**Posted by Phineas
Time to clear out some backlogged links; I think you’ll find something worth reading under each category:
If you’ve ever doubted that the MSM is full of hypocritical cowards, this should clear things right up: BBC Chief admits Christianity treated worse than other religions . And by “other religions,” I don’t think they mean Judaism… (via Howie )
I’ve said before that the Democrats’ policies (“Quantitative easing,” aka “printing money;” a devotion to radical environmental agendas) will cause inflation, for example in the cost of gasoline . But the Consumer Price Index (CPI) pegs inflation at a modest 3.1%. So, was I wrong? No, I wasn’t. Real inflation for the things you buy everyday is at more than 8%  for the previous year. And it will get worse. (via Fausta )
Meanwhile, James Pethokoukis rips into Treasury Secretary Geithner’s arrogance and financial ignorance . I’m so glad Turbo-Tax Timmy is watching our money. Aren’t you?
In light of the coming election, George Will  has argued that Republicans should concentrate on capturing Congress, making Obama a relative lame-duck with a limited opportunity to do harm for the next four years. While I agree we need to take Congress to implement much-needed reforms, I strongly disagree that Obama would be a gelded president. So does Bryan Preston, in a must-read article . Three words: Supreme Court appointments.
As part of his class-warfare campaign to get reelected, Obama likes to excoriate oil companies for the supposedly obscene profits they rake in. And gullible people lap it up. At Power Line, John Hinderaker shows how much ExxonMobil puts back in to the American economy, making them a good corporate citizen , not evil.
OPERATION FAST & FURIOUS:
In what is one of the better examples of chutzpah I’ve seen in a while, Attorney General Eric Holder wants credit  for stopping Fast and Furious. Really, this guy knows no shame.
CBS’ Sharyl Attkisson, one of the few MSM reporters giving Gunwalker serious coverage, reports that the gun used to kill ICE Agent Jaime Zapata in Mexico in 2010 also came from an ATF undercover operation . That is, it was ultimately supplied by our Department of Justice. That makes two US federal agents and over 300 Mexicans killed by “walked” guns.
I wonder if Eric Holder wants credit for that, too?
A potentially larger problem than Operation Fast and Furious is the danger of our southern neighbor becoming a failed state, or, at the least, the Mexican government losing control of large swathes of its territory on our mutual border. Some say that’s overstating  the problem. But, what if the warning is coming from
the governor legislators of a Mexican state bordering Texas? “Nuevo Leon on the verge of collapse .”
I feel reassured, don’t you?
(Crossposted at Public Secrets )