Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Cruising the Web

Ace has a great post on how certain people like to define themselves publicly by ridiculing Jane Meyer of the New Yorker who figures that Obama's policies on drone-strikes, although not that much different from Bush's, is just fine with her because he lets us know that he agonized over his decision. Thus she is able to absolve Obama while praising herself for admiring his anguish.

Glenn Reynolds thinks it is time that we start instituting penalties for government officials, particularly those elected to office, who don't do their jobs.

I sure hope that the members of municipal workers union in New York City think that they're getting their money's worth from their president who comes in to the office, eats a big meal, sleeps for two hours, and then heads home. Nice work for a generous six-figure salary.

Hmmm. You think this might be the problem?
Many Swedes were left asking why a country that prides itself on a generous welfare state, liberal social attitudes and a welcoming attitude towards immigrants should ever have race riots in the first place.
Just wondering.

Lois Lerner of the IRS will be able to keep her job because career civil service workers hardly ever get fired.
And if you think that the publicity of the IRS scandal will make it easier to fire Lerner, or for her firing to stick, think again. Jeff Neely, the GSA administrator who was infamously photographed last year in a hot tub enjoying a glass of wine at a taxpayer-funded conference in Las Vegas, and who became the focus of a congressional investigation into wasteful spending, retired with benefits. His colleague Paul Prouty was fired for his role in the conference, but was reinstated on appeal to the MSPB — with eleven months’ back pay.
Gee, doesn't this sound like something that should be illegal? The Obama administration has been holding briefings for investors who want advance information on the implementation of Obamacare.

Andrew Ferguson ridicules the idea that what we need is a shield law to stop the sorts of abuses against journalists that the Holder Justice Department is responsible for.
In keeping with Washington’s illogic, the shield law would likely have done nothing to avert the jarring event that inspired it. Earlier this month, we all learned that Justice Department officials, investigating the leak of a counterterrorism operation in Yemen and beyond, had subpoenaed and pawed through the phone records of reporters in the Washington bureau of the Associated Press. Republicans and Democrats alike rose on their hind legs to declare themselves “profoundly disturbed” and “deeply concerned.” When legislators insist on describing their emotional state in this way, you can be sure they are temporarily at a loss for something to do but will do it anyway, by God. Fortunately for them, Schumer offers them something to do: In 2009, with the encouragement of the president, he introduced a federal shield bill protecting journalists from overreaching investigations. The bill died a quiet death then, owing to a lack of support from the president. Now the president supports it again. He knows a potential bandwagon when he needs one.
What is important is for politicians to look like they're doing something whether it will do any good or not or has anything to do with the events that precipitated the calls for political action. It is the politician's fallacy.
Josh Barro explains the "original sin" of Obamacare.

John Podoretz puts his finger on the falsity of Holder's supposed remorse on his aggressive actions against journalists and Obama's disdain for his own policies in the war on terror. Basically, they're claiming credit for hating their own actions.
Eric Holder says he feels a sense of “creeping remorse” about the Rosen case. Gee, that’s too bad. Maybe we should use this as a model — how to prevent “creeping remorse” in the future.

For instance: One way to prevent Barack Obama from experiencing similar “remorse” in the case of a Gitmo recidivist who does something dreadful after the closing of the facility would be, say, to keep it open.
Ryan Lizza reports that Fox News never received notice of the DOJ subpoena for James Rosen's phone records. News Corp has waffled on whether or not they received such a subpoena. Lizza speculates that News Corp is being deferential to the DOJ to forestall action against the company in the phone-hacking scandal which is threatening the company in the UK.

Michael Tanner enunciates a simple truth: "There is nothing to suggest that people on welfare are lazy. But there is also nothing to suggest that they are stupid. If you pay someone as much for not working as you do for working, it should come as no surprise that many take advantage of the offer."

Conor Friedersdorf explains how futile it is for Obama to believe that he can write rules that would limit a future president.
There's that same obvious flaw, but everyone seems oblivious to it. The standards you're setting? The next president can just change them. In secret, even! That's the problem with extreme executive power: It is capricious, prone to abuse, and difficult to meaningfully check. Does Obama think the next man or woman will just behold the wisdom of his approach and embrace it? That error, unthinkable as it seems, would not be without precedent for this president.
Noemie Emery writes that yes, there is a 'there' there in the Obama scandals.

How delicious that the unions that spent millions to elect Obama and Democrats are now realizing that Obamacare will make their health care plans unaffordable as well as making it more difficult for them to negotiate new contracts as the end of the Cadillac tax exemption is coming to an end.

Does Obama really think that he's the one who gets the say as to when our war on terror ends? As Jonah Goldberg writes, our enemies get to vote on when the war comes to an end. Stuart Stevens writes,
Of course Jay Carney is no stranger to testing the limits of self-respect. This is a man who left a once-great news magazine to work for Joe Biden. How bleak does your professional life have to be that you figure it’s a step up to work for the man who stole words from Neil Kinnock? I laugh every time I see some reporter trying to shame Jay into telling the truth. Please. Jay knows that in Washington, shame is for sissies and better to be a Biden stooge than a sissy.

It’s disheartening to see the Obama Administration attack the press in unprecedented ways and the reaction from the press is to accept that blame and then go forth to explain to the world that the president isn’t really like this. Most of the time he is a good guy. He loves us, honestly. He just has these moods.

By playing the victim, the press empowers not only this administration but also every one to follow. So if you’re okay with Eric Holder going after your mom’s phone records, just remember that you are giving permission to the next AG who might be some Republican you and your editorial board loathe.

But like Obama destroying the public financing system for elections, once you let the genie out of that bottle, good luck in getting it back inside.

So why do some journalists think that it's more important to defend Obama than to defend their own profession?

Boy, they sure can have fun in England. Add in the stereotype about the dad who panics when his wife goes into labor and ends up needing treatment from the nurses himself or he ends up leaving in the car without his wife. That always irritates me.

Sonia Sotomayor finds a Supreme Court decision she'd reverse.

I agree. It's time to stop treating dads like they're idiots.

Check out how you would do on this test for a scholarship to Eton College. Remember that Eton is for 13-to-18-year olds so this is a test presumably for children of middle school age/