By Steve Milloy, The Washington Times:
March 2 should be a date that lives in infamy for the Obama Environmental Protection Agency.
That day will most likely be the last opportunity for congressional Republicans to apply meaningful pressure on EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson as she testifies before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on the agency’s 2013 budget.
Over the past three years, the Obama EPA has conducted a scorched earth campaign against fossil fuel producers and users, especially the coal-fired power industry, with multibillion-dollar rules that provide no meaningful environmental or public-health benefits, like the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule and the Mercury Air Toxics Standard (MATS).
The EPA will soon propose its greenhouse gas emission standards for power plants – rules that will attempt to make it financially impossible to construct new coal-fired power plants in the United States.
It seems that President Obama was deadly serious when he told the San Francisco Chronicle in January 2008, “So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.”
By JAMES TARANTO:
Social liberals have two basic approaches to social conservatism: mystification and triumphalism. Both reflect a failure of understanding–but more than that, an incapacity to understand, a will to ignorance that is best understood as a psychological defense.
For an example of mystification, let’s look at a recent column by former Enron adviser Paul Krugman. He ponders the question of why Republican states tend to have higher levels of government dependency–as measured by the percentage of aggregate personal income that comes from transfer payments–than Democratic ones. One possibility he doesn’t consider is that the measure is flawed–that there are more and richer rich people in blue states like California, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York, skewing the percentage downward.
Still, it’s generally accepted that working-class voters are more socially conservative than affluent ones, and that at least among whites that shows up at the ballot box as support for Republicans. Here’s Krugman’s effort to make sense of the phenomenon:
by Soeren Kern:
Leading Islamic groups in Switzerland are seeking to establish a single national representative body that will enable all of the country’s Muslims to “speak with one voice.”
The organizers say their new “parliament” will be called “Umma Schweiz” and be based on the principles of Islamic Sharia law. The headquarters of the organization will be located in Basel with “representatives” in all 26 cantons (or “states”) of Switzerland. The first “test vote” of Umma Schweiz will be held in the fall of 2012; the group will be fully functional in 2013.
Ummah, an Arabic word that means “nation,” refers to the entire Muslim community throughout the world. In recent years, Muslims have stepped up efforts to unify the globally fragmented ummah in an effort to revive an Islamic Caliphate or empire. Many Muslim scholars view the political unification of the ummah as a prerequisite to the consolidation of global Muslim power and the subsequent establishment of an Islamic world order.
Swiss analysts say the initiative is an effort to establish a “parallel” legislative body in Switzerland that will be a mouthpiece for Islamic fundamentalists who are seeking to impose Sharia law on the country, according to an exposé published by the newspaper Basler Zeitung.
Matt C. Abbott:
“If I ever see this girl, I will kill her. That’s a promise.”
Those precious words of tolerance were typed by an individual commenting on YouTube about a 14-year-old girl who recently, and publicly, defended traditional marriage.
by The Right Scoop:
In the aftermath of Drudge’s shameful headline story yesterday, Rush decided to take a dig at Drudge using his new headline about $6 gas prices:
by Jacob Laksin:
Earlier this month the Canadian news channel Sun News uncovered a PowerPoint presentation by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund that lays bare its strategy of funding a host of environmental groups to thwart the Keystone XL pipeline as well as other development projects that the fund considered a “globally significant threat.” According to investigative reporter Lachlan Markay, the 2008 presentation “describes the allocation of $7 million to environmental non-profits for tactics that include the use of the legislative and legal systems to delay or derail energy production in the United States and Canada, and to ‘raise the costs’ of energy in both nations.” The Daily Caller reports that the 2008 strategy session also featured presentations from Rockefeller Brothers Fund program officer Michael Northrop as well as the representatives of several environmental groups, among them Corporate Ethics International, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Pembina Institute, a Canadian activist group. Together, these groups would emerge at the forefront of an alarmist scare-campaign that ultimately led to Keystone’s cancellation.
by Daniel Greenfield:
Jews occupy a peculiar position in the Democratic Party: The Jewish vote is part of the Democratic base, but at the same time the party does not represent Jewish interests, either at home or abroad, and of the last three Democratic presidents, two were nakedly hostile to the Jewish state. Now the second of them is running for reelection and is counting on the Jewish vote.
