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Congratulations to the Marines and their Afghan allies for the Marjah victory
  28 Feb 2010     11:23 pm      Bookworm

I meant to post this yesterday, but time got away from me: many, many, many congratulations to the Marines and their Afghan allies for the Marjah victory. I never doubted that they would win, but I certainly understood that each Marine and Afghan soldier faced the risk that he would make the ultimate sacrifice for that victory.
Naturally, the Times, rather than celebrating a great military feat, is already trying to set up new (and in Times-land, almost certainly insurmountable) hurdles for our troops. I have no doubt …

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The Most Transparent Administration Evah Strikes Again
  28 Feb 2010     7:59 pm      Sister Toldjah

Submit a FOIA request to the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) to release certain agency documents related to the issue of global warming, and what do you get? I simply can’t add anything to this.
(Via ST reader Sev)
Cross-posted from the Sister Toldjah blog.

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Nancy Pelosi: screw the majority!
  28 Feb 2010     6:02 pm      TrogloPundit

You go, girl!
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged her colleagues to back a major overhaul of U.S. health care even if it threatens their political careers, a call to arms that underscores the issue’s massive role in this election year.
Lawmakers sometimes must enact policies that, even if unpopular at the moment, will help the public, Pelosi said in an interview being broadcast Sunday the ABC News program “This Week.”
“We’re not here just to self-perpetuate our service in Congress,” she said. “We’re here to do the job for the American people.”
Whether the …

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Obama Still Smoking ‘Em If He’s Got ‘Em
  28 Feb 2010     4:46 pm      Lori Ziganto

President Obama had his first physical as President today. I’m surprised he couldn’t perform the physical himself, since he fancies himself a doctor and all.
Obama told to quit smoking for good at health check-up
Under his recommendations, Kuhlman urged the president to “continue smoking cessation efforts” and noted Obama was medicating himself with nicotine supplements in a bid to kick the habit.
Obama, 48, has fought a public battle to give up smoking, and promised …

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One whale of a disconnect
  28 Feb 2010     2:14 pm      Ron Coleman

I’m not someone who wants to see a killer whale killed just because it killed someone.  It’s what killer whales do, and of course Dawn Brancheau, the Seaworld trainer who was killed by an off-kilter orca yesterday, knew that well.  Still and all, there’s something not only circular but disturbing about the reasoning displayed in this AP article about the Seaworld tragedy:
Brancheau’s older sister, Diane Gross, said the trainer would not have wanted anything done to the whale. “She loved the whales like her children. She loved all of them,” …

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The Obamotivator may have run its course…
  28 Feb 2010     1:42 pm      TrogloPundit

…leaving the Sarahmotivator still as the untied and undefeated automotivator champ. Which indicates a certain amount of rightness in the universe.
Yet, we have more. A link, first: Grandpa Steve, director of health care “summit” security, thinks maybe Obama was having an epiphany.
Commenter Cavalier X offers these (links open to his flickr account):

Another commenter, Yevgeny, offers (link also opens to a flickr account):

From Brandon Kiser, who blogs at 73 Wire:

And from the non-blogging (as far as I know) Bill G:

Cross-posted at The TrogloPundit, where I’ll keep posting new submissions …

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Media’s Obsession With ‘Multicultural Britain’
  28 Feb 2010     1:27 pm      Warner Todd Huston

On February 27 the Times Online from Britain published what it hailed as amazing proof that 4th century Britain was “multicultural” and “diverse” during the Roman occupation of the island nation. This “new” revelation came from a recent scientific investigation into the burial in York of an African woman. The problem with this whole report is that it does not at all show that Britain was “multicultural” in the 4th century. The truth is the newspaper misapplied the word “multicultural” to this burial in an effort to celebrate the politically …

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Bottoms up!
  28 Feb 2010     11:08 am      Ron Coleman

Today is the Jewish holiday of Purim. (Unlike the biblically-based Jewish holidays, this is one, like Chanuka, on which orthodox Jews such as myself are allowed to blog!)
As well explained in the Book of Esther, it’s the holiday of turnabout, surprises, false identities, intrigue, perhaps some emotional legerdemain, and not a little spiritual confusion. The outcome isn’t always funny, or even fun, except perhaps in the sense of the divine comedy.
It all comes around in the end, though!
Originally posted on Ron Coleman’s pretty good blog, Likelihood of …

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Fannie Mae Gets Another $15.3 Billion Of Taxpayer Money
  28 Feb 2010     11:05 am      Brian Garst

On Friday Fannie Mae announced a loss of $16.3 billion for the fourth quarter of 2009.  It then ran hat-in-hand to the Treasury, requesting another $15.3 billion in taxpayer aid.  That makes $76.2 billion that has so far been requested by Fannie Mae.  Oh, and Fannie says yet more of your money will be needed in the future.
Let us not forget that Fannie Mae, with its implicit government guarantee, was a primary contributor to the mortgage and financial crisis that began in 2008.   Under pressure from politicians to expand home …

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ManBearPig Returns! Pens Op-Ed In Fish Wrap Of Record, But Still Won’t Debate
  28 Feb 2010     8:24 am      William Teach

After Climategate hit the airwaves and Copenhagen was a cold and snowy disaster, Al Gore, Jr. disappeared from the public scene. As this extremely cold and snowy chugged on (there is a chance of snow Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in D.C. again!), Al Gore laid low. As even more problems with the science of the UN IPCC and other leading climate alarmists were exposed, Al Gore hid away in his massive carbon footprint and electricity hog home. But, now, he returns in pure first stage of grief mode, completely denying …

