January 30, 2010

OABMA TELLS 9/11 HEROES TO GET BENT

Wow.  So we can give Landrieu $300 million to bribe her for her vote, and we can give $50 million to relocated wild horses, and build a turtle tunnel, and give tax credits for eco-friendly golf carts...but it's apparently too much to ask for Pres Obama to fund medical care for those dealing with long-term illness caused by 9/11.  Nice priorities.

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January 25, 2010

A LEGAL WALL OR A TURF WAR?

I finished reading The Looming Tower, and Dean Barnett was right: it was very good.

One thing I am curious about is the wall between the CIA and the FBI.  I had always understood it to be a legal thing, that the two branches were forbidden to share intel.  But this book makes it sound more like a turf war instead, that some of the more egotistical officers intentionally withheld information from each other because they didn't like the other branch's approach.

Does anyone know more about this, or have links they could point me to?  In reading Ashcroft's book last year, I never got the sense that our intelligence gatherers were being petty and tribal.  But this book gave that impression.

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January 15, 2010

YOU DON'T "ALLOW" ME SQUAT

I think people are fed up with politics.  I think we're tired of politicians who think they're better than us or that they're entitled to their jobs and a ritzy lifestyle.  This frustration seemed to be captured perfectly when Scott Brown said that he wasn't running for Ted Kennedy's seat.  "It's the people's seat."  It doesn't belong to Ted Kennedy, and, as Jonah Goldberg said,

[Coakley] hasn’t been running for “Ted Kennedy’s seat,” she’s been strolling to it like someone who knows it’s been reserved for her and all she needs to do is swing by the will-call window to pick it up.
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When asked if her campaign style is too aloof, she snapped back: “As opposed to standing outside Fenway Park [the way Scott Brown does]? In the cold? Shaking hands?”

Heaven forfend the royal heir apparent descend from her carriage and actually touch the proles.

And then we hear that Coakley said the following:

The radio host, Ken Pittman, pointed out that complex legal principle that "In the emergency room you still have your religious freedom."

Coakley agrees that "The law says that people are allowed to have that." But, making clear her view — the attorney general who wants to be the next senator from Massachusetts — she declared that "You can have religious freedom, but you probably shouldn't work in an emergency room."

"The law says that people are allowed to have that."  Let that sink in.  Martha Coakley says that it's the laws that politicians write that allow you to have freedom of religion.

Our Bill of Rights is an enumeration of our inalienable rights.  The government does not grant us those rights; we are endowed by our Creator with them and the government cannot infringe upon them.  We are born with them and have them as an inherent part of being human.

I can't even explain how mad it makes me to hear a politician say that the government allows us to have freedom of religion.

I'm just so sick of all of these people.

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