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Do You Feel Safer Than You Did A Year Ago?

I think it was John (AverageGayJoe) who asked that question in the comments a few days ago.  The Hill took that question to a variety of political pundit-types.

I agree with Tom Fitton from Judicial Watch:

The Obama administration’s anti-terrorism policies have made the United States less safe.

Obama’s decision to end the use of the enhanced interrogation techniques prevents us from gaining intelligence that can save lives and prevent terrorist attacks (like the recent attempt to blow up the Detroit-bound airliner).

Obama’s decision to prosecute 9/11 terrorists in civilian court is a public relations victory for Al Qaeda that will lead, among other deadly dangers, to the release of intelligence data that will help terrorists.

Obama’s decision to prosecute the recent airline bomber Abdulmutallab in the civilian system prevents our defense and intelligence agencies from gaining access to timely information that might prevent future terrorist attacks.  And it will encourage more terrorism by suggesting leniency can be had by terrorists in plea bargain negotiations with civilian prosecuters.

Obama’s decision to close Gitmo will result in terrorists being brought to the United States, with all the attendant risks to the homeland – which include the outright release of terrorists in the United States.

Obama’s decision to release terrorists from Gitmo and elsewhere will lead to more terrorism from recidivist terrorists. [GP Ed. Note — Released Gitmo terrorists (under Bush) already have returned to the battlefield.]

But the real question is…. what do you think?  What do your neighbors think?  What do the majority of Americans think?  Is America Less Safe Under Obama?

I’d like to see Gallup ask that question.  The best part of this whole conversation is that Dick Cheney began the discussion with that very point.  Hooah.

UPDATE: A related thought from Marc Thiessen at National Review:

Thanks to Obama, the terrorists know they have nothing to fear — and thus have no incentive to talk. And even if they did face some enhanced techniques, the techniques would no longer work — because the terrorist would know from the memos that there are limits to what they would face. The effect of the techniques is psychological, not physical. They trick the terrorists into thinking what they are enduring is worse than it really is.

It’s like the show Magic’s Biggest Secrets Revealed — once you know how the magician saws the woman in half, you’re not fooled. The same goes for enhanced interrogation.

Obama’s policies themselves are making our nation less safe.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Venturing into Videopodcasting!

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 9:13 pm - January 4, 2010.
Filed under: Videoblogging

Yeah, very lame.  But it is a start!  We will soon be doing some shows on UStreamTV.  More details to follow.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Some Declines You Just Can’t Hide

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 11:27 am - January 4, 2010.
Filed under: Climate Change (Global Warming)

US in Grips of Long-Lasting Cold Spell:

Dangerously cold weather had much of the United States in its grip early Monday morning, with no relief in sight for the rest of the week.

Long-lasting? Is this part of some kind of trend? Have we seen the end of the Post-Industrial Warming Period and are due for some akin to the decline in temperatures seen in the late Medieval/early Renaissance period?

FROM THE COMMENTS:  Heliotrope alerts us to these links on Drudge:

Temps Plunge to Record as Cold Snap Freezes North, East States…
CHILL MAP…
Vermont sets ‘all-time record for one snowstorm’…
Iowa temps ‘a solid 30 degrees below normal’…
Peru’s mountain people ‘face extinction because of cold conditions’…
Beijing — coldest in 40 years…
World copes with Arctic weather…

Hmmm. . . . record cold all over the place.  Lots and lots of temperature declines to hide.

So, where is Al Gore now?   Vermont?  Iowa?  Peru?  He does seem to visit those places experiencing cold and storms.  So, so, many places to choose from.

UPDATE from Bruce (GayPatriot):  Here is a great (and related) column from Neil Frank, the former director of the National Hurricane Center with his take on “Climategate” (h/t – Instapundit)

The revelation of “Climate­gate” occurs at a time when the accuracy of the climate models is being seriously questioned. Over the last decade Earth’s temperature has not warmed, yet every model (there are many) predicted a significant increase in global temperatures for that time period. If the climate models cannot get it right for the past 10 years, why should we trust them for the next century?

Climategate reveals how predetermined political agendas shaped science rather than the other way around. It is high time to question the true agenda of the scientists now on the hot seat and to bring skeptics back into the public debate.

A Manifesto of Freedom

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 10:48 am - January 4, 2010.
Filed under: Conservative Ideas,Freedom

In a great short post on the contradictions of being Republican, Scott Ott offers a superb, succinct conservative manifesto:

We don’t need more politicians who want to help people through government programs. We need folks who want to become guardians of freedom by reducing the oppressive, confiscatory power of government.

And when we’re more free, we can better help those in our communities in need of assistance.  A less confiscatory government means we have more resources to devote to private organizations which help the less fortunate.  Fewer regulations give private enterprises greater opportunities to innovate and expand, increasing efficiencies and creating jobs.

Oh, and about those contradictions:

We’re working to elect politicians, but we believe the ultimate answers don’t lie in government, but rather in private-sector liberty, industry and the resulting dignity…and often prosperity.

Read the whole thing, print it out, post in in a prominent place.

Oh, yeah, about that other supposed contradiction.  When self-righteous liberals accuse our gay conservative readers of being a contradiction in terms, we can readily cite this “manifesto” because it defines the essence of our movement (conservative) in terms of that great idea which has animated American patriots for over two centuries:  freedom.  

The freedom to live our lives as we choose applies to gay people just as it applies to Christians.  And anyone else for that matter.

(H/t:  Mark Tapscott.)

Willie Brown: Employee Costs at Heart of Golden State’s Woes

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 9:31 am - January 4, 2010.
Filed under: California politics

The incoming Speaker of the California Assembly could learn something from one of his most illustrious predecessors.  Willie Brown, the former longtime Speaker (1980-1995), contends that politicians helped create the state’s current problems by increasing employee costs.

The deal used to be that civil servants were paid less than private sector workers in exchange for an understanding that they had job security for life.

But we politicians, pushed by our friends in labor, gradually expanded pay and benefits to private-sector levels while keeping the job protections and layering on incredibly generous retirement packages that pay ex-workers almost as much as current workers.

Talking about this is politically unpopular and potentially even career suicide for most officeholders. But at some point, someone is going to have to get honest about the fact that 80 percent of the state, county and city budget deficits are due to employee costs.

Sounds like someone needs to stand up to the public employee unions. 

Somehow, I don’t think this will stop California Democrats and their cheerleaders in the MSM from blaming the state’s budget woes on Prop 13.

(H/t Instapundit.)