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.
A group of prominent American security advisers, including five with ties to President Barrack Obama’s first term, warned on Wednesday that a deal on curbing Iran’s nuclear program was at risk of failing to provide adequate safeguards.
In an open letter, the group of former U.S. officials and foreign policy experts cautioned that an Iran nuclear deal would “fall short of meeting the administration’s own standard of a ‘good’ agreement” unless it included a tougher line on United Nations nuclear inspections and conditions for sanctions relief.
The release of the letter, which was signed by Dennis Ross, an adviser on Iran and the Middle East in Obama’s first term, comes as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry prepares to fly to Vienna on Friday to join the talks.
Perhaps you are as shocked as I to learn that this administration has standards when it comes to foreign policy. From here in regular America, it usually looks like they’re just making it up as they go along.
It often appears that John Kerry and President Obama are under the impression that any deal is a good deal. There is more concern that it get done than how it gets done. Kerry is worried about his legacy, which is probably clouding the issue further.
It is also highly unlikely that Obama will pay attention to this open letter, even if some of his former confidantes have signed it. If there is anything we should have learned by now, this administration is only concerned with photo ops that get them favorable coverage today and long-term consequences be damned.
But, hey, as long as the people with the classified intel say Iran is trustworthy…
And be sure to read this post from Bridget Johnson:
This is tiresome, but predictable. GOP candidates are forever being hounded to answer for other Republicans. It isn’t just because there are so many Republicans running this year, it’s standard operating procedure for a media class that long ago became the mouthpiece for the DNC. That transition, of course, was facilitated by media outlets hiring staffers from Democrat administrations or, as in this case, hiring the spawn of Democrat politicos. What makes Cuomo so irritating isn’t really the bias, it’s how awful he is overall on camera.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal made it official on Wednesday, announcing on his website that he’s running for president, hours before his kickoff event in New Orleans.
“My name is Bobby Jindal and I am running for president of the United States of America,” he wrote at Bobbyjindal.com.
At the very least, you have to admit that just trying to figure out the motivation of some of the Republican candidates is interesting. Jindal’s tenure as governor will be over because of term limits so he seems one of the most likely to be running for a cabinet position in this group. With his entry into the race, social conservatives certainly can’t complain about being under-represented.
Again, I say the more, the merrier, if only to keep the MSM so busy that they’re stretched thin when trying to coordinate anti-Republican bias. The current GOP field also provides a nice photo-op to contrast real diversity with the white-out going on with the Democrats.
Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey is not holding his breath when it comes to new background check measures for gun buyers, but he said it’s worth another try, following last week’s mass shooting in South Carolina.
“Honestly, I don’t want to build up any false expectations. I’m not aware that we’ve got the votes to do what Senator Manchin and I attempted,” the Republican said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday when asked if the prospects for passing new legislation are better than they were in early 2013, after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. “Is it possible that some portion of that, some subset of what we were focused on is possible…honestly, probably not likely.”
This is where Reagan’s “80/20 Rule” breaks down for me. If huge issues like matters Constitutional rights are in the twenty percent disagreement area, the political relationship is fraught with problems. A Republican who votes with on bridges, memorials and pay raises but bails on you for 2nd Amendment issues isn’t much of an ally.
A Republican who follows the progressive playbook by using a tragedy to advance anti-gun legislation on MSNBC can’t really be trusted. When the Republican in question is Arlen Specter’s successor, red flags are all over the place.
It is situations like this that I like to have handy for discussion during elections when the “80/20″ rule is invoked. Quality, not quantity, is what we should be looking for in legislators.
Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton on Tuesday urged all businesses to stop selling products with Confederate flag images, and praised Wal-Mart Stores Inc and other retailers for pulling flag-related items.
The businesses stopped selling the products after last week’s racially motivated attack on black worshippers at a church in Charleston. Leaders in South Carolina, including Governor Nikki Haley, have called for a Confederate battle flag to be removed from the State House grounds.
The flag is “a symbol of our nation’s racist past that has no place in our present or our future. It shouldn’t fly there. It shouldn’t fly anywhere,” Clinton said in Florissant, a St. Louis suburb near Ferguson, the site of violent protests last year after a young black man was killed by a white policeman.
