Thursday, September 12, 2013

Cruising the Web

This is why the Russian proposal is unbelievable: it is extremely difficult to disarm chemical weapons once they're located. And it takes a long time to destroy them even when a government is cooperating. It has taken 23 years for the United States to destroy its stockpile. Now picture doing this during a civil war. And this is the idea being backed by Russia, the country that has been sponsoring Assad and blocking any effort to rein him in. That's why it's so amazing to see Obama's acolytes portray this as a victory for the President. John Podhoretz writes,
“Thanks to Pres. Obama’s strength,” tweeted House Democratic honcho Nancy Pelosi, “we have a Russian proposal.” The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein tweeted, “Kind of amazed I’m saying this, but the White House may really be about to win on Syria.”
Ah, yes, winning. Which is to say, being humiliated, acting weak, behaving in vacillatory fashion, making a mockery of your office, destroying your country’s credibility, making your own words look desperately foolish, and ceding foreign policy to the Machiavellian machinations of a gangster regime in Moscow.

That’s what you call “winning” when what you mean by “winning” is “losing.”
Isn't it amazing how the Clintons always seem to attract these people who are willing to break or stretch campaign laws in order to help them out? It's all just such a coincidence. And now here's a new story about a businessman who spent a half a million dollars to help Clinton get the 2008 nomination, but just somehow forgot to report it to the FEC.

So the District of Columbia wants to impose a 24-hour waiting period for people to get a tattoo. That's more of a restriction than they have for abortions. Apparently, they're more worried about people regretting a tattoo than an abortion. Strange priorities.

Jonah Goldberg uses this story for a rant to disprove the stereotype of liberals as "live-and-let-live" libertarians who want to stay out of people's personal lives. This reputation is based on their support for gay marriage and abortion rights and opposition to "traditional values." IF that were the only positions that liberals took, they would deserve that reputation. But there are plenty of regulations that liberals support to interfere with our private lives to an extent that would astound the Founders.
Social liberalism is the foremost, predominant, and in many instances sole impulse for zealous regulation in this country, particularly in big cities. I love it when liberals complain about a ridiculous bit of PC nanny-statism coming out of New York, L.A., Chicago, D.C., Seattle, etc. — “What will they do next?”

Uh, sorry to tell you, but you are “they.” Outside of a Law and Order script — or an equally implausible MSNBC diatribe about who ruined Detroit — conservatives have as much influence on big-city liberalism as the Knights of Malta do.

Seriously, who else do people think are behind efforts to ban big sodas or sue hairdressers for charging women more than men? Who harasses little kids for making toy guns out of sticks, Pop Tarts, or their own fingers? Who wants to regulate the air you breathe, the food you eat, and the beverages you drink? Who wants to control your thermostat? Take your guns? Your cigarettes? Heck, your candy cigarettes? Who’s in favor of speech codes on campuses and “hate crime” laws everywhere? Who’s in favor of free speech when it comes to taxpayer-subsidized “art” and pornography (so long as you use a condom, if liberals get their way) but then bang their spoons on their high chairs for strict regulations when it comes to political speech? Who loves meddling, finger-wagging billionaires like Michael Bloomberg when they use state power and taxpayer money to herd, bully, and nudge people but thinks billionaires like the Koch brothers who want to shrink government are the root of all tyranny?

At the national level, who bypassed Congress to empower the EPA to regulate the atmosphere? Oh, and who pushed Obamacare on a country that didn’t want it? Who defends bending the entire country — including religious institutions — into a national health-care scheme dedicated to the proposition of live and let live so long as you live the way the Department of Health and Human Services says you should?

Did legislative and bureaucratic gremlins sneak into government buildings at night and pass all of these rules and regulations while the social-liberal free-thinkers were off not judging people and refusing to harsh anybody’s mellow?

....Social liberalism — better understood as progressivism — is a worldview that seeks to use the state to support its preferred values and culture. That isn’t libertarianism. Support for abortion rights does not make you a libertarian; it makes you someone who wants very lax regulations on abortion for ideological reasons. Which is why socially liberal bureaucrats in D.C. want to make you wait 24 hours to get a tattoo of a baby on your arm, but there’s no waiting to have an abortion.
And here is yet another example as city officials go after the danger to the public represented by...tree houses.

Despite the White House begging them not to, the AFL-CIO just passed a resolution criticizing Obamacare. The effort to stop this resolution included a phone call from President Obama to Richard Trumka, the AFL-CIO president. But somehow the personal president-to-president lobbying effort failed. The union worked hard to get the bill passed in the first place and now they want it overhauled. Reality bites, doesn't it?

So when are we going to see the federal government go after the deadly wind farms that are killing eagles? Here is a regulation that the government doesn't seem to care about.

And chalk up another business dropping health care coverage for part-time workers due to increased costs under Obamacare. This time it's Trader Joe's. Now they're being dumped into the federal exchanges. Of course, the administration never seemed to figure that businesses would be ending coverage for employees and letting the government take over. Liberals always seem to have trouble figuring out unintended consequences. Unless, this was the intended consequence and they just didn't want any CBO projections to take into considerations employees such as these when the CBO was making up forecasts about the cost of Obamacare.

Obamacare has already been amended or delayed 19 times.

The Obama administration is continuing its war against school choice. For shame.

Another victory for Wisconsin's collective bargaining reforms of public employee unions.

Bill Clinton was amazed and irritated that Israelis would vote on more than one issue - his beloved Oslo process. Apparently, he didn't believe that Israelis would vote on the same sorts of issues such as the economy that voters in other countries are concerned about.

Not your usual beauty queen.