Sunday, June 29, 2014
In the "better late than never" department, the Billings Montana Gazette has decided to apologize to its readers and to the nation for ever endorsing Barack Obama for president.
Hot Air suggests that Hillary Clinton has a problem. The class warfare weapon that worked so successfully against Mitt Romney is being turned against her. It is a beautiful thing to behold.
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Jonah Goldberg is touting the possible candidacy of Elizabeth Warren, the junior senator from the commonwealth of Massachusetts, for president of the United States. He calls her the "Barack Obama of 2016."
Hollywood actors behaving badly has been a staple of the tabloids ever since there was a film industry. However, there are occasions when someone whose job is to entertain us restores ones faith in humanity.
As the Washington Post reminds us, 100 years ago today a Serbian nationalist shot to death the Archduke Ferdinand and his wife Sophie and touched off the first great conflagration of the 20th Century. Could it all have been avoided?
Friday, June 27, 2014
Ann Coulter relates all of the reasons that soccer, which the rest of the world insists on calling football, is not really a sport. It is certainly not a sport that Americans should be interested in. Fortunately, despite World Cup mania, most are not.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
The House Science Committee held a hearing about the National Research Council's report on the future of space exploration. Former Gov. Mitch Daniels and Dt. Jonathan Lunine, the co-chairs of the study were in the witness chairs.
It looks like the House of Representatives is going to sue the president of the United States to stop him from rewriting laws such as Obamacare in order to please his political whims. Allahpundit suggests there is both a legal and political argument.
The problem with trying to destroy thousands of emails that might incriminate one in wrong doing is that it is impossible to get all of them, as Lois Lerner, the IRS's chief inquisitor, is now finding out.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
An alternate history set during the Apollo program. Imagine that.
Actor Gary Oldman gave an epic, obscenity laced rant in a recent Playboy interview in which he condemned that politically correct hypocrisy of Hollywood. Then he rather proved his own point by getting into trouble himself.
Astonishingly, Sen. Thad Cochran, the senior senator from the state of Mississippi, who had been left for dead, has managed a win against his primary upstart opponent Chris McDaniel. The win was an ugly one and has alienated a great deal of the GOP base.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
The National Research Council has issued a report that is highly critical of NASA's space exploration program. It suggests that not only is NASA not spending enough money on the program but that it's chosen precursor mission, the asteroid redirect mission, will not develop the technology necessary to eventually place astronauts on the Martian surface.
Sen Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, has issued a report that reveals the full extent of the nightmare that is the Veterans Affairs health care system. In the past decade it has killed 1,000 veterans and has cost the tax payers $1 billion in malpractice awards.
According to the new book by Edward Klein, "Blood Feud," which examines the relationship between the Clintons and the Obamas, Bill Clinton had some creepy advice for Hillary Clinton in the event of his death during the 2016 campaign.
Monday, June 23, 2014
Perhaps the worst news a politician, particularly an entrenched incumbent such as Thad Cochran, can hear is that Sarah Palin is coming to campaign for his opponent. That is precisely what Palin is doing in support of challenger state Sen. Chris McDaniel.
Edward Klein's new book on the relationship between the Obamas and the Clintons, "Blood Feud," lobbed a stick bomb into the hopes of a Hillary Clinton presidential run. If true, the revelation would foreclose her running for president.
The Climate Change debate has always contained within it more than a whiff of demagoguery, ego and corruption. The UK Telegraph had uncovered yet another example of data being altered to fit the theory.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
It must be bitter gall and wormwood for President Obama to note that the latest Gallup Poll places him dead last among the living presidents in favorability and that even George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter are now above 50 percent.
Pope Francis, shortly after getting rid of his bullet proof pope mobile, has decided to excommunicate everyone in the Italian mafia. There is a man who believes himself secure in God's protection, or perhaps so old that he doesn't care.
