Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
MC likes it when human beings stand up for human beings in China. Or anywhere else. Women seem to be possessed of an exceptional courage in this regard. In fact, seee the post above.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
The quoted portion of the title of this post is from John Paul the Great.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
"'Napoleon doesn't give a damn how many of his soldiers are collapsing on the road,' Westphalian batallion commander Friedrich Wilhelm von Lossberg wrote to his wife. The emperor had an unsentimental view of the sick and dying."
You must be joking: he had an unsentimental view of the living!
Zhou Enlai, when asked his opinion of the French Revolution, is said to have replied:
"It's too soon to tell."
Of course it isn't and only a handmaiden to the monster Mao could have feigned such.
Click on the title of this post to read about a theory concerning the decimation of the Emperor's Grand Army and its legendary march on Moscow.
Relations between the US and Israel are dreadful: have they ever been worse? Click on the title of this post to read the WSJ piece on what happened during Gates's visit. Go here to read the editor of Haaretz say plainly that Obama has lost the confidence and trust of virtually all Israelis (nicely done Barack!).
Then go here to read Rick Richman's analysis of it posted at Contentions.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Phillips says more in fewer words than most anyone else MC knows. Get clicking.
How does MC do it? Bringing readers the latest in all sorts of news and bad behavior? We have our ways. The latest nonsense to catch our fancy is drunken louts in Amsterdam tossing those hideous Smart cars into the canals of that famed, desiccated city. MC doesn't approve of vandalism or property crimes of any kind but we've not been able to wipe the smirk from our face since we first heard about this. Click on the title of this post to read more.
Update: We knew if we waited there'd be a picture. From The Sun (UK), naturally.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Hansen went so far at that meeting as to refuse to agree that he would not identify himself in his future public comments as the Deputy-Chair of the 4th. Pluck, MC admires pluck.
Now comes a letter to the Chair of the RPM (with whom he is good friends) apologizing, kind of, for his comments. MC supposes this is all to the good but believes the letter ought to be addressed to Bev Aplikowski, Chair of the 4th, for whom enormous headaches were created by his comments. Neither the Chair of the RPM nor the Deputy Chair were present at that last, raucous 4th CD meeting. Aplikowski handled the meeting exceeding well although some have criticized her (including, don't you love it?, some who were not present!).
MC is fairly certain that the criticism would not be made if the 4th CD Chair were male. What is it with men in this party being afraid of strong, competent women?
The third paragraph of the letter (click on the image to enlarge it), MC is forced to note, constitutes a classic example of the non-apology apology. Nate regrets his comments because it has been asserted by some that they were insulting to our armed forces? Rubbish. They were objectively insulting and were intended as such.
MC, clever things that we are, notices Hansen's letter is dated July 16, 2009. We note that Chair Sutton sent an email dated July 17th concerning the upcoming State Convention and announcing that Nate Hansen would be chairing the Bylaws and Constitution Committee.
What's Latin for quid pro quo?
On balance, resolving snafus like the one Hansen created is a good thing. MC will remain vigilant, however, in seeing that people are treated fairly, not just those who are friends of the Chair.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
In The News
In a letter to the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, Republican Party of Minnesota Chair Tony Sutton and Deputy Chair Michael Brodkorb today called for an Ethics investigation of Rep. Keith Ellison regarding travel Ellison undertook at the expense of a local non-profit. Chair Sutton and Deputy Chair Brodkorb also called on Ellison to reimburse the state for the travel expenses that were incurred and to publicly apologize for his actions.
"Today's Minneapolis Star Tribune raises deeply troubling questions about Rep. Ellison's ethical conduct in office. According to the newspaper, Rep. Ellison accepted a paid trip from a local nonprofit that "typically would be reported as a gift to a public official,'" Republican Party of Minnesota Chair Tony Sutton and Deputy Chair Michael Brodkorb wrote in a letter to Rep. Zoe Lofgren, Chair of the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct.
"Rep. Ellison's actions and stonewalling are clearly wrong and he should apologize to the people of Minnesota. Taxpayer money intended for students must never be used for a politician's personal travel. To avoid the appearance of inappropriate use of taxpayer money, he should return the funds immediately," Brodkorb emphasized.
Sutton and Brodkorb called on the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct to investigate the matter. "The House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct is the appropriate body to investigate these matters. Therefore, we respectfully request that the Committee commence an ethics investigation into Rep. Ellison's travels and his disturbing lack of transparency," Sutton and Brodkorb concluded.
A copy of the letter is attached below:
July 22, 2009
Committee on Standards of Official Conduct
HT-2, The Capitol
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Chair Lofgren,
We are writing to you regarding Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota.
Today's Minneapolis Star Tribune raises deeply troubling questions about Rep. Ellison's ethical conduct in office. According to the newspaper, Rep. Ellison accepted a paid trip from a local nonprofit that "typically would be reported as a gift to a public official."
