davidl on September 24th, 2015

Clinton_Hillary_pretty_in_orangeThe woman, formerly known as the Smart Woman in the World, met the admitted and unrepentant pedophile, Lena Dunham, who wrote of molesting her own sister, in her disparate attempt to hold off the avow socialist Bernie Sanders, from Jammie Wearing Fool:

[Mrs.] Clinton is not a viewer of Girls, a popular HBO series that chronicles the lives of 20-something women making their way in Brooklyn, but her communications aide Kristina Schake said: “Hillary was drawn to Lena’s unique voice, dynamic talent and strong commitment to women’s rights. Hillary and Lena had a strong connection, which comes through in this intimate, engaging interview.”

To be fair, it is Mrs. Clinton’s better half, B.J., who seems to prefer children.

davidl on September 21st, 2015

Nothing inspires voter confidence than looking like a sock puppet, from Edward Klein:

The talk in Democratic Party circles is that Barack Obama has told Joe Biden that he is prepared to endorse him for president if, in return, Biden promises to let Obama have a final say in the choice of his vice presidential running mate.

According to these Democratic sources, Biden is mulling over the president’s conditional offer of support.


In this scenario, which Obama has not yet fully explained to Biden, Biden would promise to serve only one term in the White House, after which he would back his vice president to succeed him.

As Biden’s vice president, Obama is said to favor former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, a close Obama ally who is the first and only African American to have served as governor of the Bay State.

Hat tip: Professor Althouse.

Can the regime find words small enough and simple enough for Slow Joe to understand.   What does the regime have in the bone closet to hold Slow Joe to his word?

davidl on September 21st, 2015

Yet more evidence that Carly is right and big government is incompetent. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) vaunted emissions testing is worthless, and to the the private sector to find it, from Richard Weiss and Naomi Kresge, Bloomberg Business:

Volkswagen AG lost almost a quarter of its market value after it admitted to cheating on U.S. air pollution tests for years, putting pressure on Chief Executive Officer Martin Winterkorn to fix the damaged reputation of the world’s biggest carmaker.


During normal driving, the cars with the software — known as a “defeat device” — would pollute 10 times to 40 times the legal limits, the EPA estimated. The discrepancy emerged after the International Council on Clean Transportation commissioned real-world emissions tests of diesel vehicles including a Jetta and Passat, then compared them to lab results.

Point to ponder, Jazz Shaw, Hot Air:

Exit question: how likely is it that the geniuses at VW and Audi were the only ones to dream this up? This sounds like the sort of thing that a group of engineers might assume was never going to be found out because who is going around doing extra testing of vehicle emissions outside of an inspection station? (In fact, I’m still wondering how the EPA caught on to this unless VW had a disgruntled whistle blower among their ranks.) Are the big, American automakers scrambling right now to cover their own code?

If Shaw is right, did VW do anything illegal?

Can VW diesels meet EPA emissions requirements, still perform as advertised and as their customers expect?  Will a neutered VW even be worth driving?

Were those darned German engineers the only ones to read the actual regulations and take advantage of them?   Does the scope of the problem over VW diesels, VWs, or all cars sold say in the last ten years?

Was VW the only company cheating, or the only not to pay hush money to the ICCT?

Last, what will be the EPA’s primary motive, protect the environment, or their tattered reputation?

If Congress investigates, expect the usual regime stonewalling.

davidl on September 18th, 2015

The regime is mad because La Donald, a/k/a Donald Trump, is not doing their job, from the Voice of the Regime America:

U.S. Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump is causing controversy yet again, this time for failing to correct a supporter who called President Barack Obama a Muslim and a foreigner.

If the regime has evidence that Mr. Obama is in fact a Christian, have one of their political operative, otherwise known as the White House press corps, ask the planted question of White House spokesman Josh Earnest, and see if anybody outside the media falls for it.

As for Mr. Obama’s impersonation of a Christian, I find it unconvincing. Any you?

Reax, from Right Scoop:

Look, Obama is a liar and has been exposed as a liar. Megyn Kelly herself has exposed many of his lies on her show. Why so quick to believe he’s a Christian when he lies about everything else? Isn’t it possible that he lied about being a Christian to get elected? Oh of course not…that would make Megyn Kelly a racist to believe that or even to muse about it.

I find Mr. Trump’s answer to the Muslim question, inept, clumsy and ham fist.   I suggest in the future, Mr. Trump reply with the stock answer, “The answer to that question is above my pay grade.”

As for Voice of American insistence that Mr. Obama is a Christian, ask them for  their evidence, if they have any.   Further, does VOA have any evidence that the questioner was in fact a supporter of Mr. Trump and not a plant from Mrs. Clinton’s campaign?

davidl on September 17th, 2015

So question, how did Dim Won, b/k/a President Barack Obama, famous for not knowing anything until he reads about it in the New York Times, know that one Ahmed Mohamed, was Muslim and detained by Irving Texas police for bringing what seemed to look like a bomb to school and immediately arrange for a White House visit?  From Erick Erickson, Red State

Let’s admit up front that it is stupid that a ninth grader got arrested for making a clock and bringing it to school. They thought it was a bomb. I will not imply motives to the kid bringing his cool invention to school. I would note, however, it was a government school and we can probably further indict public schools for it.\


This story is staged. The cops overreached, but it all played out according to someone’s plan.

This smells like another Islamic dry run, ala the shoe bomber.

I must note that the Irving school acted like total and utter fools. They declared that Mohamed looked like a bomb, but the school never acted like the device was a bomb. The proper response to a bomb threat is evacuate the building and not to confiscate the so-called bomb.

Addendum:   Mohamed may not have built a bomb, but did not build a clock.   Rather he repackaged a old Radio Shack clock, from Anthony, Art Voice.   It seems Mohamed’s device was more intended to resemble a bomb than actually tell time, as it seems to have no actual display.

davidl on September 17th, 2015

La Donald, Donald Trump, gave a campaign speech from a relic early Twentieth  Century military thinking, the USS Iowa (BB-61)   In yesterday’s debate, Carly Fiorina demonstrated Twenty First Century warfare, the OODA loop*, video:

The USS Iowa in now a museum, and a museum is fitting place for Mr. Trump.

Carly FiorinaIn reference to Mrs. Clinton’s infamous Three AM campaign ad, when the scat hits the fan at Three in the Morning, you do not want a president, who has put his his readers to see the teleprompter, email her chief of staff to ask for talking points, or mistakes bluster or intellect. Carly turned on dime, and smacked both Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton right between their eyes.

I can only hope that John Podhorets is right, from New York Post:

So the question after the second Republican debate is this: Will it take a week for Carly Fiorina to sit atop the GOP polls, or will it take two weeks? Because after Wednesday night’s debate, it’s going to happen.

People have been wondering for a while what event was going to slow down or reverse the rise of Donald Trump, since his candidacy appeared to glide through the potholes that have caused others like him and before him to crash and burn.

[*] Observe, Orient, Decide, Act

Eric Florack on September 16th, 2015

My comments as regards the Republicans in the race are postponed for 24 hours while I absorb the festival of idiocy on CNN this evening. As to that, I offer the following.

It amazes me the number of GOP establishment candidates not a blessed one of which had a single clue as to Reagan’s ideas, his motivations, or his popularity, are still trying to claim his mantle 30 years later.

Does John Kasich forget that it was the GOP establishment who kept him out in 76 and was none too happy about him getting the nomination in the next cycle, to the point where they arranged for Bush to be vice president because they thought the ticket needed balance because they thought Reagan too conservative?

Let’s not wonder any longer why it is that the GOP establishment is no longer credible to the GOP rank and file. John Kasich has just demonstrated it for us

Addendum:  (DavidL)  Amen!  John Kasich reminds me my least favorite so-called republican candidate from 2012, to wit John Huntsman, Jr.  Both want to replace Dim Won, a/k/a President Barack Obama, but are unable or unwilling to distinguish themselves from him.   If  you want four more years of Obama, your candidate is Joe Biden, a/k/a the Village Idiot.

Eric Florack on September 16th, 2015

Like most other people, I’ve been watching with dry amusement the disintegration of the presidential campaign of Hillary Rodham Clinton. Personally, I can’t help but wonder how much of this destruction will be happening with the directives coming from the White House. Proof? Not as yet, but personally I can’t imagine a lot of this stuff going down without some serious help.

Certainly, there is no love lost between the Obama wing of the party and the Clintonistas. Irony abounds, here. In my view it’s the first time since attaining the office that Obama and company are actually serving the interests of the American people.

It’s clear that just about everybody with a pulse that she’s not going to get the nomination, and even if she did there’s no way in the world should have been able to attain the White House. It’s really too bad she’s not going to get the nomination, because it would guarantee a Republican victory in the next election.

Be that as it may, and as a result of that disintegration, we now have the spectacle of Bernie Sanders leading the pack for the Democrat nomination. I have no doubt whatsoever that there has always been a faction within the Democrat Party, indeed upwards of 40%, who want to see an outright socialist in the top slot. That said, its not my perception that Bernie Sanders will never attain the majority of Democrat primary voters. Since Hillary Clinton, who now has 40% of Democrat voters in her corner, and who would never vote for somebody along the lines of a Sanders, he won’t achieved that goal either, and even if assuming they managed by some outright miracle to achieve the Democrat nomination, will never make it in the general, we now have a question of who will take over that top slot.

Which in turn leads us the spectacle of Joe Biden looking to be the likely nominee. At the moment, there is nobody else that’s even close to achieving the kind of popularity that would be required for such a feat.


But given that Biden was considered even by most Democrats to be the resident town fool as recently as a few months ago, one really must wonder about the frustration in the mind of the average Democrat voter these days.

Now putting this all together, what this scenario reveals is just how weak the Democrats are, how thin their bench is. Barring somebody else getting into the race, let’s say a John Kerry for example, this is the way it’s going to ride out till the end. Would such a latecomer have a chance? Doubtful.


Barring the Republicans not coming up with an actual conservative to put in the top slot before the end of the primary season, this is the GOPs race to lose.

That said, it’s absolutely crucial that the Republicans come up with a real conservative, and there’s a couple running right now. And I’ll address that scenario in tomorrow’s notes.

davidl on September 15th, 2015

Is this new attempt at humor, from Mrs Clinton?   From Mrs. Clinton’s Tweeter,

“To every survivor of sexual assault…You have the right to be heard. You have the right to be believed. We’re with you.”

Who we, Paleface?*

[*]  To any reader not in on the very old joke.

Addendum I:   Mrs. Clinton maybe old, but apparently she never went to high school.  She put her message in a campaign video:

James Carville was not available for comment.

Addendum II,   Mrs Clinton has certainly created a target rich environment.   Among those taking aim is one Kathleen Willey, who says of Mrs Clinton:

“She believed what happened for sure,” Willey tells The American Mirror. “She just chose to ignore the plight of all of his victims, thus enabling him to continue to abuse and rape women in the future.”

Willey adds, “She’s a money-hungry hypocritical witch who will do anything for money.

“She’s a lying pig. I CANNOT believe that she had the gall to make that commercial. How dare she? I hope she rots in hell.“

Remember according to Mrs Clinton, when Ms Willey calls her a “lying pig”, Ms Willey must be believed.

Hat tip: Bruce McQuain, Questions and Observations.

And one final shot, remember when Mrs Clinton was called “The Smartest Woman in the World?”

davidl on September 15th, 2015

Bernie Sanders ( Socialist – Vermont) tried his hand at playing a Christian, and it did not go very well, from Columbus Dispatch:

“It would be hard to make the case that we are a just society or anything resembling a just society today,” Sanders said at the influential Christian college that usually draws Republican presidential candidates.

“In the United States of America today, there is massive injustice in terms of income and wealth inequality.”

Bernie, you mean the United States is economically unjust as opposed to say your ideal of Cuba? In every economic system, someone decides who gets the wealth. In a market economy, it the consumer who decides who gets the fruits of their labors. In a socialist economy, it the political ruling class which decides who gets the fruits of your labor, and the first thing any political ruling class does is make themselves rich, at your expense.

As for Sanders, he had no problem fattening at the public trough as Senator. I have scant reason to believe that making him president would make an honest man out of him, from National Public Radio:

The Sanders household took in more than $205,000 in 2014, and paid the feds nearly $28,000 in taxes — an effective rate of about 20 percent based on Sanders’ taxable income of $141,000. That means they likely earned more than 95 percent of Americans, according to the most recent data available from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Members of the ruling class, such as Sanders, may talk about economic redistribution, but they have utterly no intention of redistributing any of their money.

davidl on September 14th, 2015

It would be nice to say the barbarians are at the gates, but they have already stormed past the gates,   The scat has hit the fan.   Like the United States, unscreened, unassimilated criminals aliens are on the move to welfare havens.   The political and  media class say welcome.   The imposed upon taxpayer, not so much.   Politicians on both sides of the oceans need to pull their heads out their anal cavities and start protecting their sovereign citizens and national boarders, from Daily Mail (UK):

Islamic_Invasion_map_EuropeGermany has allowed 450,000 refugees in so far this year and has been praised for the warm welcome it has afforded to migrants.

