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  • Jill 10:20 AM on 05/14/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Three impossible things before breakfast 

    It’s official: the world has gone topsy-turvy.

    1)  Attorney General Eric Holder has questioned the constitutionality of Arizona’s immigration law and said it  “has the possibility of leading to racial profiling.” But he hasn’t read it.

    See Glenn Reynolds.

    2) The NY Times has been barred, by the White House, from speaking to Elena Kagan’s brother.

    The New York Times received permission on Tuesday from Hunter College High School in Manhattan, Elena Kagan’s alma mater, to observe a constitutional law class there taught by her brother Irving. We thought it would be intriguing to watch the give and take between Mr. Kagan, who is known as a passionate and interactive educator, and his students on his first day back after witnessing his sister’s nomination in Washington.

    Mr. Kagan, who is also a Hunter alumnus, did not have a problem with the idea, a school spokeswoman said, but she added that all media requests now had to be given final approval by the White House. The times were tentatively set: there was either an 8:52 a.m. class or a 9:36 a.m. class on Wednesday. “I thought it would have been great,” said the spokeswoman, Meredith Halpern.

    But when presented with the idea, the White House balked.

    Joshua Earnest, a White House spokesman, said that the administration was “uncomfortable with the idea at this time.” [. . .]

    A formal proposal has been submitted to the White House, which the administration requested. They asked that it outline the intent and goal of the article in significant detail.

    Wouldn’t it be interesting if Kagan’s brother, or cousin, also suddenly mum, chose to go over the head of their White House minders and talk to the press anyway?

    3)  There’s a bill before Congress that will mandate tracking the body mass index of all children, ages 2 – 18.

    The Healthy Choices Act–introduced by Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee–would establish and fund a wide range of programs and regulations aimed at reducing obesity rates by such means as putting nutritional labels on the front of food products, subsidizing businesses that provide fresh fruits and vegetables, and collecting BMI measurements of patients and counseling those that are overweight or obese.

    Choice has become the dirtiest of dirty words. But Big Brother is only trying to make our lives easier:

    At a press conference last week to announce the introduction of the bill, Kind emphasized it would help “busy American families.”

    “Making the healthy choice the easy choice for our families is essential to ensuring our quality of life,” Kind said. “I am pleased to work on legislation that helps provide the opportunities that meet the needs of busy American families.”

    Nudge.

    RedState’s Dan McLaughlin comments:

    Let’s leave aside the many methodological problems with BMI as a measurement of obesity (such as the fact that muscular, athletic males are almost always classed as obese). The bill requires federal taxpayers to lay out yet more money to create yet another intrusive apparatus for tracking and storing information that, for example, your 16 year old daughter might regard as rather personal . . . .

    Read the rest.

    Related:

    Is your child’s BMI the government’s business?

    Hiding the decline on the childhood obesity rate

    The audacity of anti-obesity

    Does this health plan make me look fat?

     
    • nicedeb 4:12 PM on 05/14/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’m confused…why does the NYTs need the WH’s permission to do a story? What the heck?

      • Sherry 6:27 PM on 05/14/2010 Permalink | Reply

        If I were the New York Post, I’d be so sending all my staff to cover this story if only to get the scoop. Why should anyone subscribe if everything is the same and no actual news gets covered?

      • iainswife 12:52 PM on 05/17/2010 Permalink | Reply

        This is so stupid. I am baffled that anyone with two braincells to rub together hasn’t figured out what an enormous hoax Obama and his administration are.

        • fuzislippers 1:17 PM on 05/18/2010 Permalink | Reply

          What I don’t get and simply can’t wrap my mind around is how high BO’s numbers are. What is wrong with people?

  • Quite Rightly 8:35 AM on 05/06/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Times Square Bomber Dropped from Terror Watch List 

    It looks like the Times Square car bomber was dropped from the terrorist watch list shortly before he got his citizenship in 2009–at just about the same time that surveillance of the Fort Hood shooter and the Christmas Day bomber also stopped. This sickening revelation comes via AJ at The Strata-Sphere, who has been connecting the dots on the Obama administration’s reduction of Clinton and Bush era surveillance of suspicious behavior by potential terrorists.

     
    • backyardconservative 9:49 AM on 05/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Our worst fears about this administration.

      We have yet to experience a worse terror attack, but the rate of attempts has been intensifying hasn’t it. We can’t keep counting on ignorance–theirs or ours.

