US embassy in Libya evacuated
As a fitting capstone to the Obama administration’s ill-conceived support of the various “Arab Spring” uprisings, and a worthy metaphor for his entire foreign policy, the US embassy in Libya has been evacuated. Via USA Today: The U.S. embassy in strife-torn Libya was evacuated early Saturday, under cover of American warplanes and spy aircraft, according to the State Department and Pentagon. Personnel from the embassy | Read More »
Wikipedia bans Capitol Hill from making Wikipedia edits.
To the best of my knowledge, Donald Rumsfeld is NOT an alien lizard.Read More »
Halbig’s Critics Hoist By Their Own Petards
This has not been a good week for defenders of Obamacare and their scorn for the legal arguments challenging whether the statute provides subdsidies for buyers of health insurance policies on the federal Helthcare.gov exchange. On Monday, a divided panel of the DC Circuit ruled in Halbig v Burwell that the statute only provides subsidies for purchases on the state exchanges (the Fourth Circuit reached | Read More »
Speak-o softly, and carry a big subsidy stick
While we’re all having a good time with the concentrated stupidity of ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber (who allegedly holds some sort of advanced degree from a major institution) claiming he repeatedly made “verbal typos” when clearly stating that only state-run exchanges would be eligible for ObamaCare subsidies, let’s keep an eye on the big picture. Gruber’s “speak-o” is another way of saying that ObamaCare is | Read More »
CNN: The Question of Whether Hamas is Using Human Shields is “Complicated.”
Via CNN.com today comes this truly astounding article that purports to leave the question of whether Hamas is using human shields in Gaza up in the air. The opening four paragraphs here set the stage for the accusation that Israel is using the “human shield” argument as a PR ploy of questionable factual validity: Tuesday’s discovery of rockets hidden in a vacant U.N. facility is | Read More »
Another 2012 Jonathan Gruber ‘speak-o,’ apparently. #obamacare
Dear God but the Left is going to hate that term by the time we’re done with it.Read More »
Name That Party: Corrupt Dallas Politician Edition
I don’t follow Texas politics but I am an avid player of a political game called “Name That Party.” The game is played whenever a prominent political figure is arrested or implicated in some untoward activity (though in today’s moral climate I am hard pressed to come up with an offense of moral turpitude that hasn’t been legalized by Anthony Kennedy) you scan the media | Read More »
The Watercooler ~ Hobby Lobby Spooks LGBT
Bad company corrupts good morals. Or something like that. Who knew that reading RedState diaries such as this one would lure me to a website like Salon. Really. In my attempts to filter non-uplifting and/or demoralizing sources of internet content, I avoid spending (wasting) time scouring sites spawned by the left. But to satisfy my need to comprehend Leon’s point in his diary, I went | Read More »
Could a Guaranteed Income Pull People Out of Poverty?
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and is joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss the war on poverty, failed government programs and if a guaranteed income could help alleviate poverty and kick start the economy.Read More »
VA’s solution to fix its incompetence is $17.6 billion more of your money
In most human endeavors the natural inclination is to reward success and punish failure. The fact that the federal government works in rather the opposite way is just one of the ways it which it differs from the universe most of us inhabit. In Washington if you want a huge amount of money the best way to go about it is to fail. Case in | Read More »
Waging War On Women Using Birth Control As Bullets
The mainstream rallying cry about the “War on Women” implies that “reproductive rights” is solely a woman’s issue and benefits women. But, the truth is that women are targeted, experimented on, and even killed through “family planning” initiatives that encourage women, not men, to use life-threatening medication. I know– because birth control nearly killed me. No feminist acknowledges the negative consequences created by primarily promoting female “birth control.” One significant consequence is that it reinforces long-held, and profoundly sexist, cultural and legal norms that ignore male responsibility and culpability, which actually creates tangible gender inequalty.Read More »
2012 Video shows major Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber confirm subsidies were meant only for state exchanges.
Oopsie?Read More »
Salon Attempts to Paint Avowed Communist Lee Harvey Oswald as a “Right-Winger”
Via Salon today comes one of the most truly bizarre pieces of revisionist history I have ever seen, even within the context of articles appearing at Salon. The basic outline of the piece is as follows: Dallas in 1963 was full of crazy right-wingers; These people had guns; John F. Kennedy was shot in Dallas in 1963; Barack Obama likewise has many right-wingers who oppose | Read More »
UN official: ISIS planning widespread female genital mutilation in Mosul, Iraq.
You would think that the Western feminist movement would be the first in line to slam the butt of a rifle into the face of radical Islamist terrorism.Read More »
What is Obama Hiding at His Wealthy Donor Fundraisers?
A common complaint about George W. Bush’s second term is that he was “insulated” and cut off from the outside world, and increasingly so from what he perceived to be a hostile press. This alleged isolation caused many liberal commentators to begin to derisively refer to President Bush as a “Bubble Boy.” It has taken considerably longer for the press to openly criticize Obama for | Read More »
Outrage: the FEC tramples Paul Ryan’s First Amendment rights
Wisconsin GOP Congressman Paul Ryan’s leadership PAC, Prosperity Action, asked the Federal Election Commission for permission in advance of doing something fairly logical. They want to buy copies of Ryan’s published book, The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea, to give away to supporters, in conjunction with a book tour. Of course they’d also help promote the book, since its author is also their candidate.
In an Orwellian reversal, the FEC responded to Ryan’s innocuous request with not one, but two drafts. The second, “Draft B”, would be a major policy change, calling the PAC’s purchase a “third party contribution” with “excessive personal use.”Read More »
The Monstrously Incompetent TSA
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Daniel Payne to discuss the TSA, it’s latest ridiculous policy and if we would be better off without them.Read More »
E.J. Dionne’s Unseemly Whinging About the Judiciary Continues Apace
In 1973, nine unelected judges (all men), overturned almost two hundred years of unbroken precedent and historical practice and declared that there existed in the United States Constitution a heretofore undiscovered constitutional right to an abortion. They did this despite the fact that nothing in the text of the Constitution even hinted at the existence of such a right, and that for hundreds of years | Read More »
Rampant fraud the standard condition on ObamaCare exchanges
The #FAIL in ObamaCare continues to exceed anyone’s wildest imagination. Via the Washington Post: According to testimony to be delivered before a House Ways and Means subcommittee, undercover GAO investigators tried to obtain health plans for a dozen fictitious applicants online or by phone, using invalid or missing Social Security numbers or inaccurate citizenship information. All but one of the fake applicants ended up getting | Read More »
Montana Senator John Walsh used plagiarism to get promoted
The Democrats knew retaining Max Baucus’s Senate seat was going to be a challenge. In an attempt to hold onto that seat, Max Baucus was convinced to retire from the Senate and was shipped off to China as Ambassador. A new Senator was appointed by the Democrat governor to fill out Baucus’s term and to set him up to defend the seat using the power | Read More »