Looks like MSNBC has finally found a topic that leaves them less than fond of the White House spin machine. Press Secretary Josh Earnest had a similar experience to this with the Morning Joe crowd today. What’s the over/under on the number of “ums” and “ahs” in a five minute interview before some room under the bus is cleared out?
Republican businessman Charlie Baker has pulled even with Democratic state Attorney General Martha Coakley in the race to be the next governor of Massachusetts, a series of new polls showed.
Coakley, who would be the first woman elected governor of Massachusetts, is in a statistical tie with Baker, according to a WBUR/Mass Inc poll released on Wednesday that was the third this week to show the two closely matched.
Forty-four percent of 503 likely voters polled by WBUR/Mass Inc Sept. 24-27 backed Coakley, compared with 41 percent who planned to vote for Baker, a gap within the survey’s 4.4 percentage point margin of error.
It’s still within “The Margin of ACORN” (an old favorite phrase of mine) as well but, if any blue state Democrat can completely blow what should be a cake walk of an election, it’s Martha Coakley. This is the woman who let Teddy Kennedy’s seat slip into the hands of the GOP, however briefly. Let’s hope she works some of her old hack magic again.
Priceless: Rep. John Mica Asks Secret Service Why They Don’t Install ADT Security at White House (VIDEO)
Sometimes the news is just so unsettling that you have to make light of it. Hey, it’s not an Ebola story!
Mexico is helping some of its citizens apply for a controversial immigration program in the U.S. called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.
Since the Obama administration created the program in 2012, more than 580,000 unauthorized immigrants brought to the U.S. as minors have received temporary relief from deportation and been given work permits that last for at least two years.
But 45 percent of those who are eligible for DACA have not applied, and the cost may be holding some back. Immigrants have to pay a total of $465 to the Department of Homeland Security for fees related to the work permit and for required fingerprinting.
Mexican consulates around the U.S. have been paying those fees for some applicants through a little-known program for Mexican citizens with financial need.
Here’s a radical idea: maybe Mexico should help Mexican citizens in financial need while they’re in Mexico.
This has been one of the bigger problems that is never addressed in the charade of an illegal immigration debate. Mexico does nothing to help its own people. It would prefer its poor come here rather than have to deal with them domestically. No recent American president takes them to task for this or presses the issue. They pal around with whomever is in office in Mexico at the time as if all is right with the world.
Until we have leadership who will secure the border AND get tough with the Mexican government, the rest of the discussion is just so much theater.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with President Barack Obama today at the White House in a bid to find common ground on Iran talks after a year of disputes over making peace with the Palestinians.
Netanyahu said he would stress to Obama the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear program, amid concern in Israel that the U.S. may lose focus on the issue because of its military campaign against Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria.
“We all support the effort led by President Obama to stop and defeat ISIS,” Netanyahu told a gathering of American Jewish community leaders in New York yesterday, using an acronym for Islamic State’s former name. “But to defeat ISIS, and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear power, is to win the battle and lose the war.”
World powers are negotiating with Iran over its nuclear program as a U.S.-led military alliance strikes Islamic State, an al-Qaeda splinter group that has seized parts of Iraq and Syria and gained notoriety for beheadings and crucifixions. Although Iran isn’t part of that coalition, it’s also helping its Iraqi and Syrian allies to fight the militant group, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has said it has a role to play in defeating Islamic State.
Kerry didn’t clarify exactly what Iran was offering to combat climate change, which he still maintains is our most pressing threat.
The adults in the room, however, face quite the conundrum. ISIS and its antics have made it impossible for even a detached golfer who moonlights as president of the United States to ignore. ISIS is beheading Americans but Iran hates ISIS too, and we can be safe in assuming it is not because of the way they’re treating U.S. citizens. So, if you want to play “the enemy of my enemy…” here it gets confusing.
The protracted way we’re going about dealing with ISIS just gives the Iranians more time to dupe the rest of the world when it comes to the nuclear negotiations.
We might actually welcome Ebola soon.
Kim Jong-Un, the North Korean dictator, has become so fat while in office that his ankles have fractured under his own weight, it was reported on Tuesday.
The 31-year-old, who has looked increasingly portly since taking power, had to undergo a hospital operation after putting too much strain on his ankles during a gruelling round of official engagements.
The treatment has also been linked to his unexpected failure to attend a recent session of the Supreme People’s Assembly, according to a Pyongyang source who spoke to the Chosun Ilbo newspaper in neighbouring South Korea.
Unlike other members of North Korea’s political elite, for whom a sudden absence from public life often means they have been killed or imprisoned, in Kim Jong-Un’s case, in Kim Jong Un’s case it is said to be down to Elvis-style weight gain as a result of his unhealthy diet.
He is now believed to weigh at least 20 stone as a result of his fondness for heavy drinking and imported Swiss cheese, which he gained a taste for while at school in Switzerland.
Oh, the Swiss cheese eating commies are the worst, aren’t they?
Stay tuned here for more…um…breaking news on the dictator’s health.
Today, the World Health Organization concludes a two-day meeting to discuss a radical idea: bringing a vaccine into the field without having tested its effectiveness.
Traditional means of containing Ebola — such as isolating people who are infected with the disease and tracing the people they’ve come into contact with — aren’t working fast enough to get ahead of the epidemic. So the question is: Will giving an experimental vaccine to willing volunteers help contain the disease or put people at greater risk?
Dr. Adrian Hill, director of the Jenner Institute at Oxford, says the urgency of the Ebola situation has led to throwing traditional timelines “out the window.”
Perhaps the announcement of a confirmed case in the United States will nudge them along. The situation in Liberia should be enough to make this almost a no-brainer, as the number of infected there are doubling every three weeks.
Of course, it’s not a no brainer because the gamble is with human life. A public health ethicist says the Liberian situation greatly changes things, however:
Nancy Kass is a public health ethicist at Johns Hopkins University. She says that the best way to study a new vaccine is to test it against a placebo. But the situation in West Africa complicates that decision.
“The problem is that all of our norms change when thousands of new cases of Ebola are happening all the time and 50 to 60 percent of these people are dying. That changes the rules about what we have to lose when we try something new.”
Following his performance Friday night (September 26) at the El Corazon as part of a benefit concert for 15 Now, the grassroots organization that successfully fought for a $15 minimum wage in Seattle, Morello and his entourage allegedly tried to get “a special room” at The 5 Point Cafe even though the place was already “at capacity” and there was “a line” of people waiting to get in. The restaurant’s doorman apparently told Morello and his crew that he could not accommodate them, after which the guitarist took to his Twitter to blast the eatery, writing: “Five Point restaurant in Seattle is the WORST. Super rude & anti-worker. Sh****st doorman in the Northwest. P***k. Spread the word.”
Morello was one of the more vocal supporters of the Occupy Stink-in, and portrays himself as a real man of the people. Only in the diseased mind of a wealthy commie can being denied a place to sit where there aren’t any mean the person passing along that information is “anti-worker.”
Morello’s Twitter bio beings with: “Feed the poor.” That should obviously have an addendum that reads, “But feed me first, you peasant, because I’m a rock star.”
After being called out by many, Morello isn’t backing down. He does, however, have the gall to offer forgiveness with conditions (thus not really understanding forgiveness) instead of asking for it, which he should be doing. It’s also classic commie-achieving an end through coercion, which is all they’ve got.
Willing to forgive the Seattle Evil (Egg) Empire 5 Points Cafe doorman powertrip if good guy owner D Meinert fully embraces #15Now min wage
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) September 29, 2014
Voice-activated technology is so vulnerable to attack that users should immediately disable speech recognition on all their devices, a security researcher at AVG has warned.
Yuval Ben-Itzhak, chief technology officer at the anti-virus company, has carried out several experiments which revealed the new techniques hackers might use to gain control of voice-controlled devices.
He made the ominous prediction that a “thief outside the door” could take control of gadgets such as smart televisions or laptops from outside a target’s home, potentially burgling them without even smashing a window.
The vulnerability of technology which uses voice commands is likely to become an important issue in the coming years, as smartwatches and connected home devices grow in popularity and the technology becomes commonplace.
