Monday, March 31, 2014
Albert Hunt, a venerable liberal writer, recounts the horror that await should the Republicans take over the Senate. Those who have groaned for too long under Obama misrule may be forgiven for finding it a feature and not a bug.
By all accounts, the ruling French socialists got a thumping in recent municipal elections, at least outside of Paris which elected its first female mayor and a socialist. Hot Air, quoting Foreign Policy Magazine, suggests a French tea party has arisen.
Sunday, March 30, 2014
The Daily Caller reports that as part of its climate change agenda, the Obama administration is planning to not only crack down on the oil and gas industry, but also so dairy farms. The reason seems to be cow flatulence.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Addendum: Paul Spudis has a more in depth analysis
Someone at the JFK Library Foundation must have a remarkable sense of humor. It has awarded former President George H. W. Bush the "Profiles in Courage" award for his greatest mistake, reneging on his no new taxes pledge.
Valerie Jarrett, the consigliore to the Obamas, recently ventured to Los Angeles to push the idea that Hollywood writers incorporate pro Obamacare messages in movies and TV shows. One simply quivers at the thought of it.
Stephen Colbert has stumbled into a common mistake that edgy comedians make by crossing that edge into offensiveness. For some, insulting Asian Americans would be a career killer. But Colbert, being a liberal, is likely safe.
Friday, March 28, 2014
The Washington Examiner notes that environmentalists, opposed to both hydraulic fracking and the Keystone XL pipeline, have become desperate enough to claim that both would cause cancer if permitted.
Hot Air reports on the case of California state Sen/ Leland Yee, a Democrat, who happens to have managed to become both a strong advocate for gun control and an arms trafficker, There are just some things to strange for fiction.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a once and possibly future presidential candidate, recently suggested that the Lone Star State needs to revisit laws that restrict the sale of cars to licensed dealers. At stake is a Tesla car factory and 6,500 jobs.
According to the Washington Examiner, Putin's rape of the Crimea has caused the Obama administration to stumble into sensible policy, which is to say encourage natural gas fracking and the export of gas to Europe.
Say what you will about Joni Ernst, candidate for the United States Senate from Iowa, when she states that she wants to go to Washington to cut the pork, she can boast about having some experience in that regard.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Reason Magazine has a recent analysis of the 3D printing revolution that ought to terrify the powers that be. People who have the ability to make things are going to undercut businesses from which they have previously had to buy them.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Ever since Nate Silver, a liberal political guru, predicted that there is a 60 percent chance that the Senate will flip to the Republicans in the 2014 midterm elections, Democrats have been waxing wroth according to The Hill.
The story in the UK Telegraph that reports some hospitals under that country's National Health Service are not only incinerating aborted fetuses an a "waste to energy" system but also still born babies does not pass the grossness test.
Monday, March 24, 2014
Former President Jimmy Carter was on Meet the Press recently to offer some words of wisdom about the current president and the mess he has made of things. His responses were rather illuminating.
Forbes has used Putin's rape of the Ukraine to savagely goof on the person it evidently believes constitutes the real threat freedom and all that is good - Sarah Palin. It all has to do with the fact that Russia once owned Alaska and Putin might want it back.
The continuing mystery of Malaysian Air Flight 370 has, by the nature of the fact that it is at once interesting and bereft of actual information, has caused just a little bit of craziness to insinuate itself into the media.
Sunday, March 23, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter is relating the story of how the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) successfully pressured the ABC Family Network into scotching a new series called Alice in Arabia, about an American girl held captive in Saudi Arabia.
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Charles Krauthammer recently suggested a response to Vladimir Putin's rape of the Crimea that would seem to constitute outside the box thinking these days. He proposed that we arm the Ukrainians with modern weapons.
Politico is reporting that a Gallup Poll of 1,024 adult posed two questions. What would be the best reason for a Hillary Clinton presidency? What would be the worst reason for a Hillary Clinton Presidency? The answers were illuminating.
