On the heels of the devastating news that the NY Times might be sold for $3 and a bottle of Ripple as early as May, comes this terrible announcement: Hearst Corp. put Seattle’s oldest newspaper, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, up for sale on Friday and said that if it can’t find a buyer in the next 60 days the paper would likely close or continue to | Read More »
No On Eric Holder
I’ve said earlier that I think a president, any president, is entitled to his own team. The exception to that would be cases where the individual has taken actions which conclusively demonstrates that he so lacks in character, judgment, or temperament that he should be disqualified. Eric Holder, former Deputy Attorney General under Bill Clinton, will begin confirmation hearings on or about January 15 to | Read More »
A Quarterback or a Halfwit?
[Former EPA Administrator Carol] Browner, for example, in promoting Obama’s “green” agenda, will attempt to exert authority across half a dozen federal departments and agencies, including Energy, Interior, Defense and the Environmental Protection Agency. In announcing her appointment, Obama promised a new level of “coordination across the government, and my personal engagement as president” on energy and climate policy. He said Browner will have the | Read More »
Thoughts on Panetta at CIA
Let me say up front that I don’t have a problem with Barack Obama’s nomination of long time Clinton loyalist and former California congressman Leon Panetta to head the Central Intelligence Agency. The two biggest dings against Panetta are that 1) Dianne Feinstein and Jay Rockefeller have their panties knotted over their not being consulted and 2) Panetta is not an intelligence professional. I think | Read More »
Schtupped. And a Christmas Eve Open Thread.
We were discussing off line this interesting bit of information provided by The Gawker. As unfortunate as it may be, it seems that the only place you can turn to to find information critical of the left is the tabloids as the John Edwards episode proved. It seems that Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, or how ever she is styling herself this week, has been carrying on | Read More »
We Should Have Known
[Wade Rowland] Sanders was chosen by fellow Swift boat veteran John Kerry to introduce him at the 2004 Democratic Convention, when the senator accepted the presidential nomination. He briefly entered the 2000 congressional race in a San Diego district, but withdrew citing lack of funding. He ran as a Democrat. Sanders served as the senior adviser to California Lt. Gov. John Garamendi for Veterans and | Read More »
Obama SEC Nominee Is Untouched By Scandal
sorta Mary Schapiro, Barack Obama’s choice to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), previously appointed one of Bernard Madoff’s sons to a regulatory body that oversees American securities firms. It has emerged that in 2001, Ms Schapiro, currently chief executive of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (Finra), employed Mark Madoff to serve on the board of the National Adjudicatory Council — the division that | Read More »
Obama Addresses Blagojevich Scandal
“Do you have another question?” Well, guess that clears up this mess. Nothing going on here. I am just surprised that this know-nothing report wasn’t the recipient of a Smiting From Heaven for having the temerity to expect a (if not THE) deity to answer a question. However, the reporter continued, trying to get Obama to remedy a seeming conflict between Obama’s “hands-off” approach dealing | Read More »
Charter Schools Succeed in DC
From the lead story on the front page of the Washington Post: Students in the District’s charter schools have opened a solid academic lead over those in its traditional public schools, adding momentum to a movement that is recasting public education in the city. The gains show up on national standardized tests and the city’s own tests in reading and math, according to an analysis | Read More »
Don’t know much about history…
To paraphrase Homer Simpson, “Academics. Is there anything they don’t know?” Apparently math, logic, and history would fall into that category if the op-ed by Danielle Allen, the UPS Foundation [ed note: huh? wtf?] professor of social science at the improbably named Institute for Advanced Study is any indication. Allen’s article is a barely regurgitated potpourri of misused of data, conflating anecdote with data, and | Read More »
A challenge to General Shinseki
I wrote earlier on the nomination of retired General Eric shinseki to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs, however in today’s Washington Post, former Defense Department spokesperson Lawrence Di Rita does the best job I’ve seen thus far of deflating the Shinseki mythos. Like so much else we’ve seen with this Administration in the area of communications, this comes about 6 years too late to be | Read More »
Where do we get such men?
I’d like to take a few minutes out from the strum und drang of our approaching financial Apocalypse and the Daley-Emanuel (Rahm, not Jeff)-Blagojevich-Obama Axis and focus on my favorite subject: the American Soldier. Yesterday the Washington Post reported on ten US Army Green Berets receiving the Silver Star following a small unit action in an extremely remote section of Afghanistan. Please take the time | Read More »
Shinseki To Be Secretary of Veterans Affairs
The wire services are reporting that former Army Chief of Staff, retired General Eric Shinseki will be nominated to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs in the new Obama administration. I’m not a big fan of Shinseki for a number of reasons. The signature events of his tenure as Army Chief of Staff was carrying out a direct attack on the Ranger Regiment by mandating that | Read More »
Gates to stay as SecDef
ABC Radio News reports Bob Gates has agreed to remain as SecDef for a minimum of one year. Hope and Change is looking suspiciously like the Clinton Administration and some Bush holdovers.
From CNN: Obama on Monday declined to speculate about how large the stimulus package would need to be, saying it’s important for his economic team to come back with a recommendation. “We have to make sure that the stimulus is significant enough that it really gives a jolt to the economy,” he said. “We are going to do what’s required to jolt this economy back | Read More »
Eric Holder is the new AG
Because nothing says Change like a Clinton Administration hack. Besides now we get to find out how Marc Rich got his pardon.
Let It Die
The overwhelming odds are that GM is dead. It suffers from a fatal combination of aging infrastructure, unimaginative management, oppressive union contracts, unsupportable health care costs, and now an emerging recession which has shaken consumer confidence. Any one or two of these could probably be remedied but the entire battery of ills is simply overwhelming. A doomsday scenario is being painted by those espousing a | Read More »
ESCR On The Way
“If we do the work that we can do in this country, the work that we will do when John Kerry is president, people like Christopher Reeve are going to walk again. Get up out of that wheelchair and walk again.” –John Edwards The incoming Obama administration transition team has appointed Jonathan Moreno of the University of Pennsylvania as the head of the President’s Council | Read More »
Sullivan just goes to far.. Erick is happily married.