She commended WalMart for removing products with images of the Confederate flag from its shelves. “Today, Amazon, eBay and Sears followed suit, and I urge all sellers to do the very same,” she said.
Usually a gifted waffler on any issues of substance, Mrs. Bill bravely commits herself to the ones that are noisy distractions but polling well that day. It would be safe to say that this probably had to be filtered through at least fifteen handlers before the opinion was added to the robotic front-runner’s programming. Imagine a presidency that’s almost entirely designed to react to whatever is trending at Salon that day and you will have a crystal clear vision of Clinton 3.0 in the Oval Office. After about six months of that, we will be pining for the president who was too lazy to pay attention to the news because all he wanted to do was golf.
Meanwhile, while the American political and chattering classes are busy eradicating the Dukes of Hazzard, these guys are still doing bad things.
Really bad things.
Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti have inked a first-look deal between their Trigger Street shingle, 20th Century Fox Television and Fox 21 Television Studios — and the first project they’re developing is a doozy.
The Resident, which reads like a cross between Downton Abbey and House of Cards, follows the relationships between White House residence staffers and the various First Families that come into the famous address over the course of several administrations. And, in her first scripted effort, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly is on board as a co-executive producer.
It’s good to see Kelly using her current white-hot status in cable news to professionally reach beyond its boundaries. While not completely devoid of conservatives, the television production ranks aren’t exactly rife with them either. Getting her foot in the door with an equally white-hot entertainment production team shows that this new content-hungry world of alternative television distribution probably has far more opportunities for conservatives than the old model.
A senior Oregon lawmaker is proposing that the Democratic-led state raise its minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2018 in a move that would give it the highest statewide minimum pay level in the country, officials said on Tuesday.
House of Representatives Speaker Tina Kotek plans to present her proposal during a House Rules Committee meeting on Wednesday, in a move that if successful would bring the wage floor to $11 an hour in January before lifting it higher over time.
But the measure faces bleak prospects in the state Senate, whose leader opposes action on the issue this session.
The key there is “this session.” Oregon’s Senate president isn’t opposed to a higher, state-mandated minimum wage, he just doesn’t want to deal with it right now.
Given the incredibly liberal politics in the state, it isn’t difficult to see this becoming a reality sometime in the near future. It’s one of those issues that progressives can tug heartstrings with because math, economics and reality are harder to get across to voters than well-placed media stories about the mother who is trying to feed three kids on a minimum wage job, never mind the fact that she may very well be out of a job once the wage hike is passed.
Progressives are trying to trap people in lower wage jobs by making them slightly more comfortable with the wage increases all the while practically dismantling the next class (the middle) these people are trying to reach in the process.
At which point they’ll be forced to turn to the government for help.
They’re ruining lives while pretending to be champions of the downtrodden.
And getting away with it.
It’s “HOSTAGE!” time again. Here’s the headline from HuffPo today:
GOP Readies New Obamacare Hostage Plan As Supreme Court Drama Builds
Since the summer of 2010, the unimaginative and always frightened little intellectual chihuahuas in the MSM have used the word “hostage” whenever Republicans in Congress have used, or threatened to use, whatever legislative means available to thwart either the president or the Democrats on various issues.
At first, it merely seemed like boilerplate media bias stuff, ramping up the hyperbole even though everyone knew it was just that. Now it has become apparent that they’re just lazy and uninformed.
The hacks in the MSM can be forgiven for acting out of sorts when the Republicans in Washington try to press an advantage or behave as if they are in the majority, as it is something that doesn’t happen often enough for everyone to really be familiar with. Still, the “hostage” stuff is embarrassingly filled with hysteria.
“Legislative trickery” would be a more apt description. Both sides do it all the time, of course, but it only gets written about when the Republicans are at it. Any employment of the word “hostage” is obviously meant to add a sinister, and illegal connotation to the proceedings. In years past, I thought this was a ploy to manipulate less informed voters, but I am beginning to think that 90+% of these writers are merely parrots. Nothing else explains the constant repetition of the “hostage” motif when so many other capable scary words are available.