  • backyardconservative 10:25 AM on 03/23/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Rebellion: Galt, Gandhi, MLK & the Sons of Liberty 

    As Jill notes below, great nations can almost without a whimper succumb to the death of dreams. America has an exceptional one. And we are not ready to let it die, and leave us defenseless to our own leviathan government and to the madmen of the word. Jeffrey Lord, The American Spectator, on how we can combat this mortal (The One is not immortal yet) threat. Here’s one historic precedent (Yes, we can talk about history too.):

    The British government had, not unlike its treatment of the American colonies with the Stamp Act and Tea Tax almost two centuries earlier, imposed a salt tax on its colony of India. Mohandas Gandhi, a British-educated Indian lawyer, had returned to his homeland determined to win Indian independence. He initiated a Salt March in 1930 — literally marching across India to the Indian Ocean. There, in full view of the newsreel cameras, he knelt at ocean’s edge and began collecting seawater, letting it evaporate and thus creating salt. Making salt was an illegal activity under the British Salt Tax. His actions captured the public imagination in India and massive civil disobedience set in, with millions making salt, making the Salt Tax virtually unenforceable.

    Jeffrey Lord offers some specifics. I’m sure we will have ideas of our own. ObamaCare promises a lot of taxes. With the passage of this bill, this administration and this Congress have launched an assault on America itself.  It’s a time for choosing. Together.

     
    • rubyslipperblog 8:53 PM on 03/23/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Interestingly enough, I was reading in my local paper the first tax to set in is the tan tax. This will kick in this summer. Wait till those young folks who are subject to the mandate find out their tans will cost 10% more thanks to health care. We could have John Boehner boycott and that alone would put a crimping in the proposed revenue.

      • backyardconservative 8:56 PM on 03/23/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Rush was off somewhere sometime and Mark Steyn was sitting in a few months ago. He went off on this for some time, saying it was unfairly discriminating against those New Hampshire lassies in their plaids. So, we can call this special deal the California Girls Get?

    • emily 9:11 AM on 03/25/2010 Permalink | Reply

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  • backyardconservative 7:32 PM on 03/06/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Axelrod’s Turn to Get Flak 

    But he still loves Barack. Attention is turning from chief of staff Rahmbo to prime spinner (sorry Gibbsy) David Axelrod. Flak from the left– NY Times:

    “Typical Washington junk we have to deal with,” Mr. Axelrod said in an interview. The president is deft at blocking out such noise, he added, suddenly brightening. “I love the guy,” he said, and in the space of five minutes, repeated the sentiment twice.

    Flak from slightly to the right–even his buddy Bill Daley, the Chicago mayor’s powerful brother, has gone public with “joking” criticism:

    Recent news reports have cast the White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, as the administration’s chief pragmatist, and Mr. Axelrod, by implication, as something of a swooning loyalist. A “Moonie,” dismissed Mr. Axelrod’s close friend, former Commerce Secretary William Daley. Or as the White House press secretary, Robert Gibbs, joked, “the guy who walks in front of the president with rose petals.”

    Is Axelrod cracking up? He’s starting to throw expletives around like Rahm. How can we forget his former protege and Obama forerunner Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is floundering too. Gee, what else just happened there.

    Axelrod wonders why haven’t they “broken through” with their message. One more example of Obama Communications Failure to Communicate.

    As for the NY Times’ acuity, they asked Anita Dunn to assess the performance of the administration’s communications strategy:

    “In a campaign, you’re not held to the same standard of actually doing what you say you’re going to do,” said Anita Dunn, a former White House communications director and Obama campaign adviser.

    Perhaps Mr. Axelrod will head back to Chicago soon to start the new campaign. In earnest I’m sure.

    HT Memeorandum

    P.S. According to the Sun Times’ Lynn Sweet, our president (The One) is channeling the Three Musketeers. All for one and one for all. Sure.

     
    • Pat Austin 12:58 PM on 03/07/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Axelrod never promised to stay for the duration, so maybe he’s paving the way for his exit. Overall, in the NYT profile, Axe comes off as cranky and frustrated that the “chattering classes” or “the peanut gallery” don’t get the message. He fails to understand that it’s not the messenger but the message that people are rejecting.

    • Jill 4:27 PM on 03/07/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Jennifer Rubin writes:

      Here’s the thing: leave if you don’t like it or can’t convince people of what a swell job you’re doing. There is no mandatory draft for the White House. In fact, some people consider it an honor and privilege to serve there. . . .

