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In praise of being against stuff

New Jersey governor Chris Christie got a great reception at CPAC 2014, which is quite a comeback, considering he wasn't invited last time.  This might be partially due to a circling of conservative wagons, as Christie is widely seen as victim of a huge media double standard.  Barack Obama gets to awaken each day pretending he's stunned to find himself in Washington, with no clear memory of how he got there, or anything he's done for the past five years.  The media yawns when Obama repeatedly claims he has no idea what any of his subordinates are doing, and they don't know what their underlings are up to, but Christie gets wall-to-wall saturation coverage over a bridge lane closing. Mar 6, 2014 5:41 PM PT

'Dear soldier: my Dad was a soldier. He's in Heaven now.'

8-year-old Myles Eckert was with his mom at the Cracker Barrel when he found a $20 bill in the parking lot.  He ran back into the restaurant and gave the twenty to Lt. Col. Frank Dailey, a uniformed solider he spotted in the dining room.  He wrapped the money in a hand-written note: Mar 4, 2014 8:16 AM PT

Democrats get their own stupid health care law wrong again

The latest mutation of the Affordable Care Act, informally announced to insurance executives during an industry conference this week, will apparently push insurance plan mandates back by at least a year... and maybe longer.  There is little pretense that this is anything but a purely political act, and that's why the new delay might last longer, because Democrats are evidently worried that ObamaCare insurance cancellations could produce enough public backlash to sink both their 2014 congressional candidates and 2016 presidential ticket.   Mar 4, 2014 6:55 AM PT

Harold Ramis and the delusion of liberal anti-authoritarianism

A long Thomas Frank piece at Salon presents a complicated argument that the "subversive" films written or co-written by the late, great Harold Ramis - "Animal House," "Caddyshack," "Ghostbusters" - backfired politically by giving cultural ammunition to the Reagan revolution and Wall Street, or else maybe Ramis was even more subversive than his left-leaning fans thought he was.   Mar 3, 2014 2:40 PM PT

Putin, Bush, Obama, and national interest

Weary from trying to spin ObamaCare as something more than an absolute disaster, liberals are now expected to make his foreign policy look good, or at least coherent.  Part of this strategy has involved dredging up an old quote from George W. Bush, which is supposed to make him appear as naive as Obama.   Mar 3, 2014 8:26 AM PT

Another government employee bilks taxpayers out of big salary money

As 2013 drew to a close, American taxpayers were introduced to John C. Beale, a "climate change expert" at the Environmental Protection Agency who bilked taxpayers out of a million dollars in salary, benefits, and expenses over the course of a decade, while only rarely bothering to show up for work.  When challenged on his whereabouts, he would claim to be working undercover for the CIA in Pakistan.  The endless management layers of our Derp Government lapped it up like cream, until Beale finally went too far and got busted. Feb 28, 2014 4:21 PM PT


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