Morning Briefing for January 18, 2011

RedState Morning Briefing
For January 18, 2011

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1. Metaphorically Speaking, the Adults Should be Getting Punched

I realize we are not supposed to use “angry” rhetoric these days, but columns like this one in USA Today by Jody Bottum demand an answer.The title is, “Where are adults in debt ceiling talks?” If there is justice in the world, the only correct answer is, “Getting punched in the face, though metaphorically speaking.”We can forgive a contributing editor of the Weekly Standard for taking to USA Today to take shots — also metaphorical — at Jim DeMint. After all, the magazine that gave us the ideological underpinnings of the “big government conservative” cannot be expected to really be too dedicated to . . . um . . . smaller government.But to juxtapose Jim DeMint as a child and Tim Geithner as an adult is a bit much — let alone Geithner as the conservative and DeMint as the radical.Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. NYT: Tucson bias was in our very genes.

Ah, the New York Times. Not only did their recent attempt to declare the Tucson shootings an episode of political violence spawned by right-wing rhetoric fail; it actually encouraged a minor episode of political violence spawned by left-wing rhetoric*. This has made the paper look even worse than usual, so they need a good excuse to explain away the problem. Said excuse? It’s all the fault of the media’s genetic condition.Seriously.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. Rep. Ed Markey (D) on the BP/Russia Deal

Anyone can be misinformed, or suffer a mental lapse resulting in an incorrect statement. Any of us might be stricken with poor judgment, and take a questionable position on an important matter of state from time to time.But occasionally prejudice, bad judgment and contorted logic become woven together into a tapestry of wrong-headed thinking. And sometimes the people who issue these statements hold responsible government jobs. Scary.As an example, here is the entire text of a polymorphously boneheaded statement from Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA).Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. The Secret Ballot Protection Act: It’s Time to Make it Law.

Let’s put this whole debate about card-check to bed once and for all. It’s time to pass the Secret Ballot Protection Act.On Friday, the union-controlled National Labor Relations Board threatened to sue the states of Arizona, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah, if any (or all) of them attempt to enforce the recent voter-approved measures in their states that guarantee workers the right to a secret-ballot election.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. FCC v. AT&T: what’s at stake

You may not have heard about it, but there’s a tremendously important case that will be argued before the Supreme Court of the United States on Wednesday. It’s the Federal Communications Commission v. AT&T, Inc. — and if decided wrongly, it has the potential to transform the federal government’s Freedom of Information Act into a powerful anti-business weapon in the hands of the left.Please click here for the rest of the post.