Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Obamacare, cure thyself

Hit and Run: "Obamacare's Biggest Government-Backed Non-Profit Insurer Is Shutting Down."  "While some of Obamacare's co-ops may survive, it seems likely, given their generally precarious finances, that several more will eventually cease operations, and that taxpayers will ultimately end up shortchanged on much of the "loan" money that was used to help start the program."  Of course.

There's a reason for that

Here's Chris Cillizza in the Washington Post, trying to be funny I assume: "Trust in the media is at an all-time low.  That's a terrible thing for all of us."  And by "us" I assume he means him and all his left-wing mouthpiece in the incurably liberal media.

What's most interesting about this poll is that independents are now in the same camp as Republicans while Democrats, who benefit from a biased press, think the media is mostly OK.

Monday, September 28, 2015

All the world a victim

Hot Air: "Elizabeth Warren launches the Big Pander to #BlackLivesMatter."

Warren is the perfect mouthpiece for the BLM movement because it dovetails with her economic message that there is no such thing as personal responsibility.  (Oh you took out a third mortgage and lost it all at the track?  Damn those bankers!)  I read her entire speech and it's wrapped in the soothing message that nothing is ever your fault.

You would think that - maybe just for the sake of variety - Warren could urge the reformation of the African-American family where 72% of kids are born without a father, leading to instability, poverty and crime.  At least that's what this dude told me a couple years ago:
The absence of fathers is important, [this dude] continued, because "children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime; nine times more likely to drop out of schools and 20 times more likely to end up in prison."

Extra - Daily Beast: "Black Lives Matter is living in the past."

Sunday, September 27, 2015

I'm just a girl - tee hee!

Doug Ross: "Symphony of lies: Hillary Clinton’ Startlingly Awful Performance on Meet The Press."

There's a lot of retread here but one thing that stood out is that Hillary is now claiming she's not a technical expert and depended on others to do that science-stuff.  Who did she depend on?  Brian Pagliano who has taken the Fifth.  How convenient.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Obvious headline is obvious

The Hill: "Clinton may not have turned over all her emails."
“We provided all of them,” she said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” in recent days.
That's also what she told the judge.

Boehner bails

This happened while I was at work and my reaction was: "What's this all about?" followed by "Not surprising."  I just don't think the man has the temperament to be Speaker.  I mean, all that crying.

Also, I have to wonder how much losing Eric Cantor - in a primary challenge - hurt his leadership.  I think Boehner depended on Cantor to herd the cats and, without him, Boehner was overwhelmed.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Texas clock hoax

Investor's Business Daily: "Did Muslim Clock Boy perpetrate a hoax?"  Yes he did.

The real scandal here is the reaction of the media and assorted Leftists (but I repeat myself).  The clock/bomb story was the Perfect Storm for the Left to sneer at Texas: for being anti-science, for the "over-reaction" of the police, and - naturally - for racism.  No wonder the Obama White House jumped in feet first before even checking out the details.

What did Ahmed get for his traumatic subjugation at the hands of these Lone Star knuckle-draggers?  An invite to the White House, an invite to Facebook, and a ton of swag from Microsoft.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Like with a cloth or something?

Hillary last month: "I don't know nothin' about wipin' no servers!"

Cybersecurity expert Hillary now: "There's no evidence of a security breach."

That's some learning curve.

The Iranians know what they're doing

Fox News: "Iran deal open for debate? Tehran presses new ayatollah demand."
The Iranian government is pressing the U.S. and others to give even more ground to Tehran in the already-sealed nuclear agreement, posing a new headache as the Obama administration and others try to implement the deal.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei earlier this month demanded that sanctions be lifted entirely, not just suspended. A top Khamenei adviser reiterated that demand over the weekend -- ahead of potential informal talks on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.
The mullahs know that Obama is desperate for his foreign policy legacy "achievement" and John Kerry is salivating for a Nobel Peace Prize (they'll give it to anybody nowadays.)  And since these two dopes have framed the agreement as a choice between peace and WAR! - how can they now back down?

Oh, that's a red line?  Adorable.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Drunk History is on tonight!

Oh man, I love Drunk History.  This is one of my favorites:

And, for your further edification on Bell Labs, read "The Idea Factory."  I worked for Lucent for a couple years and visited the original Bell Labs in Murray Hill, New Jersey, where the transistor was invented.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Joe ready to go

The Hill: "Dems see Biden entering race — and complicating life for Hillary Clinton."

I have a theory about Joe Biden: I don't think he wants to get into the race but also wants to be ready in case Hillary is indicted otherwise too politically damaged to continue.  Then the Democrats can "pull a Torricelli" and replace their candidate at the moment of peril.

What? I'm a nice guy!

We got a two-year-old rescue dog last week and she shies away from me like I'm going to hit her.

I'm starting to get a complex.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Isn't that exactly what you'd expect a replicant to say?

CBS News: "Hillary Clinton: 'I am a real person'."

We're going to need this equipment.

