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AP’s Correction Policy: Covering for Democrats?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 7:06 pm - April 10, 2011.
Filed under: Blogging,Media Bias,Obamania

Echoing the commentary of many conservatives, Bryan Preston calls that the president’s advice to a man concerned by high gas prices that he buy a new carindicative of this president’s arrogant and out-of-touch mindset“.

Praising Glenn Reynolds for the “great job” he did “highlighting how the AP news organization appears to be in the can for Obama by changing a news item and taking out his inane reply to a question concerning fuel prices”, Sonicfrog asks if the news organization’s ““corrections policy” consists of  “[c]overing for the political party of their choice!”  Read the whole thing!

My three most expensive shirts

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 7:06 pm - April 10, 2011.
Filed under: Random Thoughts

For the better part of this week, when it has gotten too chilly in my apartment, I have been wearing a black sweatshirt I got as a thank-you gift for volunteering at Outfest in 2005. It’s not the fanciest of clothing and is indeed not nearly as thick as most other such garments. But is the perfect weight to keep me comfortable and cozy.

I probably hadn’t worn the thing since I first received it now nearly six years ago, only finding it when cleaning out my closet.   During that cleaning process, I found the three most expensive shirts I had ever purchased — and realized they were among those I wore the least often.  Indeed, I had probably worn my new “favorite” sweatshirt more frequently that I had worn those three shirts combined.

Just fun to note the total absence of correlation because the cost of an item and the frequency of its use. (more…)

“Mission Meander” in Libya:
What happens when you go in without a plan

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:27 pm - April 10, 2011.
Filed under: Obama Arrogance,War On Terror

Many  – on both sides of the political aisle — faulted then-President George W. Bush and his administration for failing to anticipate the “insurgency” which followed our speedy liberation of Iraq in 2003.  The same criticisms could be leveled against the incumbent and his team for failing to anticipate the difficulty of ousting Libya’s Moammar Gaddafi.  On Friday, blogger   asked if we were losing in Libya:

Scarcely three weeks after the U.S. military launched Operation Odyssey Dawn, the war in Libya is beginning to look like President Obama’s worst failure to date. While official Washington and the political press have been focused on budget negotiations and the prospect of a federal government shutdown, a foreign-policy disaster has been slowly unfolding in the deserts of the North African nation that Col. Moammar Gaddafi has ruled for more than four decades.

Read the whole thing.

Offering criticisms similar to those this other McCain delineates, George Will wonders at the administration’s “mission meander” in North Africa, “At about this point in foreign policy misadventures, the usual question is: What is Plan B? Today’s question is: What was Plan A?”

It seems almost as  if the president believed he didn’t need a plan, but could lead by his presence alone.

Is Obama Finally Getting the Magnitude of Our Debt?

“The president,” White House senior adviser David Plouffe said today n NBC’s Meet the Press, “will be laying out his approach to long-term deficit reduction later this week“.   It’s about time.  Whereas he released a budget earlier this year forecasting a deficit well over one-and-one-half trillion dollars, House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan released a budget last week which made the tough choices the Democrat dodged, a budget that many of Mr. Obama’s political allies have derided and demogogued.

Yet, as Jennifer Rubin notes, the mere “fact that the president is now racing to catch up with the spending cutters and that the right is more united than ever tells you how large the impact of the 2010 midterms is.”  Perhaps, the concern, articulated through Tea Party protests, has finally reached the ears of the administration.  Last month, I asked if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was even aware of the magnitude of the federal debt. Today, one of the president’s top political advisors promises a deficit reduction plan “later this week.”

Until we see the plan, we won’t know if the president gets the real magnitude of our nation’s fiscal crisis.  Will he eschew the idea of federal spending as a necessary economic “stimulus”?  As Mark Steyn puts it:

What’s about to hit America is not a “shock.” It’s not an earthquake, it’s not a tsunami, it’s what Paul Ryan calls “the most predictable crisis in the history of our country.” It has one cause: spending. The spending of the class that laughs at the class that drives to work to maintain President Obama, Senator Reid, Senator Baucus, Senator Harkin, and Minority Leader Pelosi’s “communications director” in their comforts and complacency.

The Democrats’ solution to the problem is to deny there is one. Unsustainable binge spending is, as the computer wallahs say, not a bug but a feature: We’ll stimulate the economy with a stimulus grant for a Stimulus Grant-Writing Community Outreach Permit Coordinator regulated by the Federal Department of Community-Organizer Grant Applications. What’s to worry about?

Those liberals “disheartened” by the recent deal are living in denial.  They seem to believe that the solution to every problem is increased federal spending. (more…)

Who will call Bill Maher out for his jibes against Jews & Muslims?

Glenn Reynolds linked something this morning, to which some of our blog readers had also alerted me, but something struck me today when I actually watched the transcript.  Take a gander at who laughs when Bill Maher makes a statement which would have earned him opprobrium if he were conservative:

The Blogprof who posted the video quips, Maher “will not get called out on his anti-Semitism“.  I mean, well, a Muslim Congressman didn’t castigate him when the one-time funny man called the lawmaker’s sacred text a “hate-filled holy book.

Boehner Makes Spending Cuts Focus of Budget Deal

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 4:42 am - April 10, 2011.
Filed under: 112th Congress,Big Government Follies

Most mainstream conservatives, including many Tea Party leaders are, as Jonathan Weisman and Jennifer Levitz of the Wall Street Journal put it when writing about the latter group “generally giving House Speaker John Boehner high marks for his leadership in the spending showdown, even though the agreement eventually reached Friday night fell short of the cuts the tea party once demanded.

Given the circumstances, leading only one-half of one-third of the federal government, Boehner accomplished a good deal. No, the cuts weren’t deep enough, but this wasn’t yet the big battle, just a skirmish in anticipation of a bigger fight to come. As John Hinderaker put it:

The fight over FY 2011 spending was really an afterthought, driven by the fact that the Democrats never got around to passing a budget last year. The real battles will come this summer, first over legislation to raise the debt ceiling, which can’t be avoided; then, perhaps, over the FY 2012 budget, although the Democrats might try to dodge that fight by, once again, refusing to adopt a budget at all.

And while we conservatives wish we had seen bigger cuts, this budget deal, in the words of Politico, “leaves liberals disheartened“. They feel the cuts are too great and believe that we shouldn’t cut spending while the economy remains “fragile.”

If they’re angry, they should point the finger at their own party, not just its leaders who agreed to the deal this week, but its legislators who failed to pass a budget last year. Perhaps, they’re upset because the deal — and the negotiations leading up to it show just how much the debate as changed. As John Bresnahan and Jake Sherman write in Politico:

In a larger sense, Boehner has achieved more than just a short-term budget victory — in his first three months as speaker, he’s helped turn the entire Washington dialogue into a debate about the size and scope of government. (more…)

A thought on the Secretary of State

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 4:01 am - April 10, 2011.
Filed under: National Politics,Random Thoughts

Three years ago, Hillary Clinton was one of the most polarizing figures in the United States.  Today, she is perhaps the least polarizing prominent figure in the Obama Administration.

No wonder the president says it’s time for a new car

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:01 am - April 10, 2011.
Filed under: LA Stories,Photoblogging