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In Honor Of School Choice Week

Jan 31, 2013 1:06 PM PT

In honor of National School Choice Week, we should recognize the Governors who are putting Education and Children ABOVE the Unions.



-- Alabama Gov. Robert J Bentley       

-- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie         

-- Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell       

-- New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez

-- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer       

-- Ohio Gov. John Kasich         

-- Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper       

-- Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin         

-- Florida Gov. Rick Scott       

-- Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett         

-- Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal       

-- South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley         

-- Idaho Gov. Butch Otter       

-- Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam         

-- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence       

-- Texas Gov. Rick Perry         

-- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal       

-- Utah Gov. Gary Herbert         

-- Maine Gov. Paul LePage       

-- Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell         

-- Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder       

-- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker         

-- Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant       

-- Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead         

-- Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval
Hagel

I know the media is objective and netural...

Jan 31, 2013 12:54 PM PT

...because neutral and objective people always go into Mobile Gundam Force Spazz Mode to rehabilitate a bumbling imbecile who humiliated himself on national television.

 My general rules:

The more strenuously the media insists "There's no story," the more convinced I am there's a story.

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Hagel

Hagel may face filibuster after hearing bust

Jan 31, 2013 12:50 PM PT

Jennifer Rubin reports that Senate opponents of Chuck Hagel's candidacy for Secretary of Defense are nearing the magic number of 41 votes necessary to sustain a filibuster to prevent his confirmation. 

Democrats seem to be determined to vote for Hagel regardless, but the strong performance of the Republican minority on the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Hagel's weak and self-contradictory response to questions about his record and his views, may have convinced enough wavering colleagues to switch to "no."

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Media Bias

Hagel is a delicate flower

Jan 31, 2013 12:35 PM PT

In response to Media flipping out over Ted Cruz questioning of Hagel:

I think it's a great idea to have "some kind of victim" as Secretary of Defense.  You wouldn't want some sort of super-patriotic America-is-awesome tough guy in a job like that.  We need someone who understands how the hearts of the Iranian mullahs break a little, every time their legitimate elected government has to mutilate a dissident or jail a Christian.  Chuck Hagel knows they're crying inside, just like he cries every time a mean old conservative throws his own words in his face.

Hagel

Why Hagel?

Jan 31, 2013 12:29 PM PT

The overwhelming feeling you get from watching the low points of Chuck Hagel's SecDef hearings is: what on Earth is this man doing here?  He scarcely seems as if he wants to be there.  The angles of attack taken by various skeptical senators were entirely predictable; with the possible exception of small but telling incidents like the al-Jazeera interview that Ted Cruz bludgeoned him with, he should have known all of this was coming.

Leaving aside politics, the proverbial man from Mars would wonder why this particular gentleman was tapped for a position that many others must be far more qualified to hold.  But of course, it's all about politics - not only Obama picking a fight with his political opponents over the nomination, but also Hagel's real job, which will involve running through the Defense Department with a budget axe, while assuring credulous media talking heads that we don't need all that ironmongery any more, because the world is ultra safe now.

Hagel

Media flipping out over Ted Cruz questioning of Hagel

Jan 31, 2013 12:28 PM PT

The mainstream media hivemind has decided that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) quoted Chuck Hagel's words out of context in confronting him with past statements about the U.S. and Israel. Dave Weigel of Slate even went so far as to accuse Cruz of accusing Hagel of antisemitism--an entirely unsupportable accusation he attempted to defend (poorly, in my view) by claiming Cruz had referenced the Holocaust. Cruz's questions were harsh, and it's possible to argue for a different interpretation of Hagel's words, but Cruz's own reads were likely correct--especially on the Lebanon war, where Hagel made false equivalences between Israel and Hezbollah.

The truth is that the left and the media are embarrassed for, and by, Hagel. Making up a non-controversy about Cruz sets Hagel up as some kind of victim. Look for the development of that meme in the hours ahead.

Politics

Porn Stars In The News

Jan 31, 2013 12:27 PM PT

As been reported on several news outlets, including Fox News, legendary 'Porno Horno' Ron Jeremy has been admitted to a Los Angeles  area hospital with a heart aneurysm. Jeremy is reported to be in critical condition, and no new details have been release since yesterday. The moral of this post is this, nothing. To my fellow  "Conversationalists," Jerome Hudson and Larry O'Connor, who are probably die hard fans of "The Hedgehog," I extend my condolences. Don't worry, Ron will probably be ok

While Jeremy is considered by many to be  liberally mined, one of my sources that has worked in the adult entertainment business, and has spoken politics with him, tells  me that he leans Libertarian. Another Porn Star, Jenna Haze personally told me that she disliked Obama, and was a registered Libertarian. Who knew?!

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