That the recent incident in which a deranged person shot and stabbed a bunch of people because, apparently, he couldn't get a girlfriend would result in calls for more gun control was a given and could be endured.
Saturday, May 31, 2014
The Democratic Party is the party of racism, homophobia, and sexism where it comes to conservative minorities, gays, and women. Recent history is replete with examples.
Two top members of the Obama administration, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and White House spokesperson Jay Carney, resigned on the same day. Both will improve the administration with their absence.
Friday, May 30, 2014
The Washington Post notes that public schools as we know it are now on the ash heap of history in New Orleans. It is a dream come true for school choice advocates and a nightmare for teachers' unions.
Not Much History in the History Channels 'The World Wars'
At first glance, the premise of The History Channels "The World Wars" is a good one. It attempted to tell the stories of the First and Second World Wars as a singular whole through the eyes of several historical figures.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
The news that the American economy actually declined by one percent in the first quarter of 2014 should not be a surprise to anyone. The economy has been anemic ever since the "recovery" was officially declared to have started.
The Washington Examiner notes that the calls for VA Secretary Eric Shinseki's head has risen to a crescendo, with law makers on both sides of the aisle wondering why there is no accountability in the scandal that has involved the deaths of so many vets.
It is customary for the commander in chief to deliver the commencement address at one of the service academies each year. This year it was the turn of the Military Academy at West Point. The reaction was decidedly unimpressed.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
On the surface, Michelle Obama's crusade to get young people to eat healthier in order to fight childhood obesity is a noble effort. But, as with so many Obama era initiatives, the execution leaves much to be desired.
If some of the excerpts that have reached the media of Hillary Clinton's upcoming memoirs are any indication, it looks like she is going to actually boast of everything she accomplished as secretary of state. Hot Air is having none of it.
It turns out that the tea party is alive and well in Texas if a number of victories in the recent primary runoffs are any indication. Texas, being a Republican state, is going to send some more tea party conservatives to elected office in November.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
It's not quite the Contract with America, that ten point agenda that propelled the Gingrich Revolution to victory in 1994. But according to Pajamas Media, the evolving agenda being developed by congressional Republicans could be as exciting.
It is very rare these days that anything can united the civilized world, but the impending flogging and execution of a Sudanese woman, Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, for the crime of being a Christian seems to have done the trick, according to Hot Air.
Monday, May 26, 2014
I never knew my granddad Frederick Barnhart since he died roughly 20 years before I was born as the result of wounds he suffered while serving on the western front during World War I, the war they said to end all wars.
The fact that Noor Hussain, age 75, beat his wife, Nazar Hussain, 66 to death for cooking him a vegetarian dinner is not disputed. His defense lawyer tried to cast the crime in context, in order to argue he was only guilty of manslaughter.
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Season Two of "The Americans" ended with a couple of awesome twists, which foreshadow one would imagine things that are going to happen in Season Three. Some spoilers surely follow noted in an interview with the show's creators.
The VA health care scandal is causing the Obama administration to start thinking about the unthinkable, which is expanding a program that allows vets to get the treatment they need at private health care facilities.
Most people in the 21st Century never heard of Paul Ehrlich, but back in the late 1960s he was famous world-wide for a book he published called "The Population Bomb." So when he predicts we shall soon be eating our own dead, we should all notice.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Execution by lethal injection, which is nearly universal in the United States, has been taking a hit recently due to shortages of the drugs and claims by death penalty opponents that the method is not as humane as many think.
Der Spiegel takes the experience of Lennart Bengtsson, a climate scientist who has been persecuted for his skepticism of human caused climate change, to suggest that the entire discipline has become politicized.
The Daily Caller notes that a new political party in Great Britain, the UK Independence Party, has made "surprising" gains in local elections. The UKIP is a conservative party which bears a great deal of resemblance to the tea party in America.
Friday, May 23, 2014
Thanks to the efforts of two senators from Texas, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, it looks like the "workplace violence" canard put out by the administration to characterize the Fort Hood shootings will be put aside.
On the surface, the $400 billion natural gas deal between Russia and China is of great benefit for both countries. Russia gets a lot of cash. China gets a lot of clean burning natural gas to start to replace dirty coal fired plants.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
One of the not often reported facts about the Middle East is that there are about 1.5 million Arab Israelis, about 20 percent of the entire population, who enjoy full civil rights in the Jewish state and are arguably freer than most citizens of Arab countries.
President Obama took to the podium to express his shock and outrage at the VA scandal, which has featured government death panels putting wounded warriors on waiting lists. But the Washington Examiner suggests that he only made things worse.
A couple of recent incidents makes one wonder if there are elements of the Democratic Party that have gone, for the lack of a better word, stark raving mad. Two prominent Democrats exhibited symptoms of paranoia of the sort that needs medical treatment.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Monica Wehby, a pediatric neurosurgeon, is the Republican nominee for the United States Senate in Oregon, running to unseat the current senator, Democrat Jeff Merkley. She has a couple of problems to overcome in order to do that.
