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Breakfast Scramble (Friday)

DavidL's Breakfast Scramble
As Time Goes By, a promise is just Dumbo’s mere words, from Investor Business Daily [1]:

War On Terror: The Obama White House has absurdly called closing the Guantanamo Bay terrorist prison “a national security imperative.” The administration’s own analysis shows the opposite to be the case.

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Less than a year ago, Obama declared: “Make no mistake. We will close Guantanamo prison, which has damaged our national security interests and become a tremendous recruiting tool for al-Qaida.”l…]
As the New York Times recognized even back in June, it is “unlikely that President Obama will fulfill his promise to close it before his term ends in 2013.”

Even the president himself obviously doesn’t believe his own left-friendly rhetoric about Gitmo being a jihadist recruitment tool.

The college education bubble, from Jerry Bowyer, Forbes [2]:

Higher education shows every reasonable sign of having a completely unrealistic, astronomical price tag. Beyond that, the sacred cow psychology that commonly accompanies other mania is clearly present.

Over the past year I’ve invited some of the fiercest critics of higher education finance onto the radio to discuss the problems with college. Numerous authors have minutely detailed the dangers to college consumers: the price tag is too high; the lending is too lax; the product is too low-quality; the socialization process is too coarsening; the parents are kept too much in the dark; the earning advantages are too aggressively touted; the alternatives are too cheap

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Jennifer Rubin

Rubin Cube, Jennifer Rubin on Dumbo, b/k/a Barrack Obama’s wining streak, from Washington Post [4]:

And if the highlight of Obama’s term, according to outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was the “historic” ObamaCare legislation, then the highlight could soon be extinguished. Obama’s central domestic achievement is facing judicial scrutiny, a Republican onslaught to repeal, or at least defund, it, and a public that has never “learned” to love the bill.

Only inside the Beltway could the passage of an arms control treaty and repeal of DADT consume so many for so long and result in such exaggerated punditry. Would Republicans have traded wins on DADT and START for their wins on the DREAM act, the tax deal and the omnibus spending bill? Not in a million years.

Am I the only one that does not like the WaPo’s picture?

Rubin Cube II, Rubin on Snarlin’ Arlen Specter, from Washington Post [5]:

The No Labels website links to the farewell speech by Sen. Arlen Specter (D/R/D-Pa.). I guess they must search for the word “civility,” but next time they should actually read the speech before offering it as a model of public decorum.

Specter, nicknamed Snarlin’ Arlen, lived up to his nickname. First, he insulted the Supreme Court

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Well, there is one way in which Specter represents the spirit of No Labels. Never having a conviction greater than the desire for his own re-election, he distinguished himself in a body full of opportunists and managed to annoy and disappoint both sides of the aisle. Hey, he’s out of a job — maybe he can head up the No Labels group and help them preach about civility, but only for everyone else.