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Zing! U.K. Pulls Plug on United Nations Spending

In a  move that’s bound to hearten U.S. critics, the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government of Prime Minister David Cameron has pulled the financial plug  on four U.N. agencies:

In a sweeping and hard-nosed reorganization of priorities for its $10.6 billion multilateral foreign aid program, the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government of Prime Minister David Cameron has pulled the financial plug entirely on four U.N. agencies at the end of next year, put three others judged merely “adequate” on notice that they could face the same fate unless they improve their performance “as a matter of absolute urgency;” and issued pointed criticisms of almost all the rest.

The major exception: UNICEF, the U.N. children’s aid agency, which got a strong endorsement and a funding increase.

The tough actions were revealed as the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, led by House Foreign Affairs Committee chairperson Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, has been gearing up an extended critical look at U.N. funding as part of its overall budget austerity plan. The British revelations also came while U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice was on an extended cross-country tour, drumming up grass-roots support for U.N. funding in what is sure to be a protracted battle. Unveiling of the new British priorities undoubtedly will hearten her opponents on Capitol Hill.

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Such an attitude is “long overdue,” in the opinion of Brett Schaefer, an expert on U.S. funding of the U.N. at the conservative Heritage Foundation, and a longstanding critic of unquestioning American support for the institution. “The taxpayers in developed countries and the poor in developing countries both deserve better than they have been receiving from the U.N.”

This is welcome news, and not a minute too soon, in light of this sickening report about a GLSEN activist who was  chosen to present the National Education Association’s official position on “inclusive” sex education to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women:

“Experts” have determined that what’s wrong with our education system is that kids aren’t taught enough about sex:

“Oral sex, masturbation, and orgasms need to be taught in education,” Diane Schneider told the audience at a [United Nations conference] panel on combating homophobia and transphobia. Schneider, representing the National Education Association (NEA), the largest teachers union in the US, advocated for more “inclusive” sex education in US schools. . . . She claimed that the idea of sex education remains an oxymoron if it is abstinence-based, or if students are still able to opt-out.
Comprehensive sex education is “the only way to combat heterosexism and gender conformity,” Schneider proclaimed, “and we must make these issues a part of every middle and high-school student’s agenda.” . . .
A panel sponsored in part by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) advocated for “comprehensive sex education” not only as a tool to combat “gender oppression,” but also as the key to achieving all of the Millennium Development Goals.

Stacy McCain sums up:

Meanwhile, you will be pleased to learn, in her official statement to the U.N. conference, Melanne Verveer, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues (and “one of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton ’s closest associates“), devoted separate sections to “Women and Green Jobs” and “Gender and Climate Change.”

So that’s the “women’s agenda” the United States is now promoting worldwide: Orgasms for kids, green jobs and fighting climate change.

I’m no longer surprised by anything the NEA advocates, but it will take rank and file teachers to step up and do something about that.

We can DEFUND the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, and other worthless UN  commissions.

Linked by Michelle Malin in Buzzworthy, thanks!

Just a Reminder: Yes, Fred Phelps Is A Democrat

In the wake of the Supreme Court decision that ruled in favor of the The Westboro Baptist Church’s free speech rights, Michael Medved noted that Fred Phelps, the leader of the cult, is a Dem. This prompted a lib to email Medved and accuse him of lying.

In fact, as Medved explains, Phelps has run for office five times as a Democrat.

 

Fred Phelps – A Democrat from Papa Giorgio on Vimeo.

Video via RPT, who asks; is Fred Phelps hatred any different than other Democrats?

Linked by Ace O Spades HQ Headlines, thanks!

PSSST, morons! (Since I have your attention), new website alert: Leftwing Institute For Civil Discourse tracks the violence and moonbattery that comes from the left. I started it earlier this week. Take a look around, and remember — WOULD IT KILL YOU TO COMMENT?!

Pro-Life Conservative Republican John Sanchez Wins Republican Primary For NM Lt. Governor

(Photo by Heath Haussamen)

The NM Independent reports:

John Sanchez won the Republican primary for lieutenant governor on Tuesday night, beating out state Sen. Kent Cravens and former state Rep. Brian Moore in the Republican primary on Tuesday.

Sanchez, who was the GOP gubernatorial candidate in 2002, was projected to be the winner by media outlets Tuesday evening. As of this writing, Sanchez has 39.3 percent of the vote with 85 percent of precincts reporting in the state. Cravens had 32.5 percent and Moore had 28.3 percent of the vote.

