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→ FrontPage Magazine | 29 Jul 2014 | 7:48 pm MDTA giant chicken learned a lesson about telling little kids to die for Hamas.
→ FrontPage Magazine | 29 Jul 2014 | 6:32 pm MDT"It can be hard to resist speculating that the harsh words about the President are grounded in truth."
→ FrontPage Magazine | 29 Jul 2014 | 3:20 pm MDTIf you seek to promulgate the legacy of Islamic colonialists who pillaged the Middle East...
→ National Review Online - The Corner | 29 Jul 2014 | 2:26 pm MDT
Senator Jeff Sessions (R., Ariz.) denounced the House Republican border bill as a “surrender to a lawless president” because the legislation does not include any language to prevent President Obama from expanding his unilateral legalization of illegal immigrants.
Here’s the statement:
The Obama Administration has openly declared its plan to implement a unilateral executive amnesty for 5–6 million more illegal immigrants. This unlawful amnesty—urged on by congressional Democrats—would include work permits, taking jobs directly from millions of struggling American citizens.
Any action Congress might consider to address the current border crisis would be futile should the President go forward with these lawless actions. Congress must speak out and fight against them. It must use its spending power to stop the President’s executive amnesty.
That the House leaders’ border package includes no language on executive actions is surrender to a lawless President. And it is a submission to the subordination of congressional power.
After years of falling wages and rising joblessness, American workers are pleading for someone to hear them. How can it be that our President is brazenly advertising that he will nullify and strip away American workers’ immigration protections, and their own elected leaders will not rise to their defense? Or to the defense of our laws and our Constitutional order?
There are other grave concerns with the Granger package as well: because it does not fix our asylum rules and loopholes, the end result of the additional judges and hearings will be more illegal immigrants gaining asylum and access to U.S. welfare. It is a plan for expedited asylum, not expedited removal.
Nor will this package make our rogue President actively enforce anything, coming nowhere close to the kinds of reasonable enforcement activities needed to restore the interior application of our immigration laws.
And finally, a package that is silent on blocking amnesty creates an opportunity for Senate Democrats to add elements of their party’s open borders and mass immigration agenda.
This legislation is unworthy of support.
→ National Review Online - The Corner | 29 Jul 2014 | 2:23 pm MDT
Well, this was predictable. Per Talking Points Memo:
Roger Pielke Jr. said Monday that he left FiveThirtyEight, ending a short-lived but turbulent stint with the site launched by Nate Silver earlier this year.
Pielke, a professor of environmental studies at the University of Colorado, told Discover Magazine that after editors at the site “showed some reluctance” in publishing his work, he told FiveThirtyEight managing editor Mike Wilson that “it was probably best that we part ways.”
Pielke’s time at FiveThirtyEight got off to a stormy start shortly after the site went live in March. In his first piece for the site, Pielke wrote that the increased cost of natural disasters is not the result of climate change — a premise that was heavily criticized.
Pielke wrote a follow-up to that article two days later, and Silver commissioned a rebuttal the following week. But Pielke only wrote three more piecesfor the site after that, all of which focused on sports and not climate.
The viciousness with which the Left will turn on its own if they step even slightly out of line really is something to behold. As I noted earlier in the year, Pielke’s hiring was met with a full-on freakout:
“Disinformer!” the Daily Kos screamed. “One of the country’s leading tricksters on climate change,” charged the Huffington Post. “Inaccurate and misleading,” was ThinkProgress’s measured verdict. Even that doyen of professionalism and sworn enemy of hyperbole, Michael Mann, weighed in, knocking his foe for his “pattern of sloppiness.” The pile-on was as predictable as it was unjust. At root, Pielke’s biggest crimes are to have walked at slightly different pace than his peers and to have refused to bow to the president. Pielke accepts the IPCC’s view of the climate-change question but suggests in parallel that man’s response is unlikely to have a “perceptible impact on the climate for many decades” and that civilization should thus adapt to, rather than attempt to prevent, change. Elsewhere, Pielke has corrected Barack Obama’s “science czar,” John Holdren, who has recently taken to claiming that everything under the sun is the product of global warming — droughts, hurricanes, wildfires — and who never misses a chance, in Pielke’s words, to “[exaggerate] the state of scientific understanding.” For this unconscionable resistance to fashion, Silver and his hire were marked for destruction.
