January 18, 2011

Lickety-Split Links (011811, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:21 am

Dick Cheney: “Obama has learned that Bush policies were right”

President Obama has “learned from experience” that some of the Bush administration’s decisions on terrorism issues were necessary, according to former Vice President Dick Cheney.

In his first interview since undergoing major heart surgery last July, Cheney said he thinks Obama has been forced to rethink some of his national security positions now that he sits in the Oval Office.

Cheney’s giving Obama too much credit. I believe that the correct take is: “White House pollsters have learned that moving away from some of the Bush administration’s decisions on terrorism issues would be political suicide.”

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It’s not like there’s bandwidth rationing going on (just give the FCC time) — “The following article on Muslim-Christian relations was solicited and then rejected by the Washington Post’s ‘On Faith’ blog.” It’s published here at Pajamas Media, which apparently found the necessary bandwidth.

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As Steve Jobs again takes a medical leave from Apple, it’s worth reflecting on what the company has accomplished, and what similarly innovative companies face today.

Accomplishments, even including failures, which nonetheless moved along innovation: Apple II, Apple III, Lisa, Macintosh, Newton, iPod/iTunes, iPhone, iPad –and I’ve surely missed a few.

Apple went public in 1980. When it did so, “it generated more capital than any IPO since Ford Motor Company in 1956 and instantly created more millionaires (about 300) than any company in history.”

It would be easy to assume that had Apple faced today’s regulatory environment, it would nonetheless have successfully gone public, as did Google roughly 20 years later. I’m not so sure. Given the early-stage setbacks with the Apple III, the company’s founders and investors might instead have sold out to IBM, which did not become a truly despised rival until the Mac debuted in 1984.

Does anyone believe that we’d have seen a similar litany of life-improving innovations under Big Blue? Neither do I, which leads me to wonder what we’ve lost because more recent pioneers like YouTube and many other smaller firms and their investors have concluded at crunch time that getting bought out by Google or Microsoft is preferable to navigating the costly, treacherous waters of going public under Sarbanes Oxley.

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Venezuela’s Oil Reserves top Saudia Arabia’s — Too bad statist and socialist Hugo Chavez can’t figure out how to keep production going:

Venezuela’s oil production fell to 2.36 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2008, after climbing as high as 3.18 million bpd in 1997, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) estimated the country’s output was about 2.24 million bpd in December (2008).

There is some evidence of improvement, but the country’s failure to capitalize on its good fortune it is the Chavez regime’s most obvious failure. The country could be extremely prosperous, but instead is in serious decline.

Positivity: Christian leaders rally against activists ‘hijacking’ Martin Luther King legacy

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 5:57 am

Related:
- January 19, 2009“Martin Luther King Was Outspokenly Prolife.” He also fully understood natural law.

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From Atlanta, via the Catholic News Agency:

Jan 17, 2011 / 02:12 pm

On the observance of Martin Luther King Day, African-American leaders noted the slain civil rights figure’s Christian position on cultural issues like abortion and sexual ethics. Illinois religious and political leaders also organized to challenge the “hijacking” of the civil rights movement by homosexual political activists.

Dr. Alveda King, full-time director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life and King’s niece, cited her uncle’s advice columns written for Ebony magazine in 1957 and 1958.

“In advising men and women on questions of personal behavior 50 years ago, Uncle Martin sounded no different than a conservative Christian preacher does now,” she commented. “He was pro-life, pro-abstinence before marriage, and based his views on the unchanging Word of the Bible. Today, Planned Parenthood would condemn Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as part of the ‘religious right’.”

King reported that one of her uncle’s columns concerned a young man who had impregnated his girlfriend and refused to marry her, resulting in a “crime,” a euphemism for abortion. Martin Luther King, Jr. advised the man that he had made a “mistake.”

He also urged another reader to abstain from premarital sex, saying that such activity was contributing to “the present breakdown of the family.”

“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a man of peace, justice, and most of all a man of God,” Alveda King continued, suggesting that he would be working today to secure justice for those in the womb endangered by abortion.

In Hillside, Illinois more than 40 African-American religious and political leaders gathered on Jan. 17 at Freedom Baptist Church to lament the misrepresentation of King’s legacy. During the Illinois House debate on the issue of civil unions for homosexuals, two backers of the proposal compared same-sex “marriage” to interracial marriage.

Comparisons between homosexual rights and civil rights have become increasingly common in recent decades. In its own Martin Luther King Day message, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s executive director Rea Carey also invoked the leader.

“We believe that were he alive today, Dr. King would be standing with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community as we too reach for equality,” she said.

However, the press conference of African-American leaders in Illinois challenged this view. Its announcement denied that opposition to discrimination based on “immutable, non-behavioral, morally neutral condition like race” was equivalent to an effort to “normalize and institutionalize deviant sexual relations.”

David Smith, executive director of the Illinois Family Institute, was of a similar view.

“Skin color is not analogous to behavior,” he said.

Go here for the rest of the story.