EDITOR OF REDSTATE
Morning Briefing for April 7, 2010
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I have asked the question before.
I asked it again.
How many Americans are going to die because of the Obama administration’s incompetent handling of our national security?
Contrary to the Washington Post’s headline this morning, Obama’s new nuclear policy strategy is no “middle way,” it is capitulation and waving a white flag for our enemies, putting him not in the middle of the past five American Presidents, but to their left — this puts Barack Obama to the left of not just George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, but to the left of Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter too.
The White House is announcing that should the United States be struck by weaponized small pox killing hundreds of thousands if not millions of people, the United States will not reciprocate with nuclear weapons — well, maybe, but probably not. They are hedging against it, but you know, they say they’ll reassess the facts on a case by case basis. Sigh.
In fact, the White House pretty much does not want to use nuclear weapons as a deterrent threat at all.
Signaling to our enemies that we will not punch back as hard as we can will just embolden them. Even if the President intended this, he should not advertise it to the world. It is one thing to have a wimp in office. It is another thing to admit it.
Doesn’t this new nuke policy, which puts Obama even to the left of Carter, just mean every regime out there is going to be rushing out to weaponize small pox?
After all, if they can take out a million of us with a bug or chemical instead of investing all the time, talent, and treasure into a nuclear weapons infrastructure *AND* they won’t in turn get nuked if they just use small pox, why the hell not?
This is truly a debt relief program for third world rogue nations. We save them money on uranium and they can plow it into castor oil plants.
Recall if you will Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s campaign. His twenty year old college thesis, the left would have us believe, should have disqualified McDonnell from ever being elected governor because of his advocacy of traditional family and lifestyles.
Consider a host of people on the right who through various indiscretions, dumb acts, etc. the left would make sure we never move beyond, never forgive, never forget, and never allow redemption.
Now consider Tim Russo. He is running for political office in Cleveland, OH. Nine years ago “in November 2001 he solicited sex from an FBI agent posing online as a minor “.
Of course you and I know exactly how the left responds. No, Bob McDonnell, because of what he wrote, should never have been elected Governor of Virginia. But Russo and his predilection for underage sex? According to Howie Klein at the Huffington Post, “Local media want him to pay for that for the rest of his life.” Poor him.
Russo, you see, is the victim. He is trying to move and get over the “dumb things” he did. I know first hand the need for Christian forgiveness and giving people second chances. I’ve experienced that in my life with dumb things I’ve done.
But elected office? Hey, no worries the Huffington Post tells us . . . .
If you search the entire article, one word is left out — one crucial, vital, relevant word. Can you guess what it is?
The DC Circuit Court of Appeals slapped the FCC today by ruling in Comcast v. FCC that the regulatory body overstepped its legal bounds when it tried to regulate Internet management practices. This precludes Net Neutrality regulation, which is at heart regulation of how ISPs manage their networks.
Judge David Tatel, Clinton appointed successor of now-Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, wrote for the court that since even the FCC acknowledged it had no “express statutory authority” to go after Comcast for regulating use of Bittorrent on its network, the Commission had to show that the regulation was “reasonably ancillary” to the authority it does have. The FCC did not, and so the FCC’s order to Comcast has been thrown out.
I’m no lawyer, but having lost decisively at the DC Circuit Court of Appeals seems to set a dangerous precedent for the FCC’s future ability to regulate ISPs. That is why the FCC has a plan: reclassify (or deem) ISPs to be something different under the law (make them a Title II service under the Communications Act, which former Chairman Michael Powell says they never, ever have been), and then reassert (or pass) this authority regardless of what the court said.
We’ve got to raise the alarm and pressure the FCC against this deem and pass tactic.
Tim Bridgewater this morning is admitting he supported No Child Left Behind, a piece of legislation that even Bob Bennett would not support.
Bridgewater, in a press release, noted, “No Child Left Behind created unintended consequences at the state level. As soon as I saw these consequences I began fighting against the program. . .”
Friends, those consequences were not unintended — they were known well before No Child Left Behind passed. Bridgewater is having to now run from his record. And even if they were unknown, a conservative gut level instinct would have intrinsically known the overreaching hand of the federal government would screw things up.