      If Axelrod and the rest can’t figure out how to make this all work, maybe the country would be better served by their return to the cesspool of Illinois politics. I hear Tony Rezko’s banker needs some help with his Senate campaign.

      • backyardconservative 7:50 PM on 03/07/2010 Permalink | Reply

        These guys think they are masters of the universe. Well, the universe is not so easily ordered.

        We the people have something to say about it. And I hope to God in Illinois this time too.

  • backyardconservative 7:03 PM on 03/03/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    No Rahm at the Inn? 

    Jonah Goldberg gives his opinion.

    Here’s mine:)

    Is Rahm not long for the White House?

     
  • Quite Rightly 1:08 AM on 03/02/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    About That Hearing Test, Mr. Obama . . . 

    Hello. Newbie here.

    Ho-hum news: Obama had a medical check-up and he’s okay. More interesting news, especially to anyone who has ever had a colonoscopy: Obama’s physical included a much more comfortable and safe “virtual” procedure than ordinary mortals get. Glenn Reynolds over at Instapundit quipped, “So can I assume that an average 49-year-old man will be able to get one of those under ObamaCare?”

    Of course not. Medicare doesn’t cover this improved procedure, accomplished with a scan instead of an inserted camera. “So,” as one Instapundit reader noted, “you can bet your sweet bippy they won’t be covered under Obamacare.” Virtual colonoscopies are considered too “experimental” for use on average folk, but not for use on the President of the United States. Right.

    It’s little experiences like getting the inserted-camera when Barack Obama, Chuckie Schumer, and Harry Reid are eligible for the comfortable little scan that makes the average Joe (or Glenn) a mite suspicious about their future under ObamaCare.

    But what got my attention was Reynold’s observation that Obama is 49 going on 50. That’s when I remembered: In the “complete lives system” advocated by one of his chief health care advisors, Obama at the age of 49 is tottering on the brink of seriously reduced eligibility for medical treatment.

    The health care advisor in question is Rahm Emanuel’s brother, Ezekiel, who holds both an MD and a Ph.D. in Political Philosophy from Harvard. Below, on one of Zeke’s charts, it’s pretty clear where Barack Obama would stand in the complete life system.

    Lucky thing for Obama that he doesn’t have to worry about ObamaCare for himself. In fact, it’s a lucky thing for Obama that Chuckie and Harry and Nancy don’t have to worry about ObamaCare for themselves, or I suspect that right now he’d be standing in a cold hospital room in socks with holes in the toes and a drafty hospital gown staring at a bucket of used medical waste instead of thumping his chest over ObamaCare Jr.

    Interestingly, in his 2009 article, “Principles for Allocation of Scarce Medical Interventions,” Dr. Emanuel (perhaps unwittingly) had one or two things to say about ObamaCare:

    As well as recognizing morally relevant values, an allocation system must be legitimate. Legitimacy requires that people see the allocation system as just and accept actual allocations as fair. Consequently, allocation systems must be publicly understandable, accessible, and subject to public discussion and revision. They must also resist corruption, since easy corruptibility undermines the public trust on which legitimacy depends.

    It seems that President Obama is suffering from selective hearing. Giving Grandma a pill instead of surgery is okay, but insuring that health care systems are publicly understandable and resistant to corruption is not okay? Is there a medical treatment for listening deficiency, Dr. Zeke?

    (Cross-posted at Bread upon the Waters)

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    • DK 1:19 AM on 03/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

      A s this administration stages everything like a Shakespearean play, I am still trying to figure out what is their advantage to having this report leaked??? Has to be more than sympathy…..

    • fuzislippers 1:19 AM on 03/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

      But didn’t you know? We’re going to all get top-flight medical care throughout our lives for free, or we can even keep our own plan. It’s going to be super great and fabulous for everyone, and we’ll even start saving money and maybe get tax cuts. And a unicorn.

    • Yukio Ngaby 3:30 AM on 03/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Dr. Emanuel also contends that allocation of systems should be based on lobbying. That’s pretty much what he means (or which ultimately results if he’s too naive to know) when he says: “Consequently, allocation systems must be publicly understandable, accessible, and subject to public discussion and revision.” Cute way of putting it, huh?

      Yep. We get to lobby Congress and the Feds for “scarce” medical interventions, made scarcer by a command economy style of allocation. Wheee.

