Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Cruising the Web

Gosh, the evil of ISIS knows no bounds.

What a surprise. Businesses aren't paying the Obamacare tax on medical devices. Since so much of the law's requirements have been suspended, these companies must figure that they don't need to pay this tax. And it's a good guess that the tax will eventually be repealed so the government won't be jumping too ugly with them.

Bernard Goldberg writes about the news that is getting ignored while people march, mourn, loot, and posture in Ferguson.
I don’t know what happened in Ferguson, Mo., between the cop and the kid. And neither do you. When I covered hard news, I saw cops who crossed the line and I saw kids who started trouble. So let’s not jump to conclusions.

But what do you think the reaction in Ferguson would have been if the kid who got shot had been black and so was the cop? Or if the kid was white and the cop was black — or white? Do you think there would have been demonstrations and riots and an onslaught of national media?

In a column I recently wrote about the trouble in Gaza, I quoted Victor Davis Hanson (from a piece on NRO) on how the sophisticates in Europe and America wail when Israelis kill Arabs who wage war on them, but are silent when Arabs kill Arabs: “Apparently the West, in racist fashion, assumes that killing one another is what Arabs do best. But when Israelis kill those who wish to kill them, outrage follows.”

It’s pretty much the same when blacks kill blacks, isn’t it? It happens all the time in big cities such as Chicago. No one riots when a black kid kills a black kid. National news organizations don’t show up to do live shots day and night. It’s as if we’re saying: “Blacks killing one another is what blacks do best.” How’s that for racism? Not the old-fashioned KKK kind. No, this is elite-liberal racism, the supposedly softer variety....

Members of the African-American elite, along with many white liberals, have said we don’t put enough value on the lives of young black men. They certainly don’t. Or they would have a lot more to say when a black kid gets shot in the street — by another kid who is black.
This is so true. And so sad.

Even Harry Reid is fed up with President Obama's disengagement. The NYT reports on how many Democrats on the Hill are increasingly irritated with the President. Well, don't count on any major rebellion for any of his policy priorities or nominations. They'll suit up and get in line when it comes to voting. But it is striking how many Democrats were willing to speak both on and off the record.

Fred Siegel details how many of the journalists talking about Ferguson are stuck in the past. No one really knows what went on between Michael Brown and the policeman, but the media are egging on the controversy and doing anything to keep the story going.

Tom Steyer has figured out why so many Americans don't buy into his alarmist views on global warming. It's because 99.5% of the population is not "super-sophisticated."
Adam O'Neal at RCP gives the rundown of which Senate races this year will have immigration as a central issue.

Michael Barone notices how Hillary Clinton is not out campaigning for Democrats this election year. He compares

The trouble with tenure: Everything.

Here's a statistic that is rather eye-opening: "Half of all school employees are not teachers and there has been a 130% increase since 1970"

Check out the 14 craziest McDonald's locations around the world.