February 18, 2011

30-Minute Drill: Quick Hit Headlines and Highlights (021811, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 9:28 am

30 minutes, no timeouts:

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From Mark Tapscott at the Washington Examiner: The federal judge who held the Obama administration in contempt for its conduct in issuing another Gulf of Mexico offshore drilling ban after he threw out the first “gave President Obama and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar 30 days to act on five applications seeking permits to drill in the Gulf of Mexico submitted months ago by a Louisiana firm.”

(Update, 2:30 p.m.: To be clear, as described here, the administration rescinded the second ban in October, but then chose instead to drag its feet on drilling applications.)

Key passages:

Feldman had strong words for Obama and Salazar, noting that “the government is under a duty to act by either granting or denying a permit application within a reasonable time. Not acting at all is not a lawful option.”

… “Delays of four months and more in the permitting process, however, are unreasonable, unacceptable, and unjustified by the evidence before the Court,” he said.

Well, this is not a lawful administration.

Update: Michelle Malkin (of course) has more, with a useful phrase that I’m probably late in noticing: “Culture of contempt.” Exactly.

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At Catholic News Agency“Catholics should not vote for pro-abortion candidates, explains Peruvian archbishop.”

“Should” really means “must” –

Archbishop Javier del Rio Alba of Arequipa, Peru recently clarified that “voting for a candidate who supports abortion is a mortal sin.”

“As Catholics, we can never support a candidate that proposes the killing of defenseless children …

The bishop’s “clarification” applies far beyond Peru.

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Diana West, on Lara Logan:

What CBS didn’t mention (about the incident) — what was later attributed to an unnamed network source — was that as the thugs assaulted the 39-year-old journalist and mother of two, they shouted, “Jew! Jew!”

… The light might have dawned more brightly had the MSM actually reported on the widespread anti-Semitic iconography visible in the demonstrations, as amply archived by John Rosenthal at Pajamas Media.

Rosenthal’s assemblage of hateful signage seen is in two PJM posts (here and here)

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At Life News: “Criminal Probe Launched Into Fraud at Pro-Abortion Group”

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance has launched a criminal probe into the financial mismanagement and fraud apparently taking place at NARAL New York that resulted in the firing of its president, Kelli Conlin.

Conlin left her position last month after a forensics audit the pro-abortion group conducted uncovered financial problems dating back to 2008, or even earlier. She had held the post for two decades and a source close to the situation says she was fired.

(An audit) found numerous questionable charges on NARAL credit cards Conlin used between 2008 and 2010. The charges include $5,709 in high-end clothing purchased at Giorgio Armani and Barney’s and $17,000 for a reimbursement for a Hamptons summer rental Conlin used in 2009.

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Via Ann Althouse, a Wisconsin teacher who can’t spell.

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Glad to see Mike Wilson is still engaging in activism, as he was in Columbus yesterday supporting Ohio’s public-sector collective-bargaining reform:

“This bill is not on attack on public employees; it is not an attack on the middle class,” Wilson, 34, a technology consultant, said at the rally. “This bill is about math.”

I believe Democrats may come to regret pouring a half million or more into defeating him in his run for State rep last November. He may be more influential in a more direct Tea Party-like role.

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The Punk President couldn’t resist injecting himself into the Wisconsin standoff, and got his “community organizers” into the act:

The White House’s political operation, Organizing for America, helped to build crowds using social media, the Washington Post reported today, citing an unidentified Democratic Party official. Obama himself spoke to Milwaukee television station WTMJ.

“Some of what I’ve heard coming out of Wisconsin, where they’re just making it harder for public employees to collectively bargain generally, seems like more of an assault on unions,” the president said.

At least Obama got part of it right. This isn’t about “ending collective bargaining,” as the Associated Press’s Scott Bauer wrote yesterday. “Making it harder” is not the same as “ending.”

Also, kudos to John Boehner for criticizing the Presidential intrusion:

“Republicans in Congress — and reform-minded GOP governors like Scott Walker, John Kasich and Chris Christie — are daring to speak the truth about the dire fiscal challenges Americans face at all levels of government, and daring to commit themselves to solutions that will liberate our economy and help put our citizens on a path to prosperity,” Boehner said.

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