- Commentary Magazine, "The conversion of David Mamet," July-August, by Terry Teachout
- the only major playwright in America who is
- openly anti-liberal."...
News that doesn't receive the necessary attention.
Reid, D-Nev., was forced last week to give up the cap on carbon, which is blamed for global warming, when it became clear he didn't have the votes to pass it.
The new bill would require oil companies to pay higher fees into
and would eliminate the $75 million cap on economic liability from an oil spill. It calls for spending $5 billion for the Home Star program, which would provide rebates to consumers to encourage energy efficiency upgrades. It also would fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund....
and a competition run by the federal government to develop a battery that will power a car for 500 miles on a single charge. The bill also encourages federal agencies to buy electric drive vehicles for their fleets and
Despite its name, membership in the liberal online community Journolist wasn't limited to journalists. Present among the bloggers, reporters and editors were a number of
Some left government to join Journolist. Others took the opposite route. A few contributed to Journolist from their perches in politics. At times,
Two of the administration's chief economic advisors,
were members of Journolist until they began working officially for Obama."... (Bernstein continued contact with the group passing messages through other members. While he was working in the White House he suggested a conference call between himself and Journolist members to expand on a particular White House policy. 14 expressed interest including representatives of Bloomberg News and the Washington Post). Continuing, American Thinker:
Former Journolist member
After the election, he joined Journolist."
"Journolist founder Ezra Klein, a staffer at the Washington Post, says he “tried to be very strict” in making sure no active political operatives joined Journolist. “It’s possible I missed someone,” he explained in an email.
Hauser didn’t do much to hide his affiliation. Indeed, his posts on Journolist were signed, “Campaign Manager, Shulman for Congress,” followed by the campaign’s web address.
Jared Bernstein, meanwhile, worked as an unpaid surrogate for Barack Obama during much of the campaign. All the while, he remained a member of Journolist.
“Calling all Journos,” Bernstein wrote in a message relayed by Klein. “I thought we got too little love from progressive types re our tax changes targeted at businesses with overseas operations. We’re maybe going for another bite at the apple this Monday,” he wrote.
Not everyone was sold. A couple of members on the list, including Greg Anrig of the Century Foundation and
Dean Baker, at the time a blogger at the American Prospect, agreed the policy was dishonest, but defended it anyway.
he wrote, “but the industry groups have this town blanketed with
There has to be some counterforce to the industry groups and that is the populist rabble. It might not be pretty, but that’s Washington.”
“I’ve heard that there’s some disappointment in the administration that they haven’t gotten the level of progressive love they feel they deserve for their ambitious proposals to curb abusive corporate tax loopholes,” wrote influential liberal blogger Matt Yglesias the next day.
Yglesias took some pains to couch his advocacy in the language of journalism.
to help the Democratic candidate:
"The single biggest thing journolist can do is to lay the analytical framework within the media elite necessary for an actual Obama debate win to be viewed as such by a sufficient proportion of media elites
- that voters know it was a win.
Of course, this only works if Obama does as we expect (and McCain is a terrible debater, btw).
But even Gore’s uneven Debate 1 performance in 2000 was deemed a win initially by a viewership that was demographically to the right of the electorate (lower minority viewership in 2000 of debates, more male, moreBush was winning on several media narratives and thus got the benefit from the intense 72 hours of post-debate coverage.
Those involved are not named, but they range from stockbrokerages to accountants, lawyers and individuals working in the capital markets....
As Nigeria's banks came close to collapse, it became clear that lax regulation and inadequate surveillance of stockbrokers was a major problem.
A team from the US Securities and Exchange Commission visited Nigeria earlier this year, and compiled a confidential report.
It also says between 65% and 70% of Nigeria's stockbrokers are technically insolvent."
It is a contrast that provides the appropriate "context" for the Breitbart hysteria of the past week."
Well, the truth is that at least elements that were involved in some of the Tea Party folks expressed racist views, you saw that on television. But, I don’t think — I don’t — I wouldn’t characterize the Tea Party as racist.
There are individuals who are either members of or on the periphery of some of their things, their — their protests — that have expressed really unfortunate comments. And, again, it was all over TV, all over your network, you know? A black Congressman walking up the stairs of the Capitol."
