March 23, 2009

Lucid Links (032309, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 9:37 am

Noteworthy Net-Worthies:

So, did anyone get a visit this weekend from one of the “13 million people on his campaign e-mail list” who were asked by Obama for America “to go door-to-door to raise support for his agenda”? If so, were they coherent? Was anyone “asked for their e-mail addresses so the Obama-ites can keep in touch”? Much more of this, or of things like the harassment of AIG bonus recipients, and we’ll see a lot of those who can afford to live in them start to develop an affinity for gated communities.

Speaking of grass-roots movements, another round of Tea Parties took place this weekend. Instapundit caught wind of this: “In the comments at the ABC item, I’m noticing some lefties making unsubstantiated claims of ‘violence’ at the tea party protests.” Typical, and sort of like WCPO (We Constantly Promote Obama, or something similar, according to one commenter here last week) making unsubstantiated claims that their safety was threatened at Cincinnati’s Tea Party last week. Given that there has been no response to my e-mail to the station and follow-up later in the day requesting an official statement or other substantiation, my conclusion concerning this stands: No evidence (or statement), no credibility. WCPO’s reporter is no more or less believable than the reporters who claim less troubling things happened, or Tea Party participants claiming to be eyewitnesses who say almost nothing happened. And thus it will remain until evidence appears.

From the “You Don’t Say?” Dept. — “Obama’s embryonic stem cell decision ignored pro-life Democrats.” Democrats who claim to be pro-life who voted for Obama in the first place and knew his record and beliefs can’t credibly claim to be pro-life anyway.

Imagine that — “Craig Loehle has analysed the data from only the profiling floats for ocean heat content from 2003 to 2008.   In a paper recently published in the journal Energy and Environment he has concluded that there has been ocean cooling over this period.” And “Dr Loehle’s findings are consistent with satellite and surface instrumental records that do not showing a warming trend over recent years.”

From Michael M. Bates at NewsBusters — “The Boston Globe reported in December, 1979 that ‘Carter Administration officials feel they have scored a major foreign policy success in Rhodesia.’” Rhodesia is now known as Zimbabwe, and is headed by Robert Mugabe, the person Parade Magazine, which apparently has a Top 10 for anything and everything, named as the “World’s Worst Dictator.” Nobel Peace (cough, cough) laureate Jimmy Carter can add Mugabe to his list of accomplishments, along with doing more than any other person on earth to bring about the rise of Islamofascism.

Speaking of which, here’s Phyllis Chesler and Marcia Pappas at Pajamas Media — “The issue of Islamic/Islamist gender apartheid is one of epidemic and global proportions. Although it has reached American shores, the feminist establishment here remains tragically ambivalent about how to deal with forced veiling, arranged marriage, separatism, and honor-related violence, including honor killings. Many feminists fear that, were they to tie the subordination of women to a particular religion or culture, especially to Islam, that they would be perceived as ‘racists,’ or ‘Islamophobes.’” This fear trumps their sincere concern for womens’ rights and womens’ lives.” I would suggest that those who allow that perception to keep them from speaking out against the practices of Islamist chauvinist thugs just identified don’t really have “sincere concern(s).”

Gallows humor — Here’s the Wall Street Journal on Obama’s deficit projections vs. the Congressional Budget Office’s, which happen to be $2.3 trillion higher over 10 years — “Hey, what’s a little rounding error among friends?”

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up — “Six weeks after President Barack Obama appointed a blue-ribbon panel to help him dig America out of its economic crisis, the board has yet to hold an official public meeting.”

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up II — “Despite receiving hundreds of billions of dollars in additional TARP funds, it appears that the current administration has performed zero oversight over it.” Specifically, the last FINSOB (Financial Stability Oversight Board) meeting took place on January 15th of this year — five days before Barack Obama’s inauguration. Sadly, Instapundit’s sardonic intonation that “The country’s in the very best of hands” may become quite popular in the coming weeks and months.



  1. Any tea parties planned for Omaha?

    Comment by Susan — March 23, 2009 @ 4:55 pm

  2. They show up at my home and they’ll leave a lot faster than they came, and lip and they’ll leave with a busted lip.

    Comment by Scrapiron — March 23, 2009 @ 7:25 pm

  3. Here is a link to a SF rally where there was REAL violence. Note the whining and infantile tantrums in in comments section.

    Comment by Mutnodjmet — March 23, 2009 @ 9:42 pm

  4. Isn’t there just a wee little problem with Geithner’s public-private plan???? If the government is supposed to come up with $500 billion for their half (most likely by printing it) then where is the private sector to come up with $500 billion themselves????

    However, if the private sector does come up with $500 billion dollars doesn’t that mean this money won’t be available for capital expansion to invest in plant and equipment???? thus insuring there will be no economic recovery because it was diverted from creating wealth to propping up a failure…

    These people have really shot themselves in the foot over this whole fiasco by not allowing the bankruptcy process to unfold and by insisting on an unsound accounting rule of mark to market. Had this rule been in place in the 80′s we would have gone bust back then.

    Comment by dscott — March 24, 2009 @ 10:04 am

  5. #4, great point. There’s a whole lotta crowding out going on.

    Comment by TBlumer — March 24, 2009 @ 10:52 am

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