Oh, You Mean THESE Chemical Weapons

Jim Treacher coins a new phrase that should be on everyone's lips: "Bush Told The Truth, Here's The Proof."

BAGHDAD (AP) — Britain will help the Iraqi government dispose of what’s left of deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s chemical weapons, still stored in two bunkers in north of Baghdad, the British embassy in Baghdad announced Monday.

To quote Norm MacDonald: "Wait, what!?!" That's right, chemical weapons in Iraq. I'd bet the farm that the vast majority of Americans still think there were no chemical weapons a.k.a. "weapons of mass destruction" in Iraq.

Oh, they'll try and say, 'Well, it's not that much, just a few bunkers. Meh.' Even if that were true, in the chemical weapons game, a little goes a long way.

Milton Friedman Turns 100; Tyranny Remains Immortal

There's been a lot of talk about Barack Obama's statement "You didn't build that." What did he mean? Those of us that have paid attention during the almost four years of the Obama Administration know that in the President's heart he means that no capitalist is anything without government.

Now his defenders say it's just common sense. Can't take your goods to market without a government-built road to get you there. That's all fine and good but the President wants us to believe that this isn't merely a 50/50 split between government and capitalists but more like 90/10 at best with the government making everything possible; no businesses, no commerce possible without the government.

In light of the 100th birthday of the late free-market economist Milton Friedman, here is one of his most famous monologues involving a simple pencil:

No "commissar" made any of these people involved in the production of the pencil do what they did. They did it out of self-interest, and by committing such actions of self-interest they improved the lives of their fellow men, men that as Friedman said may hate each other if they knew each other personally. It's an amazing phenomenon.

This is not how Obama and his followers see the world. They see this notion of self-interest as evil even though they practice it themselves sometimes without knowing it.

A movie from 1992 called "Orlando" had a great scene involving a nobleman and Queen Elizabeth I. The nobleman is attempting to entertain the monarch and says: "Now, what would please you? All that is mine is here for your pleasure." The Queen responds: "All you call yours is mine already."

This is the attitude of Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Barney Frank, Chuck Schumer, Joe Biden, et al. Everything that you think is yours is actually theirs. They are the government; they are the philosopher kings, and without them, you are nothing.


CNN President Resigns Saying Company Needs "New" Thinking

Perhaps one of the great understatements of the year. I'm reminded of a scene from one of Spalding Gray's monologues where he is talking to his eye doctor about how to treat his macular pucker. He asked the doctor if he could try some holistic approaches to the problem. The doctor said, "Sure, try all the holistic approaches you want...then we'll operate."

CNN is like Spalding Gray and sadly, Steve Jobs when he was dealing with cancer initially. They knew deep down what they needed to do if they wanted to get better: hand themselves over to medical science. But Jobs tried all kinds of natural remedies to treat his cancer and wasted valuable time. Now he's gone.

CNN will no doubt stick to their proverbial "holistic" approaches to news. They'll hire more liberals, continue to skew the news and then wonder why nobody is watching. What's that definition of insanity again? No matter.


Why Paul Ryan Needs To Be Vice President

If this election is about the economy, about getting rid of a socialist ideologue, than is there any better spokesman for that fight than Congress Paul Ryan? He spoke to AEI yesterday about "Obama 3:16":

Every now and then, he pierces the veil. He’s usually pretty coy about his ideology, but he lets the veil slip from time to time. … His straw man argument is this ridiculous caricature where he’s trying to say if you want any security in life, you stick with me. If you go with these Republicans, they’re going to feed you to the wolves because they believe in some Hobbesian state of nature, and it’s one or the other which is complete bunk, absolutely ridiculous. But it seems to be the only way he thinks he can make his case. He’s deluded himself into thinking that his so-called enemies are these crazy individualists who believe in some dog-eat-dog society when what he’s really doing is basically attacking people like entrepreneurs and stacking up a list of scapegoats to blame for his failures.

His comments seem to derive from a naive vision of a government-centered society and a government-directed economy. It stems from an idea that the nucleus of society and the economy is government not the people. … It is antithetical to the American idea. We believe in free communities, and this is a statist attack on free communities. … As all of his big government spending programs fail to restore jobs and growth, he seems to be retreating into a statist vision of government direction and control of a free society that looks backward to the failed ideologies of the 20th century.

This is not a Bill Clinton Democrat. He’s got this very government-centric, old 20th century collectivist philosophy which negates the American experiment which is people living in communities, supporting one another, having government stick to its limits so it can do its job really well … Those of us who are conservative believe in government, we just believe government has limits. We want government to do what it does well and respect its limits so civil society and families can flourish on their own and do well and achieve their potential.
As a side note, if Romney tabs Ryan to be his running mate, Obama will have only himself to blame. Remember it was Obama that inadvertently made Ryan a star when he invited the Republicans to the Health Care Summit and Ryan ate the President's lunch.


Obama 3:16

Barack Obama has said a lot of shocking things in his nearly 4 years in office, but this quote is the John 3:16 of his presidency.


