Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Cruising the Web

Professors at my alma mater, GWU, staged a rebellion for the right to tell kids that they could buy textbooks cheaper online.

Here's a cool invention from NC State researchers to help women identify drinks laced with the date rape drug. But, for some reason, several liberals are against it. They don't want males to market something to prevent date. Figure that one out.

Well, of course the media have a double standard in how they approach telling the stories of victims killed by the police. Without double standards, they'd have no standards at all.

Can a New Hampshire politician survive if she refuses to do town hall meetings? Isn't that kinda rejecting the culture of the state?

Victor Davis Hanson reminds us of how much of what is now criticized about President Obama today was clear back before he was ever elected president.
The antidote to the great madness of 2008 would have been, instead of focusing on what Obama claimed or hedged, simply to recall what he had done before he ran for president and to notice what he did during the campaign. Had America done that, there would never have been a President Obama to surprise us now.

The racial animosity characterized by Obama’s editorializing about Skip Gates, Trayvon Martin, and, now, the Ferguson, Mo., hysteria, or his call to Latinos to “punish our enemies,” or the tenure of Eric Holder is simply a continuation of 2008’s “typical white person,” the clingers speech, Michelle Obama’s America as “just downright mean,” “They raise the bar,” and “For the first time . . . I’m really proud of my country” commentaries, and of Obama’s earlier boast that he never missed services at the Trinity Church of the hate-mongering and anti-Semitic Reverend Jeremiah Wright. If Obama had not proved to be a racial divider, we should have been surprised — given what we learned of his past in 2008. After all, it’s from Jeremiah Wright that Barack Obama got the title for his campaign brief, “The Audacity of Hope.”

We are now shocked at the current spate of alphabetic scandals — IRS, AP, NSA, VA. But why are we surprised, given that Obama never told the truth about his relationships with the old terrorist Bill Ayers and former PLO ad hoc spokesman Rashid Khalidi, or about the creepy land deal with the crook Tony Rezko? If the Obama White House demonized the Tea Party as tea-baggers, or compared the Republican House opposition to terrorists and arsonists, why should we be astonished, given how he was elected to the U.S. Senate? Quite mysteriously, his primary opponent, Blair Hull, and his general-election opponent, Jack Ryan, both of whom were favored to win, had their confidential divorce records leaked. Their campaigns subsequently imploded.

Obama has played fast and loose with ethical rules, from promoting crony capitalists to attending near-constant fundraisers among the pay-to-play 0.0001 percent. Again, why should we be surprised, given that he was the first presidential candidate who refused in a general election to accept federal campaign financing, with its accompanying rules curbing mega-fundraising? Obama was the largest recipient of Goldman Sachs donations in the company’s history, and raised more cash in 2008 and 2012 than any other presidential candidate in history.

We are terrified of the chaos that is spreading across the world: Egypt, Gaza, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Putin’s Russia, and the Chinese–Japanese tensions. But was there any evidence in 2008 that rookie senator Obama had any foreign-policy experience or even knowledge of the world beyond Chicago, other than as a boy in Indonesia or a teen on a jaunt with buddies to Pakistan? We knew in 2008 that his opportunistic trashing of Guantánamo, renditions, tribunals, drones, and preventive detention was permitted only by the fact that the Bush–Cheney protocols he was criticizing had prevented another 9/11-like attack — and thus gave him the leeway of easy second-guessing. If we are now worried about Obama’s equivocation, there was plenty of evidence, as Hillary Clinton pointed out in 2008, that Obama as a state legislator had voted “Present” as a matter of habit.

Polarization? Partisanship? The National Journal warned us in 2008 that Obama was the most partisan of the 100 U.S. senators. Did we assume that he would revert to something that he never had been?

Critics are angry that Obama seems disengaged, or that as a man of the people he is inordinately obsessed with golf, a sport that the Left used to despise as a fixation of the rich in their lime-green pants and bright pink polo shirts. But again, can we point to any landmark legislation that Obama accomplished as a state legislator or U.S. senator? Was not Obama golfing during the 2008 campaign?
Read the rest. All that conservatives had warned about Barack Obama back in 2008 is now being borne out and so many in the political world act as if this is something new or as if he's changed and lost his mojo. This was always who he was. But people were too drunk on the fairy dust that made them think that this man was some sort of savior for the country.

matthew Kaminski looks at the historical parallels in how Europe treated the partition and subjugation of Poland in the 19th century and to how Ukraine is being treated today.

Now this is truly impressive.

Another Obamacare website not working. Shocking, isn't it?

is this what feminism has come to - panting in excitement over Beyoncé humping and bumping during a song about all sorts of sex, but doing it in front of the word "feminism" while getting panties all in a twist about Sofia Vergara on a turntable? How ridiculous is all this? Apparently some women thought Bey's VMA performance was "one of the most powerful pop-culture messages" imaginable. And women are getting enslaved and murdered in the Middle East and feminists can't be bothered.

did you know that whites and other non-native races are being banned from registering and voting in a plebiscite in Guam? And, of course, the Holder Justice Department doesn't care.

The IRS scandal keeps growing scandals on top of scandals. It's hard to keep track. At some point, incompetence becomes an insufficient explanation.

I give full-throated cheers for these Hollywood stars.