The irrepressible James O'Keeffe has struck again. He has produced another of his videos taken by hidden camera that has captured a group of Hollywood heavy hitters conspiring with whom they think is an Arab oil sheik to make an anti-fracking movie.
One of the signs that the tea party right has come to realize that it has come to recognize who the real enemy is can be illustrated the new respect that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has gotten from the moment he beat Matt Bevin.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
The latest Hollywood people to jump onto the hashtag activism bandwagon are some of the cast of "The Expendables 3," including Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes, who flashed signs with "#BringBackOurGirls" on them on the red carpet at Cannes.
One of the questions that every Democrat running for the House or Senate is being forced to answer is, "Would you have voted for Obamacare?" Michelle Nunn, candidate for the Senate in Georgia, is refusing to answer, according to Hot Air.
Monday, May 19, 2014
On one recent episode of her Sportsman Channel show, "Amazing America," Sarah Palin visited a gun manufacturer that produces, among other things, a left handed AR 15, favorite of hunters and home defenders.
It has been conventional wisdom among many Washington elites that Obamacare, all devouring monster that it has become, has become inevitable and would be repealed only at the peril of the Republicans who propose it.
Sunday, May 18, 2014
The New York Times is hyperventilating about the impeding nomination by President Obama of Julian Castro, mayor of San Antonio, to become secretary of HUD. This surely has implications for the 2016 presidential race.
There has been a lot of news about campus protest against speakers that a minority of what might be charitable described as thugs find unacceptable. Condi Rice being disinvited from Rutgers University is one of the latest examples.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
George Takei, the actor best known as playing Lt. Sulu on "Star Trek," who now doubles as a gay activist, ruminates on the "kiss seen round the world" in which first openly gay pro football player Michael Sam smooched his lover on national TV.
The Financial Times speculates that the VA scandal may be the one that will finally "engulf" the Obama administration. Considering that even Democrats are taking this one seriously, that is a defensible position to take.
The Washington Examiner's Byron York took notice of a speech Hillary Clinton made at the New America Foundation in which she damned President Obama with faint praise and condemned the economy he has presided over these past five years.
Friday, May 16, 2014
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and some of his fellow senate Democrats would like to destroy the First Amendment of the Constitution to stop the Koch brothers. Byron York of the Washington Examiner suggests that they are quite serious.
A new piece in the Times of London tells a story of politically motivated suppression of science that indicates once again how political global warming, or climate change, or climate disruption or whatever it is now being called has become.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
The recent Humans 2 Mars conference that was held at George Washington University contained a lot of high faulting rhetoric about how sending astronauts to Mars in about 20 years would not only be wonderful, but will actually be necessary for the long term survival of the human race. This may well be, but according to the metric that counts more than anything, that being money that is actually being spent on the project, the government is not being very serious about saving the human race.
A petition circulated to start a Lunar COTS program.
Lunar COTS (LCOTS) is a term to describe a public-private funding approach for the development of a infrastructure based upon the use of lunar polar ice to facilitate transportation throughout cis-lunar space. It would be the logical follow-on approach to NASA's current commercial partnership programs. By helping to establish such a commercial infrastructure, the sustainable, permanent opening and settlement of the solar system can be achieved.Seems like a good idea to me.
It looks like Rush Limbaugh can add the title of award winning children's book author to his vast resume. He has become "Author of the Year" as the result of winning the 2014 Children's and Teen Choice Book contest.
Jill Abramson being fired as executive editor of the New York Times is currently the talk of the Internet. The incident that led to her sacking is unclear. The fact is that the first female executive editor of the Times has been let go after only three years.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Elon Musk, the celebrity entrepreneur who made his fortune by founding Paypal and is now the CEO of such companies such as SpaceX and Telsa has had his critics, but not it appears that he is being attacked from the left.
The spin that the House Benghazi select committee is nothing but a Republican witch hunt took a hit when two Democrats at the center of the scandal lent their support to the investigation.
Last week, the tea party was considered dead and buried thanks to the victory of the so-called establishment candidate for the United States Senate in North Carolina. Ben Sasse's win in Nebraska proves that pronouncement was premature.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
When I heard the Eleanor Cliff claimed that Ambassador Chris Stevens had not been murdered but "died of smoke inhalation" the first thought that occurred was wonderment that she is actually still around.
The Washington Free Beacon is reporting that Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis, a candidate for governor of the Lone Star State, has decided to play the cancer victim card against her Republican opponent, state Attorney General Greg Abbott.
Karl Rove, a former advisor to President George W. Bush and currently a pundit and political activist, stunned an audience at a conference recently by suggesting that Hillary Clinton may have sustained a brain injury.
Monday, May 12, 2014
While the Daily Caller notes the hypocrisy of Hollywood getting up in arms about the Beverly Hills Hotel being owned by the Sultan of Brunei, George Will condemns that so-called hash tag activism campaign to free the Nigerian school girls.
The Washington Examiner notes that Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah has hit upon a strategy that allows Republicans to cut the federal budget while painting the Democrats as tools of big business and themselves as champions of the free market.
