Sunday, July 05, 2015

"What violations?"

That's literally a section title in this Reuters report on the Iranian nuke negotiations.  The Obama administration cares far more about getting a legacy-building deal than keeping the Iranians from getting nuclear weapons. That's a problem for other Presidents.

Extra - The Corner: "Beware the legacy seeker."

Drachma bound

Fox News: "Greece enters uncharted territory after referendum 'no' vote."  Not even close.  Everybody is saying that this will roil financial markets tomorrow, but hasn't this scenario been "baked into the cake"?  I mean, I thought the Grexit was inevitable months ago.

Hiding the bad news, New York Times-style

"Hey chief, we have to report that Obamacare premiums are going to soar."
"Let's dump it on the Saturday edition."
"Plus, it's a holiday weekend!"

Friday, July 03, 2015

Happy Fourth of July, everyone!

America!  I love this place.

Legacy shopping

Charles Krauthammer on Iran nuclear negotiations: "The worst agreement in U.S. diplomatic history."


Kimberly Strassel: "Hillary’s Email Story Unravels - Now that we know she edited the emails before turning them over, the entire record is suspect."

She should be in prison.

Extra - Vodkapundit: "...not one damn thing Hillary as said about her private email server has turned out to be true."

Thursday, July 02, 2015

"Wet streets cause rain" logic

Hit and Run: "New York Times: Shout Loudly Enough, and We Will Succumb to Your Heckler’s Veto - Why will the Paper of Record publish a condom-Pope but not a Mohammed statue? Catholics aren’t loud (or scary) enough."

The NY Times here is suggesting that - all things being equal - it's the nature of the artwork that engenders protests instead of the nature of the protesters.

My favorite part of the Times' specious argument is that, gosh darn it, some people think that Condom Pope is "a piece of significant artwork."  So c'mon artists, let's get some quality paintings of Mohammad and the New York Times will happily share the culture.

Fun new prediction game

Hot Air: "Time to start a pool: When will Bernie Sanders pass Hillary in Iowa or New Hampshire polling?"

I've always said that Hillary's support is a mile wide and an inch deep.  That puddle is drying.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Drip drip drip - more Hillary lies

So many to choose from.  Let's start here: Washington Examiner: "Yes, Clinton lied about her emails."  They were altered by her staff before the paper copies were turned over to State:
But the proof of intent to deceive comes in the fact that Clinton or her staff actually edited some of the emails and turned over censored versions to State before destroying her copy of the originals.
Why paper copies instead of electronic?  Because there are ways to tell if an electronic document has been altered.  Bonus: it slows down the disclosure process.

Next: remember how there were concerns about sensitive State secrets on an unsecured private server?  Well, we were told - relax! - no worries.  And then: "NYT Reporter: State Dept. Redacted Two-Dozen Clinton Emails Despite Her Saying There Was No Classified Information On Them."

Finally, recall how Hillary deleted all the "private" emails, leaving behind only the important work-related emails from her tenure in State?  Well, those printed out pages full of relevant disclosure include decisions over luxury jet rides and requests for iced tea.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

That religious figure is totally kosher

DC Trawler: "The NYT Doesn’t Publish Religiously Offensive Images, Except When They Offend Christians."  "Baquet can rationalize it all he wants, but he allowed terrorists a veto. He allowed murderers to dictate the content of his newspaper. And once the coast was clear, he forgot all about his high-minded excuses."

Hot Air: "Giant new Obama lie: I’m prepared to abandon these Iran nuke negotiations if we can’t get a good deal."

Nobody's buying it, chief.  Know why?  As is your wont, you've consistently characterized anybody who thinks these negotiations a sham as "wanting war."  Do you want war?  Why do you want war, Mr. Nobel Peace Prize?

Monday, June 29, 2015

Tip of the iceberg

You're not going to believe this but Hillary lied about her emails.  I know!  Ace: "Hillary Clinton, Get This, Edited the Emails She Turned Over to State to Delete Embarrassing References to Oil, Terrorism."

In other news, the Obama administration is committed to transparency; this is not one of those times: "Benghazi night call between Clinton and Obama withheld, documents show."

What's going on in Greece

Reddit has a great sub-reddit called "Explain Like I'm Five" (ELI5) where they try to simply explain complex issues.  This one is good: "The Financial Crisis in Greece."

