Dissenting Justice notices something interesting about the administration and AIG:

The price of the earmarks dwarfs the value of AIG’s bonuses, but the Obama administration told critics of earmarks that the budget was “last year’s” business. The banking bailout — or TARP — was actually enacted last year, unlike the omnibus budget. As you witness the federal government condemn AIG, consider the source of the outrage.

He then asks the question:

Is the federal government’s sudden outrage sincere or false?

If you have to ask you know the answer.

Update: Via Glenn VDH is mystified at Barney Frank wanted to bring up AIG with his own corrupt connections. I’m not mystified at all. The media won’t touch him and he knows it so why would he be the least bit worried? As long as the mainstream media doesn’t report his conflicts they never happened.

The folks at Joe noticed a bit of a change concerning the cost of saying the economy is fundamentally sound.

6:10 a.m. AIG has really got them angry

6:14 a.m. Mika’s daughter’s statement about bonus’ is very telling

6:20 a.m. The Bill Marr Clip suggests that the Hollywood crowd is inching closer to the dreaded make fun of Obama moment.

6:32 a.m. How are they spinning this in the blogisphere? Nice question. Apparently e-mailers are playing word games?

6:36 a.m. They bring up the school choice thing

6:42 a.m. The old VP gets a shot and they are talking about the distraction game. This might have meat to it.

6:53 a.m. the Goool shout is cool but the catching a full drink thrown at him and drinking it was cooler.

7:01 a.m. Underroos? did they say Underroos?

7:05 a.m. Joe and Pat point out the contrast when the press exposes stuff that actually hurts the war on terror. Mika wisely shuts up.

7:13 a.m. They like the Home Alone line.

7:24 a.m. The e-mail point about what contacts need to be retained is a fair statement.

7:34 a.m. Joe points out that Israel takes Iranian proclamations of destroying them seriously, while Pat asks the what do you do on the overfly question.

8:00 a.m. The wedding ring has been found.

8:28 a.m. The fate of newspapers is discussed with Mort Z.

8:30 a.m. 250mil at 14%? And the times is talking about bad financial management?

8:31 a.m. The only reason why the post is making money is Kaplin.

8:33 a.m. Imus has cancer here comes the praise, but remember this show wouldn’t be on the air if he didn’t have a big mouth.

8:50 a.m. I have no interest in March madness.

8:55 a.m. Kent Conrad is singing their song.

If anyone had any doubt that the gravy train has arrived for David Frum the fact that he is on Meet the Press this week should confirm it.

With Kathleen Parker and David Brooks they will now be the favorite Republicans in the world. He follows the well trodden path of Andrew Sullivan and will make his fortune.

And just to note something from the show, when Frum defended Steele’s statement on abortion, he said that it should be permissible in the Republican party to have that opinion, however when Tavis Smiley then stated that positions would have to change before the party can attract minorities, Frum didn’t defend the pro-life position he offered that Republican positions would change.

In other words to all we have to do to attract new people to the republican party is to stop being Republicans. Great Idea; after all we saw how well abandoning orthodoxy worked for the Catholic Church in the 60’s and 70’s didn’t we?

Hitting Rush will make him money, hitting republicans will make him money and will make him quotable on networks like CNN.

Oh and it is now 11 days since Rush issued his challenge.

I mean Michelle Malkin the woman who Chris Matthews hates as much as he loves Obama.

She was one of the first to embrace the blogging style nearly a decade ago

The story is here, they are very right she is very abrasive and solid in what she thinks is right and wrong but the closing paragraph is one of the main reasons why she is one of my favorite bloggers.

America has never lost its promise for Malkin’s parents, as she related in a column published 16 years ago. “[M]y mother likes to remind me that she has a great advantage over her children,” Malkin wrote. “She was born poor in a foreign country that offered no opportunity for advancement. Unlike jaded American cynics who’ve grown to despise our country’s greatest legacy, she’ll never take for granted the gift of the American Dream. I hope I never do either.”

I love people who remember where they came from.

You know it took about 46 years to win the cold war. And it looks like president Obama is doing his best to undo that win:

A Russian Air Force chief said Saturday that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has offered an island as a temporary base for strategic Russian bombers, the Interfax news agency reported.

The chief of staff of Russia’s long range aviation, Maj. Gen. Anatoly Zhikharev, also said Cuba could be used to base the aircraft, Interfax reported.

Lets see kicked out of Kyrgyzstan, pulling out the missile defense that Poland still wants and now here come bombers once again on the doorstep. Hotair nails it:

Recall that Barack Obama ran in part on a campaign to “restore diplomacy” in foreign relations. Hillary Clinton made a big show of bringing a “reset button” to her first meeting with her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, in which the button was labeled incorrectly and not spelled in Cyrillic. This followed her bumbling show at the EU, making it clear to the Russians that our foreign service was in complete disarray, run by imcompetents.

Can you imagine Russia trying this with George Bush? For that matter, can you imagine Bush losing Kyrgyzstan — and a vital military route — to Putin? Russia is doing this now because Putin and Medvedev understand that they can get away with it.

Do you think the middle east et/al is noticing who the strong horse and how the weak horse is. And just think we have another 46 months of this.

Carter 11 Arthur 6

Update: Don Surber nails it:

President Obama’s overtures to Russia and Cuba have been answered.

