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INSIDE THE MASSACRE
April 4, 2011 Posted by Scott at 8:08 AM
The Wall Street Journal reports on the massacre last week in Mazar-e-Sharif:
Officials are painting the weekend killings at the United Nations mission in northern Afghanistan's largest city--which sparked cascading violence across the nation--as the handiwork of a small band of insurgents that used a protest against a Quran-burning as cover for a murderous plot.
But a Wall Street Journal reconstruction of Friday's assault, based on unreleased videos, interviews with demonstrators and the U.N.'s own recounting of events, shows a more complex picture and indicates that ordinary Afghan demonstrators played a critical role in the attack.
The story by Dion Nissbenbaum and Maria Abi-Habib, with additional credits to Yaroslav Trofimov, Zamir Saar, Michael Allen and Betsy McKay, is must reading. www.PowerLineBlog.com
PAUL RYAN FOR PRESIDENT
April 4, 2011 Posted by Steven Hayward at 7:00 AM
Paul Ryan is the most consequential House Republican since Jack Kemp in the late 1970s, and for the same reason. Okay, I can hear the objections already--what about Newt? Yes, the Contract with America and Newt's long-term dogged determination that Republicans could take a House majority when almost no one thought it possible deserves accolades. But Kemp and Ryan stand out for advancing serious game-changing ideas and pursuing them the with single-mindedness--in Kemp's case, supply-side economics, which went against the grain of his own party's establishment. In Ryan's case, it is seriousness about restraining the welfare state, before it drags us all under. Kemp and Ryan are hedgehogs ("knowing one big thing"), while Newt is a fox ("knowing many things," though arguably too many things).
Ryan wants to have an adult conversation with America about the looming insolvency of the welfare state, and he has a serious plan to fix it. Like Kemp, lots of careerists in the GOP will head for the tall grass when the going gets tough, which I predict will begin on Tuesday afternoon, after Ryan lays out his budget proposal in more detail at a speech at my office, the American Enterprise Institute. (I'm going to be on a plane at the time and will have to miss it, but you can watch the webcast.) Ryan gave a preview of his plan yesterday on Fox News Sunday.
Ryan knows he will face rank demagoguery from Democrats over his plan. He is not afraid of this, and in a face-to-face right he runs circles around every single one of them. I suspect Ryan is one of the few Republicans Obama genuinely fears; after all, Ryan schooled Obama in Obama's faux-"health care summit" early last year. (Obama does not look pleased in the video.) David Brooks reports, by the way, that Obama never picks up the phone to try to talk with Ryan.
Ryan is not simply fearless about the issues, he also gets the larger picture, and can talk about the larger picture in a way that Kemp often fell short. Ask Kemp about any other question than taxes, and you'd often hear a rambling answer that tied inner city education problems to the gold standard. That's why his presidential prospects withered. Ryan, on the other hand, has immense facility to talk about the broader principles of the republic; he's not just a number-crunching bean counter.
Check out the opening to his speech to CPAC this year:
There are those who say modern society is too complicated for the average man or woman to deal with. This is a long-standing argument, but we heard it more frequently after the mortgage credit collapse and financial meltdown in 2008. They say we need more experts and technocrats making more of our economic decisions for us. And they argue for less "political interference" with the enlightened bureaucrats ... by which they mean less objection by the people to the overregulation of society.
If we choose to have a federal government that tries to solve every problem, then as long as society keeps growing more complex, government must keep on growing right along with it. The rule of law by the people must be reduced and the arbitrary discretion of experts expanded. . .
If the average American can't handle complexity in his or her own life, and only government experts can ... then government must direct the average American about how to live his or her life. Freedom becomes a diminishing good.
But there's a major flaw in this "progressive'" argument, and it's this. It assumes there must be someone or some few who do have all the knowledge and information. We just have to find, train, and hire them to run the government's agencies.
Friedrich Hayek called this collectivism's "fatal conceit." The idea that a few bureaucrats know what's best for all of society, or possess more information about human wants and needs than millions of free individuals interacting in a free market is both false and arrogant. It has guided collectivists for two centuries down the road to serfdom -- and the road is littered with their wrecked utopias. The plan always fails!
Hmm, who does this remind me of? Of yeah, that guy we call the Gipper, who said this in his first inaugural address:
From time to time, we have been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. But if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else?
Of course, Reagan was only channeling Thomas Jefferson, who had said in his first inaugural address: "Sometimes it is said that man can not be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the forms of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question." Find me a single Democrat who talks like that today. Anywhere.
All of this raises the important question: Should Ryan run for President? Right now everyone is saying the Republican field is "lackluster" or boring. I don't happen to agree. I'm a fan of both Pawlenty and Daniels. (I've seen Pawlenty in person lately and thought he was quite good, and getting better by the day.) But to the extent there is any truth to this, Ryan looks like the one person who could electrify the Republican electorate, appeal to independent voters, and sustain an argument against Obama that would make for a decisive election.
