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By Charles Johnson

This speaks for itself.

Let me sort of describe my overall policy.

What I’ve said is that we would put a cap and trade system in place that is as aggressive, if not more aggressive, than anybody else’s out there.

I was the first to call for a 100% auction on the cap and trade system, which means that every unit of carbon or greenhouse gases emitted would be charged to the polluter. That will create a market in which whatever technologies are out there that are being presented, whatever power plants that are being built, that they would have to meet the rigors of that market and the ratcheted down caps that are being placed, imposed every year.

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.

That will also generate billions of dollars that we can invest in solar, wind, biodiesel and other alternative energy approaches.

The only thing I’ve said with respect to coal, I haven’t been some coal booster. What I have said is that for us to take coal off the table as a ideological matter as opposed to saying if technology allows us to use coal in a clean way, we should pursue it.

So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can.

It’s just that it will bankrupt them.

NewsBusters points out that the SF Chronicle didn’t mention this statement in their article based on this interview. Shocka!  Sunday, November 2, 2008




By Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez




By Ed Morrissey

A profile in political courage this is not.  Given his recent gaffe on redistributionism, though, it’s probably smart.  ABC’s Jake Tapper tried to get Obama to talk about his plans for the economic rescue plan, but Obama refused:

JT: What would you tell your Treasury Secretary to do differently with the $700 billion?

BO: We’re on a tarmac.

JT: Why don’t you have a press conference?

BO: I will.  On Wednesday.

Remember when the media screeched over Sarah Palin’s lack of press availability after the convention?  Neither Obama nor Joe Biden have taken questions from the press in weeks.  If Palin’s fortnight of preparation somehow revealed her unreadiness for higher office, what does this say about Barack Obama?  Sunday, November 2, 2008




By Glenn Foden

Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden




By John Hinderaker

Hugo Chavez, Communist dictator of Venezuela, has good reason to look forward to an Obama presidency. Obama's friend Bill Ayers came to Venezuela a couple of years ago, addressed Chavez and his colleagues as "comrades," and said that he wanted American education to follow the Venezuelan model, where children are indoctrinated into socialism. Does Obama agree? It's hard to say, given that he never answers any questions, but we do know that at the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, Obama funded Ayers' radically anti-American and racially separatist "education" projects.

Chavez also knows that Obama is hostile to Chavez's bitter enemy, Colombia, which until now has been pro-American, to the point where Obama wants to block any reduction in tariffs on American goods shipped to Colombia. And perhaps Chavez, who funds the terrorist "FARC" group that seeks to overthrow the government of Colombia, knows more than we do about the strange case of Jim and Tucker:

In a Dec. 11 message to the secretariat, Marquez [FARC's contact with Chavez, who lives in Venezuela] writes: "If you are in agreement, I can receive Jim and Tucker to hear the proposal of the gringos."

Writing two days before his death, Reyes [FARC's "foreign minister"] tells his comrades that "the gringos," working through Ecuador's government, are interested "in talking to us on various issues."

"They say the new president of their country will be (Barack) Obama," he writes, saying Obama rejects both the Bush administration's free trade agreement with Colombia and the current military aid program.

Today, Chavez confirmed that he looks forward to working with America's new president:

Chavez says that relations between Venezuela and the U.S, now at their lowest point in years, could improve in an Obama presidency.

During a televised speech on Sunday, Chavez said he would meet with Obama only "on equal and respectful terms."

Even tinpot dictators know that the conditions placed on meetings between heads of state are important.

Chavez ordered the U.S. ambassador out of Venezuela on Sept. 12, accusing the envoy of involvement in a purported assassination plot. U.S. officials deny it.

He also recalled his ambassador from Washington and suggested that relations would not be fully restored until U.S. President George W. Bush leaves the White House.

"Hopefully with Obama, we will enter a new phase," Chavez said.

I'm sure we will.


By John Hinderaker

Much has been made of the fact that Joe Biden has been hiding from the press, but he isn't the only one. Barack Obama won't take any questions either. Jake Tapper reports:

ABC's Jake Tapper managed to get Sen. Barack Obama's attention on the tarmac in Springfield, Mo., this morning.

"What would you tell your Treasury secretary to do differently with the $700 billion?" he asked, according to the pool report.

