Thursday, May 30, 2013

Cruising the Web

The AP phone-monitoring scandal just got worse as AP's president told staff that the DOJ obtained records for "thousands and thousands" of phone calls made by reporters and editors.

You got a dollar? Perhaps you'd like to buy Newsweek. It's for sale again. Last time, it sold for a dollar plus taking on its liabilities. And as anyone could have predicted, that hasn't worked out.

Big surprise - the factcheckers are biased just like the media outlets they write for.

Hmm. There is a lot of similarity between what the IRS was doing as it targeted conservative groups and how the NLRB is trying to carry out a particular agenda.

This is a column that some of my former students are talking about as a UNC student writes that his AP classes in high school were more challenging and better taught than his current college classes. As a teacher of three different AP courses, I've often suspected that this was true. And one reason is that I have to prepare my students for a standardized test that covers a broad spectrum of material. I can't decide that I spent less time on one topic so I won't bother putting it on the test. I can't decide that I enjoy teaching certain aspects of history and so I'll focus on that and bypass the material I don't enjoy as much. Plus I have to work on writing skills to get them ready for the test and for college, but their college professors don't have to take on that burden.

Do Obama and Thomas Friedman know this?
The Chinese government is planning for private businesses and market forces to play a larger role in its economy, in a major policy shift intended to improve living conditions for the middle class and to make China an even stronger competitor on the global stage.
First it was the Department of Justice. Now it is Harvard University that was secretly searching emails to track down leaks.

So what is going on at the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation where male employees were forcing female workers to dance around a strip pole in order to get full-time work? Don't these guys know anything about sexual harassment? Have they ever read the news? Some people are just too dumb for words.

Speaking of too dumb for words, how about school administrators who disciplined a kindergartner for bringing a Lego toy plastic gun the size of a quarter.

Guy Benson destroys Jay Carney's claim that the White House is satisfied with the IRS's responsiveness to questions about their political targeting. I guess it doesn't take much to satisfy the "see-no-evil" attitude of the White House.

DNC Spokesman Brad Woodhouse is getting schooled on Twitter when he tweeted that those in the media who refuse to meet with Eric Holder in an off-the-record briefing are forfeiting their right to gripe. Er, no. The First Amendment gives all of us the right to gripe.

Margaret Carlson recommends that Obama start "sweating the small stuff" and try a "broken-windows theory of governing." Perhaps, Obama would be a bit better at this if he'd actually run anything before becoming president. But Carlson is overly optimistic if she thinks that any one person can make the government run better. She might benefit from reading some of the links in my husband's post on rent seeking and Public Choice economics.

Oh, color me shocked that Lincoln Chafee has come out as a Democrat. Did anyone think that he was truly a Republican or even an independent? I guess he can join Charlie Crist in a party of RINO's who hope to be welcomed into the Democratic Party and find out that no one is all that fond of such party-switchers who don't bring any political power with them. Chafee might want to read a history of Benedict Arnold's lack of welcome from the British after the Revolutionary War.

It must make it really hard for the Obamanians to have a scandal that liberals can't blame on Bush.

Take this, Paul Krugman. Austerity doesn't seem to be harming the economy.

Environmentalists should look at how cap and trade has fared in the EU.

IRS chief Douglas Shulman visited the White House more than any other Cabinet or agency head. And his visits top others by more than double or triple. If the excuse is that he was discussing the implementation of Obama care, why did he have more than triple the number of visits than Kathleen Sebelius?

Gosh, conservatives are having a lot of fun with Eric Holder's "creeping sense of remorse." Here is Rich Lowry.
Yes, Eric Holder was beginning to wonder whether Eric Holder had made the right call. Eric Holder is typically very supportive of Eric Holder, but in this case, Eric Holder had his doubts. “Holder knew that Justice would be besieged by twin leak probes,” the Daily Beast relates, “but according to aides, he was also beginning to feel a creeping sense of personal remorse.”

That creeping sense of remorse may get worse if Eric Holder gets around to reading in the papers that Congress is investigating whether Eric Holder lied to it under oath. (If the controversy gets any worse, the Justice Department might want to assign an aide to clipping out stories in the papers about Eric Holder before Eric Holder gets a chance to read them in the morning — just to keep his spirits up.) It turns out that Eric Holder did indeed make a false representation about Eric Holder.
Holder can join his boss who seems to be debating with himself when he talks about the war on terror.