Later, he would fall foul of Michael Mann. Per TPM:
The fallout was compounded after two climate scientists who criticized the article, Michael Mann and Kevin Trenberth, came forward citing emails Pielke sent them.
“Once again, I am formally asking you for a public correction and apology,” Pielke wrote to Trenberth in an email, which was shared with the Huffington Post in March. “If that is not forthcoming I will be pursuing this further. More generally, in the future how about we agree to disagree over scientific topics like gentlemen?”
Pielke called the criticism “pretty coarse and perhaps even libelous” in his email to Trenberth, and he used similar language in his email to Mann.
“I see you quoted in the media characterizing my work, and in light of your ongoing lawsuit related to libel, I want to make sure that you have been quoted correctly,” Pielke said in the email, which was provided to TPM by Mann.
Pielke went on to cite three instances in which he claimed Mann engaged in “false and potentially libelous smears.”
In an interview with Discover Magazine, published yesterday, Pielke was resolute, suggesting that Nate Silver should have shown more “editorial backbone” and explaining that he could not fulfill his role if was expected to self-censor. “Seeing a campaign organized to have me fired from 538 also taught me a lesson about the importance of academic tenure,” he told Keith Kloor. Moreover:
If a widely published academic cannot publish on a subject which he has dozens of peer-reviewed papers and 1000s of citations to his work, what can he write on? Clearly Nate is a smart guy, and I suspect that he knows very well where the evidence lies on this topic. For me, if the price of playing in the DC-NYC data journalism world is self-censorship for fear of being unpopular, then it is clearly not a good fit for any academic policy scholar.
Worst of all, Pielke argued, was the manner in which respected academics and journalists piled on. While the vitriol that was pushed his way, he said, was “a pretty strong indication that (a) your arguments matter and (b) people have a hard time countering them on their merits,” he was surprised to see the likes of Paul Krugman and John Holdren jumping in. “That they make such false claims with apparently no consequences says something about the nature of debate surrounding climate.” Indeed it does. But does it really matter? Ultimately, Krugman, Holdren, and all of the other sordid little conductors of the hive-minded mob got exactly what they wanted – ensuring in the process that the next editor who thinks it might be fun to include someone heteredox on his team will quickly see his outlet condemned in toto. Another win for the machine.
→ National Review Online - The Corner | 29 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm MDT
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→ National Review Online - The Corner | 29 Jul 2014 | 1:35 pm MDT
House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) accused Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) of making a “deceitful and cynical attempt to derail” the House Republicans border crisis package by suggested Democrats would add the Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration legislation to the House border bill.
Boehner slammed the door on Reid’s idea in a statement provided to National Review Online:
“Senator Reid, embarrassed that he cannot strong-arm the Senate into passing the blank check President Obama demanded, is making a deceitful and cynical attempt to derail the House’s common-sense solution. So let me be as clear as I can be with Senator Reid: the House of Representatives will not take up the Senate immigration reform bill or accept it back from the Senate in any fashion. Nor will we accept any attempt to add any other comprehensive immigration reform bill or anything like it, including the DREAM Act, to the House’s targeted legislation, which is meant to fix the actual problems causing the border crisis. Such measures have no place in the effort to solve this crisis, and any attempt to exploit this crisis by adding such measures will run into a brick wall in the People’s House.”
“While the White House has abandoned all pretense of governing and the Senate is doing almost nothing to address our struggling economy, Republicans remain committed to addressing the American people’s priorities, and that includes passing a responsible bill this week to help secure our border and return these children safely to their home countries.”
→ National Review Online - The Corner | 29 Jul 2014 | 1:31 pm MDT
Charlie A. Dooley, the county executive for St. Louis County, Missouri, has apparently decided to follow President Obama’s example, and simply sign an executive order when the legislature (in his case, the county council rather than Congress) won’t do his bidding. He then vetoed a subsequent bill because he didn’t like it as much as his executive order.
The executive order he has signed is Obama-esque in its content, too, setting percentage “goals” (read “quotas”) by race for county contracting. What’s even more bizarre, though, is that the reason given for his contracting preferences is to increase workforce “diversity.” That raises all kinds of additional constitutional problems and factual questions:
1. Has it been shown which groups are underrepresented in which workforce?
2. Has it been shown that all the companies being given contracting preferences have more underrepresented workers than all the companies that aren’t being given contracting preferences?
