Sunday, June 30, 2013
While the sound and fury over the IRS scandals remains unabated, members of Congress on both side of the aisle are quietly working on a tax simplification plan. Quite a number of tax deductions and credits are at risk, according to the Hill.
In the wake of massive protests in Cairo's Tahir Square against the Muslim Brotherhood regime of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, President Obama issued a statement in South Africa supporting that country's democracy, according to the Washington Post. The Washington Free Beacon reports that opposition leaders are blaming American Ambassador Anne Patterson and President Barack Obama for propping up the Morsi government, installed in power after an election in 2012.
Saturday, June 29, 2013
The Senate has passed the immigration reform bill, as threadbare is it is about border enforcement and filled as it is with pork and special deals. Sarah Palin is not pleased, which means that those voting for the bill should be afraid.
The piling on Paula Deen continues with the news, on top of former corporate partners falling over themselves to separate themselves from her, that her upcoming cook book has been cancelled by her publishers, despite being Number One on Amazon.
Friday, June 28, 2013
While the political class is entertaining the American people and each other with fights over immigration, gun control, and climate change, ominous developments in Iran threaten to plunge the world into a global war.
Now that Sandra Fluke has gone back to obscurity, having gotten her 15 minutes of fame thanks to Rush Limbaugh and the phony "war on women" Wendy Davis, a hitherto unknown Texas Democratic state senator is the new Joan of Arc.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Baulio Castillo, CEO of Strong Castle, Inc., an IRS contractor, once claimed a veteran's benefit for an ankle sprain sustained while attending a military prep school. This did not sit well with Rep, Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill.
The reaction to the Supreme Court's Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 decisions runs across the political spectrum and occasionally delves into the bizarre.
The bottom line that one can extract from the Supreme Court's Defense of Marriage Act and the Proposition 8 decisions is that even though same sex marriage is still not a constitutional right, the country is on the road to where that is likely to be the case.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Fuel Fix notes a part of President Obama's climate change speech where he laid down some criteria for approval of the northern part of the Keystone XL pipeline. Essentially it all depends on the pipeline's carbon footprint.
The UK Daily Mail reports on a new book by former Romanian Lt. Gen Ion Mihail Pacepa and University of Mississippi law professor Ronald Rychlak that claims that the current wave of Islamic terror has its roots in the Cold War.
When the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, it acknowledged a fact that should be obvious to all. It is no longer 1965, but rather 2013. Jim Crow, which had blighted the south since the Civil War, has been dead for decades.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Rick Santorum, former senator and candidate for president, has chosen a different career path, that being a movie mogul. The Associated Press reports that he has become CEO of Echolight Studios, a faith based film company based in Dallas.
Edward Snowden has made another revelation besides that of the NSA snooping program. He has exposed thoroughly the contempt that various nations of the world, especially Russia, have for the wishes of the Obama administration.
Monday, June 24, 2013
One of the more under reported stories in national politics was the rejection of the latest farm bill in the House, which went down 195 for and 234 against. The Washington Times suggests that part of the reason has to do with what is in the bill.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, is dancing a little bit precariously on a tightrope where it involves the continuing odyssey of Edward Snowden, according to the Weekly Standard. Libertarian principle is at war with political peril for Paul.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has posted on Facebook a polemic against the Senate version of the immigration reform bill. Those contemplating voting for the bill might want to think again, mainly because of a warning.
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Michael Barone of the Washington Examiner has found an interesting provision in the immigration reform legislation that has less to do with immigration reform than it has to do with motivating a couple of senators to vote for it.
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Chelsea Clinton's Planned Parenthood Gaffe Not Fatal
Chelsea Clinton's bemoaning the fact that her great grandmother did not have the benefit of the services of Planned Parenthood has been the subject of much hilarity in cyberspace. Hot Air suggests that it is much to do about nothing.
Paula Deen, the grandmotherly, southern chef who punctuates most every sentence with "y'all" has been chopped from the Food Network for saying the word one must never, ever say, unless one of a rapper or an African American comedian.
Friday, June 21, 2013
Chris Matthews of MSNBC was having an on air conversation with James Lipton of Actors' Studio when he made an odd pop culture comparison to a well known American political figure, according to Newsbusters.
The Supreme Court decision Citizens United vs. FEC, which was handed down in 2010, struck down restrictions on political speech by corporations, unions, and nonprofits. Two Democratic senators are proposing to reverse that decision.
President Obama picked another fight with the Catholic Church when, while in Belfast during the G8 Summit, he made a speech suggesting that the school system in Northern Ireland is a source of division, according to the Washington Times.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
The death of James Gandolfini, star of the small and large screen, is not just a lost to the dramatic arts, but a reminder of mortality. He was just 51 years old, according to Big Hollywood, and apparently had no hint of health problems.
The Tea Party "Audit the IRS" rally was icily dismissed by the Daily Beast as an exercise in nostalgia. But, both Pajamas Media and the American Spectator suggests, it was largely successful all things considered.