Obama laughed.

"It's a substantive question!" Tapper shouted.

"It is! But Jake, we're on a tarmac! That's a pretty good question!" Obama responded.

Tapper: "Have a press conference then!"

Obama: "I will! On Wednesday!"

By then, of course, it will be a little late. But a compliant press corps doesn't mind.  Sunday, November 2, 2008




By Lisa Benson

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson




By Michelle Malkin 

I predicted the totally predictable last night. And so it has come to pass: The left-wing fairweather friends of privacy are all over the leak of Aunti Zeituni’s immigration info — while Joe The Plumber remains persona non grata. Democrat Rep. John Conyers has already called for a federal investigation. The WaPo is already up with an A-section story on the anonymous leak. And the liberal blogs are up in arms.

The MSM abhor anonymous leaks — unless they’re helping to undermine Bush administration anti-terrorism programs or conservative causes and candidates.

Laughably, the Obama cultists suspect that Bush administration officials are in cahoots with the McCain campaign and the Associated Press.

These people have reading comprehension and reality comprehension problems. It’s the Bush administration that has moved to protect Aunti Zeituni. It’s the pro-shamnesty Bush administration that will ensure that nothing happens to her. Pro-shamnesty McCain isn’t going to touch the story. McCain adviser Mark Salter told WaPo that it’s a “family matter.”

Another predictable prediction: McCain will issue an edict forbidding staff from talking about this the same way the staffers are forbidden from mentioning Jeremiah Wright — with disastrous results.

Never mind that the massive, systemic problem of deportation fugitives is a matter of national security and rule of law.

“Family matter,” my foot.

By the way: Where in the world is Aunti Zeituni? Who knows? And if it wasn’t Barack Obama who helped her get here, who did? How did she get a Social Security card? Who advised her to apply for public housing? Who did she know with a saavy enough legal background to help her navigate the paperwork of the welfare state?


Obama and his future wife, Michelle, met Onyango on a subsequent visit to Kenya in 1992, and she visited the Obama family in Chicago on a tourist visa about nine years ago, his campaign said. Onyango attended Obama’s U.S. Senate swearing-in ceremony in 2005, and the senator last heard from her about two years ago, according to the campaign.

A campaign source said Obama provided Onyango no assistance in obtaining a tourist visa or housing, or in her immigration case.

In an interview with the Times of London, which first reported Onyango’s presence in Boston and her campaign contributions, Onyango said she had traveled to and from the United States since 1975. Commercial databases indicate she received a Social Security card in 2001, indicating she was legally present and authorized to work at that time.

Onyango was not at her state-subsidized West Broadway residence yesterday in South Boston, and no one answered her telephone.

William McGonigle, deputy director of the Boston Housing Authority, said Onyango applied for public housing in 2002 and was approved in 2003 as an eligible noncitizen. She was paid a small stipend for volunteering as a resident health advocate starting in December 2007, he said. Saturday, November 1, 2008




By Charles Johnson

Mukhlas and Amrozi, two of the Islamic terrorists who carried out the 2002 nightclub bombings in Bali, will soon be put down. And then they’ll be buried with honors in their home town.

After the brothers are executed with fellow terrorist Imam Samudra, a sentence which could be carried out as early as tomorrow, their corpses will be flown by helicopter to their home village of Tenggulun in East Java.

A helipad, marked with a large white H, has been built in a paddock close to town. Nearby, the cemetery is planted with frangipani trees. It is also the resting place of their father, Nur Hashyim.

Family spokesman Abu Chozin said the family was very angry and disappointed that they haven’t been told when the executions would take place. “This is a very bitter experience for us,” he said. “It is a hard lesson but the deaths of the two brothers is for the cause of Islam.”  Saturday, November 1, 2008




By John Hinderaker

After winning the Cold War, the country understandably took a vacation from history. With no apparent threats on the horizon, foreign policy pretty much dropped off the radar screen for most Americans. The vacation roughly coincided with the Clinton administration, although the story may have been much the same under a Republican President. The military was down-sized and, with hindsight, much too little attention was paid to the threat of Islamic terrorism.

Although there had been a long series of successful terrorist attacks against American interests here and abroad, it was only September 11 that jerked most Americans back to reality.

