Obama Burns 9,000 Gallons of Jet Fuel to Celebrate Earth Day

No. Really.

Read about it here.

I agree with Instapundit that we should believe in the global warming climate change crisis when the folks telling us about it act as if they really believe it themselves.

UPDATE—Burning that much jet fuel produces a bit more than 6 tons of carbon emissions.

When Did America Forget That It’s America?

That’s the title of an op-ed over at WaPo by Natan Sharansky. He compares how America stood up to the Soviet Union with its failing to do so with Iran.

But in today’s postmodern world, when asserting the superiority of liberal democracy over other regimes seems like the quaint relic of a colonialist past, even the United States appears to have lost the courage of its convictions.

I’m not sure exactly when America forgot who we are, but I know who did the forgetting. It was my generation. Our parents had grown up during the depression and been on the front lines of World War II. As President Kennedy noted in his inaugural address, they were

tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage—and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this Nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world.

When it was their turn to lead, our parents carried on with the struggle against tyranny, and faced down the Evil Empire.

Their children—my generation—were raised in the relative prosperity of the ’50s and ’60s and many of us avoided service in war when it was our turn. To paraphrase JFK, we have been relatively untouched by war, undisciplined through years of apparent peace, unsure of our heritage—and quite willing to permit the undoing of human rights in far-off lands so long as we aren’t discomforted.

We’re leaving one helluva mess for our children and grandchildren, and I suspect that it is our grandchildren who will face a world not unlike the one faced by our parents.

Free-Range Kids

Ilya Somin weighs in on the harassment of a parents who practice raising free-range kids by Montgomery County.

The bottom line is that the CPS’ actions here seem to be the result of exactly the kind of “mere disagreement” with parental choices that the Supreme Court specifically barred as a basis for overriding parents’ constitutional right to direct their children’s upbringing.

Read the whole thing.

Somin believes that the parents have a strong basis for their lawsuit. I still favor tar and feathers.

Pepper Potts and Poverty Voyeurism

My former codefendant Michelle Malkin has a post up at NRO that looks at recent bit of photo-op activism by Gwyneth Paltrow. (H/T, Instapundit) It was a bit of agitation for “improved” SNAP benefits by posing with a haul of “poverty” groceries: seven limes, a tomato, one head of garlic, a bunch of scallions, bags of brown rice, black beans and peas, a package of corn tortillas, one avocado, a yam, an ear of corn, a dozen eggs, and bunches of kale, lettuce, and cilantro.

Even some lefties have been complaining about Paltrow’s inadvertent mockery of their attempt to draw attention to their cause of expanding the SNAP program, but given the life the actress leads which is so disconnected from the real world … this sentence from Ms. Malkin’s article puts things in perspective.

OK, it’s not as painful as her last $5,200 Thermage session in Santa Monica, but still, she really, really does feel the agony of the ordinary.

$5,200 would go a long way toward feeding a lot of needy families via Carroll Food Sunday or thousands of other such community efforts around the country.

Free-Range Kids

I guess I was a free-range kid. When I was in elementary school, we sometimes walked or rode our bikes to school without adult supervision. I can remember going on Boy Scout hikes/camping trips in a patrol in which the oldest boy was 12. And I can remember playing in the park when I was 10 and my brother was 7 while my mother was shopping at the A&P across the street.

A family who allows their 6- and 10-year old kids to play in the park by themselves is in the news again because of apparent harassment by Child Protective Services in Montgomery County. You see, in Maryland kids must always be under the supervision of someone who is at least 13. Free range kids are illegal here in the Democratic Peoples Republic.

I suppose that a lawsuit against the State is their best recourse in the situation, but I’m inclined to agree with the solution suggested by Glenn Reynolds. Tar. Feathers.

Hillary’s Private Spy Service

popcorn4bkMark Hemingway has a piece over at The Weekly Standard about a group of folks who have functioned as a private intelligence network of sorts for Hillary Clinton. One of them is a guy named Cody Shearer; that’s a name that may ring a bell with those Gentle Readers who are familiar with Mark Singer’s Citizen K, and in the discussion of Shearer on page 3 of Hemingway’s post the name Brett Kimberlin appears.

BTW, Cody Shearer is not the only connection between Brett Kimberlin and the Clintons. Others have been discussed here at Hogewash!, and others will be revealed as The Saga unfolds.

Read all of Mark Hemingway’s piece, and stay tuned.