John Hayward

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ObamaCare's Facebook page is a sham, too

I've long been fascinated with the business of manufactured popularity, in which various forms of sock puppetry are used to make a person or product seem much more popular than it actually is.  It's amazingly easy to do on the Internet - just create a half-dozen free email accounts, build them into a half-dozen social media profiles, and write six glowing reviews from ostensibly different people for your product on Amazon.  There are paid professionals who specialize in selling five-star product reviews, or pumping out zillions of phony Twitter accounts to provide paying customers with an instant million "followers." Nov 17, 2014 11:19 AM PT

Possible hacker attack at the State Department

CBS News is careful to note that the State Department shut down its unclassified email system to repair "possible" damage from a "suspected" hacker attack, but those suspicions must run pretty deep to justify the measures that were taken: Nov 17, 2014 8:16 AM PT

ISIS claims to have beheaded another American hostage

The new ISIS snuff film is a little different than their previous offerings, in that they don't show the marquee murder taking place, but according to the UK Daily Mail, a severed head purportedly belonging to captured aid worker and former U.S. Army Ranger Peter Kassig is prominently displayed.  The video does show the knife beheadings of dozens of captured Syrian troops, who are marched into the desert by Islamic State jihadis and decapitated slowly and painfully in the 16-minute video. Nov 16, 2014 5:15 AM PT

Comet Guy and the social-justice black hole

An amazingly stupid story with a clever Twitter hashtag, #shirtstorm, has been brewing for the past couple of days.  Long story short, one of the brilliant scientists who just landed a space probe on a moving comet decided to wear a shirt covered with cheesecake cartoon girls for a media appearance.  A gang of decidedly non-brilliant feminists freaked out and organized an Internet flash mob to accuse Dr. Matt Taylor of objectifying women, charging that his choice of shirt would intimidate young ladies out of pursuing careers in science.  The really stupid part of the story is that it worked - Dr. Taylor was bullied into making a tearful public apology for his shirt. Nov 15, 2014 3:58 PM PT

Ted Cruz warns against lame-duck passage of Internet sales tax

At first glance, I thought this video from Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) concerned President Obama's Net Neutrality push.  While Senator Cruz has been outspoken about Net Neutrality, in this case he's warning about dethroned Democrats forcing a different bad idea through Congress during the lame-duck session: a sales tax on Internet purchases. Nov 14, 2014 7:41 AM PT

Separation Theater: Red-state Democrats vote against Harry Reid

Senator Mary Landrieu isn't the only Democrat looking to stage a little Separation Theater to open daylight between herself and Party leadership.  Politico reports she was one of several Senators to stage show votes against keeping Harry Reid as the Minority Leader: Nov 13, 2014 1:28 PM PT

Mary Landrieu sure does love that crazy Keystone XL pipeline

Want to watch a desperate politician at the end of her rope throw her entire Party under the bus, in a last-ditch effort to hang on to her seat while the breakers of a wave election roll across the shore?  Here's Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, dancing across the blood-dimmed Republican tide by declaring herself nuts for that Keystone XL pipeline Obama has been blocking for years: Nov 13, 2014 8:03 AM PT

Epilogue to Mary Landrieu's last gasp: Obama will veto a Keystone XL bill anyway

The Wall Street Journal wrote about Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu's ridiculous and pathetic play for votes by reinventing herself as a Keystone XL pipeline hawk - she stopped just short of yelling "DRILL, BABY, DRILL!" - and noted that while Senate Democrats have suddenly become vewy, vewy qwiet about their devotion to blocking that eminently sensible pipeline for environmentalist purposes, President Obama is still going to block any effort to get it done: Nov 13, 2014 5:16 AM PT

Obama gets rolled everywhere from Beijing to Tehran

Barack Obama is the most dangerous lame duck ever to haunt the marshes of post-election defeat.  He's angry at the American people, testy with Democrats who blame him for their electoral losses, and more determined that ever to finish "transforming America" with the time he has left.  Malevolent and experienced foreign leaders have no trouble taking the measure of this arrogant, desperate, incompetent man and rolling him like dough. Nov 12, 2014 11:49 AM PT

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