Friday, January 31, 2014
The freak snow storm that shut down the city of Atlanta, stranding untold numbers of people in department stores, offices, and school classrooms, and turning highways into something resembling "The Walking Dead" is having political fallout.
Rep. Henry Waxman, D-CA, one of the last of the infamous "Watergate class" of uberliberals elected to Congress in 1974 after Nixon resigned, has announced his retirement. The cause of "climate change" may suffer as a result.
It all started with a charming Cheerios commercial that depicted a bi-racial family using the product to inform a little girl she is about to get a baby brother. What someone at MSNBC tweeted was somewhat less than charming.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Days after boasting about how increased production of oil and natural gas has helped make American more energy independent, President Obama is mulling using that pen to sign an executive order restricting it further on federal land.
11 year old Chloe Stirling got some great accolades from her local newspaper for the cupcake business she had started out of her parents' kitchen. Unfortunately the local health department took another view and shut her down.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Pete Seeger, the ancient folk musician, finally died at the age of 94. While he had undying fame as a purveyor of such songs as "This Land is Your Land" and "If I Had a Hammer" Seeger had a darker side, sanitized from most obituaries.
The Republican Party had not one but at least three responses to President Obama's latest State of the Union Address. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington State delivered the official GOP response, according to the Washington Examiner.
According to the UK Telegraph, Iraq is planning to flood the oil market by pumping out 9 million barrels of crude a day by the year 2020. Its plan is to supplant Saudi Arabia as the leader of OPEC and the swing nation in determining oil prices.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Barack Obama enters year six of his presidency as discredited and as unpopular as any president in modern times, going back to Richard Nixon. A new Washington Post-ABC News poll suggests that he is now the lamest of lame ducks.
Hillary Clinton, the once and possibly future great hope to be the first woman president, took a lot of chutzpah to admit that she has not been behind the wheel since 1996. She did this in front of an audience of car dealers.
Monday, January 27, 2014
Henry Blodgett, writing in Business Insider, relates a chilling conversation that took place at a dinner at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. It involved the possibility of a war between Japan and the United States vs. China.
Ann Althouse related an exchange Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY had on "Meet the Press" when David Gregory tried to press him on the so-called "war on women" after trying to fob it off with a joke, Paul brought up the name of Bill Clinton.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
When one is nominated to be an American ambassador to a country, even if is as a blatant award for political fund raiser, it usually behooves one to study up on that country. Apparently George Tsunis, nominee to be ambassador to Norway, didn't bother.
Just when you thought that the Wendy Davis phenomenon could not get crazier, Twitchy reports that rise of the "wheelchair truthers" which is to say people who actually think that Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is faking being paralyzed.
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Dinesh D'Souza, a conservative writer and film maker, has been indicted for campaign finance law violations. The question a lot of people are asking is D'Souza really being prosecuted for making a movie while conservative.
President Obama, by all accounts, is going to hammer on "income inequality" in his State of the Union address. But Investor's Business Daily suggests that is like Richard Nixon inveighing against public corruption or Bill Clinton against adultery.
Friday, January 24, 2014
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican, has dipped his toe into the question of what to do about marijuana. While the Lone Star State is not going the way of Colorado or Washington State any time soon, Perry is willing to look at decriminalization.
Hot Air reports that Aetna is mulling the possibility of dropping out of the Obamacare exchanges entirely. Not enough of the previously uninsured is signing up and those who are signing up are older, sicker, and more expensive.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Terrorist attacks that do not occur are rarely front page news, though the one thwarted in Israel against, among other targets, the American embassy is worthy of note because of what it says about the strained American/Israeli alliance.
If Gov. Scott Walker, R-WI wants to run for president, he'll have a solid resume of accomplishment to tout to the voters. His latest one looks to be a nearly $1 billion tax cut, according to Breitbart Big Government.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
January, 2014 provides another one of those bitter sweet anniversaries in space history. In this month in 1994, the Clementine probe was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base on a Titan II and was sent to lunar orbit.
The UK Telegraph notes that the United States Army is looking at ways to reduce the number of soldiers in combat units by replacing some of them with robots. This primarily means automating support services, for the time being.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, suggested that "pro-life activists along with anti-gay activists, and supporters of the Second Amendment, are not welcome in his state," according to the Washington Examiner.
The Washington Examiner reports on a Supreme Court case that may alter the power public sector unions have to extract dues from non union workers in states such as Illinois where such practices are permitted.
Wendy Davis, the Texas state senator who became a symbol for resistance against restrictions on abortion due to her state Senate filibuster in 2013, appears to have altered key details of her autobiography, according to Hot Air.
Monday, January 20, 2014
Reuters is reporting that Israel will soon add yet another layer to its missile defense system. It is called "Iron Beam" and will consist of laser batteries that will shoot down short range missiles and shells launched against Israel.
