Potpourri

Who said the Cold War was over? Russians unveil new fighter jet.

This scares me: William Jacobson over at Legal Insurrection on the liberal angst regarding the Supreme Court decision a few weeks ago on the First Amendment (Citizens United).  And this from NRO via Pundette:

“Our argument in the case wasn’t complicated,” says Bossie. “It was about freedom, and it ended up hinging on a very simple question: If the FEC is comfortable banning political films, like Citizens United’s Hillary: The Movie, around election time, would it also be fine with banning political books financed by corporations? The Justice Department’s attorney answered yes, the government did have the power to prohibit the publication of a book. When they admitted that, everything changed.”

“I think that answer sent a chill through the Court,” says Bossie. “It was that moment that was a catalyst for us, and gave us the opportunity to win on much bigger constitutional grounds than we anticipated. It became apparent that the government believed that they could ban anything: movies, books, pamphlets, the Kindle, you name it. It was a shocking revelation.”

Read the rest.  It rather simply decimates the President’s claim that “foreign corporations” would now be able to contribute to political campaigns (that’s covered by a separate part of election law).

 In other news, the only non-government owned car company posted its first profit since 2005 this week.  Reminds me of this from Mike Rowe.  I don’t think it’s any accident that the only company posting a profit is the only company that didn’t take a bailout.

AJ Strata has worthy read up, “The End Of The Global Warming Madness.”  Highlights:

I want to lead this post off with a reminder of two key events on the global warming front that occurred in the last 6 months. First were results from a Japanese space mission to measure Green House Gasses (GHGs), which showed America has an extremely low ‘carbon footprint’ compared to the rest of the world. We actually DO NOT produce  very much of the world’s GHGs at all, coming in last among modern and near modern regions with large populations.

Second was the publication of emails from NASA GISS, which openly admit (to the brain dead press no less) there is NO SIGN of global warming in the United States of America. None. The best these alarmists can claim is it should show up in 20-40 years! It is not here now, that much they can say – scientifically.

RTR.

Always a party when it’s not your purse

Pundette detailed the excess of the congressional junket to Copenhagen last month on our dime.

What would you pay for two days in Copenhagen?

Or more accurately, what did you pay?

In a follow up to her initial report, Sharyl Attkisson of CBS does more real reporting on our governing class, for whom nothing is too good as long as the taxpayers are so generously picking up the tab.

The tab comes out to $1.1 million, by the way. And we don’t even get a thank you card.

A new wrinkle for Pelosi’s botox tech to iron out: taxpayers shell out over 100k for Pelosi’s in-flight food and booze.

Is it just me, or should she get peanuts and a Coke like the rest of us?  If she wants first-class, she should pay out of her own millionaire pocket to get it.  If I pay, the woman gets peanuts.

A Caveat for College Ball

I admit to hearing PJ Husband declare the BCS system “idiotic” over the years. 

But does it truly require Presidential intervention?

College football is big business. 

As such, be forewarned: tread with caution while dealing with the President and his merry camp of Marxist minions. 

You never know what you’ll end up “conceding:” the right to structure ticket sales prices, the right to pay coaches what they’re worth, the right to give scholarships to worthy athletes regardless of skin color or socioeconomic status, etc.  I could go on. 

Put nothing past this man.

This just in: news of Climategate slow to reach caves

Laughter always perks me up more than coffee.

Drudge headline this morning: Bin Laden blasts US for climate change.

Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden has called in a new audiotape for the world to boycott American goods and the U.S. dollar, blaming the United States and other industrialized countries for global warming.

In the tape, aired in part on Al-Jazeera television Friday, bin Laden warns of the dangers of climate change and says that the way to stop it is to bring “the wheels of the American economy” to a halt.

Funny: Osama bin Laden understands better than liberals (let on) that the sole reason for AGW BS is to destroy the US economy.  So we can all live in caves, too, apparently. 

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Also in the global-warming-is-a-sham category this week: a “scientist” admits the data sets were false but that it was used to “encourage” governments into “concrete action.”

The scientist behind the bogus claim in a Nobel Prize-winning UN report that Himalayan glaciers will have melted by 2035 last night admitted it was included purely to put political pressure on world leaders.