      This idiocy is too much. Why are we looking at a command economy style for medical treatments?

    • backyardconservative 10:50 AM on 03/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

      This is a great post. For these masters of the universe we exist to serve the state. Of course they are exempt from the rules of ordinary mortals.

      In Illinois health facilities planning boards have been stacked and bribed to make political decisions rather than medical ones. This is Obama and his Chicago gang’s envrionment.

  • backyardconservative 12:07 PM on 02/27/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    International Men of Mystery 

    One of our favorite bloggers reports:

    Opticians have reported a rise in sales of the horn-rimmed glasses in the style worn by 14 of the 26 suspects,

    But there is a more important possibility. Suddenly, all middle-aged, slightly overweight, somewhat disheveled guys will become objects of desire.

    Thank God we have someone to wipe Joe the Biden from our collective memories. Well, if only it were that easy.

     
  • backyardconservative 2:14 PM on 02/26/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Desiree Gets Dumped 

    Gives the scoop to Michelle Obama’s court reporter. Who finally gave her the shove? Was it Michelle? Or Valerie? Or perhaps the president himself.

    The people’s house shrinks by one.

     
    • fuzislippers 2:17 PM on 02/26/2010 Permalink | Reply

      No surprise there, they couldn’t keep her after those crazies got into the India state dinner.

      Holder’s going, too. Tick tock . . .

      • backyardconservative 2:27 PM on 02/26/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Let’s hope Holder gets bounced more publicly.

        • fuzislippers 2:28 PM on 02/26/2010 Permalink | Reply

          lol, no way. It’ll be a Van Jones middle of the night on a weekend thing, no doubt.

        • Yukio Ngaby 6:16 PM on 02/26/2010 Permalink | Reply

          I don’t think Holder’s getting bounced any time soon.

          If he does go, I’m curious who he’ll be replaced with. Somebody who will be just fantastic, I’m sure…

          • fuzislippers 6:24 PM on 02/26/2010 Permalink | Reply

            He’s been set up since day one as the fall guy, so he’ll be going some time, but you’re right, it may not be soon. If we’re lucky Napolitano will go first.

            And yes, it’s sure to be someone just as wonderful . . . God help us.

    • Jill 4:31 PM on 02/26/2010 Permalink | Reply

      She’d love to take Oprah’s slot.

    • backyardconservative 5:53 PM on 02/26/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I think she’s too lazy.

  • pjMom 1:36 PM on 02/26/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Obamagap 

    The difference between public opinion and how much harder the WH will work to cram Obamacare v.2 down our throats.

    Rasmussen numbers for the day:

    Obama’s “approval index” hit -20 23% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-three percent (43%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -20. For President Obama, the Approval Index has been lower only once.

    I checked the graph. It was lower the week of Christmas, not coincidentally the week the Senate voted on Obamacare v.1

    It will be interesting to watch what happens over the next few days.  Not that they care at the WH.

    More here.

     
    • fuzislippers 2:19 PM on 02/26/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Yikes, this is not good:

      “Overall, 44% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President’s performance. That matches the lowest level of total approval yet measured for this President. Fifty-five percent (55%) disapprove.” (from same link)

      But as you note, for some reason the WH doesn’t care. Wonder what they know that we don’t.

    • Carol 2:32 PM on 02/26/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Gee, all those heavy sighs and eye rolls caught on camera yesterday didn’t help the O in the polls? Who would have thunk it!

  • Carol 7:29 AM on 02/26/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    The British are confused 

    They thought Barack Obama was their friend.

     
    • backyardconservative 9:34 AM on 02/26/2010 Permalink | Reply

      The Brits should remind themselves our President Barack Obama threw the bust of Churchill back in their faces. It had been a gift to the White House.

      Supposedly Obama’s forbears were treated badly by the British. But how mature is this? Who could object to a bust of Winston Churchill? Should we not have fought against the Nazis?

      You are right Carol, he is a knee-jerk leftist ideologue.

    • richard mcenroe 11:26 AM on 02/26/2010 Permalink | Reply

      The British are so confused their new Tea Party movement has been throwing the tea back onto the ship….

    • fuzislippers 1:35 PM on 02/26/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Why on earth would the British think that BO is their friend? One of his first “diplomatic” acts as president was to return the bust of Winston Churchill that had been in the Oval Office, he was rude to Prime Minister Brown (and defended that by saying that the UK is just like all the other nations in the world and should expect to be treated as such–Hillary Clinton smoothed that over, thank God), and he’s not in the close contact with British officials that President Bush was.

      BO is doing everything he can to destroy the special relationship the U. S. has with the UK. Here’s a good post on it from the Telegraph blog section: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/personal-view/4884219/Barack-Obama-must-preserve-the-special-relationship.html And here’s a quote from someone in the administration: “The facts are, Obama hates the Brits,” said one person close to the administration. “Something to do with his grandfather in Kenya. A colonial hangover. And there is nothing you can do about it” (source: http://bit.ly/brevbd)

      This is one of the main reasons that he has to be sent packing in 2012. The British are our greatest allies, and he treats them like the enemy while cozying up with Chavez and trying to be bestest buds with Ahmadinejad.

      • pjMom 1:42 PM on 02/26/2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’m speechless after the last link, Fuzislippers.

        • fuzislippers 1:43 PM on 02/26/2010 Permalink | Reply

          For some reason the link isn’t working on my end, but I wrote a post about it all a while back: BO Myths Busted and America Rising: http://bit.ly/c0mDMP

        • fuzislippers 1:44 PM on 02/26/2010 Permalink | Reply

          And yes, he’s a real threat to our relationship with the British, and that offends me as an American.

  • backyardconservative 5:23 PM on 02/20/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Rahm Openly Splits with the Chicago Gang 

    Power play. Who will win? My post here.

    Obama always takes the path of least resistance, but this will be really tough for him.

    Perhaps the first tough decision of his presidency:)

    If Michelle has her way, Rahm goes. She and Valerie are pals bigtime.

    But Barack is a very needy guy. He may need Rahm more. Someone who has real…cojones (well, for a trained ballet dancer), as Madeleine Albright would say.

     
    • Jill 6:39 PM on 02/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Emanuel and company will be able to write some great tell-all books after this is over. But we won’t be able to believe a word they say.

    • rubyslipperblog 6:57 PM on 02/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

      It is interesting the squabbling is making it to the news. There is no discipline in the White House, none. Rahm will go before Valerie, if I were to predict though it is likely it will take a blowout in November to make that happen.

      • backyardconservative 7:14 PM on 02/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

        This latest reincarnation of the reconciliation plan Jill alerts us to is a battle royal–within the White House and without.

        • Yukio Ngaby 8:16 PM on 02/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

          Do you think the White House squabble based on the reconciliation plan? If so which side of the dispute is Rahm on and which side is Valerie?

          • backyardconservative 8:35 PM on 02/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

            Yes. I think Rahm wants to cut the losses and play small ball on healthcare, or pivot to jobs–after all he was the early architect of the Dem house takeover, recruiting so-called moderate Dems who are probably under water in the polls all around the country. Rahm has a legacy to protect too.

            And if he does leave he may help Hillary run again. Barack may want to keep him close after all.

  • Carol 2:12 PM on 02/20/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Who is Holder advocating for? 

    Over at Memeorandum a headline caught my eye:

    Holder admints that nine Obama Dept. of Justice officials worked for terorist detainees, offers no details

    Can anyone explain to me why Holder is loading up the Justice Department with lawyers who have made their careers advocating for terrorists? Seems indicative of a mindset within the administration that is out of step with the American people.

    Read the post here.

     
    • backyardconservative 3:04 PM on 02/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Eric Holder is a disgrace. But I can only think he is carrying water for Obama. Remember how he acted in such a politically expedient manner at the end of the Clinton administration when he pardoned the traitor and money-launderer for Saddam (but big Clinton contributor) Marc Rich.

      • One Ticked Chick 3:39 PM on 02/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

        The short answer; I don’t these he’s advocating for us. You’d think these guys would prefer to stay in private practice and rack up the hourly fees defending terrorists in our Federal courts. BTW, who foots the bill their defense? Us?

    • Carol 3:51 PM on 02/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Yep, we foot the bill to defend terrorists who attacked us. Warms the cockles of your heart doesn’t it? We will pay for the lawyers who defend them and they will be prosecuted by people who sympathize with them. And we will pay for the prosecutors who sympathize with them. In the end the taxpayers will pony up with their money AND with their lives. Heck of a system we’ve got going.

      • One Ticked Chick 9:23 AM on 02/21/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Why do I think they would get better representation than I could afford, if, God forbid, I was ever prosecuted for committing a crime.

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