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Star Parker suggests that pronouncements of the death of the tea party are greatly exaggerated. As proof, she points to a Pew Research poll that suggests that 17 percent of African Americans are leaning toward voting Republican in the 2014 midterms.
2014 is the 40th anniversary of one of the funniest and one dare say profane movies ever to make it to the big screen. That would be, of course, "Blazing Saddles," the hit movie by Mel Brooks which could never be made in these politically correct times.
Powerline delves into and interesting question is that is likely to bedevil a certain once and possibly future presidential candidate. Why did the State Department not designate Boko Haram as an official terrorist group?
Saturday, May 10, 2014
One of the latest gambits coming from the White House to try to distract people from the bad economy, the ravages of Obamacare, and various foreign policy disasters is to issue a report to try to scare people about the crisis formerly known as global warming.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is being what for her is somewhat nuanced on the Benghazi select committee. She wants it made perfectly clear that the whole thing is a sham and a farce and Democrats will not participate.
As a possible vote to force approval on the Keystone XL pipeline is starting to look iffy in the Senate, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana's prospects for reelection are starting to look iffy as well, as the New York Times reports.
Friday, May 09, 2014
Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is locked in a primary runoff battle with State Sen. Dan Patrick. Dewhurst, thanks apparently to some adroit maneuvering, has won the endorsement of one former Rep. Ron Paul.
In the most recent episode of "The Americans," that wonderful FX series about a pair of deep cover Soviet KGB agents, there is a scene that suggests that the show is going to take on the nuclear freeze movement.
Boko Haram has, if nothing else, made a name for itself by kidnapping school girls into sexual bondage and otherwise committing mass murder and mayhem in remote Nigeria. But it seems that there is a reason the group has snuck up on the world stage.
Thursday, May 08, 2014
The Washington Times is reporting that yet another example of the perils of government run health care has cropped up in the form of veterans having to wait twice as long in VA hospital ERs as civilians do in regular ERs.
A strange thing has occurred in Hollywood, that home to extreme left wing politics. Some celebrities have discovered that there really is such a thing as Islamist fascism, according to a piece in the Washington Times.
Lee E. Goodman, the current head of the Federal Election Commission, has a bone chilling warning that government bureaucrats are casting about for excuses to rein in the growing power of conservative media.
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
The Obama administration has released a report that announces that the crisis formally known as global warming and then climate change and now known as climate disruption is real and government must be grown to deal with it.
Like an unquiet ghost, Monica Lewinsky, whose high school-like fling with President Bill Clinton in the Oval Office made the late 1990s so entertaining, has arisen once again to try to explain herself and to take a shot at Hillary Clinton.
Americans, almost 13 years into the War on Terror, are understandably weary of foreign intervention. However a group of Islamists thugs kidnapping Nigerian school girls have provided a reason for one such that all can get behind.
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Joni Ernst, wife, mom, far girl, veteran, and candidate for United States Senate from the great state of Iowa, continues to amaze and delight. Her latest campaign ad has her riding up to a shooting range on her Harley.
When "24" was in its eight season run, its main character, super operative Jack Bauer, was both celebrated and reviled for his willingness to do what it took to take down terrorists. Baptize by waterboarding? That is Jack being restrained.
Monday, May 05, 2014
A recent story in the National Review suggests that a cure for diabetes may be drawing nigh thanks to a long ago physics experiment conducted on the space shuttle Challenger. It casts money spent on NASA programs in an interesting light.
Back when the Soviet Union was still in full bloom, its government was the master of a strategy known as disinformation. Much of the 1980s nuclear freeze movement could be linked to this strategy, for example.
The Washington Times suggests that House Democrats have a conundrum concerning the IRS and Benghazi scandals. Should they go along with Republicans demands for investigations or should they obfuscate and stonewall?
Sunday, May 04, 2014
As Twitchy notes, former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice was forced to withdraw as the commencement speaker at Rutgers University by a small group of student and faculty protestors who called her a "war criminal."
Saturday, May 03, 2014
The Canadian newspaper Globe and Mail notes that young people are suffering from anxiety thanks to climate change doomsday hysteria. This suggests to skeptics that global warming hysterics are engaged in a form of child abuse.
It looks like that the House is going to form a select committee to delve into the Benghazi massacre and along to way to answer former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's infamous question, "What difference does it make?"
Friday, May 02, 2014
Should the American military at least tried to rescue the Americans trapped at Benghazi? That was the implication of the testimony of retired Air Force Brigadier General Robert Lovell before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
If there is any rule about being interviewed by a member of the media, whether it' s a local radio talk show host or a talking head of a major cable news network, it has to be never to call him "dude." Yet Tommy Vietor did just that to Fox News' Bret Baier.
Thursday, May 01, 2014
The Washington Free Beacon is reporting that the administration has rejected out of hand Russian proposals that would further restrict missile defense systems in Europe, with the Ukraine crisis being cited as the reason.
Remember when President Obama thumped his chest and spiked the football, claiming that eight million people have signed up for Obamacare, thus claiming victory for the health care law? It seems that only two thirds have actually paid for it.