Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, who raised eyebrows earlier this year by questioning the sense of “inevitability” around Hillary Clinton’s potential presidential candidacy, emphasized Thursday that he’s worried Clinton’s inner circle will perpetuate an “off-putting” feeling of “entitlement” surrounding her possible White House bid.
“I worry about the campaign; I don’t think it’s so much her,” the Bay State Democrat said during an appearance on WGBH-FM, a public radio station in Boston.
Patrick added that he had a chance to speak with Clinton at a biotech conference in San Diego last month but said that he and the former secretary of state aren’t close.
“It’s not like we’re pals,” he said.
Patrick, echoing comments he made to CNN earlier this year, said the feeling of inevitability played a role in sinking Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign.
“The worry of that is that that can be interpreted by people as entitlement. And that can be off-putting to folks,” he said. “They want you to sweat for it.”
The real big rift in party politics isn’t between the GOP establishment and the tea party conservatives (although that is genuine) but between the Clinton Democrats and the Obama Democrats. The media, of course, won’t talk about it because they just get too emotional when mom and dad fight.
Patrick and the New Guard aren’t impressed by Her Madameship and, thanks to a better relationship with the press, aren’t afraid to mention it.
He was very kind to imply that it’s only her perceived sense of entitlement that is off-putting.
More Republicans are on the edge of their seats to vote for who will fill the seats of Congress than Democrats, according to a new poll.
In a Pew Research Center poll that measures voter enthusiasm, Republicans were found to be more enthusiastic about voting in November, but they are still not as enthused as they were for the midterm elections four years prior.
Forty-five percent of those polled who plan to vote Republican say they are more enthusiastic about voting this time around than in previous years. Of those who plan to vote Democratic, 37 percent expressed enthusiasm for the November elections. Four years ago, Republicans weighed in at 55 percent, and 42 percent of Democrats were enthusiastic for the midterms.
I’m leery of polls like this because “enthusiastic” Republicans can often turn into “cocky” and let almost certain victory slip away. It does, however, indicate that, just as in 2010, the Democrats don’t have much to get excited about without Barack Obama on the ballot. Or the idea of Barack Obama. The reality can’t be helping.
Stupid Repub…oh wait.
An influential Democratic senator threatened Thursday to block U.S. arms sales to Iraq if Congress doesn’t get an assessment of Iraqi forces and assurances the weapons won’t fall into the hands of extremist militants.
In a testy exchange, Sen. Bob Menendez lashed out at senior State Department and Defense Department officials appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that he chairs.
The New Jersey senator, who has previously held up the transfer of Apache helicopters to Iraq, said lawmakers haven’t been informed about potential military assistance to Iraq or about its troops’ capability to push back the growing insurgency by rebels calling themselves the Islamic State.
“You know, this committee has jurisdiction over arms sales,” Menendez said. “And my reticence to arms sales to Iraq has in some respects been proven true when in fact we had much of our equipment abandoned and now in the hands of (Sunni extremists).
“So unless you are going to give us a sense of where the security forces are at, moving forward, this chair is not going to be willing to approve more arms sales so they can be abandoned to go to the hands of those who we are seriously concerned about in terms of our own national security.
It seems Menendez is frustrated by the lack of information and clarity coming from the Most Transparent Administration ever. When chastised by a member of Team Lightbringer about believing leaks, the party boy from New Jersey replied:
“Well, the absence of having information leads me to only publicly reported resources,”
Barack Obama may yet become the uniting force that all the hopeychangeys dreamed about: we could very well all end up disliking him.
Hillary Clinton, who has long had a tempestuous relationship with the media, on Thursday said she may need to “work on” her “expectations” of the press.
Her comments, which came on NPR’s “On Point” program, follow criticism from former New York Times editor Jill Abramson that Clinton expects loyalty from journalists, especially female journalists.
“I think maybe one of the points Jill was making is that I do sometimes expect perhaps more than I should,” the former secretary of state and possible Democratic presidential front-runner said.
This is classic Madame Clinton: imperious, dismissive and always finding a way to blame it on someone else.
