Thursday, October 30, 2014
In the final days before the election, Democrats in the closest Senate races across the South are turning to racially charged messages — invoking Trayvon Martin’s death, the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and Jim Crow-era segregation — to jolt African-Americans into voting and stop a Republican takeover in Washington.
The images and words they are using are striking for how overtly they play on fears of intimidation and repression. And their source is surprising. The effort is being led by national Democrats and their state party organizations — not, in most instances, by the shadowy and often untraceable political action committees that typically employ such provocative messages. (New York Times, 10/30/2014)
There is nothing that Democrats will not stoop to in order to win elections. They are a despicable and disgraceful party.
Eat More Pot
Since recreational marijuana sales began here in January, edible pot has become a top seller at dispensaries across Colorado, a sweet and tasty way for wary first-timers to sample marijuana, or for people to get high without coughing and reeking of smoke. But a spate of accidental ingestions by children and adults, and two deaths tied to edibles this year, have prompted widespread calls to clamp down on the edible corner of the marijuana market. (New York Times, 10/30/2014)
Liberals have unleashed the genie. Society will pay the price. And then there is this deranged moonbat:
“They clearly did not consider why we created edibles in the first place,” she said. “We believe wholeheartedly that this is a medicine.”
This is a Liberal's Brain on Drugs
But it has long been known that, with the brain developing into the mid-20s, young people who smoke early and often are more likely to have learning and mental health problems. Now researchers suggest existing studies are no longer sufficient. Much of what’s known is based on studies conducted years ago with much less powerful pot.
High-THC marijuana is associated with paranoia and psychosis, according to a June article in The New England Journal of Medicine.
Emergency room visits related to marijuana have nearly doubled, from 66,000 in 2004 to 129,000 in 2011, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
What is already known is that in casual users, THC can disrupt focus, working memory, decision making and motivation for about 24 hours. “The fact that we can see these structural effects in the brain could indicate that the effects of THC are longer lasting than we previously thought,” said Dr. Gilman, an instructor in psychology at Harvard’s medical school. (New York Times, 10/30/2014)
Mere weeks after the New York Times goes on a week-long high touting marijuana they give us this sober report. Perhaps the editors forgot their previous glorification of dope. That is what happens with dope.
Foreign-policy planners and national leaders in Moscow, Tehran and Beijing get up every day and do one thing: think about how they can diminish or destabilize the U.S. Our leadership got up every day for six years and thought about . . . wind farms. (Daniel Henninger, Wall Street Journal, 10/29/2014)
Exactly right. Liberals cannot be trusted with keeping the country safe.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
It has been a decade since he (Obama) confidently declared, hours before his Democratic National Convention debut, “I’m LeBron, baby. ... I got some game.” (New York Times, 10/26/2014)
Note to the President: Stop using basketball references. Everyone remembers them and they usually backfire on you.
Despite Mr. Sharpton’s current mainstream patina, his stock-in-trade has changed little from his Tawana Brawley-Crown Heights days, as the disintegration of his inflammatory narrative about the police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., demonstrates. Apart from rare forays into the rhetoric of personal responsibility, he still peddles the dangerous lie that police officers are the greatest threat facing young black men and that racial discrimination is the main force holding blacks back. (Heather MacDonald, Wall Street Journal, 10/24/2014)
Thanks to MacDonald for a stroll down the lane of Al Sharpton's most ignominious moments. And a reminder that the buffoonish reverend is held in high esteem by Obama and the Democrat party. A party whose senior statesman is an adulterer who lost his law license after committing perjury and whose leading candidate for president in 2016 is the aforementioned adulterer's wife. Also possibly contending for top honors is a millionaire lawyer who rails against the 1% and whose personal history narrative falsely asserts that she is a native American. With an honest media this party would be defunct.
"Don’t let anybody tell you that it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs."
"I shorthanded this point the other day, so let me be absolutely clear about what I’ve been saying for a couple of decades: Our economy grows when businesses and entrepreneurs create good-paying jobs here in an America where workers and families are empowered to build from the bottom up and the middle out—not when we hand out tax breaks for corporations that outsource jobs or stash their profits overseas..."
When asked whether they would vote for Mrs. Clinton or the Republican nominee for president in 2016, regardless of who that is, 63 percent of Latinos ages 18 to 34 said they would vote for Mrs. Clinton, according to a poll conducted in September by Bendixen and Amandi International for Fusion, the fledgling network owned by ABC and Univision. (New York Times, 10/27/2014)
Why Obama and the Democrats support immigration reform (a.k.a. unilateral rebadging of "illegals" as "legals").