3. Of course, racial preferences in this context can be used only to remedy discrimination, but has the underrepresentation of some groups in the workforce been shown to be caused by discrimination?
4. And even if the answer to 3 is “yes,” are there no better ways to remedy the discrimination than the roundabout method of giving contracting preferences (especially if the answer to 2 is “no”)?
Another nice touch: The executive order defines the various favored racial “minorities” to include those who “Maintain cultural identification through tribal affiliation or community recognition with any of the original peoples of the North American continent, or demonstrate at least one-quarter descent from such groups.”
Mr. Dooley faces a primary vote next Tuesday, by the way, and it’s speculated that what we have here is some racial politicking by him.
→ National Review Online - The Corner | 29 Jul 2014 | 1:07 pm MDT
That’s Paul Waldman over at the Plum Line at the Washington Post. His post is devoted to excoriating Republicans, but acknowledges the cynical game the White House is playing here.
→ National Review Online - The Corner | 29 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm MDT
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) announced his plan to add the ‘Gang of Eight’ comprehensive immigration legislation to any border crisis package that House Republicans might pass, a revelation so likely to diminish conservative support for the bill that it suggests he’s trying to spike the House package.
“If they pass that, maybe it’s an opening for us to have a conference on our comprehensive immigration reform,” Reid told reporters Tuesday when asked about the House Republican border package produced by Texas Representative Kay Granger’s working group.
“He can’t do that, he doesn’t have the votes,” a House leadership aide said in response, dismissing Reid’s comments as an attempt to kill the bill in the House.
When a reporter asked if that threat might discourage House members from passing anything, Reid denied that he was “threatening anything.”
Reid’s remarks can only elevate the fears of immigration hawks who have urged House Republicans from passing any legislation.
“I don’t want to see a vehicle coming out of the House that gives Harry Reid a chance to attach the Gang of Eight language to it and then send it back to the House and say, ‘We have all of these kids that are down here pouring into the United States, and we can’t fix that unless you first pass amnesty,’” Representative Steve King (R., Iowa) told National Review Online to explain why he hadn’t introduced a bill containing his preferred legislative remedy to the crisis.
The original Republican members of the immigration ‘Gang of Eight’ have pledged not to support using the border crisis bill as a Trojan horse for comprehensive immigration legislation.
“Any legislation considered this year must be focused exclusively on addressing the current crisis, halting the flow of unaccompanied children crossing the border and preventing future waves from making the dangerous journey north,” Senators Marco Rubio (R., Fla.), John McCain (R. Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), and Jeff Flake (R., Ariz.) said in a joint statement last week.
Reid denounced Republicans for obstructing President Obama’s legislative priorities.
Moments later, when asked if he had reached out to House leadership in order to broker a compromise between the House Republicans and Senate Democrats, Reid dismissed the House package as “a meaningless piece of legislation that would only make things worse.”
A Senate Republican aide told NRO on Monday, even before Reid raised the specter of a Gang of Eight conference, that Democrats don’t want House Republicans to pass anything.
“I think what they’re doing is they’re sitting out, waiting, hoping, that the House doesn’t pass anything so that they can say that Republicans left town without doing anything on the border,” the aide speculated.
→ National Review Online - The Corner | 29 Jul 2014 | 1:03 pm MDT
Per the Times of Israel, here was the PA the other day:
The PA leadership issues a strongly worded statement against Secretary of State John Kerry’s ceasefire proposal, saying it “crosses all red lines,” according to Channel 2.
The Paris meeting on Saturday between the U.S., Turkey, and Qatar representatives was tantamount to an international gathering of “the friends of Hamas,” it says.
The PA is the only representative of the Palestinian people, it says.
Kerry has been castigated in Israel and the PA for drafting a ceasefire proposal deemed to undermine the Egyptian proposal, and to represent a capitulation to Hamas. Israel rejected the Kerry proposal on Friday. Kerry then flew to Paris and met with leaders from Qatar and Turkey for more consultations, and not with Israeli, PA, or Egyptian representatives.
I write about Kerry’s trip today in my column “A Hell of a Foray.”
→ All Gallup Headlines | 29 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm MDTAmericans are much more likely now than they were 30 years ago to say drinking has been a cause of trouble in their family. Those who acknowledge having alcohol-related family problems are less likely to say they drink.
