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If I Were a Bad Boy

Rich Galen

Wednesday November 10, 2010

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  • If I were bent on causing disruption in foreign countries and had unlimited funds to do it (a working definition of the CIA) here's what I would have concocted for President Obama's overseas trip.

  • India is a virulently anti-Muslim country. In fact Pakistan exists because it was the Muslim area carved out of the non-Muslim sections of India.

  • If I were trying to cause Obama acid reflux, I would have used the same idiotic channels of information which claimed there were 34 warships and 3,000 staff accompanying Obama to India costing $200 million per day to incite the locals about Obama's being a Muslim who favored Pakistan over India.

  • I would have organized demonstrations in both Mumbai (formerly Bombay) and in Delhi (formerly Corned Beef on Rye) with signs objecting to Obama attempting to make nice with the Indian government.

  • Then � in Indonesia, which has the largest Muslim population on the planet, I would have paid for similar demonstrations welcoming Obama, as a fellow Muslim, to their land.

  • Happily, when I was a young man I promised to use my powers only for good.

  • While in India, Obama called for India to have a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council.

  • The current permanent members are: China, France, Russia, the UK and the US. All of them were on the winning side of World War II. Germany, you might have noticed, is not a member.

  • The rules of the game are: Any one of the permanent members has veto power over anything the Security Council chooses to do.

  • If the President thinks the Security Council needs to be expanded, then it should include countries which have real influence in world affairs - Germany and Brazil come to mind - and the rules should be changed to remove the veto power of any one permanent member.

  • The matter of Obama pandering to the nuclear bomb-bearing Indians to offset our need to continue cozying up to the nuclear bomb-bearing Pakistanis to fight Al-Qaeda and the Taliban will be a subject of a future column.

  • The late George Carlin once said that the problem with Pakistan and India having nuclear weapons is: They both believe in reincarnation, so there's no downside risk.

  • On the home front, it occurred to me that the battle for leadership among what remains of the teeny-tiny Democrat caucus in the U.S. House among Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Steny Hoyer (D-MD), and Jim Clyburn (D-SC) is a fight involving three people with an aggregate age of 211 years.

  • On the GOP side of the aisle, Speaker-presumptive John Boehner (R-OH) - 61, Majority Leader-to-be Eric Cantor (R-VA) - 47, and assumed Conference Chairman, Jeb Henserling (R-TX) - 53 have an aggregate age of 161 which is nearly a HALF CENTURY younger than the top three Dems.

  • What happened to the glorification of youth among the American Left?

  • Across the Capitol rotunda, the make-up of the U.S. Senate is getting attention. In the 2012 cycle 33 Senate seats will be up. Of those only 10 are held by Republicans.

  • According to a Wall Street Journal piece by Gerald Seib,
    "Among those 23 Democrats who face voters in 2012 are a handful of incumbents from the kind of moderate to conservative states where Democrats took a beating last week."

  • Seib also writes that, "on some issues the Republicans actually may have a functional majority."

  • Given that plus a huge GOP majority in the House that pesky Article I of the U.S. Constitution might be given a shot of adrenaline.

  • Article I begins thus:
    "All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives."

  • Not in the Oval Office; not in the Departments and Agencies; not in the offices of the many Czars within the Executive Office of the President, but in "a Congress of the United States."

  • Let the games begin.

  • On the Secret Decoder Ring page today: Links to Obama in India, the U.N. Security Council, a bio of George Carlin, and that Wall Street Journal piece. Also a Mullfoto of a mystery building in NYC and a really cheezy Catchy Caption of the Day.

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