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EPA vs unions and Tea Party?

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The Environmental Protection Agency has unveiled stringent new rules  for clean-water nutrient levels,  requiring phosphorous and nitrogen levels in all lakes,  bays,  rivers,  streams and canals in Florida to be held to those of the area’s most pristine waterways.   The rules are set to be implemented  —  in only Florida   —  next year.

Since the standard will bankrupt the state and destroy its agricultural sector,  His Oneness has manged to go into a politically divided state and create this most unusual coalition.

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March 31, 2011 at 11:53 pm

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Side of embryonic cells…

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The news that some major food companies employ a corporation which uses human  embryonic cells for its research is definitely changing my grocery list.

I was born in the South,   so I never developed a taste for Pepsi, and I eat very little soy,  but I have purchased many products from both Kraft and Nestle.   They will be off my shopping lists until they follow Campbell Soup Company and sever their relationship with Senomyx .

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March 31, 2011 at 9:47 am

A man with a plan…

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The  inventor of the Internet has died.   No,  not Al Gore,  but Paul Baran, the US engineer who built the Arpanet,  the precursor to today’s Internet.

Thanks,  Mr. Baran.

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March 30, 2011 at 11:57 pm

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Openness?

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The Obama Administration thinks nothing will happen if they stick the pool reporter in a closet?   How out of touch must one be to think like that?

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March 30, 2011 at 9:29 am

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More Libya…

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The first thing I hear on the news this morning is that NATO is delaying taking over the Libya operation,  less than 12 hours after His Oneness assured us NATO would assume control Wednesday.    Don’t you just love the smell of disaster in the morning?

As Robert Stacy McCain  puts it,  we know Libya is a really bad idea because Sen. John Kerry favors it.   Toby Harnden found the speech as  lacking in clarity as I did.    Praveen Swami worries that other despots will take from this adventure the fact that Gaddafi gave up his nuclear and chemical weaponry ambitions.  Even NBC’s Jim Maceda said Gaddafi must be  feeling better since His Oneness didn’t call for actual regime change.

AP  fact-checked the speech.   The score wasn’t pretty.  The Washington Times landed a solid punch with  its editorial.   Paul Kengor gives us an  intelligence nugget from the Reagan era which was new to me.  Today would certainly be different if Gaddafi had been assassinated then.  Steven Hayward  focused on the style of the speech,  and  the comments below point out other annoyances.

Marc Thiessen found it  fundamentally dishonest, while even The New Republic,  in the course of praising the emperor,  had some questions.  Many were  unimpressed.

Jonah Goldberg’s  basketball analogies for Obama’s actions on Libya holds up nicely after the speech.

ObamaCare birthday…

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Kim Strassel has a  good overview of the bill and the country’s reaction to it.   Ted Nugent  has astutely renamed it “crony-care”.

And the public doesn’t like ObamaCare,  despite  all the goodies which come with it.

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March 29, 2011 at 9:24 am

Brave woman…

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Veena Malik is indeed a very brave woman.  Read about a Pakistani actress standing up to a Muslim cleric,  here.

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March 28, 2011 at 11:54 pm

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More words, less information…

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Obama will give another lesson in teleprompter reading tonight,  supposedly on the subject our adventure into Libya.   Politico says  everyone will be listening,  from Congress to the man in the street.   I think Jed Babbin,  who was a Deputy Undersecretary of Defense under Bush 41,  has it just about right.

There is no coherent explanation to be made,  and His Oneness can not afford to tell us the truth,  which is that,  as his his custom,  he is trying to position himself to claim credit for success,  while avoiding blame for failure.   Do watch — I suspect you’re about to find out just how stupid your President really believes you are.

UPDATE:  If Obama is going to “update” us,  shouldn’t he have already spoken to us?  Start with praising the troops,  followed by a bald-faced lie — the Left hates the military and has been trying to destroy it for years,  hence the push for gays in the military and women in combat.   Here’s  the text as prepared for delivery.   Daniel Foster   thinks we finally have the Obama Doctrine,  but I disagree  —  Obama’s statements suffer an extremely short  shelf life,  and are plump with  circular logic.

Obama  hit back at those who accused him of dithering,   but mostly it was a campaign speech loaded with self-praise.  An alert National Review Online reader caught His Oneness all but copying another Bush speech.   Jim Antle has a  neat summation.

The problem for His Oneness is that based on the place he marked,  we should intervene everywhere,  but we are to ignore that he failed to offer a single word of encouragement to Iranian protesters.  And how,  pray tell me,  are we to remove Gaddafi by non-military means when they have failed in the past?   He repeated that the tyrant has lost his legitimacy — the dictator never had any legitimacy,  and why was His Oneness afraid to call him a terrorist?

Stanley Kurtz has a  good breakdown,  and Alvin Felzenberg hammers Obama for setting  bad precedents.   Dana Perino wasn’t satisfied either.   And nobody thought His Oneness would mention that  the State Department helped Gaddafi’s son visit the USA just before the uprising.

This was a man  reading his teleprompter with no fire whatsoever,  like a professor instructing dull students.    How good do you feel when classicist Victor Davis Hanson finds the  speech murky at best?   My title was proven absolutely correct.

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March 28, 2011 at 11:19 pm

Not party time…

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Frank Miele has some  excellent advice for us all,  regardless of political persuasion.

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March 28, 2011 at 9:00 am

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Senate climate theater…

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There will be votes this week on three amendments to small-business legislation that would  limit EPA’s climate authority.   Make sure your senators are going to vote the right way,  and then demand they defund EPA.

UPDATE:  The Wall Street Journal  weighs in,  so if you have Democratic senators,  now is the time to persuade them.

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March 27, 2011 at 11:52 pm

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