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Stop calling it a "deadline"

Fox News: "Deadline likely missed in nuclear deal - Hayden says Iran has 'upper hand'."  There is no deadline, only John Kerry's perpetual search for a "historic" deal.  Snap inspection of nuclear installations was once the only non-negotiable requirement of this deal; watch it disappear.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Obvious footnote is obvious

From the Eurogroup statement on Greece:
[1] Supported by all members of the Eurogroup except the Greek member.
Yes, thank you.

The Supreme Court's voting bloc

Andrew McCarthy: "Let’s Drop the Charade: The Supreme Court Is a Political Branch, Not a Judicial One."  On the Court's liberal members:
And it is not so much that they move in lockstep. It is that no one expects them to do anything but move in lockstep — not their fellow justices, not the political branches, and certainly not the commentariat, right or left.

It is simply accepted that these justices are not there to judge. They are there to vote. They get to the desired outcome the same way disparate-impact voodoo always manages to get to discrimination: Start at the end and work backwards. Guiding precedents are for the quaint business of administering justice. In the social justice business, the road never before traveled will do if one less traveled is unavailable.
I was thinking about this too: didn't a single one of these justices, just one out of four, look at the text of the Obamacare law and say: "gee, it says State and 'State' is defined as one of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.  Maybe there's something to this case."  But no.

What's perhaps worse, they didn't even feel like they had to explain themselves:
In the plethora of opinions generated by these three cases, there is not a single one authored by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, or Sonia Sotomayor.
And why should they?  As McCarthy writes: they're there to vote, not to provide judicial reasoning.

Extra - From Power Line.

Late night withdrawals in Greece

After the Greek Prime Minister called for a national referendum on Euro membership, they started lining up at ATMs at two in the morning.

One of my favorite things

Every summer the Hampshire Shakespeare Company puts on a great outdoor play.  Last weekend, they opened the season with "Romeo and Juliet" but I didn't go because it rained.  And tonight?  Heavy rain.

If I were them, I'd move the 7:30pm performance to 3pm today.  Well, hopefully we can catch "The Merry Wives of Windsor" in July.

The Purge

Powerline: "The Democrats get their crazy on"
The Democrats, having sown the wind, may reap the whirlwind. After all, they are the party of slavery and Jim Crow. Every one of the the Confederates now being scrubbed from memory was a Democrat. And Thomas Jefferson was a slaveowner who, unlike George Washington, never did free his slaves. Andrew Jackson, the real founder of the Democratic Party, makes Phil Sheridan look like a multiculturalist. But we don’t have to go back into our nation’s history for embarrassing Democrats: Robert Byrd, who served as an honored Democrat in the United States Senate until 2010–two years into the Obama administration!–was an Exalted Cyclops in the Ku Klux Klan. Just about every federal building and highway rest stop in West Virginia is named after Byrd. I look forward to the day when they are all renamed or torn down.
My wife has family around Gettysburg, PA which, as you might expect, pulls in significant tourism dollars from visitors to the Civil War battle site.  She tells me they are not going to sell Confederate flags in the souvenir shops anymore - which I just can't believe.  Look, I understand removing a reviled symbol of the Confederacy from state houses, but doesn't this tip the balance into scrubbing history?  The Civil War happened and the two sides carried different flags.

The great show "Community" is set in a community college and the mascot is the amorphous "Human Being" - a vaguely human shape of no identifiable color.  This is the future:

I wonder how long the University of Massachusetts Minuteman - a white guy with a GUN! - can survive in this environment.  They're coming for you, Ole Miss, UNLV and Washington Redskins.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Banana for scale

Sounds to me like somebody was making up a really bad excuse to get out of work.  MassLive: "Westfield man hospitalized after saying he was struck in groin by banana."
The man was taken to Noble Hospital on his request, after saying he was in pain and needed a doctor's note for his work the next day.

Officers could not find evidence to support his story; in Mazza's words, the search for the offending banana was "fruitless."
Bravo.  [golf clap]

Thursday, June 25, 2015


Something funny that happened during my commute: the Cars song "Let's Go" was on the radio while I was stopped at a red light.  Then the part where it goes clap-clap-clapclapclap-clapclapclapclap "Let's Go!" played and the light turned green in perfect synchronicity.

Heretics, all of them!

Daily Caller: "Dem. Senator Hopes The DOJ Sues Global Warming ‘Deniers’."

Jiggery pokery and pure applesauce

Plaintiffs in King v. Burwell may have lost in the Supreme Court today, but at least we'll have the comic, literary stylings of Justice Scalia.

Extra - Legal Insurrection: "The Humpty Dumpty Court."