Just when you thought technology was making everything easier, now comes the potential for some creeper outside your window to give you a really embarrassing Netflix search history.
I admit, I love the new stuff and try everything when it first comes out, with very little thought about what new nightmare scenarios hackers might be working up. Voice activation was the sci-fi thing we all just expected to be a fact of life. Now I am ready to go to a stationery store and start writing letters to people again.
Still gonna need IMDB when I’m watching a movie though.
An Iranian woman sentenced to death for killing a man who tried to rape her told her mother goodbye and prepared to die, even as the Islamic republic’s president was meeting with world leaders at the United Nations.
Rayhaneh Jabbari, 26, is set to be executed Tuesday, according to reports from Iran. On Monday, her mother, Shole Paravan, recounted on her Facebook page an emotional farewell call her daughter made when a sympathetic guard loaned her a cellphone before she was taken to Rajaiy Shahr Prison to be hanged.
Gosh, it seems like just last year that the American media was hailing the election of a “moderate Muslim cleric” as president of Iran as a sign that the times they were a changin’.
Of course, anyone in the United States who possesses an IQ above forty knows that the notion of “moderate” in Islam is quite relative and in Iran it simply means, “Takes longer to kill you.”
The MSM here continues to pretend that the Islamists who want to blow you up are the fringe and that moderates are the norm.
Perhaps they should have found a better description for Rouhani, because he isn’t really helping their case.
He came to chew gum and kick you-know-what. And he never even brought any gum.
Germany’s defense minister warns that her country currently can’t meet its long-term NATO commitments because of a widespread grounding of German military planes and helicopters.
“At the moment, we are below the target numbers announced a year ago on airborne systems we would want to make available to NATO within 180 days in cases of emergency,” Ursula von der Leyen told the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag over the weekend. “The reason is the delays in getting replacement parts” for planes and a recent grounding of German navy helicopters.
Scores of German military aircraft have been grounded, according to confidential reports recently leaked to the German media. Only 42 of 109 Eurofighters are considered airworthy, as are 38 of 89 Tornado fighters. Of Germany’s C-160 military transport planes, only 24 of 43 are in service and a delivery of replacement Airbus transportation planes is behind schedule.
This year, Germany reduced defense spending by more than $1 million, to $41.3 billion, which is far below NATO’s recommended level of 2 percent of the GDP.
Hmmm…I wonder if there is anywhere else that this kind of stuff is going on.
Step 1: Posit something that is demonstrably false.
Step 2: Run away before anyone can question it.
Blather, rinse, repeat.
The man who jumped the White House fence this month and sprinted through the front door made it much farther into the building than previously known, overpowering one Secret Service officer and running through much of the main floor, according to three people familiar with the incident.
An alarm box near the front entrance of the White House designed to alert guards to an intruder had been muted at what officers believed was a request of the usher’s office, said a Secret Service official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
The officer posted inside the front door appeared to be delayed in learning that the intruder, Omar Gonzalez, was about to burst through. Officers are trained that, upon learning of an intruder on the grounds, often through the alarm boxes posted around the property, they must immediately lock the front door.
After barreling past the guard immediately inside the door, Gonzalez, who was carrying a knife, dashed past the stairway leading a half-flight up to the first family’s living quarters. He then ran into the 80-foot-long East Room, an ornate space often used for receptions or presidential addresses.
The Secret Service hasn’t been getting press notices for favorable reasons in the last year or so and this incident raises all kinds of questions. Obviously, the biggest question is, “Why weren’t we told this from the beginning?”
The public obviously doesn’t need to know the details of presidential security but it has a right to know when something goes horribly awry like this. It’s terrifying to think that any random loon can get into the White House.
Any random loon who isn’t Vice President, that is.
Iran’s president brought an unsettling message to the United Nations on Thursday: Middle Eastern terrorism has been globalized, in part thanks to mistakes made by Western powers, and the threat cannot be eliminated by outside force alone.