Congress has already reformed Obamacare three times.


mark said...

Yes, it is hard to have a president you generally support involved in scandals. It would be so much easier to just swallow the lies and ignore the incompetence of the candidates you choose, regardless of which party they are from.

Last, First, MI said...

And yet this is exactly what you did when you threw in behind Obama in 2008!

You doubled down in 2012! Remember all of the garbage you were parroting from the campaigns? You were eating it up and regurgitating it here on a regular basis.

You chased every shiny object the Obama campaign threw to you - from ObamaCare to the "War on Women" - all the while ignoring real problems and turning a blind eye on the corruption and incompetence (the only known qualities besides teleprompter reading) of a radical Chicago activist turned Senator. He had held that office for only 143 days before he announced and people like you simply were not interested in what kind of person he had been up to that moment.

Willful disregard, Mark. At best, you and others projected what they wanted on to him as you exchanged substance for platitudes. While others - people like you and especially in the media - made excuses for years. This is on people such as you. The ones that really did know better but chose the lies, repeated them, and watched others follow in utter ignorance or as victims of the deceit you perpetuated. Heckuva job, Mark!

It's going to be long, hot summer.

mark said...

Obviously, you believe your own lies. While I have supported (and continue to support) much of what Obam has done, I have criticized him on a number of issues; failure to lead on the budget, Benghazi, certain lies about Obamacare, continuing the failed drug war.
When I said here last year that he didn't deserve a second term, I also said repubs had a responsibility to nominate a reasonable candidate. They failed.

Thanks to your Menendez meltdown, you've already proven you have no principles. Your self-righteousness is laughable.

Last, First, MI said...


But you voted for him anyway. How smart was that?

And Romney wasn't "reasonable"?

You joined in the trashing of that good man by idiots ranging from Harry Reid to the ultimate buffoon, Joe Biden, but to you, Romney wasn't "reasonable", so you voted for a man that you now, finally, admit is a liar and failed leader. You knew this about him all along but Romney wasn't "reasonable"!!!

By the way, The Daily Caller stands by its story. Would you put your daughter on an illegal campaign contributor's plane to the Dominican Republic with Menendez or would you demand that the Dem Sen buy her a first class ticket out of his own pocket?

One more thing, Mark: Your obsession with Equitus is getting a little weird.

mark said...

Would you put your daughter on an illegal campaign contributor's plane to the Dominican Republic with Menendez or would you demand that the Dem Sen buy her a first class ticket out of his own pocket?

What a moronic question? The fact is that you took a dubious claim by two anonymous prostitutes as evidence that someone was a rapist and pedophile. You ignored the Constitutional guarantee of Due Process. When the charges fell apart, you and others here had no remorse or regrets. Just 'well, that didn't pan out like we thought'.
I remember the "outrage" regarding the Duke lacrosse scandal. This surpassed that in terms of disgraceful behavior.
So thanks for exposing conservatives as unprincipled hypocrites.
That no conservative here had the shred of integrity necessary to call you out on your pathetic Menendez comments is all the "evidence" needed.

Last, First, MI said...

And you accepted Harry Reid's "phone call from a friend" as proof enough that Romney didn't pay his taxes, didn't you? Might have been an early warning to us all that there was something funny going on at the IRS, maybe? Was the IRS IG report done by then? I think it was but we didn't hear about until it's public release a short while ago. Just like we watched the White House and media sandbag the Libya disgrace to avoid election fallout.

Well if Menendez runs for Pres, you can vote for him. I guess he meets your "reasonable" standard. And bonus: His campaign contributions buddy and entertainment adviser can fly him around on his plane some more!

mark said...

You're really flailing with your Menendez hypotheticals. If he's guilty of ethics violations (as I've said before: given his history, he very likely is), he should be punished/prosecuted fully.
Fortunately, we have a Constitutional right to due process. Obviously, people here think it's merely a political tool to use when it's convenient, and ignore when it's not. Shame on you and others here for not understanding and respecting such a basic principle.

Last, First, MI said...

It always cracks me up when you demand that others must comment on this site in some fashion that appeases your fragile sense of left wing self-righteousness.

Then there's your measure of what is "reasonable"! Yeah, the problem with the last two Presidential elections was a lack of a "reasonable" alternative to a man that, for some reason, cannot seem to control his Attorney General well enough to prevent the latter from shipping weapons to Mexican drug cartels and cannot even seem to hold ANYONE else accountable for that scandal either. There's just no accounting in the Obama administration.

We saw that with the many Solyndra scams wherein Obama pals were gifted with American tax dollars to the same effect as having flushed those funds down a toilet.

We saw it again with Benghazi and the disgusting display of election eve cowardice by the President and pathetic Secretary of State.

Maybe now that the IRS has admitted to conducting a campaign to stiffle First Amendment rights and the AP has had to accept that they have been targeted by the Administration, we'll finally see some on the left demand action to remove the AG, and hold Obama and Hillary accountable.

My guess is you'll still be hyperventilating over whether or not Menendez' prostitues and air fare were on the up and up. If Menendez were smart, he'd call his girl friends "interns" and the left would be able to embrace him once again.

While you throw your body on Menendez to protect him from the Daily Caller and himself, who's protecting America from the excesses, abuse, incompetence of Eric Holder and his boss? We're still looking for ethical Dems that can step in and start doing the right thing. I wonder where they are?

mark said...

Given that people here criticized Betsy's understanding of the Constitution when she expressed an openness to restricting gun magazines, yes, I expected someone to challenge you (and "lfm") with your idiotic comments calling Menendez a rapist and pedophile. By the way, since the dailycaller is standing by it's story, do you still stand by your charges?
I didn't realize respect for the Constitution is "left wing self-righteousness".

Last, First, MI said...


To people like you and Obama, The Constitution is just an obstacle to greater government control over our daily lives and most of all, our liberty, so no, respect for The Constitution just isn't in your political DNA.

When I finally see the leftist MSM apply the same scrutiny to Menendez that they would to a creep like Vitter or that idiot, Sanford, then we'll talk about the Daily Caller. Until then don't forget that it took the National Enquirer, of all things, to nail John "I'm Your Daddy" Edwards. How could that be possible?

Clinton would have skated on Lewinski if Drudge hadn't got the story. Whether it's a story about character or lack thereof; a story about a President that waged his own war on women in his White House offices or his subsequent perjured deposition, the MSM dutifully carries leftist water and throws its responsibility to the public away on the whim that "their" guy should be spared the same scrutiny they would apply to a Republican that got on a contributor's private plane for a private getaway with somebody's privates. Menendez is getting a psss just like Obama has been getting a pass. Holder wouldn't have survived Fast & Furious, if this were not the case.

So yeah, I remember your version of decorum as you repeatedly expressed your contempt for Tea Party supporters here in these threads with vulgarities borrowed from stalwart Obama Progressives like Mahr and lick-spittle toadies like Matthews. I remember well the truly awful things said by the likes of those two and their kindred spirits in the MSM when they spent two terms trashing Bush, Cheney, et al. So tell us some more about your new found reverence for The Constitution and how you've come to the defense of conservatives that have been on the receiving end the left's harshest critics.

mark said...

I remember your version of decorum as you repeatedly expressed your contempt for Tea Party

That was a while back. You might remember, but "lfm" hasn't been here long enough.
It must be tough to keep identities straight, but try harder.

As I clearly stated back then, I used the term Teabag party to mock the idiots who draped themselves with said tea bags. I believe Fox News was the first to use the term "teabaggers". While I'm aware of the sexual connotation, I leave that to those less cultured than myself.

I once had contempt for the teabag party and it's fake values and patriotism. Now that they've become a joke, I kinda like having them around.

And of course, none of this excuses your moronic Menendez obsession.

Last, First, MI said...

Blaming Fox for that? Really? That is desperate and you know better. Just like you keep dragging your obsession with Equitus in here when the real problem is that your ideas, icons, and idiot candidate have failed you and leave you nothing.

You voted for Obama - TWICE - because you are a fool and you are so blinded by a failed ideology that you cannot even learn.

mark said...

Not blaming Fox for anything. Just a fact that Fox used the term.
Go ahead and explain how you "remember" my comments from at least a year ago. I believe your first posts here were a couple of months ago, regarding Menendez. Were you just a quiet observer, too timid to give your opinions?
I'll stand by my charge that you created "lfm" from a pathetic need to have validation. And you, who called someone a rapist and pedophile based on the claim of of two paid, anonymous prostitutes, can continue to whine about a lack of evidence.