From James Taranto at the Wall Street Journal’s Best of the Web:
As it turns out, for Wendy Davis marriage really was the answer to poverty.
From James Taranto at the Wall Street Journal’s Best of the Web:
As it turns out, for Wendy Davis marriage really was the answer to poverty.
HHS is trying to conjure the appearance of progress and specificity even as it conceals everything that is relevant to ObamaCare’s performance.
Lord, have mercy:
If a private company did this, consumers and the government would put it out of business with litigation and court orders.
Link (Delayed HT: frequent commenter dscott):
Congress Members Who Have Seen Classified Evidence About Syria Say It Fails to Prove Anything
Classified Syria Intelligence Fails to Prove Assad Used Chemical Weapons
The administration’s public case for chemical weapons use by the Syrian government is extremely weak, and former high-level intelligence officers say that publicly-available information proves that the Syrian government likely did not carry out the chemical weapons attacks.
… the Daily Caller reports:
The Obama administration has selectively used intelligence to justify military strikes on Syria, former military officers with access to the original intelligence reports say, in a manner that goes far beyond what critics charged the Bush administration of doing in the run-up to the 2003 Iraq war.
The once “unthinkable” (except by a very few of us who have thought this for at least five years) — that, in Instapundit’s words, Obama might be “Wrecking our foreign policy on purpose” — now has to be considered plausible. Norman Podhoretz at the Wall Street Journal certainly believes that it is:
Obama’s Successful Foreign Failure
The president may look incompetent on Syria. But his behavior fits his strategy to weaken America abroad.
UPDATE: Also consistent —
How Not to Win Over Congress
Sending Susan Rice, on the Benghazi anniversary, to argue for Syria is one of many missteps.
So the person who serially lied about the relevance of a previously virtually unknown anti-Muslim film as what caused the Benghazi terrorist attack is now the face of the administration before Congress.
If Obama really cared about winning over Congress, he’d send someone else. Instead, in-your-face defiance and one-upping his perceived enemies is more important.
From its “Morning Bell” blog (“10 Ways Obamacare Isn’t Working”):
In the end, Nancy Pelosi was wrong. Congress passed the bill, but we still don’t know what’s in it—because the Obama Administration keeps changing rules and ignoring the law. That’s why Congress should use its power of the purse and stop a single dime from being spent on this unworkable, unfair, and unpopular measure.
For at least the 10 reasons cited at the post, Obamacare is working out to be an exercise in tyranny (“arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority”).
That’s why it must be defunded.
Today, as the wire service AFP reported in a story carried at Yahoo.com, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, in the question and answer exchange after his prepared testimony, told the House Financial Services Committee that “If we were to tighten (monetary) policy, the economy would tank.”
That assessment of the economy’s fragility qualifies as news, especially given the Obama administration’s continued claim that the economy is “continuing to recover at a promising rate.” Outlets besides AFP virtually ignored Bernanke’s soundbite which should be considered scary to anyone who realizes that Big Ben can’t go on “stimulating” at his current rate forever.
The final three paragraphs of “Zimmerman verdict vindicates citizen patrols, self-defense” (HT to a frequent emailer):
Martin Luther King Jr. is rolling over in his grave that he sacrificed his life for the cause of judging people by the content of their character instead of the color of their skin, as so many of his own race carry in self-destructive behavior while professional race mongers blame everything on racism. It is painful and heartbreaking to say and write this, but horrifically it is true. Blacks kill more blacks in a weekend in Chicago than the evil, vile Ku Klux Klan idiots did in 50 years. (*) Truly earth shattering insane. And not a peep from Obama or Holder. Tragic.
The only racism on that night was perpetrated by Trayvon Martin, and everybody knows it.
Here’s the lesson from all this, America: Teach your children to not attack people for no good reason whatsoever. Conduct yourself in a responsible, civil manner, and everything will be just fine. Try to kill someone and that someone just may be exercising his or her Second Amendment rights and you could get shot. It’s called self-defense, and it is the oldest, strongest and most righteous instinct and God-given right known to man.
Read the whole thing.
(*) – Clarification: The Klan is said to be responsible for having “killed 3,446 blacks over 86 years, yet black-on-black murders (in the U.S.) surpass that number every six months” (i.e., over 130 per week).
