Two of the Southwest’s largest coal-fired power plants straddle the San Juan River in northwestern New Mexico, one within clear view of the other.
But one of them didn’t factor into the Obama administration’s plans to reduce carbon dioxide emissions across the nation because it is on an American Indian reservation.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it will hold off on emissions standards for four power plants on reservations to talk further with tribes and give them an opportunity to create cleanup plans of their own. If the tribes decline, the federal government will craft plans for them.
“There’s a different federal-tribal relationship than there are with states, so we wanted to take that into account,” EPA spokeswoman Liz Purchia said.
I thought we were taking “OMG YOU’RE KILLING THE PLANET!” into account? These plants are mere miles apart. If one can wait, why can’t the other?
It’s going to be rough for the Democrats when these junk science hippie fantasies of theirs begin hitting everyone’s utility bills.
Really dumb headline:
$15 minimum wage permits few luxuries in US cities
A $15 minimum wage like the one adopted in Seattle doesn’t buy many luxuries in most American cities.
Lattes, theater tickets and cable television will still be out of reach for most minimum-wage workers. But about $31,000 a year should be enough to pay the average rent for a shared one-bedroom apartment, plus utilities, health insurance, groceries and an inexpensive cellphone plan.
So what they’ve accomplished is creating a wage that adults who want to share one bedroom can barely survive on. An annual wage that will only be available until businesses fold or cut back on staff because of the extra cost. The ones that haven’t cut back on hours because of Obamacare, that is.
The progressive inability to understand math is going to ruin us all.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein took at shot at the Obama administration on Tuesday for failing to give lawmakers 30 days’ notice about a deal to release five Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the only POW from America’s war in Afghanistan.
“It’s very disappointing that there was not a level of trust sufficient to justify alerting us,” Feinstein told reporters in the Capitol.
A defense bill that President Obama signed into law in December 2013 requires that Congress be notified 30 days ahead of releasing prisoners from Guantanamo Bay.
Feinstein said that National Deputy Security Adviser Tony Blinken called her Monday night “apologizing” for failing to notify lawmakers sooner.
From Obamacare to this, The Idiot King doesn’t seem to be much for obeying the laws he signs.
The press has been in full cover the president’s you-know-what mode for two days now, so you can tell that Team Lightbringer is nervous about this. It is yet another monumental misread of the sentiment of the American public, coming hot on the heels of their gross miscalculations about how to proceed regarding the VA scandal.
Can we scour craigslist or LinkedIn and try to find an adult for this administration?
It took Harriette Thompson more than seven hours to run a marathon Sunday in San Diego. But that was awfully good, considering she’s 91 and recovering from cancer.
In fact, she beat the previous record for women 90 and up by two hours and 45 minutes. She also became the second-oldest woman to complete a marathon in U.S. history, according to the running site Competitor.com.
She told the Charlotte Observer before the race that the only time she feels her age is after running a marathon.
“Lots of times, I see young girls coming in and limping, hardly able to move,” she said, “and I think, ‘Well, that’s pretty good that I don’t feel that bad.’ ”
Thompson finished Sunday’s race in 7 hours, 7 minutes and 42 seconds. It was her 15th marathon in 16 years. She started running the San Diego race at age 76, missing only last year’s because of oral cancer.
This would be an inspirational story even if I weren’t a runner. As I am one, I would like to thank Harriette Thompson for destroying whatever excuses I may concoct in the future.
I better get some rest, I have to run tomorrow.
Syrians vote on Tuesday in a presidential poll that Bashar al-Assad is all but certain to win, but which the opposition has slammed as a “farce” that will prolong a brutal three-year war.
In theory, this will be Syria’s first election in nearly 50 years, with Assad and his father Hafez renewing their mandates in successive referendums.
But the controversial vote excludes regime opponents from running, and will only be held in areas under army control.
Good news: the North Koreans and Iranians are there to make sure the voting is fair!
Observers from countries allied to the regime — North Korea, Iran and Russia — are to supervise the voting, while a security plan has reportedly been put in place in Syrian cities to prevent possible attacks against voters and polling stations.
Well, at least our magical healing president has made everyone in that part of the world love us just like the Hopeychangeys promised he would…
Seattle’s city council on Monday unanimously approved an increase in the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, making it the nation’s highest by far.
The increase was formally proposed by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, and his spokesman said he intends to sign the ordinance on Tuesday.
Apparently unaware that it doesn’t have the weather advantages that other places pricing themselves out of existence do (Los Angeles, anyone?), Seattle seems to be ready to set a record for how many businesses it can ruin.
The earnest idiots who whip up this minimum wage frenzy always use big corporations in their examples. It’s usually along the lines of, “The CEO of McDonald’s makes millions while the burger flipper struggles and that is wrong BECAUSE FAIRNESS.” No discussion of the fact that an entry level, part time job isn’t supposed to be your adult income wage for life.
What they don’t discuss is just how stifling this progressive feel good, math-hating nonsense is to current and aspiring small business owners.
Because they want to drive as many people as they can into financial hell.
Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes on Wednesday twice refused to say whether she would have voted for President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.
Asked two times whether she’d have voted for the 2010 overhaul, the Kentucky Democrat who is challenging Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell told The Associated Press: “I, when we are in the United States Senate, will work to fix the Affordable Care Act.”