After November 6th, 2012, Barack Obama will either be a leader with absolute control over foreign policy and nothing to lose or the first Democratic incumbent since Carter to lose the White House. For Obama everything hinges on securing the next four years and that requires him to play up his pro-Israel credentials while trying to convince Jewish voters that the animosity and ugliness of his present term never happened.
But there are two things dragging him down: The Center for American Progress and Media Matters.
It was the confidential memo that really sold the story — that gave the steak its sizzle, if you will. The memo purports to show Heartland staff and directors participating in what DeSmog calls the Climate Cover-Up, a plot to create a phony belief among teachers and the public that climate science is still unsettled. By “intentionally sowing the seeds of confusion,” DeSmog claims, Heartland and other sceptics hope to slow the teaching of global warming theory in schools and stall public-policy efforts to switch Western economies from carbon fuels to alternate energy sources.
The biggest trouble for DeSmog and the other outlets that instantly ran with this stunning revelation is that the confidential memo is almost certainly a forgery. Another problem is that the remaining Heartland documents (which are likely real, but largely unremarkable) were obtained fraudulently and did not come from a Heartland “insider,” as DeSmog claimed, but rather from a prominent global-warming alarmist and activist, Peter Gleick, co-founder of the Pacific Institute, an environmental think tank, and a long-time foe of Heartland.
By Muguntan Vanar in Kota Kinabalu/The Star | Asia News Network:
It was only a kiss, but an Arab visitor blew his top and attacked two women at a backpackers’ lodge here.
The man’s outrage was caught on video and posted on YouTube immediately after the 6.30pm incident on Feb 9.
Police are now looking for the suspect, who was seen on the video clip attacking receptionist Dewina Jolilin, 22, and moving towards another woman, said to be the local girlfriend of a Canadian traveller here.
City police chief Asst Comm Ahmad Sofi Zakaria said the receptionist had lodged a police report against the suspect, who was last seen leaving the lodge in a huff in a taxi.
Tourist Daniel Gunn, 30, who recorded the episode, said he had kissed his girlfriend on the cheek in the hall area and this infuriated the Arab man.
“I tried to calm him down but he got angrier,” said the Canadian.
By Peter Ferrara:
It’s all of a piece with the Obama-Stephanopoulos practice of Calculated Deception.
I have frequently discussed in this column the concept of Calculated Deception. That is President Obama’s practice of taking advantage of what he calculates average people don’t know, and what the Democratic Party-controlled media won’t tell them, to mislead them into thinking and believing what will most benefit him politically. That practice is now spreading across the entire Democrat party.
We are seeing this play out now in particularly ugly fashion in regard to the fabricated issue of contraception. President Obama, the Democrats, and their party-controlled press are play-acting as if the Republicans are campaigning to ban contraception. That is their interpretation of Republican opposition to President Obama’s mandate forcing Catholic institutions to provide for their employees free contraceptives, abortion-inducing drugs and sterilization.
It is not just the Catholic Church. We will all now be forced to pay for free contraceptives for everybody — and abortion, sterilization, and anything else Il Duce decides we must pay for — through the individual and employer mandates of Obamacare.
The master propagandists of the left have taken on a breathtaking task: selling the public on Obama’s economic disaster as a good thing. The witting left understands that the “fundamental transformation” Obama promised means permanently high unemployment and workforce shrinkage, as the private sector is squeezed out of sector after sector of the economy. Thus, it becomes important to propagandize the public that there are benefits to unemployment. A population dependent on what Charles Krauthammer called the big government teat must have its consolations.
Thus we find a brilliant piece of propaganda by Peter Orszag, former OMB director for President Obama, and vice Chairman of global banking at Citigroup. From Bloomberg: