BREAKING: Watch The Kudlow Report at 6 Central Tonight **MARCH 14**

The Kudlow Report

I’m honored to return to The Kudlow Report tonight (Wednesday, March 14) at 6:00 pm Central (7 ET) with Larry Kudlow.

I hope to talk about the GOP Presidential primaries, RomneyCare, and the Tea Party movement.

Please watch if you can.  Good ratings for Tea Party guests will only increase the number of Tea Party guests.

Comes Now Gloria Allred and Makes an Ass of Herself

The feminist attorney famous for making herself famous just couldn’t let the Sandra Fluke case go.

Gloria Allread

Gloria Allred sent a letter to a Florida District Attorney asking him to arrest Rush Limbaugh for violation of an ancient Florida law.

The statute stipulates that anyone who “speaks of and concerning any woman, married or unmarried, falsely and maliciously imputing to her a want of chastity” is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree. Allred explained that the statute recently came to her attention as having never been repealed, and that it could very well apply to Limbaugh’s remarks as his show is broadcast from West Palm Beach.

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Just one problem, Gloria: it looks to me that the truth would be a perfect defense for Rush.  

The statute requires that the perp falsely impute a woman’s “want of chastity.” (That’s “slutiness” for those of you in Rio Linda.)  But Ms. Fluke has pretty much handed Rush his defense with her public comments.  Unmarried women in possession of their chastity don’t need $3,000 worth of contraceptives.

Another thing: Did Ms. Allred ask Sandra Fluke if she wanted her help?  The answer is “no.”

[Allred] said Friday that she has not yet been in touch with Fluke.

“I don’t reach out to women, they reach out to me,” she said. “If she did reach out to me, obviously I would respond.”

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Maybe Ms. Fluke doesn’t want her sex life to become an artifact of discovery in a criminal trial in Florida.  If the DA prosecutes Rush, and his best defense is the truth, then Sandra Fluke’s chastity will be on trial as much as Rush’s speech.


Dana Bouncing Back

donut-cushion-for-coccyxDana Loesch has been plagued with a perstistent cold. Yesterday, her stairs leapt up and kicked her in the . . .

Turns out to be a fractured coccyx (aka, tailbone).

We feel terrible that Dana had this tale to share with the world, but we congratulate ourselves for limiting the number of cheap jokes.

Certainly, we pray for minimal pain and minimal recovery time.

Why Does Leadership Response to Disaster Always Suck?

I just heard on BBC that the Japanese government is only now dealing with the Fukushami nuclear problem appropriately. 

I’m a little surprised they responded this quickly.

  1. Obama golfing while Japan burns, Middle East rages, and Oil spikes
  2. The White House took weeks to treat the Gulf Oil Spill like a disaster
  3. The White House and FEMA treated Katrina like a local problem until long after disaster struck
  4. FEMA took weeks to bring relief to South Carolina following Hurricane Hugo (but did much better following Andrew)

Today—on the fifth day of crisis—Japanese utilities officials are still reluctant to ask for help, according to the AP:

Late Tuesday, officials at the plant said they were considering asking for help from the U.S. and Japanese militaries to spray water from helicopters into the pool.

It seems that foreign countries—away from the disaster scene—respond more appropriately to disasters than the affected countries do.  But this time, even the US president seems too aloof to bother with Japan.  In short, leaders just don’t seem to lead in disasters.


Is it because leaders are afraid to appear frightened?  Perhaps, but appearing indecisive seems even worse.

Is it because leaders overestimate their own country to deal with problems?  Perhaps, but many of the slow responders are leaders, like Obama, who believe no one can do anything without government supervision. 

Or is it because we have so many processes and procedures that we can’t respond? 

In The Fourth Turning, the authors describe Artist generations—particularly the Artists who comprise America’s Silent Generation—as process gurus who prefer following a defined process to producing good results. (Previous post.) The Carter administration was pack with Silent Generation.  So was George H. W. Bush’s.  Reagan preferred GI Generation, Clinton Silent and Boomer. 

If the authors are right, most of our institutions and agencies are saddled with 25 years of Silent Generation executive paperwork and process.  That would apply to every country involved in World War II, including, of course, Japan.

That’s a lot of process. That’s a lot of forms.  That’s a lot of red tape to cut through before grabbing the fire extinguisher and dowsing the flames.

Generation X is sometimes too quick to act. Fair point.  But when hell breaks loose it’s no time to fill out the right forms.  It’s time to by God act.