SEN. FEINSTEIN’S HUBBY…A POINT MAN ON GORE’S TV SALE TO AL JAZEERA http://www.dianawest.net/Home/tabid/36/EntryId/2443/Sen-Feinsteins-Hubby-a-Point-Man-on-Gores-Current-TV-Sale-to-Al-Jazeera.aspx Via Drudge, a Hollywood Reporter story on a $5 million lawsuit filed by a consultant who was cut out of a share of the Current TV/Al Jazeera deal. What is even more interesting is the key role David Blum, Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s [...]
MEANWHILE BACK IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ
Waste, fraud and US-taxpayer-abuse.
The final Special Inspector General’s Iraq Report (SIGIR) is out this week. Curl up with it and find out where $60 billion taxpayer dollars went in Iraq (spoiler alert: down the drain). Boosters point to the relative success of Iraqi security forces in “keeping order” (trained at a cost of $20-plus billion) — and Petraeus and Crocker, in their introduction to the report, still burble on, old Western-serial-style, about providing “new opportunity to the citizens of the Land of the Two Rivers” — although somehow it seems relevant to note that Iraqi security forces under dictator Saddam Hussein also “kept order,” sans such costly US training.
Out of Afghanistan, the waste, fraud and abuse story is even more grotesque. Afghanistan’s Special Inspector General estimates that Americans have spent $100 billlion (and counting) on construction projects. After all, there was little to re-construct, except the Kajaki Dam, which we first built back in the 1950s. Now, USAID is pulling the plug on it.
Enough said? Not on your life.
RAND PAUL’S FILIBUSTER
Yesterday, March 6, 2013, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), embarked on a filluster to block the nomination of John Brennan to director of the CIA pending confirmation from the Obama White House that it agrees the president is bound by the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees Americans’ right to due process, and therefore will never use drones to kill American non-combatants on American soil.
To date, the White House answer is silence.
Here are Paul’s opening remarks, which began at 11:47 am, excerpted from the uncorrected transcript to be found at Paul’s official website. Paul’s dramatic, public, and instructive defense of Constitutional rights against executive overreach is the best thing to have happened to America in a long time.
http://frontpagemag.com/2013/bruce-bawer/lying-about-immigration-in-norway/ NRK has done it again. I’ve written before about Norway’s state broadcasting service, which magically converts Norwegians’ compulsory “license fees” into – as I put it last October – “outright, shameless, and (not infrequently) downright vile propaganda.” Propaganda, for example, against the critics of Islam. Propaganda, a few weeks back, about a gypsy lady [...]
http://frontpagemag.com/2013/mark-tapson/the-hollywood-left-mourns-its-great-hero-chavez/print/ Tuesday was a dark day for socialist totalitarians everywhere, including among the Hollywood elite. Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez finally succumbed to cancer, and a pair of Hollywood heavyweight supporters mourned him openly and proudly. “Today the people of the United States lost a friend it never knew it had,” declared Sean Penn, Hollywood’s most [...]
URL to article: http://frontpagemag.com/2013/arnold-ahlert/reign-of-evil-a-look-back-at-the-vicious-rule-of-hugo-chavez/ It is no accident that the death of Hugo Chavez, while mourned by the usual suspects on the left, was celebrated by thousands of his fellow countrymen. In the Doral section of Miami, FL, home to the largest enclave of Venezuelans living in America, the strongman’s demise was met with unrestrained [...]
On this week’s Glazov Gang, Morgan Brittany, Ann-Marie Murrell and Dwight Schultz gathered to discuss CPAC 2013: Expectations. The discussion occurred in Part II and focused on the politics surrounding the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference in D.C., March 14th-16th. The segment also highlighted Hagel heading to the Pentagon and MSNBC hiring Axelrod and Gibbs. Part I focused on Threatening Woodward, dealing with the thought crime of a journalist in the Obama-era. The segment also included an analysis of Texas Kids Forced to Wear Burqa, shining a spotlight on the troubling Sharia education in Texas’ public school system. To watch both parts of the two part series, see below:
http://www.nationalreview.com/blogs/print/342364 Why are liberal activists exerting themselves so fervently to attack the points made by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Antonin Scalia last week during the oral arguments in the Shelby County v. Holder case? Perhaps the justices’ critics are desperate to retain the unconstitutional preclearance provisions of the Voting Rights Act, which have [...]
We kick off our eleventh year of blogging with an interview with Monica Crowley of Fox News, who drops by today to ask — and answer — the question we’ve all been pondering since November: What the (Bleep) Just Happened…Again?
That’s also the title of the new edition of her New York Times bestseller, which is out today in paperback, with a new forward focusing on the GOP’s presidential election debacle, and thus, the consequences of four more years of Barack Obama at the helm, along with his disastrous polices both at home and abroad.
During our interview, Monica will discuss:
● How Big Government destroys individual freedom.
● How much success has Obama had in changing the character of Americans?
● Will Obama’s love of big government see a renewed interest in federalism across the land as a counterweight?
● How much tension will there be between the states — many of which have GOP governors — and DC?
● Is Obama naive when it comes to the dangers of the Middle East, or is there a deliberate plan at work?
● How the media has allowed Obama to get away with debacles such as Benghazi and Operation Fast and Furious.
● How conservative was Monica’s first boss, former president Richard Nixon?
● What would Nixon think of Obama?
● When Barack Obama departs the White House, what sort of America will he leave behind?
Transcript of our interview begins on the following page.
http://pjmedia.com/blog/the-death-of-a-despot/?print=1 In a different era, he might have been called a fascist. After all, Hugo Chávez was an anti-Semitic demagogue and chauvinistic nationalist who hated Israel, hated the United States, hated democracy, and favored state control of the economy. A onetime paratrooper and failed coup leader, Chávez aggressively militarized Venezuelan society, creating pro-government citizen brigades [...]
http://melaniephillips.com/academy-right-on-shin-bet-film Phew! Thank heavens the Israeli film The Gatekeepers failed to win an Oscar. Maybe the Almighty is a cinema-goer and also felt like throwing up when he saw it. Of course this film is going down a storm among liberal Jews, who are lapping up its confirmation by apparently unimpeachable authorities that Israel has [...]