I’ll even give them a freebie to help them move in a new direction. I don’t want the Republicans to hold Obamacare hostage, I’d prefer they disembowel it.
You’re welcome, Huffy HuffPo Hysterics.
(h/t The Right Scoop)
“Titles Are Not Accomplishments” is the name of the ad and it is delicious. I keep hoping that Carly will get some traction because her relentless focus on tearing Mrs. Bill apart thus far has been a delight to watch.
Various Republican governors with an eye on the White House can point to tax cuts and other business-friendly policies they spearheaded as they enter the crowded 2016 presidential contest. But many of them can’t highlight robust economic growth.
Among the handful of governors and former governors competing for the Republican presidential nomination, only one – former Texas Governor Rick Perry, who declared his candidacy last week – can say that his state has outpaced the national economy over the past four years.
Economic growth lagged in other states whose governors are expected to run for president, according to U.S. government figures released on Wednesday.
“Only Perry can really brag,” said George Mason University economist Stephen Fuller. “The other guys just haven’t been there long enough and don’t have anything to show for it, anyway.”
There is a lot of “apples and oranges” going on here. The intent of the article is obviously to undermine the “executive experience” argument by GOP governors in regards to running for the presidency. The writer mentions “tepid growth” as if that were a problem. As someone who has been monitoring Reuters headlines for years I can tell you that the tiniest of upticks in the nation’s economy under Obama have been hailed as if he’d just cured cancer.
It’s also not terribly unusual for states to be lagging when the country’s economy has been in stop and start mode for years.
Still, the article is right about Perry, and Rick Perry knows it. If his campaign is sharper this time around, he’ll use the Texas economic success to hammer away at Republican rivals and the Democrats at the same time.
New York Times ‘Reporter’ Who Can’t Tell a ‘Luxury Speedboat’ from a Fishing Boat Upset that People Think He’s an Idiot
You mad, bro?
Not enough hours in the day to block hateful people on Twitter. But 24 is a start.
— Michael Barbaro (@mikiebarb) June 10, 2015
For the second time in a week, the New York Times made an attempt to do some damage and, once again, it was a spectacular failure. Barbaro could have avoided his embarrassment if he’d engaged in the most basic of journalistic activities: making a phone call.
This modern crop of Dem mouthpiece “journalists” still haven’t grasped the nature of the new media era. In bygone days, Barbaro’s mistake/lie would have gotten some response days later in the letters to the editor, which he would have ignored unless his editor brought it up. Now, these weak, partisan hit jobs are exposed as soon as the article is posted. The journalists who have spent the last decade making themselves part of every story then get upset when they’re part of a story that is going off the rails.
Toughen up, buttercup.
Also see Roger Simon’s exclusive interview with Rubio:
Can you even imagine the avalanche of negative press if a Republican front-runner had to “relaunch” a campaign? As I have been writing and saying for weeks, the more Hillary walls herself off from the press, the more agitated they get about being shut out. It is unclear what her campaign strategy beyond “INEVITABLE!” is at this point. They can’t keep expecting the media to run interference for her all the while she’s shunning them. When you hear the way Halperin says, “…floating in the East River,” here you can tell he’s mocking the state of her campaign.
Since the 48-year-old Republican businessman narrowly became the GOP’s nominee in the Kentucky governor’s race last month, Bevin has publicly and privately wooed McConnell, trying to reset his relationship with a man who controls the state’s political machine. Immediately after he was declared the victor by 83 votes, Bevin called McConnell at his home in Louisville to solicit the GOP leader’s advice. He made a humorous video and showed it to the state Republican Party to make light of their acrimonious past. (He made sure to give McConnell’s team a heads-up before releasing it publicly, even offering veto rights.)
Bevin has scrubbed his Twitter account of all tweets prior to February — which included a parade of anti-McConnell posts. He and his team have been making overtures to key figures in McConnell’s world, including some who once launched fierce assaults on Bevin’s record. And he has sought to tap into McConnell’s vast fundraising network ahead of what will likely be a bruising campaign against Democrat Jack Conway, the state’s attorney general.
