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John Wellington Ennis, in a column titled “Entrapping ACORN” said that “what transpired on O’Keefe’s videotape were conversations about hypothetical situations — not actual prostitution, no actual crime, and not proof of an agency-wide policy or program involving prostitution or illegal immigrants. … Ironically, the only thing illegal in some of these tapes is that O’Keefe is filming illegally. States like California and Maryland have strict consent laws about surreptitious recording.”
What WW2 pension?
“Just when I thought the Obama administration has lost the ability to surprise me,” wrote “Slublog” at Ace of Spades. “Despicable” read the headline at Red State.
The reaction concerned an Anchorage Daily News report that the Obama administration sent “a strongly worded message to Congress outlining presidential priorities for a military spending bill,” and said “it disapproved of including money for pensions for 26 elderly members of the World War II-era Alaska Territorial Guard.”
The Obama administration cut the pensions off within a week of taking office. The Alaska state government is filling the gap while a provision restoring the federal pensions is being pushed by both of Alaska’s senators.
The rationale provided was that the White House didn’t think it “appropriate to establish a precedent of treating service performed by a state employee as active duty for purposes of the computation of retired pay.”
The Daily News reported that Democratic Sen. Mark Begich called the stance “puzzling” and Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski said the decision “defies logic and history” and “minimizes the contribution of this gallant unit to America’s success in World War II by calling its service ‘state service.’”
Conservative bloggers were much tougher. “Slublog” said “there really are no words to describe how disgusting this is” and then updated his post Monday afternoon by noting the Obama administration’s “Priorities — In other news, the president plans to visit Copenhagen to lobby in support of Chicago getting the 2016 Olympics. A report from Henry Waxman from 2006 estimates the cost of flying Air Force One at $56,518 an hour.”
And at Red State, “Gary” after denouncing Mr. Obama as “not fit to serve as commander-in-chief,” detailed the threat the Japanese posed during World War II to Alaska, then a U.S. territory, and a history of the Alaska Territorial Guard, a militia body consisting mostly of native Alaskans in remote regions.
“For those that dont know, the Japanese attacked and invaded Alaskas Aleutian Islands at the same time the battle of Midway was about to take place. It was part diversion, part payback for Doolittles bombing of Tokyo,” he wrote, before going on to note that “two things stick out in my mind. One, these 6,368 Alaskan Territorial Guards, of which the 26 men being denied by Barack Obama are part of, served their nation during war time, for no pay. Second, the situation was so dire that old men and children all pitched in.”
• Victor Morton may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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