I hate how much I love to grill. It’s not that I’m inclined to vegetarianism or that I otherwise object to the practice itself. But I’m uncomfortable with the pleasure I take in something so conventionally masculine. Looming over the coals, tongs in hand, I feel estranged from myself, recast in the role of suburban dad. At such moments, I get the sense that I’ve fallen into a societal trap, one that reaffirms gender roles I’ve spent years trying to undo. The whole business feels retrograde, a relic of some earlier, less inclusive era.
There was no reason to read further to see if this was a satirical piece as it was posted at Slate, a site not known for employing writers who possess the intellectual agility to write satire.
Upon reading it all, however, it is almost impossible to believe that someone who can travel through a social justice warrior journey of such self loathing proportions can actually enjoy anything. These aren’t people who even want to enjoy anything, as it ruins all purpose for them.
White, male and self-sufficient are all anathema to progressives, and the guilt is strong with any of them who find themselves cursed by birth with the first two self-descriptions. The poor dears are in a perpetual state of self-exorcism in an effort to blend in with the rest of the pinched and angry progressive horde. Jacob doesn’t really like grilling, Jacob likes beating up on Jacob to make himself likable to some thoroughly unpleasant people.
Everybody needs a hobby.
A slowdown in healthcare spending has shored up the funding outlook for the federal program that pays elderly Americans’ hospital bills, trustees of the program said on Wednesday.
The Medicare program’s trust fund for hospital care will run out of money in 2030 the trustees said in a report. That was the same year as in their previous estimate, although the trustees said the program now appears on better footing over the longer term.
When the fund runs out of money, Washington would only be able to partially cover its obligations.
The trustees urged U.S. politicians to enact new laws to keep that from happening, though they said the funding gap over the longer run appears narrowed thanks to signs that healthcare costs would be lower in the future.
So…it’s no better than it was before but it’s better.
Welcome to the wonderful world of the United States federal bureaucracy.
All of this is predicated on the projection of lower future health care costs, which is a rather bold leap of faith for a program that has been wildly over original cost projections since its inception.
This will, of course, continue to be a mess in the age of timid, can-kicking legislators. Any real attempts by Republicans to shore it up will be used to scare voters with lies about it being “decimated.” The Republicans will then become terrified and reverse course, thus creating the appearance that the Democrat fear mongering was right.
It’s a bureaucratic sinkhole that has no bottom.
But it’s in better shape or something.
U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday said he and others in Congress would do “everything possible” to stop a new nuclear deal with Iran from moving forward.
“Members of Congress will ask much tougher questions this afternoon when we meet with the president’s team, and because a bad deal threatens the security of the American people, we’re going to do everything possible to stop it,” Boehner told reporters.
Later on Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz were scheduled to hold classified briefings for lawmakers in the U.S. Capitol.
It would be all sorts of fun if Johnny Orange actually dug in his heels and fought this sell-out “deal”. Boehner’s history, however, is filled with tough talk early in any political tussle, almost always followed by a complete disintegration of his spine and capitulation to whatever the Democrats want.
The Idiot King is going to be running amok as his tenure winds down and the country needs Congress to stall or thwart him whenever they can. If all of his legacy building is allowed to go unchecked, it may be too much for any future president to undo.
While I am still a much bigger fan of Republican candidates spending their time tearing down Hillary Clinton (see: Carly Fiorina), this is the best way to handle Trump: let his own words come back to haunt him.
John Kasich has a résumé seemingly tailor-made for a serious run for the Republican nomination: blue-collar upbringing, congressional budget hawk, Fox News commentator, investment banker, successful two-term governor of Ohio.
But there’s just one problem, according to interviews with dozens of those who’ve worked in politics alongside him at various points over the past several decades: his short fuse.
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There was the friend who excitedly called Kasich to tell him he was about to announce a campaign for statewide office, only to get a letdown of a reply: “How stupid are you?”
There was the wealthy conservative donor he raised his voice to during a Koch brothers-sponsored conference, prompting a walkout.
There was the BP employee who, in the middle of a meeting, found himself the target of Kasich’s derision. “You know why oil and gas companies have a bad reputation?” the governor barked at him. “Because they deserve it.”
There was the professor who wrote Kasich, then a young state senator, a letter of complaint about his education policies. “When you learn to write a civil letter,” the brash lawmaker fired back, “I will respond accordingly.”
Kasich, 63, is far from the only politician to face questions about his temperament. During his presidency, Bill Clinton was known to have lashed out at those who worked in the White House. Chris Christie’s outbursts have become a trademark of sorts, proudly displayed in clips on the New Jersey governor’s YouTube channel.
But the tales of angry tantrums have dogged Kasich throughout his long career, from the state Legislature, to the halls of Congress, to the governorship. So much so that even the famously volatile Sen. John McCain once said of Kasich: “He has a hair-trigger temper.”
And as the governor — who will formally declare his presidential bid during a Tuesday appearance at The Ohio State University — steps into the glare of the national spotlight, it seems certain that the questions about his bedside manner will only intensify.
Kasich’s advisers say his bluntness will appeal to frustrated voters looking for a tell-it-like-it-is candidate who has sharp elbows and authenticity.