President Hassan Rouhani, feted at last year’s U.N. General Assembly as a welcome change from his combative predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, told the world body that his part of the world is “burning in the fire of extremism and radicalism.”
He said the world now faces terrorism from “New York to Mosul, from Baghdad to Damascus … from al-Qaida to Daesh,” using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, which calls itself the Islamic State.
The only thing the West has done to help spread terrorism is educate the terrorists and teach them to fly and funnel money internationally. The terrorism spreads through that, not because of it. It spreads because this is a religiously inspired hatred that will never stop spreading on its own. It has to be stopped by the people it seeks to destroy.
Here is hoping the world, especially the US, one day soon gets leaders who have to stomach for it.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett is trailing his Democratic challenger by 20 percentage points in a poll released on Thursday, a slight improvement in the Republican’s showing since August.
The poll by Franklin & Marshall College shows Democratic businessman Tom Wolf favored by 54 percent of likely voters compared to 34 percent who favor the incumbent in November’s election. In August, the Franklin & Marshall poll showed Corbett trailing by 25 points.
“Corbett is losing in every major region of the state,” said Terry Madonna, a professor at the Lancaster, Pennsylvania, college who runs the survey.
According to the poll, 60 percent of Pennsylvanians believe the state is “off on the wrong track.” Some 58 percent believe Wolf will win the election regardless of how they themselves plan to vote. Only 19 percent believe Corbett will win.
Hot Air noted last week that Republican governors aren’t looking at November with quite the enthusiasm that GOP candidates for the House and Senate are. Two of them, Scott Walker and Rick Snyder, are in trouble because they’ve made tough, but necessary, choices that have angered Big Labor. It’s understandable that those races are tight.
Gonna go out on a limb and say that this one is over, though.
A Houston lawyer is alleging the prosecutor handling the indictment against Rick Perry is over-charging taxpayers for his services, breaking the same law the governor stands accused of violating.
In a criminal complaint sent Monday to the Travis County district attorney’s office, Houston criminal defense attorney David Rushing says special prosecutor Michael McCrum is abusing his official capacity by billing the county $300 per hour, or more than three times the highest possible rate set by a state law.
Travis County’s guidelines for the law, however, make it possible for an attorney in McCrum’s situation to earn less or more per hour if the circumstances are unusual. Perry, who has characterized the case against him as politically motivated, is the first Texas governor to be indicted in nearly a century.
The smell of fish on this indictment can only start to stink more. However, as the those in the Drunk DA camp are finding out, Rick Perry has some lawyers of his own, and probably more support than they bet on.
As Tatler editor Bryan Preston has noted in several posts, this could still go sour for the governor because of the county in which it is being prosecuted.
Then again, the sober people might win.
As White House Democrats prepare to stump in Massachusetts for Attorney General Martha Coakley in the governor’s race, a new Globe poll shows that national political conditions may be hobbling her chances for victory.
Republican Charlie Baker holds a slender lead of 2 percentage points over Coakley, 40 percent to 38 percent, an inversion of last week’s survey, in which Coakley was ahead by 3 percentage points. Among voters who said they will “definitely vote,” Baker enjoys an advantage of 41 percent to 37 percent.
That dynamic hints that Baker could benefit from a low-interest election, a possibility Coakley is looking to avoid by trying to fire up Democratic voters.
Two percentage points for a Republican is generally meaningless, given the Democrats’ superior get-out-the-vote effort. However, almost everything about the president and the party right now are dragging candidates down and Coakley, as we have seen in the past, is a fairly awful campaigner.
So, while it may be a bit early to get the champagne on ice, there is some good deep blue state news for the GOP.
The United States believes it has identified the masked militant thought to have beheaded two American journalists, FBI Director James Comey told reporters on Thursday.
NPR’s Brian Naylor reports that Comey declined to identify the man. The videos, released by the Sunni militant group Islamic State, show a masked man speaking English in a British accent. The video then shows the man beginning to cut the heads of the Americans.
The AP reports that Comey did not comment on whether the U.S. believes the man in the video also conducted the beheadings.
The Navajo Nation will mark history Friday when it officially announces a $554 million settlement from the U.S. government, putting an end to years of litigation.