On Sept. 16, Obama promised Americans that his administration was “taking the necessary precautions . . . so that someone with the virus doesn’t get on a plane for the United States.” Four days later, on Sept. 20, an Ebola-infected Liberian national, Thomas Eric Duncan, flew to Dallas, where he later died in a Texas hospital.
Obama further assured Americans that “In the unlikely event that someone with Ebola does reach our shores, we’ve taken new measures so that we’re prepared here at home.” A few weeks later, two Dallas nurses contracted Ebola because, as a nurses union put it, there was “no advance preparedness on what to do with the patient, there was no protocol, there was no system.” And now, a month later, an American doctor with Ebola was taking the subway and bowling in New York — all while following federal safety guidelines. (Marc A. Thiessen, Washington Post, 10/27/2014)
We quote extensively from Thiessen's piece...because it is fun to do so.
It is time for President Obama to offer clemency to Edward Snowden, the courageous U.S. citizen who revealed the Orwellian reach of the National Security Agency’s sweeping surveillance of Americans. His actions may have broken the law, but his act, as the New York Times editorialized, did the nation “a great service.” (Katrina vanden heuvel, Washington Post, 10/27/2014)
So when Republicans say that Democrats cannot be trusted with national defense and when Republicans say that Democrats are soft on crime, now you know why.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Missing from both Republican lists are two pillars of Mr. Obama’s agenda that many economists consider important for expanding the labor force and promoting long-run growth.
One is significantly higher spending for infrastructure. The International Monetary Fund recently called for such spending, saying it would pay off in broader economic growth.
The other is an overhaul of immigration laws. Despite business pressure to provide a path to citizenship for the millions here illegally, and to admit more foreigners with skills, Republicans’ opposition has only hardened in this campaign. (New York Times, 10/22/2014)
This would be hilarious if it were not so utterly dishonest. Does the Times think that Republicans are against economic growth and putting people back to work? They have been talking about these things for six years while Democrats have been talking about climate change and birth control. Infrastructure spending? First of all, that is nothing more than funneling money to labor unions who then rebate via political contributions to Democrats. Second, even Obama admitted that his "shovel-ready" jobs were a joke.
According to one Democrat strategist quoted in this report, "The ineptitude of the White House political operation has sunk from annoying to embarrassing." (Breitbart.com, 10/22/2014)
Dems said it.
A doctor in New York City who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea became the first person in the city to test positive for the virus Thursday, setting off a search for anyone who might have come into contact with him. (New York Times, 10/24/2014)
Still no flight bans from Africa. Not to worry... the doc only went bowling and took the NYC subway.
American security officials said Thursday that they were looking into a new report that Islamic State militants had used chlorine gas as a weapon against Iraqi police officers last month near Balad, north of Baghdad. (New York Times, 10/24/2014)
Will Obama issue (and ignore) another "red line?" Stay tuned for the answer.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
RedStateVT's Thought for the Day
Liberals shout at Conservatives to get out of private bedrooms on issues like homosexuality and birth control. Making it somewhat ironic - actually making it enormously ironic - that Liberals in California (and now elsewhere) have come up with the bizarre rules for consensual sex on college campuses.
Before his 2008 presidential campaign, Mr. Obama had little history of managing anything larger than a Senate office. To his critics, the breakdowns in various agencies are the natural result of that inexperience, a conclusion that really began taking hold with the botched rollout of his own health care program last year. (New York Times, 10/22/2014)
Six years in, the New York Times finally admits what many of us have said all along: Obama was not qualified to be president.
The Best Thing You Will Read Today on the Minimum Wage
Entry-level fast-food jobs have never been intended to support an entire family. So-called quick-service restaurants provide opportunities to lots of young people with few skills and limited experience. (Wall Street Journal, 10/21/2014)
Second best is this from Chris Christie (quoted in the New York Times): “I don’t think there is a mother or father sitting around a kitchen table tonight in America who are saying, ‘You know, honey, if my son or daughter could just make a higher minimum wage, all our dreams would be realized.’ ”
Remains of the Day
There are 149 prisoners remaining at Guantánamo. As a result of Mr. Zahrani’s change in status, 80 are now recommended for transfer if security conditions can be met, the majority of whom are from Yemen; 59 are recommended for continued indefinite detention without trial as wartime prisoners; and 10 have either been charged or convicted before the military commissions system.