Hot Air is ruminating about the latest twist in the long controversy over capital punishment in the United States and the endless search for a method to dispatch malefactors quickly and painlessly. Some are suggesting a back to the future approach.
According to Der Spiegel, the European Union is getting ready to ditch ambitious environmental goals and pave the way for allowing hydraulic fracking. Both policy changes reflect a belated concession to reality.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
A couple of fairly unlikely developments are pointing to a scenario that could result in an unexpected return to the moon mission involving two unlikely partners if a number of parties are willing to think and work outside the box.
The Washington Examiner's Byron York reviews a new documentary "Mitt," that relates the 2012 campaign from inside the Mitt Romney campaign. One of the takeaways from the film is that Romney himself blew the 2012 election.
The entertainment industry has a long history of discriminating against talent on the basis of political belief. In times past people with communist affiliations were black listed. Now it's people who are conservative who find difficulty getting work.Addendum: Here is the ad that got her fired:
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Hot Air notes that the continued slow walking of the decision of whether or not to building the Keystone XL pipeline has all of the players, Canada, the oil companies, Congress, and the eco radicals united in exasperation.
As the train wreck that is Obamacare continues to burn, destroying everything that is in range, the search for an alternative, once the political will is marshaled to abolish the Affordable Care Act, proceeds apace.
The Navy Times reports that the Obama administration is contemplating sending troops back into the Middle East to address the deteriorating security situation in Iraq. Where and how many and what they would do are questions that are all unclear.
Friday, January 17, 2014
NASA recently announced a new initiative called the Lunar Cargo Transportation and Landing by Soft Touchdown (Lunar CATALYST) that, whether the space agency knows it or not, is a slight inching back toward a return to the moon.
To further illustrate how much a disaster Obamacare is, Hot Air relates that the government is uncertain how many people who have signed up for health care insurance under the act have actually paid their first premiums.
Harvey Weinstein, the big Hollywood mogul, wants to destroy the National Rifle Association in a new movie, boasting to Howard Stern, "they're going to wish they weren't alive after I'm done with them," according to Deadline Hollywood.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
The remarkable thing about the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the Benghazi Massacre, discussed in the Washington Times, is its bi-partisan nature. By and large senate Democrats are not trying to cover things up.
"Lone Survivor" is a true life story of a Navy SEAL raid in Afghanistan against a Taliban target that goes horribly wrong. Of the four man team, only one, Marcus Luttrell, survived to tell the tail.
The Washington Examiner notes that the Chicago teachers union recently held a breakfast to honor the upcoming birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King and, strangely, invited the Rev. Jeremiah Wright to speak at it.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Back when former French President Francois Mitterand was being buried, his wife and his mistress stood together in mourning, a sight that seemed more charming than bizarre. The current French president, Francois Hollande, is a different matter.
To understand the depths of the cravenness of the Obama administration's appeasement of Iran, one should only note how that country's president, Hassan Rouhani, exalted about the nuclear deal struck with Iran.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Hot Air notes that after conducting an alleged investigation into IRS targeting of tea party groups, the FBI is not expected to actually prosecute the people responsible for doing so. It has the stench of a cover up.
Politico reports that "Newsroom," Aaron Sorkin's take on what happens at a fictional cable news network, is going into production for its third and final season, which will air in the fall of 2014. This is a mixed development.
Talking about having to pass the bill in order to find out what was in it, the Weekly Standard reports on a provision in Obamacare that, adding insult to injury, bails out the big insurance companies from losses incurred under the health care law.
Monday, January 13, 2014
| Coming hard on the Bridgegate scandal comes the news, courtesy of CNN, that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is under investigation by the Obama administration for possible mishandling of Superstorm Sandy Funds.
Law Proposed to Decriminalize Childhood Imagination in Oklahoma
The mind boggles that an Oklahoma state representative is proposing a law that would, in effect, decriminalize childhood imagination. It is even more breath taking when one thinks that such a law is necessary.
Back during Watergate, then President Richard Nixon created quite a stir when it was revealed that he had an enemies list of political opponents who were targeted for IRS harassment among other things. It looks like Hillary Clinton had something similar.
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Hot Air notes that the latest aggravation caused by Obamacare is the fact that the system cannot actually verify that new enrollees are in fact enrolled in the new exchange health care plans. Even the New York Times has recognized this fact.
The fracking boom, which involves using injected fluids to extract oil and natural gas from shale formation, has produced an energy renaissance in the United States. Moveon.org is very keen to put a stop to all that.
An Obama proposal to change the way that social security payouts are increased has got some senate Democrats upset, according to a story in The Hill. It seems that the Democratic senators are worried about the impact on their reelection chances.