“Even when voters disagree with him, they respect his willingness to speak truthfully about his views,” said Chris Schrimpf, a Kasich spokesman. “Many wind up thanking him for being so refreshing.”
Normally I wouldn’t be a big fan of this kind of personality profile hit piece from the likes of Politico, but Kasich has been one of the more embarrassing Republican champions of the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, so I see this almost as a “left-on-left” battle at this point.
The overall issue is whether a candidate can stake out the “blunt, refreshing” ground that Trump seems to own with many who don’t follow politics 24/7. If there is a plan to out-blunt Trump, I’m not sure America wants to see it.
Once the Trump noise fades, the Republicans will still have a “tell it like it is” candidate in the race named Ted Cruz, who just happens to be a guy who doesn’t love anything about Obamacare.
Wasting no time, and calling out the “moral depravity” of Planned Parenthood, GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina posted a video on her campaign Facebook page to exhort people on both sides of the abortion issue to ask how it went so wrong.
Her campaign is nimble, her message is sound, and, unlike so many of the other Republican candidates, she’s been focused on Hillary Clinton rather than Donald Trump.
If she doesn’t poll well enough to make the Fox News Channel
circus debate but Trump and Huckabee do, “the government we deserve” line will ring louder and truer than ever.
A recent study by Zillow found that military families pay more income for housing, whether a mortgage or rent, than civilians.
New housing is a frequent concern for most military families. Buying a house may make more financial sense than renting, but when you factor in that most military families move every few years, it can quickly lose appeal. Most military families move every three years, which can take a frequent toll on families — and their finances.
The percentage of income that goes to a mortgage payment in the United States for most residents is 15.5 percent. For military families, the rate is more than double: 31.5 percent of income.
Remember the Occupy crowd and their cries for free everything? There’s a snapshot of what’s wrong with America. Not only is there a political class that’s devoted to finding new ways to have taxpayers fund slackers, those same politicos often ignore the myriad plights those who risk all for this country endure. From voting rights to health care to housing, the military is constantly treated like lower-tier citizens, when the very opposite should be the case.
This isn’t all the fault of politicians, as American society doesn’t hold the military in the esteem it once did. As always, most of the blame lies with almost everything about Vietnam. The government ran a lousy war that did little more than get our troops captured or killed, and the public expressed its frustration in a variety of ways. One tragic byproduct was that the war’s failure led to an undeserved lack of respect for our military.
In an increasingly dangerous world we shouldn’t be putting undo burdens on the very people who have to protect us from the danger.
President Barack Obama, who wrote in his memoir about using marijuana and cocaine as a youth, became the first sitting president to tour a federal prison on Thursday and met drug-offense inmates, saying he could have been in their place if not for the advantages he had growing up.
Obama spoke with inmates and toured El Reno federal prison, which holds 1300 inmates, 146 percent of its capacity.
He vowed to work with wardens and corrections officers to address overcrowding, a piece of his administration’s wide-ranging criminal justice reform agenda.
That’s right kids, when he’s not busy making sure Iran is happy and our allies in the Middle East are not, The Idiot King is busy letting the world know that he cares about criminals. Throughout his entire presidency he hasn’t been very shy about where he stands whenever it’s a case of “cops vs criminal”. Heck, he even prefers criminals to nuns.
The good news is that he’s only got a little more time in office left. The bad news is that Hillary Clinton might replace him, and she doesn’t just sympathize with criminals, she actually is one.
Via ABC News:
Eleven commercial flights reported lasers illuminated their aircraft Wednesday night as they flew over New Jersey between the hours of 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., and the pilot of one plane reported having blurred vision, according to federal officials.
“This is an assault on a pilot as far as I’m concerned,” said Rich Frankel, special agent in charge of the Newark, New Jersey, office of the FBI. “It is a criminal matter. You’re putting the lives of not just the pilot but everyone on the plane at risk.”
Several of the incidents were reported approximately 15 to 20 miles southwest of Newark Liberty International Airport, and the planes were bound for that airport, as well as LaGuardia Airport in New York City, and Pittsburgh, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
“Just for your information, there’s someone shooting a laser about four or five miles back off our back wing,” one pilot told the Newark airport control tower.
“That just happened again?” the tower responded.
“Yes, about four to five miles back,” the pilot answered. “They lit us up pretty well.”
This is a federal crime that has a heavy fine and prison sentence because it is a dangerous thing to do. What is most disturbing is that we are dealing with people who are either being remarkably stupid or deliberately dangerous, without a lot of middle ground. Imagine a plane being taken down by the idiot teenager who thinks it’s fun to bring a laser pointer to a theater (I know it’s a different laser, I’m talking about the mindset).
It’s a problem that is getting worse:
The number of nationwide laser hits is climbing each year, the Federal Aviation Administration said, from 2,200 incidents in 2010 to 3,400 in 2012 and more than 3,900 in 2013, an all-time high. That’s more than 10 incidents every day across the country.
Good luck resting after this, nervous flyers.
Via USA Today:
After protesters clashed with police outside, Greece’s parliament accepted harsh terms early Thursday to receive nearly $100 billion in the country’s third bailout in five years.
To pass the measures and avoid economic collapse without a financial rescue, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was forced to cobble together enough support from opposition parties because his own ruling party opposed the plan.
