EDITOR OF REDSTATE
Morning Briefing for May 7, 2010
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Good morning from Charlotte, NC.
I’ll be honest with you. I’m sleeping in this morning. It is 1:30 a.m. I’ve just driven 7 hours to Charlotte with my wife, my 4 year old, and my 1 year old in what should have been a 4 hour 45 minute trip. I’m putting this together before I sleep and I will not get up tomorrow . . . um . . . later today until I feel like it. Note to Steve Jobs: the iPad and the ability of 4 year olds to figure it out quickly and go from movie to movie and game to game makes road trips so much more pleasurable.
Now, a few things before the headlines. Someone said to me today it sure seemed like there have been a lot more terrorist attempts inside our borders since Obama became President. Personally, it reminds me of the scene in Jurassic Park where the velociraptors kept probing the electric fence looking for weakness. A national security policy premised on luck will one day get snake eyes.
Also, I think Britain is going to have a hung Parliament. Queen Elizabeth II is going to become the most powerful person in Britain as her ministers jockey for position. Conservatives are going to have more seats in Parliament than the other parties, but not a majority of the total seats. Who cares though. After all, Barack Obama doesn’t think there is any sort of special relationship with Britain — no doubt more so with conservatives in control.
Lastly, Comedy Central is going to have a cartoon about Jesus. Let’s get this straight — Hollywood refuses to make fun of Mohammed who was, at best, a prophet, but is perfectly happy mocking the Savior of mankind. Heck, Comedy Central just recently censored all references to Mohammed in a South Park episode, so muslims would not be offended. Good thing Christians don’t blow themselves up and fly 767′s into skyscrapers or Hollywood would be toast. Chickens.
Now, here are the headlines and I’m going to bed.
For those of you who think this administration really is malicious — okay, when it comes to free markets, capitalism, and the greatest of the country I’m with you — we have greater examples that the President and his advisors really are just amateurish.
The Times Square Bomber apparently didn’t pay too close attention at suicide bomber school while in Pakistan, as his attempt to detonate his SUV appears to have been somewhat “amateurish.” Likewise, the Christmas day pantybomber similarly seems to have missed out on some training. But eventually, one of these terrorists is going to blow something up and a lot of Americans are going to die. Why? Because the Obama administration has no strategy for combating the terrorist threat.
Senator Coburn asked a very simple question to the Chairman of Goldman Sachs, Lloyd Blankfein.
What happened next is comedy gold.
The simple question was, “Have you personally spoken to anyone at Treasury about the regulatory reform effort?”
The response? Makes you wonder what Goldman Sachs is hiding.
Last year, the Senate voted to give $108 billion of your tax dollars to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The IMF is now pledging to “loan” $39 billion as part of a $145 billion bailout package to Greece. This is all happening as the Senate debates and amends the S.3217 the “Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010,” in an effort to protect the economy from a repeat of the economic meltdown of 2008. As the President and Congress pledge to protect taxpayers from bailing out Wall Street firms, U.S. taxpayer monies are being used to bailout the terrible fiscal decisions of Greece.
President Obama is preparing to nominate his second Justice to fill one of only nine seats on the United States Supreme Court, following the recent retirement of Justice Stevens.
Fortunately, Presidents are not kings.Our Constitution puts a check on their power to fill the Court with any judge they want.The United States Senate holds that power to check.
Unfortunately, that constitutional check – the “advice and consent” of the U.S. Senate under Article II, Section 2 of the United States Constitution – means little when Senators fail in their duty to examine nominees independently and rigorously.
In the four months since Chris Christie was sworn in as the 55th Governor of the state of New Jersey, he’s earned himself a few nicknames and prayers for his death. “Governor Krispy Kreme” or Governor Bully by his Leftist detractors on most NJ websites where they congregate. A liberal Newark Star-Ledger columnist prefers the double-entendre of Governor Wrecking Ball. Admirers, including George Will, have appropriated the name of a local minor league team for the Governor – the Trenton Thunder.