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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

The 'Obamaphone' program is still a mess

As CBS News in Denver is careful to note, it's not really fair to refer to the amazingly foolish and corrupt "Lifeline" program - free cell phones for Food Stamp Nation - as "Obamaphones," because the program existed long before the current presidency began.  People use that term because a very agitated Obama supporter referred to them as such during the 2012 campaign, apparently under the impression that free cell phones were a personal gift from the Oval Office. Based on anecdotal evidence, I think the term has spread far beyond those who actually saw the "Obamaphone Lady" viral video, and even those who follow politics closely.  As one who thinks this program should be killed with fire, and who is not generally an admirer of this President's works, I've always thought it was unfair to call them "Obamaphones," and it might even be counter-productive, because this dopey excrescence of the welfare state is still going to be wasting tons of money long after he's gone. Nov 11, 2014 8:53 AM PT

The U.S. Postal Service gets hacked

Looks like the Russian hackers responsible for so much mayhem sat this one out, as suspicions for the massive U.S. Postal Service data breach are falling upon the Chinese government.  Which is kind of awkward, because President Obama is currently in China, running around dressed like an extra from "Star Trek" for some reason.  He also managed to alienate the entire population of Beijing by popping out of his limousine chewing gum, which they interpreted as rude and childish, referring to the President as an "idler" on social media. Nov 10, 2014 8:27 PM PT

How to crash a cloud

If memory serves correctly, the first random access storage device I seriously considered purchasing, as a preteen with some odd-job money to fuel his insatiable appetite for high technology, was a floppy disk drive that stored 128K per disk.  (Gather round Grandpa's chair, children of the Web, and let me tell you about the days when we used storage media that didn't let you randomly access the data...)  I could not imagine how anyone might go about filling a 128K disk with data, but I bought a pack of ten, just to be on the safe side. Nov 10, 2014 10:44 AM PT

The Republican Majority Must Play Offense or They'll Lose

Instapundit's Glenn Reynolds has an excellent list of suggestions at USA Today for an early salvo of bills the Republicans could fire off when the new Congress comes into session.  As he puts it, there are three kinds of bills they can pass: "those Obama will want to sign; those he won't want to sign but will have to; and those he'll veto, but where a veto is unpopular."  His six suggestions cover all three categories, including some wonderfully outside-the-box ideas that will make the entire Democrat Party squirm and sweat when the President is obliged to knock them down.  I especially like ideas Number 5 and 6.  As Insty himself would say, read the whole thing. Nov 10, 2014 7:26 AM PT

Landrieu implodes

Democrats seem determined to leech all the suspense from the final month of incumbent Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu's career.  Political wonks wanted a dramatic showdown, a little December chaser to the midterm election drama, but instead Democrats are pulling their money out of the race, and Landrieu is making the kind of gaffes that would have doomed her even before the 2014 Senate handwriting was on the wall. Nov 9, 2014 12:40 PM PT

Movie review: 'Interstellar'

Fans of real science fiction - not the "epic fantasy with lasers" fare we usually get in movie theaters - will be delighted by Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar."  It's one of the few major films to follow in the footsteps of "2001: A Space Odyssey" since that movie's under-appreciated sequel "2010," which also just happens to have featured John Lithgow.  If "Interstellar" does big business, can we finally hope to see some adaptations of Golden and Silver-age sci-fi classics, instead of a dozen more attempts to launch comic-booky "Star Wars" knockoffs?  The great masters of science-fiction left Hollywood with a lot of treasure to mine, at very reasonable prices... provided they can get over their morbid fear of audiences fleeing the theater at the first hint of hard science. Nov 9, 2014 8:10 AM PT

IRS: Um, Yeah, We Never Actually Looked for Lois Lerner's Emails or Anything

Today's banana republic update comes to us from the exasperated watchdogs at Judicial Watch, which has a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit pending in the IRS targeting scandal.  Some months ago, we learned that former Tax Exempt Organizations honcho Lois Lerner generates an intense bio-electric field that causes every hard drive that comes anywhere hear her to crash and lose all its data, something that never seems to happen to hard drives outside the government any more, but verily the Age of Obama is an age of wonders.  Lerner's mutant hard-drive crashing powers supposedly wiped out a ton of electronic correspondence relevant to the scandal. Nov 7, 2014 8:27 AM PT

Is it still 'the economy, stupid?'

Dan Henninger at the Wall Street Journal thinks Obama's weaksauce economy cooked Democrat geese during the midterm elections: "Low economic growth in the modern U.S. economy is a total, across-the-board, top-to-bottom political loser." Nov 6, 2014 1:41 PM PT

The 2014 wave hits the beaches of 2016

You'll read some thorough, well-researched analysis about what the 2014 midterm election wave means for various potential 2016 presidential candidates.  I think the time is right for some guy out in flyover country to whip a quick post off the top of his head. Nov 6, 2014 10:00 AM PT


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