Wednesday Morning (in some galaxy) Linkslide

Wee bit behind on things today. Sorry for the tardiness. Now, upward.

You can thank the Obama administration for high gas prices. Well, the Obama administration and the environmental groups it’s worked with. Also, here’s a look at the direct victims of Pres. Obama’s oil-drilling moratorium. Remember, the idiot cowboy, who was of course in bed with the oil companies, lowered gas prices with one stroke of his pen. Don’t say it can’t be done.

Nothing to worry about here. Just the government wanting to install a black box that tracks your location, speed, etc. while you’re in the car. Because there’s no way this box could ever be used, say, to track your mileage to assess a per-mile tax.

If you buy one of those newfangled electric cars, don’t get too much of a green smirk on your face. You’re buying a coal-powered car.

That super-smooth, ultra-suave, intelligent Pres. Obama keeps on making gaffes that would embarrass Frank Drebin. And getting a pass for them. (And I’m not a fan of British royalty. I’m just pointing out the hypocrisy. Remember when George Bush got sick in Japan? Something that can’t be helped? And remember how it was SNL fodder for years? Why do I think this won’t be?)

First political correctness, now this: the Plain Writing Act. Here’s one part of that act. ““Government” will be changed to “we”, and “citizens” will be replaced by “you” making all instructions seem more good-natured and friendly.” Also, “The active voice should always be used, except when “the law” is the actor.  In that case, use of the passive voice will keep citizens from misdirecting their frustration toward the government.” No, this is not a satire.  Orwell was an optimist.

Brent Bozell says that no one may lecture Pres. Obama. Even if the lecturer (Netanyahu) is right, more experienced, and defending the life of his country, and is responding to an unprecedented slap at his country from a sitting president.

Forgotten about gun control? Pres. Obama hasn’t. He’s working on it “under the radar,” according to the Bradys. Of the Brady Bill, not the Bunch.

Here’s what socialism can do to a country as oil-rich as my face when I was 14: make it have an energy shortage. Bonus Milton Friedman quote excellence.

Steny Hoyer says America is not broke. And he’s correct. “Broke” means you have no money. America would have to improve by trillions of dollars to get up to that level. (Sidenote to Homestar Runner fans: I can’t read Hoyer’s name without hearing Strong Bad say, “Stiny! Fetch me a Danish!”)

The EPA says fracking doesn’t contaminate groundwater. Frack here, frack now, frack everywhere possible.

Americans believe government regulations are choking the economy. That’s because they are. Just ask low-regulation Texas, with its 723,000 new jobs.

Americans don’t buy Obama’s Israel position

The always pithy and spot-on Don Surber points out that Pres. Obama isn’t tracking with the field when he cozies up to the Arabs and slags on the Jews.

Gallup: American support for Israel is its highest in 20 years.

I guess President Obama did not get the memo.

Despite what those lefty professors at schools that accept Arab money preach, Israel is a free nation that for decades has been the lone democratic oasis in a desert of despotism.

Americans know that and still stand by Israel.

A tale of two Chryslers

The Obama administration’s Twitter Terminator, Jesse Lee, tweeted a link to this page this morning. 

Chrysler’s repayment of its outstanding loans to the U.S. Treasury and American taxpayers marks a significant milestone for the turnaround of Chrysler and the countless communities and families who rely on the American auto industry. This announcement comes six years ahead of schedule and just two years after emerging from bankruptcy, allowing Chrysler to build on its progress and continue to grow as the economy recovers. Supporting the American auto industry required making some tough decisions, but I was not willing to walk away from the workers at Chrysler and the communities that rely on this iconic American company. I said if Chrysler and all its stakeholders were willing to take the difficult steps necessary to become more competitive, America would stand by them, and we did. While there is more work to be done, we are starting to see stronger sales, additional shifts at plants and signs of strength in the auto industry and our economy, a true testament to the resolve and determination of American workers across the nation.

But there’s more to this story than meets the preening press release.

Chrysler and the White House will celebrate the Detroit icon’s $5.9 billion repayment of government loans Tuesday in a ceremony that will be hailed by both sides for the same reason: The government bailout had become a liability for all concerned.

In fact, government-free Chrysler is hardly free of debt, but is simply refinancing with private rather than public debt-holders. For its part, the U.S. government will still have a 6.6 percent equity stake in Chrysler — but by removing itself as the company’s loan shark, the White House can boast of the unpopular bailout’s success in returning taxpayer loans six years ahead of schedule. That’s an important sound-bite in an election year.

But there is one inconvenient truth you won’t hear at today’s Sterling Heights, Mich., ceremony: Chrysler wouldn’t be here had it not defied its green White House masters. Chrysler’s return to profitability is a direct result of the fabulous success of its SUVs.

There’s more, and it’s well worth reading.

