“And damn it, it is!” he said.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
FP: After President Obama's decision to postpone his meeting with the Dalai Lama, you said something to the effect that these small gestures seem harmless, but over time can have a powerful, cumulative effect. For the hardhearted realists, can you explain that effect?
Havel: We know this from our modern history. When [French Prime Minister Edouard] Daladier returned from the  Munich conference, the whole nation was applauding him for saving the peace. He made a miniscule compromise in the interest of peace. But it was the beginning of a chain of evil that subsequently brought about many millions of deaths. We can't just say, "This is just a small compromise that can be overlooked. First we will go to China and then perhaps talk with the Dalai Lama." It all looks practical, pragmatic, logical, but it is necessary to think about whether it is not the first small compromise that can be the beginning of that long chain that is no good. In this case perhaps it will not be, but it was the first thing that came to my mind.
Bill Kristol at The Weekly Standard certainly thinks so. Look at the similarities between Obama's Nobel acceptance speech and his predecessor's State of the Union address:
"proliferation may increase the risk of catastrophe. Terrorism has long been a tactic, but modern technology allows a few small men with outsized rage to murder innocents on a horrific scale....
"We must begin by acknowledging the hard truth that we will not eradicate violent conflict in our lifetimes. There will be times when nations – acting individually or in concert – will find the use of force not only necessary but morally justified.
"But as a head of state sworn to protect and defend my nation,...I face the world as it is, and cannot stand idle in the face of threats to the American people. For make no mistake: evil does exist in the world. A non-violent movement could not have halted Hitler’s armies. Negotiations cannot convince al Qaeda’s leaders to lay down their arms.
"So yes, the instruments of war do have a role to play in preserving the peace....
"But it is also incumbent upon all of us to insist that nations like Iran and North Korea do not game the system. Those who claim to respect international law cannot avert their eyes when those laws are flouted. Those who care for their own security cannot ignore the danger of an arms race in the Middle East or East Asia. Those who seek peace cannot stand idly by as nations arm themselves for nuclear war.”
-- President Barack Obama, Nobel Peace Prize speech, Oslo, Norway, Dec. 10, 2009
"Our second goal is to prevent regimes that sponsor terror from threatening America or our friends and allies with weapons of mass destruction....
"North Korea is a regime arming with missiles and weapons of mass destruction, while starving its citizens.
"Iran aggressively pursues these weapons and exports terror, while an unelected few repress the Iranian people's hope for freedom....
"States like these, and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world. By seeking weapons of mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger. They could provide these arms to terrorists, giving them the means to match their hatred. They could attack our allies or attempt to blackmail the United States. In any of these cases, the price of indifference would be catastrophic.
"We will work closely with our coalition to deny terrorists and their state sponsors the materials, technology and expertise to make and deliver weapons of mass destruction....
"We'll be deliberate, yet time is not on our side. I will not wait on events while dangers gather. I will not stand by as peril draws closer and closer. The United States of America will not permit the world's most dangerous regimes to threaten us with the world's most destructive weapons.”
-- George W. Bush, State of the Union speech, Washington, D.C., Jan. 29, 2002
Obama has thoroughly insulted the Norwegians by refusing lunch with the King (MC does not want to know what Norwegian royalty eats for lunch; most likely a variation on the bleak food scene in the Twin Cities), refusing to sit still for a peace concert and declining to meet with children (where is Andrew Sullivan whining about kids (ie, Trig Palin) as props?) to talk about peace. MC can't help but feel that somehow it is deserved. After all, Norway insulted the world by awarding the prize to Obama in the first place.
N.B.: MC knows we've used the photo above once before but it was too perfect not to use it again on the day Barry picks up the medal.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Click on the title of this post to read about the layoffs that begin today.
Monday, December 7, 2009
That said, click on the title of this post, or click HERE, to send a brief message to the global bureaucrats gathering to eat caviar wedges (wedges?) in Copenhagen. The format limits you to 150 characters, Twitter-like. Say whatever you like ("Climategate!" is succinct) but please say it politely. Rudeness is a hallmark of liberals. Oh, and enjoy yourselves while you are sending your message. Aren't the internets great?
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
The sun has a role in climate change? Simply too intuitive for the climate frauds and impossible to tax and manipulate whole societies around the world. Click on the title of this post to read possibly more than you might want to on the subject (but thank God someone with sense is keeping watch).
