February 28, 2013
— Gabriel Malor Happy Thursday.
The House is apparently ready to pass the Senate's expanded version of VAWA. Just two months ago, the House was saying "no way," and taking some pretty significant lumps for letting VAWA to expire. Apparently, House GOP's thinking has changed, though I haven't heard the reason for it. No doubt they don't really want to talk about it.
There'll be a bit more drama in Congress over the sequester, but House GOP is standing firm for the moment and is even planning to keep the sequester cuts in the CR that's expected by the end of March (since there's no anticipation the Senate will get off its ass and approve a budget).
February 27, 2013
Tonight might be a good night to lock your doors and polish up the old family silver in .45 and .357.
If you're short, try here and ask about their overnight delivery options.
— Ace All because he reported the truth about the sequester -- a truth even Politico concedes to be true, that Obama hatched the scheme and the White House has been lying about it since -- and because he doesn't like being threatened.
Woodward's complaint is a bit more nuanced than claiming a "threat," though. He does see it as a "veiled threat." But the main thrust of his complaint is that while he, Bob Woodward, is immune to such threats, what about young reporters? When young reporters get yelled at by the White House for a half hour and told "you'll regret this," what do they do?
His suggestion is that more often than not they "tremble, tremble" and accede to the Chicago Thugs' wishes.
And for saying so, the guy who brought down Nixon is now being called senile, a rightwinger, a new David Mamet, etc.
Anyone who opposes this gangster administration must be destroyed.
The Gramsciite Left is too close to their goals now. They feel the creaking in America's beam, they can feel the ship about to burst in two. They want this so badly.
— Ace Remember we hear about dictators dying about three times as often as they actually die. But here's hoping.
The report claims this:
En contacto con CNN Chile el ex embajador afirmó que desde el 30 de diciembre pasado el presidente Chávez se declaró con muerte cerebral en Cuba...
Well, certainly there is a long history of covering up the deaths of tyrants for weeks and weeks.
Oops: I sight-guessed at the Spanish. It actually doesn't say he died on December 30th, of course, but that he's been brain dead since then, and four days ago he actually died.
— Ace Hm.
Woodward, of course, claims Obama himself must not know about this and that he'd be scandalized if he knew his aides were pursuing a Do Not Dare Question Us strategy with reporters.
Because we all know Obama is so at ease when he's challenged.
Update: A "very senior" White House staffer, it's now said.
Video: At The Right Scoop.
More: Sexton traces this to the dispute over who came up with the sequester -- first the White House was intent on claiming Republicans proposed it, but then, when Woodward pointed out it had come straight from the White House, suddenly the media began claiming, in unison, it just didn't matter who'd come up with it.
— Ace And you guys said that learning French was useless.
Well here's a use, mecs -- I know what he's speaking is like first or second semester, tops. And he's got a script.
Did a single reporter with any ability in the language probe his self-proclaimed ability to "speak French"? Or is the tradition of padding resumes so accepted in the journalism community that they never batted an eye?
— Ace I don't watch this show, so I don't know if this is a good impression (and note well, this is not Lena Dunham, but a parodist, so you don't have to feel bad about checking out her yabbos), but it is pretty funny.
Or, I think it would be funny, if I watched the show.
I believe this is someone called Chelsea Davidson.
Two Quick Things: Archer got picked up for Season 5 by FX ("Phrasing!"), and Psych returns to the airwaves tonight at 10 pm on USA. Or 9pm. I don't know, I'm not your gee-darned TV Guide.
— Ace And men, for that matter.
So long as we mean by "feminist" what I think 85% of the country means by it.
— Ace Big for CPAC, and also a great big announcement that Carson's interest in the presidency is more than strictly hypothetical.
— Ace Very good, but you may want to hide the knives from yourself first.
— Ace Yes there were no similar protests over Bill Clinton's appearance at the Golden Globes.
I don't even know what to say anymore.
— Ace Checking her bio, she says she's a Friars Club member, which I take to mean she tried to be a comedian but failed, so she just started going on TV as a "pundit."
She went on to declare most fat-asses are from the south.
What a charming woman. (We were all thinking it.)
She said this in defending Michael Bloomberg's nanny-state laws. Of course those were largely promulgated to take freedoms from overweight black people in NYC. Not a whole lot of Southern Republicans in NYC.
Meanwhile, other micropersons from the Party of Ideas and Reason are trying the same basic act.
Hannity apparently had a highlight reel of a show last night. Keith Ellison had an aneurysm last night.
"No, you are!" Echolalia is a sign of a degenerating brain, isn't it?
— Ace She's very angry about it.
Angry, and mystified. And culpable.
"No good answer." Extraordinary.
— Ace Bob Woodward is calls it "a madness" he hasn't seen before.
"Can you imagine Ronald Reagan sitting there and saying, 'Oh, by the way, I can't do this because of some budget document?'" Woodward said.
