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Bin Photographed

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Phototastrophe Several things: Sarah Palin tweeted yesterday afternoon that the photos should be released as a "warning to others seeking America's destruction," adding "No pussyfooting around." When George Bush said he wanted Bin Laden dead or alive, people reacted absurdly.  He was accused of being a mean spirited, no nothing, shoot from the hip cowboy - largely because he spoke the unvarn... [More]

Pipe down! “But this idea of disposing the body within 24 hours because of tradition bothers me a bit because we will be under attack as to whether or not it really was him,” Graham said. “And I’m not so sure that was a wise move. I’d like to hear more about that. I think that may have been sensitivity taken too far.” It seems to me an operation that consist... [More]


The Obama Doctrine

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Liberty was the sole animating force behind the American Revolution and is the primary intellectual foundation for the existence of the United State Constitution.  Equality, democracy, independence, diversity, economy... all of these and many other concepts played supporting roles in one way or another but all of them exist mostly as facilitators of the primary objective:  liberty. ... [More]

Pam Bondi “The lawsuit is based on the common sense notion that an individual’s decision not to purchase health insurance is not an act of ‘commerce’ that can be regulated under Congress’s constitutionally enumerated powers.” I agree with Pam Bondi one million percent but I wonder how this will work for insurance companies if the courts strike down the mandate. ... [More]

Gay Marriage President Obama today reiterated that his views on gay marriage are “constantly evolving,” Translated, that sentence means that the President is for gay marriage but he’s afraid to admit it because the polls still show too many voters are against it. He knows most of the gay activists are going to vote for him either way because let’s face it: who else are th... [More]

Daniel Domscheit-Berg “The former WikiLeaks staffers last week told the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter that they will operate ‘without a political agenda except for the dissemination of information to the media.’ Under this new approach to leaks, ‘all editorial control and responsibility rests with the publishing organizations,’ OpenLeaks says. Leakers will designat... [More]

Law? What Law? “We have now in our four-year history, and over 100 legal attacks of various kinds, been victorious in all of those matters.” He added, “It’s very important to remember the law is not what, not simply what, powerful people would want others to believe it is. The law is not what a general says it is. The law is not what Hillary Clinton says it is.” Neit... [More]

“A representative assembly, although extremely well qualified, and absolutely necessary, as a branch of the legislative, is unfit to exercise the executive power, for want of two essential properties, secrecy and despatch.” - John Adams Rich Lowry has it right: “Assange’s goal is wanton destruction, pure and simple.” You will notice that much of the reaction around the world has been ... [More]

The Wall Street Journal “Rather than leading the world from a position of strength, Mr. Obama and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner came to Seoul blaming the rest of the world for U.S. economic weakness. America’s problem, in their view, is the export and exchange rate policies of the Germans, Chinese or Brazilians. And the U.S. solution is to have the Fed print enough money to deval... [More]

Certainly the best reflection on Tuesday I’ve read so far: “The point is not ‘He was a great man and you are a nincompoop,’ though that is true. The point is that Reagan’s career is a guide, not only for the tea party but for all in politics. He brought his fully mature, fully seasoned self into politics with him. He wasn’t in search of a life when he ran for of... [More]