Politics

Gov. Nathan Deal Caves to Crony Capitalism in Georgia

By on 3.28.16 | 3:33PM

"We are going to create a nation that works for all of us, not just for a handful of millionaires and billionaires,” says Sen. Bernie Sanders. Democrats love this line. They imagine some rich crony capitalist out there squirming and fearing his undue political power threatened. Probably a Koch brother. They never picture their own “millionaires and billionaires” subverting the political process. But of course they do. Almost exclusively, and certainly more noticeable, powerfully, and openly. In other words, they are hypocrites. Take Georgia, for example.

Gov. Nathan Deal has vetoed a bill that would protect the religious liberty and freedom of citizens of his state. It was a bill passed by the state legislature acting on behalf of the people. This is what a representative democratic body does. But that bill will not become law, and the reason is that Republican Governor Nathan Deal was cowed into submission by ultra-rich leftists who use the power of their mega-corporations in far away states to bypass the will of the Georgia voters and force compliance with their worldview. 

Yeah isn’t that, like, exactly what you’re always complaining about, Democrats?

Hillary Clinton to be Interviewed by the FBI?

By on 3.28.16 | 3:31PM

The FBI Clinton probe is, according to sources, nearing a close, which will be a big relief to the reported 147 FBI agents that are currently assigned to Nancy Drew and the Case of the Chappaqua Server. In just a few short weeks, there will be 147 beach vacations booked, probably lasting all the way through November.

But if the number of agents, obtained by the Washington Post, demonstrates anything, it's that the Clinton case is actually pretty serious. No one assignes 147 FBI agents to just anything, unless it's on a television show like Quantico. And while the Clinton camp has maintained that the story is nothing but the fever dream of a Republican political consultant, it's now the candidate who is in the crossfire. According to the Los Angeles Times last night, Hillary Clinton herself is scheduled for a very private rendevous with a couple of curious government investigators.

Chelsea Clinton Says Mom’s Open to Using Exec Order to Curb Healthcare Costs

By on 3.24.16 | 4:31PM

Chelsea Clinton's mom hasn't come up with a coherent answer to how she would curb the increasing cost of healthcare under the new Obamacare regime. She's waffled between advising her audiences to double check the Obamacare website in case they missed a cheaper plan, to claiming credit for the entire thing, noting that before everyone hated Obamacare, those exact same people hated her plan.

But it's hard to escape the idea, especially lately, that Obamacare isn't the cost-cutting measure for most Americans that it was promised to be. Sure, it does some good things, but health costs are rising, not falling, and out-of-pocket maximums for people who buy insurance on the exchange hover around $10,000 - not exactly affordable. So what does the Democratic frontrunner have to say? Well, according to her daughter, that she'd take unilateral action to fix the ACA by instiuting even more regulation.  

President Tangos While the World Goes Tango-Uniform

By on 3.24.16 | 2:10PM

The late Nancy Reagan’s wisdom should have applied last night in Argentina, where Barack Obama would have been wiser to have just said no, instead of looking like a lamppost while a lovely Argentine woman did the tango around him.

The asymmetric dancing our hopeless and hapless president allowed himself to be roped into was done to the tune of the lovely “Por Una Cabeza” (by a head — a horse-racing expression.) But the execution of it was not nearly as charming as that to the same tune by Al Pacino and Gabrielle Anwar in the 1992 movie Scent of a Woman. (For those who didn’t see the movie, the Pacino character is blind.) Is the young Gabrielle in this sequence a heart-breaker, or what?

Emory University Melts Down Over ‘Trump 2016’ Written in Chalk on Sidewalk

By on 3.24.16 | 12:45PM

Not that I'm supportive of "safe spaces" and this movement to ban the freedom of speech on college campuses lest someone prick the precious sensibilities of our future generation of leaders such that they need to color and pet puppies to regain a semblance of composure, but there's a certain part of me that can at least understand why a generation raised on participation trophies and "self esteem training" might have tough time being in an environment that challenges their carefully curated presumptions about the world. But then they go and complain about sidewalk chalk and every shred of sympathy I might have had diminishes as quick as their allowance account in the sale section of an Urban Outfitters. 

State Dept. Will Give You $1.5 Million to Pen a “TV Drama” Combating Terrorism

By on 3.24.16 | 11:45AM

Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Belgium this week to extend the American peoples' condolences to the citizens of Brussels, hit on Tuesday with a terrorist attack that killed nearly 100 people and wounded many more, and probably to help counter the problematic public relations the White House is facing after the American President was pictured tangoing in Argentina last night rather than attending to important things, like people getting blown up in Europe.

But, fear not, America and our allies, because the State Department has a plan. Announced yesterday, they are now offering a $1.5 million grant to anyone who can pen a television drama series that can counter radicalization in the Middle East. 

"This grant will fund the development and broadcast of a television drama series in which young people grapple with everyday frustrations and lack of opportunity, while growing and learning through new experiences," the offer said.

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Newt Gingrich Nails the Washington Insider Problem

By 3.24.16

You can’t make it up.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich gave an interview to reporter Isaac Chotiner of Slate the other day. 

For a vivid illustration of the difference between the elitist, haughty thinking of the American Ruling Class (as unerringly described in Angelo Codevilla’s The Ruling Class)and those who, like Newt, have not lost their ability to connect with (Codevilla again) the “Country Class” — i.e., the American people — the interview is priceless. Bravo to Newt!

The interview should be read in totality, but here are a few excerpts to give a flavor:

Isaac Chotiner: You were at a meeting on Monday with other Washington figures and Trump. What did you make of him?

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The Brandon Tatum Video

By 3.22.16

So. There is another side to these Trump rallies then is being presented in the media. Courtesy of a Tucson police officer named Brandon Tatum. Mr. Tatum, an African-American, had some off-duty time on his hands and decided, out of curiosity, to attend a Trump rally in Tucson. He went dressed in civvies, no one knew he was a cop. And he was so amazed by what he found that he took to Facebook to discuss what he saw — as seen here

Amazingly, in a miracle of media reporting, the Washington Post actually did serious reporting on Tatum’s video. The headline:

Police officer: Trump protesters were ‘the most hateful, evil people I’ve ever seen’

The story, in part, reads thusly:

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The Shameful Washington Post

By 3.18.16

Appalling. One of the nation’s leading newspapers — in the nation’s capital no less — driven into paroxysms of hysteria and racial spewings, the tell-tale signs of Trump Derangement Syndrome.

Consider these ravings from the latest — I’ve lost count of the number — hysterical editorial that shrieks forth from that Fortress of Delusions and Paranoia otherwise known as the Washington Post. Headline

To defend our democracy against Trump, the GOP must aim for a brokered convention

Here are a few selected ravings:

The mission of any responsible Republican should be to block a Trump nomination and election.

Confirm Merrick Garland…

By on 3.16.16 | 1:53PM

If you think that Hillary has a better than even chance of victory in November. All the usual suspects on the conservative side are advising the Republicans to hold fast and refuse to hold hearings on Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Then if Hillary wins, they say, confirm him quickly lest Hillary nominate someone further to the Left. But in that case, expect Obama to withdraw the nomination the day after the election. As usual, our pundits are too clever by half.

Garland is an excellent judge, about the best one could expect from Obama. One could do much worse, and certainly would with Hillary.

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