[T]he Obama administration has argued that warrantless tracking is permitted because Americans enjoy no “reasonable expectation of privacy” in their–or at least their cell phones’–whereabouts. U.S. Department of Justice lawyers say that “a customer’s Fourth Amendment rights are not violated when the phone company reveals to the government its own records” that show where a mobile device placed and received calls. Those claims have alarmed the ACLU and other civil liberties groups, which have opposed the Justice Department’s request and plan to tell the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia that Americans’ privacy deserves more protection and judicial oversight than what the administration has proposed.
What fools the liberals are to have thought Obama was anything more than a smooth talking statist.
“He says ‘I’m for clean coal,’ and then he says it in his speeches, but he doesn’t say it in here,” said Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia. “And he doesn’t say it in the minds of my own people. And he’s beginning to not be believable to me.”
Today marks the 201st anniversary of the birth of the greatest Republican president in American history. While George Washington’s leadership ensured that our nation survived its birth pangs, Lincoln held it together when it faced its most difficult crisis since its inception. As James M. McPherson wrote in Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief: “Not only Lincoln’s success or failure as president but also the very survival of the United States depended on how he performed his duties as commander in chief.”
It is impossible in the short space of a blog post to detail Lincoln’s many accomplishments. And while that great men delivered a number of memorable speeches and offered numerous clever quips, he was also a great decision maker and story-teller. It seems a lot of great Americans had that in common. Benjamin Franklin and Ronald Reagan also loved to spin a yarn to entertain their audiences or to illustrate a point.
Let us today remember this man for his cool head during our nation’s most challenging crisis. He acted slowly, deliberately, guided by a set of principles rooted in Scripture and the American tradition. He performed masterfully a commander in chief.
May he always serve as an inspiration to all of us–and our nation.
A new study found that homosexual men may be predisposed to nurture their nieces and nephews as a way of helping to ensure their own genes get passed down to the next generation.
Weird that she should send this on the day before I set to spend a day with an “adoptive” niece at Disneyland. Will make the day more enjoyable knowing that I’m only doing what comes naturally. (Memo to self: stop at ATM to get extra cash to make sure ice cream fund is fully replenished.)
Evolutionary psychologist Paul Vasey of the University of Lethbridge in Canada studied “group of men called fa’afafine on the Pacific island of Samoa.” The fa’afafine are exclusively attracted to men:
The researchers surveyed about 300 fa’afafine, and found that they were significantly more likely to be altruistic toward their nieces and nephews than either single men or women, or mothers or fathers. The scientists call this behavior avuncular, or uncle-like.
Yeah, that sounds right.
And I just thought I was a nice guy. Turns out it’s just my inherent avuncular abilities.
This is going to make Disneyland a whole lot more fun today, knowing my altruism is instinctual.
While one politician in New Jersey may be getting the message, politicians in Washington remain clueless about the fiscal mess they face. Or what they need do to increase the number of jobs in this great country. A bipartisan groups of Senators has proposed a jobs bill that shows little understanding of the private sector. (If that’s what bipartisanship is, I don’t want any.)
The Baucus-Grassley extends payroll tax exemptions to employers hiring someone who has been unemployed for more than 60 days while granting at $1,000 tax credit for new hires who stay on the job for 52 weeks.
If the Congress would simply order water deliveries in California’s Central Valley or rewrite the absurd Consumer Protection Safety Improvement Act of 2008 or any of a dozen other common sense measures to increase economic activity, the jobs outlook would be much better off than with this election year posturing.
New Jersey’s Governor is doing to his state budget what the president should be doing to the federal government: freezing spending. And unlike the Democrat’s proposed freeze, the Republican is not waiting until he has increased funding to various pet programs he’s trimming spending right away:
Calling New Jersey’s budget a “shambles,” Gov. Chris Christie announced Thursday he is immediately freezing all state spending.
Saying New Jersey is on the verge of bankruptcy, Christie declared a fiscal emergency, announcing drastic cuts. Among them, aid to school districts that have excess surpluses.
“Today we are going to act swiftly to fix problems too long ignored. Today I begin to do what I promised the people of New Jersey I would do,” Christie said.
Wonder if Christie is blaming his big-spending predecessor for the fiscal mess he inherited. We’re hearing squeals of protest from the typical suspects. Democrats and liberal special interest groups are outraged, but taxpayer groups are pleased. It sounds like the Governor has only just begun; he plans to revisit union contracts for the state’s public transportation system. Let’s hope those are they only union contracts he’s looking into.
This freshman Governor is showing the way Republicans need to act if they want to restore the faith of the American people and return to sound fiscal policies, but they need also brace themselves for attacks in the media and from special interests. Doing the right thing won’t endear you to everyone, least of all those used to sucking a the government teat.