Ten low-level prisoners were transferred in late 2013. But the process appears to be faltering again; it has transferred just one low-level prisoner in 2014. (New York Times, 10/21/2014)
There is something the New York Times is neglecting to mention in this article on prisoner transfers from Gitmo. What could it be? Oh, now we remember... Obama's release of five high risk Taliban prisoners! Probably an honest omission.
Tom Steyer, the billionaire hedge fund founder who has pledged to spend $50 million of his own money to defeat Republican candidates in Senate and governor’s races this campaign cycle, exceeded that mark in September.
Mr. Steyer’s “super PAC,” NextGen Climate Action Committee, reported on Monday night that it received $15 million from him last month, putting his total contributions to the committee since June 2013 at $55 million.
That makes Mr. Steyer the largest super PAC donor, putting him ahead of the casino magnate Sheldon G. Adelson, who gave $49.8 million to super PACs during the 2012 campaign. (New York Times, 10/20/2014)
Liberal hedge fund fossil fuel 1%er gives millions to Dems. Elizabeth Warren silent. Speaking of Liz:
Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she isn’t running for president. At this rate, however, she may have to. (Eugene Robinson, Washington Post, 10/20/2014)
Run Liz, Run! As we have said many times, it is only on a national stage where the moonbat ideas and multiple hypocrisies of Warren and Vermont's Colonel Bernie Sanders can really get the attention they deserve.
Obama is President Pariah in these final weeks of the 2014 midterms. Vulnerable Democratic candidates don’t want to be seen with him. Three Democratic senators have run ads distancing themselves from him, and Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic Senate candidate in Kentucky, has refused — absurdly — to say whether she voted for Obama. Obama’s support is 40 percent nationally and lower in the Republican states where many of this year’s competitive races are taking place. (Washington Post, 10/20/2014)
Tough column by Charles Krauthammer on Obama. Oh wait. It's not Krauthammer, it's Liberal Dana Milbank!
Democrats accuse the opposition of mindless obstructionism, deliberately sabotaging government, or at least tearing down belief in it, out of ideological fervor and political ambition. (New York Times, 10/22/2014)
Mindless obstructionism, ignoring, of course, Harry Reid's refusal to bring ANYTHING up for a Senate vote. Now that is some kind of obstructionism!
Although we believe that the president has many progressive instincts, he has shown an inclination to seek consensus rather than to fight. (Katrina vanden Heuvel, Washington Post, 10/21/2014)
Kat is disturbed that Obama sometimes seeks consensus. Funny, when Republicans are in charge all Liberals can talk about is the need for consensus.
Monday, October 20, 2014
There is no reason to be dainty or evasive in saying that racism and racial resentment are part of the equation, and it’s not just that Obama is our first African American president. Racial politics has been helping Republicans since the 1960s when much of the white South realigned toward the GOP in reaction to the Democrats’ embrace of civil rights. (E.J. Dionne Jr., Washington Post, 10/19/2014)
Dionne thinks that no one knows how Democrats and Republicans voted on the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Wrong, E.J. This from Wikipedia:
The Senate version:
Democratic Party: 46–21 (69–31%)
Republican Party: 27–6 (82–18%)
The Senate version, voted on by the House:
Democratic Party: 153–91 (63–37%)
Republican Party: 136–35 (80–20%)
So, Dainty Boy, turns out that Republican supported civil rights by A HIGHER PERCENTAGE than Democrats. We will await your apology. Our guess is that - as with all things Democrat - it will come AFTER the election.
A newly created database of New Yorkers deemed too mentally unstable to carry firearms has grown to roughly 34,500 names, a previously undisclosed figure that has raised concerns among some mental health advocates that too many people have been categorized as dangerous. (New York Times, 10/19/2014)
Of course, when one of these crazies goes on a killing spree Liberals will bemoan the country's lax firearm laws.
One of the wonders of this political moment is feminist contentment about the infantilization of women in the name of progressive politics. Government, encouraging academic administrations to micromanage campus sexual interactions, now assumes that, absent a script, women cannot cope. And the Democrats’ trope about the Republicans’ “war on women” clearly assumes that women are civic illiterates.
Access to contraception has been a constitutional right for 49 years (Griswold v. Connecticut, 1965). The judiciary has controlled abortion policy for 41 years (Roe v. Wade, 1973). Yet the Democratic Party thinks women can be panicked into voting about mythical menaces to these things. (George Will, Washington Post, 10/17/2014)
Great column by Will reminding us (yet again) that Democrats are the Party of Grievances, Real or Imagined.
Bernie’s annual average growth rate in net worth 2004-2012 was 29%. The average American’s growth rate for the same period? -0.94%. So when Bernie’s telling you he’s working for the little guy, remember that in Berniespeak, little guy means “Bernie Sanders”. (Chris Campion, ethanallen.org, 10/13/2014)
Colonel Bernie Sanders: Vermont's Millionaire Socialist.
No one knows if the Obama administration will manage in the next five weeks to strike what many in the White House consider the most important foreign policy deal of his presidency: an accord with Iran that would forestall its ability to make a nuclear weapon. But the White House has made one significant decision: If agreement is reached, President Obama will do everything in his power to avoid letting Congress vote on it. (New York Times, 10/20/2014)
Choose your response:
-Gwyneth Paltrow will be just so pleased.
-Democracy in action.
-What Imperial Presidency?
Saturday, October 18, 2014
The Real Reason That Obama Won't Halt Flights To The U.S. From Liberia
The hearing thrust the Ebola virus and the government’s halting management of it into the realm of politics in the midst of a national election season. (New York Times, 10/17/2014)
Ebola isn't Obama's Katrina, the growing pile of his unprecedented incompetence is. After the ObamaCare rollout, the IRS, NSA, VA, ISIS, and the economy that wouldn't recover, the Obama Administration's arrogant, ignorant, and deadly mishandling of Ebola could finally tip the pile over. (John Nolte, Beitbart.com, 10/16/2014)
Fear of Ebola is spreading faster than the disease itself, and the growing paranoia in the United States is fueling calls to impose a travel ban on people coming from the three West African nations struggling with the outbreak.
Ultimately, health specialists said, a ban would do more harm than good because it would isolate impoverished nations that are barely able to cope with the outbreak, and possibly cut them off from the international aid workers who provide critical help to contain the disease.
The White House on Thursday repeated its opposition to such a ban. President Obama said that he was following the advice of health experts and that “a travel ban is less effective than the measures that we are currently instituting.” (New York Times, 10/17/2014)
So the nitwits in the White House will not institute a travel ban because that would isolate the countries where Ebola is found. Isn't that exactly the point?
And the real reason that Obama is against a travel ban? As a Kenyan-American, the optics of such a ban would destroy what is left of his presidency. The only continent where he is stilled liked is Africa and the only remaining constituency in the U.S. that supports him overwhelmingly are African-Americans. A ban would erode this support.
About 7.3 million Americans are enrolled in private coverage through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces, and more than 80 percent qualified for federal subsidies to help with the cost of their monthly premiums. But many are still on the hook for deductibles that can top $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for families — the trade-off, insurers say, for keeping premiums for the marketplace plans relatively low. The result is that some people — no firm data exists on how many — say they hesitate to use their new insurance because of the high out-of-pocket costs. (New York Times, 10/18/2014)
Actually it is even worse than the Times lets on. For those who DO NOT get federal subsidies, Obamacare has delivered high deductibles AND high premiums.
Yet another Liberal-conceived federal entitlement program screw-up.
In an odd moment in the trial of Robel Phillipos, a friend of the man accused of the Boston Marathon bombings, Michael Dukakis, the former Massachusetts governor and 1988 Democratic presidential nominee, testified Thursday for the defense. Mr. Phillipos, 20, a friend of the suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is charged with lying to the authorities about his movements days after the attack. (New York Times, 10/16/2014)
The country sure dodged a bullet in 1988 by not electing Dukakis.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Vermont Healthcare Efficiency
From Vermont Health Connect October 6, 2014:
Hello! We are writing to let you know that you have a new notice regarding your bill for health care benefits from Vermont Health Connect. To view your notice, please click on the link below and log in to your account.
From Vermont Health Connect October 7, 2014:
Hello! We are writing to let you know that you have a new notice regarding your bill for health care benefits from Vermont Health Connect. To view your notice, please click on the link below and log in to your account.
From Vermont Health Connect later in the day on October 7, 2014:
Hello! Earlier today and yesterday, some Vermont Health Connect customers received an email that referenced invoices and online payments. We apologize for this incorrect email and any confusion or inconvenience that it caused.
