The balls on this guy…
Here’s how Obama kicked off his public address about the controversy surrounding the NSA and domestic spying. See if you can spot a theme…
Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you so much, please have a seat. At the dawn of our Republic, a small, secret surveillance committee, born out of the Sons of Liberty, was established in Boston. And the group’s members included Paul Revere. At night, they would patrol the streets, reporting back any signs that the British were preparing raids against America’s early patriots.
I guess it’s a good thing the IRS didn’t exist when Paul Revere was alive. It’d take a lot more than the pinheads of Common Core to re-write all those history books.
William Jacobson has the full video.
Hot Air provides a round up of media links.
Twitchy provides must-read reactions.
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Today a Federal Appeals Court ruled that bloggers do indeed have protection under the First Amendment of the Constitution:
A federal appeals court ruled Friday that bloggers and the public have the same First Amendment protections as journalists when sued for defamation: If the issue is of public concern, plaintiffs have to prove negligence to win damages.
Here is what Gregg Leslie of the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press had to say about this decision:
“It’s not a special right to the news media,” he said. “So it’s a good thing for bloggers and citizen journalists and others.
He is spot on and of course he is right about the First Amendment. Naturally bloggers should be protected under the First Amendment for the first amendment applies to everyone, the Federal government should not be able to pick and chose who has rights and who does…
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But arguably the most powerful and compelling chart I’ve ever shared is on the topic of education. Prepared by my Cato colleague, Andrew Coulson, it shows that massive increases in spending and bureaucracy (which accompanied increasing federal involvement and intervention) have had zero impact on educational performance.
Keep that chart in the back of your mind as we consider what George Will has to say about President Obama’s scheme – known as Common Core – to expand federal involvement and intervention.
We have several excerpts, beginning with this passage outlining some of his concerns.
Common Core…is the thin end of an enormous wedge. It is designed to advance in primary and secondary education the general progressive agenda of centralization and uniformity. …proponents of the Common Core want its…
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Your obsession with all things Obama has crossed over from cult like devotion to mental illness…
The worst part is that you assume everyone feels the same way. We don’t.
UPDATE: The top comment on this article belongs to ExJon.
UPDATE II: Read Allahpundit’s take.
UPDATE III: Read John Nolte’s take.