Links and Thinks

President supports more drilling in Brazil, but opposes it at home.  What gives?

Our ‘allies’ in Libya include members of Al Quaeda.  Well.  Who could have known that?


We don’t use oil to generate our electricity here in the USA.  We mostly use coal.  We use oil for transportation.  This is why windmills do nothing to reduce our oil dependency (in fact, since the parts, tools, and workers need to be transported, they might increase our oil use)

A few things you might not have heard about Ghandi (like the question ‘would you teach the gospel to a cow?” in his explanation of why ‘the untouchables’ should not receive the same liberties as other Indians).

Jake Tapper (ABC News) asks Secretary of Defense Robert Gates if Libya posed ‘an actual or imminent threat to the United States.’  Gates says:

“No, no.”…”It was not — it was not a vital national interest to the United States…”

 Problem:

The War Powers Resolution requires there to be “(1) a declaration of war, (2) specific statutory authorization, or (3) a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces” before a President can send US military forces into a new conflict.
People have disputed the constitutionality of the WPR ever since Congress passed it, but no President has ever had the nerve to challenge it.  Moreover, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton ran for the presidency in 2007-8 by challenging George Bush’s record on military adventurism, and now-VP Joe Biden specifically campaigned on the promise to impeach Bush in his final year in office if he violated it.  Gates’ admission leaves Obama with very little room to pretend that he followed his own campaign rhetoric on warmaking.

 Secretary of State Clinton tries to make up a ‘unilateral’ exception on the imagined basis that Obama has some awesome coalition.  Point of Fact:

This coalition is the smallest since World War II involving the US in military action, only half the size of  George W. Bush’s Iraq War coalition.

 Secretary of Defense Gates also refuses to support the President’s claim that this is a limited engagement. When asked if it will be over by the end of the year, he says nobody knows.
Even the left leaning Politifact calls this a full flip-flop.

Leftwing Media Matters drops all pretense at objectivity, or even honesty, in their announcement that they are now going all out against one news channel, specifically using tactics of “guerrilla warfare and sabotage.”  Sabotage?
Seriously?

A D.C. School seemed to be having dramatic improvement in their kids’ test scores.  Looks like it was fraud:

A USA TODAY investigation, based on documents and data secured under D.C.’s Freedom of Information Act, found that for the past three school years most of Noyes’ classrooms had extraordinarily high numbers of erasures on standardized tests. The consistent pattern was that wrong answers were erased and changed to right ones.

The worst fraud of all is the way the adults working at this school have conspired to defraud their students of a future.

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2 Comments

  1. jdavidb
    Posted March 29, 2011 at 1:02 am | Permalink

    But then, unlike any other ­politician, Gandhi cannot be judged by ­actual results

    How is that unlike any politician? 🙂

  2. Liz
    Posted March 29, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    Yes, I read somewhere else that Benghazi (the rebel-controlled city – the one our allies are in) was classified a year or two ago as one of the top 10 breeding grounds for jihad.

    I was wondering what gives about that, too.

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