We have mailed you a paper invoice this week that correctly describes your two current payment options:
Not to worry, all will be better when Vermont adopts single payer!
A corollary point, surely not lost on Mr. Putin, Ayatollah Khamenei and other rogues is that they have a free hand at least until January 2017. The conclusion: If ever there was a time to revise their regional orders in ways more to their liking, better to do so now, when there’s a self-infatuated weakling in the White House. (Bret Stephens, Wall Street Journal, 10/13/2014)
Obama's withdrawal creates a vacuum that the bad guys willingly exploit.
It’s not too soon to state the obvious: At this point, the war against the Islamic State can be seen only as failing. (Eugene Robinson, Washington Post, 10/13/2014)
When Obama loses Eugene Robinson you know it is over for our novelty president.
(The Iranians) have taken the measure of Obama. He lacks menace. Menace is essential in a world leader if he (or she) is going to be feared as well as admired. (Richard Cohen, Washington Post, 10/13/2014)
Liberals are finally catching on: the world's bad actors will only behave if they fear America's power. Unfortunately, no one fears Obama.
He’s called America a country founded on guns, and explained that firearms are just in the nation’s DNA. The 50-year-old also said he doesn’t feel safe without a gun in his house when he’s home with his wife and children. (Dailycaller.com, 10/14/2014)
Who is this fifty year old gun advocate? Why it's none other than Hollywood uber Liberal Brad Pitt! Proving again that when Liberals are threatened they turn to automatic weapons...which they would deny to others!
Monday, October 13, 2014
“If you’re looking for someone you agree with 100 percent of the time, go home and look in the mirror, because you’re it.” (New Jersey governor Chris Christie, quoted in George Will, Washington Post, 10/8/2014)
We liked this line from Christie. And this one from Will:
Christie, who exudes executive authority, is the antithesis of today’s bewildered incumbent floundering from the disappearing “red line” regarding Syria to the HealthCare.gov debacle to the Veterans Affairs scandals to the no-one-tells-me-anything surprise about the Islamic State to the Secret Service that cannot lock the White House’s front door.
There’s the sense of an absence where the president should be. (Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal, 10/10/2014)
Noonan continues to get off some memorable one-liners on President Abject Failure.
Secretary of State John Kerry announced $212 million in fresh aid for Gaza on Sunday as diplomats from more than 40 nations gathered here to pledge funds for the territory’s reconstruction.
The new assistance is in addition to $118 million in humanitarian aid that the United States provided to residents of Gaza earlier this year. (New York Times, 10/12/2014)
Remind us again, why are we giving millions of dollars to people who hate us?
Take a Pass
It would be wonderful if we were able to give this man all of the power that he needs to pass the things that he needs to pass. (Gwyneth Paltrow, quoted by Robert Davi on Breitbart.com, 10/10/2014)
Hollywood nitwit Paltrow reveals something that Liberals will occasionally let slip: they like dictators. In their world, dictators get things done without all the unnecessary red tape of a democracy. This explains their fascination with Mao, Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro.
With the contretemps over lane closings on the George Washington Bridge on the back burner for now and Mr. Christie laying groundwork for a Republican presidential run... (New York Times, 10/12/2014)
So what the New York Times is telling us is that - after they provided wall-to-wall coverage of Bridgegate with an endless spate of articles and notwithstanding the eventual exoneration of Christie - they are not done covering the story. Should Christie run for president the Times will be back to gin up the issue. Benghazi coverage, by the way, has concluded.
The secretary general of the United Nations on Monday condemned what he called “provocations” at Jerusalem’s holy sites, hours after the Israeli police said officers had locked Palestinians inside Al Aksa Mosque to thwart a riot as Jews visited for the holiday of Sukkot. (New York Times, 10/12/2014)
What could have prompted the Israelis to act so belligerently, violating the rights of the Palestinians to worship in peace? Luckily we have only to read the next sentence of the article to find out:
Scores of officers entered the mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem at 7 a.m. on Monday and found “petrol bombs, stones, bottle rockets and fireworks” as well as “masked Palestinians,” according to the police spokesman, Micky Rosenfeld.
OK, got it.
Islamic State militants have gained territory in Iraq and Syria despite weeks of bombing by the U.S. and its allies, raising questions about the coalition’s strategy of trying to blunt the jihadists’ advance while local forces are being trained to meet the threat on the ground. (Wall street Journal, 10/12/2014)
Well thank God we have no boots on ground....