It’s just that she expects too much from the poor dears, who are forever failing to live up to what she wants from them.
This “inevitable” woman who would be president is a Democrat who can’t get along with the MSM, a group of people who have mostly become the publicity wing of the party in the past twenty years. Hillary Clinton is such an awful human being that the lap puppies can’t warm up to her.
The best thing that could happen to the Republicans would be Mommy Dearest being the nominee. Fingers crossed…
This is mostly full of what you would expect from cheerleaders in the MSM but there are a couple of notable nuggets here, the first of which is an implication that Kerry has grown weary of the boss’s thumb-twiddling:
Kerry is an activist and simply couldn’t abide the fact that people were dying and the United States wasn’t at least trying to stop it.
The comments on Kerry are generally full of praise for a Secretary of State who talks about climate change as a threat more than he does terrorism.
Amid the repeated reminders in the op-ed that Palestinians are dying, the author tosses out this gem:
As for Hamas, it’s not easy to read its calculations, in part because it’s not clear whether the military or political wing is in charge.
Really? Are we still pretending there is a lot of nuance there?
Let me offer some armchair (ok, desk chair) analysis: Hamas attacks Israel until it runs out of things with which to attack. As a distraction while re-arming, Hamas then whines about retaliation and is supported by useful idiots in various media around the world. Then it attacks again.
It is rather difficult to deal with the various evils in the world when so many keep playing dangerous games of moral equivalence.
This is part of the organization’s Trigger The Vote campaign:
Central American leaders will ask U.S. President Barack Obama to support a regional development and security plan to stem the tide of illegal child migrants to the United States at a meeting next week, a Honduran minister said on Saturday.
Presidents of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras will meet with Obama on Friday to look for ways to curb a record-breaking exodus of Central American children, fleeing to the United States to escape violence and poverty.
Since October, more than 57,000 unaccompanied children have been detained at the U.S.-Mexico border, most of them from Central America, and double last year’s count.
OK, they haven’t hit us up for any money yet, but let’s just say I tend to err on the side of cynical these days. When other countries want “support” from the United States they aren’t really looking for a group hug.
Kudos to them for at least admitting there is a problem on their end. That’s more than we’ve gotten from various Mexican presidents in the last several decades.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will launch a half-million-dollar television-ad campaign in Iowa on Tuesday against GOP nominee Joni Ernst, hitting her on entitlements.
“She’s proposed privatizing Social Security — gambling our savings in the stock market,” a female narrator says in the commercial, shared first with POLITICO. “Experts say that could be a windfall for Wall Street but a wipeout for us.”
“Joni Ernst — her ideas are just too extreme for Iowa,” the 30-second spot concludes.
The DSCC has reserved $188,000 in Des Moines, $145,000 in Davenport, $109,000 in Cedar Rapids and $72,000 in Sioux City between July 22 and August 4. It’s all broadcast, according to a source tracking the air war.
This a sizable early buy for the national party to make mid-summer, coming in the wake of an NBC News/Marist poll last week that showed the race tied at 43 percent. The Cook Political Report and Rothenberg Political Report also recently moved the contest from “Lean Democrat” to “Toss Up.”
It’s always amusing these days to see or hear the Democrats trot out the “OMG-PRIVATIZING SOCIAL SECURITY!” nonsense. Whenever anyone on the Left tries to put lipstick on the Obama economic pig about the only thing they can tout is the stock market’s performance. In fact they’re huge fans of it then. But the notion of people taking money that the government robs from them to invest in the market is still a Halloween story for them.
The Democrats are tired and old, even more so than the Republicans. The “extreme” bogeyman is all they’ve got. Extreme, of course, means “what most Americans outside of Manhattan, Los Angeles and San Francisco are comfortable with” and this tactic is losing its oomph.
So let ‘em keep at it.
While the rest of the world worried, The Idiot King who doesn’t like photo ops couldn’t wait to get back to his photo op.
