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RECIPE: Mike Huckabee’s Lime Jello Surprise

By 2.10.15

Mike Huckabee has departed Fox News to, in the twisted words of presidential ambition, consider his options. He’s clearly considering a presidential run. Is America ready for a folksy southerner who sometimes plays the bass guitar on TV for no apparent reason?

When working on a recipe for Huckabee, I did a little crowd sourcing among my friends, looking for inspiration. The same phrases kept coming up, things like “midcentury” and “something my grandparents might like.” With that in mind, I knew just what to make:

MIKE HUCKABEE’S (ENTIRELY PREDICTABLE) LIME JELLO SURPRISE

What You’ll Need:
• 6 oz package lime jello
• 3 oz cream cheese
• 3/4 cup crushed pineapple, reserve juice
• 1/2 jar maraschino cherries, chopped
• 1T lemon juice
• 6 oz evaporated milk, chilled icy cold

What to do:

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Politics

Obama’s Historical Ignorance and Disdain for the Faith

By 2.10.15

Barack Obama has one final year to realize that the National Prayer Breakfast just isn’t a good venue for him. Obama’s track record at the annual function has been little other than disastrous, and another president—one with a more hostile media and a less dedicated constituency—would have been ruined already by previous catastrophes.

Obama’s problems with the National Prayer Breakfast began in earnest in 2012, when the keynote speech at the affair was given by author Eric Metaxas. The speech Metaxas gave in advance of Obama’s own address was a tour de force and an indictment, though a polite one, of Obama’s position on abortion and other social issues as decisively anti-Christian. Metaxas stole the show and left Obama giving a speech that had been thoroughly repudiated from the same podium just minutes earlier, about how Christianity included essentially the same moral framework as Hinduism or Islam.

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Political Hay

Scott Walker’s Opening Move

By 2.9.15

With his recent appearance in Iowa generating rave reviews, Scott Walker, the intrepid Republican Governor of Wisconsin, has made his opening move in the 2016 presidential primary.

Walker, of course, is the man who has basically been running, non-stop, for office while engaging in a take-no-prisoners battle with the public employee unions in the Dairy State. He has had to manage, in close succession, an election campaign, a fight against a recall, and an impressive re-election victory. He is the Iron Man of state electoral politics. He racked up wins in 2010, 2012, and 2014.

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger,” said Friedrich Nietzsche.

Walker’s January 24th speech to the Freedom Summit in Iowa prompted the seasoned political observer Michael Barone to ask, “Can a single speech at an Iowa political event change the course of a presidential nomination race?” His answer: “Maybe.”

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The Right Prescription

Obamacare Ruling May End Civilization As We Know It

By 2.9.15

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in King v. Burwell three weeks from now, and the possibility that the justices might uphold the health care “reform” law as written has driven our liberal friends to the edge of lunacy. This is never a long journey for anyone on the left, of course, but they have arrived at the precipice with unusual alacrity this time. Their predictions about the outcome should the Court rule that “established by the state” actually means “established by the state” have gone from the merely portentous to the downright apocalyptic in only a few months.

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Another Perspective

It’s Time to ‘Snowden’ Putin

By and 2.9.15

Ronald Reagan once said, “The difference between a republic and a people's republic is a lot like the difference between a jacket and a straitjacket.”

The same can be said about lethal aid vis-à-vis non-lethal aid. When Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addressed Congress he said, “Blankets and night-vision goggles are important, but one cannot win a war with blankets!”

Ukraine’s military cannot defeat Russia militarily. It is quite likely that any “lethal” military aid sent will be enough to antagonize Putin, but not enough to make a difference.

We cannot treat Ukrainians (or Russians) like chess pieces. Both economies have been battered by this war. In 2014, Russia lost $100 billion from lower oil prices, and another $40 billion from sanctions. While the average Russian is hurting, Vladimir Putin is not.