Sanchez’s victory, and that of Susana Martinez, means the Republican Party will have an all-Hispanic ticket in November to face Diane Denish and Brian Colón.

His bio via Governor Susana Martinez’s website:

Lt. Governor-elect John Sanchez:

John Sanchez and his wife Debra, are the proud parents of two daughters. Together, they have built one of New Mexico’s most respected small businesses. Twice, their company has been named Small Business of the Year. The company has operated continuously for over 27 years and has had total sales of almost 100 million. They have completed nearly 30,000 contracts and, currently maintain a work force of 35 employees. The key to their success has been steady employee retention, and business cornerstones of quality service, customer satisfaction and honest, hard work.  John knows how to create jobs.

In March, 2010, Sanchez said: The GOP can be NM’s majority party:

New Mexico would be much different today if John Sanchez – not Bill Richardson – had been governor for the last seven-plus years, Sanchez says.

The Republican says the state would be “flush” with cash instead of struggling to cope with massive budget shortfalls. Government would be more efficient – and more effective. The “culture of corruption” many believe is prevalent in state government “would not exist,” he said.

“People would have looked at a John Sanchez administration and the State of New Mexico as being a light at the top of the hill,” Sanchez said during a recent interview in Las Cruces. “We would have been an example.”

Sanchez says he predicted when he was running against Richardson in 2002 that if Richardson won, the Legislature would become a rubber stamp for the governor’s agenda, Richardson would use the state to try to win a national race, state spending would grow almost 50 percent, and pay-to-play would increase.

All of that came true, he said.

“I was almost prophetic,” Sanchez said. “If I were running for governor, I would be running an ‘I told you so’ campaign.”

More about Sanchez, here.

Q: Tell us about someone who was an important influence in your life.

A: Clearly, I think my parents were huge. We grew up, very, very poor. I was the youngest of eight children. We had a tenacious, no-quit attitude. If I have any success today, I can trace it back to how I was raised. I’m inspired by great political leaders as well. One of the first people I ever voted for was Ronald Reagan. I appreciated his approach to less government and how he instilled this sense of renewal during a very dark time. As a true conservative Republican, we look at someone like Abraham Lincoln.

Q: What do you think is more important: Education or experience?

A: At the end of the day, probably experience. It doesn’t guarantee success. I think I bring a level of hands-on experience that is very important. There’s always a difference between theory and practice. As an owner of a successful business, I know how to create jobs, how to manage a payroll. Having some experience in the New Mexico Legislature, serving as a villageman for the city of Los Ranchos. You merge that with business experience, that makes me very equipped to be the next lieutenant governor of New Mexico.

Yes indeed, John Sanchez is my kind of people.

Hat tip: Charles B.

Linked by Michelle Malkin in Buzzworthy, thanks!

 

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“It’s because I’m black, isn’t it?”

Michelle Malkin: Hey, Eric Holder: Meet My People:

In pandering to skin-deep identity politics and exacerbating race-consciousness, Holder has given the rest of us a golden opportunity to stand up, identify “our people” and show the liberal poseurs what post-racialism really looks like.

Herman Cain is my people. He’s my brother-in-arms. I’ve never met him. But we are family. We are kin because we are unhyphenated Americans who are comfortable in the black, brown and yellow skin we are in. We are growing in numbers — on college campuses, in elected office, on the Internet, on radio airwaves, everywhere. And that drives liberals mouth-frothing crazy.

Keep reading  – Malkin lists several more of “her people”. My people are not tribal, or balkanized. We believe in individual freedom and responsibility and are are united by our love and/or respect of  faith/family/country/tradition, not our grievances, or entitlement mentality. That’s a big tent that includes all colors and creeds. It includes gays, atheists, and yes – even pony-tailed college professors.

A nice political cartoon at Big Government: The Just-Us Department

Patterico: Judge Vinson Stays His Obamacare Ruling (Update: Analysis Added):

Update: Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey has the best quip: “The White House asked for a clarification.  They got a trip to the woodshed instead.”

I’ll write up an analysis shortly but he has given the Obama administration seven days to file an appeal of his ruling on Obamacare.  You can read it for yourself, here.

Update: And as promised, here is the analysis.