Sure, it wouldn’t seem odd if someone like me found his response…lacking but when he’s lost Piers Morgan…
President Obama massively dropped the ball just now. 23 Americans killed and he says 'it looks like a terrible tragedy' then back to jokes?
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 17, 2014
Let me help, Mr President – it IS a terrible tragedy, and it's more probably mass murder of your citizens & many other nations' citizens.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 17, 2014
The world is burning all around us and this is what a member of the Prom King Fan Club from one of the Big Three networks decides to pass along:
“I’m starving,” said Pres Obama as he sat down to lunch with letter writer Tanei Benjamin. He order a cheeseburger and fries. (Medium well)
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) July 17, 2014
Protesters and counterprotesters Tuesday made Arizona the second border state to become a national flashpoint over what to do with the surge of unaccompanied immigrant children entering the country illegally.
Dozens of demonstrators gathered in Oracle, Arizona, about 100 miles north of the Mexican border, where federal officials were expected to send dozens of detained immigrant children for housing.
This is going on in a rather sleepy little town just north of my hometown (Tucson). There were counter protesters who were afraid Oracle would appear to be “anti-immigrant”.
Well, let’s wait until some legal immigrants show up before we make that decision.
Yeah, this is going to get much worse before it gets even a little better.
From the Associated Press:
Three members of an imprisoned pastor’s family have sneaked out of China to the U.S. with the help of activists after complaining about an extended campaign of harassment by Chinese authorities, a Christian rights group said Tuesday.
Zhang Shaojie’s daughter, son-in-law and 1-year-old grandchild landed in Dallas, Texas, on Monday, according to U.S.-based China Aid. The group said an underground network of activists helped the three leave China via Southeast Asia.
Zhang, who led the Nanle County Christian Church in the central province of Henan, was sentenced this month to 12 years in prison on charges of fraud and gathering crowds to disturb public order.
Zhang’s church is sanctioned by the communist government, which allows worship only in state-monitored groups, but was involved in a dispute with local authorities over land for a new building.
While land disputes are common in China, Zhang’s popularity prompted other Christians to rally around him to defend what they say is religious freedom.
China Aid founder Bob Fu said that after Zhang was sentenced, his elderly parents received threats and were harassed, his daughter’s car was kept by police and Nanle officials mobilized different government agencies to write to the court to ask for a longer sentence.
It’s a brief and sobering reminder of the rarity of so many of our freedoms in much of the rest of the world.
CORRECTION: The NRSC’s Bill Murphy contacted me to let me know that Rothenberg had moved North Carolina to “Tossup/LeansD” from “Tossup”. However, 538 has the race a tossup.
Rothenberg has moved the Iowa race to “Tossup” and the North Carolina and Colorado races to “Tossup/Leans D”. All are improvements for Republican prospects for the fall. The GOP is definitely on offense but there is still a long way to go. The Arkansas race continues to see-saw but Rothenberg believes that Cotton has a slight edge.
Many people I talked to continue to behave as if it’s 2010 all over again but this time around the margin for error is significantly smaller. Confidence to keep working is good, cockiness will keep Harry Reid in place as Majority Leader.
The bad news from Rothenberg is, as many of us feared, Mitch McConnell isn’t exactly leaving Alison Lundergan Grimes in the dust:
Kentucky, on the other hand, remains a risk for the GOP.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s strong primary victory is worth noting, but the Senate race remains tight and antipathy in the state to the Republican Senate Leader remains considerable. In a bad Republican year, McConnell’s current positioning would be extremely worrisome for the GOP, but the president’s unpopularity and the midterm dynamic should help the incumbent.
Still, until (and unless) McConnell opens up a statistically significant lead, Democrats have every reason to focus their attention and resources on this race.
My fear all along is that Grimes will keep this race so close that the NRSC will start devoting resources to saving McConnell’s hide that could be spent elsewhere to flip a seat.
Don’t laugh. There is a tendency by most conservatives to dismiss Warren because they think she’s ridiculous. Yet she’s building momentum and out there endorsing candidates.
If you find anyone tripping over themselves to get Hillary out on the campaign trail, let me know.