The vote — cast about two hours after the midnight Wednesday deadline — will allow Athens to receive a financial lifeline from its international creditors, but comes at a significant cost of higher taxes, deep cuts in pensions and other government benefits and the sale of most state assets.
The measure passed after at least 10 separate protests and a general strike crippled the Greek capital Wednesday as demonstrators called for the government to reject the new rescue package or try to renegotiate for better terms from international creditors that include the European Central Bank, eurozone governments and the International Monetary Fund.
It would be nice to think that this will provide a lesson for other countries and states that are heading in the same general direction. California, for example, is about to hit a “painful pension reform or enjoy the cliff” point in the very near future. Mrs. Thatcher’s “other people’s money” warning is rarely heeded but always comes true. And, as we have seen, hell hath no fury like spoiled welfare state brats who have just had their taxpayer funded goodies taken away.
The Obama administration on Wednesday kicked off its push for approval of the Iran nuclear deal by dispatching Vice President Joe Biden to Congress, where he assured Democrats nothing in the pact would preclude military action if Tehran violated the agreement.
“He stated clearly that nothing in the agreement takes the military option off the table,” U.S. Representative Steve Israel said after leaving the closed-door meeting between Biden and House of Representatives Democrats.
This is confusing, as the media has been assuring the American people that this deal is self-evidently perfect and the only thing keeping us from war with Iran. Why would President Obama need to sell it to his own party?
As the post notes, the Democrats probably will give the President enough support to pass the congressional review. After the struggles with the trade deal, it’s unlikely that they would provide too much resistance this soon again, given that they’re much more of a hive mind than the Republicans. There is still, however, a slight reason for the administration to be concerned.
Having a Carter lackey dismiss your take on international politics is like having a Cubs fan mock how long it’s been since your team won a World Series.
Hillary Clinton is still leading the Democratic field for 2016, but her lead has shrunk in recent months, according to a new Monmouth University poll out Wednesday, as independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders continues to make steady gains despite trailing by a wide margin.
Among Democrats and those leaning toward the Democratic Party, Clinton picked up the support of 51 percent, down from 57 percent in June and 60 percent in April.
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Sanders came in second with 17 percent, followed by former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb with 1 percent each. Lincoln Chafee, the former governor and senator from Rhode Island, registered no support.
Sure, he’s far behind, but a nine point drop for The Missus in a couple of months is still worth noting. You can bet her handlers are discussing this. Mrs. Bill has already been reacting to Sanders’ presence in speeches without referencing him by name, touting her “progressive” record.
Imagine if the Democrats had any kind of a bench at all, the true weakness of Hillary Clinton as a candidate would be exposed in a heartbeat. Instead we’re left with a kooky socialist from a state with twelve people and the faint hope that Crazy Joe the Wonder Veep might jump in and chip away at her. The entire Democratic field should be delivered to the debates in a clown car.
An Arizona lawmaker said on Tuesday she will challenge U.S. Senator John McCain in the 2016 Republican primary, vowing to better represent conservative values.
Kelli Ward, a two-time state legislator, said it is time to replace the state’s five-term senior senator with “a fresh, new voice” to serve residents in the burgeoning southwestern U.S. state.
“I’m running for the U.S. Senate to give you a real choice!” said Ward on her website. “Arizonans deserve a Senator who will fight for their values, and not just go along with the Beltway crowd.”
The 46-year-old emergency room physician said in a video that McCain has “too often disappointed conservatives” on issues such as Obamacare, illegal immigration and federal spending.
Ward is a long shot but Matt Salmon, who has more name recognition and more financial backing, may enter the race too.
I am an Arizona native who had no problem supporting McCain at the beginning of his Senate career when I still lived there. That, however, was before he became enamored of the occasional pat on the back from the New York Times. McCain is now the glaring epitome of everything that is wrong with Washington, especially the Senate. He continually disappoints constituents for five years, then spends his election year being the man that they want. That, coupled with the favors doled out during the aforementioned five years, provide him just enough to weather primary challenges.
Maverick will be eighty when the next election rolls around, and it will be almost thirty years since his first election to the Senate. He no longer cares about the people in Arizona. Like all members of the Senate who have been there too long, he’s only worried about the perks of being a United States Senator.
Unless the 17th Amendment is repealed, voters are going to have to get longer attention spans when senators are up for reelection.
Gov. Bobby Jindal on Tuesday announced he’s directed the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals to investigate Planned Parenthood activities in the state after a video surfaced that claims the organization is selling fetal body parts.
The video, which was posted to YouTube by the Center for Medical Progress, shows a woman discussing the harvest of fetal organs and body parts from partial-birth abortions. The Center for Medical Progress identifies the woman as Dr. Deborah Nucatola, who is Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s national medical director.
There was no indication that the video or the activities described in it had ties to Louisiana. But Jindal said he was ordering an investigation in part because Planned Parenthood is planning to open a clinic in New Orleans.
This is a very swift response from a candidate who places pro-life issues at the heart of his appeal to voters. Planned Parenthood has been getting away with being little more than an abortion front while pretending that it offers an array of options to those who wander through its doors. Its disingenuous portrayal of what it does should be enough to preclude it from being eligible for public funding, but it hasn’t been so far. Now that there’s proof it is even more ghoulish than imagined, pro-life politicians have an opportunity to at least press for reductions in amount of taxpayer support.