Grimes added: “I believe the politically motivated response you continue to see from Mitch McConnell in terms of repeal, root and branch, is not in reality or keeping … with what the facts are here in Kentucky.”
The law Republicans call “Obamacare” presents a delicate issue for Grimes, who won the Democratic Senate primary on Tuesday. Kynect, Kentucky’s state-run health insurance exchange made possible by the law, is wildly popular. More than 400,000 people have either signed up for an expanded Medicaid program or purchased private insurance plans with the help of government subsidies. But Obamacare remains unpopular in the state, mostly because President Barack Obama himself is unpopular here.
Look at her, already getting a little help from the MSM. “The law Republicans call Obamacare”? Really? Pretty sure that’s not just a Republican thing. The implication, of course, is to make it seem as if all of the problems are just because the GOP politicians are being super big meanies to the awesome freebie health care.
She could end up being a decent opponent. McConnell will probably win, I just fear the party will have to spend money defending this seat that could be better spent elsewhere.
Like on someone who isn’t awful.
More than 100 demonstrators seeking better pay for McDonald’s workers were arrested on Wednesday as protesters swarmed the fast-food chain’s corporate campus near Chicago demanding a minimum wage of $15 an hour and the right to unionize.
The protest against McDonald’s Corp, the world’s biggest restaurant operator by revenue, came a day before a shareholder vote on executive pay, including that of Chief Executive Don Thompson, who earned total compensation of $9.5 million in 2013.
Rallies by low-wage restaurant and retail workers have helped fuel a national debate on pay inequality at a time when many middle- to low-income Americans are struggling to make ends meet.
Jessica Davis, a 25-year-old McDonald’s crew trainer with two children, said Thompson was earning his millions on the backs of working mothers and fathers.
“We need to show McDonald’s that we’re serious and that we’re not backing down,” said Davis, who earns $8.98 per hour at a Chicago McDonald’s.
These aren’t talking points that burger-flippers dream up while they’re pondering politics and economics in their free hours, they’re class warfare instigation tactics by commie labor goons.
Here’s a simple lesson: if you’re company can easily replace you with automation, and is already doing so elsewhere in the world, maybe you should be doing something to get yourself in position for a better job.
Show of hands on how many would rather deal with the touch screen anyway…
Virgin America on Wednesday called its flight attendants’ drive to join a union detrimental and said it expects the effort to fail like a similar vote two years ago.
The Burlingame, California-based airline’s flight attendants petitioned on Tuesday for a vote on whether to be represented by the Transport Workers Union (TWU), a move that, if successful, would leave no non-union airline in the U.S. industry.
Since launching in 2007, Virgin America has focused on “making flying good again,” and “a third party like the TWU would only detract from that,” spokeswoman Jennifer Thomas said.
For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of flying Virgin America, it is one of the more remarkably pleasant travel experiences in America these days. The crews are nice, professional and manage to do all of the legally mandated garbage other crews have to without making them tedious.
It’s remarkable how things change when people have to perform better to hang onto their jobs.
The White House fought on Tuesday to contain the growing political furor over allegations of misconduct at the nation’s veterans hospitals as Republicans, eager to use the issue in the midterm elections, seized on the reports as new evidence that President Obama is unable to govern effectively.
Rob Nabors, the president’s deputy chief of staff, will fly to the Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Phoenix on Wednesday to assess the most damning reports — that government workers falsified data or created secret waiting lists to hide the long delays veterans faced before seeing doctors.
The president is also sending Denis R. McDonough, his chief of staff, to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to consult with the chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Senator Bernard Sanders, independent of Vermont. Lawmakers are working on bipartisan legislation that would give veterans officials greater authority to fire those responsible at the department. The House is expected to vote on Wednesday on a bill, and the Senate is expected to hold hearings on the legislation soon.
Inside the White House, officials said that there was no political panic but that the issue was of serious, substantive concern — unlike, they said, a previous Republican uproar over extra scrutiny given to Tea Party groups by the Internal Revenue Service.
That was an extraordinarily hacktastic move to get in a dismissal of the IRS targeting “scandal that wasn’t a scandal”.
The tone of the article is that the VA scandal makes it appear as if this administration is a train wreck, not the obvious, “This administration is actually a train wreck.”
In a curious move, the article mentions that Obama is getting grief from his “liberal pop culture allies”:
The incidents have also generated a new round of condemnation from the president’s liberal pop culture allies, an indication that anger about the allegations has moved beyond the halls of Congress. On Monday, Jon Stewart on Comedy Central mocked the president’s top officials, including Mr. Shinseki, for what he called tepid expressions of outrage and anger in recent days.
Reacting to Mr. Shinseki’s declaration that he was “mad as hell” about the allegations, Mr. Stewart said, “Your ‘mad as hell’ face looks a lot like your ‘Oh, we’re out of orange juice’ face.”
They get back on target, finishing up with a warning to Republicans about using this scandal as a “political weapon”.
In summation: the problem isn’t really the problem, the problem is that the Republicans are making the public aware of the problem.
Because it’s fun to laugh at the French.
The French train operator SNCF has discovered that 2,000 new trains it ordered at a cost of 15bn euros ($20.5bn; £12.1bn) are too wide for many regional platforms.
The BBC’s Christian Fraser in Paris says that it is an embarrassing blunder that has so far cost the rail operator over 50m euros ($68.4m; £40.6m).
Our correspondent says that the cost is likely to rise even further.
They were given the wrong dimensions but didn’t double-check them.
“Close enough for government work” became a saying for a reason, kids.
It’s been obvious ever since 2010 that Republicans and conservatives were spending a lot more slamming the Affordable Care Act than the Obama administration and Democrats were spending to defend it.
But 15 to 1?
Yes. That’s the ratio calculated by Kantar Media’s campaign media analysis group — CMAG to political junkies. Kantar estimates that national advertising against the ACA cost $418 million, compared with $27 million for ads supporting the law. Kantar calls the anti-ACA spending “unprecedented [and] largely unanswered.”
Even in general election-focused ads this year, 76 percent of Republican ads airing from January through April attacked the health care law. In Senate campaigns in New Hampshire and North Carolina and in 13 House races, Kantar found that every GOP broadcast ad brought up the anti-ACA messages.
Kantar’s Elizabeth Wilner, a co-author of the analysis, said, “Positive ads about the ACA are still so rare that whenever one appears, it gets a national news story.”
Oh, that stuff doesn’t count because, according to the pollsters, those ads weren’t really supporting Obamacare.
They were just telling people to sign up for it.
Yet in 2013, when millions of Americans had to sign up for coverage, industry spending spotlighted the differences of magnitude between American politics and American commerce. In just six months, insurance companies ran ads costing an estimated $381 million, not far behind what the law’s critics spent over four years. The industry ads were neutral, neither attacking nor defending the law — “Switzerland,” as Wilner put it.
UPDATED They backtracked a bit and are blah blahing about better communication. So they’ve decided to do it after hours rather than during school, which is good but still is all about making sure the underachievers don’t feel bad about themselves.
American public school educators have lost their minds.
Concerned that an annual honors night for students is too “exclusive,” officials at a Rhode Island school have decided to scrap the event.
An email sent out to parents of students at Archie R. Cole Middle School in East Greenwich said students who would normally be honored at the spring event would instead be recognized during team-based ceremonies and graduation, the East Greenwich Patch reports.
“This will afford us the opportunity to celebrate the individual and collective successes of all students and their effort, progress and excellence,” said the email sent out over the weekend, which was signed by Principal Alexis Meyer and Assistant Principal Dan Seger.
The email added that “Members of the school community have long expressed concerns related to the exclusive nature of Honors Night.”
We are supposed to let the C+ students who devote most of their time to PlayStation piggyback on the work of the students who worked hard to achieve something for celebratory purposes?
My daughter is a varsity sophomore athlete and gets very good grades. She never gets to sleep in. She is either studying or working out. We had to cut her Confirmation celebration short last Sunday because she was at a track meet all day Saturday and had homework she still needed to do. Guess what? That kind of kid is more “exclusive” than some Doritos-munching, eye-rolling little miscreant who spends his homework time watching YouTube vids.
Exactly how do modern American educators exhort a student to put in the extra effort to achieve greater things if they are teaching them that greater things shouldn’t be rewarded? I know the lefties have had a good few years whining since The Idiot King became president but running around barking, “1%!” and “Privilege!” isn’t going to work as a life plan for very long, no matter how big the nanny state teats grow.
Here is an utterly shameless plug, but I cover most of this kind of nonsense that public educators are ruining our kids with in my Amazon bestselling ebook, Don’t Let The Hippies Shower. I would say “read it and weep” but I made it somewhat humorous, so you can laugh through the tears.
While the best options for the moment are private and charter schools or homeschooling, not everyone has those available. Also, we can’t cede taxpayer funded public education to these loons. We have to fight to take it back.
Graduation Season? More like Disinvitation Season.
As students across the country prepare for pomp and circumstance, college and university administrators are grappling with a series of commencement speech boondoggles.
This year alone, nearly a dozen big-name commencement speakers — including the head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice — have been invited to speak at graduation ceremonies, only to withdraw or have their invitations rescinded in the wake of campus protests.
“It’s not necessarily that all that many people get disinvited, but students and faculty get together and demand that speakers get disinvited,” says Greg Lukianoff, the president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.
This kind of commencement controversy has picked up steam since 2009, Lukianoff says, with campus protests hitting a new peak in the last year.
These are dumb college kids (heavy emphasis on the “dumb”) who are egged on by activist professors, so it’s not really the popular uprising that the academics would have you believe. Academia is polluted with 1960s hippie remnants who offer virtually nothing to society but get to hijack our campuses to work out their various issues with capitalism, America and freedom in general.
As has been established time and again, nothing terrifies a leftist more than diversity of thought.
“I think we are seeing a disturbing trend,” says McCartney of Smith College. “I’ve been describing it as a lack of tolerance for a wide variety of views.”
Lawrence Bacow, the former president of Tufts College, says the uptick in back-outs is worrying. Universities are meant to be environments that promote free speech and open-mindedness, but, he argues, by protesting, students are self-selecting speakers who only reinforce what they believe.
“The role of a speaker — any speaker — who seeks to educate the audience that they’re speaking to is to challenge their beliefs and not necessarily to reinforce them,” Bacow says. “And so if the test for giving a speech on campus or commencement speech is that one has never offended anyone by virtue of anything ever one has done in public life, there are going to be very few people who can give commencement speeches.”
Except for radicals, of course.
Missouri’s Republican-controlled Legislature gave final approval Wednesday to legislation requiring a woman to wait three days after first seeing a doctor before having an abortion. Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon has not said whether he will sign or veto it.
The measure would triple Missouri’s current 24-hour waiting period and put the state in line with Utah and South Dakota as the only states to mandate a 72-hour time frame. Missouri currently has only one clinic performing elective abortions.
The House voted 111-39 in favor of the measure Wednesday, sending it to Nixon, who has previously allowed other abortion restrictions to become law without his signature. That included a measure last year that requires doctors to be in the room for the initial dose of a drug used in medical abortions.
Nixon said Tuesday that he would review the extended waiting period and act in a manner consistent with his other actions on abortion legislation.
This should get the abortion ghouls screaming, as they are opposed to any restrictions. A wait period for a decision that affects so much and is so permanent would seem like a no-brainer in a sane world. However, a world that makes a “hero” out of someone like Wendy Davis checked out of sanity a long time ago.
An Illinois judge on Wednesday suspended the state’s new pension reform law until lawsuits brought by unions, retirees and others challenging the constitutionality of the overhaul of the retirement system are resolved.
“This law is going no place until there is a final resolution on the merits (of the lawsuits),” said Don Craven, an attorney who filed a lawsuit against the law on behalf of the Illinois State Employees Association Retirees.
Like so many left-leaning states where Big Labor has dominated for decades, the public pension system in Illinois is making it go bankrupt. It is nigh on impossible to get unions to give anything until disaster hits. Even then, they complain. As long as they get theirs, they don’t care. They can’t, however, figure out the math involved in destroying the very tax bases that support their often embarrassingly egregious retirement plans.
The attorney quoted above makes the essence of the problem clear-the unions don’t even think the law is necessary.
They just don’t get it.
I just threw the Le Monde news in because I found it weird that it showed up shortly after the bombshell from the Times. The latter is the one that’s curiouser and curiouser, however:
Sulzberger told stunned staff members on Wednesday the appointment of Baquet “would improve some aspects of the management of the newsroom,” according to his remarks obtained by Reuters.
He did not elaborate on what those issues were but said they did not relate to the direction of the journalism or the paper’s digital future.
“This is also not about any sort of disagreement between the newsroom and the business side over the critical principle of an independent newsroom,” he said.
Abramson, who was not present at the meeting, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
There is already speculation that this was over wages, which makes the story absolutely delicious, even if it won’t ultimately have any impact on the Times, which has been a hotbed of horrible reporting and hypocrisy for so long now that it seems to be the business model.
As my mother always told me, “Any bad day for the New York Times is a good day for America.”
Former President Bill Clinton is vouching for his wife Hillary’s health after recent speculation by GOP strategist Karl Rove that she may have suffered a brain injury last year.
When asked at a Washington conference about Rove’s remarks Clinton said that “she’s still quicker than I am.”
I’m sure that this is just an attention getting evil genius ploy on the part of Karl Rove, but I am enjoying it because he’s giving them a taste of their own medicine. Pulling something out of thin air to get the character assassination rumor mill fired up is classic Clinton. The mere fact that Bubba even had to answer a question about it is a minor victory for Rove.
After the way the Clinton 1.0 machine treated its enemies there is no such thing as an “unfair” dig at Hillary.
Now, I know that I have publicly stated several times since November of 2012 that I will never disagree with Nate Silver again, but I’m not talking about the statistics here, but his spin. This is his reporting on what the Gallup poll that’s the basis for this actually said:
A Gallup poll released Monday found that just 35 percent of registered voters are more excited than usual about voting in November’s midterm elections. That’s well down from 2010 and somewhat down from most other midterm years when Gallup has asked this question. Midterm elections normally generate less voter enthusiasm than presidential years, so this isn’t all that high a bar to clear.
Less voter enthusiasm doesn’t mean that the stakes are diminished as well. If American voter apathy is the main determining factor about the importance of the issues in any election, turn out the lights and shut this thing down now.
As one of the people who keeps plowing ahead no matter how wearisome the previous elections have been, I would say that people like me are even more invested in this year’s outcome because we would like to strengthen our position for the 2016 presidential contest as much as possible.
The poll finds that the Democrats are facing an even bigger enthusiasm gap, which isn’t surprising given the real versus the media-spun Obama track record. It’s difficult to tell people who are now without, or paying significantly more for, health insurance thanks to Obamacare that this is all an obstructionist Republican illusion.
It may lack the shininess of a presidential election, but there is plenty of reason to vote for anyone who wants to stem the progressive leftward creep in the American political conversation.
A “horrendous crime” that “violates every major objective of Islam.”
That’s how Daisy Khan, founder of the Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality described the recent kidnappings of nearly 300 schoolgirls by Nigerian terrorist group, Boko Haram. Despite similar denunciations of Boko Haram’s actions by Muslim religious leaders, activists, organizations, and intellectuals across the world, right-wing media are set on using the kidnappings as a justification for their Islamophobic narratives and their attempt to make Boko Haram the face of Islam.
Boko Haram is a marginalized terrorist organization operating out of Nigeria whose murky ideological goals include eliminating secular education.
The gist of these defenses of Islamic terrorists by lefties every time goes something like this: it’s an “isolated incident” or a “marginalized” group or, in the case of the Boston Marathon bombers, “they were basically loners.” They are so desperate to say “all Islamists aren’t terrorists” that they make up ways to avoid saying that the key component in Islamic terrorism is the Islamic stuff. If you press them, they’ll begin barking “Timothy McVeigh!” like a chihuahua around a mailman. In their world, the anomaly has disproportionate weight, essentially giving a free pass these last twenty years to anyone who wants to ignore the obvious, terrorism-inspiring 800 lb gorilla in the room.
