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Blogosphere Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

March 17, 2009

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

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That Curious Phrase: The Commanding Heights

by Robert Morrison

March 17, 2009

Watching Chris Wallace interviewing President Obama’s economics advisor, Austan Goolsbee, yesterday, I was struck by a curious phrase Goolsbee used: “the commanding heights of our economy.” Gosh, that phrase sounded familiar. Goolsbee was responding to Wallace’s question about the President’s 2010 budget message. That document is grandly titled: “An Era of Responsibility.” Actually, “an era” is too modest for this President. His budget proposals will impose crushing debts not simply on the living, but on millions yet unborn, on generations yet to come, if they come. We should be thinking at least in terms of epoch, even perhaps an Obaman Age.

Wallace quoted from the President’s budget message. “While middle class families have been playing by the rules…those at the commanding heights have not…” Goolsbee defended the use of that term: “The President is saying those at the commanding heights have not played by the rules.” Clear enough. Rep. Barney Frank was next up. “I would go back to your conversation with Mr. Goolsbee,” the chairman of the Financial Services Committee replied as Wallace pressed him for specifics. “This is an example of people at the commanding heights of the economy misbehaving, abusing the system,” Frank said.

There it was again. I knew I’d heard that phrase before. Fortunately, we have Google so I didn’t have to go rummaging through my cluttered basement—talk about torture—among my old Russian history books.

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Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

March 17, 2009

Here’s a preview of today’s Washington Update.

  • Moderately Alarming
  • The Slaughter Doctrine
  • Rise to the Challenge, Rally to the Cause!
  • A Bright Torch Has Been Passed

Here’s some news clips we are looking at today.

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Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

March 16, 2009

Here’s a preview of today’s Washington Update.

  • Tiller
  • Rich in Times, Poor on Logic
  • Join FRC on Facebook!

Here’s some other stories we are looking at today.

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The Daily Show with Tomas de Torquemada

by Michael Fragoso

March 13, 2009

Jim Cramer went on The Daily Show last night to be grilled by Jon Stewart. Liberals everywhere are singing the praises of Stewart, who went in loaded for bear. (See video here-Stewart’s language is saucy: you’ve been warned.) Stewart deftly illustrated the multitudes contained within Cramer-both a loudmouth performer, and a cool, savvy Wall Street operator-and excoriated CNBC, Cramer, and market capitalism in his characteristically self-righteous and crypto-Marxist way (“When are we going to realize in this country that our wealth is work? That we’re workers…”). Apparently finance is serious business and Cramer’s goofy “Mad Money” persona makes Stewart mad. Mad enough that he felt the need to embarrass Cramer for 3 segments in front of his audience of clapping New York sycophants.

And yet, Cramer has been at this for years (I recall watching Mad Money with my friends in college because Cramer’s histrionics and questionable stock advice could be quite entertaining). Why did Jon Stewart decide to take Cramer to the woodshed on March 12, 2009? Why not a month ago-or six months ago, or a year ago, or four years ago? It turns out that Cramer and Stewart have been feuding ever since Stewart began taking shots at Rick Santelli for his “Chicago Tea Party” outburst. This feud, like Stewart’s previous one with Tucker Carlson, is predicated on his infuriating bait-and-switch routine: 1.) Sanctimoniously deliver a sucker punch about a serious political or cultural matter in which there is substantive disagreement; 2.) Respond to counter attack by saying “I’m just a comedian, don’t hold me to high standards! I make jokes! I’m no expert!” 3.) Behave like a smug expert and deliver more substantive criticism. 4.) Respond to next counter attack by saying “I’m just a clown! Watch me make funny faces!” 5.) Repeat until plaudits pour in from Gawker, Huffington Post, and other snark-mongers.

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Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

March 13, 2009

Here’s a preview of today’s Washington Update.

  • Eminent DOMAin?
  • All the President’s (Unsuitable) Men
  • ASCs Make Spine-Tingling Progress
  • Boehner and Smith Make House Calls

Here’s some other links we are looking at today.

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Abstinence Day on the Hill

by Krystle Gabele

March 13, 2009

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Yesterday, nearly 500 students from across the country visited the U.S. Capitol to lobby their legislators on retaining abstinence funding. Many of these students have directly been impacted by abstinence education programs and come from areas that have extremely high teenage pregnancy rates. These eager and enthusiastic teens listened to FRC’s own David Christensen and Valerie Huber, Executive Director of the National Abstinence Education Assocation. Rep. Lee Terry of Nebraska also stopped by the event and added his own remarks. He urged the students to enjoy their time in Washington, D.C. and briefed them about the impact that they are making by visiting their legislators to discuss retaining abstinence funding.

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Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

March 12, 2009

Here’s a glimpse into what is coming up in today’s Washington Update.

Here is what else we are looking at today.

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