China’s foreign ministry said on Thursday that the United States has no right to confront other countries on their human rights records when it faces problems with racism and mistreatment of prisoners at home.
Both U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. ambassador to China Max Baucus issued statements on Wednesday to mark International Human Rights Day in which they mentioned cases such as the imprisoned Chinese Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said it was hypocritical of the United States to do this considering its own poor record, in apparent reference to recent protests over the killings of unarmed black men and a U.S. Senate report on the torture of detainees after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Thank you, Dianne Feinstein. Now the diseased communists minds of Chinese officials are equating interrogation techniques used to combat an enemy with the institutionalized atrocities they commit on their citizens.
Were John Kerry bright (pause for giggles), he would point out that the Chinese don’t really televise their incidents of civil unrest, what with the making dissidents immediately disappear forever and all.
Given the track record of this administration, they’ll probably send China an apology and a fruit basket.
The party of youth, diversity and the middle class is prepping a rich white grandmother for 2016 and that is resonating with a decidedly un-Occupy demographic.
For the first time in over 20 years, Americans support gun rights more than gun control.
In a Pew Research poll released Wednesday, 52 percent are in support of the protection of gun rights and 46 percent support gun control. This is the first time in two decades that Pew has found more support for gun rights than gun control.
Backing for gun rights has been on the rise since January 2013, when it had 45 percent supporting protections. During that time period, support for gun control also fell from 51 percent to its current standing.
So…support for gun rights has been on the rise despite a full-court press from President Obama, the MSM, and gun-control Democrats throughout America in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook tragedy. Let us also not forget that Michael Bloomberg has been throwing money all over the place to gut the Second Amendment.
Now, state legislators have formed an anti-gun coalition to keep alive the liberal fantasy that Americans want comprehensive gun-control legislation.
The American people have no interest in onerous, comprehensive gun bills and they never will. The civil unrest we are seeing in the past few weeks isn’t going to change that. It will more than likely make law-abiding citizens even more steadfast about their rights to protect themselves.
The only people who want Americans to have restricted access to firearms are the same people giving tacit or overt approval to the lawless mobs who have been dominating the news lately.
Good luck with that.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said today that Detroit’s bankruptcy, the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, will end at 12:01 a.m. ET on Thursday.
“The financial emergency in the city of Detroit will be defined as wrapping up today,” Snyder said at a news conference in Detroit.
He said paperwork to officially end the bankruptcy would be approved later today. The move comes a month after a federal judge approved a strategy for the city to exit bankruptcy.
Kevyn Orr, the city’s emergency manager, said he would step down following today’s announcement. Snyder tapped Orr for the job in March 2013 soon after the governor said Detroit was in a financial emergency.
It was less than two years ago that members of the Detroit city council and others were screaming that Snyder was a racist for taking control away from the mayor and council and giving emergency powers to Orr (they never did, however, adequately explain how putting a black man in charge was “racist”).
Cynical observers (“Present.”) believed for a long time that municipal authorities were merely biding time and hoping for a federal bailout of the city. That cynicism proved to be on point when a member of the council called for the president to do just that soon after the 2012 election.
What Gov. Snyder did was proactive, difficult and necessary. It has now proven to be successful.
If the same people who got Detroit into dire financial straits don’t screw it up, that is.
A bio-drone that dissolves after use leaving no trace it ever existed may sound like the stuff of a James Bond film, but NASA and a team of researchers are actually building one.
Made from a substance that combines mushroom fibers and cloned paper wasp spit, the drone might resemble a propeller-powered egg carton, but its designers say it has the ability to fly into environmentally sensitive areas and leave almost no trace.
Lynn Rothschild, the NASA developer guiding students from Stanford-Brown-Spelman working on the project, says the drone could be made to disappear simply by ditching it into a stream or puddle.
Who among us hasn’t at one time asked, “What am I going to do with all of this spit from my paper wasp clones?”
I am at once fascinated and horrified by the future of drone technology. The same drone that can deliver a pizza can also take a peek from afar into your shower window. Once I realized the latter, everything in The Jetsons started to give me nightmares.
The debate over Gruber’s words will extend beyond today’s hearing. The Supreme Court will hear a case called King v. Burwell this spring in which conservative lawyers argue the subsidies people get under the law should not apply to states that have not set up their own exchanges, citing text of the law, which says tax credits should go to Americans, “through an Exchange established by the state.” The Obama administration and Democrats who wrote the law, as Gruber argued, have said it was always their intention to offer tax credits to people who did not leave in states that set up their exchanges.
Only 14 states have so far set up exchanges, meaning that millions of people would not be eligible to get the subsidies under the law if the court rules against the Obama administration’s position. If the Court ruled against the administration’s view, it is likely states with Republican-led governors and legislatures would opt against setting up exchanges, as they have declined to expand Medicaid under the law, while more blue states would embrace the exchanges.
The remarks that Gruber made in a speech in January 2012 are now at the center of the conservatives’ case at the Supreme Court, which is expected to make a ruling next spring. “What’s important to remember politically about this, is if you’re a state and you don’t set up an Exchange, that means your citizens don’t get their tax credits,” Gruber said back then, suggesting most states would eventually feel compelled to set up exchanges.
Conservatives seized on these comments because Gruber was a key figure in crafting the health care law. He was an architect of the Massachusetts health care reform signed into law by then-Gov. Mitt Romney that included a mandate everyone purchase insurance. The Obama administration borrowed heavily from the Massachusetts law in writing the Affordable Care Act, and Gruber worked as a paid consultant for the administration in 2009 and 2010, using an economic model he has created to predict how much various provisions in the law would cost and how many of the uninsured they would cover.
This isn’t notable because it is providing any groundbreaking news, quite the opposite. It’s notable because the post saying what until recently was something that the MSM and the Obama administration had hoped to keep contained as merely internal outrage among conservative activists and pundits. In the not too distant past, the mainstream, left-leaning media could simply ignore a story like this and it would often go away. That is obviously no longer the case.
President Obama and his cheerleaders in the press seem to be unaware of the rapidly shifting media landscape, however, and keep plowing ahead as if it were 1997. That is why the president thought he could merely tell everyone that Gruber didn’t play a big part in the crafting of Obamacare and it would be enough to throw people off the trail.
The media has, for the most part, spent a month ignoring this and hoping for a little retro magic. That the most partisan hacks among the Big Three networks are now stating the obvious means it is probably an even bigger problem than they’re admitting and Team Lightbringer is really sweating this one.
I don’t know how this guys snuck onto a CBS news show but he’s certainly not in line with the prevailing MSM narrative.
The leftist media is fond of resurrecting figures that were central to narratives that they have created to destroy Republicans in the past. Anita Hill is dusted off every so often so they can stomp their feet and remind us that they hate Clarence Thomas for being a black man who isn’t liberal. Now it’s Valerie Plame’s turn. The woman who was so deeply undercover that she had a parking space at Langley was MSNBC’s “former covert operative” expert today for a segment on the CIA torture report, as if her administrative track career gave her some keen insight into enhanced interrogation techniques.
It was Ms. Plame who was supposed to bring down Karl Rove for good. Lo these many years later, Mr. Rove is doing quite well (for better or worse) and Ms. Plame is presumably on her way back to media mothballs.
Senate Democrats plan to squeeze every last drop out of their majority, threatening to extend the lame duck to approve key nominees of President Barack Obama before turning over Senate control to Republicans in January.
If they hold their caucus together, Democrats can unilaterally prevail and approve Vivek Murthy to be surgeon general, Sarah Saldana to lead Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and Carolyn Colvin to be Social Security administrator, as well as nine judicial nominees, nominees Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday his chamber will consider before the year ends.
But it could get messy given the controversy surrounding Murthy and Saldana — and could require overtime for lawmakers, including defeated or retiring ones who are eyeing the exits for good. Democrats may need all their members to stick around to win tough votes, including Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), who lost her seat on Saturday and has missed all of this week’s votes so far.
“Maybe we’ll have to work the weekend and maybe even work next week. I know that’s tough duty for everybody, but we may have to do that,” Reid said when asked about the road ahead for approving the president’s team.
Hell hath no fury like an entitled senator scorned, however, few things terrify members of Congress more than the prospect of actually having to work. Once you start cutting into the vacation time it can get ugly.
Perhaps a spiteful exit by the Reid majority would steel the incoming majority leader’s spine. However this plays out, there aren’t likely to be a lot of congratulatory gifts handed out on the Hill next month.
As was noted here yesterday, it’s the least wonderful time of the year for those who aren’t members of the Church of Climate Hysteria.
Like all things United Nations, this dog and melting pony show is designed primarily to give lesser countries a public forum to pretend to be superior to the United States.
Washington is on track to meet its targets for reducing emissions in heat-trapping greenhouse gases despite an uptick last year, U.S. officials insisted at climate talks Monday.
Quizzed by rich and poor countries about its efforts against global warming, President Barack Obama’s envoys sought to explain how exactly the U.S. plans to cut emissions 17 percent by 2020 based on 2005 levels.
Emissions were down about 10 percent but rose slightly last year and in early 2014 due to an “extraordinarily cold winter” that required high energy consumption, deputy U.S. climate adviser Rick Duke said in response to a question from China. He said emissions are projected to be down next year.
For the most part, China has been given a free pass on emissions standards by the international community, so the mere fact that its envoys get to even speak at this conference are an indication of what a sham it is.
Note also the reference to an “extraordinarily cold winter” as a factor for the uptick in emissions. That’s right, we didn’t meet some arbitrary numbers because we are a civilized country that tries to keep its citizens from freezing to death in the winter.
Those of us who are more than cynical about the U.N. motives may wonder if there is something to be gained by making American officials feel guilty.
Remember kids, our current president is eager for the United States to be treated this way.
Steve McNamara, the general secretary for The Licensed Taxi Drivers Association (LTDA) has spoken out against Uber, accusing the taxi-booking app of using immigrant drivers who have not been screened properly due to the fact they come from “third world countries”, and saying they are “more dangerous” than black cabs.
Uber rankles feathers everywhere because it challenges government-regulated monopolies. More correctly, it challenges what bureaucrats thought would be government-regulated monopolies. While these power-hungry bureaucrats all have the same endgame, it’s interesting to see that across the pond they’re actually able to publicly lament improper documentation when it comes to immigrants and jobs.
Here’s to empowering citizens to create jobs by ignoring the red tape that exists mainly to financially bleed the citizens and stifle innovation.
The GOP was outraged last year after Reid and Democrats used a procedural move known as the “nuclear option” to unilaterally change the Senate’s rules to deprive the minority from being able to block most of President Obama’s nominations.
“I think it’s rank hypocrisy if we don’t,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said when asked about reversing the rule change.
“If we don’t, then disregard every bit of complaint that we made, not only after they did it but also during the campaign,” he added. “I’m stunned that some people want to keep it.”
Senators changing opinions on procedural gimmicks is nothing new. If they favor your side at the moment it’s, “Yay team!” Once the rules no longer do so, a resounding chorus of boos can be heard. So it’s not really hypocrisy, it’s pretty much business as usual.
The GOP could stake some consistent high ground (or what is perceived as such) by reversing Reid’s decision, but the reality is that you sometimes have to fight in the mud once your opponent has dragged you down into it.
Senior Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee see little tactical advantage in restoring the 60-vote threshold for nominees when they control the agenda next year.
They argue that if Obama nominates officials and judges who are too extreme, the Senate Judiciary could simply not report them to the floor, or incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) could decide not to schedule them for votes.
They assert that reversing the nuclear option would not benefit them in the long term because Democrats would likely trigger it once again if they reclaimed the majority while their party controlled the White House.
And if a Republican wins the presidency in 2016, they want that officeholder to be able to shape his or her administration and the judicial branch with as free a hand as Obama has enjoyed during the final three years of his term.
“An immediate return to the prior nominations standard under Republican control would only reward Democrats for their misdeed and — since they have reaped the benefits but borne none of the costs — Democrats would have further incentive to engage in procedural abuses,” Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a former Judiciary Committee chairman, wrote in a Monday op-ed for Politico.
Now you have Hatch disagreeing with the two-headed McCain/Graham monster, which is a conundrum, as they generally march in lock step.
Since the passage of Obamacare, procedural trickery has been the closest friend of the Democrats, and Hatch is correct in assuming that they will institute it as the norm as soon as they are in control again — so why not fight the fight in the arena they created?
Gruber looks a bit unflappable, but a lot of people who are paid to lie are practiced at this sort of thing. There’s an inherent smugness in the progressive elite that comes from years of truly believing that they are “helping” lesser beings.
He politely explains that they have been lying and that is the real reason that they’re there. Elections have consequences.
MoveOn.org is urging Sen. Elizabeth Warren to enter the presidential race.
The liberal group plans to spend $1 million a campaign to push the Massachusetts Democrat to run in the 2016 election, according to a report Tuesday in The New York Times.
MoveOn.org’s director, Ilya Sheyman, told the Times that the draft-Warren campaign would involve opening offices in Iowa and New Hampshire and starting a “Run Warren Run” website where backers can sign a petition urging her to jump into the race for the White House.
“We want to demonstrate to Senator Warren that there’s a groundswell of grass-roots energy nationally and in key states and to demonstrate there’s a path for her,” Sheyman said. “Voters are looking for bold solutions about how you fix a rigged system in which middle- and working-class families are falling behind.”
This must have the folks at Team Hillary hitting the antacids early today. They may lull themselves to sleep every night reading press stories about Mrs. Clinton’s inevitability, but they’re often awakened by nightmares of Sen. Warren saying, “I announce my candidacy…”
One thing that isn’t often mentioned lately is how far left the party has moved just since the last time Hillary ran for president. The progressives constantly complain that it hasn’t gone far enough, but their version of that really doesn’t include silly things like presidential elections. Still, the Obama years have helped push the norm for the Democrats toward the progressive fringe and Mrs. Clinton is still over in the 1990s.
Elizabeth Warren is the dream of the class-warfare and civil-unrest crowd, like people who protest for higher wages or lie down in streets to stop traffic.
Let’s see how adamant she is about not running once some money starts pooling behind her.
State lawmakers have launched a nationwide non-partisan coalition to combat gun violence, in part because the Congress has failed to reform gun laws, members of the group said on Monday.
Some 200 lawmakers from 50 states have joined the alliance, American State Legislators for Gun Violence Prevention, said the group’s founder, Democratic New York State Assembly member Brian Kavanagh.
Kavanagh told a news conference the group would focus on state-level gun control reforms, including the prevention of interstate gun trafficking and tightening background checks on buyers.
Congress hasn’t “failed” at all. In fact, they have been fulfilling their duties as representatives of the people for once when it comes to this issue. Sweeping gun control legislation is rejected because so many Democrats won’t vote for it. The coastal elites don’t grasp that Democrats who represent people from places that aren’t Manhattan, Los Angeles or San Francisco are very wary of the baby steps that progressives want to take on the way to one day completely gutting the Second Amendment.
Most Americans are also beginning to understand that once the Second Amendment is dismantled, the First will quickly follow.
It is once again the time of year when the most useless international body in Earth’s history gathers to coordinate its efforts to usurp sovereignty from the United States under the guise of stopping whatever it is they say climate is doing these days.
I attended/infiltrated the 2010 version of this event in Cancún, Mexico, and it was a most bizarre experience. At the conference expo they had a “Home of the Future” that looked like a prairie hut from the 1870s with solar panels. Most of the expo attendees were school children who were bused in for some good old-fashioned indoctrination.
However ridiculous these people seem to the sane eye, they are still a well-oiled machine, and that is what makes them dangerous. The left-leaning professional publicists formerly known as reporters are more than eager to make much ado about whatever progressives tell them to.
This morning’s news found Bloomberg News hyperventilating about typhoons in the Philippines, which are about as rare as embarrassing public antics by Miley Cyrus. The most recent occurrence of this seasonal event is touted as adding “urgency” to the UN talks.
Our friends at the New York Times even trotted out the “global warming” throwback for a headline today, discussing what will be “commonplace” in 2040, based on some predictive models. Bless their hearts, the models haven’t been working out that well for them thus far, but they keep treating them as flawless.
While his immigration overreach has been getting all of the attention lately, this press message coordination is designed to give President Obama some backup for more executive action.
The research, by a team led by University of Cal-Irvine doctoral candidate Tyler Sutterley, first appeared online at the journal Geophysical Research Letters on November 15th, about two weeks before Thanksgiving. So why is it making headlines now? Probably because the National Aeronautics and Space Administration issued a press release on the new paper on December 2nd. Why wait so long? Because on December 1st, the United Nations kicked off its annual climate confab and the Obama administration is keen on orchestrating its release of scary-sounding climate stories so as to attempt to generate support for its executively commanded (i.e., avoiding Congress) carbon dioxide reduction initiatives that will be on display there. This also explains the recent National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration speculation that 2014 is going to be the “warmest year on record”—another headline grabber—two months before all the data will be collected and analyzed.
The media fix will always be in when it comes to climate change hysteria (children’s entertainment is embarrassing because of it right now), and the current occupant of the Oval Office will do everything he can on his own to burden the American taxpayer to help fund his pet issue.
With a little help from his friends, of course.
I believe his contract says he is allowed to remind everyone that he isn’t really one of the MSNBC gang once a month, so he’s hit his max for December.
For more than 30 years, the A-10 Thunderbolt II—better known as the Warthog because it’s so ugly—has performed a crucial role: attacking hostile targets that threaten troops on the ground, a task called close air support. The plane, designed for the Cold War, is old. It’s slow. And it’s about as sophisticated as a hammer. But it is heavily armored and wickedly armed, making it a ruthlessly effective weapon. And that is why, despite ongoing efforts by Defense Department brass to kill it, the Warthog is headed back into battle to help in the fight against ISIS.
An undisclosed number of Warthogs, part of the “Blacksnakes” 163rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron based at Fort Wayne, Indiana, have been deployed to Middle Eastern airbases to provide air cover to troops fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
Last summer I wrote about the pencil-pushers’ efforts to get rid of this war machine that is enormously popular with the people who, you know, actually fight wars.
Thankfully, John McCain had another lucid moment and he, along with a few others, have kept fighting for the old bird.
Pentagon brass, including outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, would like to retire the jet by 2019. But the A-10 has key supporters in Congress, including McCain and New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte (whose husband Joe flew the A-10 in Iraq). They argue there simply isn’t yet an adequate replacement. Not so, say those calling for the A-10’s retirement. The F-35 isn’t quite ready for battle, but they insist planes like the F-16 and the F-15E are up to the task.
That may be, but nothing elicits the same admiration for the Warthog, which is so ugly as to be beautiful, a machine designed to take no end of punishment even as it punishes those stand in its way. “Its ugliness makes it endearing,” Underwood says.
Unless you’re on the receiving end of that 30mm cannon.
The incoming chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus thinks that President Barack Obama deserves a good grade on immigration — but not an excellent one.
Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.), who will lead the group of Latino lawmakers next year, said she would give Obama a B+ for how he has handled immigration during his six years in office.
“There are areas in which we obviously would have liked to see more done on immigration,” Sanchez said in an interview for C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” that airs Sunday. “Clearly, the president is limited by certain legal precedents, but we think overall he’s been very receptive on that issue.”
Those pesky “certain legal precedents” are always getting in the way of illegal immigration, aren’t they? It’s also worth asking what his grade would be had he not overstepped his authority by leaps and bounds last month with the plan he spent years telling people he couldn’t do.
A sound goal for the new Republican majority would be to make sure his grades tank for the remainder of his term.
France and the US have agreed a compensation package for Holocaust victims deported by a French rail company during World War Two.
The two sides announced a $60m (£40m) compensation fund, paid for by the French government, on Friday.
Reparations will be paid to those transported by state rail company SNCF to Nazi concentration camps.
US lawmakers have previously attempted to bar SNCF from rail contracts because of its actions in WW2.
The rail company moved 76,000 Jews to Nazi camps during the Holocaust. Only about 3,000 survived.
As this article states, the debate over this has always been about the culpability of SNCF, chiefly whether they only did it because the Nazis forced them. This may be an admission that they rolled over a bit too easily, or it may not. Hopefully, this will help those affected by this horror in some small way, albeit very late.
In the face of new information, there now appear to be discrepancies in Jackie’s account, and we have come to the conclusion that our trust in her was misplaced. We were trying to be sensitive to the unfair shame and humiliation many women feel after a sexual assault and now regret the decision to not contact the alleged assaulters to get their account. We are taking this seriously and apologize to anyone who was affected by the story.
Were this an isolated incident it would be bad enough. This story, however, was written at a time when there is a movement afoot on college campuses to basically strip constitutional rights away from male students, creating “guilty until proven innocent” policies regarding sexual assault. This wasn’t reporting, it was deliberate political narrative-building.
The discrepancies in this story have been out there for all to see for a while and, while it’s good that the magazine finally acknowledged them, it would have been better had an editor done his or her job in the first place.