Chancellor Angela Merkel has defended the decision to let in the huge numbers, saying she was ‘convinced it was right’.

But in recent weeks this has inflamed tensions, with the far-right taking an increasingly hostile stand to the thousands of migrants entering the country.

Last week, a three-storey house in the neat village of Gerstungen, in Thuringia, was firebombed by far-right protesters after it was revealed it had been opened to some of the 800,000 refugees set to enter Germany this year.

This year there have been 306 attacks on refugee accommodations – 46 of them torchings such as the one in the eastern state of Thuringia. Nine of them have been in the past fortnight alone.

Tens of thousands of people took part in a ‘day of action’ yesterday in several European cities – and in Australia – in support of refugees and migrants. However some cities also saw ugly counter-demonstrations.

Europe does not need any more Islamic invaders, and neither does the United States, from Bloomberg Politics:

Republican presidential candidate John Kasich said he supports President Barack Obama’s plan to admit at least 10,000 Syrian refugees to the U.S. over the next year.

“I support that,” Kasich, governor of Ohio, said on Fox News Sunday, adding “It’s very important that we don’t let anybody infiltrate who’s part of a radical group. But America needs to be part of this solution.”

The U.S. also could provide logistical support and humanitarian aid, Kasich said.

Man up John, or back to Ohio. I care not which.

Meanwhile, from Kate, Small Dead Animals,video:

Granted the video has been edited, but more than a few Brits are clearly feed up with the liberal-media open door policy on accepting human trash.   If Donald Trump is the only politician with the balls to oppose  this invasion, sobeit.

davidl on September 12th, 2015

The sorry state of the democrats is that their political-media establishment has now been forced to pass the Village Idiot, a/k/a Vice President Joe Biden as honest. What next? Will they try to pass Joe off as smart? Unlike Mrs. Clinton, Biden can express open candor, without a script, video:

Sadly for presidential wannabe Biden, the person at the other end of the phone for that infamous Three in the Morning phone call will not te a sycophant ala Stephen Colbert.\

Hat tip:  Ed Morrissey, Hot Air.

davidl on September 10th, 2015

We have been telling you for years, from Christopher Massie,
Buzz Feed

While defending Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis’s refusal to issue marriage licenses out of her religious opposition to same-sex marriage, Mike Huckabee said Wednesday that the Supreme Court’s 1857 ruling in Dred Scott v. Sandford — which held that all blacks, free or enslaved, could not be American citizens — is still the law of the land even though no one follows it.

Radio host Michael Medved quickly pointed out to the former governor of Arkansas that the decision was overturned by the 13th Amendment. (Although the 13th Amendment ended slavery, the birthright citizenship clause in the 14th Amendment overturned the Dred Scott decision.)

They make em dumb in Arkansas.

Eric Florack on September 6th, 2015

We all know the Kim Davis is being held in contempt of court charges. But that’s not the real reason that she’s being held in jail without bail, is it?  Al Capone was convicted not on his gangster activities but on tax evasion charges. Does anybody really suppose that was why he died in jail?

I mean really. What is so blessedly important about this woman’s action? They’re holding her without bail. Even murderers get bail.

What we’re dealing with here is the criminalization of Christianity in action. Remember, we’re talking about the party currently infesting the White House being the party that booed God during the last presidential cycle at their convention. Remember that one?

All this is about  is the left rebelling against Christianity. Nothing more than that. Not rebelling against religion in general, but Christianity. If it were religion in general, theyd be  rebelling against Islam as well, and they are not. Rather we have the left openly  welcoming Shariah law.  Until such time as you get your arms around that, none of the rest of this is going to make sense.

And no, I’m not kidding here.  Ponder this question ….What kind of reaction would we see were Kim Davis a Muslim? Would they be hauled off to jail?

I was curious to see if anybody else that addressed that question, so I went wadeing through maybe a gigabyte worth of data with the search engine to come up with one, and here’s a piece of it...