The landmark agreement stems from a 2006 lawsuit in which the nation says the U.S. mismanaged trust fund assets dating back to 1946.
If only American taxpayers could sue the federal government for mismanagement of our money. Not for a settlement that we would have to finance anyway, of course, but to have the government’s grubby paws removed from our money. We not only don’t have that luxury, but we’re on the hook for the government’s fiscal incompetence.
But I’m an “extremist” for not liking this.
Sensing an opening on foreign policy, the former Massachusetts senator delivered a scathing speech on Wednesday at a New Hampshire college accusing the incumbent Democrat of failing to stand up to President Obama or speak out while the threats facing the nation have long been clear.
“They seem only more confused on a daily basis as things unravel,” he said at Saint Anselm College. “It’s as if the Obama administration is maxed out, worn down, devoid of ideas, and now, guess what? All the bills are coming due. This is what foreign policy looks like without clarity and conviction.”
Brown went on to declare that Shaheen supports Obama “99 percent” of the time, a common refrain from the candidate, and so “if we’ve seen some bad calls at the White House, it’s a very safe bet that our senior senator has been right in line with that failed program.”
“For Senator Shaheen, it’s been nearly six years of just going along, with no questions for the president about his decisions — at least none that anybody remembers,” he said. “No expressions of disagreement … not a single sign of independent thinking.”
Brown has been unafraid to go after Shaheen on immigration too, but this issue seems to be giving him a little more traction. The RealClearPolitics rolling average still has Shaheen up by seven percent, but that is a four-point swing in Brown’s favor in just a week.
The post examines in detail the tactic’s merit, especially its potential to swing the same female voters whose national security concerns prompted them to vote for George W. Bush in 2004. What it doesn’t get around to is the most important part of the message: Brown is right.
There is no better, or easier, time to yoke an incumbent candidate to a president of the same party than in a midterm election. Obama’s weaknesses are the incumbent Democrats’ weaknesses, no matter how they try to avoid him this year.
Here’s another entry in the strange bedfellows political show, 2014 edition: As Election Day gets closer, some Republicans in battleground races seem to be moving to the center on a number of issues. Their latest sea change is the minimum wage.
Alongside pay equity, infrastructure investment and college affordability, raising the minimum wage is at the center of the Democrats’ election year economic agenda. President Obama has given numerous speeches on the minimum wage, excoriating Republicans in Congress for blocking a federal minimum wage hike. “Either you’re in favor of raising wages for hardworking Americans, or you’re not,” he said in April.
He makes it sound so simple — but this is politics.
As free-market conservatives, Republicans are philosophically opposed to raising the minimum wage. But a handful of Republican candidates in tight races have come out in favor of raising the minimum wage on the state level.
Bruce Rauner, running for governor of Illinois, has said in the past that he believed the minimum wage could be lowered, or even eliminated. But now, Rauner says, if Illinois passed tort reform and tax reform, he would support raising the state wage. He’s also come out in favor of raising the federal minimum wage.
Why the change? Illinois is one of five states this year that has a minimum wage hike on the state ballot. These propositions are hugely popular and usually pass with 60 or even 70 percent of the vote.
In Arkansas and Alaska, where there are also minimum wage referendums on the ballot, Republican Senate candidates Tom Cotton and Dan Sullivan say they’ll vote for them. In Sullivan’s case, he was previously opposed to the ballot proposition, but then, his spokesman said, “he had a chance to read the initiative.”
This is the problem with modern day Republicans: they’re timid, horrible long term strategists and end up making panicky pandering moves like this because they’re afraid of being called names by the press. So they continually sell out fiscal responsibility for what they believe is the short term, yet all that is accomplished is that they can never regain the high ground in the debate. Nobody believes that the GOP will overhaul the tax code anymore because they have been gleefully signing on to budgets that require ever more “revenue” to be hijacked from the wallets of hard working American citizens.
Given the choice between Democrat and Democrat Lite, the voter will always choose Democrat, because he knows he can get more “free” stuff from him/her.