Warren, however, is so golden a longshot moderate Dem in West Virginia is hoping she’ll turn out the progressive base for her in the primary.
She seems to be positioning herself to make a run in 2016, even if she says she isn’t.
Gosh, it’s just difficult to imagine a foregone conclusion like a Hillary win in the Democratic presidential primary being upset by an upstart challenger who’s only been a Senator a little while…
A major speech by Iran’s Supreme Leader has limited the ability of the Iranian delegation at high-level nuclear talks to make concessions with six world powers and this could scuttle chances for Tehran to reach an accord to end sanctions, diplomats said.
In a public address filled with technical detail, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said last week Iran needs to significantly increase its uranium enrichment capacity, clashing with the powers’ push for it to be reduced to minimise the risk of nuclear bombmaking, as July 20 deadline for a deal nears.
This is your weekly reminder that behind all of the “we want to play in the polite world” theater Iran occasionally engages in is an anti-Western, Islamic fundamentalist dictator who will kill those who don’t dance for him.
We counter that with a meandering, unfocused approach to this that has gotten so bad Bob Menendez and Linsdey Graham are the Senators calling for a hard line.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is worried about wholes that are greater than the sum of their parts.
Take, for instance, the current mix of bomb-makers from Yemen with foreign fighters in Syria.
“That’s a deadly combination, where you have people who have the technical know-how along with the people who have this kind of fervor to give their lives in support of a cause that is directed at the United States and directed at its allies. And it’s something that gives us really extreme, extreme concern,” he told ABC’s “This Week.”
He estimated there are about 7,000 foreign fighters in Syria, coming from places like Europe and the United States.
In this sixth year of the “Politics of Oprah” presidency, it’s a bit different to hear his closest confidante in the administration acknowledge what most fourth graders have been aware of for a long time: hey these people want to kill us and they talk to each other. Oh, by the way, Syria is kind of a mess.
Holder is actually the only member of Team Lightbringer besides Crazy Joe the Wonder Veep who can get away with remotely making any realistic observations without incurring the wrath of President “Don’t Rush To Judgment” and keeping his job.
It probably isn’t safe to place bets on any reality making it to the guy at the top any time soon though.
The list of colleges and universities that charge more than $60,000 per year in tuition, fees, and room and board has grown to 50, as reported by Business Insider.
At the top of the 2014-2015 list is Harvey Mudd College, at $64,527, followed by Bard College and the University of Chicago, at $63,626 and $63,585, respectively.
A year ago, the $60,000-plus list stood at nine, topped by New York University’s $61,977.
The bitter irony is, of course, the fact that universities have been safe havens for hippie remnants to wax poetic about socialism all the while screaming about the evils of capitalism. If any one of these lecherous, flea-bitten idiots ever had to live under the economic circumstances they so gleefully champion they’d be hanging Koch brothers posters up in their offices in less than a week.
The leftist political approach to these rising costs is a mix of whining and demanding more taxpayer support for “free” education, never once examining why the situation is out of control.
That’s an approach they learned in college, by the way.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday that Democrats will take up legislation in the “coming weeks” to address last month’s Supreme Court decision that allowed some employers with religious objections to opt out of Obamacare’s contraception mandate.
Democrats on Capitol Hill have overwhelmingly criticized the high court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case and are working to craft a response that would restore the coverage, though no specifics have yet been outlined.
“We’re going to do something about the Hobby Lobby legislation,” Reid said on the Senate floor Monday as he ticked off the Senate’s to-do list over the next several weeks.
Sure, it’s better than dealing with the fact that the Messiah presidency is imploding. Harry has certainly never met an overreach he didn’t embrace, so it only follows that he would look for a less conspicuously unconstitutional way to go about crushing religious freedom.
At least there is nothing more pressing on the domestic front. We’ve all been so worried about the oppressive lack of access to the morning after pill.
You’re a real hero Harry.
— CNN (@CNN) July 7, 2014
(Google: “George W Bush effigy” for more.)
