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No Indictment Against Darren Wilson UPDATED

By on 11.24.14 | 10:01PM

I am watching the announcement by the St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch concerning the decision of the grand jury not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown last August. 

McCulloch is making a very thorough, detailed synopsis of what did and did not happen. He is also handling hostile questioners in the media very effectively, especially to the British journalist who asserted that the Ferguson Police were killing young black men with impunity. While a very large crowd has gathered in Ferguson things are calm so far. Hopefully this calm will prevail. This will be a challenge given the provacateurs in the crowd who seek to further their agendas by causing unrest. I suspect that most of those who seek to cause said unrest do not reside in Ferguson, Missouri. 

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Obama Admin Extends Iran Nuclear Talks to June 2015

By on 11.24.14 | 8:49PM

Today was the deadline for a nuclear agreement with Iran. Well, it's today and there is no nuclear agreement with Iran. But fear not. In its infinite wisdom, the Obama Administration has extended the deadline for an agreement to June 2015

The Obama Administration has given itself seven more months to be deceived, embarrassed and otherwise humiliated by Iran. But the Obama Administration is so desperate to reach agreement with the Mullahs that they will take every bit of deception, embarrassment and humiliation and offer concession upon concession. 

The Iranian regime is more than happy to play along. The more time that passes the greater the likelihood that Iran becomes a nuclear power. Don't be surprised if next June brings yet another seven month extension. 

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Red Sox Add Hanley Ramirez & Pablo Sandoval

By on 11.24.14 | 5:09PM

Two former Dodgers-Giants rivals will be joining forces on the Boston Red Sox in 2015. Hanley Ramirez has signed a four year, $88 million contract with an option for the 2019 season while Pablo Sandoval, a three time World Series winner with the Giants, has signed a five year, $100 million contract with the Sox.

The Red Sox have been pursuing Sandoval, who is affectionately known as Kung Fu Panda, since the Giants won their third World Series in five years. He is a definite upgrade at third base over Will Middlebrooks. In seven seasons in San Francisco, Panda collected 946 hits, batting .294 with 106 HR and 462 RBI. In addition to his three World Series rings, Sandoval is also a two-time NL All-Star. Although he has had weight issues, Sandoval is 28 and is entering the prime of his career.

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Ferguson Grand Jury Has Reached a Decision

By on 11.24.14 | 3:42PM

This is developing.

The grand jury assembled to determine whether Officer Darren Wilson should face charges in the death of Michael Brown has reached a decision. News outlets expect to hear from the County Prosecutors Office in Missouri and from the Governor's Office either around 5pm EST today or early tomorrow morning. Cable news anchors have been ordered to pack up the tents they've been sleeping in in Ferguson for the last month as they waited for the decision and get into makeup. 

I made the last part up, but you know it's happening.

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Jonathan Gruber is Going to Need a Job Pretty Soon

By on 11.24.14 | 3:37PM

The Gruber tapes, which detailed chief healthcare law adviser Jonathan Gruber's intimate thoughts and feelings on the intellectual inferiority of the American public, may not have had the rousing media impact that they should have had, but they are impacting something: Jonathan Gruber's employment status.

Apparently, after the White House and Congress were done with him, Gruber was hired on in a few states to help them organize individual healthcare platforms. Last week, Vermont, which had hired Gruber at his going rate of $400K, let him go after only paying him $160K. The Democrat governor there insisted that his comments were unacceptable, and that they did not reflect how Vermont's government did things, even if the Federal government was happy to embrace Gruber's unique marketing strategies. Yesterday, Gruber found himself out another gig in North Carolina.

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Barack Obama: A GOP President Had Better Not Follow My Lead

By on 11.24.14 | 12:28PM

One of the dangers of using the Executive Action to accomplish your campaign goals six years after the fact and despite having an agreeable Congress right about the time you could have fulfilled your campaign promises, is that, if the EA survives the endless litigation and bellyaching it's headed for, future Presidents who don't share your inclusive attitude on undocumented workers, and for that matter, on basically anything else, may also use the EA to accomplish their goals.

Fortunately, President Obama has considered that eventuality and has issued an expert opinion on the subject. No, President Rick Santorum will not be allowed to use Executive Action to enact his agenda when Congress fails to heed his advice about scantily-clad ladies of the Internet and the overwhelming corporate tax burden. Why? Because Barack Obama says so.

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WaPo Feels Compulsive Need to Fact Check SNL Skit on Executive Actions

By on 11.24.14 | 11:31AM

By now, I'm sure you've seen Saturday Night Live's Schoolhouse Rock-themed cold open making fun of President Obama's use of executive actions to bypass a Congressional deadlock on a rather important subject. But just in case you haven't:

It's pretty good, or as good as we can expect Saturday Night Live to be, though things seem to have gotten better now that Seth Meyers is only writing terrible jokes for himself. And, perhaps despite itself, it actually does a decent job of explaining how Obama's use of executive action compares to the measure's traditional use. Someone in the writer's room actually passed high school civics. 

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Chuck Hagel Out as SecDef

By on 11.24.14 | 11:03AM

President Obama today again followed in the footsteps of President Bush and forced his Secretary of Defense to resign in the wake of a devastating mid-term election. Chuck Hagel, who was brought in to be a "tougher", more "authoritarian" hand (thanks John McCain!) for the administration as it attempted to negotiate peace in the Middle East, will end his tenure shortly.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down amid criticism of the president’s national security team on a series of global issues, including the threat posed by the militant group known as ISIS.

Senior defense officials confirmed to NBC News Monday that Hagel was forced to resign.

The officials say the White House has lost confidence in Hagel to carry out his role at the Pentagon. According to one senior official, “He wasn’t up to the job.”

Another senior administration official said that Hagel has been discussing a departure from the White House "for several weeks."

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I Blame Both Obama & McCain for The Hagel Debacle

By on 11.24.14 | 10:59AM

President Obama has politely relieved Chuck Hagel of his duties as Secretary of Defense.

I love how The New York Times spins that Hagel just didn't fit on Team Obama as if Obama hadn't appointed him in the first place.

But I blame John McCain just as much for the Hagel debacle as I do President Obama. After all, Hagel's nomination was on the ropes. Bob Woodward said that it was doubtful that Democrats would support and McCain saves him. Here is what I wrote about the matter in February 2013:

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¿Como Se Dice ‘Activist’ en Español?

By on 11.22.14 | 12:00PM

In an email to members and interested parties, the nation’s foremost upscale Earth worship cult, the Sierra Club, asked all and sundry to write Caesar Obamus to thank him for allowing millions of citizens of other countries in the United States illegally to stay here as long as they please.

Inquiring minds are entitled to wonder what essentially erasing our southern border has to do with clean air and water, the ostensible purpose for the existence of said cult. Anticipating this puzzlement, the email goes on to say:

Many of our immigrant communities are on the front lines of environmental degradation, fighting to protect their families from dangerous air and water pollution, and record-setting storms. Yet, undocumented immigrants have often lacked the most basic protections that would allow them to safely speak up and seek justice. Instead, many have had to live in fear of having their families ripped apart, making their neighborhoods easy targets for polluters.


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