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Lug me tender
  28 Feb 2010     8:14 am      Ron Coleman

Should a law school be tendering seven figures of money to a minor league baseball team for stadium naming rights?  That is certainly a novel question.
I tackled the whole concept of branding, memory and stadium names in the context of the Mets’ Citi Field deal a few years ago–but a bank is one thing.  Heck, these guys know how to make record profits just by threatening to go out of business!  So who am I to say?
But a law school?  That’s something I know a little about!
And… with all due …

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Things I Learned Watching The Joy Behar Show
  28 Feb 2010     4:23 am      Ed Driscoll

Well, actually reading about Joy’s show on sites such as Hot Air and Newsbusters, since like 99.5 percent of America I’ve never actually watched it (except for possibly a few minutes while trapped in an airport). But still, the good work and ingratiating tone of this breakthrough in television programming is getting out, even through osmosis

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Multiplicity II, Starring Janeane Garofalo As Andie MacDowell
  28 Feb 2010     3:51 am      Ed Driscoll

During the Bush #43 administration, the left really went to town with their practice of stealing pages from the conservative playbook that they had preceding years. But much like the cloning machine in Michael Keaton’s “Multiplicity”, the copy of a copy of a copy tended to lose more than a little crispness once it had been cloned. Here’s a brief, and very likely incomplete recap

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Obama Already Planning 2012 Election Campaign
  28 Feb 2010     2:05 am      Lori Ziganto

I know, hard to believe, right? And by hard to believe, I mean totally believable and obvious to anyone without their head up their own behind. If anyone is shocked by the fact that Obama is already focusing on his 2012 re-election campaign, they may as well give up now. The man has never stopped campaigning. It seems to be, quite literally, all he knows how to do.
President Barack Obama’s top advisers are quietly laying the groundwork for …

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SEIU Prez Andy Stern Appointed to Federal Deficit Commission?
  27 Feb 2010     10:16 pm      Warner Todd Huston

President Obama has today appointed Service Employees International Union (SEIU) President Andy Stern to the federal deficit-reduction commission. And I say, why not? After all union thugs like Stern are one of the root causes of federal deficits so he should know all about them.
Unfortunately, though, Stern only knows how to make deficits worse and knows precisely nothing about cutting them.
Obama also appointed several other big, big campaign donors to this so-called deficit cutting commission, Ann Fudge (over $36,000 donated) and Alice Rivlin (over $47,000).
Of course this is a joke. …

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The common bonds between Iranian Mullahs and the Democrats
  27 Feb 2010     9:19 pm      Bookworm

Several years ago, when Bush Derangement Syndrome was at its peak, I tackled the “he’s got his finger on the button and he’s going to blow up the world” meme that anti-war activists were so shrilly screaming. I pointed out that there was no evidence whatsoever to indicate that George Bush was an apocalyptic person. Indeed, every indication was that he was someone who fought reluctantly and defensively only — that is, he wanted to protect America from destruction at the hands of another. That his information …

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Allow Myself To Introduce… Myself
  27 Feb 2010     7:54 pm      Brian Garst

In my first post here on Right Wing News, I want to thank John for affording me this opportunity.  I’ve been a long time reader and admirer of his work, and when I saw him at CPAC I couldn’t pass up the opportunity ask about contributing.
A little about myself: I am 26 years old and living in the greater DC area (boo, hiss).  I have a graduate degree in Political Science (boo, hiss), and have recently interned at a couple policy organizations here in DC (boo, hiss).  I hope you …

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Mob Rule, Alive and Well, Despite Coughing on Second-Hand Smoke
  27 Feb 2010     4:04 pm      Lori Ziganto

As I was roaming about the house, muttering under my breath with outrage at yet another “How dare you question The One! Racist Crackers! ” demonization of conservatives, I couldn’t help but think, and thus become further dismayed, that I wasn’t really surprised.
It is obvious that few, including Congress, understand that America is a Constitutional Republic and not a Pure Democracy. The reason: Our founders, in their infinite wisdom, made it so that …

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Obamotivators, or: the post that ate my Saturday
  27 Feb 2010     12:24 pm      TrogloPundit

It all started with a picture:

…found over at Moe Lane’s place, and VodkaPundit’s.
A little bit of cropping:

And this link to a site that lets you make your own automotivators…

…and viola!

And then I invited people to make their own and send them (or a link to them) to me, and blammo. Full inbox, first thing this morning. Proving once and for all that bloggers don’t tend to have Friday night dates.
Tell you what, any more I get, I’ll post them over here at Right Wing News.
More Obamotivators
Obamotivators: …

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Conservative talk radio weekly recap: Feb 22-26
  27 Feb 2010     11:40 am      Kathy Shaidle

My new Talk Radio Watch column is now up!
Enjoy FREE audio and webcam highlights from the week in conservative talk radio: Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Mark Levin and more.
Here’s what came in after my deadline:
Hugh Hewitt played the now-infamous “wearing her sister’s dentures” clip from the Blair House health care summit for guest Mark Steyn:
S: (laughing) That’s good. That’s good for the environment, isn’t it?
HH: (laughing)
MS: I’m in favor of that. If we can’t at least, if we can’t reduce our carbon footprint, at least we should be able to …

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