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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.

HT: Drudge

There's an exception to every rule

I remember a classic sci-fi short story which mentioned that the 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?

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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.

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."

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 "…

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

Bruce Braley certainly has chutzpah

Chutzpah is a wonderful Yiddish word that has been defined as that quality exhibited by a person who murders both of his parents, and when called to account pleads for mercy on the ground that he is an orphan.

Iowa Democrat Bruce Braley has chutzpah. A member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, Braley has missed 79% of the committee's meetings, having better things to do-things often involving fund raising for his Senate campaign.

And now his Senate campaign is hiring unemployed veterans through a temp service at $12-$14 an hour to tell their peers how great Bruce Braley is for veterans!

One thing is certain: whatever Braley lacks as far as zeal in fighting for veterans in the midst of the VA scandal, he makes up for in chutzpah.

Ah, well. Perhaps some of that money he raised when he should have been at that VA reform hearing will do a few veterans some good after all.

Lt. Col. Ernst, Braley's opponent, is a combat veteran of Desert Storm.

Joni finally fights back on the renewable energy smear

Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst has (finally) demanded that six Iowa TV stations pull a "deliberately misleading" ad falsely accusing her of opposing Federal subsidies for Iowa renewable energy initiatives.

Ernst pointed out that while she is philosophically opposed to the idea of the subsidies "in a perfect world," as long as they continue she will fight to see that the Iowa initiatives are included. NextGen, the left-wing environmental group which sponsors the ad, says that Iowa voters "won't buy" the distinction.

Christopher Rants, upon whose column NextGen based the ad, says that it misrepresents what he wrote.

Ernst continues to lead Braley in Iowa Senate squeaker

Republican Joni Ernst continues to lead Bruce Braley in the Iowa Senate race- although the larger the sample, the better it looks for Democrat Braley.

A series of well-made negative ads focusing on Ernst's signing of a pledge supposedly supporting oil interests rather than renewable energy sources- a significant source of employment in Iowa- may well be having an impact.

So far, Ernst has not responded to the attacks. It should be noted that she was forced to run to the Right of her comfort zone in the primary by the extreme nature of the Iowa Republican party, and may now be paying the price.

The Iowa Democrat party, it should be noted, is just as extreme.

Braley, on the other hand, has been the target of ads pointing out that he has missed 75% of full House Veterans' Affairs Committee meetings (79% of all meetings relating to that committee), despite the VA scandal and his own boasting about his work supporting veterans.

It's an ugly race, and it looks like it's go…

Mitt isn't it

I recently saw a poll which said that if the 2012 election were held today, not only would a majority of voters be very surprised, but 53% of them would vote for Mitt Romney.

Yes- as this article from across the pond indicates- events since the election have vindicated Romney on issue after issue where he and President Obama clashed during the campaign. And I continue to hold Romney in high regard. But the bottom line is that he's still the poster child for wealth and privilege, and a sitting duck for Democratic class warfare.

The GOP can find a stronger candidate.

HT: Drudge