Morning Briefing for October 21, 2010

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1. NPR Fires Juan Williams For Telling the Truth

National Public Radio has fired Juan Williams, its long time correspondent, over remarks Williams made on the O’Reilly Factor.Specifically, in a conversation about Islamic terrorism, Williams said on the O’Reilly Factor that he sometimes had fear on airplanes seeing muslim passengers in Islamic garb.NPR said Juan Williams’ comments “undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR” and “his remarks on the O’Reilly Factor … were inconsistent with our editorial standards.”For reference, NPR recently ran a segment on how to speak “tea bagger”.All Juan Williams did is say both exactly how he feels and how many, many other Americans feel on this subject.…I would encourage you to go here and tell the NPR Ombudsman what you think considering NPR is perfectly willing to teach you how to speak tea bagger, but cannot let one of its contributors express his feelings on Islam and terrorism.Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. Dick Blumenthal lying about death penalty stance.

The death penalty has been an issue in the recent Connecticut gubernatorial election, and it seems to have spilled over into the Senatorial election, too – mostly because Dick Blumenthal can’t be bothered to remember if he started loving the death penalty in 1990, or in 2005. Then again, knowing Blumenthal… he probably decided that he could claim both and get away with it. It’s a habit with the man.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. Ivy League to bring back ROTC any second now, right?

Instapundit passes along an excellent point from one of his readers: the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy has been ordered suspended, via judicial fiat. The military has complied with the court order, although they strongly disagree with it: there is a moratorium on enforcing DADT, and openly gay soldiers may serve. Whether you are happy with this development or not, there is one detail about this which is kind of important: the stated reason Ivy League colleges typically give for forbidding ROTC programs on campus has just gone away. The military just stopped discharging openly gay soldiers. It’s over. The Ivy League won.So let’s get those ROTC programs back on those campuses.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Judge Rules Against New Drilling Regs

Offshore oil and gas activity is covered under a voluminous set of federal rules known as 30 CFR 250. Amending the Code of Federal Regulations is a process that requires some time and deliberation. Specifically, the process is designed to allow for public comment, and for the agency to take those comments into account in crafting a final rule.But the Department of the Interior, through the old MMS and its successor agency BOEMRE, didn’t amend the CFR in imposing these new rules. Instead, they circulated the new rules, without benefit of public comment, as “Notices to Lessees”. Lessees are the oil and gas companies who operate on federal leases. By design, NTLs are supposed to be interpretive; their intent is not to create new laws or new regulations, but to provide guidance on existing ones.Judge Martin Feldman in New Orleans District Court calls foul.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. James Cameron: Green For Thee

Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer have produced a video that shows the hypocrisy of the “carbon-intensive” lifestyle of green proselytizer James Cameron. Cameron recently dropped a million dollars into the Prop 23 fight. As Ann points out at BigGovernment, Cameron isn’t the only Prop 23 opposition financier living large.Please click here for the rest of the post.




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