- FINE. WE'RE ON TV RIGHT NOW. LET'S SEE THE TAPE, JAKE.
(Television MADE UP THE DESCRIPTION. There is no video or audio evidence of these charges despite the area being awash in audio and video devices. ed).
(continuing): "But, I don’t believe, the president doesn’t believe that the Tea Party is, uh, is a racist organization. I don’t believe that. Very conservative. Very different views on government and a whole lot of things. But it is not a racist organization.
Coincidentally, the day before on Geraldo at Large, New Black Panther leader Malik Zulu Shabazz stated:
A black man, really, or a black leader cannot be a racist… I have the right to use different language… We endorse fully the NAACP resolution.
Saul Alinsky disciple Obama is what his spiritual mentor described as a “realistic radical,” while Mr. Shabazz is what Alinsky would scorn as a “rhetorical radical.” The difference is not found in the substance of their mutually desired ends, but rather in the stylistic means towards achieving their utopian ends, i.e., social justice’s heaven on earth.
The attempt by the modern radicals to demonize the Tea Party recalls a 1972 incident at Tulane University in which Saul Alinsky instructed students how to disrupt a Vietnam speech by then UN representative, George H.W. Bush. AlinskyKu Klux Klan, cheer and wave ‘The K.K.K. supports Bush’ signs. told them to dress as
Lenin once said that the
- purpose of a political argument is not to refute your opponent
“but to wipe him from the face of the earth.” Therefore seize on any weapon, in this case a symbol of one of the greatest evil that any Americans were ever associated with, and use it to obliterate everything good America ever did. If America’s cause in Vietnam is the Ku Klux Klan, then its cause is evil and America is evil.
As with contemporary Soros-paid stooges, it matters not to Obama, NAACP, NBP that the Tea Party movement is not a race war. If the Tea Party can be smeared as “racist,” then its non-persons can all be wiped from the face of the earth.
While Mr. Obama’s de facto by proxy endorsement of the infamous NAACP resolution is practiced in the art of deception-by-equivocation, Mr. Shabazz’s inartful declaration is intentional shock-and-awe rhetoric.
Both aim for the same result – to endorse the NAACP’s race arson — but the former seems granted the benefit of the doubt by media gatekeepers because it pretends denial of the accusation. The latter, stripped of euphemistic veil, is simply too stark an admission for media dissembling, and therefore ignored.
Leftists and their demagogic shibboleths have crumbled in retreat from Andrew Breitbart’s $100,000 Unted Negro College Fund reward for proof of the — now presidential — claim of seeing (planted) “elements that were involved in some of the Tea Party folks expressed racist views… all over TV.”
Alinsky tactics are now boomeranging on radicals more often than not – Rule#4:
Make opponents live up to their own book of rules.
With the attempted “racist” smear against the diversity that is the Tea Party, Rule #11 has been an utterly clumsy failure:
Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it. Don’t try to attack abstract corporations or bureaucracies. Identify a responsible individual. Ignore attempts to shift or spread the blame.
on the same program as Shabazz, produced a letter sent by a coalition of Tea Party leaders denouncing racism and asking to work with the Congressional Black Caucus to identify the people purported to have made racial remarks. The CBC has yet to respond.
What did the president know about this letter, and when did he know it?
Or, in a political relativist’s terms: What might he mean, and/or when might he mean it?
The radical organizer, Alinsky explains, “does not have a ﬁxed truth – truth to him is relative and changing; everything to him is relative and changing. He is a political relativist.” And that will do it. Being a radical in the service of the higher good is a license to do anything that is required to achieve that good.
Ironically, the radicals have been self-victimized by Alinsky’s own Rule #7:
A tactic that drags on for too long becomes a drag. Commitment may become ritualistic as people turn to other issues.
“You say you want a revolution… You say you’ve got a real solution, well, you know, we’d all love to see the plan.” – John Lennon"
In his new book, "Hot Time in the Old Town," historian Edward Kohn details how New Yorkers faced hellish conditions over 10 brutally hot days in early August. Over that time, 1,300 people died in Manhattan alone, making it the worst urban heat-related disaster in US history.
