The Selectively Leaky New York Times

There’s an excellent little piece over at Powerline about how the NYT puffed itself up with righteous indignation about not publishing the Climategate emails because they were “illegally obtained” and their absolute eagerness to publish stolen State Department cables that were facilitated by WikiLeaks.

Can you say…”hypocrisy”?

H/T Memeorandum

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“I’ll Have What She’s Having.”

Remember that line from When Harry Met Sally? Apparently, merchandisers think along the same lines. Think of this as the anti-PETA campaign! Me? I’ll have what she’s having!

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And cake for dessert?

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Civilization is the limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.

-Mark Twain

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Leslie Nielsen – R I P

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A leading man type in the fifties, star of many a detective story*, Leslie Nielsen turned to comedy in the 1980’s and the world has been a funnier place ever since. I haven’t quoted from a Leslie Nielsen line since…earlier this morning. And don’t call me Shirley! Rest in peace, Mr. Nielsen!

H/T Eye of Polyphemus

* I was an extra in a Leslie Nielsen made-for-TV movie once. My claim to fame!

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“11 Foreign Countries Wage War Against Arizona and American Sovereignty”

Maggie’s Notebook has this video about the potential interference of adjudicating Arizona’s border enforcement law by foreign nations and the seeming complicity of Eric Holder and the oxymoronically named Obama justice department.

Though the video’s headline speaks of “impeaching” Obama. I am not ready to go that far. But it does seem as if the only way to rid ourselves of this biased and perhaps incompetent Attorney General Eric Holder is to fire his boss.

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“Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt

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“Giving Money to the Very Rich” – The Liberal Mindset on Display

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On Fox News Sunday this AM, Juan Williams displayed the typical liberal mindset concerning government taxation: It’s their money.
If you earn or possess money or other assets in any way, it’s because the government, in their beneficent mercy, allowed you to keep it. Senator Claire McCaskill was on FNS as well, touting the same line, just not in such short compass as Mr. Williams.

How, the convoluted lexicon of liberalspeak, did “not taking from” ever equal a “gift”? If the Bush tax cuts are extended, the government is not “giving” anything to anyone. They are just taking at the same rate they did before. For the sake of accuracy, it was the Democrats who forced the sunset provision in the Bush Tax Cuts in the first place, and this administration, who are cheerleaders for letting the tax cuts expire, will be responsible for what should properly be characterized as the “Obama Tax Increases”.

Since a tax increase “on the rich” will play well to Obama’s base, Democrats think this bit of class envy will give them a populist cachet. But, let’s change the currency for a moment, shall we? Many parents speak of their children as a “treasure”. Let’s apply liberal taxspeak to child rearing:

First, if you have more than two children, the government will “give” you two of them. It’s not “fair” for you to have more than two while some people have none at all. So, two of the children you already have will be “given” to you by the government, and any others, for the sake of fairness, will be redistributed. (It may be that some of those without children wouldn’t want to take any, but they have to. It’s only “fair”!)

Allowing people to keep more of what they earn is not “giving” them anything at all. All this is aside from the argument about taxing gross income, rather than net income, which the libs like to gloss over. A small business with a gross income of $250,000 will not take home anywhere near that much. If they invest money back into the business or hold back reserves (or at least try to) to meet payroll for their employees when revenues are down, they take home even less.

Ask yourself, who is going to employ more people? A business grossing $250,000 or a business grossing $1,000,000? Why take money out of the hands of the people who create the most jobs? Then ask yourself, is the government better suited to direct wealth to create solid, self sustaining jobs with a minimum of waste, fraud and abuse or the private sector? Rather than address the fact that these taxes (and new regulations) will impact small businesses hard, Democrats are focusing on class envy.

But, for now, I’d settle for getting rid of the Orwellian Newspeak that allowing people to keep more of what they earn is “giving money” to them. It’s only fair…

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Home Alone in Portland

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Probably the product of a poor childhood.

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Simon Says Obama gets “Street Cred” for Busted Lip

NPR, (No Penetrating Reporting), is really outdoing themselves over the Obama Smash Mouth incident. They’re saying it might give Obama some “street cred” in dealing with foreign policy. First, Scott Simon starts by sounding like he is mocking Obama (and rightly so) for the number of stitches for such a small injury:

I’m not sure that Joe Frazier needed 12 stitches after the Thrilla in Manila, though the White House stressed that a smaller filament was used, which increases the number of stitches, but leaves a smaller scar.

Then he launches into an Onionesque imagining:

I wonder if having a larger scar wouldn’t actually fortify President Obama’s profile, as he contends with Kim Jong Il, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad or Vladimir Putin. Imagine a president with a gnarly, vivid scar telling the rulers of China, “Nice country ya’ got here. I’d hate to see something happen to it if you didn’t stop foolin’ around with the value of your currency. Know what I mean?”

Please tell me this guy is kidding, right? Street cred off an amateur sports injury? This guy Simon must be smoking the good stuff!

I would say that it is exactly the opposite. Obama gets hit in the mouth and at the first sign of a little pain, he goes home. The street cred would have come in, had he kept playing through the pain.

This reminded me of what I have formulated as the

Three Reasons A Guy Goes to the Hospital

1.) Uncontrollable bleeding. It makes a mess and it’s like oil…if you don’t have a certain amount in the crankcase, something bad is going to happen.

2.) Bones protruding through skin. This may be accompanied by #1. Unsightly and usually painful

3.) Unexplained loss of consciousness. Technically, this isn’t a reason you go, but a reason why your buddies might take you.

That’s it. Only three reasons. Poor Obama’s busted lip wasn’t one of them.

Street cred would have said, “Suck it up, Mr. President”. Not. “Ooh! Do you think that will leave a mark?”

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H/T memeorandum

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19 Yr. Old Somali Born Man Apprehended in Portland Bomb Plot

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But don’t even think about ever profiling guys like this!
BTW, That’s not a Star of David, that’s the Multnomah Co. Sheriff’s star!

The FBI thwarted an attempted terrorist bombing in Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square before the city’s annual tree-lighting Friday night, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Oregon.

A Corvallis man, thinking he was going to ignite a bomb, drove a van to the corner of the square at Southwest Yamhill Street and Sixth Avenue and attempted to detonate it.

However, the supposed explosive was a dummy that FBI operatives supplied to him, according to an affidavit in support of a criminal complaint signed Friday night by U.S. Magistrate Judge John V. Acosta.

Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, a Somali-born U.S. citizen, was arrested at 5:42 p.m., 18 minutes before the tree lighting was to occur, on an accusation of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. The felony charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $250,000 fine.

My first thought, when I heard about a plot to blow up a tree lighting ceremony in Portland was “a disgruntled Lutheran choir boy”. Then I considered elderly “Nuns with Guns”. Imagine my surprise when I discovered it was a 19 yr. old, Somali born man with two forms of the name “Muhammad” in his name!

And to top it off, he is apparently one of the Osmond brothers! FBI agents are descending on Salt Lake City even as we speak!

H/T memeorandum

Cross posted at LCR.

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