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Yes, the Left is in high dudgeon about the troop increase but when is it never not when it comes to things military? Liberal intellectual icon Gary Wills positively threw a fit in print by declaring that he will never praise Obama again nor give him any money. Take that. Demogogic Chris Matthews suggested outloud that the venue of the speech was an enemy camp. Rep. Maxine Waters was saddened (she of two modes: sad or angry). Senior senator from Illinois Dick Durban was positively acidic when he responded with a two sentence reaction, to the effect that Obama had said he wanted time to make this decision and Durbin was going to take his time to think through what was offered in the speech. Can this marriage survive?
The always lugubrious Joan Walsh of Salon declared herself to be deeply disappointed, "saddened even" but in the end not feeling betrayed. Such a big girl! She then closes out what passes for analysis but reads more like a therapy session in print, that the whole sordid affair is Bush's fault and takes comfort from the fact that Obama isn't Cheney. Well, one squish's riches is another conservative's poverty.
Rachel Maddow fretted that Obama has embraced the fundamentals of the Bush Doctrine (which one she didn't say and there are many formulations of it although sneering Charlie Gibson would deny it) while Glenn Greenberg said the speech was "a mishmash of political calculations bereft of principle and plagued by numerous internal contradictions that make it impossible to understand, let alone defend." Really, who on earth would have thought that an inexperienced community organizer would fail to make an effective Commander in Chief? Tom Friedman, reflecting upon Afghanistan, was positively incoherent. Again.
Rich Lowry, in a piece for the New York Post, had possibly the most Tevye of all the Tevye analyses on the Right. That was fine, as far as it went. Yet he did end with a wonderful flourish, looking at Obama's poor performace and, a la Don Rumsfeld, observed that one goes to war with the President they have.
Finally, Der Spiegel sent the Tevye prism packing and thoroughly panned the speech from both sides of the political spectrum. Read the article here. It ended on a merciless note: "The American president doesn't need any opponents at the moment. He's already got himself."
Click on the title of this post to be taken to Real Clear Politics from which the views of the usual suspects Left and Right can be accessed.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Enjoy this short clip of Ronald Reagan. And enjoy this holiday however you like to celebrate it. MC is thankful for liberty and the men and women in uniform who safeguard it for us. MC is also thankful for the Gang of Five and others over the last 18 months we have met. You are terrific and you know who you are!
Hat tip: Jimmy Choo
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Says Cohen: "As an Obama admirer, I’m worried. He feels over-managed, over-scripted to me, to the point where he’s not showing the guts that prevailed at various difficult moments in the campaign. The ideas are good, but the warmth, cajoling and craft that make ideas more than that are lacking."
Says MC: We're glad Cohen's worried; we border daily on controlled panic or despair. He is everything Cohen's second sentence says and then some. The ideas are manifestly not good (to a liberal perhaps) and Obama is the opposite of warm and possess no craft. In. Over. His. Head.
Click on the title of the post to read the whining of a liberal (the same fool, it should be noted, who earlier in the year wrote that Jews in Iran don't have it so bad; fortunately, even other liberals couldn't take nonsense and he was widely mocked).
Monday, November 23, 2009
"The White House did not even stand up for itself when it came to the question of human rights in China. The president, who had said only a few days earlier that freedom of expression is a universal right, was coerced into attending a joint press conference with Chinese President Hu Jintao, at which questions were forbidden. Former US President George W. Bush had always managed to avoid such press conferences."
Bush compared favorably to Obama by Der Spiegel? Passing strange but not, we think, the last of its kind.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Click on the title of this post to read Charles Bremner's take in the TimesOnline.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Jeanne Claude was wife and artistic partner of Christo. Together they became famous for artworks involving wrapped items. Nonsense you say? Then you haven't been paying attention to what passes for modern art, e.g., Jeff Koons. MC is a fan: take objects and make them new. That's one operating definition of art we can live with.
Worthy of special applause is the couple's refusal to take corporate or other sponsors of their art, installations or exhibitions. They funded themselves because they did not want to be compromised. How very refreshing. Jeanne Claude once said: "Our art has absolutely no purpose, except to be a work of art. We do not give messages."
