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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Reagan the Liberal, Obama the Conservative??

All of the attempts to claim Reagan as some kind of crypto-liberal, as I noted in National Review last week, are unpersuasive when they aren't mischievous. But it put me in a frame of mind to turn the tables. Right after the 2008 election, I gave a speech in Portland, Oregon, where, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, I argued that Obama was a stealth conservative candidate. I offer it for your amusement:
I'm wondering how long it is going to take the left to figure out that Obama is a stealth conservative candidate. He's not even in office yet, and already he has notched four major conservative victories. First, he has rid us of the Clintons.
Second, his coattails took Proposition 8, California's initiative to ban gay marriage initiative, over the finish line. Exit poll data show that it passed with very heavy support from African-American and Latino voters, who turned out in large numbers to vote for Obama. Without Obama on the ballot, Prop. 8 might have lost.
Third, he has shredded the public finance system for presidential elections. It's not coming back.
Fourth, his election happily diminishes race as a factor in American politics, which is long overdue.
A few more conservative victories like this and our friends over at and the DailyKos are going to start scratching their heads and may even begin to suspect our plot.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Egypt protests: government to meet key opposition figures

The standoff between Egyptian anti-government protesters and their 82-year-old president has continued into its 12th day, with Cairo's central square still under occupation and Hosni Mubarak maintaining his refusal to stand down.
In an effort to break the deadlock, a group of prominent opposition figures said they would meet newly appointed vice-president Omar Suleiman later today to discuss the possibility of him assuming power for a transitional period.
The opening of any negotiations now between the government and opposition forces is being fiercely opposed by a wide swath of the pro-change movement, including the Muslim Brotherhood, former UN nuclear weapons chief Mohamed ElBaradei and many of the pro-change demonstrators on the ground, all of whom believe that talks should only begin after Mubarak resigns.
After a relatively peaceful night in Tahrir Square following a huge "day of departure" rally yesterday that once again brought hundreds of thousands on to the streets of downtown Cairo, opponents of the regime are beginning to cast around for new tactics in their struggle to unseat a president who is proving stubbornly resistant to all attempts at toppling him.

Friday, February 4, 2011

American Conservative Union

The parent organization of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is about to lose its longtime leader as it's embroiled in a bitter feud over the conference's inclusion of the gay conservative group GOProud. Two Keene allies confirmed a story first reported in World Net Daily that ACU chairman David Keene would not serve another term as head of the conservative political organization. According to them, Keene is expected take over as president of the National Rifle Association after leaving ACU.
Keene has been on the board of the NRA for years, and had been looking to this next step for at least a year. And the departure of Keene will change the picture for ACU's CPACs. A common problem that some conservatives have with CPAC is the involvement of Keene, whom they criticize, quietly, for trading off the ACU's credentials. A 2009 scandal over Keene offering to side with FedEx in a dispute with UPS -- many conservatives, it should be said, sided with UPS -- was emblematic of this. (Sarah Palin cited this as one reason she didn't attend the 2010 CPAC.) But Keene really had been looking at the NRA job for a while; it is pure luck that social conservatives have taken a stand against CPAC's libertarian bent this year, and can reap publicity when he leaves.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Hotel tax hike overcomes alliance of conservative, liberal delegates

The old dictum that politics makes for strange bedfellows was rarely clearer than in the vote among Howard County's state delegates approving the Ulman administration's bill boosting local hotel room taxes from 5 percent to 7 percent.

Allied in opposition were the delegation's most liberal member, Democratic Del. Elizabeth Bobo, and Republicans Dels. Gail H. Bates and Warren E. Miller, the two most conservative. Their reasons for opposing the measure were different, but led them to the same position. Though the local bill affects just Howard County, to become law the measure must be approved by the General Assembly.

In the final vote, Bobo said she opposed any restrictions on the use of the new revenue because of heavy demands on nonprofit and county social agencies that need more money to help people in crisis.

"I have no problem raising the hotel tax," she said, but she does object to using the money for tourism in a time of economic crisis. "Human services are unable to keep up," Bobo added.

Stelmach will step down as Alberta premier in September

EDMONTON - Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach has told Conservative party officials he will officially step down as leader in September.

In a letter to party members obtained by The Journal, Stelmach said he has informed the party’s executive committee that following the spring legislature sitting he will write to the PC president indicating he plans to step down in September.

If that’s the timeline, the party’s official leadership race won’t begin until the fall.

