IDF Attacked, Responds, Condemned

These incidents have become so predictable, it's hard to get riled up any more. "Peace activists" provoke and attack the Israelis, Israelis defend themselves, International community condemns Israel, rinse and repeat.


Gary Coleman Dies

We've all heard the stories of child stars who face their adulthood forgotten and alone with one misfortune after another. Gary Coleman was (for lack of a more sensitive term) the poster-child of this phenomena. Life after "Diff'rent Strokes" was difficult and came to a sad end today as he succumbed to a brain hemorrhage. A real shame.

Classic: Palin's Stalker Neighbor Can't Stand Prying Eyes

ABC News sent a reporter to knock on the front door of Joe McGinniss, the writer living next to Sarah Palin in Wasilla, Alaska. McGinnis told him he's trespassing and threatened to call the police.

Bill Clinton's Fingerprints All Over Sestak Job Offer

Good Lord. President Obama has possibly (though unlikely) committed an impeachable offense and guess who was the proverbial bag-man in the offense? None other than our impeached president, Bill Clinton.

Okay, let's break this down with the help of hack political scientist Larry Sabato:

The one comment on the New York Times site is pretty funny: “So Bill Clinton was the Luca Brasi of this situation…”

The key word is “unpaid.” That almost certainly gets them off the hook legally and defuses much of the controversy.

I must say, I’ve had a hard time mustering any moral outrage about this one. Presidents and their aides do this kind of thing all the time. It’s one of the great advantages of White House incumbency. In trying to get the ballot line-ups you prefer, you actually have bargaining chips in the form of appointments, both paid and unpaid jobs.

The critics in this case sound a lot like a certain police prefect in Casablanca who is “shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on” in Rick’s café.

I suppose Pat Toomey can try to use it, but Sestak said no to the offer.

I think this just goes away.

Now we know one of the subjects Obama and Clinton discussed at lunch this week.

Sabato is finding it hard to get upset over this as it's a standard practice according to him...and he's probably right. But does the professor remember a few years back when the Democrats and their lapdogs in the MSM were having a conniption over the Bush Justice Department firing a handful of U.S. Attorneys? Ring any bells? That was a perfectly legal practice, well within the power of the presidency, and yes, they were fired for not playing ball, as it were. They weren't prosecuting the cases the administration wanted them to. There it is. Yet, this was the crime of the century of the week at the time.

And yes, here it comes...it's not the crime, it's the coverup. Richard Nixon call your office. This just smacks of post-game made up facts. They offered him an "unpaid job?" Really? They would give Sestak the option of being a Senator, a job not at all short on perks and prestige, with some "unpaid" administration job? A job he'd do just for the love of it? Maybe they should look into hiring renowned New Jersey teacher Rita Wilson. She's only in it for the love.

This doesn't even pass the laugh test and Sabato just meanders past it like bum on the sidewalk.

Then he says he thinks it'll just go away but at least now we know what Obama and Clinton talked about at lunch. Yes...what's a little obstruction of justice over some Wagyu beef and arugula?

Is this the crime of the century? No, but don't talk to me again about Obama changing things in Washington. I don't want to hear it.


Will Folks Story About To Blow

Erick Erickson over at RedState has got the goods and is getting ready to blow the story wide open. Stay tuned.


John Kerry Gives Clinic On Left Wing's View Of Americans

To think this man was almost our president. *shudder*

Times are tough, especially among those still looking for good jobs, but Senator John Kerry doesn't think Washington's to blame. In fact the former Democratic presidential candidate, concerned with the anger voters are aiming at Washington, says that his party and President Obama are doing a ship-shape job.

"We've come back," he says of the nation, Wall Street, and the economy. "This is an amazing resurgence."


"I think there's a comprehension gap," said Kerry. His point: While people may not be feeling the benefits of the bailouts and healthcare reform yet, Congress has been working with Obama to right the economic ship. Still, he sounded sympathetic to those kicked around by the economy. "There's a sense of some things unraveling" to them, said Kerry.

But he said that the D.C.-directed attacks are hypocritical, since many of those attacking Washington spending presumably want to keep their Social Security and Medicare and want Washington to play a big role in the Gulf Oil cleanup. "There's a huge contradiction on a daily basis," he said.

He is so comtemptible I can't even see straight right now.

Art Linkletter Dies

One of the giants of radio and television.

Quote Of The Day

From Charles Krauthammer:

"Senator [Pat] Roberts also added, after saying the president was thin-skinned, that he should take a Valium before he meets with Republicans. I'd be happy to write the prescription . . ."