Friday, March 21, 2014
NASA caused some considerable excitement when it included $15 million in its FY2015 budget request to study a mission to Jupiter's moon Europa. However, the other shoe dropped when the space agency announced that it would be capped at $1 billion.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Rush Limbaugh is surely not the only person to have noticed the absurd noise to hard fact ratio concerning the missing Malaysian Air 777 jetliner that has taken over cable news like an all devouring monster. But he is the first to mention it.
The Daily Caller is reporting that Lawrence Torcello, an assistant philosophy professor at Rochester Institute of Technology, wants to throw climate change "deniers" in jail for endangering the people of the Earth.
Monday, March 17, 2014
The Rape of the Crimea is now complete with a sham referendum that has codified the transfer of that region from the Ukraine to Russia. President Obama has been reduced to sputtering impotently promising this or that vague consequences.
The Associated Press is reporting that the most odious cleric in modern times, Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church, is now near death and is being cared for in a hospice, according to multiple sources.
If electric cars like the Tesla Model S ever become mass produced, the experience of owning a car will change dramatically, and not just the fact that one would plug the thing into an outlet rather than pump it full of gas.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
The International Business Times is reporting that a Saudi cleric named Saleh al-Fawzan has issued a fatwa against all you can eat buffets. Entering the dinner line and piling on the plate is apparently against Sharia law.
Politico is reporting that Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, a Democrat, is in danger of losing his office this November, thanks to the state's anemic economic condition and an unpopular tax increase. He will likely face moderate billionaire Bruce Rauner.
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., is in serious danger of losing her senate seat during the 2014 midterm elections. She believes, according to the Washington Examiner, that she has found the perfect issue to stop that from happening - climate change.
Michelle Malkin has some good advice to young girls in the wake of the bossy "ban the word 'bossy'" campaign. She says that girls need to be bossy, but first they must become the bosses of themselves.
Capital New York is reporting that a company called Tapp is developing a number of digital, subscription paid video networks each based around a particular celebrity. First up will be "Rogue TV" starring Sarah Palin.
Friday, March 14, 2014
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is given to saying alarming things. Townhall offers a video of the Democratic leader claiming that a "Republican friend" told her that, in effect, House Republicans hates starving children.
It should come as no surprise that a recent poll suggests that most people regard Russia's Vladimir Putin as a stronger leader than Barack Obama. No one who has watched the Ukraine crisis unfold could think otherwise.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
During a recent Spanish language town hall meeting, President Obama had some stern advice for low income people who don't think they can afford to pay the onerous premiums that Obamacare demands.
Observers of the political scene have lamented the existence of "low information voters" who are prone to being gulled by unscrupulous politicians. However Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas is an example of a low information politician.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
I suspect that not even Don Draper could sell the current mess that passes for a space program. However the following may serve as a primer for selling the next effort, should a new president decide to initiate one.
The major part of the Democrats' strategy to wrest Texas from the grip of the GOP is to appeal to the rapidly growing Hispanic population. Michael Barone suggests that they have stumbled very badly by choosing Wendy Davis to run for governor.
One hardly knows what to think of President Obama appearing on a "Funny or Die" segment with Zach Galifianakis of the "Hangover" movies fame in order to hawk Obamacare? It is a new low in the history of self abasement.
The victory of Republican David Jolly in the special election in the Florida 13th Congressional District over Democrat Alex Sink can only be seen as the first of many repudiations of Obamacare to take place in the 2014 election cycle.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
That CBS News has a liberal bias should come as no surprise to anyone. That one of its star reporters, Sharyl Attkisson, has been obliged to resign from that organization due to that liberal bias should raise a few eyebrows.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky, is surely in the top tier of Republican candidates for 2016, having won the CPAC straw poll once again. But, as US News recently reported, he has a problem that is close to home indeed.
Monday, March 10, 2014
If there is a greater example of exquisite timing than the Obama administration's announcement of massive defense cuts just before Putin marched into the Crimea. This has not escaped the noticed of Bob Gates, former defense secretary.