A coalition of Seattle businesses has cleared a major hurdle in its effort to repeal the city’s newly enacted $15-an-hour minimum wage, gathering enough petition signatures to put the issue to voters on the November ballot if the signatures hold up.
Forward Seattle — which represents restaurants, merchants and other businesses — submitted roughly 19,500 signatures last Wednesday to City Hall.
The group needed 16,510 signatures. City officials could complete a preliminary count by as early as Monday, then send the signatures to the King County election office for final verification.
However, the effort also faces allegations of fraud that appear backed by well-funded groups intent on preserving the wage increase, Forward Seattle Co-Chair Angela Cough said.
She also told FoxNews.com the group’s grassroots effort is under-funded in large part because members are being intimidated by opponents, who she said are compiling online boycott lists and going on members’ Facebook pages and websites like Yelp to post negative comments.
There are a couple of notable things about this fight. The most important is that the group is mad at the way the imperious Seattle City Council went about shoving this down the business community’s throat. Rabid leftists Democrats generally have no business experience or an all-out contempt for business owners, especially the successful owners. Measures like this happen because they either believe in economic fantasy (the inexperienced Dems) or are intentionally punitive (the contemptuous Dems). The measures are never in the best interest of anyone other than the politicians or activists pulling the strings of the people they will ostensibly help, but really don’t in the end.
It’s also important to note the tactics. Boycotts and social media sabotage are threatened because there isn’t a sound economic case to make. As that is the case for all progressive economic policy, they become more combative and desperate and, in the end, violent. These are the baby steps.
There is a temptation to let these socialist enclaves in America destroy themselves but the collateral damage is too high, including the fact that we often end up directly or indirectly funding bailout efforts.
The best move is probably just to focus on destroying progressivism.
Supporters of legal marijuana in Washington on Monday delivered more than double the signatures needed to put the issue on a ballot, an initiative that could face congressional opposition.
Adam Eidinger, chairman of the DC Cannabis Campaign, said the group had collected about 57,000 signatures to put the measure on a Nov. 4 ballot in the U.S. capital, well over the 22,373 required by law.
“This would not open up stores. This would not lead to D.C. becoming a tourist haven,” he told reporters at the District of Columbia Board of Elections.
“This is just for the citizens who live here, the residents who pay taxes, to have the right to use marijuana freely in their homes without fear of arrest, harassment or a ticket.”
Look kids, the chairman of the DC Cannabis Campaign is so high he isn’t aware that the nation’s capital is already a “tourist haven”.
Personally, I’m in favor of letting the members of Congress get as stoned as they want. It would be much better for the country if they were truly “do-nothing” and devoted to the pursuit of Doritos while overwhelmed by the munchies.
Two years into President Barack Obama’s second term, more voters say they are dissatisfied with his administration’s handling of everything from the economy to foreign policy, giving him the worst marks of any modern U.S. president, a poll on Wednesday said.
In a survey of 1,446 registered voters, 33 percent said Obama was the worst president since World War Two, while 28 percent pointed to his predecessor, George W. Bush, as the worst, the poll by Quinnipiac University found.
Voters were split over which of the two most recent presidents has done a better job with 39 percent saying Obama has been a better president than Bush and, 40 percent saying Obama is worse.
Most voters said Ronald Reagan, who served two terms in the 1980s, was the best president since 1945, the survey showed.
While I am no cheerleader for the George W. Bush era, I do believe that history will eventually make sure that he won’t be at the bottom of an barrel with The Lightbringer. Sadly for the country, it is almost impossible to imagine a scenario that sees President Obama greatly redeeming himself before the end of his presidency, especially now that he’s indicated he is ready to become even more executive action happy. He seems to make every decision on a whim, with almost no thought to the future.
Those of us who have to deal with his petulance in the future won’t remember that fondly.
Angry protesters forced three buses carrying undocumented immigrants to turn around Tuesday in Southern California.
The immigrants had arrived in San Diego from south Texas and were on their way to be processed at the Murrieta Border Patrol station.