Mayors And Guns

Shannon Love over at Chicago Boyz tells us why big city mayors love gun control.


America The Weak

The situation in the world for the United States is now getting very scary. North Korea is showing major hostility. Iran is going to have nuclear weapons soon. The American president is doing nothing. Bill Kristol sums it up: (Hat tip: Gateway Pundit)


GOP Picks Up House Seat In Hawaii

Boosh! Still bummed about the special election in Pennsylvania for Abscam Murtha's seat? This should take that bad taste out of your mouth. Charles Djou has won a special election in Hawaii making him the first Republican House member from Hawaii in 20 years.

Little by little...


Election Night Offers Insight

Some primary and special elections tonight. Some good news. Arlen Specter has been put out to pasture, at long last. He had some good years, but his recent behavior has been a textbook exercise in elitism and opportunism. He can play the "moderate" card all he wants...it was really all about him. And in a sense I feel bad for him, because I think he probably sees this loss as the end of his life. This is how entrenched some of these people get in Washington. Very sad.

The other good news is that Rand Paul won the GOP nomination in Kentucky. Yes, he's the son of renowned fruitcake Ron Paul, but he seems to be much lower on the crazy-scale that ol' poppa. He'd be a good addition to the Senate as long as we keep an eye on him.

The bad news is that the Democrats held onto Jack Murtha's old House seat in Pennsylvania. It may be disappointing, but you can't expect to win all 535 seats. This is a district that is gerrymandered the way a royal family is inbred. Even in a good GOP year, it's a near impossible pickup.

Some people use crack-cocaine...in PA-12, the drug of choice is pork.


Connecticut Senate Candidate Steps In It

Probably the best chance the Dems have for holding an open Senate seat and Dick Blumenthal lies about serving in Vietnam. I love this election year.


NBC To Cancel "Law & Order" (Ten Years Too Late)

When Michael Moriarty was pushed out...I tuned out.

I Love Chris Christie

And I say that with an unblemished record of heterosexuality. If you want to know what I'm looking for in a politician, here's your answer.


Viswanathan Anand Is The Best In Chess

The title match between Vishy Anand and Veselin Topalov is over. Anand has defended the World Champion Title and secured his place in history as one of the best chess players of all time. Dylan Loeb McClain at the Gambit Blog explains:

The victory by Anand cements his legacy. For most of his career, he was overshadowed by Garry Kasparov, the former champion, even losing a title match to him in 1995. But after Kasparov retired in 2005, Anand, Topalov and Kramnik vied to establish themselves as the dominant player. Even after Anand won the tournament in Mexico City, some chess purists argued that he was not a legitimate champion because he had not won the title in a match, as had his predecessors. Beating Kramnik and Topalov in matches should silence the critics.

Indeed. Anand is a smooth operator. Unlike many of the more psychotic players, like the legend Bobby Fischer, Anand is an easy-going individual who overcame the distraction of having to be driven to Sofia (a 40-hour trip) due to the Iceland volcano grounding flights. This delayed the match, the kind of distraction that would shatter most players. Not Anand.

Net Neutrality On The March

Jules and the gang at the FCC are coming for the Internet. Neil Stevens at RedState brings to our attention this ad from Americas for Prosperity with a stern warning.

They're going to everything they can to put in place new controls before the November elections. We have to push back hard.

Muslim College Student Reveals True Feelings To David Horowitz

No analysis needed...it speaks for itself.

Specter: "You Better Watch Out"

You better not cry...you better not pout I'm telling you why...Tea Parties are coming to town!

Okay, that was hokey, but it had to be said.

So Arlen Specter is overheard talking to Orrin Hatch and basically telling him, the Tea Partiers are coming after you next, pal. Hatch replied that it's "vicious out there."

The conversation is very telling. Their reaction to the political winds is not, "the people have spoken," it's "how dare they?" They see the electorate as a group that needs to be fought and outsmarted, not listened to. This is why the targeting of Bob Bennett was key. He may have been a good conservative for the most-part, but he had become entrenched in Washington elitism. We need new blood in Washington, even if it means replacing fairly solid conservatives. We need politicians that don't see the public as an impediment.


Los Angeles Is Dying

George Will, fresh off his intellectual trouncing of Bill Maher, gives us the story of the fall from grace for the City of Angels.


Chutzpah, Thy Name Is McCain

John McCain has a new campaign ad out there in his run for reelection to the Senate. Please enjoy, then meet me below the fold.

