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Obama Pledges to Pope to Support Religious Liberty

By on 9.23.15 | 2:36PM

This morning, Barack Obama welcomed Pope Francis to the White House, holding a joint press conference on the White House lawn before hosting a meet and greet with several thousand guests. As expected, the Pope didn't bring out the big guns on any open objection to Obama Administration policy - he is, after all, a global leader, and will probably restrict his suggestions on policymaking to tomorrow's address to Congress - but he did ask the President to take religious freedom seriously. 

The President, of course, didn't seem to quite understand the request.

‘The Muppets’ Is Absolutely Awful

By on 9.22.15 | 9:37PM

I skipped my swimming this evening so I could watch the series premiere of The Muppets on ABC. I wish I had gone to the pool.

The laughs were few and far between. Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear had so much angst between them I thought I was watching a Woody Allen movie. And by Woody Allen movie I mean Interiors, not Annie Hall. Do we really need to hear Fozzie talk about "offensive stereotypes" never mind have a human girlfriend? It's bad enough Kermit has a pig fetish.

There were a couple of good moments with The Great Gonzo and Animal. They can't be ruined. But where the hell was Rowlf the Dog?

I am sure the ratings will be great tonight, but look for a steep decline in the coming weeks. It would not surprise me if the show is cancelled by mid-season. If this script revolved around people it would never see the light of day. 

Phillies Give Mackanin a Short Leash

By on 9.22.15 | 8:29PM

I am glad to hear the Philadelphia Phillies have removed the interim tag from Pete Mackanin's status and named him their full-time manager.

Mackanin has been a baseball lifer four four decades and has twice been an interim manager for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds in 2005 and 2007, respectively. Finally, he is being given his chance.

But the Phillies have given him short leash. He is under contract for next season with a club option for 2017. It isn't exactly a big vote of confidence, but it's better than nothing.

OK, the Phillies are 30-46 since he took over. They have the worst record in MLB, have lost six in a row and eight of their last ten and is feuding with Odubel Herrera. Still, there's a good chance they'll get out of the season with fewer than 100 losses. Believe me that will be an accomplishment. The Phillies have nowhere to go but up.

Obama Selects Dissident Catholics, Anglican Bishop to Greet Pope at White House

By on 9.22.15 | 7:04PM

Pope Francis has landed on American soil and is working on a packed schedule, addressing Congress and receiving guests at the White House.

Although the Pope is a treasured guest - and his presence on American soil is an honor to American Catholics - the President, who has cited the Pope favorably on issues if Climate Change and foreign policy, hasn't been as conciliatory to the Pontiff in practice as he has been to other leaders. When Pope Francis visits the White House tomorrow, instead of being greeted by a bevy of high profile Catholic leaders, he'll be greeted by dissident nuns, an Anglican Bishop, leaders of pro-choice Catholic "social justice" organizations, LGBT activists and an Obamacare proponent.

South Park Takes on Social Justice Warriors, They Respond Predictably

By on 9.22.15 | 6:31PM

I haven't watched South Park in a while, but I made a point of catching the first episode of this season online. After all, there's nothing I enjoy more than a fabulous grilling of faux-compassionate social justice warriors. And I knew I could count on Trey Parker and Matt Stone to deliver

Now, while almost every group who has ever been lampooned on South Park has taken the insult-slash-honor in stride, social justice warriors...well...didn't. In fact, they spent hours of their life online, Tweeting and Facebooking over the unfairness of it all. They're just trying to make the world a better place, guys. What on Earth is so funny about making the world a better place?

This week’s season premiere slapped “social-justice warriors” — extremists out to police every word for bias.

“PC Principal” takes over the school attended by Kyle, Stan, Kenny and Cartman, the four kids at the show’s heart.

Senate Democrats Halt 20-Week Abortion Ban

By on 9.22.15 | 4:27PM

Every so often, you hear a Senate Democrat lament that we are far behind the rest of the world because we are among only three countries that do not have mandatory maternity leave.

Well, it's apparent that they only look towards a global consensus for legislation when it's political convenient. After today's vote in the Senate, with Democrats blocking a ban on abortions performed after 20 weeks of gestation - the US remains one of only seven countries that allow so-called "partial birth abortions," and one of only four countries - China, North Korea, the US and Canada, that allow the barbaric practice of abortion up to the point of delivery. 

North Korea. 

Now there's a paragon of modernity and virtue in an otherwise chaotic and anachronistic world.

Trump Issues C&D To Opposition Over Attack Ad

By on 9.22.15 | 4:15PM

If there's one thing Donald Trump doesn't like, it's having his tactics thrown back into his face. 

This afternoon, the Trump campaign issued a cease and desist letter to the Club for Growth, over a political attack ad, touting Trump as "just another politician," rather than the "outside savior" persona he seems to have created for himself in his campaign for President. The ad is fairly convincing, though didn't seem to land much in the way of a blow when it landed sometime last week. But unfortunately for the Club for Growth, Donald Trump decided to challenge their premise that he was "just another politician," by abandoning the traditional crisis communications response in favor a puzzlingly litigious one.



September 21, 2015

By Federal Express

David McIntosh

The Club for Growth

The ‘Muslim for President’ Question

By on 9.22.15 | 1:29PM

The Russians are building an air force base in Latakia, bringing in heavy artillery, and possibly putting boots on the ground, all with Barack Obama’s acquiescence. What? You don’t know where Latakia is? Or why the prospect of a Russian installation there should worry us?

That’s understandable, especially if you read the Washington Post, and miss the deeper point that the Russians are establishing their first post-Soviet outpost on the Mediterranean, thus fulfilling the long-standing Russian dream of a military presence in the Southern hemisphere. The incursion into Crimea was a logical move, given the Soviet naval base there. Now, in cooperation with Iran, Russia is propping up its client Bashar Assad and creating a Russian naval base in Syria as insurance against the closure of the Bosporus Straits by Turkey, a NATO ally. Kipling called this sort of thing the “Great Game,” and it still goes on today, even if the hapless John Kerry thinks it so very 19th century.

But this is to detract from the real issue of our day: What did Dr. Carson and Donald Trump say or fail to say, as the case may be, about Muslims?

If Hillary is an Outsider….

By on 9.21.15 | 10:10PM

So Hillary Clinton says she's a political outsider.

If Hillary Clinton is a political outsider then I'm the starting centerfielder for the Boston Red Sox.

If Hillary Clinton is a political outsider then Bashar Assad is a reformer.

If Hillary Clinton is a political outsider then Kim Kardashian is a virgin.

If Hillary Clinton is a political outsider then the Ayatollah buys Israel bonds.

If Hillary Clinton is a political outsider then Donald Trump is a beacon of humility.

If Hillary Clinton is a political outsider then Bill Clinton never looks at other women.

The day Hillary Clinton is a political outsider is the day that Al Sharpton doesn't cry racism.

The day Hillary Clinton is a political outsider is the day Rand Paul comes out in favor of the Iraq War.

The day Hillary Clinton is a political outsider is the day President Obama repeals Obamacare.

The day Hillary Clinton is a political outsider is the day Bernie Sanders renounces socialism.

The day Hillary Clinton is a political outsider is the day she uses a government e-mail address.