Hillary Clinton gave a big economics speech here on Monday and the snap reaction among Wall Street investors, economists and ardent financial reformers who thrill to the soak-the-rich rhetoric of Bernie Sanders was a collective: “Meh. What’s next?”
Clinton laid out the soft contours of a “growth and fairness economy” in a speech designed to appeal to struggling middle-class workers with promises of higher pay and more generous federal policies.
But she left out many hard specifics on tougher tax policy toward the rich and corporate America. And she offered limited pledges to crack down on big Wall Street banks while hitting her strongest notes promising to toss rogue bankers in prison while ripping recent worker productivity comments from Jeb Bush.
Naturally, the cornerstone of the playbook for Mrs. Bill’s team is to have her avoid specifics. When pressed for details she finds it impossible to not come off as an imperious shrew.
The details aren’t her friend here either. She loves to tout her husband’s economic record, which was almost entirely the product of timing, as the dotcom boom happened on his watch. One of the few specifics she’s been pimping is an attack on the sharing economy, which many Americans would say is a considerably positive product of that boom. Scary grandma is talking about helping working Americans while ripping Uber, a company that provides jobs and a helpful, often more cost-effective service to those Americans.
The Missus is also taking some swings at Wall Street, which I pointed out recently is somewhere on the other side of disingenuous when you look at this history of her biggest donors.
This is a candidate who needs to keep a nonexistent narrative about a strong, self-made woman alive. As there aren’t any historical components to that story, you won’t find her handlers letting her get too deep in the weeds about anything, because she can’t speak at length on most of what she’s using as talking points.
Now, if the subject of riding coattails ever comes up…
Two committees supporting Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich’s U.S. presidential candidacy have raised around $11.5 million in two months, Bloomberg reported on Friday.
Kasich, 63, is expected to announce his bid on July 21, joining 14 other candidates already in the race for the Republican nomination for the November 2016 election.
Bloomberg said the sum raised was an encouraging sign for Kasich’s effort, and that the two committees had focused their efforts on large donors rather than grassroots contributions.
There are many who subscribe to the theory that “fringe” candidates in a large presidential primary field are running for Cabinet positions should their party’s nominee prevail in the general election. It’s not an entirely implausible notion but it does discount the massive amount of ego it takes to be a politician. (Side note: I’m an entertainer, so I am definitely not ascribing any pejorative connotation to “ego.”)
What most don’t consider is that there are almost always some well-funded people telling said fringe candidate to run. Sometimes, it’s only one rich person, but when that is coupled with the ego, it is often enough to launch a campaign.
That there is 11+ million dollars floating around out there to support Kasich should dispel the idea that there is a finite pie of money for one party to go after. Paraphrasing the old adage about love, there’s a donor out there for everybody.
To say that Kasich is a long shot would be generous. He is, however, your guy if you’re the kind of Republican who loves Obamacare and Common Core.
So he’s got that going for him.
Wisconsin Republicans gift-wrapped an Iowa talking point for Gov. Scott Walker this week, sending abortion restrictions to his desk just days ahead of his presidential announcement.
The legislation, which would ban nearly all abortions after 20 weeks, cleared the state Assembly Thursday on a party-line vote, four days before the governor intends to launch his presidential bid. Walker has indicated that he’ll sign the measure.
Walker’s win on the issue comes as he’s introducing himself to Iowa Republicans, who tend to favor social conservative candidates in their first-in-the-nation caucuses. It also comes amid questions Walker has faced on the right about his commitment to conservative causes, like opposing same-sex marriage and limiting abortions.
Prominent anti-abortion advocates and social conservatives signaled that Walker’s signature on the measure, which could come as early as Friday, would be a welcome gesture to kick off his campaign.
To date, Walker has faced far more press scrutiny and questions as an undeclared candidate than Hillary Clinton has as the Democratic front-runner. None of the hit pieces have really gotten traction and his entry into the race remains perhaps the most eagerly anticipated of this cycle. All of his stars keep aligning well, as the timing of this bill proves.
All of this leads me to wonder just how well Walker can do when most things are going just a little bit right. He was besieged by Big Labor money and legal threats almost from the moment he took office. The opposition to him has been ugly, relentless and very well funded, but all he does is win.
He may very well be a steamroller with a little breathing room.
Hope is not lost for conservative Republicans until Jeb Bush is the nominee.
Hillary Clinton arrived in this liberal New England enclave with a message for anyone thinking about voting for Sen. Bernie Sanders of next-door Vermont: “I take a backseat to no one when you look at my record in standing up and fighting for progressive values.”
Sanders, according to the latest New Hampshire polls, is trailing Clinton by just eight points. And at the first stop of her two-day swing through the early-voting state, Clinton highlighted contrasts with her main Democratic rival without mentioning him by name.
Politico changed her line about “progressive values” to “liberal record” for the headline. It’s important that the MSM keeps up the illusion that Democrats aren’t all extreme leftists. Bernie Sanders is refreshing in that he at least admits he’s running around on the socialist fringe, the rest of the Democrats have to at least pretend they don’t hate the Constitution.
For the moment anyway.