→ National Review Online - The Corner | 29 Jul 2014 | 12:23 pm MDT
This is how cronyism works: A company wants a special privilege from the government in exchange for political support in future elections. If the company is wealthy enough or is backed by powerful-enough interest groups, the company will get its way and politicians will get another private-sector ally. The few cronies “win” at the expense of everyone else.
Here is one good illustration of this dynamic in action: Joe Nocera (though I wouldn’t consider him especially reliable) says that the Chamber of Commerce will support Democratic senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana over her Republican challenger. For that, Landrieu can thank her stellar record supporting corporate welfare, including her recent endorsement of the Ex-Im Bank.
In any case, she already has the supprot of many Chamber constituents. The Wall Street Journal reports:
America’s biggest businesses have made it a priority to help Republicans win control of the Senate this year. But in a crucial race in Louisiana, they are doing all they can to help the Democratic incumbent.
The political arms of large corporations have given nearly five times as much money to Sen. Mary Landrieu as to her Republican opponent, Rep. Bill Cassidy, according to fundraising data compiled by The Wall Street Journal. Industry groups have run television advertisements supporting her re-election. And several big Washington trade associations that normally back Republicans, led by energy groups, are throwing their support behind the incumbent. …
“It does create a sort of a dilemma,” said Cal Dooley, the president of the American Chemistry Council, which represents chemical manufacturers and typically backs Republicans. The business association has bought television ads telling Louisiana voters Ms. Landrieu is “a proven leader who brings both sides together to get results.”
Mr. Dooley said his organization endorses Ms. Landrieu because “she has been a terrific supporter of our industry.”
No other Democratic senator has been as reliable a supporter of legislation backed by business interests as Ms. Landrieu. According to a vote scorecard from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, she votes more often for pro-business legislation than Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
There is a crucial distinction between being “pro-business” and being “pro-market”: Being pro-business often means being anti-market, as the Chamber of Commerce and Senator Landrieu, no friend of the market, readily demonstrate.
The only way to be pro-business and pro-market at the same time is to maintain an equal playing field for everyone. This means no special privileges and no “industrial policy.” It means that if you’re going to extend tax breaks, you have to extend them to every company, not just the ones that you want to donate to your next campaign. It means reforming our anti-growth regulatory regime to be lighter and more stable for businesses of all size and industry. It means finally eliminating the many subsidies that flow every year to a few American companies (and in the case of the Ex-Im Bank, foreign companies as well).
But that would take a lot of courage, because it means telling the Chamber of Commerce and other special-interest groups that they won’t be getting their special goodies anymore. Can our politicians muster that courage?
→ National Review Online - The Corner | 29 Jul 2014 | 12:21 pm MDT
If you were looking for straws in the wind, here’s one: Hillary Clinton said George W. Bush made her proud to be an American. If this sounds like an attempt to distance herself from Obama’s foreign policy, it sure is. If it seems new, it really isn’t. In 2008, during the long primary battle with Obama, she played up her American girl bona fides. But we’re not fooled. There is no difference between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama on foreign policy. Here’s a very recent example.
→ News | 29 Jul 2014 | 11:52 am MDTSen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) on Monday compared Hamas to the Nazis.“Hamas is like Nazis,” Kirk told Fox 32 after speaking at a pro-Israel rally in Chicago. “The more Nazis you got, the more Hamas you get, the more death you get.”When...
→ FrontPage Magazine | 29 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am MDTWhen leftist economic and social policies result in catastrophe, the architects of those policies typically cite the bad conditions as evidence that their programs simply have not been implemented as fully as they need to be. And voters, in turn, are persuaded to vote for more of the same. This phenomenon has a name: “The Curley Effect.”
→ FrontPage Magazine | 29 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am MDTThe murder rate for women in Turkey increased 1400%
→ FrontPage Magazine | 29 Jul 2014 | 9:32 am MDTHamas doesn't need to fire rockets from populated areas. It chooses to.
→ News | 29 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am MDTHillary Clinton declined to specify her net worth in an interview, sidestepping questions about her family’s wealth ahead of a possible 2016 presidential run.In the interview with Fusion posted Monday evening, Clinton, considered the...
→ FrontPage Magazine | 29 Jul 2014 | 8:19 am MDTIt reads like something you expect to see from Al Jazeera.