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Fox News is reporting that former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, a soldier statesman who had served the State of Israel for decades, has died at the age of 85. He had been in a coma since succumbing to a stroke in 2006.
A tough sanctions bill directed at the Iranian nuclear arms program that is gathering bi-partisan support in the Senate has caused the White House to suggest its supporters want war with Iran, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Friday, January 10, 2014
Supporters of Obamacare who imagine that the various problems that the health care law has caused are behind them may want to think again. The Associated Press reports that the latest problem is people who think they are enrolled when they aren't.
Al Qaeda's recent triumphs in Iraq have some members of Congress scrambling to find some ways to stanch the bleeding. Among those is Sen. Carl Levin, D-MI, who wants to send attack helicopters to Iraq, according to the Washington Examiner.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie attempted to get out in front of the "bridgegate" scandal by firing some of the people responsible and then engaging in a 107 minute long apology press conference.
Thursday, January 09, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter notes that there is a new unauthorized biography about Roger Ailes, the head of Fox News, which should not worry him in the slightest as he has all but triumphed over his two main rivals, CNN and MSNBC.
Hard on the 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty, which by all accounts was as successful as his war in Vietnam, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fl, gave a speech articulating a conservative approach to that problem.
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Dennis Rodman, the retired NBA basketball player, is not the first nor will be the last celebrity to embrace a brutal dictator. But, as Sports Illustrated reported, he is definitely the most bizarre one, as his meltdown during a CNN interview demonstrated.
The Obama NASA space exploration plan to send astronauts to an asteroid has been the subject of some controversy ever since it was announced almost four year ago. It turns out that the astronauts themselves are more than skeptical of the idea.
A new memoir, "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War," has tongues wagging in both media and political circles. The book was written by Bob Gates, who served as Secretary of Defense for both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama.
Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Imagine a future when "going to school" does not necessarily involve getting up and taking the bus to a special building where classes are uniform and regimented. Glenn Reynolds suggests such a future in a new USA Today article.
Proving that there is nothing like a good old fashioned separation of church and state argument to bring out the silly in some people, the Associated Press reports that a group of devil worshipers want a monument to Satan on government property.
Just to illustrate how awful Obamacare really is, leaving aside the horrible signup website, the Washington Examiner compared it to the health care plan that WalMart offers its employees. It turns out that the two Walmart plans are a far better deal.
Monday, January 06, 2014
With the rollout of legalized pot in Colorado proceeding a lot smoother than the rollout of Obamacare, it looks like New York will be the next state to start easing marijuana laws, according to the New York Times.
Liz Cheney, the daughter of the famous former Vice President Dick Cheney, has decided to withdraw from her senate bid against incumbent senator from Wyoming Mike Enzi, a Republican, citing health concerns.
hen the question was put to the venerable George Will whether or not the triumph of Bill de Blasio, the Occupy Wall Street Mayor of New York, was good for conservatism, he answered in the affirmative.
Sunday, January 05, 2014
Melissa Harris-Perry added to her twitter apology with a tear streaked one on MSNBC's air for her snarking about Mitt Romeny's adopted African American grandson. Romney responded with a characteristic gracious acceptance.
Saturday, January 04, 2014
Anthony Dent casts an eye on the HBO show "Girls," a kind of "Sex and the City" for arrested adolescent millennials, and suggests that conservatives should embrace it. His reason is that the four characters make such good bad examples.
The newly appointed chief of police for Detroit has joined the "more guns less crime" side, suggesting that if citizens of that city want to be safe they need to arm themselves, according to Hot Air.
Friday, January 03, 2014
The UK Daily Mail has a story that seems too good to check. According to the account, Kim Jung-Un executed his uncle by having him thrown in a cage and devoured alive by dogs deliberately starved to accomplish the task.
The Associated Press reports yet another annoying "glitch" in Obamacare. It seems that if a owner of a health care insurance policy under the health care law has a new baby, there is currently no way to add the tyke to one's insurance.
Roll Call is reporting that House Republicans will introduce and vote on a measure that would strengthen cyber security requirements for the infamous Obamacare signup website. Naturally this has caused some political controversy.
Thursday, January 02, 2014
The Washington Post notes that Colorado rang in the New Year with the beginning of legalized recreational pot sales. Thus begins the great experiment to determine whether one can be allowed to freely toke without social anarchy.
The New York Times is opining that it is time for Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who burbled quite a bit of that agency's secrets while running first to China and then Russia, to come in from the cold.
One of the more curious political developments of the new year of 2014 is how former President Bill Clinton seems to have aligned himself with Mayor Bill de Blasio, the newly sworn in Occupy Wall Street Mayor of New York City.
Wednesday, January 01, 2014
Hot Air notes that the first great judicial controversy of the New Year has begun, courtesy of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. She has granted a temporary injunction against the Obamacare contraceptive mandate.