Extra - From today's Boston Globe: "Hillary Clinton is lacking in the art of contact"
Some in the audience of 300 packed into a Boys & Girls Club in this lakeside town appeared moved by the story. But not, at least that one could tell, the woman who organized the forum, which was intended to focus on the scourge of drug addiction in New Hampshire. 
Hillary Clinton physically backed up closer to a wall as she listened and nodded. When the woman finished her story, the leading Democratic presidential contender retrieved a microphone, turned away, and began asking another panelist to respond. 
Then she stopped herself. “I’m very sorry,” said Clinton, who followed with a bland observation. “We’re not doing enough on mental health treatment.” 
No real show of compassion. No hug or even a touch on the hand.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

The Left hates free speech, a continuing series

Powerline: "Arrest those climate skeptics!"  When you're winning a debate, you don't ask the other side to shut up.

Oh the things you haven't done

Legal Insurrection: "Hillary's accomplishments: A snapshot of nothing much."  "Ask 20 Democrats for Hillary’s accomplishments and sit back for the funny."

It's funny how a lot of stuff boils down to "gave a speech" or "was in the vicinity of Bill at the time."

Friday, September 18, 2015

No capes!

This is great (found on Imgur).  There's a fan theory that Edna Mode in "The Incredibles" was the secret hero of the movie by providing Syndrome with a caped costume.

Obama: The buck stops there

Hot Air: "White House: You people forced Obama to start this failed training program for Syrian rebels, you know."
At long last, my friends, we’ve reached Peak Obama.
And you thought we reached it when he said: "I didn't draw that red line."  You know, I have no illusions that there were no good choices in Syria.  But this is typical for our vanity-swollen Boy Wonder: it's impossible for him to take an ounce of blame for anything.  It's too late in his Administration to blame Dubya for security-related disasters so: Hillary!  You're up!

I can't vacillate forever!

MSNBC: "Hillary Clinton promises Keystone decision 'soon'."  The focus group must be meeting this weekend.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Nobody will go to jail

The Truth About Cars: "GM to Pay $900 Million For Faulty Ignition Switch Cover-up."  I'm sure glad the government sold all its shares in GM before it stuck them with this fine.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Draft Kings isn't taking my money against my will

Somebody in Congress wants to regulate fantasy football betting sites.  Yeah, OK, but I agree with this guy:
How about Frank Pallone look into why Social Security is scheduled to go bust in a 15 years? As someone who involuntarily pays into this Ponzi scheme, shouldn't these hacks be concerned with that? As for fantasy sports, people willingly pay into that and understand the consequences.

We don't need Frank Pallone or any of these other losers wasting taxpayer money on 'reviewing' policies they created and aren't broken. Social Security is broken. Fix that for starters, you hacks.
It'll never happen.

But then you knew that

Hot Air: "CMS audit of ObamaCare federal exchange shows incompetence, waste."

Monday, September 14, 2015

The five-month gap

Sometimes I read a story and say: "Can't possibly be true."  Judicial Watch is reporting that email records requested under a Freedom of Information Act request are missing for a critical period:
Emails sent and received by Clinton on her private server are missing over periods totaling five months, beginning when she took office as secretary of state in 2009.
Um, that's a lot of yoga routines and other exclusively personal emails.  The Hillary-hater in me assumes all these wiped emails were discussing all the sweetheart deals between State and the Clinton Foundation, but then it's only us right-wing wackos who care about this stuff, amirite?

Sunday, September 13, 2015

If you don't like this red line, we'll move it back

Jeff Jacoby: "The Iran deal is a bait and switch."  As Jacoby demonstrates, every one of the non-negotiable requirements of this deal became negotiable then un-required.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

The British Bernie Sanders

Instapundit: "Loony leftist elected leader of UK's Labor Party."  C'mon, Instapundit, they spell Labour with a "U" as in "U are going to pay more taxes."

They act like adults

Megan McArdle: "How Grown-Ups deal with 'microaggressions'."

I'm probably in the minority here but I dislike these "anti-bullying" programs they have in schools nowadays.  Yes, I understand there are extreme cases but there's a perverse message to kids that there's always going to be somebody to intervene.  When you get past a certain age, there isn't, and forms of bullying continue in the work place.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Not a single accomplishment to speak of

Let's put aside the email controversy - oh, it'll still be around - and focus on Hillary's resume, or lack thereof:
For nearly a quarter-century, Hillary Rodham Clinton has played an outsized role in the nation’s consciousness as an advocate and a political survivor. Her presidential campaign’s favorite way to describe her is as “a fighter.”
But something surprising has emerged in public opinion about the former first lady, senator and secretary of state. Asked to name something tangible that Clinton has actually accomplished, many voters come up blank.
When Bloomberg News posed the question in May to a focus group of 10 Iowa Democrats, they praised Clinton for strength, experience and competence but could not recall a single thing she had done.
Given that her tenure as Secretary of State was an unmitigated disaster, it's a valid question to ask what she's done to merit the Presidency.  Well, have no fear, because Brent Budowsky is here to lay down the truth, baby!
It is an equally big truth that Clinton is the most qualified person in the race for the presidency. She was the closest confidant and full partner during the most successful and fondly remembered presidency of modern times, an achievement no other candidate can match.
There you have it, America: she was married to Bill Clinton.  Were you?  No, you weren't.

