Monday, July 08, 2013

Cruising the Web

Foreign Policy concludes that Obama's administration "has achieved the hat trick of alienating all factions in Egypt." (h/t Ed Driscoll) But remember, Obama is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Hillary Clinton was one of the best Secretaries of State evah.

Yuval Levin explains how the Obama administration has left open the window for massive fraud when it comes to individuals income and health insurance status.

George Will nails it:
"What Obamacare requires for it to work - mass irrationality, both on the part of employers to ignore that incentive and on the part of young people who are supposed to pay 3, 4, 5 times more for health insurance than it would cost them to just pay the fine and ignore it"
The Supreme Court is set to hear another controversial affirmative action case this fall.

Guess who was the biggest customer of Hennessy cognac this past year. The Daily Mail looks at leaders' favorite drinks and notes, "Famous teetotalers include former President George W Bush and Adolph Hitler." Yes, I bet they enjoyed that pairing. Abraham Lincoln is another famous teetotaler, but that wouldn't have been as fun a pairing for them.

The first annual High School Stupidity Awards.

And Erika Johnsen points to stories of how financially-strapped cities are looking to save money by dumping the health care for their retirees onto Obamacare. Was any of that figured into estimates for the cost of Obamacare? Of course, not.

So the Washington Metro system decided to rip out donated flowers and forbade the "stealth gardener" from watering or weeding the flowers that he had planted because he did it without their official permission.

Could the State Department make itself look any more ludicrous than it did this weekend by denying and then finally admitting that Kerry had spent time on his boat while at his home in Nantucket? Are these guys ready for prime time yet? I guess he was for yachting before he was against it.

Here are some misconceptions and myths about science. You can learn something new every day. The one about lemmings sure messes up a nice metaphor.