Monday, September 30, 2013
A couple of polls suggest that President Obama has caused quite a bit of change in America's attitude toward itself and toward government in general. This is bad news from the administration's perspective.
Hollywood likes to think of itself as a liberal, tolerant community and certainly a lot of the product it produces reflects that belief. Leaving aside how it treats conservatives, another group believes it has been dissed by the film industry.
Glenn Reynolds, a law professor and the purveyor of Instapundit, has an oped in USA Today that shines a light on how the IRS scandal, in which the tax agency targeted people and groups for their political beliefs, has caused distrust in government.
Sunday, September 29, 2013
The Associated Press reports that the oil giant, Exxon Mobil, is set to offer benefits to married employees, including those in same sex marriages, in states and countries where those are legal. It represents a milestone of sorts.
USA Today is reporting the full extent of what when on during the four day siege of the shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya. It is a story out of a horror show, involving torture, rape, and mutilation of people without discrimination.
The state of play for the battle over Obamacare, as of this writing, is thus: The Senate has passed to the House a "clean" continuing resolution that funds all of the government through November 15. The House has passed it right back with some conditions.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
A survey was conducted of the top 200 health care professionals in the United States about Obamacare and, while a few positive aspects of the law were noted, 56 percent declared their opposition to the health care law, according to the Washington Examiner.
From a psychological standpoint it is understandable why President Obama felt the need to talk to President Rouhani of Iran, the alleged leader of one of the most murderous regimes on the planet. He sees an opportunity for his own greatness.
Friday, September 27, 2013
First it was fast food chicken. Then it was a science fiction space opera movie. Now it's pasta. It seems that Guido Barilla, the CEO of Barilla Pasta, said something a little dumb on Italian radio and so the boycott is on.
An upstart Texas politician, a graduate of Harvard Law, who won national fame due to a filibuster, is likely to try to use that new won notoriety to run for higher office. Ted Cruz? No, it's State Sen. Wendy Davis, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
The latest secession movement has emerged in Northern California where two rural counties, Siskiyou and Madoc, have voted to separate from California and create its own state, to be called Jefferson, after the third president of the United States.
Ted Turner, the founder of CNN and the font of many alarming ideas, suggested at an International Women's Earth and Climate Summit in New York City that men should be barred from political office for 100 years according to the Daily Caller.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
President Obama has, somewhat unwisely, held out the diplomatic olive branch to the Islamic Republic if Iran, even going so far to suggest an "encounter" to the newly minted Iranian president, Hassan Rohani in New York.
The National Review reported that Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., delved into theology in a discussion on the role of government. In effect, the venerable congressman suggested the people who favor small government are going to hell.
The Daily Caller noted that in his UN address President Obama promised to promote the free flow of oil from the Middle East, which would seem to be excellent policy were the year 1973 rather than 2013. He is catching some grief for that.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Proof that the past is another country comes from a story in the Blaze. A 13 year old boy named Khalid Caraballo and a friend named Aiden have been suspended from school in Virginia Beach, VA for playing with toy guns.
One comforting, albeit controversial story surrounding the as of this writing ongoing horror going on at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi is that of an unnamed retired British Royal Marine who saved at least 100 people with his personal hand gun.
The Washington Examiner reports that Lois Lerner, the IRS official at the heart of the tea party harassment scandal, has retired, with full pension and benefits. Hot Air suggests that being a lobbyist is in her future.
Monday, September 23, 2013
If one thought that the gun control lobby is a little bit hysterical in its quest for "common sense" gun control, one should direct ones attention to a recent piece in the UK Guardian. It's enough to stoke the paranoia of the most sober American.
Nancy Pelosi, the former Speaker of the House and current House Minority Leader, is given to saying odd things. However it was on the subject of the deficit, according to Politico, that she made have topped herself.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
In an adroit shift, SpaceX recently announced that it was backing off of its demands to have exclusive use of NASA's Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center that is being put out to bid for commercial use.
Sen. Mike Lee, R-UT, has proposed a tax reform package that may be as important, in its own way, as the Kemp Roth Tax proposal from the 1970s that eventually was passed into law under President Reagan in 1981.
Hot Air notes that there is consternation among governments around the world in advance of the latest report to be issued by the International Panel on Climate Change at the UN that will suggest that there has been no global warming since 1998.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Larry Kudlow is scratching his head in puzzlement over President Obama's refusal to negotiate with Republicans over issues like the budget, the debt ceiling, and Obamacare. He is, after all, more than willing to sit down with rogue states like Syria and Iran.
Permissive parenting has been a vexing problem probably since the 1960s. Former NFL player Brian Holloway is finding out just how bad a problem it is, thanks to having his house in New York trashed by 300 teenage hooligans, according to Hot Air.