The answer, to reasonably aware people, is no, of course not. No lawyer would want the optics of sending a Muslim woman to jail for her religious beliefs. No gay couple would want that tied to their names in the media. The couple would have quietly found a different county to issue them a license (though that may be getting harder within Kentucky, as another county clerk is also refusing to issue licenses). Steven Crowder showed that Muslim bakeries were refusing to provide cakes for gay weddings. And yet we don’t see the ACLU rushing to condemn them and sue them the way they have pontificated against Kim Davis. Hmmm, I wonder why that is?

The truth is that in this day and age, the heckler’s veto has become self-imposed. Those who wish to look “tolerant” and “progressive” would never single out a group that they perceive to be “oppressed” – or has a radical contingent that believes in throwing gay people off buildings or stoning them to death. After all, when was the last time a Christian group in America stoned anyone to death? But we’ve already seen beheadings by Muslims in the United States. No gay couple would dare to challenge a Muslim clerk and have her thrown in jail for contempt – because they would always fear who might come out in support of that clerk. In contrast, the gay couple has no issue with pressing contempt charges against the Christian clerk, because they have no fear of her family or her supporters. And then Muslims who have issues with the duties in their jobs – serving or transporting alcohol, for example – are to be given “special” consideration.

Welcome to America in 2015, where the morals and legal responsibilities of Christians can be challenged in court, all because their detractors know that they are too civilized to use violence. Soft bigotry of low expectations, indeed.

It’s an interesting point. Christians are far easier target. In much the same way that rich women in furs are more often robbed than motorcycle gangs in leathers are. The robber is much more likely to survive the former than the latter.

As for the claim that Kim Davis was denying taxpayers services they have the legal right to, let’s ponder for a moment the specter of Lois Lerners IRS denying conservative groups tax exempt status, shall we? The woman still out walking around, free as a bird, getting or government pension. And Kim Davis is in jail without bail.

Unlike the IRS, what would prevent somebody from driving literally about 15 miles up the road to the next County, to get a certificate? This is not about denial of service, this is about forced acceptance.

And who among us didn’t roll our eyes watching the comical spectacle of the White House press secretary saying that nobody has the right to break our laws?

Leaving aside the fact that this is the most corrupt administration in history, including the IRS scandal, the use of the EPA for illegal power grabs, etc,, we’re not even talking about forced acceptance of the law. What we’re talking about is forced acceptance of a court order in support of homosexual marriage which is something to this day that still doesn’t have enough support to make it past a referendum.

Every time the question of homosexual marriage has come up in the legislative process, particularly by way of voting, it’s been turned down in massive numbers. Overwhelming. So this isn’t a case of the will of the people being forwarded, but the will of a few activist judges, and a White House that hates America.

The question before it is  when one is employed by the government, does one lose their 1st Amendment rights?  The answer the judge came to might be legal,  but is it right?

Lets be very careful  about insisting that there is no higher power than government , particularly where individual rights are concerned.  You may get your wish. Never forget, my friends, that every despot in history from Hitler on down had the force of law and government on their side. Everything they did was legal.

All that said, it does appear that’s the case that will be brought by Davis’s lawyers is not without merit. All is not lost.

It does appear to me that Kim Davis has legal ground to stand on here… specifically within the Religious Freedom Restoration Act that Kentucky and about 20 other states signed onto.  Eugene Volokh looks at this, in The Washington Post the other day. As usual with Eugene, his article doesn’t clip cleanly, because of the complexity of the issues he covers. But I advise you’re reading it.

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davidl on September 5th, 2015

Jorge RamosTo all three Dan Rather fans, aside from Robert Redford, Dingbat Dan is not gone.  Rather Dingbat has adopted a Spanish accent and taken the persona of one Jorge Ramos, from Ruben Navarrette Jr., Daily Beast:

That’s where Ramos—rather than submit to peer review—portrays himself as the only real journalist left in North America who isn’t afraid to speak truth to power. It’s where, instead of apologizing for breaking the rules, he insists that all journalists should break the rules more often. It’s where Ramos, in effect, demands amnesty for himself by arguing that he committed no sin.

Ramos and Rather share an over inflated ego, the idea that their personal opinion is synonymous for fact, and their right to speak supersedes all others. Ramos is still a Mexican citizen. He can legally return, and take Rather with him.