It’s stupid and it’s dangerous.
A Saudi court has imprisoned blogger Raif Badawi for 10 years for “insulting Islam” and setting up a liberal web forum, local media report.
He was also sentenced to 1,000 lashes and ordered to pay a fine of 1 million riyals ($266,000; £133,000).
Amnesty International called the verdict “outrageous” and urged the authorities to quash the verdict.
Mr Badawi, the co-founder of a website called the Liberal Saudi Network, was arrested in 2012.
A Saudi newspaper close to the government reported that he had lost his appeal against an earlier, more lenient sentence of seven years and three months in jail and 600 lashes.
Sure, we can dismiss this as an extreme example of something that is happening in a faraway place but this is precisely where the speech and though police in this country have us heading. In fact, some of the same elements are at work.
Last week’s incident at Rutgers university which dealt yet another blow to freedom of speech and diversity of thought on an American campus was carried out by a largely pro-Palestinian, Israel-hating mob. It was basically Sharia Light. If we keep allowing them small victories like this, the big one will end up being rather easy for them.
North Carolina is facing a very big mental health care challenge — 28 counties across the state do not have a single psychiatrist. That’s despite the fact that in recent years, emergency rooms in the state have seen more patients with mental health, developmental disability or substance abuse problems.
So the state is trying telepsychiatry. When a patient comes into an emergency room, they can be connected via a two-way video connection with a psychiatrist. A recent study by the nonpartisan North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research found that the method is having some success in providing more timely treatment.
One of the psychiatrists, Dr. Sy Atezaz Saeed, told NPR’s Robert Siegel that that’s very much like being face-to-face with a patient.
“When you ask patients about this experience, most of them will tell you that after a few minutes of some hesitation, they even forget that they are talking to the doctor via this monitor,” Saeed, the chairman of the psychiatry department at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, says.
A clinic I go to has been doing some tele-diagnosis for a while with quite a bit of success. It seems to be an even more natural fit for psychiatric help, if the security concerns are always adequately addressed, that is. In our NSA-is-everywhere world that may never be the case.
Over the 25 years Hillary Clinton has spent in the national spotlight, she’s been smeared and stereotyped, the subject of dozens of over-hyped or downright fictional stories and books alleging, among other things, that she is a lesbian, a Black Widow killer who offed Vincent Foster then led an unprecedented coverup, a pathological liar, a real estate swindler, a Commie, a harridan. Every aspect of her personal life has been ransacked; there’s no part of her 5-foot-7-inch body that hasn’t come under microscopic scrutiny, from her ankles to her neckline to her myopic blue eyes—not to mention the ever-changing parade of hairstyles that friends say reflects creative restlessness and enemies read as a symbol of somebody who doesn’t stand for anything.
OK, had they not used the word “alleging,” most of that paragraph would have been something eerily similar to what I would write about her. Anyone who uses the word “harridan” is just trying to justify some college debt, however.
The descent into “I Can’t Believe This Isn’t Parody Land” is remarkably quick in this piece, even for Politico.
Forget all that troubled history, and a Clinton run for president in 2016 seems like a no-brainer, an inevitable next step after the redemption of her past few years as a well-regarded, if not quite historic, secretary of state. But remember the record, and you’ll understand why Clinton, although rested, rich and seemingly ready, has yet to commit to a presidential race (people around her insist it’s not greater than a 50-50 proposition), even as she’s an overwhelming favorite.
If Clinton says yes, she’ll have access to a bottomless pool of Democratic political talent and cash to match all those hyperbolic pronouncements about her inevitability. If she doesn’t run, the single biggest factor holding her back will be the media, according to an informal survey of three dozen friends, allies and former aides interviewed for this article. As much as anything else, her ambivalence about the race, they told us, reflects her distaste for and apprehension of a rapacious, shallow and sometimes outright sexist national political press corps acting as enablers for her enemies on the right.
Get it? THE VAST RIGHT-WING CONSPIRACY IS STILL ALIVE AND KEEPING HER DOWN!
And it’s got friends in the media.
Also, this nothing but beer, chocolate and french fries diet will lower your cholesterol and get you in the best shape of your life.
As the weekend is almost here, I really don’t have time to think about all of the things that the media has given Hillary a free pass on over the years; that’s a job that would go faster if Vince Foster were here to refresh my memory.
But I can recall the biggest one off the top of my head. I’ll explain on the next page.
Sen. Rand Paul is seeking new alliances with the Republican Party’s establishment wing during a Northeast tour that begins Friday in Boston.
The 51-year-old Kentucky Republican headlined an afternoon luncheon hosted by top lieutenants of former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. The private meeting comes as Paul weighs a 2016 presidential bid of his own.
Those close to Paul acknowledge he must broaden his appeal beyond the tea party and libertarian-minded activists who rallied behind his father’s long-shot presidential runs.
Even after all these years, I am still amazed at how the MSM can’t even toss out a four-paragraph quickie announcement without getting something wrong. The Tea Party people who support Rand Paul now aren’t limited to the fringe that his whacky daddy attracted. If that were actually the case, trust me, AP wouldn’t have even written this.
