Thursday, April 27, 2006

Justice At NKU

Professor Sally Jacobsen of NKU is finally being punished for her radical ideology-driven misconduct a couple of weeks ago. In case you forgot what exactly she did, here's some background:

Four hundred crosses representing aborted fetuses were pulled from the ground and thrown in trash cans around campus. A sign explaining the temporary display, which had been approved by university officials as an expression of free speech, was also removed.

Jacobsen told reporters that she had "invited" students in her graduate-level British literature course to exercise free-speech by destroying the display.

She said she was offended by the simulated cemetery, which she considered intimidating and harmful to women who might be considering abortions. NKU's campus newspaper, the Northerner, published photos of Jacobsen dismantling part of the display.

Since the incident became public, NKU's president has received hundreds of e-mails from throughout the country condemning the professor's actions. She was placed on leave last week, and substitutes were assigned to her classes for the rest of the semester.

Jacobsen has been charged with criminal mischief, theft by unlawful taking, and criminal solicitation. The six student's who heeded Jacobsen's call for destruction are also being charged with criminal mischief and theft by unlawful taking.

Serves them right. And thankfully this isn't the first time that some radical lefties have been punished for their churlish actions. (HT: Michelle Malkin)

Porkbusters Success!

A big victory in the House today for GOP lawmakers as they prevented a huge amount of earmark spending. Details here, courtesy of MKH.

Sen. Coburn played a huge part in the success. More on his efforts to stop earmark spending via N.Z. Bear.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Senator Frist Interviewed By Power Line

Power Line's Scott Johnson conducted a 30 minute interview with the Majority Leader, and came up with some good material:

I asked him about the Iranian nuclear program. Senator Frist responded in clinical terms; he described the Iranian nuclear program as the number one threat to the mortality of America today. He said that he had just returned a week-and-a-half ago from Russia (and Poland and elsewhere) with the purpose of seeking support for the suppression of Iran's nuclear ambitions.

I asked how much time there was for diplomacy; he said that Iran's nuclear ambitions might be achieved in as little as two years. He acknowleged the difficulties of diplomacy under the circumstances and indirectly expressed the view that President Bush would not leave the problem for his successor, although I couldn't elicit anything beyond the usual bromides.


What about judges? He said that nominees Terrence Boyle and Brett Kavanaugh had been waiting for a vote for five years and three years, respectively, and that their nominations needed to be addressed. My impression was that he meant to assure them an up or down vote on the floor of the Senate. He referred to 60 other judicial nominations "in the pipeline" and stated that all these nominations "need to be taken through immediately." He anticipates an acceleration of the confirmation schedule in the coming months.

I asked about his estimate of the damage done to the NSA terrorist surveillance program by its disclosure. He said he could not put numerical values on the damage, but that he thought the program had been harmed. He nevertheless believed that it remained an important program for the defense of the United States. We're at risk of another attack every day, Senator Frist observed, and common sense would suggest that the value of the program was diminished by its disclosure.

This is encouraging discussion from Senator Frist. He appears to be aware of the stakes and it looks as though he has a decent grasp on what the Senate's priorities should be. As I noted below, it's going to take a strategy shift to get the GOP through the mid terms successfully, and the Majority Leader's initiative is a good example for the rest of the Senate Republicans.

Tony Snow For Press Secretary

He's the front runner, and I hope he gets selected:

Fox News commentator Tony Snow is the front-runner to become White House press secretary and a decision on his appointment is near, Republicans close to the White House said Tuesday.

Snow has told associates he would like to take the job and he has had serious discussions with White House officials, the Republicans said on condition of anonymity because of President Bush's dislike of news leaks.

As a conservative columnist and commentator, Snow has been sharply critical of Bush and Republicans in Congress at times. The Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, circulated unflattering observations by Snow about Bush.

"His (Bush's) wavering conservatism has become an active concern among Republicans, who wish he would stop cowering under the bed and start fighting back against the likes of Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Joe Wilson," Snow wrote last November after Republicans failed to win the governor's race in Virginia. "The newly passive George Bush has become something of an embarrassment."

This is exactly the kind of influence that the Bush White House needs. Getting Tony Snow signed on as the White House Press Secretary will be one of many first steps in the right direction towards turning the party around, and getting its image right with the American people.

The GOP can and should win the mid term elections this November, but it's going to take a willingness to move away from the status quo mentality that has plagued this Congress since Bush's re-election.

