March 24, 2011

Lucid Links (032411, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 8:24 am

Words fail:

Woman Tied to 9/11, Fannie Mae on Obama’s FBI Shortlist

The Obama administration reportedly is considering former Clinton administration official Jamie Gorelick, among others, to become the next director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The Wall Street Journal’s Evan Perez first reported the news last week, citing “U.S. officials” familiar with the situation.

A commenter at Michelle Malkin’s place did have some words about Gorelick in 2008 that are as true today as they were three years ago:

Jamie Gorelick is as responsible as any American for intelligence failures related to 9/11. Then she helps loot Fannie. Nice. And she isn’t in jail because….because…

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Voting with their feet:

Detroit’s population plunged 25% in the past decade to 713,777, the lowest count since 1910, four years before Henry Ford offered $5 a day to autoworkers, sparking a boom that quadrupled the Motor City’s size in the first half of the 20th century.

The city’s population peaked at 1.85 million in 1950. Its population loss of 61% since then is a perfect storm of high crime, high taxes, and lousy schools. Note well that the city’s embrace of casino gambling during past decade has done nothing to stop the population bleed, and may have exacerbated it.

1960s black radical Rap Brown infamously said the following in the wake of the race riots that tore the city apart in 1967:

They used to called it Detroit. Now they call it Destroit.

He’s largely gotten his way.

I wish former NBA star and current Detroit Mayor Dave Bing all the luck in the world in turning the city around, but to say he has his work cut out for him is the understatement of the century. He should start by focusing less energy on the accuracy of the count and more energy on bringing the city back to life.

Update: Michael Barone — “When people ask me why I moved from being a liberal to being a conservative, my single-word answer is Detroit. The liberal policies which I hoped would make Detroit something like heaven have made it instead something more like hell.”

Update 2: At Heritage — “What happens when a city buys the liberal dream hook, line and sinker? Just take a look at the City of Detroit.”

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Related thought: Even before the new census data came out, Detroit had more registered voters than it had residents over the age of 18. In the wake of the Motor City’s population decline and in the name of clean elections, the voter rolls in Detroit need to be scoured immediately, and completely.

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Objectively UnfitNot This Mitt AgainRomney Watch: “Mitt Rewrites Himself” (overview; detail; HT Deroy Murdock at NRO) — Mitt Romney’s 2011 paperback release of his 2009 book is more than an update. It’s partially a rewrite, as Murdock most succinctly explains:

In an inverse relationship with the cover of his book, Romney also morphs from soft to tough on health care. According to (Boston Phoenix writer David S.) Bernstein, Hardback Romney offered cautious comparisons between the president’s health-care reform plan and RomneyCare, the former Massachusetts governor’s own big-government legislation that the Wall Street Journal called “the dress rehearsal for ObamaCare.”

Once again, Paperback Romney is far more fiery and partisan, now that the February 6, 2012, Iowa Caucuses are less than a year away. “ObamaCare will not work and should be repealed,” Paperback Romney roars. “ObamaCare is an unconstitutional federal incursion into the rights of states.”

In addition to the fresh and disturbing evidence that Romney remains a constant work in progress, one wonders how dumb he thinks Americans are.

If Sarah Palin ever did something like this, she will not get the media free pass Romney has clearly received for his historical revisionism. That tells you all you need to know about who the establishment press wants to see as Barack Obama’s 2012 opponent. Once nominated, they’ll rip Romney to shreds with stuff like this.

Apparently, the only position you can count on Mitt Romney sticking to is the one that he should be our next president. Read this Concord (NH) Monitor editorial from late 2007, which is as good a takedown as any as to why that can’t be allowed to happen. Nothing has changed. As the editorial states, he “… most surely must be stopped.”

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