Friday Night Video: Rush Interviews Ann Coulter

Today, January 16, Ann Coulter appeared on The Rush Limbaugh Show. I only heard a few snippets of it live, but lo and behold, I found it on YouTube in 4 parts. So here’s the always entertaining Coulter with the always entertaining El Rushbo in the rare interview where she doesn’t have to spend most of her time defending her tone:

I love the fact that she went over to him, and planted a big smooch on his cheek when the interview was over.

Compare that to this unedifying trainwreck:

A waste of time for everyone concerned. Especially the audience.

Obama’s Stealth Socialism

Here’s a healthy dose of reality for those conservatives who can’t help but join the Obama lovefest in near orgasmic glee of this historic moment – The first black man is about to take the oath of office as the President of the United States.

But there’s something even more historic, and of  more consequence, frankly than his skin color going on, here. This country is about to be led by a stone cold Marxist, set to lead this country into a new world order…. as ungracious and gauche as it sounds to say that. Sorry.

Mark Rudd is a former SDS/Weather Underground member who’s friendly with many of Obama’s radical chums in Chicago. He currently serves on the board of the Movement for a Democratic Society (MDS), the parent body of Progressives For Obama, a leading far left umbrella group behind Obama’s presidential campaign. None of this is new or surprising to those of us who have been paying attention.

According to The New Zeal:

Progressives for Obama is designed to unite radicals behind the president elect, defend Obama from attack and “explain” Obama’s positions to radicals who don’t understand his subtle approach to socialism.

The New Zeal noticed this entry from Rudd’s blog, last November 27:

If you’re anything like me, your inbox fills up daily with the cries and complaints of lefties. Just the mere mention of the names Hillary Clinton and Lawrence Summers alone conjure up a litany of horrendous right-wingers appointed to top level positions.

Betrayal is the name of the game.

But wait a second. Let’s talk about a few things:

* Obama is a very strategic thinker. He knew precisely what it would take to get elected and didn’t blow it…But he also knew that what he said had to basically play to the center to not be run over by the press, the Republicans, scare centrist and cross-over voters away. He made it.

So he has a narrow mandate for change, without any direction specified. What he’s doing now is moving on the most popular issues — the environment, health care, and the economy. He’ll be progressive on the environment because that has broad popular support; health care will be extended to children, then made universal, but the medical, pharmaceutical, and insurance corporations will stay in place…the economic agenda will stress stimulation from the bottom sometimes and handouts to the top at other times. It will be pragmatic…On foreign policy and the wars and the use of the military there will be no change at all. That’s what keeping Gates at the Pentagon and Clinton at State and not prosecuting the torturers is saying.

And never, never threaten the military budget. That will unite a huge majority of congress against him.

And I agree with this strategy. Anything else will court sure defeat. Move on the stuff you can to a small but significant extent, gain support and confidence. Leave the military alone because they’re way too powerful. For now, until enough momentum is raised. By the second or third year of this recession, when stimulus is needed at the bottom, people may begin to discuss cutting the military budget if security is being increased through diplomacy and application of nascent international law.

* Obama plays basketball. I’m not much of an athlete, barely know the game, but one thing I do know is that you have to be able to look like you’re doing one thing but do another. That’s why all these conservative appointments are important: the strategy is feint to the right, move left. Any other strategy invites sure defeat. It would be stupid to do otherwise in this environment.

* Look to the second level appointments. There’s a whole govt. in waiting that Podesta has at the Center for American Progress. They’re mostly progressives, I’m told (except in military and foreign policy). Cheney was extremely effective at controlling policy by putting his people in at second-level positions.

* Read Obama’s first book, “Dreams from My Father.” The second section is the story of his three years doing community organizing in Chicago. It’s some of the best writing on organizing I’ve ever seen. That’s all it’s about, the core of the book. Obama learned many lessons of strategy and patience. Then read the first section, on his family and growing up in Hawaii and Indonesia. No other president has ever had such intimate experience with class and race. The final section is about his trip to Kenya. No other president has ever had an understanding of not only race, but colonialism and neo-colonialism, even using the terms. It’s the whole story he tells of his African family and especially his father, a victim of neo-colonialism. As was his step-father in Indonesia.

This is no stupid guy…Had any of the stupid Republicans read his books, they never could have said, “We don’t know who this guy is.” You know every thought he’s ever had.

Our job now is to organize both inside and outside the Demo party. There’s already a big battle in the Demo party at every level. Here in the New Mexico State Legislature, the progressives are challenging the conservative Dems for leadership; the same is true in Congress. If you can’t stand to work in the party, work on putting mass pressure on issues such as healthcare and jobs and the war from outside.

Here’s my mantra: “Let’s put this country on our shoulders and get to work.”

How blatant is that?

And I agree with this strategy…Leave the military alone because they’re way too powerful. For now, until enough momentum is raised…you have to be able to look like you’re doing one thing but do another. That’s why all these conservative appointments are important: the strategy is feint to the right, move left…Look to the second level appointments. There’s a whole govt. in waiting that Podesta has at the Center for American Progress. They’re mostly progressives…”

Is this a recipe for stealth socialism, or what!

