Saturday, November 30, 2013
The Washington Examiner recently reported on an academic study on the 2008 presidential election entitled "The Palin Effect" that examined the effect of then Gov. Palin on the John McCain campaign. Its conclusions run counter to conventional wisdom.
Friday, November 29, 2013
The Wall Street Journal recently reported that the Obama administration's Federal Trade Commission has found a new enemy of the people, which is to say an association of piano teachers.
According to Hot Air, a man named Thomas J. Ritter, a teacher residing in Irving, Texas had the singular honor of being insulted by the president of the United States. Barack Obama used the word "tea baggers" to refer to political opponents.
Sometimes satire just cannot keep up with reality. Just when "South Park" ran a recent episode comparing the Black Friday madness to "Game of Thrones" the Washington Times reported on the combat that has ensured at various stores.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
The Bacon Explosion: Bad for One's Health, Tastes Great
Addendum: How many think that the Rand Simberg Diet Book would be a real hoot?
It looks like the Supreme Court is going to have another crack at Obamacare, thanks to its agreeing to hear law suits filed by Hobby Lobby and other companies over the birth control mandate in the law.
The United States has dismissed China's attempt to grab the air space over the disputed Senkakus Islands in the most unsubtle way possible, by sending a pair of B 52s over it without a by-your-leave, according to the New York Times.
The vaunted nuclear deal with Iran, which the Obama administration assures the world will lead to a nuclear free Iran, may already be falling apart, six months before it is due to expire, over disagreements over what it exactly is.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Looks like great minds think alike U.S. Directly Challenges China's Air Defense Zone. Earlier China's Senkakus Air Space Grab Requires American Response
Apparently Organizing for America, President Obama's community organizing front group, has some suggestions of how to really celebrate Thanksgiving while packing in the turkey and stuffing.
According to the Washington Times, a recent CNN poll shows that Americans not only no longer think that President Barack Obama is a good president, but have sadly concluded that he really isn't a good person.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Dennis Tito recently suggested that all it would take for his Inspiration Mars mission to get off the ground would be $700 million from NASA and use of the heavy lift Space Launch System. NASA has basically said thanks but no thanks.
One of the major features of Obamacare is the subsidy system for health insurance policies bought under the exchanges. However a quirk in the law is leading to lawsuits that might bring the law crashing down, according to the New York Daily News.
The question that arises, now that the United States and other western powers have pretty much capitulated to Iran in her quest for the nuclear bomb, is what Israel is going to do about it? The Associated Press suggests her options are limited.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
China has established what it calls an "air defense zone" over the Japanese claimed Senkakus islands in the East China Sea that it as well as Taiwan also claims, according to AFP, increasing tensions in the region.
As the holiday/Christmas season approaches, so also does the War on Christmas, which this year seems to have the United States Postal Service joining its ranks. Its new lineup of holiday stamps actually snubs Christmas.
The nuclear pact between the United States and her western allies and Iran seems to be a sure sign that the Obama administration has given up on the idea of preventing the Tehran regime from acquiring nuclear weapons.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
As the burning wreckage of Obamacare continues to fill the air with its toxicity, an alternative is already working its way through the House, courtesy of the conservative House Study Committee, according to the Washington Free Beacon.
In another example of the Obama administration being too clever by half, it has altered the Obamacare law again and has shifted the dates of the second year of health care enrollment to November 5, 2014 to January 15, 2015.
Former President George W. Bush has decorously avoided, for the most part, commenting publically on political matters, concentrating instead on his painting. But he did find the time to address the Republican Governors Association.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Thanksgiving is drawing nigh and with it, PETA's annual war on the holiday that features a lot of indulgence of turkey, stuffing, and other delightful confections. Oddly enough, President Obama is the object of their ire.
Sometimes a story comes along that warms the heart in the midst of news of scandal and disaster. A local TV station in Lansing, Michigan relates the story of how a thug brought a broken taser to a gun fight while playing "the knock out game."
Thursday, November 21, 2013
The Obamacare signup website disaster is causing more needed scrutiny at how the federal government acquires IT services, according to Politico. However the problem goes deeper than just bureaucratic government contracting politics.
Hot Air notes a new Quinnipiac Poll that should keep both President Barack Obama and the woman who would replace him, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, awake at nights. It is a brutal one for both Democrats.
The Houston Chronicle's Eric Berger poses the question: can Dennis Tito's idea for a Mars flyby mission be just the thing that "saves" NASA? Inspiration Mars, as it is called, promises to be the most exciting space mission since Apollo.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
One of the bugs in the Obamacare signup site is the total lack of security in it. That was the conclusion of a panel of information technology experts who testified before the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.
Dr. Robert Zubrin, the president of the Mars Society, has been a tireless advocate for the exploration and ultimate colonization of Mars. But his recent proposal for a Joint American-Russian Mars expedition did that cause no favors.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
The Make a Wish Foundation's arranging for five year old Miles Scott, a recovering leukemia patient, got to play a superhero for a day thanks to a great many people in San Francisco was a heartwarming, life affirming story.
One thing about writing about the Obamacare signup site is that unimaginable incompetence has become common. To illustrate, Hot Air reports that roughly seven weeks before the Oct 1 rollout, 30-40 percent of the system had not been finished.
Former President George W. Bush rarely if ever comments on current political issues, a practice that few other former presidents have followed. Recently he made an exception when he publically supported building the Keystone XL pipeline.
Monday, November 18, 2013
One great thing about being an exceptional nation with the most powerful military on the planet, despite five years of a president who believes in neither thing, is that the United States gets to save the lives of thousands of people from time to time.