Cautioning against false accusations is not the same as ignoring the problem, although this debate has become so heated that claim is often made.
This year’s flu season may be more deadly than usual and this year’s flu vaccine is a relatively poor match to the viruses that are now circulating, federal health officials warned on Thursday.
“Flu is unpredictable, but what we’ve seen thus far is concerning,” said Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The C.D.C. has alerted doctors to the problem and has urged them to prescribe antiviral drugs like Tamiflu to vulnerable patients with flu symptoms without waiting for a positive flu test.
The season has only just begun, but 91 percent of the approximately 1,200 samples tested thus far are of the H3N2 subtype of influenza A, Dr. Frieden said. Almost all the rest were influenza B. There were almost no samples of the H1 subtype, a descendant of the 2009 “swine flu” strain.
Years in which H3 subtypes are more common than H1 subtypes tend to lead to more hospitalizations and deaths, he added.
Moreover, about half of those H3 subtypes — or about 45 percent of all the samples tested so far — are of a new H3 subtype that this season’s flu vaccine does not protect well against.
I’m still amazed at the number of people I run into who think an annual flu shot takes completely takes care of them for the year. Still, protecting against what one can is probably better than going full Jenny McCarthy on medicine.
You never want to go full Jenny McCarthy.
The head of New York City’s police union said officers felt “thrown under the bus” by Mayor Bill de Blasio following a Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict an officer in the death of Eric Garner, CBS New York station WCBS-TV reports.
Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said the mayor needs to do more to support New York City cops.
“What police officers felt yesterday after that press conference is that they were thrown under the bus,” Lynch told reporters Thursday. “That they were out there doing a difficult job in the middle of the night, protecting the rights of those to protest, protecting our sons and daughters and the mayor was behind microphones like this throwing them under the bus.”
Earlier in the day, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani said that de Blasio’s speech tore down respect for the criminal justice system.
What de Blasio did was mimic one of President Obama’s worst habits by weighing in personally on a news story that needed a leader to calm any potential escalation. When a leader has a powderkeg-in-waiting on his or her hands, it isn’t the time for an impromptu op-ed speech for the cameras. Had de Blasio been a regular citizen, an emotional response would have been fine. As the leader of the largest city in the country, selling out the people appointed with keeping the peace in that city was almost criminally irresponsible.
In this sensationalist media age, the bad seeds sadly get far more press than the good people. Yes, some cops step over the line, occasionally leading to tragic outcomes, but all cops aren’t like that. If we are ever to have rational discussions and debates on issues that clearly need to be addressed, we need leaders who lead rather than emote.
Who had the worst week in Washington? Elizabeth Lauten.
This is the kind of story that one would expect a recent hire at a lunatic fringe site like Media Matters or Talking Points Memo to be running with. That the flagship paper in the nation’s capital ran no fewer than twelve stories prior to this one is beyond embarrassing.
It’s also proof that the mainstream media doesn’t lean left, it is left. This isn’t biased reporting, it’s public relations work for the Democrats. President Obama and his signature achievement spent Thanksgiving under a bus, having been thrown there by members of Democratic leadership. He also went down to somewhere near #648 on his list of people to nominate for secretary of Defense because nobody really wants the job.
What does a faithful member of the cult do when the leader is being besieged by reality?
Whip up a distraction.
Elizabeth Lauten has to have had the worst week in Washington in the minds of Chris Cillizza and his ilk because the alternative–that their Messiah is failing–is just too painful to bear.
When future civilizations study the death of journalism and newspapers in our time, they will no doubt almost immediately note that it was by suicide.
U.S. Senator John McCain said on Thursday he is blocking President Barack Obama’s nomination of Anthony Blinken as the country’s number two diplomat, citing sharp disagreement with the nominee’s past statements on Iraq.
“He’s totally unqualified,” the Republican senator told Reuters, when asked why he was holding up Blinken’s nomination to be deputy Secretary of State.
“He’s the guy who said we’re leaving behind the richest, safest Iraq in history. Look it up,” McCain said, referring to Blinken’s reassuring comments two years ago about the decision to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq.
To be fair, Maverick has always been rather steady in his criticism of The Idiot King’s…ahem…foreign policy. Lately it’s just a refreshing surprise to find him getting attention without trashing conservative colleagues.
