Morning Briefing for December 6, 2010

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For December 6, 2010

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1. Advertisements and Sponsorships

I’ve been getting a lot of emails from people lately asking about advertisements and sponsorships on RedState for the coming year. People seem to be getting their plans and costs ready for 2011. Here’s what you need to know about advertising on RedState, sponsoring the Morning Briefing, and renting our email list.Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. Stop START: Whip List

Throughout the last year, it has been very difficult to nail down how many Senators are opposed to ratification of New START. Too many Senate Republicans have kept their powder dry as they deferred to Senator Jon Kyl to negotiate on their behalf. This has been a fundamental mistake, because it has precluded the opponents of the treaty from winning the public debate based on its flaws.There are 42 Republican Senators in the lame duck. New START needs 67 votes to be ratified. If all 58 Democrat votes stick together, the Obama Administration needs 9 Republican votes. Below the fold is the universe of Senate Republicans who have not signed the Ensign-Bond-DeMint hold letter and need to be nailed down between now and next week. Here is the main number for the Senate switchboard: 202-224-3121. Call away!Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. Wikileaks and the Limits of Law and Patience

The ongoing de facto declassification of hundreds of thousands of formerly secret documents by Wikileaks and it’s leader, the androgynous accused sex offender Julian Assange, has received a lot of attention in the past weeks.After being generally unconcerned when military secrets were revealed in the first document dump which was accompanied by the launch of the website Collateral Murder the press and the Administration are now aghast that the striped pants set is getting its comeuppance.We don’t know the magnitude of the damage yet and probably won’t know it for years. At first blush the military damage looks modest if one discounts as many on the left do the fate of several Afghans who were cooperating with the United States — eggs, omelettes, etc. — and the diplomatic damage more severe.Many are clamoring for the Department of Justice to do something. I am not among them.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. The NBA Meets the Moratorium

President Obama’s callous indifference to his drilling moratorium’s negative impact on Louisiana is worthy of the “Let Them Eat Cake” Hall of Shame. When pressed by Gov. Bobby Jindal to reconsider the drilling ban and corresponding shallow water permit foot-dragging on the state’s economy, the President responded by suggesting that laid off workers might apply for BP funds, or failing that, unemployment compensation.The President and the Ivory Tower Gang of advisers he’s selected understand neither Basic Economics nor the Law of Unintended Consequences. Sometimes effects of a bad economic policy are felt in unexpected places.Case in point: The New Orleans Hornets of the NBA.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. Big Wind looking for federal handout.

The wind ‘industry’ is apparently looking for more federal aid – actually, no, there’s nothing apparent about it. They want more federal aid, they want it permanently – and they want it specifically allocated to them, and not as part of a nebulous ‘alternate energy’ package. Otherwise, they’re afraid that they’ll go out of business. For the record: if your business plan requires – not benefits from; requires – an annual bailout from the federal government in order to function, then by definition you have a bad business plan. Mostly because you are not actually in business; you are a parasite pretending to be a business. I understand that this point has been obscured since the Democrats took Congress in 2007, but it bears repeating. A lot of repeating.Please click here for the rest of the post.

6. A Death By A Thousand Cuts

We have written on numerous occasions that the Obama Administration is controlled by union bosses. Throughout the administration, union bosses have planted their people in order to do their bidding to help unionize America. After you read this post, it will be hard for you to disagree with the following statement:The Obama Administration is the most anti-business administrationin the last 70 years—if not ever—in the United States of America.Please click here for the rest of the post.

7. Europe steeps its TEA

I think we’re beginning to see a real change in the politics of western Europe, and in the coming years we will see the rise of a right which we will recognize better, and be able to engage with on the pressing global issues of the day. It won’t be a TEA party as we know it, but it’ll be the best we can hope to see from Europe.Please click here for the rest of the post.