Protesters chanting “USA!” “Impeach Obama!” and “Deport, Deport!” blocked their route. It was not immediately clear where the buses then went.
Despite tough talk from the administration, I have still gone tin foil hat on this “crisis” and think that they are ultimately behind it somehow. That being said (typed…whatever), this crew does have a reputation for not thinking things through and having things go horribly awry.
Not that anyone at MSNBC would admit to that, of course.
It would seem that the best chance to minimize the damage is for the administration to do what it is promising to do and begin deporting people.
A Nevada-based startup that plans on selling medical and recreational marijuana products named former New Mexico governor and U.S. Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson as its CEO and president, the company announced Tuesday.
The announcement came as Cannabis Sativa Inc. said it had acquired marijuana research business Kush while company officials work to navigate changing state laws on marijuana and potential challenges from the federal government, which still views marijuana as a controlled substance.
Finally, a logical, legal, post-politics career step for libertarians!
I have been joking about it for a while but I do sort of believe that marijuana could be one of the next big boom industries once states go full Colorado. Who will emerge as the Apple or Microsoft of weed? Dream big, kids!
Trying to portray the Supreme Court as being in the pocket of corporations is an inaccurate and unproductive way of understanding how it operates, according to left-leaning Harvard constitutional-law professor Laurence Tribe. He encouraged MSNBC and its viewers to abandon that practice in the aftermath of recent rulings.
As host Joy Reid tried to characterize the John Roberts Court as ruling at the expense of people in favor of corporations, Tribe repeatedly urged her to distance herself from that “much too simplistic” approach.
For example, he found the Hobby Lobby ruling was “not as radical a decision as some people think” in protecting private entities from needlessly burdening their faith. Additionally, he reminded her that Citizens United not only protected corporations’ free speech, but that of unions as well.
“I’m a great watcher of MSNBC — I like preaching to the converted — but I think that when push comes to shove, we’ll do a lot better trying to understand what’s really going on inside the minds of all these people rather than just doing kind of cardboard cut-out caricatures,” he explained.
In his desperation, The Idiot King has already promised to flail and overreach even more. As the administration becomes increasingly covered in flop sweat, it follows that its cheerleading squad will plumb new depths of ridiculousness in their attempts to prop it up. It will remain to be seen if some of the more old school liberals who weren’t brought up in the hyperventilating new media era, want to distance themselves from the silliness.
President Obama’s tough predicament on immigration is only getting worse.
He certainly didn’t want to be dealing with an influx of unaccompanied minors illegally entering the U.S. across the Southern border, overwhelming the Homeland Security Department’s ability to deal with them during a critical midterm election year.
Obama also presumably didn’t want an immigration bill passed by the Senate a year ago to sit, forsaken, in the House. But that’s happened too, with Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, recently telling the president the Republican-controlled House won’t take up legislation to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws this year.
The contention that the president “certainly didn’t want to be dealing with an influx of unaccompanied minors” is flat-out wrong. For decades, American officials have done everything but build an amusement park in every border city to get the kiddies to come here quicker. For the Democrats, the children are the lynchpin to their plan to turn the border into a porous free-for-all that results in an emotional plea for amnesty.
As we can see from above, the other component is for the media to blame it all on the Republicans.
They want these kids in this position.
The White House on Monday rejected a proposal that would hike the gasoline tax in order to prevent the federal Highway Trust Fund from running out of money in August.
“That’s something that we’ve said a couple of times that we wouldn’t support,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters at a briefing.
Republican Senator Bob Corker and Democrat Chris Murphy last week suggested raising the tax 6 cents a year for two years and linking future fuel tax increases to inflation as ways to replenish the fund, which pays for about half of the country’s transportation projects.
Could Team Lightbringer be getting sensitive about public backlash about things like gas prices now? They shouldn’t. Like stories about the homeless, gas prices are only the responsibility of the president if he’s a Republican.
Calling it “an important milestone” in Detroit’s comeback, Gov. Rick Snyder Friday morning signed legislation that adds $195 million in state aid to a pool of $466 million in private funds to help the city emerge from bankruptcy.
