Morning Bits

Entitled. Anne-Marie Slaughter “had an epiphany, you see: spending the week in D.C. with only weekends at home to attend the Little League games and pick up the dry cleaning just wasn’t working for her, even though her husband is the guy we girls have been dreaming about since we first traded our aprons and sewing kits for laptops and legal briefs; he even cooks Hungarian! Her family was suffering. Because of her career. Who’s to blame? You guessed it: SOCIETY.” Read the whole hilarious thing.

Entirely different. “Dubbed ‘Operation Wide Receiver,’ the Bush-era operation was run out of Tucson between 2006 and 2007, ending before Bush left office and before Fast and Furious began under Obama in 2009. The differences between it and Fast and Furious are vast, starting with the fact that Wide Receiver produced no dead bodies. . . . Under the ‘controlled delivery’ of Wide Receiver, agents didn’t just write down the serial numbers and let the guns disappear as in Fast and Furious. They closely and physically followed the guns from American dealers to straw purchasers to Mexican buyers.Most importantly, Wide Receiver was run in close cooperation with Mexican authorities, who were kept in the dark on Fast and Furious.”

Enervating. “No leader in this country is as predictable and snore-inducing as [Shimon] Peres. Not only because he has been on the scene for so long, but due to his having long ago taken up residence in la-la-land — a place he dubbed the ‘New Middle East.’” Read all of this one, too.

Envious. The Huffington Post via the Daily Caller dishes on Politico. Too many layers of self-serving backbiting to get through. Stunning revelations (actually not) : There are favored reporters! Liberal reporters don’t like the editors calling out liberal bias in other outlets! Mercy me. (You don’t need to read this one.)

Encouraging. “Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the Budget Committee chairman, has submitted paperwork to the Romney campaign. Sources confirm that he is being vetted for the vice-presidential nomination.”

Entranced with the imperial president. “House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., thinks that President Obama should unilaterally eliminate the debt ceiling, rather than negotiate with Congress to spend more money when the United States hits the debt ceiling later this year.” Really, do we need a Congress at all?

Engendering civilizational suicide.“Most of those who advocate multiculturalism no doubt mean well. But their intellectual myopia is striking. The truth is, some cultures value freedom of religion; others see no virtue in granting free rein to what they regard as false religions. Some cultures prize free speech; others believe it is dangerous to permit open discourse and opt instead to censor many ideas. Some cultures believe that women and minorities should have the same rights as the majority; others consider that a blasphemous notion. Some cultures are willing to compromise to achieve peace; others are willing to fight and die for conquest and victory. But the big trap of multiculturalism is simply this: If all cultures are equal, why defend your own? The culture that replaces it will be just as good, won’t it?”

Enforcing some order. “Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell demanded on Friday that board members of the University of Virginia settle the issue of the university’s presidency by Tuesday or he will ask all members to resign.” He should do that anyway. The board made hash out of the inexplicable firing of U-Va. President Teresa Sullivan.

Entreating the president to stop talking and start doing something about Iran’s nuclear program. Good luck with that.

Enlightening. “[B]y issuing a series of downgrades of giant banks this week, Moody’s Investors Service may have performed a taxpayer service. Two years ago President Obama and Congressional Democrats told Americans they had strengthened the banking system and revoked too-big-to-fail privileges from the financial giants. Now Moody’s can help Americans understand that the 2010 Dodd-Frank law has fulfilled neither promise. The law’s signature achievements are higher costs, reduced opportunities and weaker banks.”

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.
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