Offshore Investments And The New Media

The recent dust-up over Mitt Romney's Swiss Bank Accounts provides an important lesson on the evolution of journalism in America. This week the Obama campaign went with the "Mitt Romney is an outsourcer" meme but this game plan was short-lived as the New Media in the form of the Weekly Standard, revealed the hypocrisy: (Hat tip: Hot Air)

Disclosure forms reveal that Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a member of Congress from Florida, previously held funds with investments in Swiss banks, foreign drug companies, and the state bank of India. This revelation comes mere days after the Democratic chair attacked presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for holding money in Swiss bank accounts in the past.

This pushed the hand of the Old Media as ABC News, which still has a few true journalists left in their arsenal, revealed Valerie "Obama's Brain" Jarrett's own foreign exploits:

A lot of attention has been focused lately on Mitt Romney’s offshore finances in places like the Cayman Islands and Bermuda.

But the word Bermuda pops up on the financial disclosure forms of  one of President Obama’s top advisers too.

Valerie Jarrett’s financial disclosure form filed May 4 lists a line of credit from a Bermuda insurance company valued between $100,000 and $250,000.

Now, what can we surmise from this?  Two possibilities: 1) The Democrat Party machine is still stuck in the past when there was only the Old Media and they could make any statement they wanted and not have to worry about it being challenged or investigated; or 2) The Democrat Party machine is relying on the fact that attention spans are short and many people will only hear the first charge and not hear the rebuttal. It's likely a combination of both which leads to the behind-the-scenes in-fighting you sometimes hear about on political campaigns or in the halls of Congress or the White House. Some, I'm sure, are furious that this meme collapsed because no one checked to see if the walls were made of glass.

Factor into this a recent Gallup Poll that shows consumer confidence in Television News at an all time low:

Americans' confidence in television news is at a new low by one percentage point, with 21% of adults expressing a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in it. This marks a decline from 27% last year and from 46% when Gallup started tracking confidence in television news in 1993.

I quipped on Twitter that we need to get this number down to zero, but that's no joke. I'm inclined to say since Watergate, but it's really since the Kennedy Administration that the MSM has made it their priority to not report the news but make the news. To quote Charles Foster Kane, "People will think what I tell them to think." I've seen Dan Rather use false documents to try and take down a President. I've seen "Fast and Furious," a scandal bigger than Watergate, ignored by NBC. This is no longer just a simple matter of bias; the MSM is now slouching toward Fifth Column territory. Any Republican presidential candidate starts with an immediate handicap created by the MSM. If you control information, you control the future. Glenn Reynolds, Roger L. Simon, Andrew Breitbart and many more have been storming the gates for years and making significant progress, but with progress comes a wounded enemy that becomes more rabid, more desperate in its desire to keep its grip on the power and ability to "change the world."

In short, the MSM must be defeated. It's the only chance we have to get our country back. The ratings for the national evening newscast must hit rock-bottom; circulations of newspapers and magazines need to dwindle to near oblivion leaving the statists with no allies to carry their messages of misdirection and confusion.


The Roberts Opinion: A Clearinghouse of Analysis

It's been a week since the release of the Roberts Opinion on Obamacare. This may be the most significant opinion in decades so I've aggregated the various opinions on the opinion as a resource for fellow bloggers. This list is only from those I consider intellectually honest. If you want to hear what Ezra Klein or Ben Smith have to say, Google is right there. Have at it.

Opinion Supporters:
-George Will

Silver Lining:
-Roger Kimball
-Erick Erickson
-Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli
-R. Emmett Tyrrell

Opinion Detractors:
-Rush Limbaugh
-Mark Levin
-Fred Thompson
-John Yoo
-Nick Gillespie
-Thomas Sowell
-Andrew McCarthy
-Michael Walsh
-John Podhoretz
-Peter Wehner
-Victor Davis Hanson
-Bob Barr

This list is of course incomplete. If you know of others that should be added, let me know in the comments section.


Happy Dependence Day!

While Chris Rock calls July 4th "white peoples independence day," perhaps he can take some solace (or for his ilk, schadenfreude) in the fact that white people are working hard to enslave themselves and make July 4th a meaningless holiday. Soon we will all be the same, Chris; won't that be grand?


The Taxing Power, My Dear

As much as it pains me to soil my blog with a link from The Daily Beast, Jonathan Alter does have a pretty interesting story from way back in 1934 that is relevant today (Hat tip: Hot Air emphasis mine):

But Perkins was worried. The Supreme Court was moving toward a narrow interpretation of the Commerce Clause that would invalidate many of the great achievements of the New Deal. Soon that would include the National Recovery Act, the capstone of FDR’s famous First Hundred Days in 1933.

(It would be another four years before Justice Owen Roberts—no relation—would famously switch sides and the Court would begin reversing itself, partly in response to FDR’s 1937 “court packing” scheme.)

Perkins went to dinner at the home of someone lost to history and recalls in her memoirs that she bumped into Justice Harlan Fiske Stone there.
When Perkins expressed worry about whether an old-age and survivors insurance program would pass constitutional muster, Stone, a Republican appointee to the court and future chief justice, replied: “The taxing power of the federal government, my dear; the taxing power is sufficient for everything you want and need.”

Yes, the seeds were planted long ago. We should've listened to Sheriff John Brown.