ITEM: NASA Scientist and Moonbat Warmist James Hansen says that “The democratic process doesn’t quite seem to be working” with regards to climate change and is calling for protests and direct action (Wikipedia: “Direct action can include nonviolent and violent activities which target persons, groups, or property deemed offensive to the direct action participant.”). The man is certainly free to speak his mind, but he should not be calling for “violent activities” as an official of the US Government.
ITEM: Mickey Kaus (a daily must-read) comments on the existence of “Journolist”, the left-wing echo chamber (or is that “star chamber”) for journalists (I posted about it on Tuesday)) and is told to shut up if he knows what’s good for him (or something like that).
ITEM: He can run but he can’t hide. Karl posting at Patterico’s Pontifications documents just how complicit Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) was in the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac debacle and, in fact, in the whole subprime catastrophe.
ITEM: Obama in his town hall meeting yesterday assured his listeners that rich people can afford to pay more taxes, with “rich” meaning an income of over $250,000. Leaving aside the class warfare implications, what about small businesses, particularly LLCs and sole proprietorships? That’s where much of the job growth is, and that’s exactly where the Obama Tax Hike will hurt people the most. Obama’s solution? Lend them more money so they can pay those taxes.
ITEM: I predicted yesterday that the Obama idea to make veterans wounded in action pay for their medical treatment using their private insurance would be gone by Friday. I was too conservative; it died yesterday afternoon.
ITEM: Remember Bush’s comments from yesterday? “”I’m not going to spend my time criticizing him. There are plenty of critics in the arena. … He deserves my silence.” It just struck me that Bush may have remembered the famous dictum (usually attributed to Napoleon), “Never interfere with your enemy when he is in the process of destroying himself.”
ITEM: Bush may be keeping quiet but Karl Rove — the Democrat’s other favorite eeeevillll mastermind (besides Cheney) during the past eight years — is not.
Analysts say there don’t appear to be any rules that would bar such transactions after a president takes office, but it’s unclear whether an incoming or sitting president has ever signed a book deal upon entering the White House.
“I don’t recall any sitting president entering into a book deal,” said campaign finance lawyer Jan Baran, former general counsel to the Republican National Committee. “They all have historically done that after they leave office.
ITEM: Peter Brown schools VP Joe Biden, as does John DeVore, over his latest inanity (“President Obama has inherited the most difficult first 100 days of any president, I would argue, including Franklin Roosevelt.”) Yep, the smartest man in the room, alright.
ITEM: Obama claims “the buck stops here” with regards to the AIG bonuses but then (as Philip Klein puts it) goes on to blame other people. That’s not quite accepting responsibility, is it?