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A Further Perspective

Eric Holder’s Sorry Sense of Justice

By 2.9.15

Thursday morning’s “Building community trust” roundtable discussion in Oakland, California, with Attorney General Eric Holder, local law enforcement, elected officials, and community leaders was designed to “build trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.” After brief remarks, Holder and company dismissed the press corps.

It is a courtesy, a Department of Justice spokesman explained, to allow participants to speak more candidly. And I knew that was the plan. Still, it was painful to watch as Holder spoke in favor of “body-worn cameras” for law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line and then effectively turned off media cameras that might have recorded any real dialogue, mayhap, of public officials whose polished images are on the line.

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State Watch

Medicaid Expansion Bites the Dust in Tennessee

By 2.9.15

Over the course of just 48 hours last week, Republican Tennessee governor Bill Haslam watched his two-year flirtation with the Medicaid expansion, made available through the Affordable Care Act, get buried by the state legislature.

It was a quick and unceremonious end to what Haslam hoped would be his legacy achievement on health care in the Volunteer State. For roughly twenty-one months, the governor and his policy counsel worked hard to finesse Republican legislators into softening their stance toward his plan, called Insure Tennessee. But in the end, no amount of massaging could win over conservatives in the capitol.

Of course, it’s not that the GOP legislative supermajority has been blind to the healthcare needs of Tennesseans. According to Haslam, it was the legislature that started him down the Insure Tennessee path in the first place when it asked him to identify and suggest ways to address the state’s needs. The problem was that the governor ultimately decided the best fix lay in the expansion of Medicaid services under Obamacare.

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Ben Stein's Diary

A Few Sunday Thoughts

By 2.8.15

I was just going to talk about how Barack Obama is not a historian or an Imam. At least he was not elected to be an Imam or a historian. He is PRESIDENT. His job is to lead us and to be our cheerleader. When Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, FDR didn’t say, “Well, look at the way we treated Asians. Look at our embargo. Look at our help to Chiang Kai-Shek. Let’s think about how we want to respond. Maybe they should have the Pacific.”

That’s a President.

Obama reaching back into some insane history file in his head to equate the Crusades to the way that ISIS treats hostages… that’s not Presidential. It is just plain stupid. And whips up our enemies.

But I won’t talk about that. Instead, I will talk about how insanely blessed I am to have the wife I have. How it’s the highest and best use of every minute of every day to spend time with her. How no matter what mistakes I make, she stays loyal. How I made at least one important decision in my life: to love and worship her, and how God reached down from his Holy Throne to make her the goddess she is and let me have her for every day. And every day I have with her is a miracle.

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The Obama Watch

The President’s Breakfast Crusade

By 2.7.15

A couple sentences in President Obama’s speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, typically a benignly feel-good event, ignited great controversy.

Citing ISIS horrors, Obama added:

And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.

The reference ignited charges that Obama was comparing Christianity to ISIS, and responses that Obama critics were whitewashing the Crusades and maybe even white racism.

In the latter spirit, an Atlantic columnist berated the “foolish, historically illiterate” reaction to Obama’s prayer speech:

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Ben Stein's Diary

Anti-Semitic Outrage at UC Davis

By 2.7.15

Friday
A few days ago, at the campus of the University of California at Davis, a campus northeast of San Francisco with about 35,000 students, the student association of the campus voted to advise the UC system to “divest itself” of stocks in companies that, in their words, “aid in the Israeli occupation of Palestine and (quoting here) illegal settlements in Palestinian territories.…”

This was bad enough, because Israel is the only law-abiding democracy in the Middle East, and so far as can be determined, Arabs, who make up about a fifth of its population, make no effort to leave to go to “Arab lands.”

But it’s come to be standard at college campuses, many of which are now hotbeds of anti-Israel, anti-Semitic venom. But what came after is really a stunner. Some scummy little rats spray-painted swastikas on the exterior walls of the Jewish fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi.

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