→ FrontPage Magazine | 29 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am MDTConservatism is nothing if not the recognition that actions have consequences.
→ FrontPage Magazine | 29 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am MDTThere's your Communist redshirt with a megaphone clutched in one hand
→ All Gallup Headlines | 29 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am MDTGallup's U.S. Economic Confidence Index dropped six points last week to -21 -- the largest one-week drop since last October, and the lowest weekly index score since December. Americans' outlook for the economy plummeted to an eight-month low.
→ News | 29 Jul 2014 | 6:04 am MDTMore Americans say Hamas is more responsible for the current conflict in the Middle East than Israel in a Pew survey released Monday.A quarter of the public said they think Israel has gone too far in responding to the conflict. Just over a third...
→ News | 29 Jul 2014 | 5:36 am MDTThe Obama administration has accused Russia of violating a landmark arms control treaty by testing a banned ground-launched cruise missile, according to multiple reports.President Obama made the accusation in a letter to Russian President Vladimir...
→ All Gallup Headlines | 29 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am MDTNearly twice as many Americans say they are actively trying to avoid fat in their diet (56%) as say they are actively avoiding carbohydrates (29%).
→ FrontPage Magazine | 28 Jul 2014 | 10:58 pm MDTThe media terrorist is as much a terrorist as the terrorists he defends.
→ News | 28 Jul 2014 | 12:04 pm MDTThe White House on Monday defended Secretary of State John Kerry, after charges in Israeli media that he was “capitulating” to Hamas in talks to broker a cease-fire in the Mideast."Israel has no better friend, no stronger defender” than Kerry,...
→ News | 28 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am MDTA senior North Korean military official on Sunday threatened to launch a nuclear strike on the White House and Pentagon, according to Agence France-Presse."If the US imperialists threaten our sovereignty and survival ... our troops will fire...
→ News | 28 Jul 2014 | 6:38 am MDTSarah Palin launched an online subscription video channel Sunday to take on the “mainstream media.”"Are you tired of the media filters? Well, I am. I always have been. So, we're going to do something about it," she said in an opening video posted on...
→ News | 28 Jul 2014 | 5:59 am MDTFor the second consecutive day on Monday, violent clashes turned back investigators trying to reach the site of downed Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine, according to reports, while the U.N. says the attack on the jet might be a war crime.The...
→ News | 28 Jul 2014 | 5:37 am MDTHouse Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) on Monday said he thinks Secretary of State John Kerry has led Israel to believe they have been pursuing a cease-fire without support from the United States.On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Rogers...
→ All Gallup Headlines | 28 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am MDTVery religious Americans continue to align with the Republican Party, while moderately religious and nonreligious Americans are more likely to identify as Democrats. These patterns have remained consistent over almost seven years.
→ All Gallup Headlines | 28 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am MDTSixty-three percent of Americans say they avoid soda -- a jump from 10 years ago -- and more than half say they avoid sugar (52%). More than nine in 10 Americans try to include fruits (92%) or vegetables (93%) in their diet.
→ News | 27 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm MDTThe conservative columnist George Will on Sunday said the more than 57,000 migrant children who have crossed the border illegally should be welcomed to America with open arms.“My view is that we have to say to these children, ‘Welcome to America....
→ All Gallup Headlines | 26 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am MDTRead about Americans' views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, how U.S. consumers are trying to cut costs this summer, Russians' most trusted news source, and more in this week's review.
→ All Gallup Headlines | 25 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am MDTForty-five percent of Americans worry about their weight all or some of the time, remaining near the level of worry expressed in recent years. Another 29% of Americans are currently trying to lose weight, mainly for health reasons.
→ All Gallup Headlines | 25 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am MDTBefore the plane crash in Ukraine last week, most Russians were following the events in Ukraine and Crimea. They were most likely to see their state media as a reliable source for news about it then; few trust Western media.
→ All Gallup Headlines | 24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm MDTAmericans are divided on whether Israel's recent actions against Hamas are justified, but overwhelmingly see Hamas' actions against Israel as unjustified. These results echo what Gallup has found in the past.
→ All Gallup Headlines | 24 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am MDTOne in five U.S. microbusiness owners report taking no vacation days in the past year, with another 21% saying they took a week or less. Half of those who took no vacation days say they don't expect to take any in the next 12 months either.