April 16, 2009

Lucid Links (041609, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 9:49 am

Noteworthy Net-Worthies:

Other impressive Tea Party throngs from yesterday, with a Buckeye State emphasis — Columbus, Dayton, Toledo (HT Maggie Thurber), Cleveland (crowd estimate was 5,000; Kings Rite Site reports that one of its leaders was an Obama voter).

OhioTeaParty.com also reports that events were to take place in Ashtabula, Canton, Chesterfield, Chillicothe, Findlay, Fulton County, Holmes County, Lima, Mansfield, Marietta, New Philadelphia, Tiffin, Youngstown, Zanesville. I count 19 in total (14 here, 4 in previous item, plus Cincinnati). There appear to have been others not on Ohio Tea Party’s list (one example noted here).

Nationally Instapundit’s collections (here, here, and here) show off some pretty impressive crowds in, among many, many places, Atlanta, St. Louis, and San Antonio.

DHS head Janet Napolitano is not backing off from her department’s report: “…. she stands by the report, which lists returning veterans among terrorist risks to the U.S.” Two words to live by, Janet: Jayna Davis. P.S. – That’s okay, I’m sure the one about left-wing and Islamofascist groups upset that Obama didn’t walk away from Iraq and pull all aid to Israel is coming out any day (/sarc). Mini-update: This January report (PDF at BizzyBlog), limited to cyber-attacks, isn’t anything resembling an offset, and engages in the dangerous fantasy that “left-wing extremists prefer economic damage to get their message across.” Tell that to Brian McDonnell’s and Pete Paige’s families. Islamofascists are also notably absent. Pim Fortuyn’s and Theo Van Gogh’s would object to the omission. P.P.S. – Remember the bad old days, like three months ago, when “profiling” was considered a bad thing? P.P.P.S. – Other terrorist risks she stands by: “groups opposed to abortion and immigration,” and those who “reject …. federal authority in favor of state or local authority ….” Three other words to live by: Obama owns this.

Here’s some NY Times translation assistance for the inexperienced. The Times reports (bold is mine) that ” The National Security Agency intercepted private e-mail messages and phone calls of Americans in recent months on a scale that went beyond the broad legal limits established by Congress last year, government officials said in recent interviews.” Since the Times apparently couldn’t write “in late 2008″ accurately, a proper translation of what the Times wrote would be that “The National Security Agency intercepted private e-mail messages and phone calls of Americans in late 2008 and early 2009, including the early months of the Obama administration, on a scale that went beyond the broad legal limits established by Congress last year, government officials said in recent interviews.” See how proper translation enhances the content’s value?



  1. A great point made by Rush!

    exerpt of Obama’s speech bolded and then Rush’s comment:

    “But the truth is, our challenge is to get people persuaded we can make progress when there’s not evidence of that in their daily lives.

    “You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them — and they fell through the Clinton administration, the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are going to regenerate, and they haven’t. So it’s not surprising, then, that they
    get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them, or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
    Well, that’s… You talk about a foundation? That is an excellent foundation upon which this DHS report on right-wing extremists could be built: bitter clingers, angry, people don’t look like they do, immigration, anti-trade.

    So don’t think this is Janet Napolitano, folks. This is Barack Obama.


    I must agree, the rationalizations made by Obama in his infamous bitter clinging speech is the basis for the DHS report. Either those who wrote the report are channeling Obama by echoing his tropes (which confirms the partisan nature of the report) or this report has it’s roots directly in the Whitehouse with Obama or his staff being the ghost author(s). The dots are simply too close together forming a clear picture not to connect them!

    Comment by dscott — April 16, 2009 @ 1:03 pm

  2. So Tom, because you “focus” on the state of the economy and don’t parrot the Party Line, doesn’t that make you a potential domestic terrorist with violent tendencies according to the DHS report???

    Maybe should help DHS by putting up a banner for your blogsite “Potential violent right wing terrorist” The agency needs all the help it can get.

    Comment by dscott — April 16, 2009 @ 1:08 pm

  3. #2, Clever, but the debasement of the word “terrorist” is particularly offensive. They’re calling people on the right (and that isn’t even correct in the case of prolifers) who wouldn’t hurt a fly like mainstream prolifers and antitax/antiexcessive spending groups “terrorists” while they WON’T call the War on Terror by its proper name.

    Terrorists by definition are organized groups and emphatically aren’t lone rangers, which eliminates the sadly deranged people in Pittsburgh and Binghamton who did what they did from being called by that term.

    Comment by TBlumer — April 16, 2009 @ 3:12 pm

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