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Thursday, December 12, 2013
Could same sex marriage be coming to Texas? The chances of lifting the 2005 ban in the legislature is somewhere between nil and nonexistent. However, the Houston Chronicle reports that the issue is now before the courts.
Who knew that Santa Claus, whose origins date back to an Anatolian saint via Holland, was racist? That is the conclusion of Aisha Harris, writing in Slate. Thus the war on Christmas has gotten a little bit weird.
Access to cheap labor has driven a lot of American manufacturing jobs offshore, especially to China. However, Breitbart's Big Government suggests, that access to cheap energy plus the robotics revolution will drive it back to America again.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Six year old Hunter has been branded a "sexual harasser" for stealing a quick smooch from a girl in his first grade class and has been duly suspended for this act of barbarism. No doubt it is for the kid's own good.
The Nelson Mandela memorial had a number of awkward moments, not the least of which was when President Obama found himself shaking hands with Cuban dictator Raul Castro. But there was no way that Obama could win.
One of the annoying consequences of having divided government, which is to say having Democrats actually have power, is that one either has government shutdown dramas or budget deals, such as was struck last night.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
George Zimmerman has proven that initial media judgments have to be looked at with suspicion. The latest example is the altercation he had with his girl friend Samantha Scheibe for which he was arrested.
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas is up for reelection in 2014. He has roused the ire of some tea party conservatives in the Lone Star State for being insufficiently conservative, especially on the subject of defunding Obamacare.
The Daily Caller reports that South Carolina will shortly become the first state of the union that will attempt to, in effect, secede from Obamacare. It will shortly pass a bill that will nullify the so-called Affordable Care Act in that state.
Monday, December 09, 2013
Red State has a story that reveals what the future of fast food is likely to be, especially if the campaign to boost the minimum wage to $15/hour gets any traction. Welcome to the cybernetic McDonalds.
One of the big lies about Obamacare, among so many, was the often repeated promise by President Obama that if one wanted to keep one's doctor, one could. But Hot Air reports that there is a little caveat to that, hitherto unmentioned.
One might be surprised at how many conservative leaders have offered eulogies to the late Nelson Mandela, considering his past as a communist revolutionary. Ted Cruz actually got some heat and Newt Gingrich was obliged to explain himself.
Sunday, December 08, 2013
George Friedman's view.
Noting the continuing crisis concerning China's establishment of an "air defense identification zone" over the East China Sea, the Japan Times invokes the name of the late Tom Clancy to describe a shooting war that might follow.
When the story of a hijacked truck in Mexico filled with radioactive waste first hit the news, there were understandable fears of terrorists making a dirty bomb. However it seems to be yet another stupid crook story.
That President Obama has slipped in the polls goes without saying. But according to the Washington Examiner's Byron York, his decline has been most pronounced among those who had once been his warmest supporters.
Saturday, December 07, 2013
Merril Newman, the 85 year old retired Korean War soldier, is coming home, having been a prisoner of the North Koreans for more than a month. This is an occasion of rejoicing and for reflection as well.
As China's Chang'e 3 probe enters lunar orbit in advance of a planned landing on the surface of the moon, Fox News reports that a rising chorus of space experts is sounding the alarm at NASA's abandonment of the moon.
Ever since the end of the Cold War and with it the threat of global thermonuclear war, futurists have been casting about for ways that humanity might end itself. Greg Scoblete reviews a new book that describes how we might be destroying ourselves.
Friday, December 06, 2013
The Washington Examiner notes that Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY is trying to do well by doing good, enhancing his own presidential prospects by offering a free market solution to the bankrupt and all but destroyed city of Detroit.
President Obama, in yet another attempt to divert attention away from the smoldering train wreck that is Obamacare, is talking about something called "economic inequality" which is to say there are too many rich people and poor people.
The Wall Street Journal notes that the late Nelson Mandela started his career as a communist revolutionary and had entered prison in South Africa in the early 1960s after being caught plotting an a act of sabotage.
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Ben Domenech at The Federalist blog, has a cheeky and perhaps tongue in cheek suggestion for how President Obama could save Obamacare, He needs to bring in the great turnaround artist, Mitt Romney.
Martin Bashir, the MSNBC talker who infamously had that rude suggestion for Sarah Palin, has resigned from the network, or so it is being put out. He has learned the folly of striking at the queen and failing to kill her.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass has decided to take herself out of the running for president, dashing the hopes of liberals for a farther left alternative to Hillary Clinton. Pundits as well must be in mourning, though she was wise to make the decision.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Sen. Mark Pryor, representing Arkansas, is one of those red state Democrats who are in trouble because of Obamacare and other issues. Interestingly enough, according to KATV, he has turned to the Lord for help, in a new statewide ad.
The Washington Examiner cites a recent Pew Poll that suggests that Americans believe that American leadership in the world has tumbled to a 40 year low. There is also a lot of sentiment for isolationism.
One is pretty sure that political rhetoric surrounding Obamacare when Townhall suggests that there is a pretty sound case for the impeachment of the president. It doesn't help matters when Obama is essentially double dog daring people to make that happen.
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
As the Chinese lunar lander Chang'e 3, carrying the Jade Rabbit rover, voyages to the moon, the question arises what should NASA's response be, aside from congratulations to a rival space power. RESOLVE might just fit the bill.
Bill Eliot seems to have been designated the latest enemy of the people by the Obama administration. He is being audited by the IRS after publically discussing Obamacare with Fox News' Megan Kelly.
Martin Bashir, the MSNBC talker whose outrageous suggestion for Sarah Palin caused a firestorm of controversy, has either been suspended by the network or is "on vacation" depending on who one talks to, according to Politico.