Ryan is young, has young children, and has lots of reasons to wait. But one can't choose one's moments in politics. I can imagine a set of circumstances in which his budget proposal gets little traction against White House intransigence, and by the fall the political winds are such that entering the race makes so much sense that he has to do it. And increasingly he looks to me like the single best candidate the Republicans could field next year.
Obama administration retreats (again) on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed civilian trial
By Michelle Malkin o April 4, 2011 11:50 AM
Buzz out of Washington this morning is that the Obama administration has signaled it will end efforts to try 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a civilian trial and instead will use the Gitmo military tribunal system pursued by, yes, George W. Bush.
AG Eric Holder is reportedly holding a 2pm Eastern press conference.
Here's a blurb from CBS:
Attorney General Eric Holder today will announce that self-proclaimed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad will be tried in a military commission, CBS News has learned. A source says the commission will be held at the Guantanamo Bay prison. ~~~ ~~~ ~~~
Shhh: HHS grants more Obamacare waivers, considers new 2012-2013 scheme
By Michelle Malkin
Back in September and October, when I first started hammering the Obamacare waiver issue, I commented:
Old promise: Everyone gets to keep their health insurance.
New promise: You can keep your health insurance… if you BEG hard enough for an Obamacare waiver.
Will only high-powered, politically connected corporations and Big Labor groups be spared? Where's the transparency in how these decisions are being made?
To the first question, all signs have pointed to yes in the ensuing seven months.
To the second question, as usual, transparency is AWOL.
On Friday night, HHS quietly released another round of waiver information - picked up by The Hill. 128 new lucky winners will join 1,000 others in being exempted from the onerous, costly, private insurance-killing mandates that the rest of America is forced to follow: ~~~
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The buried news: HHS is already plotting more waivers for 2012-2013…
HHS must still bridge the gap until 2014, when the mini-med plans will supposedly be phased out because consumers will be able to shop for affordable and quality coverage on new state-run insurance exchanges. HHS said it is now examining waivers options for 2012 and 2013.
The new numbers were posted on an HHS website Friday night without an announcement from the department. The 128 waivers added in March track closely to the 126 HHS awarded in February.
Let the pre-election favor-trading for future waivers begin.
On a very related note: Washington Examiner reporter and Regnery author David Freddoso is out with a new book, Gangster Government, today. Check it out.
www.MichelleMalkin.com Posted in: Health care
FINALLY: Learned from Glenn Beck (FNC)
Is there a Sharia threat to America? Do we actually fund Terror? Are we unwittingly contributing to the destruction of our own Constitution? Will we be remember for being 'tolerant' to Jihadists, or will we be remembered as morons?
In January, (starting with Tunisa) Glenn said, "Watch out! This may be the Archduke Ferdinand of Spain moment that started WW I. WSJ now says the same thing. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archduke_Franz_Ferdinand_of_Austria
We know it is happening in the Middle East and also with American unions. There are two kinds of Jihad (1) Violent, and (2) Stealth or 'civilization' Jihad. Yusef al-Qaradawi is the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, the ninth most powerful Muslim on Earth. He wants "Jihad with money, because God has ordered us to fight enemies with our lives and our money." Sharia compliant banking is $1trillion. Muslims tithe to charities, now some shut down by the US Treasury Dpt. As taxpayers we bought the largest, AIG. Guests included Daniel Pipes, author of Militant Islam Reaches America. Iran dominants Sharia Compliance financing in the world, says guest Christopher Holton, Center for Security Policy. www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/p18676.xml
Glenn polls the live audience: "Does anybody here think Hitler was 'non-violent' when he ordered killing the Jews?" Now we have, "God give me the strength to shoot Jews from my wheelchair." Van Jones says, "We shed the radical pose to achieve the radical ends."
Sharia Capitol in no 'smoking gun' but it seems like they are 'not right'. It is a 'trojan horse' hedge fund and is very worrisome, unregulated with wild amounts of money. DoD looked into large amounts sucked out to collapse USA at the time of meltdown. Iran controls twice as much money as Saudi Arabia. They have motivation and ability to hurt America at the right time. We coddle enemies.
Glenn pondered that with problems under Bush and cascading for two years, "what else has been going on in the world?" Guest says "CAIR was started in 1994 as a step-child to Hamas and promotes the Muslim Brotherhood, the parent of Hamas in the United States, non-violently. It is a dirty and aggressive organization."
Seven years ago, Glenn read the Hadith and studied about The Twelfth Imam. What Christians believe to be the 'anti-Christ' seems like 12th Imam. Ahmadinejad says now that he has been selected to lead Iran to destroy Israel. Do you hear this reported in DbM? He believes he needs to hasten the nukes and chaos, win or lose. See also www.shariahfinancewatch.org
Know what you believe and what you are up against. God will hold you accountable. The safe haven needs to remain America. .!. Figure out the difference between Good and Evil and stand up as God leads you. Do your own homework; America will survive as long as good people stand together.
Don't miss Glenn Beck tonight at 5 pm [ET] on Fox News Channel!
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