New WH Chief of Staff: “Sometimes you can’t defend the indefensible”

Well, I think this pretty much says it all:

White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley took heat from business executives Thursday for the Obama administration’s regulatory expansions. Daley also said he didn’t have any good answers for some of what President Obama is doing and expressed frustration about the “bureaucratic stuff that’s hard to defend.”

“Sometimes you can’t defend the indefensible,” Daley said at a National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) meeting.

Daley couldn’t answer basic questions and continually faced criticism from the executives in the room. The business leaders even applauded each other’s criticism of the administration. “At one point, the room erupted in applause when Massachusetts utility executive Doug Starrett, his voice shaking with emotion, accused the administration of blocking construction on one of his facilities to protect fish, saying government ‘throws sand into the gears of progress,’” wrote Peter Wallsten and Jia Lynn Yang in the Washington Post.

Doug Powers quips:

What better way to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Recovery Summer™?

Really though, White House staffers have been defending the indefensible for a long time, so this lack of effort makes Daley look lazy. Wasn’t there an ATM nearby to blame? Come on, Bill, please stick to the script.

Incidentally, the White House Communications Director got a chilly reception at the Netroots Convention. That “enthusiasm gap” is turning into a massive crevasse.

Me? I’m just thankful that, for once, someone in this administration is telling the truth.  I don’t expect it to last.

Pat Condell on Islamic cultural terrorism

**Posted by Phineas

There’s a category here at Public Secrets called “cultural jihad,” referring to the efforts of Islamic supremacists to condition Westerners to accept sharia law through grievance mongering and the exploitation of our generally tolerant customs and multicultural guilt. Robert Spencer has called this the “Stealth Jihad,” while former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy examines it at length in his book “The Grand Jihad.”

In Europe, the process is farther along, now involving intimidation, violence, and even enclaves run by Islamic supremacists in which the police refuse to enforce the law. Hence the reason why, in the video below, British comic Pat Condell calls what’s happening in Europe “cultural terrorism.”

Pat really shouldn’t be so shy about his feelings.

NOTE: Keep in mind that when Condell refers to Islamic extremists as “the far Right,” he’s doing so in a European context, where “far Right” means “fascist.” In the US, on the other hand, I believe we’re coming to a more correct understanding — that “Right” means “limited government,” while Fascism is part of the statist, totalitarian Left. See Goldberg’s “Liberal Fascism” for an excellent discussion.

via The Jawa Report

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

Klavan on the Culture: Paul Ryan vs Barack Obama — link fixed!

**Posted by Phineas

It’s on:

UPDATE: Hmmm… This video is suddenly not available, locked up by the uploader. That would be Pajamas Media. I’m willing to bet that’s because of a certain joke at the end that oversensitive types might take wrong. Guess we’ll know if a revised video takes its place. Sorry for the inconvenience, folks.

UPDATE II: We have a new link, thanks to LarryG in the comments. Not sure why the original was pulled, as there’s no revision I can see. Regardless, enjoy. 

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

The war on lemonade stands

**Posted by Phineas

What is it with petty little bureaucrats and children’s lemonade stands? First it was some martinet in Oregon who made a 7-year old girl cry, and now a county inspector in Maryland not only shut down some kids’ stand, but he fined their parents $500:

You can make a fortune selling parking spots outside the US Open, but don’t even dream of setting up a lemonade stand.

A county inspector ordered the Marriott and Augustine kids to shut down the stand they set up on Persimmon Tree Rd, right next to Congressional. And after they allegedly ignored a couple of warnings, the inspector fined their parents $500.

“This gentleman from the county is now telling us because we don’t have a vendors license, the kids won’t be allowed to sell their lemonade,” Carrie Marriott told us, her voice trembling.

The kids can’t seem to understand it. “I don’t agree, I think the county is wrong.” “We’re sending the money to charity.”

A county official claimed there was some sort of risk because of traffic in the area, but the fact is that any vendor in the county, even a child selling ice-cold lemonade from his front lawn, has to register and get a license.

Give me a break. Is common sense that alien to government?

And yes, that was a rhetorical question.

via Tim Carney

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)