Politics

Scott Walker Needs an Email Proofreader

By on 12.11.14 | 12:44PM

I know that some of our readers are die-hard Scott Walker fans and with good reason. Living just an hour south of the Wisconsin border, I honestly feel like Scott Walker, the only living governor to win the same race three times in five years, makes my cheese, sausage, outlet shopping and Renaissance Faire better and safer. He's been able to contain the madness of Madison, Wisconsin to the thirty square miles or so it occupies, without allowing Wisconsin's resident Communists to smear their patchoui incense, ultimate Frisbee and economic illiteracy across an unsuspecting state. 

But Scott Walker really needs to hire some consultants to proofread his emails for cultural sensitivity.

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The Self-Hating Americans

By 12.11.14

They hate America. They hate themselves for being Americans. 

And in a vivid display of just how far self-hating Americans will go to smear their own country, look no further than this quickly infamous leftist-generated so-called CIA report. Its title as bequeathed by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency's Detention and Interrogation Program.

Three former CIA directors, two former deputy CIA directors, and a former Democratic Senator on the Senate Intelligence Committee have responded in detail to the report pushed out by California’s Senator Dianne Feinstein, the outgoing committee chairwoman. And they have not been kind.

In the Wall Street Journal, the three former CIA directors — George Tenet, Porter Goss, and Michael Hayden — say this:

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The Good, the Bad, and the Cromnibus

By on 12.10.14 | 4:17PM

The Cromnibus, the $1.1 trillion behemoth that will soon become the law of the land, funding the bloated Federal government easily through to next Columbus Day, is, according to its authors, the very definition of svelte, completely devoid of extraneous spending, and an unprecedented example of fiscal restraint on the part of lawmakers...at last according to lawmakers. But check out a few key elements of the bill that weren't scrapped, even if they were of dubious necessity.

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All Hail the Cromnibus

By on 12.10.14 | 11:53AM

After much hemming, hawing and belt-tightening, Congress finally unveiled their "pared-down" yearly budget, this year lovingly titled the "CRomnibus" because it is the product of the unholy union between a continuing resolution (CR) and an omnibus spending bill. The reason for the cute nickname is simple: the omnibus spending bill will keep the government funded through next September, when we have this same fight all over again. The continuing resolution will keep the Department of Homeland Security funded only until March, in the hopes that the Republicans can somehow pass an immigration bill that will keep Obama from declaring that everyone, including, but not limited to, various animals and inanimate objects, can obtain legal work permits.

While the two parties did spend much of last week cutting out unnecessary spending and negotiating the details of the bill in order to avoid a shutdown, the very best, lowest number they could come up with to keep the government rolling on is $1.1 trillion, because everything is terrible and we've lost all sense of reality.

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The Torture Memos and the New War on Terror

By on 12.9.14 | 1:02PM

The Senate Intelligence Committee released a report this morning detailing the CIA's detention and interrogation of suspects during the War on Terror, from the beginning until 2009. The report, compiled by staff members working for the Democratic members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is over 6,000 pages long and provides a graphic accounting of CIA torture and imprisonment, and goes into detail about how the CIA continued its global operations outside of Congressional and Bush Administration oversight.

The report details how the CIA treated detainees in its custody, suggests that the practice known as "waterboarding" was far more widespread than previously believed, and notes that while the CIA routinely justified its tactics as necessary to save lives and prevent acts of terrorism, the "Enhanced Interrogation Techniques" it practiced did not provide as much information as they initially claimed. 

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Jonathan Gruber is Sorry He Called You Stupid

By on 12.9.14 | 12:54PM

Jonathan Gruber is testifying before Congress today about his role in constructing and passing the Affordable Care Act. You should know all about this, because the Administration released a memo detailing how the Bush-era CIA used Enhanced Interrogation Techniques including something I don't want to get into titled "rectal feeding" to obtain information in the War on Terror, that pretty much every news outlet is covering instead of Jonathan Gruber testifying before Congress.

Now, don't get me wrong. The Torture Memo is important. So important, in fact, it probably shouldn't have been used to detract from hearing on how the Administration and Congressional Democrats, along with their advisors, may have misled the American public on heath care reform. But I digress. Jonathan Gruber is testifying today, and he has a very special message for all of you idiots out there, who were duped into believing Obamacare was actually about improving your health care system: he's sorry.

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White House Ebola Czar Going Back to Real Job

By on 12.9.14 | 12:29PM

Ron Klain, America's newly-appointed "Ebola Czar" will return to his real day job next month after a stellar less-than-thirty days on the job. He may have done nothing, but nothing was, apparently, exactly what was desperately needed in the face of a terrifying foreign disease, which Ron swiftly defeated by never actually showing up for a single press conference, or, perhaps, for his entire job at all.

And now, Ron may retire back to his venture capital job, where his only chance of catching a communicable illness will come when he accidentally switches drinks with Leonardo DiCaprio at a Democratic fundraiser.

With the Ebola crisis seemingly in hand, Ron Klain, the veteran political operative the White House plucked from a venture capital gig to coordinate the government’s response, is planning a late-winter return to the private sector.

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Mayor de Blasio Plays the Race Card

By 12.9.14

There is no other way to say it. The mayor of New York judges others by skin color, making of him just one more leftist politician for whom this kind of attitude is a long and despicable tradition. Yes, yes, Mayor Bill de Blasio is married to a black woman. And so what? The key component is judging by skin color — and anyone of any color can play the game. The mayor — like Attorney General Eric Holder and, sad to say, President Obama himself — is all in.

Says de Blasio when discussing New York City's finest: “Our police keep us safe, and yet there's been, as I said, not just decades of problems, a history of centuries of racism that under gird this reality.”

A history of centuries of racism? And who, pray tell, might be responsible for that? What Mayor de Blasio won’t say is that it was his political ancestors. It comes so naturally and obsessively to leftists that they play the race card with the ease of drawing a breath. 

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Barack Obama Can Get Rather Testy With Journalists

By on 12.8.14 | 7:04PM

Apparently, Barack Obama isn't always as friendly with his White House correspondents as conservative media would have you believe. While they might be clipping his photos out of Tiger Beat magazine and pasting them into dreamy collages on their cubicle walls, Barack Obama spends his time thinking about the press mostly considering which swear words to use the next time he runs into them, at least according to retired ABC News journalist Ann Compton.

In an interview with C-SPAN, Compton noted that, at least recently, the press has had a contentious relationship with President Obama, that has, on more than one occasion, resulted in a good old-fashioned swearing session on the part of the President, who seems to feel that the media he relied on to abrogate their duty as the Fourth Estate in order to pave the way for his Presidency, hasn't been duly compliant in recent years.

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Joe Biden Discovers Ladyfolk Can Program Computers, Too

By on 12.8.14 | 1:49PM

President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden celebrated today's "Hour of Code," encouraging students to learn computer code and engineering, by interacting with a group of middle school students from Newark, NJ, learning how to create basic computer programs. While the President listened intently to the kids as they explained what they were working on, Joe Biden helpfully demonstrated that his smartphone had more power in it than the computers used in the Apollo space program, and then waxed poetic about female equality in the sciences.

No word on whether Biden was trying to convince the girls or himself. Fortunately, the girls were unfazed, and, now comforted in knowing that no only was Biden correct, but that he had provided them with at least one clear example of their intellectual superiority, went back to their work. 

 

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