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Speaks for Itself
In a statement, Goddard College Interim President Bob Kenny said the college holds 20 commencement ceremonies annually to provide personalized graduation ceremonies in each degree program.
"As a reflection of Goddard’s individualized and transformational educational model, our commencements are intimate affairs where each student serves as her or his own valedictorian, and each class chooses its own speaker," Kenny said in a statement. "Choosing Mumia as their commencement speaker, to me, shows how this newest group of Goddard graduates expresses their freedom to engage and think radically and critically in a world that often sets up barriers to do just that." (foxnews.com, 10/1/2014)
This is what happens when Liberals are unconstrained.
Shop Til Ya Drop
President Obama said healthcare costs are rising for Indiana steel workers because employers are not “shopping” correctly for insurance plans during an event at Millennium Steel Service in Princeton, Ind., on Friday. (freebeacon.com, 10/3/2014)
Well RedStateVT's must REALLY be shopping incorrectly. Our premiums tripled!
By the weekend, Typhoid Barry will be blaming the epidemic on YouTube videos, like he did with Benghazi. Or he’ll claim it’s not a disease, it’s “workplace violence.”
Other African countries have closed their airports to flights from Ebolaland. But not the U.S. – we are now out-banana-republicing the banana republics. Obama has gotten his wish. The nation is fundamentally transformed, and we don’t even have the fiasco of amnesty yet. (Howiecarr.com, 10/5/2014)
Every once in a while we think that Howie Carr spends too much time beating the drum on illegal aliens. Then we realize...he is right and we are wrong.
Remains of the Day
Adolescents also try to truncate arguments by saying that nothing remains of any arguments against their arguments. Regarding the ACA, Obama said the debate is “settled” and “over.” Progressives also say the debate about catastrophic consequences of man-made climate change is “over,” so everyone should pipe down. And they say the debates about the efficacy of universal preschool, and the cost-benefit balance of a minimum-wage increase, are over. Declaring an argument over is so much more restful than engaging with evidence. (George Will, Nationalreviewonline.com, 4/23/2014)
Apologies for recycling this old point from Will. On second thought, no apology necessary!
Friday, October 3, 2014
And when Mr. Obama took office in January 2009, the Secret Service recorded an alarming surge in threats against him. (New York Times, 10/3/2014)
Finally, The Washington Post's Carol Leonnig is doggedly pushing the hoax about Obama getting more threats than any previous president....Even after being corrected by an MSNBC host, Frances Rivera, last Sunday, Leonnig plowed ahead with her thoroughly disproved thesis, based on what someone had told her -- it was at either a DNC fundraiser or a Volvo dealership. (Ann Coulter, 10/1/2014)
And in fact, the agency assigned agents to guard him starting in May 2007, the earliest a presidential candidate has ever been provided protection. (New York Times, 10/3/2014)
(Washington Post writer Carol) Leonnig even recycled the old folk tale about Obama's receiving Secret Service protection "much earlier than other candidates." How many times do we have to disprove this gibberish? The reason Obama's Secret Service protection started earlier than usual is that campaigns start earlier than usual. Obama declared he was running for president on Feb. 10, 2007. Three months later, he got Secret Service protection. (Ann Coulter, 10/1/2014)
We knew Ann Coulter was great, but now we are starting to believe that she has magical powers. She refutes a New York Times story two days before the story is published!
Standard of Care
Thirteen abortion clinics in Texas were forced to close immediately after a federal appellate court on Thursday sided with Texas in its yearlong legal battle over its sweeping abortion law and allowed the state to enforce one of the law’s toughest provisions while the case was being appealed.
The ruling gave Texas permission to require all abortion clinics in the state to meet the same building, equipment and staffing standards as hospital-style surgical centers, standards that abortion providers said were unnecessary and costly, but that the state argued improved patient safety. (New York Times, 10/3/2014)
We are confused. For decades proponents of abortion have raised the specter of dangerous "back-alley abortions" as justification for why it should be legal. They said it so many times that "back-alley abortion" is now part of the lexicon. Now Texas requires abortion clinics to meet minimum standards for care and the pro-abortion crowd is aghast.