McConnell publicly endorsed Bevin after his victory but hasn’t said much beyond a terse statement. Exactly how much the GOP leader will help Bevin is still undetermined. First, Bevin will have to prove he’s a formidable candidate and finish healing old wounds before the GOP leader considers putting the strength of his machine behind him, several GOP sources said.
Politico seems to be taking Bevin to task here for behaving in a thoroughly predictable manner for a politician. The most powerful man in the Senate is his senior senator, and last year’s primary unpleasantness will have to be put aside if he is going to have a shot at becoming governor.
It will be interesting to see just how cautious McConnell remains. When dealing with the establishment Republican types who rally around the McConnells of the party, those of us yearning for new blood and ideas are often lectured about the importance of simply focusing on Republicans winning elections.
Here is a good opportunity for them to take their own advice.
In a less diverse Republican presidential field, Ted Cruz, the make-good son of a Cuban immigrant, would be viewed more for what he is – a candidate with a legitimate shot at making U.S. history as the nation’s first Latino president in 2016.
Instead, the senator from Texas finds himself in a strange position as he sees himself eclipsed both by Senator Marco Rubio, also a Cuban-American, and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, a fluent Spanish-speaker married to a Mexican-American, as early favorites among Hispanic Republicans who could play an increasingly influential role in the nomination process.
To Latinos, Cruz often feels more like an afterthought. And while that’s largely attributed to his hard-right stance on immigration reform, prominent Hispanic conservatives offered insight as to why his problems with Latinos run deeper. Rubio, they said, has embraced his ethnic identity in a way that Cruz, who speaks little Spanish, has not or will not.
What they’re essentially saying is that the field’s diversity makes it difficult for Cruz to be a token, which is the Democrats’ approach to such things.
All of that “blah, blah” about the embrace of his identity and Spanish speaking skills is only brought up because he is a Republican. The two Latino golden boys of the Democratic party at the moment are Julián and Joaquín Castro are still at the “¿Dónde está el baño por favor?” stage of their Spanish learning development. If that’s the litmus test, I’d be the ranking Latino if the three of us were hanging out. Also, if either Cruz or Rubio make it onto the GOP ticket, Joaquín Castro will almost certainly be given the Veep slot on the Democrat ticket because of the aforementioned leftist tokenism when it comes to race and ethnicity.
Cruz embraces being an American, and we all know how that irritates leftists.
The relative age and ethnic diversity differences between the two parties are so glaring that the MSM can’t avoid the subject, which they have tried to do until now. Expect a lot more “Well he’s not really this…” nonsense from them in the coming months.
All the Republicans have to do to counter it is respond that the anointed Democrat front runner is really rich, really old and really white.
A long-awaited EPA report released Thursday found no signs of “widespread, systemic” drinking water pollution caused by fracking — a conclusion that offers a victory to the oil and gas industry and a major blow to a wave of grassroots anti-drilling movements sprouting across the country.
The results of EPA’s years-long fracking study should bolster natural gas producers, who have benefited from Obama administration climate and environmental policies that have shrunk the coal industry’s hold on the electricity industry.
Let’s begin with that last line first. As we’re dealing with Politico here, it’s not that they have to get in some praise for The Lightbringer. While there are some benefits to the natural gas industry from Obama’s wholesale war on the coal industry, it’s not booming because of that, as the writer is clearly implying. Natural gas is mostly benefiting from the fact that it is inexpensive and there is a lot of it.
One of the biggest, if not the biggest, talking points for the anti-fracking activists is that it is going to pollute your drinking water, all day, every day. While this study managed to find some isolated incidents of that, it debunks the myth that fracking is letting dangerous chemicals run free into the entire nation’s water supply. This has already been debunked several times, but the anti-fracking loons haven’t let that slow them down.
What makes this interesting is that President Obama is now trying to make his environmental/climate change hysteria “accomplishments” the cornerstone of his legacy. This study doesn’t really dovetail with the goals of his big money green supporters. While they are the people who have motivated him to try to destroy the coal industry, they are also the ones who have tried to destroy the natural gas industry, which makes the implication that Obama is “helping” the latter patently absurd.