The Chicago Tribune, President Obama's hometown newspaper, has called for the repeal of Obamacare and for Congress and President Obama to start health care reform over from scratch. Ted Cruz must be pinching himself right now.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
George Will recently looked upon the idea of running Elizabeth Warren, the junior senator from Massachusetts, for president and found it to be good. This is not because of any virtue she might have other than she is not boring.
Just when one thought that public discourse could not get any lower, someone on MSNBC, in this case Martin Bashir, spews forth to prove one wrong. Naturally he was put out by something Sarah Palin said.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
As of late the actor and would be TV talk show host Alec Baldwin has been more entertaining in real life than he has ever been on the big or small screen. That must be why MSNBC suspended his show "Up Late" for two weeks.
The war between Big Oil and Big Grain over the renewable fuel standard, which requires a certain amount of ethanol to be blended into gasoline, took an unexpected turn when the EPA actually lowered the amount required.
Dr. Charles Krauthammer, the wise and venerable columnist, suggests that the death spiral of Obamacare will take with it the very idea of liberalism, at least as practiced by President Obama and his fellow Democrats.
Friday, November 15, 2013
Robert Bigelow, the CEO of Bigelow Aerospace, a company that is about to release a report about how NASA and private business could partner for a return to the moon, would like people to own property on Earth's nearest neighbor.
What passes for justice among Al Qaeda tends to be rough and ready, of the frontier kind. If one crosses the infamous terrorist army in any way, one tends to lose ones head quicker than one of Henry VIII's hapless queens.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
In part because of the Obamacare debacle, the poll numbers for the president and congressional Democrats are in free fall. The Republicans lead the generic congressional ballot for the first time in many months, for example.
The raw number total of 106,185 people having "signed up" for Obamacare, about 27,000 in the federal exchanges, is bad as can be. But as Philip Klein of the Washington Examiner points out, on close examination it is actually worse than it seems.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
The story of Craig Cobb, a white supremacist who is trying to make Leith, North Dakota a "white enclave" should bring a smile to anyone, albeit mixed with a heavy dose of schadenfreude as well as a lesson about "racial purity."
Former President Bill Clinton metaphorically wagged his finger at current President Barack Obama and informed him that he really ought to keep his commitment that everyone who likes their health insurance should keep it.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
James O'Keefe, the guerilla journalist with Project Veritas who brought down the Obama affiliated community organizing group ACORN, is at it again with his hidden cameras and his clandestine reporters.
Monday, November 11, 2013
In a critique of an idea, recently advanced in Popular Science, of making the moon an International Park, albeit one in which some economic development is allowed, planetary scientist Paul Spudis had the following insight.
USA Today notes that former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is embarked on another book tour, this time for her Christmas book, "Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas," and asks a cheeky question.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has barely won his smashing victory for reelection and been proclaimed the certain GOP nominee in 2016 than the mainstream media began to scotch all of that by making fat jokes.
Dave Wilson is an arch conservative white man who, having once been a "fringe candidate" for mayor of Houston, decided to run for a seat on the Houston Community College Board of Trustees in a black majority district.
Stephan Halbrook is the author of a new, very important book called "Gun Control in the Third Reich: Disarming the Jews and 'Enemies of the State" about how the confiscation of private firearms in Nazi Germany was a prerequisite to the Holocaust.
Saturday, November 09, 2013
It seems insofar as Iranian nukes goes, the Obama administration has been talking loudly and has been carrying a small stick. According to the Daily Beast, the president loosened economic sanctions against Iran secretly and unilaterally.
One of the less talked about but very pernicious aspects of Obamaacre7 is how it tends to discourage marriage between couples who make money. It seems that it is better to be living in sin if one wants the Obamacare subsidies.
Friday, November 08, 2013
It was a certain sign of desperation over the rising anger over people losing their health insurance that the phrase "I am sorry" passed from the president's lips. But why was he actually sorry? Was it from the pain his law caused or something else?
Thursday, November 07, 2013
A proposal in Popular Science to declare the moon an "International Park" is not only ill titled but filled with contradictions. The proposal seems to at once forbid economic development on the moon and permit it.
The Washington Free Beacon reports that the environmental case against the Keystone XL pipeline is collapsing, thanks to a recent study by IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates.
Senate Democrats once stood firm against Republican efforts to defund, delay, or otherwise modify the Obamacare law. However the Daily Caller now reports that Senate Democrats met with President Obama to beg him to delay the law.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
The Washington Free Beacon has found 36 instances of President Obama, since 2008, stating forthrightly that under the health care reform law if an American wants to keep their health insurance, they can.
At first blush, the case of Carol Anne Bond sounds like one of the more turgid movies on the Lifetime Channel, involving a woman attempting to poison her husband's lover. It has also become an important Supreme Court case.
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
The recent launch of India's first mission to Mars has ignited a debate in that country that has parallels of a debate that was once raging in the United States. The question arises, why does a country with a severe poverty problem have a space program?
The next shoe to drop over the Obamacare train wreck, according to Hot Air, is the fact that people are not only losing their insurance but also their doctors under the health care law. This will be exacerbated by a shortage of doctors.
Hot Air, reporting from the new book on campaign 2012 "Double Down," suggests that the most decisive Republican candidate of that election cycle was one of the most obscure, Jon Huntsman, the former governor of Utah.
Monday, November 04, 2013
When former governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney endorsed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for president, one could be forgiven for shaking ones head in puzzlement. We've seen this film before and the ending was not satisfying.
Edie Littlefield Sundby has a complaint about the Affordable Care Act. It will not allow him to keep his health insurance plan or his doctor or his hospital. This is a matter of some concern because he has stage 4 gall bladder cancer.
A new book about the 2012 campaign, entitled "Double Down" by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann alleges that President Barack Obama said to staffers, "I'm really good at killing people" in relation to the drone war, according to the Washington Post.