Also, it’s fine if he wants to get a group hug going with the Romney folk, as long as he doesn’t let them take over. The inbred political consultant system is a plague upon the Republican Party that needs to be cured immediately if we don’t want Elizabeth Warren to be the next president. The establishment types love to use Tea Party election losses as an indication that they can never win. When it comes to their own spectacular failures, they not only ignore them, they reward most of the people who did such an awful job.
It’s a model that really isn’t working anymore.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) admitted on Thursday that repealing President Obama’s signature health reform law “isn’t the answer” because it’s too late to roll back all of the changes it’s had on the insurance industry over the past several years.
“Obamacare is the law of the land. It is there and it has driven all types of changes in our health care delivery system. You can’t recreate an insurance market overnight,” Boehner told a group of his constituents at a Rotary Club meeting in his home district.
Boehner suggested that House Republicans need to work to transition “back to a system that empowers patients and doctors to make choices that are good for their own health as opposed to doing what the government is dictating they should do,” but noted that will take some time.
Sometimes I think Boehner and The Idiot King have sleepovers and discuss talking points.
Repeal is not impossible, but it is difficult. One of the reasons that people on the more conservative side of things rail against establishment GOP legislators is because we are forever dealing with problems that came about because they are weak and either support, or get steamrolled by, these massive federal expansions. They capitulate and promise to fight another day but that day never ever comes.
Pack up the pom-poms in Buffalo, because the Bills will be playing without the support of their official cheerleaders this year.
Stephanie Mateczun, whose company manages the Buffalo Jills cheerleading squad, said Thursday she has suspended operations through at least the end of the season. The decision was made two days after five former Jills filed a lawsuit complaining they worked hundreds of hours for free, and were subjected to groping and sexual comments.
I can’t imagine the horror of having to endure winters in Buffalo and attend Bills games.
Also, what kind of human being objectifies cheerleaders?!?
Well, at least they all have health insurance now or something.
U.S. postal workers took to the streets Thursday to protest in front of Staples office supply stores around the country. At issue is a decision to open Postal Service counters in Staples stores — something they say is siphoning away union jobs.
The postal workers’ grievances come as their employer faces pressures to find new avenues of business.
Both the American Postal Workers Union and the leadership of the U.S. Postal Service lay claim to be fighting for the same cause: safeguarding the long-term future of one of the largest employers in the country.
The sharp disagreement comes over how to go about it.
Speaking at a protest in Washington, D.C., postal union President Mark Dimondstein says it’s fine that the Postal Service wants to open counters in retail outlets, as it began to last year in Staples stores. The problem, he says, are the terms.
“Our demand on the question of the USPS-Staples deal was to put postal employees in those postal units,” Dimondstein says.
Instead, the counters are staffed by Staples employees. And the Postal Service has made clear it hopes to keep expanding within the Staples chain and with other similar partners.
They should be upset-it’s not going to be pretty for them when Americans find out that they can pay someone half the money to do twice the work. (I am not saying that all postal workers are deserving of complaints; the ones by my place are actually pretty good.)
Honestly, these hybrid public/private sector ventures might be what saves the USPS from itself by breathing new life into a system that has been a financial sink hole for decades.
California lawmakers, their reputation tarnished by fraud and corruption scandals, on Wednesday took a break from normal business to attend ethics training, the latest step by the state Senate to repair its image as elections loom.
The all-day, mandatory sessions, held behind closed doors away from the Capitol in Sacramento, were scheduled after three Democratic senators faced criminal charges in a spate of embarrassments for their party, which dominates the state’s Legislature.
“When it comes to mixing campaigning and public policy making, everybody should know when to have that gut reaction that ‘Nope, we cannot have this conversation,’” Senate Democratic leader Darrell Steinberg said. “That’s what I want to come out of this day.”
The training is focused on the ethical and legal issues faced by lawmakers and their aides in a state where it can cost millions of dollars just to mount a campaign for city council.
Last month, Democratic state Senator Leland Yee was arrested on charges that included accepting bribes in the form of campaign contributions. In February, a lobbyist was fined by regulators for hosting costly fundraisers for officials at his home in what many said was a new interpretation of campaign finance rules.
“Money and politics is a reality,” said Steinberg, who called for the ethics training. “But when it comes to campaign fundraising, we need to ask questions about how and when we do it.”
Sure, it’s the money that is the problem, not that we’re dealing with scumbags who find voter fraud and gun running to be in some sort of ethical grey area that clouds their thinking. Leland Yee (who still has a job, by the way, he’s merely suspended) didn’t get tripped up by some misinterpretations of murky campaign finance rules, he knew exactly what he was doing. Democrats have held sway in California so long that they were under the impression that could get away with anything. This little bit of grandstanding isn’t going to change that.
The first step is admitting…
It was a simple question to someone accustomed to much tougher ones: What was her proudest achievement as secretary of state? But for a moment, Hillary Rodham Clinton, appearing recently before a friendly audience at a women’s forum in Manhattan, seemed flustered.
Mrs. Clinton played an energetic role in virtually every foreign policy issue of President Obama’s first term, advocating generally hawkish views internally while using her celebrity to try to restore America’s global standing after the hit it took during the George W. Bush administration.
But her halting answer suggests a problem that Mrs. Clinton could confront as she recounts her record in Mr. Obama’s cabinet before a possible run for president in 2016: Much of what she labored over so conscientiously is either unfinished business or has gone awry in his second term.