His point here is excellent too. There doesn’t seem to be a level of cluelessness which makes one unworthy of advancement in this administration. Now that virtually everything about the withdrawal from Iraq has literally and figuratively blown up, who in their right minds wants the guy who got is so wrong to be second honcho at State? This administration’s approach to foreign policy is like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind meets Groundhog Day.
The former Hizzoner doesn’t seem to be much of a fan of the present Hizzoner. If de Blasio’s intent was to be a calming presence during his speech yesterday, he failed miserably.
“I do blame the politician,” Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, explained on MSNBC’s “Hardball.” “We put our police in a dangerous situation with bad laws.”
Garner died after a police officer put him in a chokehold while trying arrest him for selling tax-free cigarettes. The police officers at the time were unaware of Garner’s pre-existing health conditions that likely helped lead to his death.
On Wednesday, Paul said Garner’s death would have been prevented if the law creating New York City’s high cigarette taxes — the highest in the country — wasn’t created.
“I think it’s also important to know that some politician put a tax of $5.85 on a pack of cigarettes,” Paul said. “So they’ve driven cigarettes underground so as not to make them so expensive.”
The likely Republican presidential hopeful continued, “But then some politician also had to direct the police to say, ‘Hey, we want you arresting people for selling a loose cigarette.’ And for someone to die over you know breaking that law — there really is no excuse for it.”
The lefty spin on this so far is implying that Sen. Paul is ignoring the police officer’s actions while trying to blame it on the politician who passed the cigarette tax, which is ridiculous. He seems to be looking at the entire situation and asking, “How did we ever get to this point?”
Progressives are responsible for outlawing or criminalizing everything from behavioral choices to speech and they don’t seem to get the totalitarian direction in which this is all going. They live in a permanent state of disconnect, never grasping that the nanny-state big government they practically treat as a fetish is the same government that spies on citizens and can spawn heavy-handed law enforcement.
So yes, there is a connection between creating a criminal black market for a still legal substance through onerous taxation and an ugly encounter with law enforcement that resulted in death. It most definitely does not excuse the actions of the officer (which most on the right and left are condemning), but it does provide a cautionary tale that should be heeded.
“The Kelly File,” hosted by Megyn Kelly, attracted 546,000 viewers ages 25 to 54 in November, more than any other cable news program in the demographic coveted by advertisers. It’s the first time Kelly has topped the nightly cable news rankings since her show began last year, and the first time any Fox host has beaten O’Reilly in two years.
O’Reilly, who has hosted “The O’Reilly Factor” since 1996, drew 521,000 viewers in the 25-to-54 age group. He had the larger overall audience, with more than 3 million people tuned in nightly, while 2.73 million watched “The Kelly File.”
Both shows prospered in a month where Fox News, owned by 21st Century Fox Inc. (FOXA), outdrew every cable channel in prime time except for ESPN. Fox attracted more than 2 million viewers a night between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. in November, which included Congressional elections and protests in Ferguson, Missouri.
Fox News’ prime-time ratings have increased 12 percent this season in the 25-to-54 age group from last year, while total prime-time viewership has climbed 3 percent.
This was inevitable. While O’Reilly appeals to an extremely devoted and, for now, larger demographic, Kelly probably has broader longterm potential with the money demo. Of course, Roger Ailes knew this when he moved her from daytime into her current slot. Roger Ailes knows everything about cable news, remember?
Kelly is also dispelling the myth that FNC prime time viewers are all octogenarians who still tell “Ike” stories. The liberal media would have us believe that all Republicans fit that description even as they champion a grandmother for the presidency in 2016.
Megyn Kelly’s growing audience is younger and most definitely not ready for Hillary.
GOP senators were outraged at Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for invoking the “nuclear option” last year, calling his push to weaken the filibuster on presidential nominees a destructive and heavy-handed move with far-reaching consequences.
But now that Republicans are about to take control of the Senate, they seem unlikely to reverse it.
As they begin to plan their opening steps in the new majority, a growing number of Republican senators are expressing deep reservations about changing Senate rules back to the old system in which 60 votes were needed to overcome filibusters on presidential nominees. Instead, a number of senior
GOP senators like Orrin Hatch of Utah and even junior Republicans like Ted Cruz of Texas are signaling privately and publicly that they want to stay at the 50-vote threshold set by Reid’s Democratic Senate majority.