“I have asked the executive committee to appoint a leadership election committee to plan for a leadership vote in September of 2011,” Stelmach said it his


One source in the party said Stelmach’s timeline “isn’t being well received” by members who want him to speed up his exit to allow the party to choose a new leader as soon as possible. They worry that a seven-month exit will create a leadership vacuum and grind government work to a crawl.

Others say Stelmach should be free to set his own agenda.

“I think it’s very appropriate,” said Health Minister Gene Zwozdesky. “It gives us time to complete the spring session, complete the new budget and new legislation. It gives people over the summer time to plan. The premier has done a very good job under some very difficult circumstances and I think he has made a good decision regarding the timing.”

Battle River-Wainwright MLA Doug Griffiths said he thinks the Conservative caucus will be satisfied with the timing.

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A conservative split aids Obama on Egypt

The democratic uprising in Egypt has brought into relief a gradual and little-noticed transformation in American politics. Over the past decade, ideological divisions on the role of democracy and human rights in American foreign policy have been scrambled.

In the meantime, President Obama has restored foreign policy realism to the White House, giving a liberal gloss to what had traditionally been a conservative disposition. This mildly liberal realism explains why Obama and his team have been so cautious in their dealings with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

The most striking change is among conservatives. In the past, the default position of much of the American right was to support foreign strongmen friendly to the United States, on the theory that whoever succeeded them would be worse for their own people and disastrous for American interests.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Indian ‘Oscars’ will put Bollywood’s focus on Toronto

When Bollywood’s version of the Oscars coming to Toronto in June, it will not only be the first time the event is held in North America. It will also be the first chance many fans here will have to see how massive the Bollywood industry is globally.

The International Indian Film Academy will be hosting the three-day awards event June 23-25, culminating in the main awards show, open to the public at the Rogers Centre.
As in North America, India has a plethora of awards shows. But organizers say that, with the star power and high TV ratings the IIFA show attracts, it has become Bollywood’s Oscar equivalent.

Now in their 12th year, the IIFA awards have never been held in India – the IIFA claims that foreign host sites heighten the show’s glamour for the Bollywood press. They have previously been held in the U.K., South Africa, the Netherlands and China. North America was overdue.

“We consider this a landmark event, huge in proportion,” says Sabbas Joseph, director of IIFA. “It is the highest-rated, most-watched television [Indian] event … It has a viewership of 700 million to 800 million globally.”

Suriya Not A Part Of 3 Idiots Remake

For the past few days, the major news of kollywood is that suriya is playing the lead role in 3 idiots remake. Now it is confirmed that Suriya is not in 3 idiots remake project.

The remake of 3 idiots has been the talk of kollywood. Many rumours being moving around the kollywood about this project. Gemini film circuit has got the remake rights of 3 idiots and the production signed Director shankar for this project.

3 Idiots remake to be made in both Tamil and Telugu is red hot both inside as well as outside the industry. For quite a while now, there have been reports doing rounds saying that Suriya was offered the lead role in the film. But the news is mere speculation. Shooting of the film has commenced in Ooty.

The latest news is that Suriya is not a part of the film. Sources reveal that Vijay and Ileana have been roped in to play the lead in it. Also, Satyaraj has been signed to play the role of principal, a role played by Boman Irani in the original version. It also stars Sriram and Jeeva in important roles.


Brad Pitt – Angelina In Rift With George Clooney

Reportedly, things are not well between George Clooney and Brad Pitt – Angelina Jolie. George Clooney and Brad Pitt rift was because of their kids. Sources have revealed that once when the Brangelina family came to George Clooney's house, the kids created a great chaos in his Italian mansion. The bigger reason of the rift between them was the fact that Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie were not paying notice of their kids.

“George was furious when he discovered the kids created mayhem in his lavishly furnished home — trashing the house, moving his furniture and tampering with his clothes,” a source told American tabloid the National Enquirer.

Brad Pitt and George Clooney rift had happened once before because of Angelina Jolie. Reportedly, Angelina Jolie does not like Georges effect on Brad Pitt. A source had revealed, “Angelina has always considered George to be a hard-drinking, skirt-chasing bad influence on Brad.
“She hates the whole boy’s club mentality, and when Brad was working on Ocean’s Thirteen in Vegas, she was afraid George and his mischief makers would lead her man astray.
And George, has been able to semi-tolerate Angelina because of her human rights work, but he’s never really liked her.”