So…no definitive successes and some clear-cut failures. And that’s the generous New York Times assessment.
The Democrat fantasy story about Mrs. Clinton paints her as strong and accomplished on her own. In reality, this is a woman who is professionally defined almost entirely by two men in her life, both of whom happen to have been two-term presidents. Throw into the mix the fact that her relationship with both is uneasy at best and some vulnerabilities which can be exploited by opponents begin to appear.
The Hillary that both Republicans and Democrats talk about as being dynamic, formidable and inevitable doesn’t really seem to exist in the real world under close examination. She got where she is seemingly by making some uncomfortable compromises with two men she doesn’t seem to like very much. Her greatest electoral victory came because her opponent got cancer.
This Times piece tries to portray her as rather hawkish. Where does that fit in with a constituency that twice propelled President Obama to victory? Does she get a gender free pass from the hopeychangeys?
I know that she is supposed to be a juggernaut because pretty much everyone who isn’t me says she is, but I still don’t see it.
Apparently, neither does she.
And it’s not even about the plane. Thoughts to follow the video:
OK, how does John King manage to work in a Mitt Romney dig? Oh yeah, because the Leftmedia monkeys can’t criticize a Democrat without throwing in some nonsensical random reference to a Republican who isn’t even on the national stage right now as a palate cleanser.
Then there is Jonathan Martin’s perfunctory, “Hey it’s no big deal when a Democrat does something stupid like this…” response. He says the folks in Louisiana “probably will never know” that the ad is faked, which is most likely his way of saying, “Yeah…no one is watching us talk about this right now.”
Democrats are courting former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to challenge Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) in the 2014 election cycle, according to The New York Times.
Sebelius has increasingly been mentioned as a strong Democratic challenger against Roberts and, according to the Times, one Democrat who spoke directly with her said she is “thinking about it.”
But a Sebelius Senate run wouldn’t ensure Democrats took control of Roberts’ seat. Not only does her resume include serving as the top healthcare official in the Obama administration for overseeing the Affordable Care Act but Democrats have also not controlled a Senate seat in Kansas since 1939.
Well, now we know what the shelf life for feigned shame over a job poorly done is for them. She’s been gone all of…wait, is she even really gone yet?
Just a few days after the left media tried to-wink, wink, nudge, nudge-pretend that she was the fall gal for the nightmarish Obamacare rollout, they are now touting her troubled tenure as a résumé builder.
The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind party never really punishes anyone from the ranks for not performing well. Just look at what Anthony Weiner had to do to finally get shunned.
Once you’ve turned a guy who drowned an intern into a lion of your party there isn’t much in the way of embarrassment to go around anyway.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo once earned plaudits from liberals for his tough talk on gun control and success in legalizing gay marriage in the state. But, lately, he’s found no shortage of frenemies to his left.
In the past month, liberal protesters outside Cuomo’s office have dubbed him “Governor 1 Percent”; a prominent progressive activist has suggested that he run for reelection as a Republican; the head of a major labor union has called for someone to challenge the governor in the Democratic primary; and a series of behind-the-scenes feuds between Cuomo and other top Democratic officials have spilled out into public view.
The proximal cause for the infighting during an election year, when parties typically put aside their internal differences, is the state’s recently concluded, highly contentious budget process, which ended many Democrats’ hopes for sweeping ethics reforms this year. On fiscal policy, Cuomo aides insist the budget is “very progressive,” but the labor-backed Working Families Party, which endorsed the governor in 2010, is reconsidering its support this year, saying that Cuomo “chose inequality over progress.”
Progressives have been involved in a deliberate, decades-long takeover of the Democratic Party that has mostly been hallmarked by patience. The current occupier of the Oval Office has increased their expectations, however. Any Democrat who won’t smash the tax piggy bank and give them ALL THE THINGS will be found wanting and, dare I say, targeted.
One of Cuomo’s sins is that he doesn’t worship at the altar of Big Labor all of the time.
“This is not a minor shift, but it comes after a slow burn that started in 2010 … and finally just exploded in the past week and a half,” says Bill Samuels, a New York City Democratic fundraiser and activist. “There was probably no one who liked Andrew better than me.…. He lost most of us permanently. And I mean permanently. I don’t have one friend who is a Cuomo supporter.”
At its root, much of the animosity lies in some Democrats’ suspicion that Cuomo is not really one of them. Richard Brodsky, a former Democratic state senator who is now a senior fellow at the think tank Demos, has dubbed Cuomo’s worldview “progractionary”—a mix of “progressive” and “reactionary.” On social issues, the governor is a textbook liberal, but on economics, he’s embraced tax cuts and is skeptical of labor unions.
Perhaps Cuomo is skeptical because Big Labor gets rejected in every place it isn’t forced upon workers by mandate. Labor proponents will have us believe that every workplace in America will immediately morph into a sweatshop from 1894 if Big Labor has any of its power diminished or if people are allowed-wait for it-the right to choose whether they want to join a union.
The reality is that Big Labor’s fairy tale isn’t working anymore and people know that most labor unions (especially public sector unions) are all about political lobbying for things that will line the bosses’ pockets and have nothing to do with workers. And, as we have seen in Wisconsin, they can’t always win by throwing all of the money they have at an election.