"Or George W. Bush saying, 'You know, I'm not going to invade Iraq because I can't get the aircraft carriers I need?'" Or even Bill Clinton saying, 'You know, I'm not going to attack Saddam Hussein's intelligence headquarters,' ... because of some budget document?"
The Defense Department said in early February that it would not deploy the U.S.S. Harry Truman to the Persian Gulf, citing budget concerns relating to the looming cuts known as the sequester.
"Under the Constitution, the President is commander-in-chief and employs the force. And so we now have the President going out because of this piece of paper and this agreement. 'I cant do what I need to do to protect the country,'" Woodward said.
"Thats a kind of madness that I haven't seen in a long time," he said.
— JohnE. From the Hollywood Reporter.
DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg said Tuesday that layoffs already have begun and that 350 of the studios 2,200 employees will have been let go by years end.Interesting choice of words. Going FORWARD!
These things are very, very difficult to do, Katzenberg told The Hollywood Reporter. I would say its the hardest thing Ive had to do since we started DreamWorks. Weve never had to lay anybody off. It was against our culture. But its the right thing for us today, and it makes DWA strong going forward.
And then, of course, there's this:
Last August, DreamWorks Animation announced plans to develop a $3.1 billion cultural and entertainment district in Shanghai, in conjunction with a group of Chinese partners complete with theaters, performance halls, restaurants, shops and an entertainment center decked out with a Kung Fu Panda theme. The projects has been billed rivaling New Yorks Broadway and Londons West End.
That source also said the potential forthcoming U.S. job losses could be linked to DreamWorks Animations growing developments in China.
This would probably be a bigger story, but Mitt Romney Jeep Italians China something something.
— Pixy Misa
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— Gabriel Malor Happy Wednesday.
Since November, I've been saying that the GOP doesn't need to make major policy changes, rather it needs to make some communications changes. One of the things I've been suggesting is that GOP candidates should engage low-information voters by going to them rather than hoping that something will filter down to them from the more traditionally political channels of information that they don't, as a matter of course, pay attention to. These people are not reading National Review; they're not even reading the New York Times or watching CNN or the nightly network news broadcasts. Low information voters watch the Daily Show, they read US Weekly, they like Food Network, and they watch TMZ.
GOP candidates' first order of business in reaching low-information voters will not be policy arguments. It will be demonstrating that they are not actually the boogeymen that the Democrats make them out to be. Sen. Rubio's already got the right idea. He's been on the Daily Show twice. Now, he's giving excellent answers to TMZ about Tupac. First comes culture, then comes policy.
Of course, it's not just about reaching low-information voters. The candidates will have to do the more traditional song-and-dance, too. If Sens. Paul and Santorum want to make a real go at it, they need to get moving on this stuff.
S.E. Cupp is pulling out of CPAC over the exclusion of GOProud. It seems that once a year we do this dance, first when GOProud was a sponsor of CPAC 2010 and 2011, and then when GOProud was excluded from sponsorship -- or even purchasing a booth -- following the CPAC change of management in 2012. My own view on this is that GOProud should be allowed to attend; certainly if there's room for the Poker Player's Alliance and the John Birch Society, there's room for a relatively more conventionally conservative group like GOProud.
Other highlights of CPAC 2013's struggle to live up to its theme this year -- Building the Future of Conservatism -- include failing to invite the most popular Republican governor (and 2014 head of the Republican Governors Association) Chris Christie and failing to schedule a single program, seminar, or speech about fixing or replacing Obamacare, Medicare, or Medicaid. (It seems that the GOP, and not just conservatives, is giving up on that little project.)
February 26, 2013
Sponsored by the Intercollegiate Studies institute whoever they are. Be sure and read the questions carefully.
I got a 30 out of 33 which ain't bad but not as good as I expected. I blame society. And the French.more...
— Ace Unserious:
1. Sequestration cuts of $85 billion are impossibly painful, the equivalent of asking Uncle Sam to perform an appendectomy on himself with a nail file, but
2. ObamaCare adding $6.2 trillion to the deficit - nearly 75 times the size of the sequester - is no big deal...
I agree with Rush -- for the first time in my life, I'm ashamed of my country.
Or, at least, not proud. It's a country like any other, filled with the same sort of greedy, lazy, ill-educated fools as you can find anywhere.
Obama's creed always held that America wasn't an exceptional nation. To their great discredit, the country proved him ultimately right.
— Ace Via Allah. Remember them, and call them out as liars when they claimed they voted "against" Hagel. They did not.
Now that's the list of people who voted "Yes" on cloture (guaranteeing Hagel's confirmation) but then cast a covering, false vote on the nomination itself (a meaningless gesture made for political purposes).
Interestingly, some people voted the other way around -- voting "No" on cloture but then "Yes" on the nomination itself.
Among them? Rand Paul, who's attempting to both be a Mainstream Conservative and also play to his father's supporters with their, um... views on Israel.
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