Global warming alert

January 26, 2009

It snowed in the United Arab Emirates for only the second time in recorded history. The locals don’t even have a word for it in their language!

It’s a good thing the Goracle is here to set us straight. I’d hate to have the inconvenient truth upset by inconvenient facts.


(hat tip: Tigerhawk)



Quote of the day

January 26, 2009

Michael Ledeen is not impressed, to say the least:

So President Obama promised virtue and transparency, and declared war on lobbyists. Thus far, we’ve got a tax cheat headed for Treasury, a man who lied under oath headed for Justice, and two celebrated lobbyists headed for the #2 slots at Defense and HHS.

I do not understand why the Treasury guy wasn’t thrown out in a rage of protest.  We’ve got something like 350 million Americans. I refuse to believe he is so uniquely qualified that Geithner’s dramatic lack of virtue should be ignored. Nor do I understand why Holder’s denial that he knew all about Marc Rich isn’t grounds for rejection. Precisely for the reason Obama stated: at a time when confidence in government is crucial, you can’t start your administration by violating your own announced principles.


I’d pay to see this

January 26, 2009

Matt Damon to debate Bill Kristol over the question of whether we won in Iraq? Talk about a battle of wits with an unarmed man…

Team America: World Police provides the proper perspective on this titanic clash:


Can’t wait. popcorn


House cleaning

January 26, 2009

I removed the Opinion Journal widget from the sidebar, as it hadn’t updated for several days. A shame, since their articles are quite good. If it ever gets working again, I’ll put it back.


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The return of the spoils system

January 26, 2009

Back in the 19th century, when one party took power they would toss out government employees appointed by the other party in order to give those jobs to their own followers. They were rewards for loyalty. That was called the spoils system, and it came to be widely (and rightly) regarded as corrupt. The Pendleton Act of 1883 put an end to this.

Or so we thought.

Rather than fire officeholders to reward their supporters, however, the Obama Administration and the Democratic Congress are packaging cash bonuses for them in the so-called stimulus bill. One of the biggest beneficiaries is noted Obama ally and voter-fraud specialist community-organizer group ACORN:

ACORN Could Get Billions from Democrats’ Trillion Dollar Spending Plan

The House Democrats’ trillion dollar spending bill, approved on January 21 by the Appropriations Committee and headed to the House floor next week for a vote, could open billions of taxpayer dollars to left-wing groups like the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).  ACORN has been accused of perpetrating voter registration fraud numerous times in the last several elections; is reportedly under federal investigation; and played a key role in the irresponsible schemes that caused a financial meltdown that has cost American taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars since last fall. 

House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and other Republicans are asking a simple question: what does this have to do with job creation?  Are Congressional Democrats really going to borrow money from our children and grandchildren to give handouts to ACORN in the name of economic “stimulus?”

From this spending bill alone, ACORN could reap $4.19 billion dollars.  That’s $4,190,000,000 for a group that helped create the financial crisis we face to day and regularly engaged in voter-registration fraud on behalf of left-wing candidates. It’s natural the president should want to help his former clients. Rolling Eyes

That’s the Chicago Way.


(courtesy: Michelle Malkin)

UPDATE: A little more reading shows the spoils system in Chicago lasted until the 1983 Shakman decree. President Obama moved from New York to Chicago just two years later, in 1985. I’m sure he steeped himself in the new, reformist atmosphere. Rolling on the floor

LINKS: More at Gateway Pundit and the Belmont Club. I’ve written quite a bit about Obama and ACORN.