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Whole lotto IOUs

I remember back when the New York Lottery used to run commercials that teased you with "It could happen!"  Unless you're in Illinois.  Chicago Tribune: "News Illinois Lottery sued for not paying winnings due to state budget impasse."
A pair of lottery winners have filed a federal lawsuit against the Illinois Lottery, which still is selling tickets despite its inability to pay prizes greater than $25,000 until state lawmakers pass a budget.
If people can't grasp the remote probability of winning the lottery, maybe the proximate probability of not getting paid will convince them to save their money.

Monday, September 07, 2015

Hillary belongs in prison

NY Times: "Second Review Says Classified Information Was in Hillary Clinton’s Email"
A special intelligence review of two emails that Hillary Rodham Clinton received as secretary of state on her personal account — including one about North Korea’s nuclear weapons program — has endorsed a finding by the inspector general for the intelligence agencies that the emails contained highly classified information when Mrs. Clinton received them, senior intelligence officials said.

Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign and the State Department disputed the inspector general’s finding last month and questioned whether the emails, which are being released to the public, had been overclassified by an arbitrary process. But the special review — by the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency — concluded that the emails were “Top Secret,” the highest classification of government intelligence, when they were sent to Mrs. Clinton in 2009 and 2011.
What else can the Clinton people do but say "Well, people can disagree as to whether this stuff should be classified as 'Top Secret'?"  Satellite images on North Korea's nuclear capability?  Beats me, says Hill.

Oh Joe

Joe Biden: "Damn, this economy stinks!"  "It is a very weird fact that Democrats are utterly unembarrassed about denouncing the economic conditions that have resulted from their own policies."

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Yellow flag 500

What a fun NASCAR race tonight: a record number of cautions at Darlington.

Update - Well, Carl Edwards won and did his backflip.  So that was kinda cool.

Mistakes that never - ever - happen the other way

Instapundit: From the "Paper of Record", a telling correction.  But the narrative!

It's not complicated

Powerline: "'Sorry you're confused' she said hopefully."  "The problem for Hillary is that the email scandal is simple, not confusing. It’s easy for people to understand that folks don’t set up a private email server, in contradiction, of company policy, unless (1) they want to hide stuff and (2) they see themselves as above the rules ordinary folk must follow."

And every time she opens her mouth and tries to explain away these very obvious facts, she insults the intelligence of the American people.  Maybe that's why she stopped meeting with the press.

The reluctant warrior

The Hill: "Draft Biden staffs up in Iowa."  "The group urging Vice President Joe Biden to launch a 2016 bid for the Democratic presidential nomination announced Friday that two longtime backers of Biden have signed on as co-chairs in the early-voting state of Iowa."  I don't think he's going to do it.

Friday, September 04, 2015

Uterus uber alles!

Brace yourself for the hysteria.  USA Today:
Hillary Clinton plans to launch a new initiative this weekend as she seeks to weave women’s issues into every facet of her campaign instead of using them in a separate silo as she did in her unsuccessful 2008 presidential bid.

It's the "Mark Uterus" strategy times 1000.

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

You've got your legacy, and how

You have to hand it to Obama: you would think that after driving the Democratic Party to record low representation across the nation, they'd think twice about throwing support behind another proposal solidly opposed by the American people.  Yet here we are again on the verge of another "victory".

Jonathan Tobin writes: "The Democrats Now Own Iran. They’ll Soon Wish They Didn’t"
Obama got his deal despite the opposition of the majority of Congress and the American people. But the Democratic Party now gets to pay the bill for it. By making Iran a partisan issue in this manner, Obama saddled his party with the blame for everything that will happen in the coming years.
Here's the thing: Obama has spent so much time vilifying opponents of this rotten deal, his enormous ego will not allow him to ever admit defeat.  And the mullahs in Iran know this.  So they'll funnel their recently-released riches to Hezbollah, and block out nuclear inspectors, and ramp up the mischief - because they know that Obama will never call them out on it.

To do so would be to confess that he's made a terrible mistake.  That will not do.

Extra - PJ Tatler: "Democratic Party Now Responsible for Iran’s Next Steps."

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Let's go to prison!

As we reflect on today's headlines, keep in mind that we still have 75% of Hillary's emails to be revealed, drip-drip-dripped over months.  Here's the latest:

Fox News: "Sources: Clinton email markings changed to hide classified info."  "At least four classified Hillary Clinton emails had their markings changed to a category that shields the content from Congress and the public, Fox News has learned, in what State Department whistleblowers believed to be an effort to hide the true extent of classified information on the former secretary of state’s server."
Federalist: "Breaking: Hillary Intentionally Originated And Distributed Highly Classified Information."  She sent classified information to the one person the Obama White House said could not serve in the Administration.
Politico: "Feds move to consolidate lawsuits over Hillary Clinton emails."  For FOIA speed and efficiency.
Powerline: "The ultimate empty pant suit?"  What should I say to Harry Reid, guys?

But the Clinton people have a defense ready to go!  Daily Caller: "#Hillary2016: Not criminal, just incompetent."