What makes this interesting is that the imperious presumptive runaway nominee is being forced to react to another candidate. This probably isn’t something that her team has workshopped a lot. If they have in the past, you can bet they weren’t thinking it would be Bernie Sanders forcing their hand.
The openly progressive constituency in the Democratic Party is restless, feeling that they’ve been shortchanged by the current occupant of the White House who, as many of us tried to tell them, is just in it for himself. The wing of the party that’s voting for Hillary is doing it because they feel they have to-she really doesn’t get anyone fired up. If Sanders keeps gaining momentum, it could create an opportunity for the progressive that everyone on the Left really wants to see get in the race. The Warren money may have shifted to Sanders recently but they’ll ditch him in a heartbeat if Fauxcahontas jumps in.
And then we will have something entertaining to watch.
As Germany and Spain sweated and London sweltered through its hottest July day on record this week, scientists said it is “virtually certain” that climate change is increasing the likelihood of such heat waves in Europe.
In real-time data analysis released on Friday, a team of international climate scientists from universities, meteorological services and research organizations said the kind of heat waves hitting Europe this week – defined as three-day periods of excessive heat – are becoming much more frequent in the region.
In De Bilt in the Netherlands, for example, a heat wave like the one forecast for the next few days would have been a roughly one-in-30-years event in the 1900s, according to the scientists. It is now likely to happen every three-and-a-half years, they said.
Whenever I read any of these articles sounding the climate change warning alarms, I pay close attention to the number of less-than-definite qualifying words.
There are always a lot.
In this piece, scientists are “virtually certain” about what something that is “likely to happen” means.
So they are almost sure that the proof they’re right might show up in the next several years.
I can get science like that from the palm reader three blocks away.
This “science” that the Climate Church is trying to use to facilitate the globalization of socialist wealth redistribution is largely based on prognostication that is so faulty its adherents are constantly moving goalposts at a rate rapid enough to induce seizures just to save face.
This science is also seasonal. While “virtually” all hot weather can be used as an “Endtimes!” cry by the Climate Church, in the winter “weather doesn’t say anything about climate change”.
Are we clear on the rules now? Of course not, because there aren’t any.
That’s not science.
Team Lightbringer Issues New Holiday Talking Points About Health Care Law That Everyone Supposedly Loves
The Obama administration wants you to bring a side of healthcare politics to your family picnic this weekend.
After ObamaCare’s big win at the Supreme Court last week, federal health officials are serving up some tips about talking to family members who may be less-than-enthused that ObamaCare is here to stay.
“You should be prepared when Aunt Janine says something like, ‘Obamacare hasn’t helped anyone!’” a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services wrote in a blog post on Thursday.
For instance, if your Uncle Ted starts calling Obamacare a train wreck, you should calmly explain that he’s “gotten ahold of some old talking points,” the spokesman recommends.
Then, he suggests that you recite a three-paragraph response citing 14 figures ranging from healthcare inflation to the growth in full-time versus part-time employment.
“With greater access to affordable, quality health insurance, the Affordable Care Act is helping individuals and strengthening our economy!” the sample script goes.
Despite the assurances of every liberal on Facebook that Obamacare is awesome and here to stay, it seems this law that’s supposed to be self-evidently wonderful needs some holiday hype.
Why have fun when you spend the day telling neighbors who can no longer afford their family premiums that they’ve merely “gotten ahold of some old talking points”?
An Occam’s razor-ish approach would tell us that something so good for so many shouldn’t still need such a hard sell after so many years.
Unless they’re lying, of course.
For the first time since 2003, a person has died from measles in the U.S. A woman in Clallam County in Washington died from pneumonia caused by measles, according to the Washington State Department of Health.
“This should have been a preventable death, and I think her death is a tragedy,” said Dr. Mark Schleiss, professor of pediatrics and director of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology at the University of Minnesota. “Measles is a disease we know we can control with effective immunizations. For this to happen is really unfortunate and unnecessary.”
The fact that the woman’s death occurred in Washington is unfortunately unsurprising, however, Schleiss noted.
“We know that Washington state is a state with one of the highest percentages of religious and philosophical exemptions for vaccines in the country,” he said. “It seems a reasonable conclusion that this death occurred because of inadequate immunization levels, but more epidemiological investigation will have to take place to find out.”
So there you have it. When the population has a higher number of “exemptions”–anti-vaxxers–it follows that the rest of the people are at greater risk. While it’s reflexive for many to blame religion for almost anything, many of the “philosophical” exemptions occur in very liberal clusters.
As has been pointed out, but still needs to be hammered home, it isn’t surprising to see people who are devout members of the Church of Climate Change Hysteria wholeheartedly subscribing to celebrity-driven “science” about vaccinations. They’ve been selling the climate hysteria through celebrities for years, it really isn’t a leap for them to believe that one of their comrades in carbon fighting arms is an expert in the causes of autism.
These are the people who use nets rather than chemicals to combat malaria, so human casualties as a result of a misbegotten hippie narrative are nothing new to them.
Now more than ever, it is imperative for every Republican presidential candidate to present a concrete plan to replace ObamaCare. The Affordable Care Act remains unpopular: Wednesday’s RealClearPolitics average of polls showed 51.4% disapprove while only 43.6% approve. Voters are more likely to be opposed than are adults overall, and opponents are more fervent than supporters.