It’s the Chicago way

Thinking about running against Pres. Obama for president? Better get ready for the Chicago Inquisition.

President Obama’s re-election campaign is trying to dig up dirt in the Garden State.

Despite New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s repeated pronouncements that he will not seek the GOP presidential nomination, Obama operatives are compiling a dossier of what they call “opposition research” — material that could be used to damage Christie if he changes his mind, The Post has learned.

The Obama campaign is trying to keep its efforts from public view, concerned they would only elevate Christie’s already impressive standing within the Republican Party, sources said.

If I were involved in any kind of campaign against Pres. Obama, I’d look into his past. You know, scope out his associations with people in college. His grade-point average. His association with shady characters. Wait, wait. Scratch that. You can’t do that, because most of Pres. Obama’s history is locked up tighter than the secret formula for Coke. Never mind.

Well, it’s not the Limited Kinetic Action Act

As of this past Saturday, Pres. Obama’s “limited kinetic action” in Libya is, by any definition, completely illegal. The 60-day period that is granted a president to involve U.S. troops without a declaration of war expired last Friday. This is true, despite the fact that the Obama administration cited the WPA when it announced U.S. involvement in Libya. Pres. Obama’s response? Mind your own business, citizen.

Can you imagine . . . .CAN YOU IMAGINE the loudness of the wrath of the Washington establishment that would be visited on George W. Bush if he nonchalantly ignored the law of the land, particularly the Democrats’ sacred War Powers Resolution.

Under the law, which is meant to give at least the illusion of Constitutionality to the now routine failure of presidents to get a declaration of war, Obama was supposed to get a Congressional vote of approval for the attack on Libya by Friday. Instead, he sent a letter to Congress suggesting our involvement was so limited in scope he need not bother, though it might be nice if Congress weighed in.

Keith Koffler also notes RealClearPolitics’ unearthing of some damning quotes.

In late September 1983, one month before the bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, the Reagan administration continued to insist that the War Powers Act did not apply to the U.S. military presence in Lebanon.

”The administration wants our stamp of approval,” said a young Sen. Joseph Biden, ”but it is unwilling to commit itself to our laws.”

About a quarter-century later, Sen. Barack Obama told The Boston Globe, “The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”

And he gets a pass on this. Where are the Republican leaders willing to stand up and denounce this complete ignorance of U.S. law?

Middle East speech reaction roundup

Honestly, you have to wonder if Pres. Obama’s handlers are actively trying to sabotage his administration. Yesterday, he managed to alienate and tick off one of America’s best allies in the Middle East. Now, it appears that the Arabs–I do not use the word “Palestinian”–aren’t too happy about the speech, either. Of course, the Arab world won’t be happy until Israel is obliterated from the map, so I’ll cut him some slack on that one.

Benjamin Netanyahu isn’t happy.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was quick on the draw Thursday in voicing clear displeasure with President Barack Obama’s mideast policy speech.

“Israel appreciates President Obama’s commitment to peace,” the response began, curtly. “Israel believes that for peace to endure between Israelis and Palestinians, the viability of a Palestinian state cannot come at the expense of the viability of the one and only Jewish state.”
 
“That is why Prime Minister Netanyahu expects to hear a reaffirmation from President Obama of U.S. commitments made to Israel in 2004, which were overwhelmingly supported by both Houses of Congress.” 
 
“Among other things,” Netanyahu reminded Obama, “those commitments relate to Israel not having to withdraw to the 1967 lines which are both indefensible and which would leave major Israeli population centers in Judea and Samaria beyond those lines.”

To which Wizbang adds this bit of commentary:

I remember well the reports during the Presidential campaign from media outlets expressing confidently that Barack Hussein Obama was his own man, that the virulently anti-Semitic and anti-Israel statements made by Obama’s pastor of 20 years and by others affiliated with the church he attended and gave most of his charitable contributions to, would have no impact or influence over the man or his policies.

To which after today we should all be saying… bovine fecal matter.

Ace of Spades HQ is typically blunt in its analysis.

Very neat article at NRO pointing out the nuances of Obama’s words for Israel — compared to his words for Palestine.

It’s all pretty neat, but these word-choices matter: These words have been chosen carefully. Including the passive/active voice and declarative or commanding tenses. This is essentially a publicly-delivered diplomatic cable.

There are other neat things, but the best observation, to me, is the fact that when Obama speaks of Israel, he speaks in terms of concrete demands that he, Obama, is laying upon Israel.

When he turns to the reciprocal concessions most urge on Palestine, however, he stops speaking in the command tense, stops speaking of demanding this or that, and simply says that Palestinians will do better if they stop killing Jews.

Not that they must stop killing Jews, mind you, like Israel must stop building settlements; just that hey, it would be better, you know? Or not, you decide.

