Jul
18
2014
3

Your semi-annual reminder: Barack Obama’s polling numbers are horrible.

These are not numbers that are compatible with the Democrats doing well in November.

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In fact, the only thing that they are compatible with is… pain.  The President’s job approval average has been a good rough rule of thumb for some time now; and if you remember 2006 and 2008 then you’re familiar with this particular kind of narrative arc. And, most importantly: there’s no indication that the President is going to suddenly become good at his job between now and Labor Day.

And after Labor Day it will be too late.

Moe Lane

PS: :shrug: Don’t look at me: I’m just the messenger.

 

 

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Jul
18
2014
9

Russian-backed Ukrainian proxies claim #MH17 was a setup.

The scary part of this? The assumption that this line of nonsense might work on somebody.

A top pro-Russia rebel commander in eastern Ukraine has given a bizarre version of events surrounding the Malaysian jetliner crash — suggesting many of the victims may have died days before the plane took off.

The pro-rebel website Russkaya Vesna on Friday quoted Igor Girkin as saying he was told by people at the crash site that “a significant number of the bodies weren’t fresh,” adding that he was told they were drained of blood and reeked of decomposition.

I wait with baited breath to be told by a Russian cat’s-paw that the whole thing was orchestrated by the Jews. That’s how this stuff usually ends, of course.

Moe Lane

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Jul
18
2014
3

Someone has absconded with Casey Kasem’s corpse.

I got nothing, sorry.

Casey Kasem’s body is no longer at the Washington state funeral home that had been keeping it, a rep for the radio icon’s eldest daughter said Friday.

The situation is “pure insanity,” rep Danny Deraney told the Los Angeles Times, confirming that the body was not at the funeral home where it had been held. “It’s sad that it’s gotten to this point.”

No, really this time I got nothing.

Via

Jul
18
2014
12

I was unaware that @amazon’s Jeff Bezos hates Jews.

Or that he hires people who do – because Jeff Bezos’ paper (The Washington Post, for those following at home) seems to have a problem with them these days:

A prominent American Jewish organization is denouncing The Washington Post for posting an animated cartoon on its YouTube channel depicting Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu beating a Palestinian infant.

You know, I was kind of hoping that we had gotten past this particular sort of old nonsense. Apparently not all of us have.

Via

Jul
18
2014
2

Elizabeth Warren’s, ahem, ‘Crony Capitalism.’

Don’t watch a politician’s lips. Watch his or her hands.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) may market herself as a progressive populist, but when forced to choose between everyday Americans and billion dollar international corporations, Warren sides with the corporations.

Senator Warren believes that the Export-Import Bank helps create American jobs and spur economic growth,” Warren spokeswoman Lacey Rose wrote in an e-mail to Bloomnberg News, “She looks forward to reviewing re-authorization legislation if and when it is introduced.”

Townhall goes on to note the bit about how the Export-Import Bank is “little more than a fund for corporate welfare” – and if you don’t like that characterization, take it up with Barack Obama: that’s what he called it.  But the corporations that use the bank in question know how to reward their friends… and I guess that Elizabeth Warren wants to be those corporations’ special-special friend.

The funny part is, I don’t care too much that yet another progressive politician out there can’t sustain her own movement’s rhetoric. But you’d think that this would start bothering actual progressives after a while.  Well, actually, you wouldn’t: everybody knows that progressives have no self-esteem when it comes to politicians who lie to them, after all…

Via

Moe Lane (crosspost)

Jul
18
2014
1

Ah, yes, the Unsinkable Hillary Clinton. #2016

This is an interesting tweet…

…mostly because I remember how inevitable Hillary Clinton was in 2006, too. Admittedly, the options have gotten worse since then – Barack Obama has had the same effect on future Democratic candidates that dioxin has on plants – but, still, it’s not like the woman is a great candidate. And if 2016 really does end up being a foreign policy election, then the Democrats would be better off nominating somebody with no record before they nominate someone with her record.

Jul
18
2014
15

Today’s anti-Israel depravity from Vox.

I’ve decided not to put this up at RedState [My colleagues have persuaded me to put this up at RedState: personally, I think that after a certain point you shouldn't give valuable front-page space to attacking hate sites, but the aforementioned colleagues were pretty vehement that I should do so in this case] I’m pretty close to writing Vox off as an openly anti-Semitic website, and we don’t give those things any traffic. Still… dear God but this article reeks: “Yes, Gaza militants hide rockets in schools, but Israel doesn’t have to bomb them.

…I submit to all of you that when the first half of your headline concedes that one side is committing war crimes (a phrase that does not appear anywhere in that article), the second half of your headline should not try to find balance. There is no ‘balance.’ PJ Tatler summed it up pretty starkly: ‘Hiding weapons of war in schools is a war crime, straight up. Targeting civilians intentionally, as Hamas does, is also a war crime.’ If ordinary Palestinians don’t want to get bombed in retaliation for these war crimes, then I suggest that they start shooting on sight the malignant sons-of-bitches in Hamas who keep using them as human shields. Because that’s the only way this is going to end: Hamas cannot survive in Palestine without the good will of the Palestinians. (more…)

Jul
17
2014
3

‘Foil.’

FoilWeird Al Yankovic

At the end I said, Well, it lacked only one thi… ah. There we go.  Shouldn’t have worried.

Jul
17
2014
11

The ’12 Monkeys’ SyFy television series trailer.

I am… less frightened of this than I expected to be.

Which is odd, because I respected the original 12 Monkeys enough that normally I’d be upset that they were going to go and do the exact opposite from the original while using the same name*.  Possibly it’s because I respected 12 Monkeys without liking it very much: it’s a good flick, but not a happy one.

Eh. The TV show could still very well suck.

Moe Lane

*Like they do

Jul
17
2014
4

I wonder what company this was.

Because this sounds like one heck of a story.

…Sorry, I thought that I had a few more paragraphs in me about this one.

Jul
17
2014
1

More on the Great Vox Gaza Bridge Pile-On.

See, this is how you troll somebody:

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Basically, Vox thought that there was a bridge from the West Bank to Gaza.  No, really.  Let me show you the lengths involved: (more…)

Jul
17
2014
1

Potential scrum in New Hampshire-GOV race over possibly illegal campaign contributions.

Not the best news in the world for incumbent New Hampshire governor Democrat Maggie Hassan:

The state Attorney General’s Office says it will review a complaint received from the New Hampshire Republican Party Wednesday charging that a union strongly favoring the Northern Pass project made an illegal campaign contribution to Gov. Maggie Hassan’s campaign committee – and that the Hassan campaign illegally accepted it.

The NHGOP says the $25,000 contribution on June 12 from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers political action committee “dramatically exceeded” the state contribution limit. The Republicans also say the IBEW campaign spending report of June 18 is questionable because although it lists total receipts of $143,667, it does not list any itemized receipts.

The Northern Pass project is, for those wondering, a project to bring in Canadian electrical power via a big, honking set of power lines. The unions like the idea: environmentalists (and Maggie Hassan) do not. I have no opinion about the project itself (I never even heard of it until now), but it does look at least a little problematic that the unions are throwing so much money into Gov. Hassan’s campaign coffers. That’s one traditional way to buy influence, and everybody involved knows it.

Moe Lane

PS: Was it illegal? Honestly, based on the article: nobody actually knows, given that the legality hinges on any number of arcane and byzantine conditions happening in a certain time and order. You can tell, by the way, that nobody’s really sure by the way that Democrats avoided being rude about the GOP in their quotes; Democrats only do that when they’re not sure that the branch limb really will hold their weight.  Welcome to the wonderful world of campaign finance ‘reform:’ here’s your accordion.

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