For example, a June 14 CBS/New York Times poll found that 30% strongly opposed “the health care law that was passed in 2010,” while 24% strongly approved. The opposition would likely have been higher had pollsters labeled the law “ObamaCare.”
Though acceptance might rise following the Supreme Court’s tortured decision last week to uphold the law’s subsidies, opposition may only strengthen as the 2016 election approaches. ObamaCare participants are older and sicker than expected, so insurers are asking for big premium increases. The average requested premium hike, across 45 states and the District of Columbia, is nearly 24%, according to data from healthcare.gov.
While I am not in complete disagreement about continuing to battle and pick away at this monstrosity, I don’t think it needs to be the centerpiece of the presidential election. The time for that was 2012 and the GOP thoroughly blew the opportunity by nominating the ONE Republican who had no street cred whatsoever to battle the idea of government run healthcare.
One thing I am certain that the Republican nominee shouldn’t do in this election is appear to be looking backwards. The party doesn’t need to run against Barack Obama a third time, especially when considering how disastrous the first two attempts were. To be focusing on him and his most dubious achievement when he isn’t even in the race would be a bit…obsessive.
Focusing on Obamacare also makes things a little too easy on Hillary. She is already getting a free pass from the MSM, she doesn’t need one from the GOP field as well. If Obamacare is mentioned, do it to force her into actually taking a position on the growing disgruntlement the polling data Rove mentions represents. Ask her what she plans to do to address the ballooning premiums.
The more opponents wear Hillary down, the less she and her handlers can keep up the charade. Her nasty, imperious tendencies will assert themselves and show the public just how awful she is. There is no reason to let her hide behind an issue from the previous presidential election.
The Justice Department says it is investigating “possible unlawful coordination” by several major airline carriers. American, Delta, Southwest and United Airlines have all confirmed receiving letters from the Justice Department.
In a statement, American said the department “seeks documents and information from the last two years that are related to statements and decisions about airline capacity.”
A United spokesman said the company is complying fully in regard to the probe.
The story was first reported by The Associated Press, which notes that the investigation “appears to focus on whether airlines illegally signaled to each other how quickly they would add new flights, routes and extra seats.”
At this point it would probably surprise most travelers to find out that the air carriers aren’t supposed to be colluding. They move in sync like a school of fish when it comes to pricing, so it’s not difficult to believe they are communicating on the above-mentioned issues.
It’s so bad right now that Chuck Schumer is pretending to be a fan of marketplace competition:
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a statement, “It’s hard to understand, with jet fuel prices dropping by 40 percent since last year, why ticket prices haven’t followed. We know that when airlines merge, there’s less price competition. What we need now is a top-to-bottom review to ensure consumers aren’t being hurt by industry changes.”
There is still plenty of competition in the airline industry. Unfortunately, there are still plenty of taxes and arbitrary fees that have almost nothing to do with the actual cost of a flight. It’s government interference that makes things expensive in the first place, so more of it can’t really help.
Nancy Pelosi is firing back at criticism from Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and other liberals in the Democratic Party that President Barack Obama’s administration has been too soft on Wall Street.
“There may have been a couple of people who say that, but that is not the consensus in our party,” the House minority leader said in an interview with CNBC’s John Harwood published Wednesday. “The financial industry doesn’t agree with that,” she noted.
Honestly, no one will ever be tough enough to meet Sen. Warren’s standards. She’s a progressive commie, after all.
This is really about party leadership circling the wagons for Mrs. Bill. While it is true that the Democrats have made big public stinks about the evils of Wall Street, there is still quite a bit of chumminess there, especially when it comes to Hillary. The progressive wing of the Democratic Party is far more enthusiastic than the automatons who will go through the motions to vote for Hillary. Establishment Dems still fear the progressive outliers, as evidenced by the Mrs. Clinton’s populist kabuki theater performances of late.
What Pelosi is doing here is subtly reminding the much-needed big money Wall Street donors that Elizabeth Warren and her ilk may do more than just pay lip service to battling them. Should one of Hillary’s nine or ten thousand legal improprieties finally catch up to her and her campaign stumble, the establishment wants to make sure that money doesn’t reflexively flow to Warren if she is the “historic” choice to be the first female president.
Seven weeks after the World Health Organization declared Liberia to be free of the Ebola virus, the country’s deputy health minister said the body of a 17-year-old man had tested positive for the disease. The deputy minister, Tolbert Nyenswah, who also heads Liberia’s Ebola response, said Monday that the teenager had died Wednesday in Nedowein, a town close to Liberia’s international airport, and was given a safe burial the next day. He said the man was not tested until after he died. It was not known how he had contracted the disease.
It may not be time for a panic, but it would seem that all those victory laps that were taken a couple of months ago weren’t called for. Perhaps we should respect Mother Nature a little more, especially when she’s unleashing killer viruses that have sneaky incubation periods.
And let’s keep our fingers crossed that this kid wasn’t hanging around people who travel.
President Barack Obama’s opponents won a Supreme Court skirmish in the “war on coal” Monday, but the ruling blocking his mercury pollution rule won’t do anything to reverse coal’s waning role in the nation’s power supply.