In spite of congressional gift rules and IRS regulations, Rep. Ellison has stubbornly refused to disclose the cost of the trip. "Such trips generally must be reported under congressional gift rules that call for full financial disclosure. IRS rules, moreover, bar nonprofit religious groups from furthering individuals' ‘private interests," the Star Tribune reported.
Moreover, there are questions whether the organization that funded Rep. Ellison's trip used taxpayer money to do so. "Tax records show the group that paid Ellison's expenses, the Muslim American Society of Minnesota, received nearly $900,000 in taxpayer money in 2006 and 2007 from a rental arrangement for Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy (TiZA), an Inver Grove Heights charter school. ... The school received state funding to pay rent to the Muslim American Society Property Holding Corp., a nonprofit spinoff of the Muslim American Society that owned the building. The corporation then turned over $879,000 to the Muslim society as a grant," the Star Tribune noted.
Rep. Ellison's actions and stonewalling are clearly wrong and he should apologize to the people of Minnesota. Taxpayer money intended for students must never be used for a politician's personal travel. To avoid the appearance of inappropriate use of taxpayer funds, we also believe he should reimburse the state for any and all expenses incurred during this travel immediately.
The House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct is the appropriate body to investigate these matters. Therefore, we respectfully request that the Committee commence an ethics investigation into Rep. Ellison's travels.
Thank you for your assistance in this matter.
Tony Sutton, Republican Party of Minnesota Chair
Michael Brodkorb, Republican Party of Minnesota Deputy Chair
Cc: Rep. Keith Ellison
UPDATE: Attorney General reaches out to American Muslims. It's all of a piece, isn't it? Click here to read about this fool's errand.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
It would be foolish to consider Obama down for the count. However, MC is enjoying him being on the ropes and lower than Carter at this point in his presidency qualifies as such. DO click on the title of this post to see an excellent interactive graph from USA Today.
And no, we are not linking to David's column. Find it yourself if you're in a masochistic mood.
Monday, July 20, 2009
All things pass but MC was distressed to learn just today that Leszek Kolakowski died on July 17th. Click on the title of this post to read Christopher Hitchen's thoughts on his passing. Go to Amazon and consider buying "God Owes Us Nothing" or "Modernity On Endless Trial." Or just read the Wikipedia entry (always with caution) on him. A great mind has left us.
Surely one poll does not a reality make. Still, we are struck by the fact that such data points are buried by the complicit press when they run counter to the meta-narrative of Obama as saviour. MC remembers well when the shills in the press would claim that most other numbers didn't really matter in a poll: the right track/wrong track question was the one to pay attention to.
Well, we are. Is anybody else?
Friday, July 17, 2009
Too bad: it is important. Signed by such statesmen as Vaclav Havel and Lech Walesa, the letter deftly addresses the shortcomings of Obama's worldview. Click on the title of this post to read the entire letter.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
MC is always happy when Democrats go after each other. It is a sign of flop sweat that the DNC is running ads attacking senators like Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dakota. Keep your fingers crossed and the pressure on Congress up: this healthcare debacle may yet not come to pass!
UPDATE: Senate Majority leader Harry Reid calls the ad above "a waste of money." Oops. Click here for the story.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Click on the title of this post to read her excellent commentary in the Wall Street Journal.
Friday, July 10, 2009
This post is for MC's friend Sue Jeffers.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Oh? And which "populations" would those be, Your Honor? Margaret Sanger, meet Justice Ginsburg. Justice Ginsburg, meet your predecessor. A girl's club! "O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!"
Her Honor made these astonishing remarks in an interview forthcoming in the NYTimes Magazine, not yet available online. MC will link to it when it is. Ed Whelan of NRO has the following to say:
"As part of her broad-ranging discussion of abortion, Ginsburg offers this, er, interesting comment why the Court's 1980 decision in Harris v. McRae, which ruled that the Hyde Amendment's exclusion of nontherapeutic abortions from Medicaid reimbursement was constitutionally permissible, "surprised" her: Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don't want to have too many of. So that Roe was going to be then set up for Medicaid funding for abortion. Which some people felt would risk coercing women into having abortions when they didn't really want them. But when the court decided McRae, the case came out the other way. And then I realized that my perception of it had been altogether wrong."
The drive by media coverage? None. If Justice Scalia had talked about "populations that we don't want to have too many of?" Mein Gott. Mon Dieu. Yah Allah. Pinch would have it on the front page of the NYTimes for weeks until he resigned from the bench. The drive by media would have followed in spades. But this?
"My argument was rather that Dershowitz and those like him amongst American Jews appeared incapable of acknowledging the terrible truth about Obama simply because they appear incapable of acknowledging that a Democratic President could ever be bad for Israel and the world. Their obsessive and irrational – indeed, Manichean -- dread of the Republican party means they approach politics with heavy blinkers on and become incapable of seeing what is under their noses, a fact which Dershowitz’s own article merely underscores."
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