We are now about to take a second vacation from history (assuming, of course, that Barack Obama prevails on Tuesday). Barney Frank has vowed to cut the defense budget by 25%. Apart from the budget, it is apparent that Obama and his fellow Democrats have little interest in the conflict with Islamic extremism and no intention of pursuing it aggressively.

Like the interlude of the 1990s, the de-emphasis on national security promised by the Democrats is the fruit of success. The Bush administration has pursued the war against the terrorists aggressively in ways we know about and, undoubtedly, in ways that we don't. What we do know is how successful the administration has been. Al Qaeda's leadership has been shattered, many of its members have been killed or captured, and we have dealt the organization and its allies a stunning defeat in Iraq. Since 2003, al Qaeda has not been able to execute a single successful attack here in the U.S., or even against American interests abroad.

Hence the complacency that we see reflected in Obama's poll numbers. Unfortunately, our own indifference will not necessarily be shared by our enemies. Whether al Qaeda and similar organizations will be able to regroup under a lethargic American administration remains to be seen, but we can be certain that at least one threat will need to be dealt with whether the next administration likes it or not: Iran.

Yesterday, the Jerusalem Post reported that Lt. Gen. Henry Obering, head of the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency, was in Prague, seeking to convince the Czech parliament to participate in the missile defense program that the Bush administration is trying to establish in Europe. General Obering told the Czechs that "Iran [is] not far from attaining the means to use missiles against all of Europe and against the US in five to six years," according to Israel Radio.

The mullahs will most likely have nuclear weapons in less time than that. So the Obama administration, should it come to power in January, will have to deal with an Iran that possesses nuclear weapons and missiles that can strike anywhere in Europe. If Obama serves a second term, he will have to decide whether to do anything about an Iran that can strike the U.S. with nuclear-armed missiles--assuming it isn't too late by then. So far, Obama has said that he is looking forward to chatting with Iran's leaders, while "cutting investments in" our missile defense program. Not exactly a formidable combination of policies.

Our last vacation from history ended when the enemies who had steadily been gathering strength struck in New York and Washington, D.C. The vacation which is about to begin may come to an end in much more dramatic fashion.  Saturday, November 1, 2008



A suicide bomber struck at Pakistani paramilitary troops in the Taliban-controlled South Waziristan tribal agency. The attack threats are recent truce signed between a local Taliban commander and the military.

Eight paramilitary soldiers from the Frontier Corps were killed after a suicide bomber rammed a truck packed with explosives into a checkpoint outside of the Zalai Fort near Wana. The suicide bomber was attempting to enter the fort, a Pakistani Army spokesman said.

The suicide attack took place just two days after a US Predator strike came close to killing Mullah Nazir, a senior Taliban leader in South Waziristan. Nazir and Tahir Yuldashev, the leader of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, were the targets of the strike. Nazir was lightly wounded in the attack. It is not known if Yuldashev was among those killed.

Six "foreigners" -- a term used to describe Arabs or other non-Pakistani al Qaeda members -- and a Taliban operative are reported to have been killed.

The suicide attack broke the most recent peace agreement between the government and the Taliban in South Waziristan. On Oct. 18, the government cut a deal with Nazir, who controls Taliban forces in the western regions in South Waziristan, and Hafiz Gul Bahadar in North Waziristan. Both Taliban leaders shelter al Qaeda fighters, have training camps in their tribal areas, and send forces into Afghanistan to fight Coalition forces.

The military has shied away from taking on the Powerful Taliban forces in North and South Waziristan. A military offensive in South Waziristan that began at the end of January was halted after 10 days of heavy fighting. The military abandoned several forts in South Waziristan after several were overrun in Taliban attacks and the supply lines could not be kept open.

Today's suicide attack is the fourth such strike in the last week against Pakistani security forces operating in the tribal areas and the Northwest Frontier Province. The Taliban have targeted the poorly armed and trained police and Frontier Corps forces.

Four police and five civilians were killed in a suicide attack at a police station in Mardan on Oct. 31. Two security personnel were killed and six were wounded in a suicide attack on a checkpoint in Bannu on Oct. 29. Eleven security personnel were killed in a suicide strike on a checkpoint in Mohmand on Oct. 26.  Sunday, November 2, 2008


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