Wow. I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard. Bill Clinton, Barack Obama...you are amateurs in the art of political pandering and hypocrisy. Bow down to your master.

Kagan For SCOTUS Put In Perspective

A brilliant post from Jack M. over at Ace of Spades putting the Elena Kagan Supreme Court nomination in the proper perspective. President DeMint? I like!


Utah's Bob Bennett Bounced

GOP Senator Bob Bennett of Utah has been a target of conservative grass-roots and RedState's Erick Erickson for the past few months. And it's worked. Bennett failed to win the GOP State Party caucus which nominates the Senatorial candidate.

Bennett has received a lot of grief (and rightfully so) for his vote in favor of the TARP slush fund, and while this will be pointed to as the only reason for Tea Party angst against the three-term Senator, there's really a lot more to it. In a nutshell, Bennett has been a good conservative Republican Senator for the most part, but having been in Washington for two decades, he succumbed to the disease that often inflicts so many in that evil town where it's more important to look like a team player and give in to the Democrats than be thought ill by the New York Times. He voted for TARP...he worked on an alternate bill to Obamacare with Democrat Senator Ron Wyden that offered little if any difference...in short, he went from being a conservative politician to being an establishment politician. His main pitch for a fourth-term was that he was Senator already, so vote for him!

It's high-time to get some new faces in D.C. We need Senators and Congressmen that want to change the status-quo, not maintain it. This is a good start.

MORE: Chef Erickson has cooked up a plump, meaty crow for all of his critics. Bon appétit!

Jan Brewer Hits Back

With each passing day, I become more and more impressed with Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. Obama is a bully, and like all bullies he can't take it when someone stands up to him. Brewer and her team seem to be taking a page from the book of Chris Christie and are refusing to back down as this video shows.


Rick Sanchez Is An Idiot And Other News

Busy as hell this week so posting has been light, but I end the week with this jewel from Hot Air. Normally I'd give someone in this situation the benefit of the doubt, but Sanchez is such an ass it's pure bliss. Glenn Beck and his gang riff on the CNN anchor mercilessly. Priceless.


Tories Overtake Labour In UK Leading To Hung Govt

And thanks to their screwed up parliamentary system, Brown still has a chance to cling to power, though it's unlikely. Cameron is no Thatcher, but he's a damn sight better than Gordo.


UK Heads To The Polls

As "bigoted women" head to the polls in the UK tomorrow, Daniel Hannan gives us this warning:

If the Conservatives don’t win tomorrow, I warn you not to have a pension. I warn you not to hold savings or own shares. I warn you not to be ambitious, not to be enterprising, not to be patriotic. I warn you not to demand classroom discipline or choice in education. I warn you not to live in southern England. I warn you not to expect public services that serve the public. I warn you not to try to move from benefits into work. I warn you not to hold sterling. I warn you not to own a house. I warn you not to run a business. Above all, I warn you not to offer anyone a job.

FCC Set To Nationalize Internet

Not today, not tomorrow, but someday thanks to a move made today by Jules and the gang.

WASHINGTON—In a move that will stoke a battle over the future of the Internet, the federal government plans to propose regulating broadband lines under decades-old rules designed for traditional phone networks.

The decision, by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, is likely to trigger a vigorous lobbying battle, arraying big phone and cable companies and their allies on Capitol Hill against Silicon Valley giants and consumer advocates.

Breaking a deadlock within his agency, Mr. Genachowski is expected Thursday to outline his plan for regulating broadband lines. He wants to adopt "net neutrality" rules that require Internet providers like Comcast Corp. and AT&T Inc. to treat all traffic equally, and not to slow or block access to websites.

The decision has been eagerly awaited since a federal appeals court ruling last month cast doubt on the FCC's authority over broadband lines, throwing into question Mr. Genachowski's proposal to set new rules for how Internet traffic is managed. The court ruled the FCC had overstepped when it cited Comcast in 2008 for slowing some customers' Internet traffic.

Thank G-d! Obey To Retire

If you want an example of everything that is wrong with the U.S. Congress, this guy would be near the top. He's been in the House since 1969, has been a straight down-the-line leftist and has unbelievable contempt for the people. No matter who wins his seat in November, the country just got a little better today.


Freeze, Baby, Freeze?

That's what Mark Levin says is the only option to "Drill, Baby, Drill." Nicely put.

Chess Championship Reaches Halfway Point

Anand and Topalov are putting on a battle for the ages. Games 6 ended in another draw leaving defending Champion Anand with a 3.5-2.5 advantage in this best of 12 tournament. Gambit Blog has the details.