Qatar, which provided support for U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria this week, urged the international community to confront the Syrian regime, highlighting pressure by some of Washington’s Gulf Arab allies to widen its campaign against Islamic State.
Qatar is among five Arab nations including Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Bahrain that joined in or supported U.S.-led airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria beginning late on Monday. U.S. officials said Qatar’s role consisted mostly of logistical support.
“The war of genocide being waged and the deliberate displacement carried out by the regime remain the major crime,” Qatar’s ruler, Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, told the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
The world should work to end “the systematic destruction of Syria” by the Syrian government, he said.
Qatar assured the West on Wednesday it was not aiding Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
A source close to the Qatar government told Reuters Tuesday’s U.S.-led airstrikes would not solve anything. He said it was unfair to target only Islamic State when Assad “has been left to kill his people for years.”
We have been looking for the lesser of a zillion evils in Syria for so long that it has paralyzed us and left Assad as odds-on “evil most likely to survive”. Some have (sort of) jokingly suggested that he somehow orchestrated circumstances to get the U.S. and some allies to kill his enemies for him.
Qatar isn’t giving as much military support to the airstrikes as the other Arab states involved and these comments could lead one to legitimately question whether its claim that it isn’t aid ISIS means it simply isn’t doing so now.
Police have raided the homes of seven alleged Islamic state supporters across Germany on suspicion of supplying the group with a makeshift military vehicle complete with a mounted semi-automatic weapon.
The police were acting on information that three of the men drove an ambulance from Germany to Syria last year, where it was converted into what the Bavarian Interior Ministry called “a kind of military personnel carrier”.
Prosecutors say they have evidence that the men from Germany were involved in the plan to upgrade the ambulance. They are also suspected of arranging for six more vehicles to be shipped from Germany to Syria for Islamic State.
The news came as Germany began supplying €70m of sophisticated arms to Kurdish forces fighting against Islamic State in Iraq.
Germany and the UK have long led the way in turning blind eyes to festering Islamic radical problems in the name of political correctness. That same unwillingness to offend here at home will more than likely lead to something awful. It’s tough busting up al-Qaeda cells when you’re spending “security” money to confiscate my daughter’s souvenir snow globe as she returns from vacation but, hey, at least the terrorists weren’t offended!
He gets an assist from the MSNBC camera operator here because they’re always working together. As for tackling issues with rules “from another century,” he may want to look into how we used to fight wars, specifically in the middle part of the 20th Century.
As noted in this PJ Tatler post last night and previously here, the problem is the corporate tax rate and the double taxation on income earned abroad. Bubba agrees. Thus far he seems to be the only prominent Democrat who does.
The Treasury Department today came out with a series of arcane new tax regulations in the hopes of stemming corporate inversions. Inversions happen when U.S. companies merge with a foreign company while usually retaining U.S. operations. Their purpose is to avoid punitive U.S. double taxation on income earned overseas. The Treasury regulations (far too boring to get into any detail) seek to curb the most common ways in which income is shifted to avoid IRS taxation on income which has already faced taxation in other countries.
I’ve got bad news for the Treasury Department: every large company in America has a team of super smart accountants who have already come up with ways around these new regulations. Regulations will never be able to catch up with the ingenuity of super smart accountants in suspenders who think depreciation jokes are funny. Not gonna happen.
Look, inversions happen for two basic reasons. Until such time as we actually fix these two causes of inversions, they will continue to happen.
The post identifies the high corporate tax rate and the double taxation of income earned abroad as the problems that need to be addressed. As we have mentioned here before, those options are never considered by Democrats. The continued demonizing of corporations and the money they earn (seen most recently during the Climate Commies’ “Flood Wall St.” march) is the new cornerstone of leftist politics. If they can convince the great unwashed that corporations and their profits are inherently evil, the case can always be made for more confiscatory tax laws and regulations. Lower taxes simply aren’t an option.
They never will be as long as the progressive fringe controls the Democrats.
The Washington city council passed emergency gun legislation on Tuesday requiring residents and visitors to adhere to strict guidelines to carry a concealed weapon in the U.S. capital.