It's time to play hardball.

No more GOP cave-ins disguised as bipartisan compromises. Use the majority to your advantage. Don't be bullied by the stall tactics of the Democrats. Get the judges confirmed. Rededicate yourselves to winning the war in Iraq and fighting the war on terror. Protect our citizens and protect our borders by standing by the Patriot Act, the NSA terrorist surveillance program, and getting serious about immigration policy. Cut some taxes (especially the gas tax) and cut the spending.

In other words, listen to the base.

It isn't going to be a simple task, but it is very feasible. All it takes is some committment and an attitude to win.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

California Man Convicted In Terrorism Case

Via AP:
A federal jury on Tuesday convicted a 23-year-old man of supporting terrorists by attending an al-Qaida training camp in Pakistan three years ago.

Hamid Hayat, a seasonal farm worker in Lodi, an agricultural town south of Sacramento, was convicted of one count of providing material support to terrorists and three counts of lying to the FBI.

Prosecutors described Hamid Hayat as having "a jihadi heart and a jihadi mind" who returned from a two-year visit to Pakistan intent on carrying out attacks. Possible targets included hospitals, banks and grocery stores.

I'm curious as to how often these sorts of trials occur. With all the focus on the Zarqawi trial, there hasn't been much mention of any other, less prominent figures who may be on trial for their roles in aiding terrorists. It would be very interesting to see the numbers on terror-related trials in the U.S. per year.

My assumption is that the amount of public trials might be low, but the amount of investigations and inquires that occur based on suspicions of terrorism may be much higher. In our current war against al-Qaeda, intelligence has become our most valuable resource.

The 9th Circuit Gets It Wrong (Again)

Last week I linked to a post by Eugene Volokh that explained why the 9th Circuit's Judge Reinhardt butchered a decision regarding the First Amendment's protections of free speech.

Today, Judge Reinhardt got another crack at a First Amendment case. Any guesses on how he ruled? A hint: Eugene Volokh's post on the decision is titled "Pro-Taliban Speech Constitutionally Protected, Criticisms of Homosexuality Unprotected."

Read his entire analysis. It is absolutely amazing how the 9th Circuit manages to consistently produce decisions in conflict with judicial precedent --including its own. I guess it's hard to offer legally sound reasoning when you base your decisions on your political ideologies.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Osama Bin Laden... The Dissident?

According to the MSM, the term "terrorist" just doesn't fit his character quite right. He deserves a more politically correct description that is sensitive to his motives. LGF has the details.

And The Plot Thickens...

JPod, at The Corner (HT: Instapundit):

So Newsweek is reporting that Mary McCarthy denies being the leaker. This despite stories in the press saying that she failed a polygraph and admitted to it. McCarthy's not the the one who told Newsweek. Do you know who did? Her "close friend" Rand Beers. Who's Rand Beers? The National Security Council staffer who quit in 2003 and went to work as John Kerry's senior national security campaign adviser. You know who else is Rand Beers's old friend from the National Security Council staff? Joseph C. Wilson IV. Just saying.

I can't see this particular leak case getting any more murky than that. These kinds of connections are way too convenient to be a coincidence. McCarthy is hardly an any position to look anything other than guilty of leaking sensitive CIA material.

On a related note: it is interesting that Kerry's name came up. He seems to be all up in arms to defend Ms. McCarthy. But of course, his arguments are quite easily defeated, as Captain Ed displays:
While it is touching to see Kerry offer support for a campaign contributor, I suggest that he revisit the law on releasing classified information and just leave his remarks at that. McCarthy had plenty of other options for addressing her concerns, but she chose to expose secret data rather than do her job in protecting it. The White House has the authority to declassify and release information and did so to answer the questions of the media about the true pre-war intelligence estimate of Iraq. That's not hypocrisy; that is responsiveness, especially since Kerry and his fellow primary candidates had made such an issue of White House "secrecy" all during their campaigns.

We all wish Senator Kerry the best of luck in his primary campaign for the 2008 presidential election. His laughable attempts to eat his cake and have it too on almost every topic will provide some needed comic relief in the next contest.



Allah Pundit has posted a comprehensive background and analysis of the CIA leak situation, including everything you ever wanted to know about Mary McCarthy. (Courtesy of Michelle Malkin's new project, Hot Air).