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The Motive of Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez is Abundantly Clear

By on 7.17.15 | 11:24AM

Four Marines are killed by a Muslim terrorist and the mainstream media cannot fathom why. Here is the Associated Press

The man who authorities say killed four Marines in an attack on a military recruiting centre and another U.S. military site was a 24-year-old, Kuwait-born engineer who had not been on the radar of federal authorities until the bloodshed.

Beyond that, little is known about Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez of Hixson, Tenn., or what motivated his rampage. Federal authorities were looking into the possibility it was an act of terrorism, but say there is no evidence yet that anyone else was involved — or that the public is in any danger.

Officials have said they do not know why the shooter targeted the facilities and have not said what weapons he used.

Planned Parenthood is Sorry About Their ‘Tone’ In Creepy Video

By on 7.17.15 | 11:21AM

I covered this on Twitter already, but it felt necessary to bring it back here: Planned Parenthood is now on its third or fourth day of damage control, following the release of a video depicting their top doc talking casually about crushing up aborted fetuses to preserve their organs for "donation" over what looks like a nice Chianti. Yesterday the chain of women's clinics trotted out their president, Cecile Richards, for an actual apology (sort of) and some damage control.

(Spoiler alert: if you typically expect Richards to peel away her mask and reveal a reptilian visage, as I do, it doesn't happen in this video, sorry.) 

Federal Judge Block’s Obama’s New Fracking Rules

By on 7.16.15 | 5:08PM

In a legal setback for the Obama administration's environmental agenda, a federal judge in Wyoming sided with the Attorney Generals of Colorado, North Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming,  temporarily blocking implementation of the administration’s regulations for hydraulic fracturing on federal land, hours before they were set to take effect. 

On June 23, the U.S. District Court of Wyoming issued a preliminary stay to Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) planned June 24th launch of the administration’s first major rewrite of fracking regulations on energy companies that lease federal land. 

Oil-and-natural-gas-heavy Colorado, North Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming, sued to stop the rule, along with did two industry associations. 

In remarks, presiding Judge Scott Skavdahl said the stay was necessary to give the federal government more time to explain how it developed the rule and how it considered public comments. 

“It is too important an issue” for a quick ruling, Skavdahl said. 

Associations, States, Applaud Decision

TPP Opponents Force Obama to Ignore Human Trafficking

By on 7.16.15 | 5:03PM

According to news reports, the Obama administration is planning to upgrade Malaysia’s ranking in the State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons Report.  Advocacy groups are complaining that the move is motivated not by an improvement in Malaysia’s practices but by the administration’s desire to include Malaysia in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.  These critics are probably right, and it’s all the fault of anti-TPP legislators who tried to scuttle the TPP by linking it to human trafficking.

Do Conservatives Really Care About the Poor?

By on 7.16.15 | 4:58PM

American Enterprise Institute president Arthur Brooks has a new book out this week, The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America. In the past, Brooks has expressed concern that a large portion of the American public doesn’t believe that conservatives (and libertarians) have much of a heart—that they don’t care much about the problems of the poor and disadvantaged. He has made countering this impression a major part of AEI’s mission, sponsoring events like AEI’s “Vision Talks,” in particular this one from last June, titled “A Conservative Vision for Social Justice,” which featured Brooks himself as well as former New York City social services guru Robert Doar and Bloomberg View columnist Megan McArdle.

Thoughts on the Shootings at Two Military Facilities in Chattanooga, TN

By on 7.16.15 | 4:28PM

This is bloody awful. Here is how the Chattanooga Times Free Press describes what has happened:

Four members of the military were killed in two attacks on military centers in separate parts of Chattanooga by a unknown gunman, leading to lockdowns at local hospitals as well as the Army Recruiting Center on Lee highway as well as the Naval and Marine Reserve Center at the Chattanooga Riverpark, where shots were fired.

At least four Marines were killed and one police officer was shot in the attacks, according to multiple sources.

The shooter is dead, according to reports, and police say this is no longer an active shooting situation.

One can only hope the police officer survives his injuries.

At this point, the shooter has not been identified.

Yet after having read what happened today I cannot help but be reminded of what has happened in the recent past.

Bestseller List Battle with NYT Lands Ted Cruz on the Bestseller List

By on 7.16.15 | 1:41PM

Last weekend, the New York Times handed Ted Cruz the kind of gift Presidential candidates rarely get from a pre-disposed media entity: a chance to watch them faceplant spectacularly, and then use their now-prone-on-the-sidewalk body as a bridge over the gutter.

For days, the Cruz campaign has been arguing with the NYT over the NYT omitting Ted Cruz's book from their bestseller list, despite evidence that Cruz's book sold more than enough copies to put it at number three on the list. The NYT claimed that Cruz purchased copies of the book in bulk to pad sales numbers, though both Cruz's publisher and several other booksellers disagreed. Thanks, in no small part, to that back-and-forth, it seems Cruz sold more than enough books to land himself on the NYT bestseller list this week, regardless of the NYT's "evidence" of bulk books sales. 

Wisconsin Supreme Court Slams Vicious, Partisan “John Doe” Probe

By on 7.16.15 | 12:37PM

For months, conservative donors, activists and groups in Wisconsin were terrorized by partisan DAs using loosely-interpreted election law to comb through their fianances, enter their homes and question their friends and families - all in an effort to "prove" that Scott Walker had illegally coordinated with grassroots efforts to win his recall election and subsequent re-election campaign.

The bizarre series of events, which would make an excellent Lifetime movie, honestly, culminated in a ruling this morning from the Wisconsin Supreme Court who were, shall we say, not very kind to the law enforcement and local government officials who concocted the elaborate intimidation scheme. 

Major Garrett: ‘It Struck a Nerve.”

By on 7.16.15 | 11:50AM

Somehow, the American contingent negotiating with the Iranians missed a very important aspect of America's interest in recreating Iran as a friend: getting four Americans, held by the Iranians on trumped-up charges, including one WaPo reporter, the hell out of the country before they're "convicted." Yesterday, when Major Garrett dared to ask the President why he'd managed to eek out a terrible deal with the Iranians while ignoring his own countrymen, President Obama threw a small, public tantrum, like a two year old who has just been told he can't have an entire box of Swedish Fish for dinner, claiming that he couldn't negotiate for prisoners while also negotiating over nukes. 

Not really true, but okay.

Dana Bashing Major Garrett and Other Acts of Obama Worship

By on 7.16.15 | 10:26AM

After President Obama told CBS reporter Major Garrett at yesterday afternoon’s White House press conference that ”he should know better” for questioning him about the four Americans currently held in captivity in Iran, I made the case that it was Obama who should know better for seeing fit to negotiate a nuclear agreement with a country holding Americans in captivity in the first place.