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Mark Cuban runs afoul of the Thought Police

If memory serves correctly, Mark Cuban was one of the people made a bit uneasy by the Donald Sterling auto-da-fe, wondering where the crusade against impure thoughts would end.  Well, now he knows it doesn't end with him.  Reuters reports: May 22, 2014 1:48 PM PT

The VA scandal shows problems cannot be fixed by throwing bags of tax money at broken bureaucracies

When Big Government screws up, liberals reflexively claim insufficient funding is the problem.  If only the mega-State that already gobbles up a few trillion dollars a year, and tops it off by spending hundreds of billions of dollars it doesn't have, was given some more of our money, we wouldn't have these problems.  It's really all the fault of those heartless Republican penny-pinchers! May 22, 2014 8:21 AM PT

North Korea: Shangri-La of climate change

As far as I can tell, this UK Guardian piece on the bold climate-change leadership of North Korea is not meant as satire.  And really, there's nothing funny about this.  The Norks really do present the ultimate extension of everything the Church of Global Warming wants for the entire world: massive poverty and hunger, imposed on the masses by an all-powerful elite, in the name of reducing mankind's accursed "carbon footprint."   May 20, 2014 11:37 AM PT

Whistleblower retaliation in the VA scandal

It's just not a proper scandal party until we've got alleged retaliation against whistleblowers.  The Coloradoan brings us such a story from Fort Collins, one of several hospitals and clinics involved in the VA scandal: May 19, 2014 12:09 PM PT

More reflections on the uselessness of hashtag diplomacy

When the patent absurdity of using selfies and Twitter messages to convince Islamist savages in Nigeria to return their slaves is pointed out, it is sometimes argued that Boko Haram isn't the true target of Hashtag Diplomacy.  Instead, it's supposed to either rally the "international community" in outrage, or pressure the Nigerian government into cracking down on the terrorists. May 19, 2014 9:56 AM PT

Matt Drudge does a Twitter memory wipe

Alternative-media icon Matt Drudge had a pretty lively Twitter presence until Saturday night, when The Blaze noticed he wiped out his entire Twitter history (and evidently cleared out his entire follow list), changed his background to a generic photo of lovebirds preening each other, and left only a single memorial message: May 18, 2014 9:29 AM PT

House Majority Leader Cantor backs away from stealth amnesty plan

This is a truly interesting development, because it illuminates the vast gulf between the urgent need to legalize illegal aliens felt by the Ruling Class and its media, and the way average American citizens view the issue.  The "Enlist Act" mentioned by Politico is probably the least controversial form of amnesty imaginable - a "DREAM Act" giving citizenship to young illegals who serve in the military - and it was going to be passed by stealth, plugged into the National Defense Authorization Act.  But House Majority Leader Eric Cantor still backed away from it: May 17, 2014 7:04 AM PT

Insurance companies secure their ObamaCare bailouts

Remember a few months ago, when Democrats were pretending that the "risk corridor" provisions of ObamaCare wouldn't function as a high-pressure pipe of taxpayer money to bail out insurance companies that don't pull enough Young Invincible suckers into their networks - a demographic balance that would ensure healthy people were over-billed enough to cover money-losing mandated coverage for the older and sicker?  Marco Rubio was pushing a bill that would stave off the bailouts, and the Administration said he was crazy to think the risk corridors would be used for that purpose. May 16, 2014 1:48 PM PT

The latest neurotic campus brownshirt freak-out: Camels are racist

There are reasons to be deeply concerned about the fascist tendencies of campus pressure groups, which are reveling in their use of the Heckler's Veto to drive speakers with challenging ideas (or even politically incorrect resumes, such as Condoleeza Rice) away from what used to be revered as bastions of free speech and intellectual exploration.  The American student mind is increasingly not merely closed, but welded shut and surrounded by land mines.  As with all forms of thuggery, we're getting more of this because it works, as craven or sympathetic administrators buckle under to one whiny protest group after another. May 16, 2014 8:21 AM PT

FCC proposes not-entirely-neutral Net Neutrality rules

Hardcore "Net Neutrality" advocates won't be very happy with the rules proposed by the FCC today, since as Reuters reports, the rules "may let Internet service providers charge content companies for faster and more reliable delivery of their traffic to users." May 15, 2014 10:38 AM PT


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