April 13, 2009

Lucid Links (041309, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:40 am

Noteworthy Net-Worthies:

In Friday’s news“President Barack Obama said the U.S. government will buy 17,600 new, fuel-efficient vehicles from ailing American automakers by June 1. …. The decision was made to buy the vehicles on the short timetable to help give a boost to the economy, as well as demonstrating the Obama administration’s support of the U.S. auto industry.” My guess is that the White House has seen the daily sales figures since Obama fired Dick Wagoner and engineered de facto nationalizations of GM and Chrysler, that those figures are not good, and that Team Obama trying to shore them up. “Somebody” is going to remember to subtract these vehicles out of the totals when May’s sales are released to reflect how much real consumers are buying — which is, I believe, not much. P.S. – Does anyone else think that not bailed-out Ford, though mentioned in the article, will be shut out? P.P.S. – The $285 million cost cited in the article is about $16,200 per vehicle. That seems pretty low, especially as it includes 2,500 not-cheap hybrids. P.P.P.S. – Does the government have a real use for them, or is it just going to park them somewhere?

It’s still too early to be conclusive, but recent events on the ground in Iraq are not reassuring. Lefties are going to hate this assertion, but too bad — This is probably a side-effect of an administration that spent an entire week in Europe, and most of the time before that, projecting weakness in other foreign-policy areas, treating things like North Korea’s missile launch as “distractions” to be dealt with by an impotent UN (which then didn’t deal with it) instead of addressing them directly as the world’s lone superpower. Now it seems that for the first time in well over a year, the enemies of representative government in Iraq are emboldened, and that Obama has allowed a terror-encouraging progression that could lead to losing what we’ve won to begin. Obama’s yesterday takedown of the pirates who kidnapped Richard Phillips is a welcome exception that will hopefully begin a trend in the other direction.

In the UK, the blog-driven resignation of one of Gordon Brown’s top aides, Damian McBride, with accompanying demands for a personal apology from Brown himself, is being likened to Rathergate (HT Instapundit). It’s not even close. Rathergate was a group effort that brought down an alleged “newsman” who had been in reality a fundamentally dishonest leftist propaganda meister for decades, and possibly saved George W. Bush’s reelection campaign. That’s impressive, but British blogger Guido Fawkes (key blog post; home page) got wind of a government-inspired smear campaign “to post lurid allegations  -  mainly sex slurs  -  about four Tory MPs on an internet ‘blog’ to be known as Red Rag.” Fawkes, apparently almost singlehandedly, got the goods, got his man (perhaps with more to come), and has decidedly, deservedly, and perhaps permanently weakened Brown’s government.

Now here’s an example of possibly human-caused global warming, according to NASA (HT Hot Air) — “Arctic warming has been caused in large part by laws introduced to improve air quality and fight acid rain.” Note that this news is in a UK and not a US newspaper.

Gay Patriot –  “(Obama) can’t say he won a mandate to increase spending as he has proposed in his budget because he didn’t campaign for such increases.” In fact, he notes that Obama, in his third debate with John McCain last year, said that “there is no doubt that we’ve been living beyond our means and we’re going to have to make some adjustments. Now, what I’ve done throughout this campaign is to propose a net spending cut.” Instead we have a largely Obama-driven deficit through the first six months of the fiscal year of $957 billion. This BizzyBlog commenter nicely and correctly pegs Obama’s involvement in and major responsibility for the spending side of said deficit. The POR (Pelosi-Obama-Reid) Economy that began in June of last year gets the “credit” for the downturn that has resulted in drastically reduced receipts to the Treasury.

From the New York Times, reporting in Columbus, Ohio — “In wide-ranging remarks here, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg defended the use of foreign law by American judges, suggested that torture should not be used even when it might yield important information and reflected on her role as the Supreme Court’s only female justice.” In other words, Ginsburg’s constitution, which she respects so little (despite her swearing an oath to uphold it) that she’s okay violating it by referencing foreign law, is a suicide pact.

Did you know that the Vatican has nixed THREE candidates floated by Team Obama for the position of U.S. ambassador to the Holy See because of their views on abortion? Further, “the lack of a U.S. ambassador “could become embarrassing” for the White House, if the position remains vacant when Obama goes to Italy for the G8 meeting this July. The White House is trying to arrange a time before or after the summit for Mr. Obama to meet the Pope.” If I were Benedict, I’d close the window right now and tell the world that the US has refused to name an acceptable candidate. Obama knows full well what the Vatican’s standards have always been. The problem seems to be that the most stridently anti-life president in US history seems to have an anti-life litmus test for anyone who works in his administration. P.S. – Any comments on this, Steve Driehaus?

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2 Comments

  1. The 2009 Pig Book is out click from the main page, http://www.cagw.org/site/PageServer

    btw – Ohio has it’s own pig book: http://www.cagw.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=11920

    Comment by dscott — April 14, 2009 @ 4:20 pm

  2. Sadly, OH has enough pigs to merit a book…. and it’s helped us sooooo much. (/sarc)

    Comment by TBlumer — April 14, 2009 @ 4:41 pm

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