First, as a matter of pure opinion, the entire Order issued today seems to be dripping with irritation toward the Obama administration.  Of course their motion to “clarify” was granted and that only made sense, the judge writing:

While I believe that my order was as clear and unambiguous as it could be, it is possible that the defendants may have perhaps been confused or misunderstood its import. Accordingly, I will attempt to synopsize the 78-page order and clarify its intended effect. To that extent, the defendants’ motion to clarify is GRANTED.

And I believe, reading the whole thing, that the judge was at a loss to understand what they were having trouble understanding, to the point that he doubted the sincerity of the request.  But nonetheless, he did provide a pretty decent “cliff’s notes” version of his earlier decision, although I thought the original was clear enough.

The Other McCain has been working on this story: Lawyer for Ohio Police Union Tells Republican State Senator: ‘Funny Thing About Cops, They Hold Grudges’:

The Other McCain: Frank LaRose Denounces ‘Mean-Spirited Personal Attacks and Senseless Threats’

The Other McCain: Ohio Unions, Ohio Thugs, Ohio Police

Left-Wing Institute For Civil Discourse: 9 Berkeley Students Hold Protest Atop Wheeler Hall:

2:00 p.m.

After 17 people were arrested for refusing to leave Wheeler Hall after 10 p.m. last night, nine demonstrators have now gathered on the fourth-floor balcony of Wheeler, protesting fee increases and budget cuts to higher education. Six have linked their arms and three others are delivering water.

Ann Coulter: Uncivil Unions

As Obama rakes in historic campaign contributions from Wall Street money, liberals claim Republicans are beholden to “the rich.” However that may be, it is far more true, and far less remarked upon, that the Democratic Party is the party of public sector unions.

And now, the nation watches helplessly as public sector unions and their Democratic allies say to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: Nice state you got there, governor. Be a shame if something bad happened to it.

For Democrats, the purpose of government is to generously provide jobs for people who otherwise couldn’t be hired — because their skills, attitude or sense of entitlement are considered undesirable in the private sector. And no, I’m not just talking about Barack Obama.

Ed Driscoll reports on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on global warming/cooling : Out of the Cool:

As Ed Morrissey writes, “Barrasso, Inhofe tag-team Boxer on 1970s ‘New Ice Age’ exposure of Holdren:”

I’m old enough to remember when scientists issued alarms over a coming Ice Age that would wipe out life on Earth on a massive scale. Senator John Barrasso’s memory holds up pretty well, too, and he reminded everyone of the consensus in the 1970s that the climate had begun to cool so significantly that, er, the world needed massive government interventions in energy production and consumption to survive it. Barrasso quotes from Newsweek and Time articles of the period. Senator Tom Udall attempts to ride to EPW Chair Barbara Boxer’s rescue by introducing an article that claims the global-cooling consensus of the 1970s was a “myth,” and Boxer urges Udall to add it to the record. But that’s just the set-up Jim Inhofe needed to complete this two-man demolition of “consensus” and to expose the main White House adviser on climate change as a chronic crank, as the Daily Caller reports.

As Jose Guardia wrote last month, “The news archives are bitches, especially for the ecochondriacs.”

Click over to Ed or the Daily Caller for the video from earlier today. As for Holdren’s more recent wacky Dr. Strangelove-esque scheme to fight global warming, from shortly after the Obama administration took office and were really feeling their oats, just click here.

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Fellow PJ Express blogger Zombie, who dug Holdren’s global cooling obsessions from the early 1970s out of the Memory Hole in 2009, had that post read aloud in the Senate today. “How often do blog posts make it into the Senate record? Zombie writes at the Tatler, “I’m not sure, but we now know at least one has made it that far.”

The BlogProf: Confirmed: Murdered US Border Patrol Agent from MI armed only with a bean bag”

This short blip at Instapundit pretty much says it all:

HOMELAND SECURITY DENIES “BIZARRE INTERNET-FUELED RUMORS,” then admits they’re true. Clown show. But without the laughs.

Brian Terry was from Michigan, and he died on the job while being armed with only a bean bag. His family slammed Napolitano: Nice: Napolitano Scolds Reporter for Airing Complaints of Dead Border Agent’s Family.

OUTRAGEOUS. More at The BlogProf, including video.

Check back later, I’ll be adding more.

