Mar
25
2015
7

Tweet of the Day, Maybe Hillary Clinton Will Try To Go Full Metal Hawk, Or Something edition.

It’s maybe her best play at this point.

I mean, basically right now Obama’s foreign policy strategy is lying in a dirty room somewhere and trying to stuff its small intestine back into its gut. Hillary Clinton might as well go Scoop Jackson, or something. What does she have to lose?

Mar
25
2015
5

Quote of the Day, My Sneer At The White House About Yemen Is Too Big For This Headline edition*.

You know, there just isn’t a good answer for this, is there?

JONATHAN KARL, ABC NEWS: I know you’re asked this every time something terrible happens in Yemen, but now that we have essentially complete chaos in Yemen, does the White House still believe that Yemen is the model for a counter-terrorism strategy?

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Mar
25
2015
10

Report: Bowe Bergdahl to be tried for desertion.

Oh, dear.

So it is apparently now the official position of the US military that the US government went out and traded five terrorists for a deserter. I’d almost – almost – be close to maybe understanding it if we were at least planning to hang the guy afterward, but let’s be realistic.  Bowe Bergdahl, even if convicted for desertion, will not be executed for it. He’d probably spend a lot of time in jail, but he’d be unlikely to be hung, shot, or given the needle. (more…)

Mar
25
2015
7

It is a glorious day at National Review Online.

Cthulhu reference. Also, SMoD. And, well, this:

Cruz is great. Rand Paul is great. Scott Walker is great. Bobby Jindal is great. Rick by-God Perry is great. Jeb Bush . . . was a really, really fine governor. We have primary elections for a reason, and these are some big boys (and girls? What says Governor Martinez? Governor Fallin? Governor Haley? Governor . . . ?) who are more than capable of inflicting upon themselves whatever savage and perverse ritual combat Republican-primary voters demand, with the last man standing demanding of the conclave in Cleveland: “Are you not entertained?”

Should be a hoot.

Personally, I recommend staying frosty when it comes to the primary. After all, every Republican candidate except one will end up losing it; their supporters should probably be prepared for that to happen. Or, conversely: if they’re planning to take their ball and go home if their candidate loses… then they should probably do it now, and avoid the rush.

Mar
24
2015
10

Sen. Dan Coats (R, Indiana) to retire at end of term.

A bit of a surprise, which hopefully doesn’t mean that the man is ill. I’ve certainly heard no rumors of scandal associated with Senator Coats, and you usually hear those things ahead of time; the Senator is in his early seventies, and has been in various federal public offices since the late Eighties, so possibly Dan Coats is simply ready to retire. (more…)

Mar
24
2015
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Mar
24
2015
3

It’s SCOTUS Day!

Yup, it’s Supreme Court season again.

Nothing too dramatic today, I believe, but you never know.  Also: as usual, I am bemused that I am now in a headspace where the Supreme Court decision calendar is a source of excitement.  Or at least content…

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Mar
23
2015
9

Quote of the Day, Don’t You Dare Make This Too Easy For Me, Democracy Alliance edition.

I don’t need anybody’s charity.

An influential coalition of the biggest liberal donors is quietly distancing itself from the national Democratic Party and planning to push its leaders — including Hillary Clinton — to the left.

The Democracy Alliance funders club at a private April gathering in San Francisco is set to unveil a five-year plan to boost causes on which some of its members contend leading Democrats like Clinton have been insufficiently aggressive.

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Mar
23
2015
6

I’m not saying somebody paid to have Harry Reid beaten up. But if somebody did…

…it apparently was Planned Parenthood:

Tensions are roiling between Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi over an unusual point of contention for the two top Democrats: abortion policy.

The fight is serious enough that it could kill the House Minority Leader’s ambitious deal with Republicans on the so-called “doc-fix.”

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Mar
23
2015
12

NPR’s Lead Editor for Politics unaware that Evangelicals support Israel.

If this doesn’t prove to certain people that NPR lives in its own little world, probably nothing will.

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“Israel is the biggest applause line at an evangelical Christian university?” …asks the “Lead Editor for Politics and Digital Audience” for National Public Radio.  I actually don’t want to whale too badly on Domenico Montanaro: for all I know he’s kind to his mother, helps old ladies across the street, and mentors orphans. But this is a remarkably pure example of what the Left used to call ‘epistemic closure,’ before they realized that we could throw that comment right back at them, and with considerably greater impact. (more…)

Mar
23
2015
6

US Supreme Court upholds Wisconsin voter ID reform.

Basically, the court declined to hear a further challenge to Wisconsin’s Voter ID law, thus allowing it to be finally implemented.  More here: and, let us be perfectly honest about something.  People who strenuously oppose Voter ID laws are, frankly, fringe.  A clear majority of the population – except hardcore liberals and progressives – thinks that it’s perfectly sensible to present a photo ID as proof of identity in order to vote. Whites, minorities, Republicans, Democrats, independents: time after time we keep seeing widespread support for this policy.

This is not to say that people who oppose Voter ID should shut up.  What it does say is that people who oppose Voter ID should stop pretending that they speak for the American people.  The American people can, in fact, speak for themselves: and they’ve clearly decided to mandate that voters show a photo ID*.  Deal with it. (more…)

Mar
22
2015
6

And so ends Starbucks’ ‘Race Together.’ But, hey, new gentrification plans!

As the Daily News put it, “That didn’t take long.”  Essentially, it lasted a week; one wonders whether the daily sales numbers were reporting a sudden drop.  Personally, I found the whole thing tedious and silly; but the same article reports that Starbucks – possibly stung by criticism – will be opening more shops in what the News calls ‘disadvantaged urban communities.’ I wonder what the anti-gentrification folks will think about that

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