They think he is a lightweight.

Read his whole post, I agree with every word except for “think”.

Update 2: Stop the ACLU has a roundup.

During the early days of the Civil War Albert Sydney Johnston faced problems on the east west and center fronts of the west. Johnson knew he didn’t have sufficient troops to cover any kind of coordinated advance. So his strategy was BS literally. He planted false stories in his papers about the overwhelming strength of his forces and how they seemed to be preparing for advances everywhere at once. The North was convinced it was true and it slowed down their plans to move forward. It bought him some time but eventually when the North started to move bluff and distraction couldn’t cut it. Defeat came at Forts Henry & Donaldson and Death came at Shiloh.

Karl Rove notes that this seems to be the strategy concerning Rush:

What better way to divert public attention from these more consequential if problematic issues than to start a fight with a celebrity conservative? Cable TV, newspapers and newsweeklies would find the conflict irresistible. Something has to be set aside to provide more space and time to the War on Rush; why not the bad economic news?

Here’s the problem: Misdirection never lasts long. Team Obama can at best only temporarily distract the public; within days, attention will return to issues that clearly should worry the White House.

Not even Team Obama can forestall unpleasant reality. And among those America now faces is Mr. Obama adding $3.2 trillion to the national debt in his first 20 months and 11 days in office, eclipsing the $2.9 trillion added during the Bush presidency’s entire eight years.

In fact James Carville is still playing the game:

James Carville fired back Wednesday at radio host Rush Limbaugh, who earlier in the day had taken the Democratic strategist to task for saying of President Bush in 2001, “I certainly hope he doesn’t succeed.”

Carville told CNN that unlike Limbaugh, who recently said he wants President Obama to fail, Carville retracted his own missive — uttered to a group of reporters on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001 — just minutes later, when he learned of the terrorist attacks on America.

“Thank God that I had the good sense to realize that the United States was at war and that changed everything, Carville said. “Once I found out that the country was at war, I said: Whatever I said, disregard it; it’s inoperative.”

I find it interesting that as long as Carville felt there was danger he needed George Bush. Apparently the president must have done a hell of a job since we feel so safe we can even have John Walker Lindh’s defense attorney work for Justice and nobody blinks an eye.

This is the difference between this president and the last one. One acts one distracts.

Update:
Noticed an incomplete sentence three years later and fixed it.

In Robert Caro’s first volume on Lyndon Johnson: The Path to Power there was a line that was used to describe Lyndon Johnson in his early political years:

Lyndon goes the way the wind blows

Apparently on Abortion as the American Spectator reports so does Michael Steele.

But the reality of Steele is quite different. He is proving himself to be a shape shifter who is trying to please everybody, but in the end delivering a completely muddled message. Ultimately no pro-choice independent or Democrat is going to be more inclined to become a Republican as a result of that GQ interview, because Steele comes off like a bumbling clown who is trying to have it both ways. The mere fact that we have to have a whole debate over what he means demonstrates that he’s doing a terrible job at communicating. And lest we forget, communication was supposed to be his strong suit.

That is the political reason for rejecting him. Captain Ed agrees:

I have seen the man speak with conviction and passion at conservative events and leave everyone mightily impressed, but now we have to wonder whether Steele just tailored the message for the audience, as he appears to have done with Hughley and GQ. I don’t necessarily buy that, as he has easier ways to get media air time than being in the Republican Party, but it’s hard not to ask the question these days.

One thing is certain: he’s a lot less media savvy than most of us thought. And since he doesn’t seem to have much skill in organization, we have to ask ourselves why we should support his continued tenure as RNC chair.

You tell me what pro life person is going to give to the Republican National Committee with him in charge?

Some National Review readers are a little more flexible but on this subject a Catholic can’t be. I’ve seen enough “Roman Catholics” who are personally opposed to abortion but vote the other way. I can’t stomach it. If Mr. Steele doesn’t have the courage of his convictions to stand up for his own expressed beliefs I have no use for him. I suggest he take advantage of the Lenten season to avail himself of the sacrament.

I don’t think he will last to the end of next week. It’s just an amazing bit of timing that Rush is off the air for the next two days when this is happening.

Georgia 1996-2003 controversy over the confederate flag as a symbol of Racism:

“Wherever that flag is flying, we’re going to protest and demonstrate,” Beasley says. “Atlanta and Georgia will never be truly international as long as they are immersed in the sort of racism that is a fact of daily life here.”

Georgia today. Something more explicit:

Atlanta City Hall’s choice of artwork is creating an uproar. Especially the piece with the secret message that says, “Politically it’s OK to hate the white man.”

The curator doesn’t see what all the fuss is about:

The exhibit is designed to showcase both well-known artists as well as those just starting out. The piece that is garnering all of the attention is called “Formula For Hatred.”

“If I had thought it was offensive, I would not have agreed to show it,” said curator Freddie Styles.

And the city’s reaction?

City officials have refused to remove the anti-White propaganda from the government building.

Soooo battle flag of the south rejected because of it’s connection with racist groups and the battle to maintain slavery? Evil must be removed. An explicit racist message attacking a specific ethnic group? Art.

Oh and please don’t insult my intelligence and history by trying to claim that the Civil War was not about slavery. The people who make that claim are the original truthers.

UPDATE: Apparently there is more to this than meets the eye. The artist explains here.