“When alarms go off somewhere in the world, this is who the world calls — America,” the president said in a speech that lasted a little less than an hour. “They don’t call Moscow. They don’t call Beijing. They call us. We welcome that responsibility and leadership. That’s who we are.” (New York Times, 10/3/2014)
After six years of purposefully reducing America's influence in the world Obama suddenly feels a surge of American exceptionalism. Now that is hypocrisy.
Who Said It?
“President Obama this week committed professional suicide.”
He called Obama’s throwing of the intelligence community under the bus a “shameless, reprehensible display of buck-passing” that will result in some analysts’ exacting “cold-blooded revenge on Obama by drip-feeding negative stories about him until he’s gone.” (John Fund, Nationalreview.com, 10/3/2014)
Who is the "he" above? Give up?
Come back to America, Piers! All is forgiven.
Thursday, October 2, 2014
After the French mountaineering guide Hervé Gourdel was beheaded by an Algerian jihadist group aligned with the Islamic State last month, hundreds of Muslims gathered outside the Great Mosque of Paris to express their revulsion over the brutality of a group whose name and ideology, they said, was an insult to Muslims everywhere. (New York Times, 10/2/2014)
Great news. We have long argued that peaceful Muslims need to become a lot more vocal in denouncing the barbarians who have hijacked their religion.
I came away thinking that capitalism better get its act together quickly if it wants to become a viable economic model. (Kristy Spengler, Vermont House of Representatives, quoted in The Essex Reporter, 10/2/2014)
There are moonbats and then there are Vermont moonbats. Yesterday it was the darlings at Goddard College inviting a convicted cop-killer to give the commencement address. (Why is a commencement address being given in October, by the way?) Today it is Spengler returning from the moonbat climate change march in NYC wondering if capitalism will ever become "viable."
Who knows? Maybe someday capitalism can become just as viable as, say communism. Here's keeping our fingers crossed Kristy!
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Sleep Now in the Fire
But privately, some Democratic officeholders and strategists have complained that the episode contributes to a broader impression that the Obama administration’s competence has come under fire on a variety of fronts, including last year’s botched rollout of Mr. Obama’s health care program, the breakdown of services at the Veterans Affairs Department and the handling of a series of international crises. (New York Times, 10/1/2014)
If the New York Times is (once again) talking about Obama's competence, it can only be a good thing.
And don't forget Benghazi, the IRS scandal, Fast and Furious....
In a move that should be seen as a slap in the face to law enforcement officers, everywhere, the students of Goddard College in Vermont have selected convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal to deliver the school’s Fall commencement address. (Breitbart.com, 10/1/2014)
Tiny little Goddard College in Vermont (where everyone is a valedictorian!) embarrasses itself and the state of Vermont. A Goddard spokesman on Fox News last night (that took guts!) said that the decision to choose Abu-Jamal as the commencement speaker was made by the students. OK, fine. How come the adults at Goddard did not stand up and say no?
We will answer.
Because for Liberals everything is relative. There are no absolutes. Sure our pal Mumia killed a cop in cold blood, but look at how articulate he has been about the plight of prisoners! Liberals are like teen-agers. They have not grown up and realized that there is a difference between right and wrong.
Let’s be clear. The war on women is based on just one thing — abortion rights. While it is true that access to abortion has been restricted in several states owing to Republican efforts, it is not true that women as a whole care only or mostly about abortion. ... extremists on the pro-choice left celebrate the “right” to terminate a 20-week-old fetus. Google an image of this stage of fetal development and try to comprehend the glee we witnessed when state senator Wendy Davis, now running for governor, became the belle du jour upon her filibuster to protect that “right” in Texas. (Kathleen Parker, Washington Post, 9/30/2014)
Amen. Exactly the points that RedStateVT has made on multiple occasions. One: it is all about abortion. Forget the crap about workplace discrimination or equal pay. Bill Clinton proved that you could coerce a twenty-two year old female subordinate into giving you fellatio and get away with it...as long as you are pro-choice. Two: we have argued that "20 weeks" should be changed to "5 months." In other words, Liberals are perfectly OK with aborting a child that is more than half way developed.
President Obama doesn’t take responsibility for anything going wrong. It’s all about him when Osama is killed. When the war with ISIS is too little, too late, that’s not his fault. He had… wait for it… lousy intelligence!
You mean like George W. Bush with lousy intelligence about weapons of mass destruction?!! OMG. President Obama is now using the Bush excuse that he campaigned against. (Conservativeamerican.org, 10/1/2014)
Excellent point which needs to be made more loudly.