A quick trip around Hannity's America...

Crackpot Conspiracy

Conspiracy theories about the United States' evil plots abound in the Middle East, but one would expect the president of Pakistan to have moved beyond these crackpot notions.

Unfortunately, that is not the case. On "Meet the Press" last weekend, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari told David Gregory that Usama bin Laden was, in fact, a hired operator of the United States:


PAKISTANI PRESIDENT ASIF ALI ZARDARI: My wife warned America about Usama bin Laden in '89. She rung up senior Bush and asked of him, "Are you destabilizing my government?" because he paid the then opposition $10 million to do — overthrow for the first woman elected in an Islamic country. So we knew that he was the operator.


Confronted with this outlandish claim, David Gregory followed up with this forceful response:




Congratulations, David, that's just the sort of hard-hitting journalism we've come to know and love from NBC.

Man Without a Plan

The attorney general took a trip up to Capitol Hill Thursday to brief the House Judiciary Committee on — among other things — the administration's plan to close Gitmo. The only problem is, the administration doesn't have a plan. Here's Eric Holder in our edition of Liberal Translation:


U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER: With regard to Guantanamo.

LIBERAL TRANSLATION: We haven't got a clue what to do with the remaining terrorists.

HOLDER: The department is leading the work set out by President Obama to close the detention facility at the Guantanamo Bay naval base.

LIBERAL TRANSLATION: Like the president, I plan to lead by talking, not by taking action.

HOLDER: And to ensure that policies going forward for detention, for interrogation and transfer of detainees live up to our nation's values.

LIBERAL TRANSLATION: We want to make sure the terrorists are comfortable.

HOLDER: Paramount is our commitment to doing every possible again to keep the American people safe.

LIBERAL TRANSLATION: Even though many of the terrorists at Gitmo will soon be right here in America. Deal with it.


Just like his flip-flop on the interrogation photos, the president is finding out that it's a lot easier to say you're going to do something than to actually do it.

Fightin' Words

It's been said many times that members of the House generally have one goal in mind after they're elected: to become a U.S. senator. And that ambition was blatantly obvious Wednesday when three House Democrats from New York spoke to reporters.

Representative Carolyn McCarthy led the press conference that was supposed to focus on new anti-gun legislation, but instead decided to use her moment in the spotlight to slam New York Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand:


REP. CAROLYN MCCARTHY, D-N.Y.: It is true that she has changed her opinion on a lot of the legislation that has to do with gun violence. She has also changed her position on — basically throw up an issue and she has changed her mind on it.

It's a little bit difficult for me because I don't know what she stands for. Obviously I am getting myself in trouble with my leadership.


I don't think it's going to shock you that Carolyn McCarthy is considering challenging Senator Gillibrand in the Democratic primary next year.

If the New York Democrats continue to stab each other in the back like this, the Republicans may have the general election all to themselves.

School Tax

Providence, Rhode Island, is struggling with a $17 million deficit and the city's Democratic mayor is coming to the rescue.

According to the Associated Press, Mayor David Cicilline is setting his sights on nearby Brown University and three other Providence colleges. The mayor wants to tax each of Brown's 25,000 full-time students $300 for using the city's resources. If he succeeds, it would be the first time any American city has taxed students just for being enrolled in school.

Leave it to a Democrat to come up with a novel idea like this. It is gratifying, though, to see the far-left students at Brown come out against tax increases. That's progress.

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