Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Hot Air, noting a recent PPP survey that puts Sarah Palin on top among Alaska Republicans for a run for the United States Senate, makes the case for the Mama Grizzly to go for it as her best chance for elected office.
Mary Katherine Ham at Hot Air notes that an appeals court in New York ruled that Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the New York City Board of Health lacked the power to regulate what size of sugary drinks New Yorkers can consume.
While President Obama continues to roam around the country, giving campaign speeches, he stopped by Chattanooga and made the following whopper about the Keystone XL pipeline, according to Fox News.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Some parts of the right side of the media, such as Breitbart's Big Journalism, are noticing a Wall Street Journal editorial by former 2004 presidential candidate Howard Dean's critique of Obamacare that seems to match that of Sarah Palin.
The Washington Free Beacon reports that Detroit's bankruptcy represents yet another dagger to the heart of Obamacare. It seems, as a way to save money, Detroit is contemplating forcing retirees onto the Obamacare exchanges.
It has been said often enough to become a cliché that the rising number of Hispanics in American means that the Republican Party is doomed as a majority party, since that demographic tends to favor Democrats.
Monday, July 29, 2013
Peggy Noonan, the former speechwriter to President Ronald Reagan, recently had an insight into the collapse of President Obama's rhetorical power that helps to explain why the latest pivot to the economy is already petering out.
One of the nicer aspects of the fracking boom is how much it is likely to hurt Saudi Arabia, a country that has used its oil wealth to make such mischief and to prop up a theocratic state. Now Prince Alwaleed bin Talal says that the Kingdom needs to diversify.
The New York Post has a story about how the iconic photo of firefighters raising the American flag over the ruins of Ground Zero where the World Trade Center stood soon after 9/11 almost didn't get included in the 9/11 Memorial Museum.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
If one needs understanding of the chaos that has arisen to consume NASA and the constant wrangling over goals for space exploration, one can look no further than statements made at a recent NewSpace 2013 conference by Lori Garver.
Hot Air reports on the developing tiff between New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul whether or not there is too much libertarianism in the GOP and whether that could harm national security.
CNS News reported recently on how a TV station called MRCTV went to a local college campus and asked students to sign a petition to legalize fourth trimester abortions, noting that they are banned in all 50 states of the union.
Saturday, July 27, 2013
As the purveyors of Obamacare open the throttle for its final implementation, much like the Spanish train operator who managed to crash that high speed train, taking many of the passengers to their deaths, the ironies keep piling up.
While she was on Greta Van Susteren's Fox News show recently, former Gov, Sarah Palin, while in the midst of giving President Obama a thumping for the "phony scandals," went off on an apparent tangent about the 2008 campaign.
Mary Katherine Ham at Hot Air relates how absurd President Obama was in mentioning that Ho Chi Minh, the tyrant who was the founder of modern Vietnam, had cited none other than Thomas Jefferson as one of his inspirations.
Friday, July 26, 2013
Is the effort by conservatives such as Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio to defund Obamacare a forlorn hope? Byron York, writing in the Washington Examiner, seems to think so, noting that Senate Democrats can block any such effort.
One of the dim hopes that Congress would actually do something positive about the persistent economic malaise happened when Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont found his inner statesman and reached across the aisle to try to cobble together tax reform.
One of the more off putting parts of the Obama "economic" speech was his reference to "phony scandals" that he alleged were being used as a means of distracting the American people from the great work to fixing the economy.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Pete Seat has written an essay in Politico that suggests that Hillary Clinton, the once and future woman of destiny, is too old to be president. While one is persuaded that Clinton should never be president, age is the least of her shortcomings.
Attorney General Eric Holder, still smarting as is the rest of the Obama Administration at the Supreme Court's overturning Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, is suing to force the state of Texas to force it seek preclearance of voting law changes.
The idea of an "atheist chaplain" would seem to be a contraction, sort of like "Marxist capitalism" or "Nazi Zionism." And yet a demand has arisen that those atheists who persist in fox holes get their own clergy.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
The Daily Caller is reporting that William Wilkins, the IRS chief counsel who has been implicated in the IRS scandal in congressional testimony, met with President Obama two days before the orders went out from his office concerning the tea party.
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah is leading an effort in the Senate to defund Obamacare before it goes totally in effect. He and the other conservatives can take comfort in a poll that shows that opposition to the law is widening and deepening.