Gun control advocates often claim that they are not going after hunting when they want to pass gun control restrictions. But one measure now awaiting California's Gov. Jerry Brown's signature suggests that is not entirely true, according to the Washington Times.
Friday, September 20, 2013
Charles Krauthammer, with his usually ability to get at the core of the problem, points out that the real scandal of the Washington Navy Yard massacre was not that Aaron Alexis had fire arms. The scandal was that he lacked proper medical care.
The optics, as they say, were terrible when Patricia Smith and Charles Woods, mother and father respectively of two of the dead of Benghazi, appeared before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Tom Delay, the former House Majority Leader who was so feared that he was called "the Hammer," has seen his conviction for money laundering overturned by a Texas appeals court. Legally and morally he has been vindicated.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
NASA faces a shortage of money and leadership, as well as squabbles over its direction. However, according to Wired, it also faces a shortage of plutonium 238, which is about to impact plans for deep space exploration.
Michael Barone suggests, with his usually insight, that the bonds between President Obama and Congressional Democrats. The afterglow of the 2012 election, not to mention the heady days of 2009, might as well be ancient history.
When Republicans, one way or another, place Obamacare on the ash heap of history, it will be incumbent upon them to come up with some kind of alternative to reform the health care system. The Daily Caller reports on one such effort.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Hot Air relates the strange case of Elizabeth O'Bagy, a 26 year old woman who was once touted as an expert on the Syrian rebels and provided that main support for the notion that a large part of the resistance was not comprised of jihadis.
The National Review is reporting that the House Republicans are not so much marching toward but staggering into passing a continuing resolution that defunds Obamacare, fulfilling the hopes of conservatives and the fears of everyone else.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Hot Air notes that a recent study on fracking has concluded that the process of extracting oil and natural gas from shale formations does not emit as much methane, thought to be a greenhouse gas, as previously thought.
The smoke has barely cleared from the Washington Naval Yard massacre and, as with previous mass shootings, the inevitable demands for gun control are beginning to waft up into the ether, Politico reports.
While the dead at the Washington Naval Yard had not yet turned cold, President Obama went ahead with an event at the White House in which he tore into Congressional Republicans accusing them of trying to sabotage the economy.
Monday, September 16, 2013
The New York Post is reporting yet another aspect of Obamacare that Nancy Pelosi so famously said we had to find out by passing the law. Now every American has to tell the government about his or her sex life.
Bill Maher's HBO rant show had its first episode since the summer break and, true to form; its host said something outrageous and off the wall. He basically compared Barack Obama to George Zimmerman, a stretch as it turns out.
The Washington Free Beacon reports that Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky, has stepped in it just a little bit when he criticized Christian conservatives who support the State of Israel. Paul is often mentioned as a possible presidential candidate for 2016.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Students, both from the College Republicans and College Democrats, placed 2,977 flags as part of a 9/11 memorial at Middlebury College in Vermont. The flags, each representing a victim of the attacks, were uprooted by five protestors, according to the Daily Caller.
The Hill is reporting that the Obama administration is preparing regulations that will force movie theaters to install close captioning devices and audio narration equipment to make films more accessible to the hearing and visual impaired.
Paula Deen made her first appearance in public since she admitted once saying the one word that no one should ever say ever at a cooking show in Houston and, instead of protests, got a standing ovation from 1,500 people according to the Houston Chronicle.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
The Hill is reporting that John McCain, the senator from Arizona, is thinking of retirement and may not run for a new term when his current one is up in 2016. One has decidedly mixed feelings about that.
Richard Trumka, boss of the AFL-CIO, was one of the most fervent supporters of Obamacare and is now even more fervent in his desire that unions be exempt from its strictures. The Associated Press suggests that he will have to live with disappointment.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is headed for Maryland on his latest rustling expedition to lure businesses and jobs out of a deep blue state and invite them to come to the Lone Star State. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is not amused.
Friday, September 13, 2013
Struggling to sell President Obama's latest scheme to snatch a small asteroid and convey it to lunar orbit to be visited by astronauts, a NASA official attempted to wax enthusiastic. The result was very bizarre and unsettling, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The Hill is reporting that the latest strategy being developed in the House to deal with the oncoming Obamacare train wreck is to craft a bill that will give Democrats a very stark choice, an offer they would like to but maybe can't refuse.
If a new article in Politico is correct, it looks like that the left is turning on Barack Obama. This may seem odd for anyone on the center-right part of the political spectrum, but it does illustrate the utopian aspect of modern liberal thought.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Lois Lerner, the IRS official who is at the heart of the tea party harassment scandal and who famously tried to plead the Fifth before Congress, may be about to learn that emails are the modern version of secret tapes.
