Daily Archives: Feb. 17, 2011

Conservatives stand up to Beck on Egypt

Good for conservative pundit William Kristol and others for challenging Fox News host Glenn Beck’s “hysteria” and wild speculation about the uprising in Egypt. “When Glenn Beck rants about the caliphate taking over the Middle East from Morocco to the Philippines, and lists (invents?) the connections between caliphate-promoters and the American left, he brings to mind no one so much as Robert Welch and the John Birch Society,” Kristol wrote in Weekly Standard. Siding with a dictator instead of the people, Kristol wrote, is “a sign of fearfulness unworthy of Americans, of shortsightedness uncharacteristic of conservatives, of excuse-making for thuggery unworthy of the American conservative tradition.” Beck’s response: “I don’t even know if you understand what conservatives are anymore, Billy.”

Thomas’ remarkable silence

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is approaching five years without having spoken during a court argument. In the past 40 years, no other justice has gone an entire term, much less five, without speaking at least once during arguments, the New York Times reported. What is odd about Thomas’ silence is that he has an outgoing personality in private.

Kansas getting insurance exchange grant

Kansas is receiving a $31.5 million federal grant to help create an exchange where individuals and businesses can compare and purchase health insurance, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday. Kansas is one of seven states receiving the “early innovator” grants. Kansas’ grant application was jeopardized when Gov. Sam Brownback signed a letter last week threatening to back out and make HHS create and operate the exchange. He also issued an executive order that appeared to remove authority for the exchange from the Kansas insurance commissioner. But, fortunately, those concerns and missteps were resolved and the grant came through.