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1.) History’s worst idea — In the name of everything holy, this cannot happen. TheDC’s Alexis Levinson reports:
“The Congressional Black Caucus wants Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas to be the next Secretary of Homeland Security, now that former Sec. Janet Napolitano has resigned to become president of the University of California System. The Houston Chronicle reported that CBC Chairwoman Marcia Fudge sent a letter to President Barack Obama last week to ‘encourage [him] to strongly consider’ Jackson Lee for the Cabinet post. ‘Representative Jackson Lee would serve as an effective DHS Secretary because she understands the importance of increasing border security and maintaining homeland safety,’ the letter says. For the love of everything that is holy, this cannot happen.”
Here’s all you need to know about Jackson Lee in one article. You don’t want her in charge of anything — not Homeland Security, not a lemonade stand.
2.) Mitch-slapped — Mitch Daniels is defending his push to prevent Howard Zinn’s nonsense history from being taught to public school children:
“Amidst new questions from the Organization of American Historians and his own faculty, Purdue President Mitch Daniels maintained that he did nothing wrong when he criticized a left-leaning scholar during his Indiana governorship. Daniels is accused of considering ways to prevent the works of Howard Zinn, a far left historian and activist, from being taught in classrooms. An Associated Press report claimed that Daniels discussed censoring Zinn’s ‘A People’s History of the United States’ at colleges, including the one where Daniels is now president. But Daniels only wanted to keep Zinn out of K-12 classrooms, he said.”
This is not censorship. It would be academic malpractice to allow high-school students to be taught Howard Zinn’s horseshit history of the U.S. If school children want to miseducate themselves on their own time, more power to them. TheDC Morning is on Team Daniels.
3.) Reality calls — TheDC Morning is a conspiracy free zone. TheDC’s Jamie Weinstein opines:
“While most of America is thinking of stupid jokes to make about Anthony Weiner’s most recent wiener scandal, some see the imbroglio as a diversion from the real issue: That Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, is a stealth jihadist seeking to destroy Western civilization from the inside. …Abedin’s worldview is certainly fair game. She was a top aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and is likely to remain in high-level politics even if her husband fails in his bid to become mayor of New York. But people like the National Review’s Andrew McCarthy use what are some seemingly troubling personal and familial connections to suggest Abedin is the font of all the horrible policies the Obama administration has pursued while Clinton was at the State Department.”
There is much to blame the Obama administration for on foreign policy, but conservatives must not fall for loony conspiracy theories. Just because the Arab Spring occurred on Obama’s watch and the Muslim Brotherhood came to power in Egypt, it doesn’t mean it was all part of some nefarious plot organized by Muslim Brotherhood-moles in the Obama administration.
4.) Jay Carney, mob defender — Oh, not that Jay Carney. Ariel Cohen reports for TheDC:
“After 30 days in court and 63 witnesses on the stand, the prosecution in the mobster trial of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger finally rested their case, allowing for the defense to take the stand, as led by skilled attorney Jay Carney. J.W Carney Jr., one of Massachusetts’s best-known criminal defense lawyers, has been called ‘the patron saint of hopeless cases.’ In the past he has defended alleged child-killers; terrorists; men accused of bludgeoning, then poisoning, their wives; and a man who shot up an abortion clinic. By some miraculous stroke of luck, Carney was randomly assigned to defend to Bulger’s case by a U.S District Court Judge.”
6.) Today in North Korean News — BREAKING: “Mongolian Tourist Group Leaves”