Dr Murari Lal also said he was well aware the statement, in the 2007 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), did not rest on peer-reviewed scientific research.

In an interview with The Mail on Sunday, Dr Lal, the co-ordinating lead author of the report’s chapter on Asia, said: ‘It related to several countries in this region and their water sources. We thought that if we can highlight it, it will impact policy-makers and politicians and encourage them to take some concrete action.

‘It had importance for the region, so we thought we should put it in.’

More on the Himalayan glacial farce here

Brings new meaning to the term SHAM-WOW, doesn’t it?

UPDATE: Linked from Pundette. (Thanks!) (And a Recommended Read!)

“Well, I said it ‘with all due respect'”

ROTFL.

PJ Husband on Obama’s “With all due deference to the separation of powers” moment last night:

Cleaning leads to clarity (You should try it sometime, Mr. Brooks)

There’s only so much all-Obama-all-the-time I can take when the reality of three more years of the same ahead smacks me in the face.   It did this morning.  

Facebook stoked my anger rather than a providing a diversion: too many “I ♥ Obama and listening to him makes me swoon” comments gave rise to nausea.  So I busied myself this morning cleaning out of necessity to provide focus, and well, to be honest, distraction.

(And who knew vinegar and water can really clean everything–my wood floors sparkle as do all the windows and mirrors.  Oh wait, my mother knew vinegar cleans everything.  Well.  Cheaply. Chalk another one up to I-should-have-listened.  Thanks, Mom.)

While wiping thousands of tiny toddler handprints from every glass surface, I finally saw the silver lining in Obama’s SOTU.  Something that inspired–dare I say it, hope–that the next three years wouldn’t be as disastrous as I fear.  If we survived Carter, we will survive Obama.  And all the more so because of Obama’s one and only job skill: community organizing. 

He’s all rhetoric (and not even good rhetoric last night).  Petulant.  Whiny. All Obama knows how to do is pit people against one another, “agitate” for change, demand others make sacrifices–but he’s incapable of any real or honest leadership.  And this, in the end, will serve us well because the  “transformative change” he had hoped to engender will end up dustbin as the Democrats in the Senate and House tear each other apart. 

Lefties prayed (if that’s possible) in the run-up before the SOTU that Obama would provide a roadmap for how-to-accomplish-everything.  But he didn’t.  And he won’t. 

Ah, vindication: Rush just said of Obama,

He’s just turned the House against the Senate and the Senate against the House.  This is all he knows how to do.

And for that, I am thankful.

Don’t get me wrong: it pains me that we have to endure three more years of this bullying from a President.  (Read it all.  An excellent compendium of commentary from Pundette.)

But after few hours of elbow grease and a half hour of Rush, it all seems manageable with a little more cleaning. 

My wood floors sparkle.

“With all due deference to separation of powers?”

Pardon me, King Obama.  Rock on, Justice Alito. 

In case you couldn’t stomach too much of tonight’s SOTU, (or in case you imbibed a little too much watching), here’s my highlight of the evening.  Justice Alito shaking his head, mouthing “not true,” to the defamations Obama made concerning the SCOTUS ruling last week

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Better video here at HotAir, but I can’t embed it.  With all due deference to separation of powers.  Hellsbells, ya’ll, I’m surprised he didn’t burn the Constitution in front of us. 

I don’t quit.”

Oh, how I wish you would.

UPDATE: 0919.  Law Prof Randy Barnett of Georgetown on the President’s comments:

In the history of the State of the Union has any President ever called out the Supreme Court by name, and egged on the Congress to jeer a Supreme Court decision, while the Justices were seated politely before him surrounded by hundreds Congressmen? To call upon the Congress to countermand (somehow) by statute a constitutional decision, indeed a decision applying the First Amendment? What can this possibly accomplish besides alienating Justice Kennedy who wrote the opinion being attacked. Contrary to what we heard during the last administration, the Court may certainly be the object of presidential criticism without posing any threat to its independence. But this was a truly shocking lack of decorum and disrespect towards the Supreme Court for which an apology is in order. A new tone indeed.

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