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The White House fence-jumping story gets even worse

I can't take my eyes off the saga of White House fence-jumper Oscar Gonzalez for a minute, without the story running behind my back and breaking the furniture or piddling on the carpet.  Today's worsening of the story comes from the Washington Post, dispelling the impression you might have been given that Gonzalez was basically tackled in the front doorway.  Nope - those statements from the Secret Service are, as the saying goes, no longer operative.   Sep 29, 2014 1:59 PM PT

Crazy kit-bashed fighting vehicles of the Kurdish peshmerga

There aren't many silver linings to the dark cloud of ISIS, but one of them is newfound Western appreciation for the Kurds, a remarkable people who got shoved off the stage of history during the 2000s, because American liberals were desperate to make the invasion of Iraq look like a total mistake.  Sympathetic people victimized by Saddam Hussein complicated that narrative. Sep 29, 2014 11:15 AM PT

Wow: Joni Ernst suddenly opens a 6-point lead in Iowa

Teacups are rattling in the hands of Democrat consultants across the land, as another closely-watched neck-and-neck race suddenly turns into a big lead for the Republican candidate... and it's the race to fill the seat left behind by left-wing dinosaur Tom Harkin, no less.  The Des Moines Register calls it the latest twist in an "amazing race": Sep 27, 2014 5:59 PM PT

Sarah Palin has fun with her own gaffe

It was fun watching the liberals who saddled America with Barack Obama - known for dismissing a deadly terrorist enemy as al-Qaeda's junior varsity, blurting out that he has no strategy for defeating them, and blowing over a billion dollars on the worst website launch in history - rip into Sarah Palin for getting the address of the White House wrong in a speech.  She said "1400 Pennsylvania Avenue" instead of 1600.  Meanwhile, the current Vice President has to be led carefully across Pennsylvania Avenue by adults holding both of his hands, lest he be distracted by a shiny object and run headlong into traffic. Sep 26, 2014 8:33 PM PT

Meet the Lottery-Winning Drug Dealer with a Food Stamp Card

When contemplating the failure of the War on Poverty after 50 years and $22 trillion spent, I mentioned the outrageous government overhead, waste, and fraud that makes up a big part of that figure.  It's both absurd and immoral to talk about the benefits of any program without looking at its cost and efficiency.  I say "immoral" because seizing money from law-abiding taxpayers to finance programs known to be corrupt, on a massive scale, is nothing less than theft.  The morality of such actions can still be debatable even when the programs work fairly well, but when they clearly don't, their immorality becomes obvious.  The same can be said about ObamaCare, which is spending so much to accomplish so little that its remaining defenders should be laughed out of polite society. Sep 26, 2014 11:30 AM PT

The troubled culture of the Secret Service

I've been scratching my head over the degeneration of the Secret Service, which has been in trouble quite a few times in recent years.  Ronald Kessler, a leading critic of the agency (but generally a supporter of the agents) has a critique of what he calls "a troubled culture" at Time: Sep 25, 2014 11:31 AM PT

The Clintons torpedo Obama's 'corporate inversion' campaign

Even those who have a heaping helping of disapproval for Bill Clinton have to admit the old boy can make them laugh.  After all the work President Obama and certain congressional Democrats have put into their dopey War on Corporate Inversions (aka "kneecap everyone who tries to climb over the wall to escape our nutty tax system,") Slick Willie comes along to "express sympathy" for Obama's designated targets.  From the New York Times: Sep 24, 2014 1:27 PM PT

Flashback: Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize citation

As President Obama drops bombs on a record-breaking seventh country, let's look back to 2009 and remember what the Nobel committee said when it bestowed a Peace Prize upon him for simply existing.  You'll need a heart of stone to get through the second paragraph without laughing out loud. Sep 23, 2014 12:56 PM PT

Israel shoots down a Syrian warplane

Just to add to the fun over in Syria - where the stated goal of taking down ISIS has already expanded into airstrikes against their al-Qaeda rivals, who might very well have been the more urgent target - a Syrian fighter jet penetrated Israeli airspace and was shot down over the Golan Heights, in an incident the bemused global media can't quite wrap its head around.  From CNN: Sep 23, 2014 12:42 PM PT

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