One cannot determine what was creepier. The fact that Anthony Weiner was caught sexting with a much younger woman or the fact that his wife, Huma Abedin, persists in being the supportive, yet outraged little woman.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
As CNN and a million other news outlets have reported, a woman named Kate Middleton is lighter of a baby boy who, by right of birth, will likely become King of England sometime later in the 21st Century. There are two ways to approach the story.
The news that Jack Hunter has resigned from his position as an aide to Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY should have come as no surprise. The surprise is that Paul would employ such a person to start with.
One can just imagine the confusion of people who want to hang George Zimmerman for the death of Trayvon Martin upon hearing that he helped rescue an entire family from their overturned SUV. That doesn't fit the narrative.
Monday, July 22, 2013
Nothing can be quite as aggravating as when John McCain gets an idea that something being pumped from the left side of the aisle has merit and decides to take it up. The latest, according to The Hill, concerns Stand Your Ground.
Lost in all the hoopla and hysteria surrounding the death of Trayvon Martin and the desire on the part of some to wreck vengeance against the number one enemy of the people, George Zimmerman, is what's happening with Paula Deen.
The Weekly Standard has a story that suggests that the latest destruction of a shipment of Russian missiles in Syria by Israel may not have come from the air, but rather from a cruise missile launched by a Dolphin submarine.
According to the Washington Examiner, President Obama, having occupied his time with such burning issues such as gun control, immigration, and, of course, the lamentable death of Trayvon Martin will now start to address the economy.
Sunday, July 21, 2013
According to a recent article in Space News, a debate took place between NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver and former House Science Committee Chairman Bob Walker that illustrated one of the big lies of space politics.
The Hill newspaper is reporting that the Obama administration is frantically struggling to find a way to get the Obamacare train back on track. The decision to delay the employer mandate seems to have derailed the process somewhat.
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Mitch Daniels, the former governor of Indiana, a man once touted as a possible president of the United States, took on the job instead of Purdue University. But while still governor he fired a shot for educational sanity.
Now that Detroit is in ruins and bankrupt, with the barbarians (i.e. the public sector unions) having done their work to destroy what was once proudly called "Motor City," the question arises, what comes next?
For many people, perhaps 50 years and older, whenever he or she wants it, it is once again a certain Sunday evening in summer. They are sitting awe struck before an old fashioned analog television, watching something amazing.
Friday, July 19, 2013
Thus far congressional investigators have not established a direct link between President Obama and the IRS campaign to harass and intimidate tea party and conservative groups, but as Peggy Noonan pointed out, they're getting close.
As Instapundit's Glenn Reynolds might say, they told me if I voted for Romney, Detroit would be allowed to go bankrupt, and they were right! And, as the Washington Examiner pointed out, they, being the 2012 Obama campaign, actually said that.
Jesse Jackson, the former presidential candidate and the self appointed heir to Martin Luther King, has, in effect, declared war on the entire state of Florida. He has suggested that the Sunshine State is like pre Mandela South Africa.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
The appropriators and authorizers in the House and the Senate are at daggers drawn over not only the funding NASA should receive in the next fiscal year, but the direction the space agency should go in future space exploration.
The Washington Times is reporting that Christine O'Donnell was likely the subject of political dirty tricks involving her IRS records. She is the first Republican political candidate to have been identified as a victim of IRS abuse.
Mary Katherine Ham at Hot Air notes that the House has not only voted to delay the employer mandate to offer health care insurance, which the president already did by decree, but also the individual mandate to purchase it.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
The Washington Examiner has an interesting editorial that suggests that one of the many problems of Obamacare is how very retro the law is, harkening back to the Bismarckian view of the welfare state, not in keeping with 21st Century realities.
The Associated Press notes that Russia is holding the biggest war games that country has conducted since the Cold War, comprising 160,000 troops, 5,000 tanks, dozens of ships, and 130 combat aircraft.
Liz Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, is running for the senate from Wyoming against current Senator Mike Enzi, also a Republican. One wonders why she is doing that and now.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
The Daily Caller reports that in the wake of another failed test of a ground based midcourse defense rocket, Republicans are starting to openly suggest that the Obama administration is being too stingy where it comes to funding missile defense.
The government of North Carolina is about to embark on sweeping tax reform that it is hoped will not only revitalize that state's economy but solidify Republican dominance of the state house and the state legislature, according to the Weekly Standard.