Reviewing the history, Wikipedia lists 18 blacks who were killed by Klansmen in the past 50 years — 12 from 1963-1966 (including Medgar Evers, who was killed in June 1963, technically more than 50 years ago), and six others, five in one incident, from 1979-1981. Wiki claims that the 1960s murders were “among the most notorious,” allowing for the possibility that there were others (though I doubt there were more than a very few). It does not make that claim about periods thereafter.
During the Fourth of July weekend this year, Chicago had 12 murders among 72 shootings (assuming no other subsequent deaths among those who were shot and still alive on July 8). It’s clear that almost all of the murders were black-on-black in nature.
To be completely correct, Nugent should have written that “Blacks have killed more blacks on some weekends in Chicago than the evil, vile Ku Klux Klan idiots have in the past 46 years.”
There have been several weekends in the past several years during which Chicago’s black-on-black murder toll has been greater than seven or more. In 2012, Chicago had more than 500 homicides, the vast majority of which were black-on-black — an average of almost 10 per week.
Nugent’s less than perfect rendering of the history hardly detracts from the points made in his column.
Homer Plessy was the plaintiff in Plessy v. Ferguson, the horrible 1896 Supreme Court decision which legalized racially segregated facilities with the euphemism of “separate but equal” in the South.
Since a frequent tipster informed me of an epic rant by Fox News’s Neil Cavuto on Monday, I’ve been waiting for it to appear on YouTube.
It hasn’t, so I’m going to transcribe it and link readers to the Fox News video. Keep in mind that Cavuto said all of this before the Obama administration’s cynical, politically opportunistic, and arguably illegal (as if that matters any more) announcement that it would delay imposing the employer mandate for a year until January 1, 2015, while forcing everyone to have health insurance or pay a fine starting six months from now:
We are paying more for health insurance when they said we would be paying less.
We are signing up fewer for the health care law when they said we would be signing up more.
The uninsured who still don’t want it.
The low-wage workers who still can’t afford it.
The doctors who are sick of being doctors because of it.
The fit who are having fits because they still will end up paying more even if they are fit.
The full-time workers made part-time workers because their bosses couldn’t afford their coverage.
The part-time workers who became former workers because they couldn’t afford losing that coverage.
The specialists who say their specialty suddenly isn’t so special.
The surgeons bailing out of their profession because it’s just not worth the hassle.
Oh yeah, and everybody else, who just can’t seem to afford the hassle.
A Wall Street Journal study out today that details premiums doubling, even tripling, and soon — even for those practicing preventive behavior, prevented from getting any break for that behavior.
Who knew in this remake of healthcare (that) slugs would rule, and the fit would drool?
The government knew. That’s who knew.
The votes touting who not only knew it, but hid from all of us the very real costs of it.
Nancy Pelosi was no dummy. She HAD read the bill. She DID know what was inside that bill — just like Max Baucus did, just like Harry Reid did.
But the fix was already in, and those soaring premiums are already on.
But then again, these champions of healthcare chose their words very carefully at the time, didn’t they?
After all, President Obama himself always said that you could keep your own doctor. What he did not say, was that you would end up paying through the nose for the privilege.
And the great healtcare system we once enjoyed, the one we upended for the 90 percent of us who were happy to cover the 10 percent who apparently still are not happy — well, stick a syringe in it. It is gone.
But first, bend over. Because this is gonna hurt.
Well, the message from the administration’s employer mandate delay may be, could be, and should be, “Maybe the health system we had, the one which needs serious reform but in a free-market direction, isn’t gone — not if those opposed to it summon the courage to save it and fix it.”
Ask who now is sitting in prison — a shyster video-maker who had nothing to do with the deaths of four Americans, or their five known terrorist killers lounging about in North Africa? Apparently, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, like EPA director Lisa Jackson, was guilty of creating a fake persona. Like Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, he had a lien on his business. Like former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, he had some unpaid taxes. Like Tamerlan Tsarnaev, he had been visited by government investigators. Like Attorney General Eric Holder and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, he lied to federal authorities — although they were not quite as high as those in the U.S. Congress. And unlike all of the above, he was therefore jailed.