In his speech in Berlin before the Brandenburg Gate, President Obama told a small, select audience that the most pressing issues he was going to address were reducing strategic nuclear weapons and addressing climate change.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Gov. Rick Perry's latest rustling expedition in search of businesses to entice to Texas from blue states has taken him to Connecticut and meetings with gun manufacturers who are still reeling from the passage of new gun control laws.
Alan Boyle of NBC News reports that the House Republicans are preparing a NASA authorization bill that will cancel President Obama's asteroid mission in favor of a return to the moon in preparation to going to Mars.
Conservatives have made much over the years about the early political alliance and friendship between Barack Obama and Bill Ayers, a retired terrorist now safely ensconced in academia. Now that alliance seems to have been broken.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Most supporters of voter integrity believe that they lost in the Supreme Court decision that struck down an Arizona law requiring proof of citizenship for those registering to vote. But J. Christian Adams suggests that the decision was a great victory.
According to Politico, President Obama, in a television interview with Charlie Rose, in effect stated that he is not Dick Cheney. He said this in the context of a defense of a National Security Agency snooping program that Cheney helped to develop.
According to the Washington Examiner, the House is preparing to unveil and plan that would harden the nation's electricity grid against the ravages of either a solar flare or an electromagnetic pulse cause by the explosion of a nuclear bomb.
Monday, June 17, 2013
The latest scheme to come from the fertile brain of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is to force people living in the city over which he presides to recycle food scraps, according to the New York Times.
The Washington Examiner reports that a new CNN poll shows that President Obama's approval rating has collapsed to 45 percent. Moreover he has dropped 17 points among the under 30 demographics. Less than half of Americans trust the president.
Two recent incidents suggests that the quality of on air talent at CBS News has suffered a marked decline, not just from the Walter Cronkite era but even from the 24 or so years Dan Rather was occupying the anchor seat.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
According to the Washington Post, Sarah Palin gave a stemwinder of a speech before the "Road to the Majority Conference" put on by the Faith and Freedom Coalition before "an adoring crowd of religious conservatives."
Breitbart Big Journalism is suggesting that the media is trying to "bury" the IRS scandal story. However a story in The Hill reports that the scandal is not going away any time soon. The congressional investigation will be a long, hard slog.
According to the Washington Times, the Obama administration congratulated Hassan Rouhani for his election as president of Iran. Why it would do such a thing is not entirely clear. Rouhani is described as a "moderate" but that is only a matter of degree.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Hot Air notes that a new Gallup Poll has Sen. Marco Rubio, R-FL as surprisingly popular among Republican voters, despite his stance on immigration reform that has so angered conservatives. There may be a few reasons for this.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is sounding the alarm about the IRS and Obamacare in a new piece in the Wall Street Journal. Bottom line is that if you loved how the IRS handled the tax status of conservative groups, you'll adore how it handles health care.
The news, confirmed by CBS News, that the computer of that network's reporter Sharyl Attkisson was hacked on multiple occasions by an unknown party is fueling speculation and paranoia, driven by the Obama scandals.
Friday, June 14, 2013
Hot Air reports that many members of Congress and their staffers may be about to flee public service. At issue seems to be the exploding costs of health insurance under the Obamacare law. Oh, the delicious irony.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
According to the Daily Caller, in March, 2011 15 IRS agents are alleged to have barged into the corporate headquarters of an unnamed California health care provider and seized 60 million medical records, claiming to be serving a warrant.
Bill Maher, the HBO ranter, seems to have stepped into it during a live performance in Los Vegas. According to Breitbart's Big Hollywood, Maher made an attempt at a joke in which he called Trig Palin, Sarah Palin's youngest child, "retarded."
Addendum: Drudge is reporting that Palin is coming back to Fox News. This is just too delicious...
Addendum 2: Confirmed.
Sarah Murnaghan, a 10 year old Pennsylvania girl, has been snatched literally from the brink of death, thanks to a thus far successful lung transplant, according to the Wall Street Journal. She thus has defeated both cystic fibrosis and her own government which almost killed her.
Some years ago I was assigned to do a series of articles on cystic fibrosis. Some of the information may be dated.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
One sure fire way to understand who the left is really afraid of is to witness who they use as bogey men to inflame their base. According to The Weekly Standard, Vice President Joe Biden unveiled the identities of the latest enemies of the people.
Mary Katherine Ham notes that HBO subscribers are about to be punished with a new season of Aaron Sorkin's science fiction series, "Newsroom," set in some alternate universe in which all liberals are good and pure and the right is the root of evil.
Breitbart's Big Government notes that the latest Gallup poll shows that former President George W. Bush has become more popular that the current President Barack Obama. The development will come as a surprise to some but it is inevitable.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-FL said, in a Spanish language interview on Univision, that immigration reform would involve amnesty for those illegal aliens who can pass a background check and pay a fine regardless of enhanced border security, according to the Washington Examiner.
The prescription that many well meaning people have to tamp down on gun violence is to restrict the private ownership of fire arms. However the Associated Press reports that a private group in Houston is pursuing a different approach.
Whatever one thinks about NSA snooping of both phone and internet records, and opinion varies and not necessarily along party lines, the revelation has given Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. a ready-made issue for his potential 2016 presidential run.
