What follows is the monologue from today’s Roderic Deane Show:
The Reagan Library is a short drive north of LA. From where I was staying near Marina Del Rey, it was only about 50 miles or so to Simi Valley, the home of the library. Since I decided to visit on a Friday, the traffic was tolerable, despite the fact that it was Labor Day weekend.
As you move out of the Los Angeles area, you realize how arid that part of California truly is…and hilly! Coming from the Dallas area, the terrain was breathtaking. The highway meandered up, down and around the various hills. One thing that really struck me was how brown it was. Very little green could be seen for great distances and you quickly came to appreciate how important irrigation is to this part of California. Only the valleys have green areas, the hillsides and hilltops are virtually devoid of green vegetation. It helps you understand how much of a threat they live under with regard to wildfires. There’s certainly a lot of volatile tinder to burn! Continue reading →
I just heard a great comment on the Mark Levin show. A caller referred to all the so-called conservatives in the Senate that refuse to defund Obamacare as “Ex-Cons”, Ex-Conservatives. I think we have a new conservative “meme”!
Andrew McCarthy is a former Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. A Republican, he is most notable for leading the 1995 terrorism prosecution against Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman and eleven others. The defendants were convicted of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and planning a series of attacks against New York City landmarks. He also contributed to the prosecutions of terrorists who bombed US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. He resigned from the Justice Department in 2003. He is currently a columnist for National Review.
Having said that, Andrew McCarthy is a pretty smart guy. Tonight, he appeared on the Mark Levin Show. His comments were remarkable in that it’s the first time that I’ve heard a prominent, conservative writer suggest that the GOP may need to be abandoned for another party. He made his comments in conjunction with John McCain’s recent denunciation of Michelle Bachmann on the Senate floor. Bachmann and several other Congressional Republicans had dared to question the potential influence of Huma Abedin on the State Department’s foreign policy. Michelle Bachmann’s questions are fact-based, McCain’s are not. Huma Abedin is mentioned in Bachmann’s letter to the Deputy Inspector General of the Department of State:
The Departments Deputy, Chief of Staff, Huma Abedin, has three family members – her late father, her mother and her brother – connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and /or organizations. Her position affords her routine access to the Secretary and to policy making…
You can read Andrew McCarthy’s excellent background piece in a recent article on PJMedia.com: