Friday, July 12, 2013

Cruising the Web

I imagine that Senate hearings to confirm a new head of Homeland Security was not what the Obama administration wanted on its agenda for the next few months. Byron York discusses just one area of difficulty for the new nominee - answering questions about policing the border.

Kimberley Strassel has an eye-opening look at how the Obama administration has been bypassing the rules of the Federal Election Commission for the staff that has been coordinating with the Obama Justice Department against political foes. She makes the comparison to the IRS scandal and points out that just because employees are not political appointees that doesn't mean that they might not have ideological reasons motivating their actions.

The National Journal examines how Citibank made South Dakota the top state in the country for business.

Eliot Spitzer has a very long history of lying.

Sean Trende analyzes the missing white voters. The GOP needs to appeal to those voters although that won't be enough to help them win nationally.

Why does this country need a National Raisin Reserve? Do we really need the government to be propping up raisin prices and prosecuting farmers who won't set aside a percentage of their crop to do so?

Charles Krauthammer proposes a modest agenda for the Republicans this year.

Scandals no longer seem to end political careers.

Here is another explanation of how dangerous to democracy was the Supreme Court's decision in Hollingsworty v. Perry to deny that the proponents of Proposition 8 in California did not have standing to defend the proposition in federal court if the elected officials in the state decline to defend it. This is a death blow to initiatives by the people when the politicians don't respond to the popular will. Whatever you think about gay marriage, this is a very damaging ruling.

Here is an interesting footnote to the story of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's time in CIA custody. In order to give him something to focus on while in prison, he was allowed to design a vacuum cleaner, the blueprints to which the CIA now holds.

And for your listening pleasure, here is Van Cliburn playing Tchaikovsky's Piano Conerto No. 1 in memory of Cliburn whose birthday it would have been today.