Independent Women’s Voice: IWV ObamaCare Video Contest Offers a $5,000 First Prize:

The Independent Women’s Voice (IWV) announces its “ObamaCare Anniversary Video Contest!”  We want your one-minute or less video explaining how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — popularly known as ObamaCare — will hurt our medical system and our freedoms.  The deadline is March 19, 2011 midnight EST.

The winning video submission will receive a $5,000 cash prize.  The second and third prizes are $2,500and $1,000, respectively, and there will be one $500 cash prize for an honorable mention. All winning videoswill be featured on IWV’s YouTube channeland at iwvoice.org. Winners will be announced at 12 p.m. EST March 23, 2011.

Legal Insurrection: Koch Derangement Syndrome Jumped The Shark Rather Quickly:

Apparently a Koch-related conflict of interest and appearance of impropriety has been identified by the left!

I’m referring to the BREAKING NEWS that a former Koch executive who now has his own business supplies styrofoam cups to the House of Representatives, as dramatically reported by HuffPo (emphasis mine):

Former Koch Industries executive George Wurtz owns WinCup, which supplies the styrofoam cups now littering the building following the House GOP’s decision to phase out biodegradable cups from a Capitol lunchroom.

House Republicans announced in January that they would end a program to place compostable cups, containers and utensils in the House-side mini-cafeteria, a direct shot at former Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “Green the Capitol” initiative, which did away with styrofoam cups in 2007. Suspending the program resulted in business for Wurtz, a former executive of Koch Industries subsidiary Georgia-Pacific LLC.

GOP leaders did not handpick Wurtz’s company, however — that decision rested with Restaurant Associates, which manages the cafeteria.

“Decisions over what suppliers to use were done solely at the discretion of Restaurant Associates,” Salley Wood, spokeswoman for the House Administration Committee.

Nope, sorry guys – ain’t workin’. Try as you might, I don’t think you’re going to succeed in turning WinCup into the next Halliburton.

A Must-read from Charles Krauthammer at NRO:From Baghdad to Benghazi:

Voices around the world, from Europe to America to Libya, are calling for U.S. intervention to help bring down Moammar Qaddafi. Yet for bringing down Saddam Hussein, the U.S. has been denounced variously for aggression, deception, arrogance, and imperialism.

A strange moral inversion, considering that Saddam’s evil was an order of magnitude beyond Qaddafi’s. Qaddafi is a capricious killer; Saddam was systematic. Qaddafi was too unstable and crazy to begin to match the Baathist apparatus: a comprehensive national system of terror, torture, and mass murder, gassing entire villages to create what author Kanan Makiya called a Republic of Fear.

Moreover, that systemized brutality made Saddam immovable in a way that Qaddafi is not. Barely armed Libyans have already seized half the country on their own. Yet in Iraq, there was no chance of putting an end to the regime without the terrible swift sword (it took all of three weeks) of the United States. No matter the hypocritical double standard. Now that revolutions are sweeping the Middle East and everyone is a convert to George W. Bush’s freedom agenda, it’s not just Iraq that has slid into the memory hole. Also forgotten is the once proudly proclaimed “realism” of years one and two of President Obama’s foreign policy — the “smart power” antidote to Bush’s alleged misty-eyed idealism.

Keep reading…

Big Government: House Republican Wants Investigation Of Common Cause:

Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert wants Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate whether the liberal group Common Cause should lose its nonprofit status, after a conservative website published footage of protesters calling for the lynching of conservative Supreme Court justices.

The footage shows enraged protesters making inflammatory and threatening comments about Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, as well as Thomas’s wife, Ginni Thomas.

Gohmert said that the inflammatory remarks are more troubling given the attack on Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords earlier this year.

“We shouldn’t have any organization, especially one that says it’s nonpartisan, out there stirring up hatred and animosity to the point that people would say, “Let’s string up a justice of the Supreme Court as well as his wife,” Gohmert said.

Psssst, Rep Gohmert:  The Civility Police are only for conservatives. Don’t expect this to go anywhere.

Left-Wing Institute For Civil Discourse: Video:  Pro-Union Protester To Tea Partier: “Why Do You Have A Right To Your Money”

Patterico: Obama Administration Deliberately Allows Guns Into Mexico; How Many Have Died As a Result?

You know what seems like a good idea? Flooding Mexico with guns!

Federal agent John Dodson says what he was asked to do was beyond belief.