Reid’s move always did seem a bit shortsighted, as it appeared for quite some time that the Republicans had a realistic chance of taking over the Senate. He must have known that he might soon be laboring under the same rule. Perhaps he knows that he won’t be around long enough to really be bothered by it, which is one optimistic way of looking at it. Reid has barely scraped by in recent elections, aided mostly by a combination of help from Big Labor and weak Republican challengers. In 2016, there is a very real possibility that he will face hugely popular Republican Governor Brian Sandoval, and Big Labor may not be enough to save him then.
Politico Really, Really Wants You to Know that the NY Post Corrected a Story that Made Obama Look Bad
The New York Post has corrected a report that wrongly quoted President Barack Obama badmouthing NBC’s Chuck Todd.
The Post’s initial report, published Saturday, quoted Obama as calling the “Meet the Press” moderator “sad” while on a visit to a Washington, D.C., bookstore. As we pointed out yesterday, the president was actually referring to the picture of himself on the jacket of Todd’s new book, “The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House.”
In its correction, the Post said the story “was based on a pool report from President Obama’s bookstore visit. Video of the event, released later, shows it’s more likely Obama is referring to the picture of himself on the cover of the book when he says ‘he’s just sad’ — and is not referring to author Chuck Todd.”
99.999999% of all corrections by the MSM get buried deeper than Jimmy Hoffa but this one involved making The Lightbringer look like he might be in the midst of a lover’s quarrel with one of the cheer leading squad. So it is of the utmost importance that the public know that the president was being self effacing.
For the first time ever.
NATO will establish a prototype of a new rapid response force next year as it strives to improve its ability to deter a potential Russian attack, the alliance said on Tuesday.
The “interim spearhead force” will be made up of German, Dutch and Norwegian troops and is expected to be about the size of a brigade, or about 4,000 troops.
The new force responds to a proposal approved in September at a NATO summit meeting in Wales to establish a “high readiness” unit to defend the alliance’s Central European members.
Because of formidable operational and financial challenges, a permanent quick reaction force will not be established until 2016, the NATO secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, said Tuesday during meetings here of the alliance’s foreign ministers.
Gosh, it seems like only a couple of years ago that Obama was being lauded by the media lapdogs for zinging Romney over his concerns about Russia. Oh wait, it was.
At this point, it would be a far simpler task to compile a list of things that this president has been right about (the days of the week, right from left, Biden’s an idiot, etc.) than to ponder his almost hourly mistakes. That will be left to the one historian who is actually interested in an objective assessment of Barack Obama’s tenure
on the golf course in the Oval Office.
It isn’t just how often he is wrong, it’s how remarkably wrong he is, especially when it comes to foreign policy. This is the man who has been getting security briefings every day for six years and was surprised by ISIS and Vladimir Putin. One almost gets the sense that he would be truly shocked to learn that it snows in Antarctica.
It’s OK, he really can’t do much damage as a lame duck in the next couple of years, can he?
The same people who preach tolerance, cry about a lack of bipartisanship in Congress and attribute acts of violence to “rhetoric” are gleefully promoting merchandise that proudly proclaims hatred for a rather large portion of the voting American public.
They’re hitting social media to brag about it too:
The senior Senate Republican on Tuesday raised the possibility of Congress writing comprehensive healthcare legislation if the Supreme Court next year strikes down a subsidy provision of Obamacare.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who will lead the chamber starting in January, told reporters: “If the court would rule the way they might, we could be in a very large comprehensive revisitation” of U.S. healthcare policy.
The nation’s highest court is expected to rule by the end of June on a conservative challenge to an important part of President Barack Obama’s 2010 Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare.
The Supreme Court last month agreed to hear arguments for and against tax-credit subsidies to help millions of Americans get health coverage under the law.
At first blush, this seems like something to be excited about. After all, it would be hard to make the law worse, right? McConnell, however, admits he is unsure what the changes would look like because the decision is months away.
GOP leadership has had years now to ponder what revisions and overhauls to this bureaucratic monstrosity should look like and there really isn’t any reason for them not to have quite a list of alternatives, regardless of what SCOTUS ends up doing.
If I remain skeptical, it is probably because they keep giving me reasons to.