I think maybe some of  our “stupid Republicans” are starting to appreciate our predicament. I hope they’re ready to fight, and fight hard. I don’t want to see the traditional  honeymoon for the new President. George W. Bush didn’t get one,  nor should Obama. Alot of  “changes” will be attempted in the first  days of the new Presidency, and Republicans, and moderate Democrats should be ready to fight them.

MORE about Obama’s “historic” revolutionary vision at AIM.

UPDATE:

Bobbie Eberle from The Freedon Alliance asks if there’s a backbone in the House….or the Senate?

Apparently not.

We are so screwed.

Remember That Passport Security Breach Story, Last March?

I sure do. It was covered quite extensively in the days after it happened, last March.

ABC reported it thus:

An embarrassed State Department admitted today that the passport files of all three presidential candidates — Sens. John McCain, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton — have been breached by its employees.

The bombshell announcement came within hours of the admission that Obama’s personal file was improperly accessed several times earlier this year and no one was notified of the breach.

In a rapid series of escalating admissions, State Department Secretary Condoleezza Rice called Obama to apologize. She then had to call Clinton to apologize as well. And by noon, the department held a news conference to concede that McCain’s personal file had also been improperly accessed.

State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Rice made it clear to the agency’s inspector general that an investigation “is top priority.”

Additional details:

The breaches occurred on Jan. 9, Feb. 21 and March 14, and were detected by internal State Department computer checks, McCormack said. The department’s top management officer, Undersecretary Patrick Kennedy, said certain records, including those of high-profile people, are “flagged” with a computer tag that tips off supervisors when someone tries to view the records without a proper reason.

The State Department would not release the names of those who were fired and disciplined, or the names of the two companies they worked for. The department’s inspector general is investigating.

“We believe this was out of imprudent curiosity,
but we are taking steps to reassure ourselves that that is, in fact, the case,” McCormack said.

It was also suggested by some at the time, that Condoleeza Rice was behind the spying of Barack Obama.

But what was the real motive for the breach?

Ken Timmerman connects some dots in this report at Newsmax:

Obama’s top terrorism and intelligence adviser, John O. Brennan, heads a firm that was cited in March for breaching sensitive files in the State Department’s passport office, according to a State Department Inspector General’s report released this past July.

The security breach, first reported by the Washington Times and later confirmed by State Department spokesman Sean McCormack, involved a contract employee of Brennan’s firm, The Analysis Corp., which has earned millions of dollars providing intelligence-related consulting services to federal agencies and private companies.

During a State Department briefing on March 21, 2008, McCormack confirmed that the contractor had accessed the passport files of presidential candidates Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and John McCain, and that the inspector general had launched an investigation.

Sources who tracked the investigation tell Newsmax that the main target of the breach was the Obama passport file, and that the contractor accessed the file in order to “cauterize” the records of potentially embarrassing information.

“Cauterize”? What does that mean exactly?

“They looked at the McCain and Clinton files as well to create confusion,” one knowledgeable source told Newsmax. “But this was basically an attempt to cauterize the Obama file.”

At the time of the breach, Brennan was working as an unpaid adviser to the Obama campaign.

What kind of “potentionally embarrassing information?”:

The passport files include “personally identifiable information such as the applicant’s name, gender, social security number, date and place of birth, and passport number,” according to the inspector general report.

The files may contain additional information including “original copies of the associated documents,” the report added. Such documents include birth certificates, naturalization certificates, or oaths of allegiance for U.S.-born persons who adopted the citizenship of a foreign country as minors.

Just to be clear….At the time of the breach, Brennan, who  heads the firm that was cited for the breach, was working as an unpaid adviser to the Obama campaign.

Timmerman continues:

“Fight the Smears” attempted to debunk rumors that Obama was not a U.S. citizen by producing a 2007 computer-generated copy of his certification of live birth.

“The truth is, Barack Obama was born in the state of Hawaii in 1961, a native citizen of the United States of America,” the Web site states.

However, “native citizen” is a colloquialism, not a legal term. It is not the same as “natural-born citizen,” the requirement to be president set out in Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution.

Chief Justice John Roberts has scheduled a Supreme Court conference on Jan. 23 on Lightfoot v. Bowen, one of several cases alleging that Obama is not a “natural born” citizen because of his birthright British citizenship.

Shortly after the election,  Brennan was rumored to be Obama’s pick for CIA director, but Senators would surely have questioned him about this, as well  this article he wrote in an  foreign policy magazine over the summer in which he advocated direct dialogue with Tehran, and assimilation of Hezbollah into Lebonan’s political system:

After nearly three decades of antagonistic rhetoric and diplomatic estrangement between the United States and Iran, the next president has the opportunity to set a new course for relations between the two countries. When the next president takes up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Iranian officials will be listening. The president must implement a policy of engagement that encourages moderates in Iran without implying tolerance for Tehran’s historic support of terrorist activities. This strategy will require patience and sensitivity to the complex political realities inside Iran. To successfully chart a new course for U.S.-Iranian relations, the next president must (1) tone down rhetoric; (2) establish a direct dialogue with Tehran, including comprehensive, private discussions and deployment of a special envoy; (3) encourage greater assimilation of Hezbollah into Lebanon’s political system; and (4) offer carrots in addition to sticks, including consideration of legitimate Iranian concerns on regional security issues.

Anyway, as always…move along…nothing to see here.