He was intentionally letting guns go to Mexico?

“Yes ma’am,” Dodson told CBS News. “The agency was.”

The idea was some cockamamie scheme to trace guns:

ATF managers allegedly made a controversial decision: allow most of the weapons on the streets. The idea, they said, was to gather intelligence and see where the guns ended up. Insiders say it’s a dangerous tactic called letting the guns, “walk.”

One agent called the strategy “insane.” Another said: “We were fully aware the guns would probably be moved across the border to drug cartels where they could be used to kill.”

EVERYTHING this administration does seems designed to contribute to the destruction of America!

JammieWearingFool weighs in on women on the front lines: Sorry Ladies, Not This Time:

Infantrymen are the pointy end of the sword. I was one for 20+ years so it is something I can speak on with a fairly certain amount of expertise. We refer to ourselves as bomb dodgers and bullet stoppers. In the words of one senior NCO I had somewhere during my career, he stated that fully 95% of all weapons and tactics designed by man were developed with one intent. That is to maim or kill the Infantryman. The other 5% that were not specifically designed for that purpose could be quickly modified to do so.

Being an Infantryman comes along with a certain amount of unique characteristics. These are not only physical, but mental and sociological. Yes, the Infantry is the largest collection of good ol’ boys you will ever find, but that is exactly what molds them into the most effective force. When you throw females into the equation that delicate balance is upset, and anything which upsets that balance leads to greater chance of injury and death for all. Surviving as an Infantryman, even when nobody is shooting at you, requires a great deal of effort.

A lot people will go on and on about the physical issue, which is very real, and regardless of what a bunch of eggheads want to theorize about, it is immutable and undeniable. But beyond that there is a thing called trust. Trust is the one intangible that receives very little attention, but without it, no front line fighting force can function effectively.

Read the whole thing at JWF. I agree 100%

The Foundry: Morning Bell: How Obama Is Making Gas Prices Higher

More outrage from the Other McCain: The Global Orgasmatron for Kids:

Here’s a story that prompted Duane Lester to allude to Huxley’s Brave New World.

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“Oral sex, masturbation, and orgasms need to be taught in education,” Diane Schneider told the audience at a [United Nations conference] panel on combating homophobia and transphobia.***

The relevant question is, how was GLSEN activist Schneider chosen to present the National Education Association’s official position on “inclusive” sex education to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women?

Think about it: Of all the problems affecting the world, America’s leading organization of teachers is urging the United Nations “to combat heterosexism and gender conformity” by teaching “oral sex, masturbation, and orgasms”? Because that’s exactly what’s needed by impoverished villagers in Bolivia, Botswana, Belize and Burkina Faso.

Meanwhile, you will be pleased to learn, in her official statement to the U.N. conference, Melanne Verveer, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues (and “one of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton ’s closest associates“), devoted separate sections to “Women and Green Jobs” and “Gender and Climate Change.”

So that’s the “women’s agenda” the United States is now promoting worldwide: Orgasms for kids, green jobs and fighting climate change.

OMG, make it stop.

Maggie’s Notebook makes the Kevin Jennings connection:‘FistGate’ Goes Global: GLSEN Activist Promotes Masturbation at U.N. Conference

Big Journalism: Media Matters Attempts “Transparency”:

What is the point in Media Matters’ war of the billionaires? To go with the billionaire that pays them the most? To go with the billionaire that provides a way for them to wax poetic about failed political theories? How can one complain about the activities of free businessmen when they are the hacks for one?

Of course the point of their hackery is to deflect attention away from their own nastiness.

Pro-Union Demonstrators Allowed To Re-Enter Capitol (Video Added)

JS Online is reporting:

Madison – A group of perhaps one hundred protesters has entered the previously restricted and quiet Capitol and is now chanting, “Our house, our house.”

David Noyce of Madison said that he entered the building with the demonstrators after someone let them in and that a policeman flashed him a thumbs up as he entered. The protesters entered just as Gov. Scott Walker was about to start a news conference in a separate room of the building.

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The protesters have been stopped by phalanx of police on the ground floor of the west wing and prevented from reaching the rotunda and joining the separate group of protesters who have been spending the night in the Capitol.

MORE:

Ann Althouse reports that a Dane County judge is planning to order everyone cleared out of the Capitol.

UPDATE:

More at  Gateway Pundit.

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