Though, honestly, the hardest thing for Santorum to do will be to distance himself from himself. I can't see anyone rallying around the cry of "Vote Santorum: He'll take away your birth control!"
“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” - Albert Einstein
We stopped an Al Qaida plot to fly a hijacked airplane into the tallest building on the West Coast. We broke up a Southeast Asian terrorist cell grooming operatives for attacks inside the United States. We uncovered an Al Qaida cell developing anthrax to be used in attacks against America. And, just last August, British authorities uncovered a plot to blow up passenger planes bound for America over the Atlantic Ocean.*Then this happened yesterday:
For each life saved, we owe a debt of gratitude to the brave public servants who devote their lives to finding the terrorists and stopping them.
In his continuing effort to thank the law enforcement personnel who stopped alleged terrorist plotter Najibullah Zazi, President Obama on Thursday called the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in Denver and spoke to FBI Special Agent in Charge Jim Davis and about thirty of his fellow JTTF members.
Davis tells ABC News the call from the president was a huge boost to morale for agents still working the case.
"I've been doing this for 25 years and I'm not aware of any time the president has ever called the special agent in charge of a field office to communicate his thanks for an investigative effort," Davis said.
Mrs. Myrick and Republican Reps. John Shadegg of Arizona, Paul Broun of Georgia and Trent Franks of Arizona called Wednesday for an investigation by the House sergeant-at-arms into whether CAIR was successful in planting congressional interns.Of course the main congresspeople pushing this are clearly a bit nutty and the guy who sent his son undercover is a major nutjob who's convinced Obama's a Muslim who wants to bring Sharia law to the United States, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't look at the evidence they claim demonstrates (in the words of North Carolina Republican Rep. Sue Myrick) a "concerted effort on the part of radical Islamists to infiltrate our major institutions."
"If an organization that is connected to or supports terrorists is running influence operations or planting spies in key national security-related congressional offices, I think this needs to be made known," Mr. Broun said.
The Leadership Institute’s mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process. To accomplish this mission, the Institute identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media.Morton Blackwell's Leadership Institute has been creating and farming out conservative ideologues for 30 years now and there's nothing wrong with that. Right wingers have every right to build a base of support for their beliefs. If, however, CAIR is a conspiracy, then the Leadership Institute has been operating a conspiracy since 1979.
On the other side of the divide are self-described progressives steeped in existential depravity. They are people with a memory eviscerated over time. For them rap is music and manners are arbitrary rules. Having lived only in a debased culture, they do not have standards on which to rely except the popular dogma of environmentalism, and the avoidance of discrimination.These are not the words of someone who seems capable of fair-minded wisdom and I said as much. But the (admittedly great) Daniel Radosh came to his dad's defense, saying that he had spoken with his father about the column who told Daniel he'd "never seen (the column) before," despite it being his byline. "Some intern at the Hudson Institute is so about to get fired," Daniel added.
SIGNORILE: Jim from Oklahoma, you're on the Michelangelo Signorile show. Hi, Jim.Oy, are these people dumb.
JIM: Uh, yeah, uh, I'm going to lead an overthrow. I've got a small group here in Oklahoma and we're planning on conducting this small coup.
SIGNORILE: Wait, you're going to stage a coup yourself? Out of Oklahoma?
JIM: Yeah. Yeah. I've got a clan of people--I wouldn't say clan--a group of people out here, we plan on marching to the White House.
SIGNORILE: What are you going to do?
JIM: We're going to take over and get this country back online to where it was 400 years ago.
As the editor of The New Republic, I printed things I knew weren't true.P.S.: This drives me apeshit:
I always viewed The New Republic not as a tablet of liberal stone, but as a place where liberalism should be unafraid of challenges to it, and where lazy liberalism needed to be given a work-out. I enjoyed driving many liberals a little crazy in the untraditional, experimental - and often conservative and libertarian - pieces I commissioned...Since a magazine's slant can only be defined by the pieces it runs, then it can't, by definition, be considered liberal if it's running "conservative and libertarian" pieces. And The New Republic hasn't really been liberal since. Say what you will about the right wing magazines, but at least they understand you don't hire an editor who opposes the bedrock principles on which the magazine was founded.
According to one person inside the company, CBS executives did quietly seek and receive assurances that none of the women Mr. Letterman was talking about were under age and that no woman who was involved with him had felt threatened about her job.Still, it was, as Letterman said, creepy. There's a reason that the military, for example, outlaws any such relationships between leaders and their subordinates: One can never know for sure how coerced one might feel when the boss comes onto him or her.
"Letterman is seemingly learning that sexual harrassment and libel can be detrimental to a career. The irony is rich, particularly in light of those aspiring politicians struck down by the Leftwing celebrity media for running while Republican. Sort of like driving while black....the profiling can be a pain in the ass. So, I wonder if David Letterman was engaged in this sexual harassment while he was making jokes about Willow Palin?" - WizbangAs I've said, I have no idea whether sexual harassment or abuse of authority actually occurred because I have no idea whether a) Letterman was the one to initiate the sexual relationships or b) whether those advances were unwelcome. Still, Letterman's right. It's creepy.
"Just as he must have an office full of people who can write jokes and comic routines — who must share a lot of not-that-businesslike comraderie — he needs pretty ladies to keep his senses well-honed. It's part of the structure of a business that revolves around a performer. The funnyman needs his supply of sex, and the paying career positions on the staff can be used to create a pool of potential sexual partners who will keep the old man bolstered up." - Ann Althouse
"Letterman is a hypo-creep who makes millions belittling people who disagree with his politics while he is abusing his power over his female staff." - Legal Insurrection
"As reader John Tuttle writes: “It’s ‘office romance’ when Democrats do it. It’s ’sexual harassment’ when Republicans do it. Time to repeal sex harassment laws.
"There does seem to be a double standard here..." - Instapundit
The world has rejected Obama.The World, Today:
The United States is the most admired country globally thanks largely to the star power of President Barack Obama and his administration, according to a new poll.
It climbed from seventh place last year, ahead of France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Japan which completed the top five nations in the Nation Brand Index (NBI).
"What's really remarkable is that in all my years studying national reputation, I have never seen any country experience such a dramatic change in its standing as we see for the United States for 2009," said Simon Anholt, the founder of NBI, which measured the global image of 50 countries each year.