And on top of that, legal experts don’t expect the decision to hamper the administration’s plans for landmark climate regulations that are set to further cement the decline of the fuel that only a few years ago dominated the industry.
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For utility giant American Electric Power and others in the power sector, the judgment on the mercury rule that started to take effect in April comes too late to save the dozens of plants that already closed, or are slated to in the next several months.
“We’re not bringing them back,” Nick Akins, AEP’s CEO, president and chairman told POLITICO. “Once that ball gets rolling, it’s not going to change.”
When one considers how cavalier this president and his moneybags Big Green handlers have been about destroying the coal industry jobs in some of the poorer parts of the country it’s easy to see why so many of us are unmoved when progressives blather on and on about “working Americans”. Progressives see constituent blocs, not people. If you happen to be in a bloc they need for photo ops like the “Fight For 15″ people, you get a little love. If those “Fight For 15″ people worked at coal plants, the progs would throw them out into the street without any remorse.
The schizophrenic Supremes may have finally acted like they are on their meds when it comes to this ruling and it should help curb a regulatory agency that has been running amok for far too long, but it is sadly not enough to help the people whose livelihoods have already been ruined by a president who is a faithful attendee of the Church of Climate Change Hysteria.
As the first big fundraising deadline of the 2016 White House contest approaches, the major Republican contenders are scrambling to secure the money needed to keep their political ambitions alive in a crowded and still growing field.
No one is likely to top former Florida governor Jeb Bush’s fundraising even if he were to fall short of the $100 million target that his allies have predicted he will hit.
Aided by billionaire supporters, however, some of Bush’s Republican rivals have begun to tout their big hauls ahead of Tuesday’s deadline, which marks the end of the April-to-June fundraising quarter.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz may be best positioned to claim the No. 2 spot among Republicans. Cruz, a conservative firebrand who became the first major candidate to enter the race, said he has raised more than $40 million through his campaign and the super PACs supporting his candidacy.
“The Washington money isn’t with us,” the first-term senator told USA TODAY’s Capital Download. “It comes from courageous conservatives all over the country.”
If our glorious republic is to continue and be free, conservatives are going to have to defeat both Hillary Clinton and the Republican establishment in 2016. If Jeb and Hillary are our two choices, the country is well and truly screwed. It will only be a matter of how quick the demise is. The death rattle will show up a bit later on Jeb’s watch, but not much.
One of the great things about the digital media era is that political fundraising is no longer restricted to party drones manning phone banks and bothering nice people during dinner. Candidates who don’t have the blessing of the octogenarian power players in Washington can hit up normal Americans for donations. Cruz is ahead of the non-Jeb pack because he tends to work social media better than the others, although Rand Paul and Marco Rubio are pretty good too.
It may be nauseating to many that we are even talking about Jeb at this precarious time in American history, but there is still reason to hope. The GOP really does have a wealth of candidates superior to Mrs. Bill.
None of them are named Bush, however.
NBC is cutting ties with Donald Trump.
The network is “ending its business relationship” with Trump over his “recent derogatory statements” regarding immigrants, the company said in a statement Monday.
“To that end, the annual Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants, which are part of a joint venture between NBC and Trump, will no longer air on NBC,” the statement continued.
Welcome to 2015 America, where dissent is punished but a tax dodging riot instigator and a national news anchor who is a pathological liar are embraced as valued employees. Diversity of thought will not be tolerated.
On Trump’s worst days, he is a grating blowhard. He can also be quite entertaining, which is why I suspect so many welcome his candidacy (think Joe Biden but with accomplishments). As someone who has spent his entire life in relatively close proximity to the Mexican border, I can honestly say that Trump’s comments that caused this brouhaha are the sanest, most accurate political remarks he has ever made. The only reason he is being taken to task by NBC is because he deviated from the progressive groupthink orthodoxy to which American media long ago found the right to marry.
In its eagerness to remain accepted by the hive mind, NBC has also thrown all of the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageant contestants under the bus. Fox News contributor and 2013 Miss New York USA winner Joanne Nosuchinsky jumped right in on Twitter to hit back at the network:
— Joanne Nosuchinsky (@JoNosuchinsky) June 29, 2015
French police have brought in two executives from U.S. technology company Uber for questioning as the government clamp down on the taxi and ride-sharing service intensifies, said a person from the prosecutor’s office.
Thibaud Simphal, the manager of Uber France, and Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, the general manager for Western Europe, were detained.
The French government filed a legal complaint against Uber on Friday over UberPOP, one of the services on the popular smartphone app, which allows drivers to pick up passengers in their personal cars despite having no professional drivers’ licenses.
Taxi drivers, who accuse Uber of unfair competition, staged a major strike in France last week.
The “unfair competition” refrain is the one most often repeated whenever government entities are going after Uber. In American cities Uber is often the first real competition taxi companies have had. As someone who has ridden in a lot of cabs in the last few decades I can honestly say there isn’t much difference at all between the bureaucratically regulated cab companies. They aren’t really trying to stand out from one another, it’s more like they’re sinking to the lowest level customers will resign themselves to tolerating because they have no choice.
It is the choice that bothers them and the government entities that oversee them. They’d prefer one didn’t exist at all.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said on Thursday he will announce the week of July 13 whether he will seek the Republican U.S. presidential nomination in 2016.