The Washington Times is reporting that a shadowy Chinese businessman named Wang Jin has embarked on a project to cut a canal through Nicaragua that would stretch 130 miles through jungles and rivers and cost $40 billion.
Monday, July 15, 2013
Modern social media has provided endless opportunities for the ill-informed and the emotional to publically behave foolishly, as evidence the tweets from celebrities concerning the George Zimmerman not guilty verdict.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Republican, has, as expected, announced his intention of running for governor of Texas, now that the current governor, Rick Perry, has announced his intention not to run for a new term, according to the Houston Chronicle.
George Zimmerman has been found not guilty of both second degree murder and manslaughter of Trayvon Martin. That does not mean that his legal woes are over. But he also has options for striking back at some of his persecutors.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
One of the more obscure but important debates on public policy has roiled through the aerospace community for decades. The question is, should the next target of American space exploration be Mars or the moon?
Ordinarily the news that Brian Schweitzer, a popular former governor, is not running for the senate seat that Max Baucus is leaving open in Montana would not be remarked upon beyond the northern red state. However these are not ordinary times.
The New York Times recently reported that Israel has launched an air strike against a storage facility that contained stores of an anti ship missile called the Yakhont recently delivered to Syria by the Russian government.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
The Denver Post is reporting that both Florida and Texas are making plays to entice a commercial space company called Golden Spike to move from Colorado and establish its headquarters in one state of the other.
The departure of Janet Napolitano as secretary of Homeland Security to become president of the University of California system has gotten what the Washington Examiner terms "mixed reviews" in Congress.
According to the Houston Chronicle, the Texas Senate has passed the controversial bill that bans late term abortions after heated debate both inside and outside the chamber. Gov. Rick Perry will sign the bill into law.
Friday, July 12, 2013
Ian O'Neil gives a shout up to your humble servant in an excellent analysis of the national park on the moon bill.What Treaty? Politicians Want Apollo National Parks
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is going to Israel this fall, reports the Washington Times, which suggests that he really is thinking of running for president. Such pilgrimages on the road to the White House are as constant as visits to Iowa and New Hampshire.
The Washington Times has an article that describes how a new Pentagon report suggests that new threats to the United States, thanks to the development of missile arsenals in China, North Korea, and Iran.
The Washington Free Beacon has a piece about a report by the American Council for Capital Formation that reveals some of the economic consequences of foot dragging by the Obama administration in approving exports of liquefied natural gas.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
The debate over the ban on late term abortion bill now moving through the Texas legislature has caused some very bizarre behavior among people who oppose it, something that tends to undermine their arguments.
Josh Fox, whose documentary film, "Gasland," an anti-fracking polemic that garnered him an Oscar nomination and a gusher of controversy, is back for more with "Gasland Part II," which expands on the anti-fracking theme.
Judicial Watch, a watch dog group, has obtained documents which suggest that the Community Relations Service, a unit of the Justice Department, facilitating protests surrounding the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman murder case.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
The conventional wisdom imparted by politicians pushing immigration reform is that unless a version of reform that grants what is in effect amnesty for illegal aliens is passed, Hispanic voters will turn en masse against Republicans.
First former Gov. Sarah Palin was planning to leave the Republican Party. Now she's planning to run for the United States Senate in Alaska. Both stories, based on offhand remarks she made on TV, have gone viral in the media.
The Hill newspaper is reporting that two Democratic members of Congress, Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md. and Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson , D-Texas, have offered a bill, H.R. 2617 the Apollo Lunar Landing Legacy Act.
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Just when one thought that New York politics could not get any weirder, or more sordid, we now see that former New York Gov. Elliot Spitzer is running for New York City Comptroller against Kristin Davis, a libertarians and a former madam.
When Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., mused that perhaps the government ought to decide who and who is not a journalist, he elicited a sharp response from a variety of people over his apparent constitutional overreach.
When Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas announced that he would not run for another term, speculation arose not only about Perry's future presidential ambitions, but of his heir apparent, Attorney General Greg Abbott.
Monday, July 08, 2013
Coming on the heels of the delay of the employer health insurance mandates, the mandarins in charge of implementing Obamacare have decided that they will also delay checks for fraud for people applying for the insurance mandate.
The Wall Street Journal muses about the coming age of the driverless car, in which people can just order an automobile to go to some destination and then sit back and relax, reading a book, watching a movie, or just relaxing.
Breitbart's Big Hollywood is reporting that a group called "Geeks OUT," a gay group, is urging a boycott of the film version of "Enders Game," published as a novel by Orson Scott Card in the mid 1980s.