For contrast, the writer quotes Bush, who was pretty command-tense with Palestinians: They must crack down on terror and dismantle the terror infrastructure.

Perceptive. Obama makes demands on Israel, but makes promises to the Palestinians. Tells you pretty much where he’s coming from.

There’s more, and it’s well worth reading.

The American Spectator lists the ways Pres. Obama’s speech was less than smart. Here’s the one that gave me the heebiest of jeebies.

By telling — the day before his speech — Eli (sic) Wiesel and others that America’s commitment to Israel is unshakeable and sending his Deputy Secretary of State Jamie Steinberg to tell Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister that Israel shouldn’t worry about Obama’s speech, the President has once again demonstrated his rare talent for mendacity and his belief that this signal characteristic of his presidency can be forgiven because of how “transformational” he is.

Did you catch that? The president looked Elie Wiesel and a high-ranking Israeli in the eyes and lied. Lies, and embellished lies. Unbelievable.

Commentary magazine looks at the Arab world’s response, which was a predictable “Meh.”

Even more to the point, what comes across most from accounts of Arab reaction to Obama’s speech is the fact that not many people there care much about him. Whatever fascination they felt for him in the past seems to have faded.  That has to be a difficult pill for a man who sees himself in near messianic terms. His carefully parsed appeals to democracy and rights would have made a difference had he started speaking this way back in 2009 when his reaction to the repression of Iranian dissidents (which he properly acknowledged in his speech as the true start of the regional protests) was muted.

Nor are the Arabs excited much by the last portion of his speech that significantly tilted America towards the Palestinians and away from its ally Israel.  Though his words will be used to help fuel efforts to further isolate Israel, he didn’t go far enough to please Arab opinion. Obama did manage to alienate and weaken Israel but he will get little or no credit for this from Arab governments or public opinion.

Atlas Shrugs says that Obama is the new Arafat. Well, both of them have Nobel Peace Prizes.

Knesset members on the Right expressed outrage on Thursday night at US President Barack Obama’s call for the creation of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps in an exchange of territory for security.

They called upon Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to reject Obama’s plan when he meets with him on Friday in Washington.

“Barack Hussein Obama adopted the staged plan for Israel’s destruction of Yasser Arafat, and he is trying to force it on our prime minister,” said Likud MK Danny Danon. “All that was new in the speech was that he called for Israel to return to 1967 borders without solving the crisis. Netanyahu has only one option: To tell Obama forget about it.”

Gateway Pundit points out that Islamists urinated on Christ’s birthplace, and Pres. Obama’s new map of the Middle East will give them the chance to do the same to his grave.

The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem reeked of urineand was strewn with dirty pots and pans, leftover food and mattresses after the Islamist siege in 2002. A Franciscan study hall next to the church which had been gutted by a fire. Pots, pans, blankets, wrappers and filth was strewn around the ancient floor of the historic church.

In his Muslim speech on Thursday, Barack Obama told Israel to give Old Jerusalem, including the tomb of Jesus, to Hamas.
Now they can trash that church, too.

Maybe Pres. Obama did all this as misdirection to keep people from noticing that he is giving the War Powers Act all the respect of a garage band flyer shoved in your hand as you leave a concert.


Yid with Lid savages verkakte Obama speech

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better examination of the monstrous misstep in policy Pres. Obama started today with his speech. Here’s an excerpt.

Yet we must acknowledge that a strategy based solely upon the narrow pursuit of these interests will not fill an empty stomach or allow someone to speak their mind. Moreover, failure to speak to the broader aspirations of ordinary people will only feed the suspicion that has festered for years that the United States pursues our own interests at their expense. Given that this mistrust runs both ways – as Americans have been seared by hostage taking, violent rhetoric, and terrorist attacks that have killed thousands of our citizens – a failure to change our approach threatens a deepening spiral of division between the United States and Muslim communities.
Yep…those Americans are evil. Let me ask you something, what nation in the world does not pursue its own strategic interests as a priority? 
That’s why, two years ago in Cairo, I began to broaden our engagement based upon mutual interests and mutual respect (and we can see how that worked out for the Egyptians). I believed then – and I believe now – that we have a stake not just in the stability of nations, but in the self determination of individuals. The status quo is not sustainable. Societies held together by fear and repression may offer the illusion of stability for a time, but they are built upon fault lines that will eventually tear asunder.
Actually what I remember about his Cairo speech is that he threw Israel under the bus and downplayed Hamas and Fatah terrorism.
Read the whole thing. And remember this about Palestinians: There are no such things. They’re just adjacent Jew-haters.
And to Pres. Obama: this isn’t about land. It’s about one tiny democracy fighting for its life amidst blood-thirsty, unstable nations who have nothing short of world domination as their goal.