Snyder signed the so-called “grand bargain” bills during a ceremony in the former Globe Trading Building, which the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is transforming into an Outdoor Adventure Center through a $13 million public-private partnership. The grand bargain is intended to limit cuts to city pensions and protect Detroit Institute of Arts masterworks from being sold.
Municipal and state governments that are run by liberals who are in the pockets of Big Labor eventually get bankrupted by the pension deals that are rammed down everyone’s throats. My home state was once the fifth largest economy in the world. Funding public employee union greed dropped it to ninth almost overnight (it has recently bounced back to eighth). It is still firmly on track to eventually be crippled by its pension liabilities, however.
Now the taxpayers of Michigan who don’t get cushy pensions are supposed to pony up for irresponsible Big Labor practices.
Those of us based in reality often have the “Why don’t governments have to behave like citizens when it comes to money?” conversation.
Regular Americans are forced to sell things that are precious to them in order to survive all the time. Houses, businesses, land, jewelry…it’s all fair game for sale when we are broke. I had to sell every valuable thing I had during a difficult post-divorce period.
The Catholic Church has been closing schools and parishes to sell the real estate in order to pay for the abuse scandal settlements.
Why do governments get a free pass? Why should a family in Grand Rapids fork over hard earned money just so Detroit can keep its art museum goodies (it should be noted that I am a huge fan and moderate patron of the arts)?
It’s a fair question.
Representative Charles Rangel of New York leads his challenger, State Senator Adriano Espaillat, 47 percentage points to 34 points ahead of the Democratic primary on Tuesday, according to a NY1/Siena College poll.
Rangel, who has represented the district in Congress for 22 terms, has seen his lead among likely voters jump to 13 points from a 9-point lead in last month’s Siena poll.
Voters believe, by a nearly two-to-one margin, that Rangel, 84, will emerge victorious in the district, which includes Harlem and parts of the Bronx, the poll released on Thursday found.
In that liberal bastion, the winner of the Democratic primary is all but guaranteed to win the general election in November.
The race is a re-match. In 2012, Rangel defeated Espaillat by fewer than 1,000 votes.
Rangel is an ethically challenged octogenarian who first was elected when Nixon was president. He’s also quite cozy with the Wall Street types that the champions of the poor over in Unicorn Alley so loathe. Just a few days ago, HuffPo gleefully reported that Rangel was “getting hammered” for those ties.
It doesn’t seem to be much of a hammer.
And since when do Democrats ever punish one of their own for being a sleazebag?
Predictably, I thought this was going to be an all-out cheerleading piece on higher education being a “right” and a guarantee to a unicorn-filled future.
It quickly dismissed the notion of “free” and that alone was refreshing enough to keep me going. Most progressives who talk about things like this really do believe that the federal government has a secret money tree somewhere.
In reality there’s no free college, just as there’s no free lunch. The real policy discussion is about how to best distribute the burden of paying for it — between individual families and the public at large — and, secondly, how to hold down the cost of providing it. All while leveraging the power of “free” responsibly.
The author gets around to discussing lowering the cost of education rather than just looking for new people to make pay for it. She concludes without offering a magic fix and by acknowledging an important point: the value of education is dependent upon what the student does with it along the way, and after having received it.
I post this here because I was surprised to see it on the NPR site. It’s a somewhat balanced examination of what is generally a heart string tugging fave of the Occupy freaks. There is even some spirited discussion in the comments that features some predictable “Koch brothers” whining and some push back by center-right types.
About 75 Atlanta-based workers for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may have been unintentionally exposed to anthrax, the agency said Thursday.
They are being monitored or provided antibiotics.
“Based on most of the potential exposure scenarios, the risk of infection is very low,” the agency said in a statement.
“CDC believes that other CDC staff, family members, and the general public are not at risk of exposure and do not need to take any protective action.”
Early reports show that a lab did not adequately inactivate samples, which were then moved and used for experimentation in three laboratories not equipped to handle live Bacillus anthracis, or anthrax.