Monday, June 10, 2013
There was a time, in the living memory of some, that the idea of Japanese troops storming the beaches near the Marine base at Camp Pendleton, California would have been the cause of great alarm. It still is, but from a different quarter.
Edward Snowden, the NSA leaker who revealed to the UK Guardian the workings of the Obama administration's phone and internet snooping system and then fled to Hong Kong has gone on quite an ideological journey.
Sunday, June 09, 2013
While the Obama administration is seeking closer military ties with China, as the Washington Times reports, the communist state is pursuing a strategy of encircling the United States with a series of alliances and with its growing naval power.
The Wall Street Journal reports that in a rare defeat for the environmental lobby in California, an attempt to ban hydraulic fracking failed in the state assembly, 37 to 25, with 12 Democrats joining with 35 Republicans to vote down the ban.
Saturday, June 08, 2013
The Weekly Standard cites a new poll that suggests that the special election in Massachusetts to fill John Kerry's vacant senate seat is a dead heat between Democrat Ed Markey and Republican Gabriel Gomez.
As the Affordable Care law, also known as Obamacare, continues to careen toward the inevitable "train wreck" that Democratic Senator Max Baucus predicted, some Republicans are already thinking about what will replace it.
Friday, June 07, 2013
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal suggests that along with ending 1970s stagflation and destroying the Soviet Empire, President Ronald Reagan saved the planet from global warming, which would make him the greatest president ever.
The one thing one has to consider when looking at the amassing of phone records by the NSA as well as the access to computer files, is the context in which it happened. The reason why one should be appalled is that Obama did it.
One could almost feel sorry for Faris Fink, the IRS official who starred as Mr. Spock in the "Star Trek" moral boosting video made with so much of our hard earned tax money. Being before an angry congressional committee cannot be a lot of fun.
Thursday, June 06, 2013
Hot Air suggests that MSNBC's Martin Bashir's playing the race card over the IRS scandal is proof that the insane asylum masquerading as a cable news network has gone downhill since Keith Olbermann was giving the royal order of the boot.
The appointment of Susan Rice as his National Security Adviser may not be the most bone headed move President Obama has done in his term in office. The other appointment he made, Samantha Power as UN Ambassador, exceeds it.
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
The Washington Times notes that Jesse Ventura, former wrestler, former action star, and former governor of Minnesota, is suing the widow of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle for defamation surrounding an account of a bar fight in Kyle's book.
USA Today notes how representatives of a number of tea party and other conservative groups recounted before the House Ways and Means Committee how they were victimized by politically motivated harassment by the IRS.
Whatever the medical reasons for denying 10 year old Sarah Murnaghan a lung transplant, and thus condemning her to death, the political optics are terrible beyond human description, according to Hot Air.
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
The latest detail in the unfolding IRS scandal is the revelation that the tax agency spent lavishly on conferences, to the tune of $50 million over about three years, that were part team building exercises and part excuses to party.
Much band width is still being taken up by reactions to the ending of the second to last episode of season three of "Game of Thrones," the HBO series based George R.R. Martin's study of power politics in a fantasy universe.
Frank Lautenberg, World War II veteran, unabashed liberal, and the "last of the swamp dogs" as CNN described him, as departed from the United States Senate as well as this life, leaving New Jersey Governor Chris Christie with a problem and an opportunity.
Monday, June 03, 2013
Wired recently reported that some researchers at Cornell have produced some software that may advance the day when people will be able to have personal robot servants that not only act on command, but anticipates ones needs.
A story in the New York Times illustrates the extent of the trouble Attorney General Eric Holder now finds himself in. Publically the White House still supports him. Privately some White House aides wish he would do the decent thing and resign.
According to the Conservative Intelligence Briefing, one of the spins put on the IRS scandal is that the harassment of tea party and conservative groups was the result of rogue, low level agents has started to unravel.
Thanks to Time Magazine and the publication of a new book, The Romney Readiness Project, we have a look into a counterfactual Romney Administration. It is clear that had Obama lost, we would have been living in a different world by now.
Sunday, June 02, 2013
The Hot Air story about the collapse of MSNBC's ratings and the continuing ascendency of Fox News is interesting in what it says about the political beliefs of those people who pay attention to the news and try to stay informed.
Detroit, once one of the great manufacturing cities of the world, has seen better days. In fact, with a declining population and large parts of it in ruin, Motor City resembles Ancient Rome of the late 5th and early 6th Centuries AD after the barbarian invasions.
In his eternal quest to say something more outrageous than he has ever said before, the HBO ranter Bill Maher suggested that both Pope Francis I and President Barack Obama "might be an atheist" according to the Daily Caller.
Saturday, June 01, 2013
Recent Chinese hacking attacks, which have, among other things, compromised American weapons systems technology, has thus far elicited a passive response from the Obama administration.
Hot Air reports that a new Gallup Poll reports that Americans are overwhelmingly against any kind of military intervention in the Syria civil war. This is at a time when Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. is demanding it and President Obama is inching toward it.
Sen, Rand Paul, R-KY, finished his journey to California, in search of West Coast campaign donations, with a speech at the Reagan Library in which he laid out how he intends to ask for West Coast votes, according to the Los Angeles Times.