Not only does Mr. Obama not have a strategy on ISIS yet...

The Russians have invaded Ukraine

Another blow to monogamy

First, gay "marriage-" and now, this.

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Sending Perry to the Gulag

While I am anything but a fan of Rick Perry, this is a good explanation of his indictment.

One more example of what seems to be a fundamental premise of "progressive" politics: disagree with us, and you go to jail.

Here we go again!

Rand Paul apparently plans to run to the Left of Hillary on foreign policy when the 2016 election cycle rolls around.

If there was any doubt that Rand is as clueless as his dad, this should remove it.

Heaven knows Hillary is vulnerable to legitimate criticism for her blunders as Barack Obama's secretary of state on a number of grounds. But firmness in foreign policy is not one of them.

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There's an exception to every rule

I remember a classic sci-fi short story which mentioned that lthe sign above the gate of the Space Academy read, "God bless you." This was a key phrase for cadets to learn, the story explained, because experience on hundreds of alien worlds in first contact situations had demonstrated that it was the only thing one could say to E.T. that could not be misunderstood in such away as to cause an incident.

Apparently the world of Academia is an exception.

A Georgia college professor says he's going to lower students' grades for saying "bless you" when someone sneezes.

Apparently he's going to do this on the ground that it's rude to interrupt him rather than because of religious bigotry on his part. But still... what is this guy's problem, anyway?

HT: Drudge

Oh, please!

Give me a break!

Anybody who thinks the Robin Williams bit described by the article linked to above is "racist" needs to get, not merely a clue, but a life!

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Delusional Americans

Just saw a new Rasmussen poll, and I don't know who is more delusional: the 44% of Americans who think that Christians are treated fairly in the Muslim world,  or the 61% who think that Muslims are treated fairly in ours.

Earth to Democrats!

Michael Barone opines that the between the blatantly political indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry by a prosecutor who makes a habit of dilatory indictments of Republican officials and President Obama's politically self-destructive urge to unilaterally enact amnesty by executive fiat,  Democrats need a lawyer to tell them, in Elihu Root's words, "that they're damn fools and ought to stop."

Deadly Mojave rattler population is spreading

The coral snake- our only North American relative of the cobra, the krait, the taipan, and the other deadly snakes of Africa, Asia, Australia and the oceans- is our most venomous serpent. But it has a competitor.

Snake venoms are divided into two groups: the hemotoxic, which attack the blood and other tissues, and the neurotoxic, which attack the nervous system and paralyze the diaphragm, preventing the victim from breathing. The coral snake and its Old World relatives have neurotoxic venom; our American pit vipers (the cottonmouth, the copperhead, and most rattlers) have hemotoxic venom. But the vicious and deadly Mojave Green rattler is a rarity: its venom is both hemotoxic and neurotoxic, and is nearly as potent as the cobra's.

And it is rapidly expanding its range.

61% say hunt down Foley's killer and execute him

Why America really DOES need a good five-cent cigar

Plurality says we're not spending enough on national security

According to a new Rasmussen poll, 43% of the American people- a new high- think we don't spend enough on national security.

23% say we spend too much, and 30% think the amount we spend is about right.

That still makes 53% that are essentially clueless on the subject, which should gratify disciples of Barack Obama, Rand Paul, and Pat Buchanan. But the American people are catching on. The percentage who think we should be spending more is up seven points from last month.

38% approve of the job Mr. Obama is doing on national security. 41% rate his performance as "poor."

Speaking of the Iowa Senate race....

More Democratic embarassment

Abe Lincoln once quoted a man being ridden out of town on a rail after being tarred and feathered as saying, "If it weren't for the honor of the thing, I'd rather walk."

The same is true of being a Democrat, I'm sure.

Or would be, if members of the party of Joe Biden were capable of being embarrassed...

Wonders never cease.

Bruce Braley is actually running a couple of adds which 1) are positive, and 2) seem to be more or less truthful.

Amazing.

A pride of lions. A clowder of cats. A murder of crows. An uncleanness of magpies...

...a stand of Lutherans, a mass of Catholics, a dunk of Baptists...

