Posted by: smithy | June 17, 2009

My News Summary, 6/17/2009

My News Summary, 6/17/2009

For the past few months I’ve been collecting and sending to a friend of mine links to articles dealing mostly with Obama’s domestic and foreign policies. Rather than send my friend a dozen emails daily, I’ve decided to collect these links on my website and send him that. Most of what you will find here are links to articles that I find interesting or important with maybe a few words of commentary that I’ll add. The sites I visit most often are Atlas Shrugs, Hot Air, Instapundit, Ace of Spades HQ, JOSHUAPUNDIT, and Wolf Howling. Although I don’t necessarily agree with everything on these sites, I’ve overall found the analysis there to be good and worth reading, which is why I reference their articles. You can consider what I’m doing as either a personal news summary or my sharing with you my part of a conversation.

Foreign News/Policy

More articles on the situation in Iran: Iran ‘Election’ Update, Iran 6/16- The Fire Still Burning…, and So How’s it Going in Iran?. The first article argues that it’s all over, while the last two articles argue that Iran is continuing to smolder. (Interestingly, the last article points out that the real revolutionary that the mullahs fear is Zahra Rahnavard.) Whatever happens now, the mullahs have seriously damaged their legitimacy with the Iranian people. Unlike the authoritarian regime in mainland China, the mullahs have been unable to give their country bread and butter. (Iran has both high inflation and unemployment.) So taking what little hope and control over their lives that the Iranian people had will eventually backfire and destroy the Mullahs. If not now, then later.

Up-to-date summaries of events in Iran can be found at Michael J. Totten’s posts on Iran at Commentary and at Berman Post. Note that Berman Post uses a lot of videos. Be sure you’re on a fast computer with lots of RAM.

Was Bush right: Is A Free Iraq Coming Home To Roost In Iran?

Instead of trying to appease Ahmadinejad, What Can Obama Say About Iran? Related: Dear Iranians: Don’t Count on America (or Any Country Led by Left) and It Has Always Been the Mullahs.

The timing of Russia’s development of the atomic bomb was a surprise, so I hope this doesn’t come sooner: Iran will have a nuclear bomb by 2014.

Q&A: Caroline Glick on Netanyahu & the World

What do the Chinese get for supporting North Korea?

Smarter than Obama: Russians Outfox U.S. in Latest Great Game.

Great use of a classic TV episode: Lt. Colonel Allen West’s Column: “The Twilight Zone”.

Domestic News/Policy

The Leftist MSM has thrown away all pretense of objectivity and has openly become the propaganda arm of the Obama administration and the Democratic Party. Drudge Report: ABC TURNS PROGRAMMING OVER TO OBAMA; NEWS TO BE ANCHORED FROM INSIDE WHITE HOUSE. First line: “On the night of June 24, the media and government become one, when ABC turns its programming over to President Obama and White House officials to push government run health care — a move that has ignited an ethical firestorm!” The real kicker IMO comes a few lines into Drudge’s piece: “The network plans a primetime special — ‘Prescription for America’ — originating from the East Room, exclude opposing voices on the debate (my empasis).” No opposing voices allowed for ABC’s puff piece. ABC will ask some questions, but I doubt that they’ll push Obama for hard answers.

Analysis and commentary on this important story can be found at ABC to make Obamacare Infomercial, ABC to broadcast town hall on health care — from the White House, Commentary from Instapundit, ABC “News” Whores Itself To White House On Health Care (With Apologies To Any Honest Whores Who Are Insulted By The Comparisson), and ABC: The All-Barack Channel Earns a New Logo.

What does the medical profession think of Obama’s plan? Doctors oppose “public plan” in ObamaCare and a future doctor speaks out: On Proposed Healthcare Reform (tmi3rd).

What will it cost? CBO: ObamaCare will cost $1T, still leaves 30 million uninsured, Obama Trek: The Search for More Money, Video: ObamaCare an “Old Joke”; Update: Cost now $1.6 trillion; Update: $4 trillion?, and White House throws Kennedy under the bus?

On the other hand, why worry? After fixing healthcare, maybe Obama will finally heal our souls.

Of course it’s a Socialist Power Grab: Obama’s new plan for financial reguulation. You don’t have to own it if you can regulate it to death.

Excellent analysis: Why Obama can’t Fix the Economy.

Liberal Voodoo Economics: How to Think About Liberalism (If You Must) and Dr. Krugman: This Patient Needs More Bloodletting.

Key Obama Ally Says President Obama Did Not Follow the Law in IG Firing. Two things: (1) I’m beginning to think that Obama, like Bill Clinton before Monicagate, will eventually tick off everybody, and (2) Jake Tapper of ABC News has been one of the few MSM journalists who’s been willing to be critical of Obama, and has been attacked for it.

Video: Why Vulcans and Other Intellectuals Don’t Belong in the Big Chair. While I enjoyed and mostly agree with the discussion in the video, I think Obama is getting way too much undeserved credit. I honestly don’t think that Obama is as well educated, as talented or smart, or even has as much good judgment as Liberals give him credit for. (There’s even been suggestions that Obama had a silent coauthor for at least one of his books.) FDR was called a second-rate mind with a first-rate temperament (personality). Of all the comparisons of Obama to FDR that one, which I believe is the most accurate, is never used. I think of Obama as a second-rate socialist intellectual with a first-rate Machiavellian personality.

More Trek comparisons: Mirror Image; Star Trek and Lessons of the Detroit Bailout. TOS (The Original Series) Lives On!

Some protesters still don’t forgive Letterman. Others want to go after those who think like Letterman.



  1. Thanks very much for the link! Glad you like my stuff..


    • Hi Rob! I only gave credit where it was due. Take care.

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