The one lesson that Democrats should take from two pro gun control state senators being given the royal order of the boot by their constituents in Colorado is that perhaps they should dial back their desire to restrict 2nd Amendment rights.
It is oddly appropriate that Russia's Vladimir Putin choose the pages of the New York Times to twist the knife that he so adroitly shoved into the back of President Barack Obama or that the Gray Lady eagerly cooperated in the same.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
If President Obama's long term goal was to diminish American influence in the Middle East, he seems to have succeeded brilliantly. At the same time, as power abhors a vacuum, Russian under Vladimir Putin has rushed in to fill the gap.
A number of elections, in New York City and in Colorado, demonstrated that it is possible for politicians to try the patience of the voters too much, both in the personal and in the political realms.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Sarah Palin, who had gotten in trouble a few years ago for a crosshairs map that depicted certain congressional districts to be targeted which some claimed to have led to the shooting of then Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, is at it again.
Addendum: Sure enough, Mark Kelly deplores "violent rhetoric."
Monday, September 09, 2013
A fight between two entrepreneurial rocket companies over NASA's Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center may have long lasting effects on the space agency's ability to conduct deep space exploration starting in the next decade.
The latest development that has global warming alarmists scratching their heads is the sudden expansion of ice covering the North Pole, growing 60 percent in just the past year, according to the UK Daily Mail.
Lost in the noise over the controversy over whether or not to attack Syria is the still festering scandal of Benghazi. Gregory Hicks, the former chief deputy of mission in Libya, was on "This Week" to remind us.
Sunday, September 08, 2013
With NASA's LADEE moon probe on its way and the Chinese planning to attempt its first lunar landing before the end of 2013 with the Chang'e 3, the question arises, what comes next for the exploration of Earth's nearest neighbor?
Somewhat bemused that he is even writing about 2016 in 2013, the venerable George Will lays out the case against the presumed Democratic and Republican frontrunners for the next presidential election, Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie.
Little noticed on this side of the Pacific, Australia has just had an election that constituted something of a political tsunami, sweeping out of power the left wing Labour Party and sweeping in the center-right Liberal Party.
Saturday, September 07, 2013
Outgoing NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver took the opportunity of her departure from the space agency to take a shot at NASA's heavy lift Space Launch System, which she claims is facing a one to two year delay due to a budget shortfall.
The bad news for Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fl is that his stance on immigration reform has hurt his presidential prospects, as noted by his collapse in a poll in New Hampshire. The good news is that he has over two years to recover.
The Washington Free Beacon has published a report in Israeli media that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had wanted to launch a military strike against Iran's nuclear bomb program in 2012 but was pressured not to do so by President Obama.
Friday, September 06, 2013
The Weekly Standard notes that one of the many unintended consequences of Obamacare is that freelance artists, writers, and performers will lose their existing health care plans and will be forced on more expensive health care exchanges.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Ca, has some bad news for President Obama. She thinks that there may not be enough House Democrats to make up for Republican opponents of the Syrian military strike to pass a resolution supporting the same.
Thursday, September 05, 2013
The Washington Free Beacon notes that there are a lot of House Republicans who might be persuaded to vote to authorize military action against Syria. The price will be cancelling the sequestration cuts to military spending.
Real Clear Politics notes that when asked about Middle Eastern support for President Obama's proposal to drop the hammer on Syria for using chemical weapons, Secretary of State John Kerry replied that there are offers to pay for the operation.
When celebrity entrepreneur Elon Musk first proposed his high speed hyperloop transportation system between Los Angeles and San Francisco, some noted how much less it would cost that California's high speed rail system, not the least Musk himself.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Just in time for the upcoming "not war in the classical sense" in Syria, not to mention upcoming clashes over the budget, the debt ceiling, and Obamacare, Comedy Central's Jon Stewart returned from the desert like Moses from the Sinai.
Secretary of State John Kerry's testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee concerning the proposal by the Obama administration for a limited military strike on Syria had a number of bizarre moments.
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Tom Gross, a Middle East analyst, offers a remarkable report, with an embedded video from an Israeli TV news station, of a largely unknown outside of the region clandestine operation being conducted by ordinary Israelis to help Syrian refugees.
One of the interesting aspects of the Syria crisis is the reversal of the usual roles that has characterized controversies in which war and peace are concerned. A liberal president is demanding military action and conservatives are against it.
While the debate still rages on the implementation of Obamacare and the ill effects it is having on the American health care system, two House committees have quietly released a report that proposes some reforms for Medicare, according to the Free Beacon.