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Friday, March 25, 2011

Correction

I apologize if I alarmed you yesterday when I suggested that no one was at the controls in the tower at Reagan National airport, leaving pilots of commercial airliners coming in to land on their own.

As it turns out, the controller there wasn't absent.  He was sound asleep.

Sorry if we sounded unduly ... troubled.

Anyone Who Says He Knows Doesn't Know

If you were to go back and read my pronouncements on the subject of "the Arab uprisings" that have been occurring in recent months - from Tunisia to Bahrain and Syria - you'd find one thing to be true: I've avoided making any kind of prediction as to what in the heck is going on there.  Because I haven't the first clue.

But then neither does anyone else.

I can tell you this, though: Be wary of any "expert" who tells you the revolutionary (reactionary?) movements that we are witnessing are in some way a move toward democracy.  Though they may be, they may not be just as readily.

In fact, that which we may have as a final outcome may be far worse than the original.

Is this the future of the Middle East?


I don't know. But there's a growing possibility that we'll look fondly on the "reasonable" days of Hosni Mubarak and Moammar Khadafi. "Reasonable" being a relative term.

Oh, I should probably mention this too. Our ally in Libya? He fought alongside the Taliban - against us - in Afghanistan.

And now he's our friend?   Please.

Here's what I know: Nobody knows.

When Can We Expect The GOP to Start Honoring Its Commitment?

Mark Tabscott:

"Here's the problem that Hing and too many House Republicans still don't seem to understand: When the deficit is more than a trillion dollars a year, comparatively modest spending cuts are nothing to boast about. They might as well be shooting BBs at a charging elephant."

That's the galling part.  The boasting.  Not only have Republicans done little so far to curtail out-of-control government spending, they brag about how successful they've been at drawing down the deficit.  A draw-down, in order to be seen, that requires a magnifying glass.  Hey, we've cut $61 billion!


Out of a budget that this year exceeds $3,820,000,000,000.


Get serious with us, will ya?  And quit playing us for fools.

Forethought?

What do you want to bet there was someone in the Obama White House who encouraged our community-organizer-in-chief to go to war in defense of Libya's rebels because the effort would be seen by the Muslim world as a defense of Islam against brutal dictatorial extremism.

So how's that working out?


Perhaps Obama hasn't read that chapter in "World Geography for Dummies" about Moammar Khadafi's loyalists - the ones Obama is killing in droves with his no-fly zone (?) - being Muslims too.

Quote of the Day

From New Jersey Senator, and star of the Democratic Party, Frank Lautenberg:

"The Tea Party Republicans in Washington claim they're concerned about the budget balance. But it's a disguise! It's not true! It's a lie! That's not what they want. They want to--they want other people not to be able to have their opinions."

At the risk of being accused of representing something I'm not - that being a Republican - I can charitably assume that Lautenberg - if he's to be accepted as being anything other than a moron or a lunatic - means Republicans want everyone to adopt their conservative opinions and abandon all others, because they are the right opinions to support.  Which is why people enter the debate arena, if you think about it.  I don't want you to have your opinion; I want you to adopt mine.  Because it's the right opinion to have.

If I weren't so charitable, however, I might be inclined to believe that this old man is nothing more than a gasbag spouting absolute nonsense.

This Man Needs A Political Adviser

When I read the story, I thought this Democrat couldn't be that obtuse. I was obviously wrong:
NRSC: Tester was '60th vote' for ACA
By David Nather, Politico

Here’s a line Democratic Sen. Jon Tester can expect to hear a lot from Republicans over the next year and a half: He was “the 60th vote” for the health care law.

That’s how the National Republican Senatorial Committee phrased it Wednesday to remind Montana voters that Tester — who’s facing a tough race for reelection next year — supported the law. His opponent, Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg, not only opposed the law known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) but is also trying to cut off the funding for it.

Tester’s office was ready, though. His aides e-mailed the video of the Senate roll call vote in December 2009 — which clearly shows Tester casting the 52nd vote. [link]
52nd or 60th, this dude is admitting that he voted in favor of the most detested piece of work to come out of Washington since Dred Scott.  As if conservative Montanans in a very conservative Montana needed to be reminded.

Ed Morrissey has this take:
For the past year, the NRSC has run ads against Senate Democrats labeling them as the “60th vote” for ObamaCare, the enabler of the legislation to pass into law. Until now, none of them have been foolish enough to dispute this claim and engage the NRSC on its own terms. Thankfully, Jon Tester of Montana has decided to clarify matters … by producing video of his vote to support the bill.

Who was the actual 60th vote? Ben Nelson of Nebraska, who would have plenty of problems even if he and Tester had switched positions. Between the vote itself, the Cornhusker Kickback, and Nelson’s sell-out of his stated pro-life principles, he’ll be lucky if he can buy pizza in Nebraska ever again.

But in truth, every Democrat in the Senate was the 60th and deciding vote. Had one of them decided not to vote for cloture, the bill would have died on the floor of the Senate, and Barack Obama would have had to work with Republicans for actual reform in health-care finances. Whether that vote got cast as the 52nd vote, the 14th vote, the first or the last, each and every Democrat in the Senate had the personal and individual opportunity to stop ObamaCare.

If Tester wants a public debate on the relative merits of voting 52nd instead of 60th on ObamaCare, though, I’m sure the NRSC would be happy to oblige him. [link]
Maybe this Democrat needs to think this through.

As Hot Air puts it: "They're all number 60."

I'm Embarrassed For My Country

A screen-capture from Drudge last night tells the deplorable tale of Obama's "foreign policy":

He's done it.  He's actually made Jimmy Carter look like a shrewd statesman by comparison.