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Iran Nuclear Talks Extended Indefinitely as WaPost Reporter Stands Trial in Tehran

By on 7.13.15 | 4:56PM

The latest deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran has come and gone and surprise, surprise, surprise, the talks have now appear to have been extended indefinitely.

Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian’s time in captivity in Iran has also been extended indefinitely as his espionage trial has resumed in Tehran. Read what Saeed Kamali Dehghan has written in the Guardian about the proceedings:

There has been international condemnation of the prolonged detention of the 39-year-old, who was working in Iran with appropriate accreditation and has had two hearings since May. Iran has a history of jailing journalists working for the foreign press. Its intelligence authorities have a deep suspicion of citizens with dual nationality. Iran does not recognise dual nationality and thus treats Rezaian solely as an Iranian.

Hamptons Hotspot Turns Down Nancy Peolsi

By on 7.13.15 | 4:54PM

There are only a few people who can get seated at any restaurant in the Hamptons without making a reservation first. That list might include Billy Joel, Howard Stern, maybe that woman from the Food Network who runs the gourmet store in the neighborhood, probably Barack Obama.

Obviously, the list, at least at Hamptons hotspot Beautique, does not include House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Unfortunately for Nancy, she, reportedly, had to find that out the hard way.

[A] source said Pelosi had wanted to dine at the hotel’s restaurant, Beautique, that night, but arrived without a reservation and they were forced to turn her away.

“She was accompanied by a lot of security. Guests like Howard Stern already had tables,” says a spy. We’re told the restaurant did put together some room service so she could dine in her room.

Hillary Clinton, Backed By Wall Street, Wants to Dismantle Wall Street

By on 7.13.15 | 4:03PM

It isn't easy being Hillary Clinton. Bernie Sanders is drawing big crowds. Pantsuits weren't a staple on the Paris Fashion Week runways. Disgusting commoners want to touch you, and people want to know things about your email and Benghazi and all these things they were supposed to forget about once they were dazzled by Hillary Clinton's wisdom and beauty. 

And there's only so much pandering you can do to target demographics. Keeping women, minorities, youth and small leftist special interest groups in line is only helpful if you have the majority of the Democratic base locked down, and its increasingly apparent that she doesn't. As Bernie Sanders rants away, Hillary's numbers are slipping, and her connection with the progressives that put Obama over the top only to see him govern as (mostly) a moderate, is tenuous at best. So what's a girl to do?

Pander some more. This time, to Bernie's base. America, you need a raise. Or something.

Ted Cruz Didn’t Bulk-Buy His Own Book, Says Amazon

By on 7.13.15 | 1:45PM

Over the weekend, Ted Cruz got a rude response from the New York Times when, despite blockbuster sales for his book, A Time for Truth, the New York Times refused to put it on their weekly list of best-sellers because they were convinced - convinced, I tell you - that Ted Cruz had been instructing his campaign to buy the book in bulk in order to pad his numbers. Cruz's book, by all accounts, sold around 11,000 copies, which should have put him third on the list, behind a book about the Wright Brothers and a book written by a former Playboy bunny and reality television star.

Scott Walker: Conservative Presidential Candidate, But for How Long?

By on 7.13.15 | 12:50PM

I suppose, based on the exultant prediction Aaron is making about Scott Walker's run at the Presidency, that it's up to me to be the Debbie Downer. 

So, it's not that I don't like Scott Walker. I do. I like him even more because the very mention of his name makes liberal toes curl. He's defeated the worst of the progressive worst not once, but three times in four years, and he plans on making his vision for Wisconsin, which won over voters despite dramatic sit-ins, protests and threats to bring hippie drum circles to every school district in the state, his vision for America. His brand new campaign video says it all.

But as serious conservative contenders for the highest office abound, Scott Walker isn't necessarily among them.

Peter Brimelow Posts a Rather Large Picture of My Head

By on 7.13.15 | 12:29PM

For the past couple of weeks, I have raised the ire of Peter Brimelow of VDARE.

When I criticized Ann Coulter for incorrectly calling South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley "an immigrant," Brimelow took me to task for it and only to incorrectly call me an immigrant. Although I was born in Canada, I've always had a claim to U.S. citizenship, which I exercised in 1999 before moving down to Boston the following year. For this, Brimelow nows say I am of immigrant stock. But then again so is he.

MLB All-Star Break Notes: Angels Oust Astros to Lead AL West

By on 7.13.15 | 12:04PM

We have reached the halfway point of the 2015 MLB season as the All-Stars convene tomorrow night in Cincinnati. Here is a summary of what has occurred so far.


AL East
At the beginning of July, one game separated the Baltimore Orioles, Tampa Bay Rays, New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays for first place. Less than a fortnight later, the Yankees have grabbed the reins of the AL East by winning 7 out of 10 games this month while the O’s, Rays & Jays have struggled in July, with Baltimore going 3-8 and Tampa Bay & Toronto going 4-8. The Yankees now have a 3 ½ game lead over the Rays. Still, the Rays, O’s & Jays aren’t out of the running by a long shot. Nor are the Boston Red Sox who have gone 6-4 in July and have a 15-9 record since June 16th and are only 6 ½ games out of first place.

Do You or Someone You Love Suffer from PLDD?

By on 7.13.15 | 11:06AM

I cannot tell you how many loved ones I have lost to this totally preventable illness

I would like to tell you about a serious condition afflicting thousands of policy analysts.  It’s called Petty Little Dictator Disorder, or PLDD, and you or someone you love could be suffering from this epidemic sweeping through our think tanks, advocacy groups, and government offices.  According to the description pending for inclusion in the DSM V, here are the warning signs of PLDD:

Local Lexus Liberals Call For More Taxes

By on 7.12.15 | 5:37PM

TAMPA — The local chapter of the upscale Sierra Club is taking the national Sierra’s crusade to get the peasants to take the bus very seriously. (My observation has been that the decades-long push for mass transportation has been a campaign on the part of one group of people to force another group of people to take the bus, while members of the privileged first group continue to drive their cars.) 

In a policy paper released last week, the Tampa Bay Sierra Club called on the Hillsborough County (Tampa) Board of County Commissioners to levy a five cents per gallon gasoline tax on county residents. This to go on top of already heavy taxes on gasoline.

Iran Nuclear Talks Extended for Third Time

By on 7.10.15 | 10:35PM

The Iran nuclear talks have been extended for the third time since the June 30th "deadline".

After being extended to July 7th and then to today, the talks have been extended yet another 72 hours until July 13th.

The Obama Administration has said that it will walk away from a bad deal, but the longer they keep extending negotiations the less likely they will walk away.

If there's no deal on Monday, I expect another 72 hour extension.