“The week of the 13th is when we will be likely to make our announcement as to what our intentions are,” Scott told Fox News.
Walker is in second place among the large field of Republican presidential candidates and expected entrants, trailing front-runner Jeb Bush, a former Florida governor, in an average of polls compiled by RealClearPolitics.
Polling may have Walker behind Jebster, but it’s early and Jeb has had a big head start in press coverage. However, based on the number of hit pieces on Politico alone, it’s clear that the Wisconsin governor scares the lefties far more than Bush 3.0 does. All he’s done is electorally abuse them for four years, after all.
Walker should be the last candidate who isn’t from the polling fringes to enter the race, as Chris Christie is expected to jump in next week.
Lament the size of the field all you want, but if the Republicans are going to defeat another “historic” candidate that the MSM is trying to elect, the nominee will have to be very, very battle tested.
Like Scott Walker.
Hillary Clinton did not give the U.S. State Department at least 15 emails from her personal server from her time as secretary of state, the department said on Thursday, undercutting her claim that the 30,000 emails she provided were a complete record.
The State Department learned the email record was incomplete after U.S. lawmakers investigating the deadly 2012 attack on diplomatic staff in Benghazi, Libya, were given several previously undisclosed emails discussing Libya by Sidney Blumenthal, an old friend and informal adviser to Clinton.
“There are … a limited number of instances 15 in which we could not locate all or part of the content …,” the State Department official said in an email. “The substance of those 15 emails is not relevant to the 2012 attacks in Benghazi.”
So…they don’t have the emails but they know what isn’t contained in them?
Prepare for Mrs. Bill’s flying monkeys to hit the airwaves blathering on about it being “only” fifteen emails and “no big deal” for the next week or so.
It only takes one email to cover the details of a Clinton Global Slush Fund agreement, by the way.
This failure to completely comply is classic Clinton stuff. They’ll dismiss it and immediately cast her as a victim of a witch hunt, which in Hillary’s case is a most apropos use of the phrase.
Either way, she said she turned them all over and she didn’t. So she lied.
A Texas Republican is taking aim at the Supreme Court after its 6-3 decision upholding Obamacare subsidies with a new bill requiring the justices and their aides to purchase coverage on the law’s exchanges.
Rep. Brian Babin is seeking co-sponsors for the bill, titled the “SCOTUScare Act of 2015” — which refers to a quip from Justice Antonin Scalia’s scathing dissent.
“As the Supreme Court continues to ignore the letter of the law, it’s important that these nine individuals understand the full impact of their decisions on the American people,” the freshman Republican said in a statement. “By eliminating their exemption from Obamacare, they will see firsthand what the American people are forced to live with!”
Sure, it’s political theater, but so is most of what goes on in Washington. At least this is grandstanding that makes a little point.
It also identifies at least one Republican who gets it.
Side note: as John Roberts uses Obamacare to flush America down history’s toilet, Antonin Scalia may be the last great conservative folk hero.
After conservatives took another gut punch from black-robed Obamacare cheerleader Chief Justice John Roberts, many of us were left wondering just what in the heck is wrong with this guy. After all, these Republican appointees to the Supreme Court are supposed to be on our side, right? They can’t all be David Souter.
After pretending to consider various women and minorities for the Supreme Court these past few weeks, President Bush decided to disappoint all the groups he had just ginned up and nominate a white male.
So all we know about him for sure is that he can’t dance and he probably doesn’t know who Jay-Z is. Other than that, he is a blank slate. Tabula rasa. Big zippo. Nada. Oh, yeah … We also know he’s argued cases before the Supreme Court. Big deal; so has Larry Flynt’s attorney.
But unfortunately, other than that that, we don’t know much about John Roberts. Stealth nominees have never turned out to be a pleasant surprise for conservatives. Never. Not ever.
I know it is all the rage in this era of hypersensitive feelings for some conservatives, and almost all moderate Republicans, to bristle at everything Coulter says and be dismissive of her because she has a knack for tossing out an outrageous headline-grabbing comment. Here’s the thing about her: she’s right a lot of the time.
Sure, I’ve got to deduct a lot of points for her flip-flop to become a Romney champion in 2012 but a lot of people were drunk on wishful thinking then (present company excluded). Other than that, she makes a lot of sense.
So maybe pay just a little more attention to her from now on.
And pray that Antonin Scalia lives to be 148.
More on Ann Coulter at PJ Media:
The Ohio Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, following the passage of a similar ban by the Wisconsin Senate this month.
The legislation, which passed 23-9, contains a narrow exception for medical emergencies, but not for rape or incest. It would now go to the House, which, like the Senate, is dominated by Republicans.
It is quite sad that we have to consider a ban after twenty weeks a “victory” but it’s a start. This will no doubt bring cries about “Draconian” laws from NARAL and its ilk. Perhaps we should introduce them to Europe, where waiting periods are the law and many countries don’t allow abortions after twelve weeks.
Whether the progressive damage to America can be mostly undone remains to be seen, but it would be nice if we were able to stop the psychotic pro-abortion lobbyists who view any restrictions whatsoever as “extreme.” These are people who are never satisfied and will one day probably be fighting for retroactive abortions until the child is kindergarten age.