"The name 'WikiLeaks' doesn't sounds like espionage. It sounds like Barbara Walters interviewing Ricky Martin." – Craig Ferguson
"According to the TSA, most of the people protesting the new body search procedures are men. At last they're getting to see what it's like to be groped by someone who won't take no for an answer." – Jay Leno
"In a recent interview, Sarah Palin said we must stand with our North Korean allies. When she was corrected she said, 'Listen, geometry was never my strong suit.'" – Jay Leno
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Interpol has issued an arrest warrant on Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, based on bogus sex charges filed in the Netherlands. Ecuador has offered him a place to live and promises never to extradite him, nice to find a safe haven. The grandstanding hasn't died down over the latest batch of wikileaks, it's like each country is being made to stand up one after another and introduce themselves to the 12 step crowd: "Hello, I am Turkey, and I have been wikileaked..." Putting things in a more sensible perspective, the NY Times quotes Defense Secretary Robert Gates: “Let me just offer some perspective as somebody who’s been at this a long time. Every other government in the world knows the United States government leaks like a sieve, and it has for a long time. And I dragged this up the other day when I was looking at some of these prospective releases. And this is a quote from John Adams: ‘How can a government go on, publishing all of their negotiations with foreign nations, I know not. To me, it appears as dangerous and pernicious as it is novel.’
“Now, I’ve heard the impact of these releases on our foreign policy described as a meltdown, as a game-changer, and so on. I think those descriptions are fairly significantly overwrought. The fact is, governments deal with the United States because it’s in their interest, not because they like us, not because they trust us, and not because they believe we can keep secrets. Many governments — some governments — deal with us because they fear us, some because they respect us, most because they need us. We are still essentially, as has been said before, the indispensable nation.
“So other nations will continue to deal with us. They will continue to work with us. We will continue to share sensitive information with one another. Is this embarrassing? Yes. Is it awkward? Yes. Consequences for U.S. foreign policy? I think fairly modest.’’
Despite all of the bluff and bluster that conservatives have let off over how Obamacare is unconstitutional, among other things, and every Republican state attorney general were itching to file a lawsuit against it, so far their results have produced zero. Nothing, zilch, big fat goose-egg... As the NY Times reports: "For the second time in two months, a federal judge has upheld the constitutionality of the new health care law, ruling on Tuesday that the requirement that most Americans obtain medical coverage falls within Congress’s authority to regulate interstate commerce... The measure is designed to cover the majority of the country’s uninsured by requiring that most people have insurance and providing subsidies to make it affordable.
Judge Moon rejected the argument by plaintiffs around the country that the Commerce Clause of the Constitution does not empower Congress to require Americans to buy a commercial product like health insurance. To do so, they argue, would amount to the regulation of inactivity.
In disagreeing, Judge Moon embraced arguments made by the Justice Department. “Far from ‘inactivity,’ ” he wrote, “by choosing to forgo insurance, plaintiffs are making an economic decision to try to pay for health care services later, out of pocket, rather than now, through the purchase of insurance.” So, it looks like our homegrown constitutional scholars are again misinterpreting the intentions of our founding fathers. I can only wonder what else they have gotten wrong...
I still am naive enough to believe in bi-partisanship solutions, though it's obvious that John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and Eric Cantor don't plan on playing along. They won't be happy until Obama bends to their will and bows to them in subservience, a black man that knows his proper place... In fact, Obama's appointing his most recent bi-partisan commission reminds me of the old joke that describes the definition of an optimist:
When the older relatives asked him why he was so happy, digging in a room full of shit, he replied: "But, there must be a pony in here somewhere!" I guess if we substitute the Senate floor for that room, the analogy would be perfect...