Of all the legacies of Barack Obama, the most pernicious will be the creation of a rogue government that has cut off and terrified half the population — and for no other reason than that they seem to represent things that Mr. Obama simply does not seem to understand.
I’ll beg to differ on the second excerpted paragraph. Obama understands them — and despises them.
You take your humor and joy where you can these days.
This anecdote was relayed to me in an email on the obviously very serious topic of IRS harassment of Tea Party, conservative, and other groups:
There is a TEA Party Group in Ohio that told the IRS that they had a book club. The IRS demanded that they tell them every book their book club read and provide a book report on each book! (I am not kidding. You can not make this up!)
The woman with the group told me that she sent them the actual books and told them to read them themselves! You go girl!
And please, let’s not forget how the Associated Press allowed the truth to appear ever so briefly (13 days after foreign outlets reported it) and then obscured it:
I guess I should forgive him. I guess I should give him credit for putting himself through worldwide shame. I guess I should thank him for finally admitting his whole magnificent castle was built on sand and syringes and suckers like me. But I’m not quite ready. Give me 14 years, maybe.
You’re sorry, Lance? No, I’m the one who’s sorry.
This is how a thoroughly deceived sportswriter feels. Imagine who those who poured their hearts and souls into supporting his racing and charitable efforts must feel.
As Warren Buffett engages in his annual exercise of volunteering “the rich” for a minimum tax they couldn’t escape unless they decided to stop earning reportable income (which many would do), Mark Steyn, guest hosting for Rush Limbaugh yesterday, pointed out how futile the exercise would be:
If you took every single penny that Warren Buffett has, it’d pay for 4-1/2 days of the US government. This tax-the-rich won’t work. The problem here is (that) the government is way bigger than even the capacity of the rich to sustain it.
Estimates for how much “the Buffett Rule” requiring a minimum tax on incomes above certain levels would raise about. Six months ago, a Washington Post item cited a Joint Committee on Taxation estimate of $5.1 billion in the first year and $47 billion over ten. Steyn’s post at Rush Limbaugh has an estimate of $3.2 billion.
Using a $4 billion midpoint and an estimate of the current fiscal year’s budget deficit coming in at $1 trillion, the Buffett Rule, if enacted retroactive to October 1, would reduce the deficit by 0.4%. And this assumes that “the rich” would just keep on generating reportable income as always, which simply would not be the case.
Tiger Woods apologized Saturday for kicking his golf club on Friday during the second round of the Masters.
“Certainly, I’m frustrated at times and I apologize if I offended anybody by that,” Woods said. “But I’ve hit some bad shots and it’s certainly frustrating at times not hitting the ball where you need to hit it.”
That is NOT an apology. He did NOT say he’s sorry for what he did.
As far as Woods is concerned, WE are the ones with the problem because WE are offended by supposed professionals kicking their golf clubs like spoiled 10 year-olds. If there were no expressed outrage, the thought of apologizing apparently wouldn’t even have occurred to him, and his “frustrating” play almost seems in his mind to justify his actions.
It gets worse:
Woods has struggled during the first major championship of the year. He posted an even-par 72 during the third round on Saturday to scores of 72 and 75 to all but fall out of contention at Augusta National.
Tiger Woods struggled through an emotional third round Saturday, then apologized for kicking a club during Friday’s second round.
Woods said he was not approached by any club officials about Friday’s incident, although he still could be fined for his behavior by the PGA Tour, which never announces such punishment.
“I certainly heard that people didn’t like me kicking the club, but I didn’t like it, either,” Woods said. “I hit it right in the bunker and it didn’t feel good on my toe either.”
Really? We’re supposed to feel sorry for him because he felt pain when he kicked his club?
As I said this morning (third item at link):
… though I’d really rather not see Tiger Woods eclipse Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 wins in major golf tournaments, I really would like to root for him to win one or two more, which would give him 15-16.
But as long as incidents like those described here which occurred during the second round of the Masters keep happening, I’m not going to.
His “sorry you’ve got a problem with that” handling of conduct which should have occasioned a simple, unconditional “I was wrong; I am sorry” just reinforces that sentiment.
Related: AP’s Jim Litke gets in the neighborhood of the right sentiment, but still misses the mark: “Woods apologized. Sort of.” Actually, Jim, he didn’t apologize at all.