There is a lot of money behind the greenies, and this administration has given it even more. They’ll keep spreading lies.
In this case, simply point them to this study and say, “The Obama administration doesn’t agree with you.”
Via Stars and Stripes:
The Department of Veterans Affairs will open a transitional housing facility for veterans on Thursday and launch a planning process later in June for the redevelopment of its 387-acre West Los Angeles VA Medical Center campus, just six months after settling a 2011 lawsuit that accused the VA of misusing the land and discriminating against homeless vets.
VA Secretary Bob McDonald will be there to mark the first step in the transformation: a 60-bed housing and work therapy facility for homeless veterans. In a symbolic gesture, he will open the gates to the property’s grand lawn, closed for decades.
This is something that should have been done decades ago. I live less than a block from this sprawling campus and see firsthand every day the homeless vets wandering around. Some of the more “lucky” ones are staying in hotels that would have to undergo improvements to become crack houses. The VA has been sitting on hundreds of some of the most prime real estate in all of Los Angeles and doing almost nothing with most of it.
It is unconscionable that situations have to reach crisis points at these various facilities before we begin giving even the bare minimum treatment to those who fought for this country.
Hillary Clinton will call for at least 20 days of early voting in all U.S. states in a speech in Texas on Thursday, her campaign said.
Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, will criticize restrictive voting laws passed in some states, and argue that expanding the early voting period would make it easier for working Americans to cast their ballots, the campaign said.
In whatever universe the Democrats are inhabiting, the two most difficult things to do seem to be getting an ID or reading a calendar to plan for 30 minutes at the polls. While I don’t think it helps much to immediately dismiss people on the other side of the political aisle as stupid, the Democrats keep asking us to treat them that way.
The notion that current early voting laws are “restrictive” is laughable. When I was first eligible to vote, one had to order an absentee ballot with enough time to receive it and get it back to the county registrar by election day if one couldn’t get to the polls. If you were out of the city for the entire process, all of this was at the mercy of the U.S. Postal Service.
This is all arbitrary, of course. A couple of extra days of early voting are more than sufficient — there is no rational reason that ten is better than five or twenty is better than ten. Once they’ve gotten it to twenty, you’ll hear them clamoring for thirty.
“Working Americans” managed to figure out a way to vote on election DAY for a very long time.
I could speculate about why they really want more time to get people who aren’t required to show ID to polling places, but that’s a story that pretty much tells itself.
The Obama administration is set to announce that it will require new rules to cut emissions from airplanes, expanding a quest to tackle climate change that has included a string of significant regulations on cars, trucks and power plants.
The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to report as early as Friday its conclusion that greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes endanger human health because they significantly contribute to global warming, although people familiar with the agency’s plans said the announcement could slip into next week.
That announcement, known in legal parlance as an endangerment finding, will prompt a requirement under the Clean Air Act for the agency to issue new regulations to reduce airplane emissions. The agency is expected to limit the rule to commercial aircraft, leaving out small craft and military planes.
Under the 1970 Clean Air Act, the federal government is required to regulate all pollutants that are found to endanger human health. The E.P.A. put forth similar endangerment findings on emissions from vehicles and power plants before issuing new regulations on them, and those findings have held up in court.
The new rules, which have been furiously opposed by regulated industries and Republicans, have emerged as a hallmark of President Obama’s environmental legacy. Republicans have called the new rules an example of government overreach that will cost jobs and stifle the economy.
These enviro-hippies are getting expensive. As with so many things leftists are fond of, this is another step towards some international regulatory kumbaya:
The E.P.A.’s finding would lay the groundwork for the United States to adopt the emissions standard being negotiated by the International Civil Aviation Organization. That group aims by next year to set new emissions standards for airlines, which have said that national rules would do little to curb emissions, given the industry’s global reach.
Expect Obama to get hyperactive about overreaching on climate hysteria and his anti-Second Amendment plans for the remainder of his term. Hopefully, much of it will eventually not withstand various legal challenges.
The Republicans certainly aren’t doing much to slow him down.