Click on the title of this post to read her obituary in The Telegraph (UK).
Images from bottom to top: Surrounded Islands, The Gates, Running Fence and Wrapped Reichstag (MC's personal favorite)
So says the British Spectator:
'The Afghan issue has made clear the astonishing disregard with which Mr Obama treats Britain . As he decides how many more troops to send to Afghanistan – a decision which will fundamentally affect the scope of the mission – Britain is reduced to taking a guess. The White House does not even pretend to portray this as a joint decision. It is a diplomatic cold-shouldering that stands in contrast not just to the Blair-Bush era, but to the togetherness of the soldiers on the ground.'
MC likes, if that's the right word, the play in the title of the piece: the UK was always said to have had a special relationship with the US. Not under the Vapid One, however. Looking around at home and abroad, 2009 under Obama has uniformly been a disaster.
Click on the title of this post to read The Spectator article.
Hat tip: Weekly Standard via The Corner
Thursday, November 19, 2009
MC reads Andrew Sullivan so that you don't have to. You're welcome. If you don't know who he is, do the Google on the internets and bone up. He once really was something (a young Brit who was Catholic, a Tory, editor of The New Republic and openly gay when it wasn't fashionable) but over time became something of a nut. Honestly, people still can't quite believe it. Pity about that.
What has people talking now, however, is that his blog, The Daily Dish, hosted at The Atlantic Monthly, has gone quiet. Why? He's reading Going Rogue. So what? Well, Andrew disgraced himself last year by banging on, to use a Brit term, about Palin's fifth pregnancy, ie, Trig, born with Down Syndrome. First he was convinced it was Bristol's and Sarah was covering up. When Bristol's pregnancy became known (hey Levi Johnston! your 15 minutes are up!) he pleaded honest inquiry. Right.
His writing became so focused on all things Palin, including the most rancid internet rumors, that The Dish went silent for the first time. In other words, the adults at The Atlantic Monthly gave him a time out and sent him to his room for a few days. Now The Daily Dish has shushed itself for the second time and the blogosphere is having a field day. Truth be told, so are we.
Click on the title of this post to read Ace of Spade's hilarious take on the latest installment of poor Andrew's decline. Graphics in this post were first seen there. The link in that piece to Iowa Hawk is not to be missed if you know anything about Sullivan. Ouch.
Hat tip: Scott Johnson of Powerline
His point of departure is the shameful absence of Obama from the world's celebration in Berlin on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. His observations, more broadly, acutely highlight the emptiness of so much of this administration's approach to the world and foreign policy issues. Click on the title of this post to read Wieseltier's whole article. MC found the following excerpt deadly:
"Liberals no longer remember that anti-communism was once a glory of liberalism. The president is so busy breaking new ground in foreign policy that he may not see that the ground of his foreign policy is broken. His renunciation of idealism has brought none of the rewards of realism. Conflicts that were supposed to be transformed by his magic are immune to his magic. He has no magic. There is no magic. His trip to China, where the subject of human rights was “raised,” has shown this again. When he gets back, perhaps he will meet with the Dalai Lama, but not for the purpose of “strategic reassurance.” That blessing is reserved for Hu Jintao. It makes sense that the man who refused to meet with the Dalai Lama did not make it to Berlin."
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
No, this, apparently, is the man who decided Khalid Sheik Mohammed (that word again) should stand trial in a federal, civilian court. Manifestly this is a Presidential decision but the hopey changey crowd in DC attempted to make it seem a normal decision within the ambit of the AG's office. It is anything but. Is there nothing Obama won't fob off on others or outsource in some way? No wonder he's taking so long on troops to Afghanistan: he can't really say someone else needs to make the decision. Where's a decider when you need one?
At any rate, click on the title of this post to read Allah Pundit's take on the AG's appearance and his incompetent, pathetic and, yes, foolish responses to Senator Lindsey Graham's serious and thoughtful questioning. This is the man leading our justice system? Is it 2012 yet?
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
A friend of this blog brought to our attention a brave, honest column about the Ft. Hood murders and its fundamental motivation. Salim Mansur is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. Kindly click on the title of this post to read his excellent article that was recently run in the Edmonton Sun newspaper. You'll be both glad you did and left wondering why we don't read anything like this in the drive by media.
Hat tip: She knows who she is.