Surprise! GOP Fights FCC on Behalf of MSM Freedoms – UPDATED

It's true: if I only got my news from the Mainstream Media, and did not stop in at Instapundit's place every single day, I'd never know what was going on. My day is just too busy to read everything, even though I subscribe to many news sites. Glenn Reynold's editorial eye and pithy -- often hilarious -- commentary are invaluable to me.Take this story, for instance. I had no idea that the Obama Administration was going all "Let's Create Pravda" on news outlets. Somehow, the major networks … [Read more...]

Little Sisters, HHS Mandate, Al Gore and Incurious Press – UPDATED

I've mentioned before that both President Obama and his press secretary, Jay Carney are wearing identical facial expressions; they both look like men who wish it would all go away.And "make it go away" was the first thing that came into my head when I saw this headline over at Deacon Greg's: "WH Says Birth Control Mandate Doesn't Apply To Little Sisters of the Poor".Let's skip over the fact that this isn't exactly a "birth control" mandate. It's also a free-sterilization and … [Read more...]

What might a haberdasher know about insurance that Team Obama did not?

The world is being run by highly-credentialed men and women who have passed through some of our most exclusive universities. Perhaps it’s time to look at haberdashers, again, to see what they know. - Elizabeth Scalia, I Don't Want to be a Hoo-er (Patheos Press, 2013)As one of my Texas-based friends has said, "I may not know much more about insurance beyond the fact that I'm smart enough to get what I need, but goodgohdamighty, even I could have thought up more sensible ways to get folks c … [Read more...]

So, if you repeat a lie often enough, it DOESN’T become True? UPDATED

Repeated ...so many times...it was practically a verbal tic.NBC News: Obama Administration knew millions could not keep their health insurance.President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it. But millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and the Obama administration has known that for at … [Read more...]

There is an Art to Good Politics; WWII Memorial Shows Obama as Artless.

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Back in 2006, I wrote about the artlessness of Hillary Clinton, who could have turned a story around to her advantage, and seemed masterful and above the fray at the same time. Hillary was artless.Today we're watching another display of political artlessness going down at the World War II Memorial, where 90-year old veterans of that war are being wheeled to that monument (and apparently the Lincoln memorial) by personal attendees -- some of whom, no doubt, are trained in CPR -- and the … [Read more...]

Barack and Bashar: A Miraculous Pull from the Deep?

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At the time I was putting the final edits to my latest column at First Things, things were looking as bleak as could be for President Obama and, of course, for the United States.At this writing, the headlines are chaotic and confused, and the administration seems uncertain about what it wants or needs to do, but confident that some action—perhaps “unbelievably small” action, according to the Secretary of State--must be taken, by someone, and pretty soon. . .or maybe later.What an awful p … [Read more...]

Holmes Norton: “It’ll be because of loyalty…” UPDATE

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My Image, Rome, 2010 She is not eligible to vote on the matter, but I was right with Eleanor Holmes Norton (Dem-DC), until she said this:“If [Obama] gets saved at all, I think it’ll be because, it’ll be because of loyalty of Democrats. They just don’t want to see him shamed and humiliated on the national stage.”So, the citizenry can take this issue seriously, ask serious questions, and fret about things, and offer prayers for the president and congress, and plan on participating in a wor … [Read more...]

Is Assad Goading Obama? Herod Couldn’t Take it, Either – UPDATED

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Given the social media jeers of his adolescent son, and Assad's assertion that President Obama "is weak", it sure does look like Syria is trying to taunt Obama into blowing things up, over there.That alone should make everyone pull back from declaring "bombs-away."A few days ago I wondered whether Obama -- who last year recklessly pronounced the use of deadly chemichals ae "red line" to which America would respond with great vengeance and furious anger -- was in a similar position to … [Read more...]

Transparency: Can you see the illusion, now?

As the great Edward G. Robinson might say, "How do ya like yer transparency now? Ya! Ya!"Obama's "transparency" was always a damned illusion, of course. People bought it b/c they wanted to. In truth, I can't think of a less transparent administration than this one, which keeps using that word as though it means something else.So, here's the latest:The Sunlight Foundation notes that Change.gov, the website created by the Obama transition team in 2008, ceased to exist after June 8, … [Read more...]

Obama Channels Leslie Chow: “Not my pro’lem!”

Peggy Noonan has it just right when she writes:The president, as usual, acts as if all of this is totally unconnected to him. He's shocked, it's unacceptable, he'll get to the bottom of it. He read about it in the papers, just like you.Lately, when I watch the president act like no one tells-him-anything-why-he's … [Read more...]


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