According to an upcoming book, "Blood Feud" by Edward Klein, the Lannisters and the Starks have nothing on the Obamas and the Clintons. How the rivalry might affect the 2016 election is hard to predict. They seem to have swept it under the rug thus far.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Navy submariner Matthew Hindes is caught in a legal nightmare, thanks to an out of control Michigan judge named Margaret Noe. The case is a custody battle involving Hinde's young daughter.
Rick Perry, the soon to be former governor of Texas and likely future presidential candidate, made a huge gaffe recently when he compared homosexuality to alcoholism. He has embarked on an outside the box strategy for dealing with it.
Rep, Steve Stockman, R-Texas may gave ended his political comeback thanks to his quixotic primary challenge of Sen. John Cornyn, but he is using the IRS scandal to go out in a grand style. Say hello to the Dog Ate My Tax Receipts Act.
Friday, June 20, 2014
People who admire Sarah Palin as the true most powerful female politician on the planet and who disparage Hillary Clinton as a poseur are having fun with some book sale statistics that compare the two.
President Obama has announced that he is sending 300 Special Forces "advisors" to Iraq. He is holding off on air strikes for now, but is open to "targeted action" sometime in the near future. In the meantime ISIS has taken a chemical weapons plant.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
In a sure sign that Cold War 2.0 is in full swing, the Washington Free Beacon reports that China and Russia a proposing a treaty that would ban all weapons in space. For various reasons this is too rich even for the Obama administrations blood.
The media is agog over a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll that indicates that 54 percent of the American people believe that President Obama is no longer able to leave the country. It is a bone chilling statistic.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Hot Air's Allahpundit offers a beguiling scenario regarding the latest great moderate hope now that Chris Christie is damaged good, namely former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Why not run him for vice president with a tea party candidate on top?
Few people remember Sarah Murnaghan, the little girl who would have died of cystic fibrosis had she not gotten not just one but two lung transplants. The good news is that the 11 year old is now breathing on her own for the first time in years.
The cat and mouse game between Rep. Darrell Issa's House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the IRS over Lois Lerner's emails just took a new turn with a subpoena for the infamous hard drive that allegedly ate the evidence.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
A new species of genetically modified bananas are going to human trials soon, according to Hot Air. If they pass muster and if the anti-GMO crowd doesn't stop it, they could be saving lives in sub-Saharan African by 2020.
Shortly after President Obama promised that there would be no boots on the ground sent to Iraq to counter the offensive being conducted by the terrorist army known as ISIS, he announced that he was sending 275 special forces to that country.
Monday, June 16, 2014
A 40 year old case that young Hillary Clinton was involved in, concerning the rape of a 12 year old girl, has risen up to threaten the presidential aspirations of Hillary Clinton. It shows a different portrait of a woman who claims to be a child advocate.
Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Frenkel, and Gilad Shaar have been missing since early Friday. According to CNN, Israeli security forces have been bending every effort to find the boys, detaining 150 Palestinians in the process.
The Washington Examiner's Michael Barone has an interesting insight. The American public is holding two contradictory beliefs about world affairs. This illustrates the folly of having a poll driven foreign policy.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
In the wake of the National Research Council report on the future of space exploration, that roundly condemned the current approach and suggested a "pathway" strategy with more generous NASA funding, the New York Times noted:
Saturday, June 14, 2014
My attention has been drawn to a new conservative news site calling itself Eye on the Nation. The purveyor of the site, a gentleman named Larry Lease seems to be a fan of my work. He is such a fan that he has plagiarized a number of my articles and has posted them as his own. He describes himself thus:
Larry Lease currently serves as Assistant Editor and Contributor to Brenner Brief News which was recently launched in February. His stories have been featured on the Daily Caller, Turning Point USA and Citizen Journalist News. He has recently located to the Tampa area after spending nearly fourteen years living in Alaska. Prior to writing for the various news outlets he began and continues to post daily to his own news "magazine" Eye On The Nation which features articles of various topics including politics to goings on of Hollywood. He hopes to one day be featured in front of the camera instead of behind. He is currently studying Mass Communications at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa Florida and minoring in Political Science. Larry Lease is an avid supporter of International Justice Mission which "is a human rights agency that brings rescue to victims of slavery, exploitation and other forms of violent oppression." His interest into politics and journalism was back in Alaska when he first followed his good family friend and former Governor Sarah Palin. He was very interested in what she was doing for his country.
