Sunday Links Fiesta, debate-skipping edition

Posted by: Phineas on January 8, 2012 at 2:53 pm

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I still can’t bring myself to watch the Republican debates: the quiz-show format, the never-ending quest for the gotcha moment or highlight soundbite, and (usually) liberal MSM hacks asking questions of conservative Republicans. (And on that last, I say “WTF??”)

Thank God there’s NFL football on.

But there are also good articles to read on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Here are a few I want to commend to your attention:

Debt-Watch: Senator (and future president) Marco Rubio has had enough with debt ceiling increases and wrote a scathing letter to President Obama to announce his opposition to another increase. Key phrase: “…the first three years of your presidency have been a profile in leadership failure.” Ouch!

Operation Fast & Furious: Three key ATF officials have been reassigned pending the DoJ Inspector General’s report. More scapegoats to protect Eric Holder and President Obama?

High-Speed Railroad-mania: For some reason, the statist Left are obsessed with high-speed railroads. (I suspect it’s a control-thing for them.) China’s vaunted program has been mired in scandal, while California’s proposed high-speed boondoggle has neared $100 billion in projected costs. So, what does the supposedly conservative (and definitely broke) government of the UK propose to do? Build their own high-speed railroad! James Delingpole calls it Britain’s “latest suicidal gesture.”

American Decline-Watch: President Obama announced massive cuts in military spending and active forces. The President says this will make American forces leaner and more efficient, while meeting our defense needs. Analyst Max Boot say these cuts put America on a “suicidal trajectory.” I agree with Max. For a reminder that American decline is a deliberate choice by Obama and his allies, have a look at Charles Krauthammer’s brilliant “decline is a choice.”

ObamaCare: The Supreme Court will be holding hearings on the constitutionality of ObamaCare soon. In preparation, Mario Loyola and other conservative-libertarian scholars have filed a brief explaining why not only should the individual mandate be struck down, but other key provisions, too.

Candidates-Watch: I’ve announced my support for Governor Perry for president, but other candidates are worth looking at, too. Fred Barnes argues that Governor Romney is more conservative than we think. I’m not wholly convinced, but thought there was enough here to chew over to make it worth passing along. Meanwhile, at Conservative Commune, a conservative, pro-life, Catholic woman makes the case against Rick Santorum.

Liberal Fascism-Watch: Call it “statism,” “the Chicago Way,” the “thugocracy,” whatever, President Obama is showing an arrogance and disregard for constitutional government that I have never seen in my lifetime. (In fact, I suspect this is what a Huey Long presidency would have looked like). At City Journal, Fred Siegel and Joel Kotkin write about “The New Authoritarianism.” It’s alarmist, but rightfully so. Meanwhile, former federal prosecutor Andy McCarthy takes Obama and the Democrats to the woodshed for violating the constitutional order and the Republicans for doing nothing to stop it.

Birthday-Watch: It was Kim Jong-Un’s birthday this weekend, though it’s a state secret as to just which day it is. The Telegraph has video of the latest Dear Leader celebrating by doing his best Michael Dukakis impression and driving a tank. Really, these NoKo propaganda videos are almost an entertainment genre themselves. My favorite is the happy soldiers jumping up and down for joy at the little Un’s visit.

Finally, food: After all those annoying or depressing articles, doesn’t some comfort food sound good? And what’s a better side dish for breakfast than potatoes? You’ll love these “Perfect Breakfast Potatoes,” from Crepes of Wrath.

Hey, I’m not all-politics, all the time, y’know!

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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5 Responses to “Sunday Links Fiesta, debate-skipping edition”

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  1. Great White Rat says:

    Some sad news to add to Phineas’ links: Tony Blankley, former press secretary to Speaker Gingrich and a regular conservative commentator on the cable news circuit, has passed away from stomach cancer at age 63.

    Rummaging through some of his final few Townhall.com columns, I found these words in his piece written for Thanksgiving 2011:

    Our founding words and ideas are ever young. They are imperishable. And we should not wander from our faith in them. On America’s Thanksgiving Day 2011, we should be thankful for what our founding Fathers created and bequeathed to us and to the world. And we should be strengthened to fight for the more complete application of those ideas in the election year that follows this week’s prayerful Thanksgiving celebration.

    Amen to all of that. R.I.P. Tony. You will be missed.

  2. Carlos says:

    Something else unrelated to anything listed, but I’m more than upset about it. The game day crew for CBS mocked Tim Tebow and his religion after the game today. I sent the following to both CBS and to the local CBS affiliate:

    “I vehemently object to the mockery of Tim Tebow by the sports crew after the game today. Whether one agrees with the Christian religion or not, our Constitution guarantees the freedom to worship as we please. Mocking a Christian is in vogue these days, but that is because tolerance stops at the door of a church, apparently.

    “I will watch no CBS television, including local programming, until a full apology for the shameful display of anti-Christian contempt is given by both CBS and the CBS sports department.”

    I would encourage everyone to write similar notes to both CBS and their affiliates. It’s about time those bozos realize Christians will take a hit without response but won’t have their God mocked, and that the power of the purse is something we understand and they are afraid of. Even if you’re an atheist, if you’re a conservative you’ve got a dog in this fight.

  3. Drew the Infidel says:

    I’m still trying to figure out when being an unapologetic Christian became a provocative act. Why, you’d think there was a closet Muslim in the WH.

  4. Great White Rat says:

    Drew, remember that last year they wanted to ban Bibles at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. If you were hospitalized there, your family was not allowed to bring a Bible for you to read. Just like…..Saudi Arabia.