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Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

February 18, 2009

Here’s what we are reading today.

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Blogosphere Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

February 17, 2009

Here’s some of the buzz from the blogosphere today.

  • Pelosis on the move,” Fausta’s Blog  Well, it appears that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be making a special trip to the Vatican to visit Pope Benedict XVI. I wish I could be a little fly on the wall to hear this discussion, especially after Pelosi shared her opinions on abortion.
  • A Picture of Dysfunction,” Pejman Yousefzadeh, RedState  The financial strategies that the Department of Treasury were about to implement were changed, because they were too complex and risky. I thought the new Secretary of Treasury was supposed to steer our economy in the right direction, evidently not.
  • A Chicago-Style Census,” Ken Blackwell, Townhall.com   The most disturbing fact is that the White House might soon resume control over the Census from the Department of Commerce. Does anyone smell scandal brewing?

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Gregg’s Revolt Unmasks Obama’s Highly Politicized White House

by Chris Gacek

February 17, 2009

Senator Judd Gregg’s announcement late Thursday afternoon, revoking his agreement to serve as Secretary of Commerce, badly damages President Barack Obama’s aura of bipartisanship. Gregg clearly concluded that his future effectiveness at Commerce was rapidly deteriorating. Furthermore, he must have been furious at having been politically humiliated by the White House last Thursday when it announced it would wrest control of the Census Bureau from the Commerce Department. Unfortunately, this debacle reflects the true nature and inherent weakness of the highly politicized White House now being created by President Obama.

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Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

February 17, 2009

Here’s what we are reading this morning.

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George Washington: First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of Nine Percent of his Countrymen

by Robert Morrison

February 16, 2009

When George Washington died in 1799, the country was shocked. No one expected the apparently hearty 67-year old former President to die so suddenly. We felt orphaned. The outpouring of grief was nearly universal. Even bitter political rivals vied with each other in paying tribute to the “Father of our Country.” General Henry “Lighthorse Harry” Lee of Virginia eulogized Washington as “first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.”

No more. The latest Gallup Poll shows a close race for greatest American President. Ronald Reagan tops the list, with 24 percent citing him as first. John Kennedy ties with Abraham Lincoln at 22 percent. George Washington registers and anemic nine percent. George W. Bush might feel a bit relieved.

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Blogosphere Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

February 16, 2009

Here’s some of the buzz from the blogosphere today.

  • 12 Year Old Speaks out on the Issue of Abortion,” Monastic Moments This entry features a compelling pro-life message from a 12-year old girl.
  • Right and Wrong and Religion,” Gabriel Malor, Ace of Spades
  • Education? MY Way, Or The Highway,” An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings Who would have guessed that a pro-marriage speech would have garnered such a nasty response from a Liberal Professor? Hmmm…
  • Pastor faces jail,” Jill Stanek, jillstanek.com An interesting account about a Pastor in Oakland, CA, possibly facing a jail sentence for holding a sign at an abortion clinic that said, “Jesus loves you and your baby. Can we help?.” It’s upsetting that the City of Oakland is violating this Pastor’s freedom of speech, as well as others, with their “Bubble Law.”

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The Silence of Our Friends

by Sherry Crater

February 16, 2009

In the window of the Martin Luther King Library in downtown Washington, D.C., is a sign with a quote from Rev. King, the famous pastor and civil rights leader. It reads, “In the end we will not remember the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.”

For too long, women and men who know better have been silent about the negative effects of abortion on the women and babies who undergo the procedure and on their family and friends.  Women in high stress situations of unplanned pregnancies, and the babies they have conceived, have been without the benefit and support of people who could have spoken up about the serious negative after effects of their own abortions or the abortions of women they know. For too long knowledgeable people remained silent while women facing abortion believed the lie that this “product of conception” was just a blob of tissue, only to be told after the abortion that, “It was a boy/girl.”

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Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

February 16, 2009

Here’s what we are reading today.

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MUST SEE TV: CNBC’s “House of Cards”

by Chris Gacek

February 14, 2009

Keep an eye out for an amazing documentary on CNBC called “House of Cards.”  (It will be showing numerous times this weekend.)  David Faber narrates a two-hour program on the current financial-economic recession and its origins in mortgages, securitized debt instruments, the dishonest or incompetent rating of those instruments, and governmental incompetence.  Greed, fraud, stupidity, and recklessness are all on display.  It is an excellent program that is a nice introduction to what happened to our economy.

To me one person stood out above all the rest: “The Maestro,” Alan Greenspan, former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman.  Watching Greenspan make excuses for his non-stop money printing in the early 2000s makes it clear that this guy had no business being in that job.  He essentially admits that he made no effort to control the Fed’s credit expansion because it wasn’t what the political powers in Washington wanted.  This is the problem with having a politician, like Greenspan, as Fed Chief.  The Fed was designed to be insulated from political decision-making; his job was to make the tough choices and control credit.  Instead, he threw up his hands and cranked up the presses.  Disgraceful.

Economists from the Austrian School knew Greenspan’s policies were dangerous.  Read this before-the-crash assessment of his Fed tenure by Stefan Karlsson from the Ludwig von Mises Institute website.  Greenspan’s philosophy was not deregulatory.  No group of economists is more deregulatory than the Austrian School, but they are also committed to price stability and tight money.  Don’t be fooled if someone tells you Greenspan was a conservative; he wasn’t.

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