March 30, 2009

Lucid Links (033009, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 8:13 am

Noteworthy Net-Worthies:

The Obama administration promised to create “an unprecedented level of openness in Government.” In Obamaland, this means “secret meetings held by subcommittees of President Obama’s economic advisory panel,” including a tax simplification and enforcement ….. panel (that will) “do its work behind closed doors.”

Rick Wagoner has left General Government Motors “at Obama’s behest.” IMO, this was done to make shoveling even more money into one of Detroit’s dying carcasses somehow more palatable. Not that company management did a great job, because they didn’t, but how can the sadly predictable idea of the Punk President and his posse for all practical purposes running things at the country’s largest car manufacturer not be deeply troubling?

Remember that a delegation that reports to Tax Cheat and Proven Liar Tim Geithner first visited GM’s technical center in Warren, Michigan, three weeks ago “to see car and truck models and learn about the technology being developed.” Apparently they learned enough on that trip to be able to run the company. Paraphrasing Instapundit’s sardonic mantra, “GM is in the best of hands.”

On Friday, Bruce Bartlett ripped into the 85 Republicans who supported the 90% AIG-Fan & Fred-TARP money recipients’ bonus taxes. Among them locally, sadly, are Jean Schmidt, Mike Turner, Steve Driehaus and Geoff Davis.

Was Earth Hour, as might be expected, Al Gore’s darkest hour? Not exactly (HT Jeff Poor at NewsBusters).

Code Pink objects to President ‘Prompter’s mini-buildup in what is now “Obama’s War” in Afghanistan-Pakistan. At least Medea Benjamin’s moonbats at Code Pink are consistent. Reports are that MoveOn and others are keeping quiet, not because of any core belief that Afghanistan is “the good war,” but because they don’t want to be seen as impeding Dear Leader. Separately, Michael Yon calls the plan “disappointing.” CBS’s Kim Dozier, who it is great to see working after her serious injuries in Iraq, writes that “no one I’ve spoken to has a clear view of what it actually is, or does. This plan tries to be all things to all people.”

Good news, troubling news — US troop deaths in Iraq, at 7, are as of this morning the lowest in any single month since the war began. This is also true of the number of deaths (4) from hostile action. The previous low was 13 (and 7 from hostile action). The troubling news is that civilian deaths have crept up in the past two months after reaching their lowest point since being tracked by icasualties.org.

Good question — Where was this made?

Needs No Commentary — “(Former DC Mayor Marion) Barry’s Debt to IRS Exceeds $277,000, Prosecutors Say.” I’ll comment anyway: This qualifies Barry to be our next Treasury Secretary.

A Naperville, IL high school is having Obama pal Bill Ayers speak (HT Terry Trippany at NewsBusters). That would be the same Bill Ayers who, along with his wife Bernardine Dohrn, according to the San Francisco police union, are responsible for a “Feb. 16, 1970 ….. bomb placed on a window ledge of Park Station (that) killed Sgt. Brian McDonnell and injured eight other officers.” Phone contacts for the school district are at the link.

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4 Comments

  1. Not invading Afghanistan/Pakistan to hunt for OBL is one of the true strokes of genius in the GWOT. Marginalizing and trapping him for a source of counterintelligence allowed a more focused assault in the main Iraqi Theatre. To capture or kill him would take hundreds of thousands of troops with high casualties (just ask the Ruskies) for no gain other than revenge. This is something that BHO never understood; and his piecemeal plan will prove out.

    Comment by Joe C. — March 30, 2009 @ 11:44 am

  2. The vote for taxing the AIG bonuses was unconstitutional pure and simple. Are the reps that fricking stupid…clearly their staffs are stupid and cowardice for not advising them of the illegality of it all.

    All who voted for this must be replaced in the next election. Let’s get the blood-letting over b/f 2012.

    Comment by Steve — March 30, 2009 @ 2:55 pm

  3. Something no-one else will have the guts or be crazy enough to say: since government regulation (mark-to-mark accounting anyone? credit swap defaults?) and Democrat infiltration (they should not be allowed on executive boards, IMHO, because I really feel the try to destroy these companies from within) is what helped ruin AIG, perhaps actually those people do deserve some recompense in the form of bonuses and whatnot from said government.

    There, I said it and I ain’t ashamed!

    Comment by z — March 30, 2009 @ 3:32 pm

  4. #2, I would like to see someone with major cajones challenge the law, as it sets a horrid precedent.

    #3, hard to argue, esp the Dem infiltration of BODs, which IMO is more often than not of the ignorant and not the ignoble. Same result, though.

    Comment by TBlumer — March 30, 2009 @ 4:12 pm

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