Thursday, May 28, 2009
By DANIEL HENNINGER
How long before the midnight drag races return on dark and dusty roads?
When Barack Obama announced that the government will use its fist to wave onto the highways of America cars that get 39 miles to a gallon of liquefied switch grass or something, he said, "Everybody wins."
Everybody? What country has he been living in? This marks the end of the internal combustion engine as we knew it, and it is the way Americans have defined, designed and literally driven much of the nation's culture for as long as anyone can remember. Car culture is America's culture.
Mr. Obama is fond of giving people iPods as gifts. I've got a playlist for Mr. Obama's iPod.
Read more here.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
– U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama’s nominee for Supreme Court justice, speaking at Duke University Law School in 2005
Monday, May 25, 2009
Day is done,
gone the sun,
From the hills,
from the lake,
From the skies.
All is well,
God is nigh.
Go to sleep,
May the soldier
On the land
or the deep,
Safe in sleep.
Love, good night,
Must thou go,
When the day,
And the night
Need thee so?
All is well.
To their rest.
Fades the light;
And the stars
Fare thee well;
Day has gone,
Night is on.
Thanks and praise,
For our days,
‘Neath the sun,
Neath the stars,
‘Neath the sky,
As we go,
This we know,
God is nigh.
Thanks to brother Brent for sending me this quote.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Authorities in New York have discovered that the four alleged terrorists arrested last week while planning to blow up a synagogue and shoot down a U.S. military plane were all converted to Islam while in prison. The four were attendees at a Newburgh, NY, mosque, where Imam Salahuddin Muhammad is the spiritual leader. Muhammad also serves as a Muslim prison chaplain.
Read rest of story on Redstate.com
Friday, May 22, 2009
The pro-euthanasia group Compassion & Choices announced Fleming's death Friday morning.
The group, which spearheaded the fight for the law, claims Fleming had stage 4 pancreatic cancer which promoted her to kill herself with her doctor's help.
"The pain became unbearable, and it was only going to get worse," the organization quoted Fleming as saying in a statement.
Given that she just received the diagnoses last month, and given the "waiting period" between the required two requests, one has to wonder; was she even treated for the inevitable onset of fear and depression?
It will undoubtedly be spun by Compassion and Choices that she was in unbearable pain. If that was the case, she wasn't being provided all the options for pain management.
No one who opposes assisted suicide is in favor of unbearable pain. But unbearable pain does not have to be a part of the dying process given today's medical advances.
WA Human Life
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Watch Marco Rubio in his farewell speech to the Florida State Legislature. Statesmen like this don't come along everyday. Too bad we can't vote for him but we can still participate in his bid for U.S. Senate: http://marcorubio.com/
Friday, May 15, 2009
NEW YORK The Gallup Poll reported Friday that 51 percent of Americans now call themselves pro-life rather than pro-choice on the issue of abortion, the first time a majority gave that answer in the 15 years that Gallup has asked the question.
The findings, obtained in an annual survey on values and beliefs conducted May 7-10, marked a significant shift from a year ago. A year ago, 50 percent said they were pro-choice and 44 percent pro-life - in the new poll, 42 percent said they were pro-choice. Read rest of article here.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Mark Stein writes an outstanding article over at NRO.
To put it in Powellite terms, the general thinks the Republican party is in the desert, when in fact it’s climbing a mountain. All things considered, the resilience of American conservatism is one of the most remarkable features of contemporary Western politics. It’s up against significant members of its own party. It’s up against media for whom the Democrats’ positions are the default positions on almost anything that matters.
Read entire article here.
Here are a few observant zingers:
In the coming debate, Republicans should explain their view of the judiciary's proper role and why Mr. Obama's desire that a nominee have "empathy" and "understanding" (fine qualities) is an amorphous basis on which to pick a justice. Should the "empathy standard" apply to the unborn? How about gun owners? What about religious conservatives who believe the court has removed religious influences from American life?
Senate Republicans may not be able to stop Mr. Obama's nominee, but they can explain to the public the party's reasons for opposing judges who think of themselves as legislators with life tenure.
This confirmation battle will remind people that elections have consequences, few of which are as important or lasting as a Supreme Court nomination.
Read the entire article here.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Breaking tradition with President George W. Bush, the Obama administration has announced there will not be a White House observance for the National Day of Prayer this year.
"We are disappointed in the lack of participation by the Obama administration," said Mrs. Shirley Dobson, chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force. "At this time in our country's history, we would hope our president would recognize more fully the importance of prayer."
The White House has indicated it will release a proclamation recognizing the National Day of Prayer on Thursday.
The National Observance will take place from 9 a.m. to noon EDT, as Dr. and Mrs. Dobson, Beth Moore and others gather in Washington, D.C., to pray for America. The event will be broadcast live on GOD TV (Channel 365 on DirecTV), Channel 138 on Sky Angel and online.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
A faithful warrior in the fight for freedom who advanced liberty and whose ideas on taxes and enterprise created the greatest growth of wealth in the middle class in history.
Hon. Jack French Kemp, Member of the United States House of Representatives for the State of New York, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Republican Vice Presidential Nominee. Requiescat in pace.
The year was 1996 and I had the awesome priviledge of meeting Jack Kemp. I am holding the football card that he signed for me that day. (see below) This was pre-digital camera days so the picture is pretty fuzzy.
I will never forget his hearty laughter when I asked him to sign my card.
Friend Marta also got his autograph
Since David Souter turned out to be a closet liberal I guess loyalty to the party who completed his resume was too much too hope for. For liberals, advancement of power usually trumps principled decision making.
Vice President Joe Biden has had a roller coaster week. After getting credit for convincing Arlen Specter to join the Democratic party, Biden was looking pretty good until he stumbled over his swine flu update, telling the nation he didn't want his family to travel on a train or an airplane because of the threat.
Although the White House tried to talk over his off-the-cuff statement, Sen. 'Amtrack' Biden has been the subject of criticism for the last couple of days, including a stinging letter of outrage from the New York Post. It may be time to get the heck out of Dodge while things cool down. . .Today, Biden's office announced plans for a overseas trip to southeastern Europe.
From the AP:
Biden's office announced Friday that he will visit Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Kosovo. Specific dates and other details have not yet been announced.Biden is expected to visit the political leaders of the three countries along with U.S. military and other personnel stationed in the Balkan region.
With Pakistan falling into the hands of the Taliban, and swine flu spreading fast, maybe that's the safest place for him.