Daily News Report 5/10/2010

The “Civilization” Of the U.S. Military

by George Will

MacDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — When asked whether nationalism is putting down roots in Afghanistan’s tribalized society, Gen. David Petraeus is judicious: “I don’t know that I could say that.” He adds, however, that “we do polling” on that subject. When his questioner expresses skepticism about the feasibility of psephology — measuring opinion — concerning an abstraction such as nationalism in a chaotic, secretive and suspicious semi-nation, Petraeus, his pride aroused, protests: “I took research methodology” at Princeton. There he acquired a Ph.D. in just two years: His voracious appetite for knowing things is the leitmotif of his career.


The Problems with Al Gore

By David Deming

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There are two problems with Al Gore.  First, he’s a demagogue who lacks an appreciation for the ethics and methods of science.  Second, he’s a not a scientist, but a celebrity and politician who does not understand the technical aspects of science.  Put succinctly, the man simply doesn’t know what he’s talking about.  But Gore is now advising the world on complex technical issues related to energy and climate.  That’s a problem for the human race.

Obama: Civility for Thee, but Not for Me

Floyd & Mary Beth Brown

Our Lecturer-in-Chief demands we do as he says, not as he does. During his University of Michigan commencement address, Barack Obama assumed the professorial role and began lecturing Americans on how to behave: “Now, the second way to keep our democracy healthy is to maintain a basic level of civility in our public debate. . But we can’t expect to solve our problems if all we do is tear each other down. You can disagree with a certain policy without demonizing the person who espouses it.”

Senate Hearing Promotes Anti-American Watchlist Bills

Since September 11, 2001, it’s been clear that terrorists who hate America will exploit our weaknesses in order to destroy us. This week, Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.), Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) and New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg exploited Americans’ fear of terrorism to push their latest anti-gun proposal, and in doing so showed that they’re willing to destroy other parts of the Constitution, to choke its Second Amendment.

On Tuesday, as chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, Lieberman held a hearing to give Lautenberg and King the opportunity to promote their bills S.1317 and H.R.2159, to prohibit the possession of firearms by people on the FBI’s “terrorist watchlist,” and Lautenberg’s S. 2820, to maintain records of approved instant background check transactions for a minimum of 180 days. The watchlist bills further propose that a person seeking relief in court  from these new restrictions would be prevented from examining and challenging “evidence” against him, and that the judge deciding whether the person had been watchlisted for good reason be limited to summaries and redacted versions of such “evidence.”

Banned: The American Flag on Cinco de Mayo

by Kevin McCullough

It was worse when tens of thousands of illegals marched on downtown streets without any fear to demand socialized redistribution of rights to those who are not citizens and who disrespect the laws of our nation to even bother themselves with trying to correct course.

Dick Morris and Eileen McGann: What Motivates Obama: Leftist Turnout

Why is Barack Obama vilifying Fox News? Why does Harry Reid push an immigration bill he knows can’t pass? Why won’t Chuck Schumer compromise on regulatory reform, and why does he try to hang Goldman Sachs around the GOP? Why did Bill Clinton blame conservatives who oppose big government for the Oklahoma City bombing?

‘Tea party’ wins victory in Utah

By Amy Gardner Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, May 9, 2010

The national “tea party” movement toppled its first incumbentRepublican Party‘s nominating convention, the most powerful demonstration yet of the anti-Washington tide Saturday as long-serving Sen. Robert F. Bennett was defeated at the Utah that is altering the nation’s political landscape.

Bennett, seeking a fourth term after 18 years in office, became the first sitting senator to fall in the ideological battle being waged in his party. Although he has long been viewed as a reliable conservative with deep Mormon roots, Republicans rallied behind two other candidates — neither of whom has held political office — who will compete for the nomination at a June primary.

Gates vows to shrink Pentagon bureaucracy

ABILENE, KAN. — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates vowed Saturday to lead an effort to cut as much as $15 billion in overhead costs from the Pentagon’s $550 billion budget and warned that without the savings, the military will not be able to afford its current force.

‘KBR to Get No-Bid Army Work as U.S. Alleges Kickbacks (Update1)

Bloomberg

By Tony Capaccio

May 6 (Bloomberg) — KBR Inc. was selected for a no-bid contract worth as much as $568 million through 2011 for military support services in Iraq, the Army said.

The Army announced its decision yesterday only hours after the Justice Department said it will pursue a lawsuit accusing the Houston-based company of taking kickbacks from two subcontractors on Iraq-related work. The Army also awarded the work to KBR over objections from members of Congress, who have pushed the Pentagon to seek bids for further logistics contracts.

Is America Conquered when the American Flag is ‘Offensive’?

By John Griffing

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Californians were recently confronted with a sobering reality. Students at a large high school in the Morgan Hill district were told by school administrators that American flag tee shirts and other patriotic paraphernalia were not allowed, citing Cinco de Mayo as justification.

Few students at the school probably realize that America provided help to Mexico in expelling the French, whose defeat at the Battle of Puebla is comemorated on May 5th. How can American flags be “offensive” on a day that almost is as much American as it is Mexican?  Cinco de Mayo is not even celebrated as a national holiday in Mexico.

Welcome to the Long Run

Our national debt problem has become so obvious that even liberals are noticing it.  First it was the San Francisco Chronicle and more recently The Washington Post.  But these same folks have a funny way of placing the blame.  The standard narrative is as follows: life was wonderful under President Clinton, then George W. Bush screwed it all up with his reckless spending and unnecessary wars, and now poor President Obama has to deal with the mess he inherited from George Bush.

The America I left – reactions of a retiring expat.

Marcus Bridgewater
As I passed customs and immigration, presented my passport and politely answered every question (“No, I did not bring any plant life or fruits…No, no animals….No…No…”), I was filled with a sense of relief to be back in my home country after a long trip abroad.  Now, it wasn’t an overwhelming euphoria, but this is primarily due to Dulles International Airport’s intentionally inhospitable atmosphere, which is cleverly designed to disgust and repel immigration on all levels.

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