It’s not that Cuomo is actually moving towards the center, his psychotic gun grab alone should prove his leftist bona fides. He is merely centrist compared to someone from the “leans commie” end of the spectrum, like Bill de Blasio:
Against this backdrop, there was bound to be conflict between Cuomo and New York City’s new mayor, who struck an emphatically populist tone in his campaign. Days after Bill de Blasio’s inauguration, an education-policy battle erupted that typifies the opposing wings of the party the two men represent. De Blasio wanted to fund a universal prekindergarten program with tax increases on the wealthy and to rein in some of the city’s charter schools; Cuomo vociferously opposes tax hikes and is a staunch defender of alternative public education.
You know who hates alternative public education?
The ideological battle for the soul of the party that the MSM loves to say is happening in the GOP is actually happening on the other side of the aisle. Like all things MSM and Democrat, it’s merely projection for what is happening with them. Yes, Republican moderates and conservatives are in the midst of a very necessary fight for some direction, but we are used to such infighting and this squabble isn’t quite as new as many would believe. It does get heated but nobody is really going with a scorched earth approach…yet.
The hive mind on the other side brooks no dissent however. One or the other has to win because that like-mindedness is what the Democrats have been using to win elections lately and the whole thing hits one of their planet saving low-flush toilets in a hurry if there’s a family fight.
There is no level of government spending on phantom issues that satisfies progressives. They are economically challenged non-thinkers who are fueled by mutually exclusive beliefs. On the one hand, they think there is a finite amount of capital in the world and any financial success in the private sector comes at the expense of someone else. On the other, they believe that these same rich people who are stealing from the poor have an infinite amount of wealth which can be taxed to support government largesse. Once those are reconciled in someone’s head, the brain short-circuits and renders any future logical thought impossible.
One side has to win this battle outright. If Hillary Clinton does end up being the nominee for 2016 it will definitely escalate the fighting, as she is practically a Reagan Republican from the leftist perspective of the progressives. Elizabeth Warren is their Golden Girl and many progressives are murmuring about her seeking the presidency, even if Fauxcahontas herself denies that she wants to.
The academics who have been indoctrinating college youth for decades are all on the whacko left and sowing seeds that could very easily blossom into a mobilized electorate. We’ve already seen the first glimpse of that with the Occupy crowd. Those weren’t poor, oppressed American youth fighting to get to the middle class. They were college kids with iPhones who thought their education should be “free”.
There is no level of taxpayer gouging that satisfies progressives. They always want more. When one of their schemes predictably fails, the excuse is always that it was because there wasn’t enough money spent on it.
More, more more.
No, no, no.
People in Colorado may soon have an ultra-convenient option to buy their pot: a vending machine that dispenses medical marijuana and THC-laden snacks.
The machine, called the ZaZZZ, was unveiled at an event in Avon, Colo., over the weekend. Its creators told NPR that the machine uses biometrics to verify a customer’s age. It’s also climate-controlled to keep the products fresh.
These things are going to need more security than an ATM just to keep the delinquent teens at bay. And please, remember, don’t enjoy your “prescription” past its freshness date.
The upside here: the first person who can place a snack vending machine next to one of these will be able to buy an island with the revenue.
Nuance in a gay marriage debate?!? Is that even allowed?
Friedersdorf is one of those writers I agree with once in every twelfth blue moon or so, and I found myself nodding in agreement with much of this article.
He takes apart the fallacious comparison of religious opposition to same sex marriage to white supremacists’ opposition to interracial marriage (emphasis mine):
A narrow point we disagree on is the comparison of opposing interracial marriage to opposing gay marriage. Opposition to interracial marriage was all but synonymous with a belief in the superiority of one race and the inferiority of another. (In fact, it was inextricably tied to a singularly insidious ideology of white supremacy and black subjugation that has done more damage to America and its people than anything else, and that ranks among the most obscene crimes in history.)
Opposition to gay marriage can be rooted in the insidious belief that gays are inferior, but it’s also commonly rooted in the much-less-problematic belief that marriage is a procreative institution, not one meant to join couples for love and companionship alone.
This is largely because most leftists don’t get outside of the hive mind much, something that is sort of alluded to in a footnote at the end of the piece.
It is important to keep countering the reflexive leftist “BIGOT!” tactic with nuance, facts and whatever other interjections of reality apply. Their stranglehold on social narratives won’t disappear overnight, but they can be undermined over time.
Demonstrations against the grip on San Francisco held by wealthy technology workers took a personal turn on Friday with protesters taking aim at a Google lawyer they say personifies the tensions being stirred by abundant tech money.
Jack Halprin, a landlord in the city’s gentrifying Mission district, became the focus of the latest blockade of a tech company commuter bus, with protesters demanding Google ask Halprin to rescind eviction notices he has sent his tenants.
Protesters told Reuters they will increasingly target individuals as part of a strategy to draw attention to the growing divide between rich and poor in San Francisco, a rift widened by a tech industry boom that is inflating rents and exacerbating social problems such as evictions.
This isn’t an anomaly, it is the endgame for progressive redistribution. There is some delicious irony in the fact that the income inequality angst is bubbling over in the city that also serves as the leftist mothership. But it is a dangerous precedent. They are going after individuals and, as we have seen with almost all prog protests, it will eventually turn violent.
The sad thing is that most of the Democrats who like to stir the class warfare pot are too stupid to know they are advocating for precisely this kind of behavior. It is all part of the consequence-free dreamland they live in.