Feel free the leave the man some comments about theft of intellectual property.
Addendum: The young man has written me promising to remove the material.
If one wants to know what a president who actually knows something about foreign policy would be like, one has only to turn to Mitt Romney, the man who should be president. He was right on Russia and now it turns out he was right on the Middle East.
Lots of eyebrows were raised, according to Business Insider, when it was revealed that Chelsea Clinton, the once and possibly future first daughter, received $600,000 for going fluff pieces for NBC News.
It is a sign of desperation at the IRS that it has used the "dog ate my homework" excuse to avoid handing over two years Lois Lerner's emails. It says that the computer crashed and the emails are gone forever. Sorry about that.
Friday, June 13, 2014
Most people do not know on the American side of the pond that Scotland is getting the opportunity to become its own independent nation for the first time in centuries thanks to an upcoming referendum.
Back in the now golden age of the Clinton administration, then President Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act which prohibited same sex marriage on the federal level. About 20 years later that is proving to be aggravating to Hillary Clinton.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Dave Brat, the economics professor who toppled House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, runs a program to bring the ideas of philosopher and novelist Ayn Rand to the classroom. He is not, he says, a Randian but has been influenced by her works.
Six years after the surge initiated by President George W. Bush it looks like his successor, President Barack Obama, is about to lose the war in Iraq. Al Qaeda linked terrorists have overrun northern Iraq and are marching on Baghdad
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
George Will, the venerable columnist and TV personality, has touched off a firestorm due to a column in which he suggested that an alleged epidemic of sexual assaults on college campuses is being overblown for political reasons.
One of the phenomenon that supporters of global warming theory point to in support of their contention that human made carbon dioxide pollution is warming the planet is the melting of Antarctic ice. However some doubt has been cast on that explanation/
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Republican, was defeated in the primary by David Brat, an upstart, underfunded economics professor. That the corridors of power in Washington have been shaken to their core is a mighty understatement.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
An indication as to the possible reason former IRS official Lois Lerner took the fifth cropped up at the National Review, which reported that the tax agency turned over records on certain groups who were proving meddlesome to the Obama administration.
As part of her book tour, the once and possibly future presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sat down for an interview with ABC News' Diane Sawyer and attempted to identify herself with tens of millions of Americans who are struggling financially.
Wendy Davis, the Texas state senator who won fame for a filibuster against an abortion bill in the Texas legislature and who is now running for governor, was caught playing the race card against Republicans recently.
Monday, June 09, 2014
The wonderful politics as funhouse farce HBO show "Veep" ended its third season with a twist that is likely going to have to cause it to have to change its name when it bows for season four.
Sunday, June 08, 2014
Marshall is, without question, feeling the heat of the private sector. SpaceX already delivers cargo to the International Space Station, and the company’s founder, Elon Musk, says his proposed Falcon 9 Heavy rocket should ready by next year. If successful, Musk’s rocket would lift 53 metric tons to orbit, nearly as much as the 70 tons of the SLS’s initial configuration. Musk’s rocket will fly for a small fraction of the cost of the SLS, and has cost American taxpayers nothing to develop.17 tons less than the SLS does not constitute "nearly as much" in any sense of the word. The 130 ton SLS will dwarf Falcon Heavy considerably.
A Fox News contributor who is also a psychologist has suggested that the president of the United States is not entirely sane. While it is dangerous to do this kind of analysis from afar, it is not uncommon where world leaders are concerned.
One of the more interesting consequences of legal pot in Colorado is a kind of wild west, unregulated market for cannabis laden confections, what used to be called "magic brownies," available for residents a high seeking tourists alike.