And an embarrassment of Democrats?

Maybe there's some hope in all kinds of unlikely places

As Gene Veith notes, back in the day Lutherans had their "crypto-Calvinist controversy."
And now, it seems, Calvinists are having a "crypto-Lutheran controversy."
Seems that some Presbyterians are actually daring to grant the Sacraments the place in the Christian life that Scripture does.

So maybe there's some hope for our brethren who traditionally have trouble deciding whether they're disciples of Christ or of Plato. And who knows? Maybe, if we look hard enough, we might even find a few crypto-Lutherans in the ELCA.

Nahhhhh. Surely by now they all have left.

Still, you can never tell...

Joni Ernst and "Steyer's Liars:" those bogus NextGen smear ads

Bruce Braley has, at this point, run precisely one ad (at least that I've seen) that wasn't a bogus attack on Joni Ernst.

Braley's favorite harrangue seems to be based on three absurd notions: that minimum wage jobs are intended to be the means by which people and families support themselves, that raising the minimum wage will help the poorest among us rather than causing their employers to eliminate jobs they can no longer pay people to do, and that Joni Ernst is somehow out of touch because she knows better than to believe either absurdity.

But the real heavy carrying in Braley's almost exclusively negative campaign has been done by an out-of-state billionaire's pet PAC, Tom Steyer's environmental group NextGen. Steyer's group has simply recycled discredited ads from previous campaigns, and used them to attack Ernst.

More on Steyer's deceit here. And still more here.

Here's one of the sleazy Iowa ads, which PolitiFact characterizes simply as "false;"



Here is PolitiFact's critique of the same charge made in Virginia a few years back regarding the save pledge.


Ever notice how the NextGen ads never tell you what the pledge actually says? Well, here it is:

I, ______, pledge to the taxpayers of the ______ district of the state of ______ and to the American people that I will:

One, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and

Two, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.

That's it. That's the pledge NextGen is making such a big deal about. So is the charge justified?  Does the pledge encourage outsourcing, or somehow operate against Iowa renewable energy interests?

Eric Toder of the Urban -Brookings Tax Policy Center says that it's misleading to tie the pledge to issues like outsourcing because signers promise not to support any tax increase or tax credit elimination regardless of the context. Nor would they close a tax subsidy designed to bring jobs home. The problem Americans for Tax Reform (the organization responsible for the pledge) had with the 2010 bill which occasioned its origination was that it eliminated a tax credit without finding another avenue to reduce taxes by the same amount. If it had, nothing in the pledge would have prevented a signer for voting for the 2010 bill.

And in fact, the vote took place nearly three years before Ernst signed the pledge. Her signing has nothing to do with the legislation in question,so any conclusions about Ernst's position based on that bill are by definition invalid!

The ad is, quite simply, a bald-faced lie, as is the whopper that Ernst wants to eliminate tax breaks for Iowa alternative energy companies (she opposes such subsidies in principle, but in practice supports them for Iowa alternative energy interests as long as other companies in other industries from other states are receiving them). But doesn't the ad above  make Joni seem evil? Corrupt, even; I love that part with the brief case, clearlyimplying that Ernst is being bribed somehow by unnamed "special interests!"

Amazing how positively diabolical "Steyer's Liars" can make a simple promise not to raise taxes without a corresponding offset seem!

And the media are letting them get away with it.

ADDENDUM: Braley has now come out with two more positive ads, ironically about how great a job he's doing for veterans.

Hillary shoots herself- and her party- in the foot

Hillary Clinton obviously has to distance herself from an unpopular incumbent president of her own party. And she has a track record as a foreign policy hawk, despite her tenue as Barack Obama's secretary of state. So she's picked a fight with the administration over foreign policy, and the administration is fighting back.

Which-given the dovish character of the Democratic party generally- may not bode well for her 2016 bid to succeed Mr. Obama.

All of a sudden, Hillary is persona non grata on the party's Left (does it have anything other than a Left?)

Since Hillary is probably the only Democrat who can win in 2016, this does not bode well for those who ride the jackass.

I love it!

HT: Drudge