The move came after a federal judge in July overturned the District of Columbia’s ban on carrying handguns outside the home, saying it was unconstitutional. The judge’s order was under a temporary stay, giving the city time to fashion a new law.
“It’s a situation where we don’t really want to do this, but we have to,” Councilman Marion Barry said before the vote.
That’s right, a city whose residents are clinically insane and keep returning a dirtbag like Marion Barry to office is worried about legal gun owners.
One wonders just how many of Barry’s cocaine dealers over the years obtained their firearms legally and adhered to strict guidelines.
Like her or not, Hillary Clinton may be a cure for political apathy
America is often described as an increasingly divided nation, and when it comes to Hillary Rodham Clinton, that couldn’t be truer. A recent poll by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News found her negative rating to be just two points less than her positive rating, at 41 and 43 percent respectively.
The point, though, is that people care about Clinton — and that’s usually the case whenever there’s a woman on the ballot, according to a new study.
Researchers at Arizona State University reported a demonstrable link between women senators and women’s political engagement. When women voters are represented by senators of their gender, they are more likely to vote, donate to a candidate, belong to a political organization, or get other people “to vote for a particular candidate.”
People don’t care about Hillary. I am not completely dismissing the findings of the study, but if they apply to Hillary 2016 why didn’t they apply in 2008, when she was fresh off of being a senator?
The press, bless their hearts, is doing all it can to make a thoroughly unlikable woman something that she couldn’t be if given another twenty elections to practice. I live in West L.A./Santa Monica. I can’t walk ten feet without seeing “Obama/Biden” stickers from 2008 and 2012 on cars. In the past several months, I’ve encountered maybe two Hillary supporters. In fact, I was seeing Elizabeth Warren bumper stickers a year before I ever saw any “Ready For Hillary” stuff.
They have to keep spinning a tale about Mrs. Clinton because that’s what they’ve been doing all along. That’s how the dutiful wife of a philandering husband who shut up so he wouldn’t lose his job became a feminist icon.
He’s wearisome. With all that is going on at home and abroad, the fact that our president and secretary of State are still busy pimping an alt energy agenda for their cronies in Big Green gets more galling by the day. The only thing rising to dangerous levels is the bs necessary to keep this charade front and center as “our greatest threat.”
Apologies in advance to anyone with delicate stomachs. You may just want to take my word for how awful this is. An A-10 couldn’t provide this much cover. For every negative brought up, a counterpoint, mitigating circumstance or blame-reducing qualifying word is offered. There is no serious discussion of whether she is actually guilty, but when they do get around to talking about it, this gem is offered:
Although she wouldn’t discuss these issues at the behest of her lawyers, Lerner said it is unrealistic to expect public servants not to have opinions: “What matters is that my personal opinions have never affected my work.”
Not everyone is convinced. Reagan-appointed former Federal Election Commission Commissioner Lee Ann Elliott and Craig Engle, a former executive assistant to a GOP commissioner, who worked alongside Lerner in her role prosecuting campaign finance violations at the FEC, think she was biased against big political spenders. They say she was tough on certain groups because she didn’t like them influencing elections.
After letting her offer an unchallenged blanket statement about her lack of bias, Politico does its good puppy duty and informs the public that two of her detractors were–GASP!–Republicans. They even go on to prop up the original blame of an office in Ohio with some flimsy “evidence.”
This is certainly an in-depth profile of a woman who we were constantly told by the president of the United States wasn’t involved in a scandal at all because it was “fake.”
David Harsanyi has more about this nauseating fluff “journalism” over at The Federalist.
Hillary Clinton will headline a fundraising dinner for Florida Democratic gubernatorial Charlie Crist next month, putting her in a key presidential state in the midterms battle, according to an invitation.
Crist, a Republican turned Democrat running for his old job, is in one of the toughest gubernatorial races in the country. He is facing incumbent Republican Rick Scott.
Clinton will headline a dinner Oct. 2 in Miami, according to an invitation.
She is holding a book-signing the same day in the state.
How’s that for a snapshot of being the party of youth and diversity. At least the Democrats can lay claim to catering to the needs of the unnaturally orange voters.
