March 14, 2014

U.S. ‘Transitioning’ Domain Name Functions to ‘Global Multistakeholder Community’; Politico Takes Eight Paragraphs to Name Likely Candidate

In a late Friday afternoon release, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced its intent “to transition key Internet domain name functions to the global multistakeholder community.” The statement is full of the kind of dense bureaucratic language one tends to see when the agency is doing something really important but controversial.

Stating the situation more clearly, calls it “the Offical Statement Of The US Giving Up Control Over ICANN” (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). Americans for Limited Government has issued a press release “blasting the Obama Commerce Department for turning over control of the Internet to United Nations International Telecommunication Union.” The one story in the press as of 7:30 p.m. was at the Politico, whose Erin Mershon appears to have caught wind of the news ahead of NTIA’s release. Mershon takes eight paragraphs to tell readers to whom the functions are to be transitioned — and I don’t think her dallying is mere sloppiness (bolds are mine):


Shattered: All Three Obamacare Core Guarantees

Filed under: Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:05 pm

Via Hot Air (original YouTube):

Guarantee 1 — “No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period.”

Guarantee 2 — ” If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.”

Guarantee 3 — “We will lower your premiums by $2,500 per family, per year.”

In honor of the shattered Trifecta (and, as a bonus to predict where New York City, the subject of the song, is headed under Bill De Blasio) I bring readers/listeners/viewers the the Rolling Stones doing “Shattered“:

Nice, But Not Enough: WaPo’s Kessler Gives ‘Four Pinocchios’ to Dems’ Koch Bros. Ad Claim

Washington Post “Fact Checker” blogger Glenn Kessler has given “Four Pinocchios” (“a whopper“) to a pro-Democratic group’s political ad opposing the U.S. Senate candidacy of Louisiana Republican Bill Cassidy. The claim: The Koch Brothers, who are prominent financial supporters of the pro-GOP group Americans for Prosperity, want to protect, in the ad’s words, “tax cuts for companies that ship our jobs overseas.”

Unfortunately, I have been told that Kessler’s post did not make the paper’s print edition; to no one’s surprise, the Post has a tendency to give Kessler posts which fact-check Republicans greater print edition visibility. Additionally, a least one other Post writer and career race-baiter Al Sharpton have praised the anti-Koch ad and the strategy behind it. The likelihood that either will acknowledge Kessler’s debunking is extremely low. Here are the key paragraphs from Kessler’s work (bolds are mine throughout this post):


Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (031414)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow.

This continues a two-week catch-up effort, where I am mostly getting to items which may be a bit dated but which many readers might have missed. Other topics are also fair game.


Feb. 28, at American Thinker“Culture of corruption in federal bureaucracy”


Feb. 27, at TwitchyPlanned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards doesn’t care when human life begins: “I don’t know that it’s really relevant.”


March 5 — Here are the devastating questions the IRS’s Lois Lerner refused to answer. The IRS has no credibility until they get answered.


Feb. 28, via Mary Katharine Ham at Hot Air“Metaphor alert: Minnesota light rail train runs off tracks after Obama lauds it in visit.” Indeed. Wasted mass transit money partially explains why the federal government’s finances are off-track.


Feb. 28, at NetRight Daily“According to, an industry group, the number of coal-burning power plants closing or converting on account of EPA regulation was 330 as of January, up from 285 in May 2013.”

This has brought on a quite valid warning from U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith’s (R-Va.) that EPA regs “could cause brownouts.”


Feb. 27 — Wish it was true: “It’s taken nearly five years, but Americans are finally aware that President Obama is opposed to anything that contributes to the economic growth of the nation.”

I’d say it’s still no more than 45% of the populace. Everyone else is still giving the benefit of the doubt. He doesn’t deserve it.


Feb. 28 — Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal: “America and the Aggressive Left; Half the country feels—and is—beset by government. That’s not progress.” All true and thoughtfully written, which begs the obvious question: Where you in 2008 when we tried to stop this, Peg?

She was here (HT John Ziegler): She articulated the case for Obama’s election, followed by a weaker one for McCain, and wrapped with “Something new is happening in America. It is the imminent arrival of a new liberal moment.” That is, she was okay with it, because she obviously didn’t go to the trouble of understanding it.


March 3, at the Daily Caller“The next tax reform model for the nation to come from Kansas?” It would nice if the Governor of Ohio would be even 10% as aggressive as Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has been .


March 3 —Steve Deace has a very good question for “The Intolerant Same-sex Lobby”: “If you’re making the case we should undo the moral foundations of Western civilization and rewrite the Constitution to make way for your beliefs, shouldn’t you have to answer … (some) questions first?”

His questions are very good ones.

Deace continues: “Does the left have any answers to these sorts of questions other than name-calling? If the answer is no, then liberty-loving Americans should just say no to the left.”



March 3 — Environmental cost-benefit analyses are racist.

Well, why not? The true meaning of “racist” has turned into “an adjective to automatically apply to any policy the Left opposes.”

Positivity: In first year, Pope Francis has challenged ‘all’ to live Gospel

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Washington:

Mar 9, 2014 / 04:03 pm

Anticipating the one-year anniversary of the election of Pope Francis as the Bishop of Rome, Catholic leaders nationwide have reflect on his papacy thus far, noting his call for every Catholic to evangelize.

“In a certain sense, by his style of interviews and public statements, he kind of throws the ball back in our court as well – and I don’t mean bishops, I mean all the faithful,” Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Neb. told CNA March 6.

“And what I mean by that is that…it kind of falls upon us to put him in context, and to tell people what he means. And that’s part of the sensus fidelium, that’s part of, really, our baptismal charism: that the faithful also have the responsibility of articulating the teaching of the Church, so it doesn’t focus on one person, like the Pope, like a bishop; that we all have this responsibility of preaching the gospel, and explaining the Gospel, and articulating the Gospel.”

Since the election of Jorge Bergoglio as Pope on March 13, 2013, the world has been fascinated by the Roman Pontiff, as seen by him being named “Man of the Year” by several publications. He has so far given three interviews to secular publications, and one to a magazine of the Society of Jesus, for which he was ordained a priest.

Pope Francis’ personal style in these interviews and elsewhere, Bishop Conley said, “has given us an opportunity to put his words into context and to explain maybe some of the ambiguities, some of the lack of precision in his language. It’s not a bad thing.”

He emphasized that the Pope has said repeatedly that he is first and foremost a son of the Church and “has made it clear he has no intention of changing Church teaching on fundamental issues; but because of perhaps his style, or his way of doing interviews, it leaves a lot of room for us to explain what he really means.”

John Garvey, president of the Catholic University of America, told CNA that when Pope Francis’ words are misappropriated – as when his comment “who am I to judge” is taken out of context and used to support acceptance of the commission of homosexual acts – “someone ought to call out the appropriators on that.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.