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Friday, July 10, 2009

Friday Links! (It is Friday, right?)

Hello all. Still plugging away at the book and now with the great relief that Cap 'n' Trade has been shelved until the Fall. I'm betting the bill is on it's steady way to bill heaven, but you never know.

Starting off the links today is Bread upon the Waters' blogger Quite Rightly's post regarding Maryam Rustampoor and Marzieh Amirizadeh, a pair of women currently being held in Evin prison in Iran. Read his post, and I applaud the effort to attach names and faces to the victims of Iran's repressive policies. We should not turn our back and close our eyes for convenience's sake, even political convenience, as Obama has.

Michelle Malkin has a nasty little find. It seems Obama's science czar, John Holdren, co-wrote a book in 1977 that stated:

"• Women could be forced to abort their pregnancies, whether they wanted to or not;

• The population at large could be sterilized by infertility drugs intentionally put into the nation’s drinking water or in food [from what I read, the key word is could. The passage suggests that it is unfeasible and points out several logistical problems including the fact that no drug like this exists or is likely to exist. However, it suggests that the concept is acceptable and offers no moral arguments against such a practice];

• Single mothers and teen mothers should have their babies seized from them against their will and given away to other couples to raise;

• People who 'contribute to social deterioration' (i.e. undesirables) 'can be required by law to exercise reproductive responsibility' — in other words, be compelled to have abortions or be sterilized.

• A transnational 'Planetary Regime' should assume control of the global economy and also dictate the most intimate details of Americans’ lives — using an armed international police force."

Ouch. The book is called Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment and was co-authored by Paul R. and Anne H. Ehrlich.

Now to be fair, I am stating here and now that I have not read this book, nor have I researched this myself. It is, of course, heresay and Michelle Malkin herself found this by way of another blogger (Zombie) and another site (also worth a visit-- links also available at michellemalkin.com). However the time period of the book fits perfectly with the 1970s' unreasonable panic/terror of overpopulation (remember the films Soylent Green, The Three Days of the Condor [the ends suggests that in a few years we'll all be running out of food], etc.) and zombietime.com has scans and photos of the book. If it is a hoax, it's an elaborate one.

Kinda makes you rethink the whole "czar" idea doesn't it? I wonder what would've happened if this had come out during Congressional hearings? How embarrassed would Obama be? Or does he hold to this undesirables-shouldn't-have-kids notion? He's publicly said that he won't subject his own family to the rules of Obamacare (h/t to So it Goes in Shreveport). Careful Obama... your judgemental elitism is starting to show.

Pundit & Pundette also have this story. Check out their take here.

William A. Jacobson at Legal Insurrection has an interesting post regarding Sarah Palin and the elite Left's rabid hatred of her. Did you know that Sarah Palin's popularity is due to "our country’s resentment, and even hatred, of well-educated, apparently affluent women [that] is spiraling out of control[?]" According to Judith Warner of the NY Times it is. Check out Judith Warner's article too. It's a wonderful and distinctly American Left mix of victimology and elitist bile.

Pat Austin at So it Goes in Shreveport... has this post on House Rep. Fleming's suggestion that Congress should pledge to adopt Obamacare health coverage. Fat chance of that happening since they view themselves as shepherds and we the sheep. Obama's proposalalooza/plate spinning act is also scrutinized.

Caroline Glick rather cuttingly analyzes Obama's views putting them into context with his visit to Russia here.

From her essay: "THERE IS NOTHING shocking about Obama's embrace of radical politics as a college student. Particularly at Columbia, adopting such positions was the most conformist move a student could make. What is disturbing is that these views have endured over time, although they were overtaken by events 20 years ago.

"Just six years after Obama penned his little manifesto, the Iron Curtain came crashing down. The Soviet empire fell not because radicals like Obama called for the US to destroy its nuclear arsenal, it fell because president Ronald Reagan ignored them and vastly expanded the US's nuclear arsenal while deploying short-range nuclear warheads in Europe and launching the US's missile defense program while renouncing the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.

"On Monday Obama arrived in Moscow for a round of disarmament talks with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev. According to most accounts, while in Moscow Obama plans to abandon US allies Ukraine and Georgia and agree to deep cuts in US missile defense programs. In exchange, Moscow is expected to consider joining Washington in cutting back on its nuclear arsenal just as the likes of Iran and North Korea build up theirs.

"Of course, even if Russia doesn't agree to scale back its nuclear arsenal, Obama has already ensured that the US will slash the size of its own by refusing to fund its modernization. In short, Obama is working to implement the precise policy he laid out as an unoriginal student conformist 26 years ago."

Check out the entire piece.

And lastly, NewsBusters.org has this interesting piece on Green Jobs Czar (more czar news...) Van Jones' background. It turns out Jones is a former "rowdy black nationalist" (his words) communist, and anarchist-- as well as an ex-con, since he says he was "radicalized in jail." And now a member of the president's staff. Change has come. Let the hilarity ensue.

Keep checking the Honduras Abandoned blog. Nothing new as of now, but the Honduras' story continues.

UPDATE: For some strange reason both Daniel Hannan and Gerald Warner's blogs are not updating their most recent titles on this blog's Blog List. However, the links in the Blog List are still up and the top links do go to their most recent blog posts, despite the fact that tags suggest otherwise. To visit Gerald Warner's or Daniel Hannan's blogs, click on their names in the Blog List (i.e. Gerald Warner's Blog Listings) and you'll still go to their Telegraph blogs which are continuing.


  1. I'm having that same issue with currently updating blogs; must be a Blogger thing.

  2. It's only happening to me on the London Telegraph blogs, and when I try to reload the links, the link is to their front page. I think it might be a Telegraph thing-- though I am having trouble with some of the blogger updates too.