Friday, November 27, 2015

Yeah, I'm getting there

The Hill: "GOP in panic over Trump."
The Republican establishment is nearing full-blown panic about Donald Trump.
The demise of Trump’s candidacy has been predicted by centrist Republicans and the media alike virtually since the day it began. But there is no empirical evidence at all to suggest it is happening.
I was convinced that the only reason Trump was on top of the polls at the start of silly season was name recognition.  Now I think he's defying gravity by being the anti-Romney: somebody who throws blind punches and doesn't really cares who is in the way.  Ted Cruz is rising in the polls for the same reason by swinging away at the press and then taking aggressive stands during the debates.

But at some point, the GOP is going to go from "shopping" to "buying" mode.  Then reality will set in about Trump.  Right?  Right?  Oh boy.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Like a trained seal

Daily Caller: "CNN Reporter Coordinated With Hillary Aide To Smear Rand Paul During 2013 Benghazi Hearing."

The mainstream media is the enemy.

Extra - No worries: it's just tradecraft.

More - Even their bias is biased.  WashPost: "Politico just handed Republicans a ‘liberal media’ talking point."

Yeah, that's the real crime here.  Not the conscious and unconscious bias of the overwhelmingly liberal media, but the reaction of those whiny Republicans.

Sad face emoji: "Fighting terrorism is hard."

Here's Dana Milbank in the WashPost: "Barack Obama, President Oh-bummer."

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


It's hard to look at this video of the shooting of Laquan McDonald and conclude it was not an execution.  The guy was on the ground and shots keep coming - 16 shots.  I'm tempted to say that the only reason this indictment came out at all, a year later, is because the dashcam video was released and it was revealed that the police wiped the video from a nearby Burger King.

Monday, November 23, 2015

I think we all saw this coming

National Review: "Clock Boy - Not a bombmaker, just a blackmailer."  "In case there was any doubt that the Ahmed “Clock Boy” Mohamed-episode was an extended exercise in fraud and extortion, the family has now made it explicit."

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Kyle Busch wins NASCAR championship

Quick story: I've always been a Kyle Busch fan and a couple of years ago I was cheering for him at the Sprint Cup race in New Hampshire.  During driver introductions, I waved my #5 Kelloggs Frosted Flakes baseball cap in the air and I was virtually the only person in the crowd showing support.

And I understand: Kyle was a bit of a jerk.  All right, he was a big jerk.  In that same race, he was dumped by another driver (Juan Pablo Montoya, if I remember correctly) and the crowd cheered.

But this year was a year of transition for Kyle.  First, he broke his leg at the Daytona 500 and missed the first eleven races of the season.  Then his wife gave birth to his son, Brexton and - in my opinion - he became a changed man, somebody who had perspective on the important things in life.  In a classic comeback story, he worked his way back to gain enough points and wins to make the Chase.  Then tonight he held off a charge by last-year's winner Kevin Harvick to win his first Sprint Cup championship.

Congratulations, Kyle.

Extra - I think this Fox News update echoes a lot of what I said:
The title is a sweet reward for Busch, who has made huge personal and professional gains over the last several years. Known as one of most talented drivers in the sport, his temperament often got in his own way. But he has mellowed with marriage, gained perspective after the Daytona wreck, and was determined to be on his feet in the delivery room when wife Samantha delivered their first baby, a boy born in May — right after Busch returned to the race car and celebrated his 30th birthday.
By the way, that kid was so funny in Victory Lane tonight.  Slobbered all over a microphone.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Dead legislation walking

HuffPost: "Bad Obamacare News Is Real. That Doesn't Mean Obamacare Is Dying."

This article is pretty remarkable: the authors acknowledge that virtually nothing has gone right, that the predictions of Obamacare critics have been borne out, but - darn it - it's just the gyrations of a new insurance marketplace.  The comments of the typically-liberal readers of HuffPost are telling.  They hate Obamacare but think single-payer is the solution.  That pipe dream is never going to fly, right Vermont?

Extra - Kevin Williamson: "Obamacare is dead."

Friday, November 20, 2015

The war against jihadism of an untold religion

Legal Insurrection reviews the latest DNC ad: "The DNC Just Lost Its Mind—and Maybe Its Own Base—with this New Ad."

The Democrats start from the assumption that voters are stupid and can't differentiate between a billion peaceful Muslims and the radical Islamic strain that is killing people.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

It's so simple

Steve Martin on how to make a million dollars: "First, get a million dollars."

Hot Air: "Hillary announces her strategy to defeat ISIS: Defeat ISIS."

Twitchy: "‘Underpants gnome foreign policy’: John Podesta presents a mock-worthy summary of Hillary’s anti-terror plan."

Then when somebody asks if you have a post-operational plan, say "I forgot."

UnitedHealthcare looks for the exit

The Hill: "Major insurer may leave ObamaCare."  "One of the country’s largest health insurers warned Thursday that it may leave the ObamaCare exchanges within two years, delivering a shock announcement that could ripple through the marketplace."

Better ramp up the secret advertising spending.