Hillary Clinton's upcoming memoirs likely contain all sorts of interesting tidbits as well as hints of how she might proceed in a run for president in 2016. One such concerns the most powerful female politician on the planet.
Saturday, June 07, 2014
Matthew Continetti has a theory that Barack Obama has already given up on being president. To be sure he likes the perks of being in the Oval Office. But he has discovered that wielding the power of the presidency is just too hard.
"The Edge of Tomorrow," the science fiction actioner starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, is enjoyable on many levels. On the other hand it gets the notion of reenacting the D Day invasion for the 21st Century all wrong.
While going to the movies recently, my wife and myself saw this PSA that was apparently put together by the White House. The message was to men was that they can prevent sexual assault by - well --- not committing it.
Friday, June 06, 2014
One of the more remarkable aspects of the Obama presidency is how much he has rehabilitated the reputations of his predecessors. A recent Fox Poll shows that people regard Obama as less competent than both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
One of the unsettling aspects, from the administration's point of view, of the Bergdahl affair has been the number of his brother soldiers who have expressed disappointment in his desertion. This led one administration official to suggest they are "psychopaths."
Thursday, June 05, 2014
The National Research Council has issued its long awaited report on the future of space exploration. It largely condemned NASA's approach to the problem and suggested alternatives. The space agency's response was breathtaking to say the least.
Just because the VA health care scandal and the Bergdahl affair are now dominating the news does not mean that Obamacare is now running like a Swiss watch. It seems that data discrepancies has jeopardized coverage for 2.1 million people.
A United States senator has suggested that if President Obama uses dodgy tactics to free another terrorist from Guantanamo, he would face impeachment proceedings. The senator was not Ted Cruz, but rather the more moderate Lindsey Graham.
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Two 12 year old girls living in an apartment complex in Waukesha, Wisconsin lured another 12 year old girl into some nearby woods and then stabbed her 19 times, nearly to death in order to appease a fictional character named Slenderman.
Byron York wonders in print what exactly is wrong with the Obama administration in sending out Susan Rice once again to lie, this time about the liberation of Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five Taliban terrorists.
Two Republican primary contests, one in Mississippi and the other in Iowa, provided some indication that in the establishment wing vs. the tea party wing, the latter still has quite a bit of fight left, despite whet pundits have previously concluded.
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
On the Bergdahl scandal, Hot Air is raising the question of what did Hillary Clinton know and when did she know it. It may be a bit of a stretch, considering that she has been out of the government for over a year.
Obama's new EPA rules designed to lower carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030 may have an unintended consequence of benefiting the natural gas industry, which will in turn lead to more hydraulic fracking, giving environmentalists more fits.
The good news for the Obama administration is that the liberation of Sgt, Bowe Bergdahl has consigned the VA health care scandal to the back pages. The bad news is that the Bergdahl story is shaping up to be an episode from "Homeland."
Monday, June 02, 2014
Collin Skocik provides an argument why American space efforts should be directed toward a return to the moon, something that has been officially eschewed by presidential directive. First he presents the argument against going directly to Mars.
One of the many aspects of the global warming canard has been the supposition that as the polar ice caps continue to melt, the population of polar bears have become endangered. Now that turns out to be not strictly true, according to Powerline.
President Obama's EPA is gearing up to launch a full throated war on energy production from coal in an effort to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent beneath 2005 levels by 2030. It is relying on a unique interpretation of the law to do so.
Sunday, June 01, 2014
Noting the final episode of "Sarah Palin's Amazing America," the Anchorage Daily News makes a soul shattering discovery about Alaska's former governor and current most powerful female politician on the planet. She's actually a nice person.
On the one hand we should celebrate the liberation of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from captivity by the Taliban. On the other hand we should quake with fear because it was accomplished illegally and sets a bad precedence.
One of the great smears against President Ronald Reagan is that he was a homophobic bigot who was too slow to create public policy to combat the AIDS epidemic in the early 1980s. As Carl Cannon points out, the opposite is actually true.