The good news for the Rick Scott camp is that Hillary’s book tour hasn’t had anything remotely positive associated with it yet.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about John McCain’s post-primary popularity on the campaign trail. Well, it turns out that Maverick can’t help out in an all-important potential pick-up race because he was too close to the Democrat’s dad.
U.S. Sen. John McCain plans to barnstorm the country on behalf of Republican Senate candidates in states such as Kansas, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire and Oregon.
However, McCain, R-Ariz., told The Arizona Republic that he intends to sit out the heated Senate battle in Colorado, where incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo, is in peril. McCain is a longtime friend of the Udall family and considers Udall’s father, the late longtime U.S. Rep. Morris Udall, D-Ariz., a congressional mentor.
Asked if he was avoiding Colorado because of his long association with Mark Udall, McCain answered, “and his father, yes.”…
As Allahpundit points out in the post, this is a race that is within a point and would be a HUGE pickup for Republicans given the purple-leans-blue nature of Colorado in recent elections.
Mo Udall was a political legend in Arizona when I was a kid. He was no Barry Goldwater, but he was very well respected. It was back in the days when Republicans and Democrats could slug it out politically and not hate each other personally. It’s understandable the McCain grew close with him.
However, at this point in history, with so much at stake, there isn’t a sound reason for him to not do all he can to help the GOP candidate in a race this important, regardless of his connection to the opposition candidate’s family. The GOP establishment types are forever wagging their fingers at Tea Party conservatives and lecturing us on the need to put aside personal feelings in the general election for the greater good of the party.
I will eagerly await the stern lecture from the upper echelon of the party McCain so rightly deserves.
When good habits are bad, or something.
A 13-year-old California boy was reportedly placed in detention for sharing a school-prepared lunch with another student.
Kyle Bradford, a student at Weaverville Elementary School in Weaverville, Calif., was disciplined after sharing his chicken burrito with a friend who didn’t like the cheese sandwich he was given by the cafeteria, KRCR-TV reported.
“It seemed like he couldn’t get a normal lunch so I just wanted to give mine to him because I wasn’t really that hungry and it was just going to go in the garbage if I didn’t eat it,” Bradford told the website.
The Trinity Alps Unified School District, however, has rules that prohibit students from sharing food — claiming that students can have allergies their classmates may not be aware of, according to the website.
When in doubt, overreact — that is the way of school administrators. I am sure we can partially blame the lawyers for that. However, I also think this has to do with the liberal fantasy of being able to have rules that make every little bad go away in childhood.
I will now leave you with the immortal words of Susan Powter:
Iowa and South Dakota are the two states where the ACA insurance marketplaces have struggled the most. In both states, just 11.1 percent of residents eligible for subsidized insurance signed up for it — the lowest rates in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation. (KHN is an editorially independent program of the foundation.)
What happened in Iowa and South Dakota? The answer lies in commerce, not politics.
The individual insurance market in both states is dominated by one insurer, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Wellmark BCBS chose not to sell on the ACA exchanges in the first year, locking out its consumers from buying subsidized plans from the company. And it has decided to stay out of the Iowa and South Dakota exchanges for Year 2.
Competitors claim that Wellmark BCBS is cleansing its risk pool by staying off the exchanges because “presumably” poorer, less healthy people would be there. The company counters that the federal end of the system is so problematic it prevents them from adequately serving their customers.
Wellmark BCBS cited technical problems with the back end of HealthCare.gov as a reason it is staying out of the market in 2015. A spokeswoman said data discrepancies in the enrollment process could affect consumer subsidies and eligibility.
“How data is transferred between the system, government entities and ultimately, health insurers continues to be problematic,” Wellmark BCBS Public Relations Manager Traci McBee writes in an email. “Because we rely on this information to serve our members, we need to ensure the information we receive is timely, secure and accurate.”
Wellmark says despite not selling on the exchange in 2014, it sold more ACA-compliant plans through its website and insurance agents than any of its competitors did in the two states.
That the company claims it can be more “timely, secure and accurate” with the federal bureaucracy out of the way seems like a…sane reason.