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“The revelations will make al-Qaeda a more efficient killing machine: better able to resist our efforts to thwart its attacks.”

Tuesday, April 21, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Read Andrew McCarthy on the release of the OLC memos. Unlike every other commentator, McCarthy has actually prosecuted terrorists and knows the nature of the enemy and how it studies our stories and adapts its tactics.

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The Fair Tax Fanatsy

Tuesday, April 21, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Hank Adler and I spent an hour discussing our new book yesterday. The transcript is here. Order the book here.

Fair Tax Fantasy

E-mail from Fair tax enthusiasts urge that I or Adler debate Neal Boortz on the subject. I’ll be happy to, on a home-and-home basis, an hour or more on both shows. Hank is willing to debate anyone on any program, though I am less available for the next three weeks due to the “First 100 Days of Obama Tour” with Bill Bennett, Mike Gallagher, Michael Medved and Dennis Prager. I’ll post any debate plans here.

I will replay the conversation with Hank in hour three of today’s program to make sure that as many people as possible get the vaccination. Geraghty the Indispensable notes that Fair Tax enthusiasts tend to be in love with their grand vision of radical change. Like Adler and me, Jim wants tax reform proposals that a party can build upon and ultimately pass into law, ala Reagan and Bush.

The Sinking of the New York Times…

Tuesday, April 21, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

into an ocean of red ink. The analysts predicted a loss of 4 cents a share. The company reported losses of 52 cents a share:

The owner of The New York Times, The Boston Globe and 15 other daily newspapers said Tuesday that it lost $74.5 million, or 52 cents per share, in the opening three months of the year. That compared with a loss of $335,000 at the same time last year, which was break-even on a per-share basis.

The results in the most recent quarter included charges totaling 18 cents per share to cover the costs of jettisoning employees and other one-time accounting measures.

Even with those charges stripped out, the loss was much worse than analysts expected. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters had predicted the New York-based company would lose 4 cents per share.

On Sunday Times’ columnist Frank Rich blasted as “bigots” every defender of traditional marriage in the land, which given that even California voted to define marriage as between one woman and one man, puts the loudest voice of the paper on record as denouncing at least 60% and probably more of the country. Not disagreeing with them, mind you, or attempting to persuade them. Simply denouncing them as bigots.

Its a sign of the paper’s commitment to robust free speech from any point on the political spectrum from liberal to radical that it will allow its frothing lefties to push the paper further and further into the role of hater of majoritarian, mainstream religious belief even as the paper scrambles to find advertisers and readers.

Romney Blasts Obama’s Foreign Policy Pratfalls

Tuesday, April 21, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Mitt Romney broadsides the first 100 days of foreign policy embarrassments in a piece at NationalReview.com. The opening:

At last week’s Summit of the Americas, President Obama acquiesced to a 50-minute attack on America as terroristic, expansionist, and interventionist from Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega. His response to Ortega’s denunciation of our effort to free Cuba from Castro’s dictatorship was that he shouldn’t be blamed “for things that happened when I was three months old.” Blamed? Hundreds of men, including Americans, bravely fought and died for Cuba’s freedom, heeding the call from newly elected president John F. Kennedy. But last week, even as American soldiers sacrificed blood in Afghanistan and Iraq to defend liberty, President Obama shrank from defending liberty here in the Americas.

Read the whole thing. The miscues are piling up ala Carter, and the costs will follow unless the new president genuinely commits to defending the country and all that it has accomplished and stands for rather than apologizing for it like a tweedy professor in search of the approval of his international colleagues at a conference.

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