Sunday, July 07, 2013
The Daily Beast notes that a lot of Republicans who may having dreams to the tune of "Hail to the Chief" are visiting Iowa with an astonishing frequency, about three years before the 2016 presidential campaign begins in earnest.
The American Interest points to a number of developments that point to a probable collapse of the Obamacare health insurance exchanges, being set up either by the states or by the federal government where the states have declined to do so.
Breitbart's Big Government obtained a copy of a video that Donald Trump, the mercurial real estate tycoon and media personality, put together for the Romney campaign in which he "fires" President Obama.
Saturday, July 06, 2013
The latest wrinkle in the excellent adventure of Edward Snowden, NSA leaker and most famous fugitive on the planet, is that Venezuela has offered him asylum and Nicaragua has hinted that it might make the same offer.
One of the more annoying aspects of the (non)coup that overthrew the Muslim Brotherhood regime in Egypt was the question of where Secretary of State John Kerry was when the regime change went down.
The Third Amendment to the Constitution, states "No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law." The amendment is considered an 18th Century curiosity that does not usually find it being invoked in modern court cases. One previous case, Engblom v. Carey, involved the quartering of National Guard troops in prison housing for guards during a correctional officers' strike in 1979. Now we have a case involving Antony Mitchell, his parents Michael and Linda Mitchell, and the Henderson, Nevada Police.
Friday, July 05, 2013
According to the Washington Times, Piers Morgan, the British born CNN talk show host, offered the following tweet for American Independence Day that was apparently designed to buttress his status as most hated British citizen in America. "To Life, Liberty & Happiness - and deep abiding regret that George III couldn't keep his [expletive] together."
Politico is reporting on a new novel about a Sarah Palin presidency and the establishment of a "Christian Nation" which is apparently a theocracy that would make Taliban ruled Afghanistan seem tolerant by comparison.
Roll Call is reporting that House Republicans are mulling over their reaction to the Obama administration's delay of the employer mandate under Obamacare. They decision seems to open some opportunities for opponents of the law.
Thursday, July 04, 2013
Just when one thought that the epic of Edward Snowden could not get more bizarre, comes the news that Anna Chapman, the former Russian spy turned model and media personality, has proposed marriage to the world's most famous refugee.
With the opening of the second special session of the Texas Legislature, with the main purpose of passing the bad on late term abortion that failed in the first special session, has featured some interesting behavior from pro abortion activists.
The year long period of misrule of the Muslim Brotherhood Egyptian government of Mohammed Morsi has been brought to a close by the Egyptian Army and, for the most part, there was much rejoicing by the Egyptian people.
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
The Weekly Standard is reporting the Sen. Marco Rubio, R-FL will be a cosponsor of a bill in the Senate that would ban abortions after a fetus is 20 weeks old. This move solves a number of problems for both Rubio and the Republicans.
The epic story of Wendy Davis, the pro abortion Texas state senator famous for wearing pink tennis shoes and talking for 11 hours straight, took on a surreal quality according to Hot Air when a PPP poll was released.
Bloomberg reports that the Obama administration has decided to put off for an extra year the Obamacare mandate that all employers offer health insurance. It is an attempt to stave off the "train wreck" Max Baucus described until after the next election.
Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Harry Kazianis, writing in Real Clear Defense, asks a burning question, what if America's role as the leading super power was to come to a sudden and violent end? He points to a scenario called "How the United States Lost the Naval War of 2015."
President Obama has a tendency to blame George W, Bush, his predecessor, for all the world's ills. But that has not stopped Obama from basking in Bush's glory at a wreath laying ceremony in Dar-es-Salaam, in Tanzania.
Could Wendy Davis, the Joan of Arc of the abortion rights movement thanks to his filibuster against a bill banning late term abortions in the Texas Senate, actually be in political trouble in her district?
Monday, July 01, 2013
American atheists, who have long campaigned to exclude expressions of religious faith in the public square, have changed their tactics somewhat and are now demanding the right to assert non belief where displays of belief are allowed.
The 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, now being celebrated with battlefield reenactments as well as copious commemorations, such as the one written by George Will, reminds us how history is often decided by the clash of arms.
Wendy Davis, the hitherto obscure Texas state senator who filibustered a ban on late term abortions, is having a lot of fun, along with her enablers, using the issue to enhance her own political aspirations while accusing others of doing so.