Having passed Obamacare to find out what was in it, at least one national union representing hundreds of thousands of low wage workers in the hospitality industry is predicting disaster for its members.
When Condoleezza Rice, one of the smartest women ever to be in public life, became George W. Bush's second secretary of state, some wondered why. Dr. Rice is, after all, a Soviet affairs expert, knowledge that was surely irrelevant in the modern age.
Sunday, March 09, 2014
If State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki is to be believed it is not the position of the United States government that the Palestinians actually recognize Israel as a Jewish state for there to be a final peace agreement.
With Vladimir Putin marching through the Crimea like Hitler through the Sudetenland, the economy continuing to sputter, and Obamacare devouring all in sight, Senate Democrats are preparing to hold an all night session on-climate change.
Saturday, March 08, 2014
The old conventional wisdom was the Bill de Blasio represented a resurgence of the far left wing in the Democratic Party due to his election as mayor of New York. The new conventional wisdom finds the old one alarming.
What a difference two years make. During the 2012 presidential primaries, Gov. Rick Perry's health problems caused some rather embarrassing moments during debates and on the stump. But clearly those issues are now behind him.
Sen. Rand Paul's speech before CPAC wisely avoided mention of foreign policy, an area in which his position has become weaker thanks to the Russian rape of the Ukraine. Instead he stuck to libertarian red meat about liberty vs. security.
Friday, March 07, 2014
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-FL, addressed the CPAC convention with some much needed truths about foreign policy and the danger the world faces from multiple threats even if many in the United States are war weary.
Some political observers are surprised that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie did not get booed when he addressed the CPAC convention. He had not even been invited in 2013, after all, and conservatives are still irked at his embrace of Obama.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, is toying with the idea of running for president in 2016, perhaps first in the Democratic primaries against Hillary Clinton, but also ultimately in a third party run, just as Ralph Nader has done several times.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Congressman Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, thought he had a promise by Loris Lerner, the former IRS official at the heart of the tea party harassment scandal, to finally testify.
President Obama made three mistakes concerning the nomination of Debo Adegbile to head the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department. Each of these mistakes is going to cost him severely.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
It seems that Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Florida has been accused of conducting his own personal war on women by none other than his estranged wife, who accuses him of physically assaulting her, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seems to have changed her mind about Russia and Vladimir Putin in the wake of the Rape of the Ukraine. Out is the reset button and Putin as a partner for peace. In is Putin as - Adolf Hitler.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
COMMENTARY | Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who predicted the Russian invasion of the Ukraine in 2008 as a vice presidential candidate, took to the airways on the Sean Hannity show to taunt President Obama and offer some political wisdom.
Tax reform will likely be part of any platform for a Republican running for national office, especially the presidency in 2016. Along those lines, Rep. David Camp, R-MI has offered his own plan that flattens rates and lowers deductions.
With the Rape of the Ukraine proceeding apace, Politico asks the obvious question, how does this affect the presidential prospects of Hillary Clinton, former secretary of state and architect of the so-called "reset" policy toward Russia?
Monday, March 03, 2014
RealClearPolitics notes the remarkable juxtaposition of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's announcement of deep defense cuts with Russia's invasion of the Ukraine. Does one have something to do with the other?
One of the ways that Israel has been trying to impede Iran's drive to obtain a nuclear weapon has been to assassinate that country's nuclear scientists. But it seems that policy ran counter to President Obama's appeasement approach.
Sunday, March 02, 2014
Just to illustrate how desperate the Obama administration is to sign up as much people for Obamacare as possible, the Weekly Standard tells the story of how Vice President Joe Biden tried to recruit a visitor from Canada.
Saturday, March 01, 2014
Now Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has become an issue in the 2014 midterm elections, thanks to his quiet rant on the Senate floor that suggested that Americans complaining about Obamacare are all liars.
Back during the 2008 campaign, as then Senator Barack Obama was in full hope and change mode, then Gov, Sarah Palin warned the American people that if Obama were to be elected president, Russia might invade the Ukraine.