Links for 1-21-2013

  • The highlights of Obama’s second inauguration included Bill Clinton checking out out Kelly Clarkson’s butt (via Gateway Pundit):
    Bill Clinton checking out Kelly Clarksons butt
    Not to be outdone, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) admires Beyoncé’s ass (Getty Images via The Blaze):
    Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) admires Beyonces ass
    Our nation is led by only the finest people.

  • Michael Fell noted the Orwellian aspects of the inauguration in general and Obama’s speech in particular: “A true display of ‘progressive’ doublespeak followed: ‘We will defend our people and uphold our values through strength of arms and rule of law.’ Through the strength of arms? This coming from a politician who, despite the fact that Islamofascists are waging war on America, is bent on retreating from the battlefield, unilateral nuclear disarmament and reducing national defense? Rule of law? This from a fringe leftist career politician who chooses which laws his Attorney General enforces based upon their partisan political agenda? Who ignores legally passed laws while violating the U.S. Constitution by dictating his own through Executive Order?” Read the whole thing.

  • Philip Klein’s take on Obama’s speech: “He [Obama] declared that, ‘We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit.’ This is Barack Obama, bold leader speaking (with an extra twist of irony given that the signature legislative accomplishment of his first term was supposedly aimed at containing the growth of health care costs). Then, he said, ‘But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future.’ Translation: he isn’t going to do anything to seriously reform Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid, and wants more economic stimulus spending, too. So, within a breath of calling for hard choices, he rejected the need for them. I can think of no more fitting summation of Obama’s presidency.”

  • Joel Pollak writing on the significance of Barack Obama being sworn in as President on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday: “The great tragedy of civil rights movements – not just in the United States, but across the world – is that the end of discrimination has been closely tied to the start of state-directed redistribution. The result is that many of those who were formerly held down by the state believe that their success depends on state intervention. And the terrible irony is that the state’s role ensures that many who begin their freedom on the bottom rung, stay there. In the U.S., the end of Jim Crow in the South was swiftly followed by the Great Society, which created perverse incentives for individuals not to work and families to split apart.”

  • The highlights of Obama’s first term accomplishments: The number of Americans who left or decided not to enter the workforce increased by 8.3 million. An average of 11,133 people signed up for food stamps each day. The federal government racked up $50,521 in new debt per household.

  • A Department of Justice Voting Section lawyer named Daniel Freeman tweeted that he encouraged the inauguration crowd to boo Paul Ryan, which earned him a mention at the Drudge Report.

  • The post-inauguration lunch at the Capitol topped out at 3,000 calories. That didn’t faze Michelle Obama, who didn’t even bother to stop eating to roll her eyes at John Boehner. To be honest, I’d probably roll my eyes at Boehner, too, but for entirely different reasons.

  • New York Democrats had a much more far reaching gun control wish list than what was signed into law. Confiscation figured prominently.

  • President Obama’s 23 “executive orders” regarding gun control are nowhere to be found. Instead we have three memorandums.

  • A Penn State professor named Matt Jordan showed his film studies class the movie The Birth of a Nation and followed it up with video clips criticizing photo voter ID laws – an attempt to tie photo voter ID laws to the KKK. A senior in his class named Victor Schleich called him on it and Jordan admitted that’s exactly what he was trying to do. Why people pay tens of thousands of dollars a year to attend these indoctrination camps is beyond me.

  • The Department of State released the names of three Americans killed in the attack on the Algerian natural gas plant: Victor Lynn Lovelady, Gordon Lee Rowan, and Frederick Buttaccio.

  • Most of the weapons used to attack the Algerian natural gas plant came from Libya. What’s not known: How may of the weapons came from Gadhafi’s stores v. how many were supplied to the Libyan rebels by the U.S. and its European allies.

  • The French government is trying to figure out how to tax Google and other online companies for the user data they collect, a so-called “link tax.” The original motivation for this appears to have been subsidizing French newspapers linked by Google, but it has expanded to include user data, too.