There are a number of easy shots I could take here but let’s just hope that everyone is all right.
The thousands of children fleeing drug violence and poverty in Central America could qualify for asylum in the United States and should have the right to make that case, Democratic lawmakers said on Thursday.
The United States is grappling with a surge of children arriving illegally, opening military bases to house the detained youths and working with the governments of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to keep them from leaving home.
Republicans contend that Obama administration policies have created an incentive for additional border crossings. They blame the influx of children on President Barack Obama’s 2012 decision to give temporary relief from deportation to some young people brought to the United States illegally by their parents.
But the Democratic lawmakers said the children are fleeing drug-fueled violence and said the masses at the border should be treated as a humanitarian and refugee crisis.
Let’s tackle that last part first. This “drug-fueled violence” has been going on for decades. Why is it only now seemingly every kid down there wants to flee?
As to the policies creating incentive, heck, I wouldn’t be surprised to find some Democrat big money funding some of this in a shadowy way.
That’s what this administration has done to me: I used to loathe conspiracy theories, now I’m seeing them everywhere.
It ain’t paranoid if it’s happening though.
Republican Scott Brown, who won the Massachusetts Senate seat long held by Democrat Edward M. Kennedy, is trailing Jeanne Shaheen in a U.S. Senate race in neighboring New Hampshire, according to a poll released on Thursday.
A Boston Herald/Suffolk University poll of 800 likely New Hampshire voters in the November election found 49 percent support for Democrat Shaheen with 39 percent supporting Brown. That is a slightly narrower lead than Shaheen, a former governor of the state, held in earlier polls.
Brown carried a strong lead heading into the September Republican primary, with the support of 40 percent of likely primary voters polled from Sunday to Wednesday, well ahead of second-place Bob Smith, who had 12 percent support.
Brown is the kind of uber-moderate Republican we are always told is the only kind that can win in the northeast. From my perch on the other end of the country I can’t figure out if he is just not as dynamic as he seemed to be when he won the special election in Massachusetts or if the northeast is lurching ever-leftward. Maybe it’s a bit of both.
He might be in a stronger position at this point if he’d been back in New Hampshire for a longer period of time before making a Senate run. Circumstances, however, didn’t allow him that luxury.
There is still a lot of time left. At the rate things are unraveling for the Democrats in general he may be able to close that gap.
We get a little suspicious when we hear the claims that it’s possible to get rid of the gunk that accumulates in our cells by doing a cleanse with “clean” foods.
But what if some foods actually do help detox the body?
The results of a recent clinical trial suggest that compounds in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli (and kale) prod cells to get rid of certain air pollutants. The intriguing randomized control trial of about 300 Chinese adults found that consuming a beverage made with broccoli sprouts every day for three months lead to high rates of excretion (in urine) of two harmful chemicals: benzene and acrolein.
I am very fortunate, I’ve always liked vegetables, even as a kid. But I like beer and In-N-Out Burger a lot too. The one thing I’ve never really embraced is balance.
I’ve heard wonderful things about it though.
Ex-IRS official Lois Lerner’s crashed hard drive has been recycled, making it likely the lost emails of the lightening rod in the tea party targeting controversy will never be found, according to multiple sources.
“We’ve been informed that the hard drive has been thrown away,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, the top Republican on the Finance Committee, in a brief hallway interview.
Two additional sources told POLITICO the same late on Wednesday, citing IRS officials.
It may just be standard government procedure, but the revelation is significant because some lawmakers and observers thought there was a way that tech experts could revive Lerner’s emails after they were washed away in a computer crash in the summer of 2011. Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), for example, subpoenaed her damaged hard drive earlier this week, when he asked for “all hard drives, external drives, thumb drives, and computers” and “all electronic communication devices the IRS issued to Lois G. Lerner.”
“The computer crashed!”
“The computer is gone!”
“Lois Lerner? Never heard of her.”
Four year-olds can make up better stories than this. I don’t care how long it takes but I hope at least one or two Republicans stay focused on this until somebody fries for it.