Without air conditioning or even reliable deliveries of ice, tenements became ovenlike death traps. Almost the entire Lower East Side, around 250,000 people, scrambled up to their roofs to sleep. Those who failed to procure a spot on a sweltering roof were forced to sleep on fire escapes, windowsills and stoops. It was not uncommon to hear of people who rolled over in their sleep, falling to their death. One man even drowned after turning over -- his bed was a Hudson River pier at West 37th Street.
About 200 horses a day died of heatstroke, and their bodies littered the streets, adding to the overpowering stench of steaming excrement and rotting garbage.
Making matters worse, only one company, Charles Morse's Consolidated Ice Company, sold ice, and it set the price well above what the working class -- already buckling under a severe economic depression -- could afford.
At the height of slavery, in 1860, less than 5% of whites in the South owned slaves. The eminent black historian John Hope Franklin wrote that "fully three-fourths of the white people in the South had neither slaves nor an immediate economic interest in the maintenance of slavery."
In 1938, President Franklin Roosevelt created a national commission to study what he termed "the long and ironic history of the despoiling of this truly American section."
Of the South's 1.8 million sharecroppers, 1.2 million were white (a mirror of the population, which was 71% white). The illiteracy rate was five times that of the North-Central states and more than twice that of New England and the Middle Atlantic (despite the waves of European immigrants then flowing to those regions).
Generations of such deficiencies do not disappear overnight, and they affect the momentum of a culture. In 1974, a National Opinion Research Center (NORC) study of white ethnic groups showed that white Baptists nationwide averaged only 10.7 years of education, a level almost identical to blacks' average of 10.6 years, and well below that of most other white groups.
only 18.4% of white Baptists and 21.8% of Irish Protestants—the principal ethnic group that settled the South—had obtained college degrees,
Policy makers ignored such disparities within America's white cultures when, in advancing minority diversity programs, they treated whites as a fungible monolith.
Thus nonwhite groups received special consideration
Where should we go from here? Beyond our continuing obligation to assist those African-Americans still in need,
Nondiscrimination laws should be applied equally among all citizens, including those who happen to be white. The need for inclusiveness in our society is undeniable and irreversible, both in our markets and in our communities. Our government should be in the business of enabling opportunity for all, not in picking winners.
Memo to my fellow politicians: Drop the Procrustean policies and allow harmony to invade the public mindset. Fairness will happen, and bitterness will fade away."
Mr. Webb, a Democrat, is a U.S. senator from Virginia.
*****via Howie Carr
"We've been sold a false bill of goods," is how Republican Assemblyman Roger Niello, who has been the GOP's point man on environmental issues in the legislature, put it to me.
The environmental plan was built on the
CARB justified its go-ahead by issuing what almost all experts agree is
The study concludes that the plan "will not only significantly reduce California's greenhouse gas emissions, but will also have a net positive effect on California's economic growth through 2020."
This finding elicited a chorus of hallelujahs from environmental groups. The state finally discovered a do-good policy that pays for itself. Californians can still scurry around in their cars, heat up their Jacuzzis, and help save the planet. But there was a problem. The CARB had commissioned five economists from around the country to critique this study. They panned it.
Harvard's Robert Stavins, chairman of the federal Environmental Protection Agency's economic advisory committee under Bill Clinton, told me that "None of us knew who the other reviewers were,
Another reviewer, UCLA Prof. Matthew E. Kahn, a supporter of the new regulations, criticized the "free lunch" aspect of the report. "The net dollar costs of each of these regulations is likely to be much larger than is reported," he concluded. Mr. Stavins points out that if these regulations are a net boon for businesses and the economy, "why would you need to impose regulations like cap and trade?"
"To most of the most strident supporters of this legislation," says Mr. Niello,
Meanwhile, the state is losing jobs, a lot of them. California's unemployment rate hit 9.3% in December, up from 4.9% in December 2006. There are now 1.5 million Californians out of work. The state has the fourth-highest housing foreclosure rate in the nation, has lost more businesses than any state in recent years, and is facing a $40 billion deficit.
Other states are plundering the Golden State's industries by convincing businesses to pick up stakes and move out before the cap-and-trade earthquake hits.