Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Victory! Boys born as boys can shower with girls in Kentucky school « Hot Air

Victory! Boys born as boys can shower with girls in Kentucky school « Hot Air: "As I have said before, I’m pretty sympathetic to the idea everybody needs a bathroom. But what kind of a society has priorities like these?"



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Juris Imprudence - WSJ

Juris Imprudence - WSJ: "We'd like to note one Segall-McElroy flourish that's tangential to their argument but revealing as to their intent. In the course of their discussion of the justices' papers, they write: "We still have not glimpsed former Chief Justice Warren Burger's papers even though he retired when Reagan was president, there was still a moderate wing of the Republican Party, and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA, now the subject of much Supreme Court controversy after Hobby Lobby) wasn't even a twinkle in Orrin Hatch's eyes." Hatch was the Religious Freedom Restoration Act's chief Senate Republican co-sponsor, but it was introduced by Ted Kennedy. The version that ultimately passed was introduced in the House, by then-Rep. Chuck Schumer. An earlier version was introduced in the Senate in 1990, by Joe Biden. The vote in the Senate was 97-3 in favor.

This was a thoroughly bipartisan bill. Are Segall and McElroy trying to rewrite history by presenting it as a Republican measure? Maybe not. Maybe they just didn't bother looking up the history--all of which we found on Congress's official website. But how can we take seriously their claims to care about government transparency when they don't bother to avail themselves of it?"



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Monday, September 29, 2014

State’s Marie Harf: ISIS couldn’t even have predicted how powerful ISIS would become « Hot Air

State’s Marie Harf: ISIS couldn’t even have predicted how powerful ISIS would become « Hot Air: "How much damage could the president have avoided doing to his administration if he had just said, “I underestimated ISIS and I overestimated the Iraqis.” His critics would have had a field day with it for 48 hours, but the media would have quickly moved on to another story. It would have disappeared in short order. Now, the intelligence community is out for blood, and the president has sparked a bureaucratic war inside the Beltway. Much like his response to ISIS, Obama’s underestimation of the intelligence community will likely prove to be shortsighted."



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Sunday, September 28, 2014

If Hillary were to pass, who do the Democrats have left? « Hot Air

If Hillary were to pass, who do the Democrats have left? « Hot Air: "Matt also looks rather dubiously at Brian Schweitzer and Bernie Sanders. (The Hot Air readership will now, I hope, join me in a moment of prayer. Dear Lord. Please, in Your infinite and inscrutable wisdom, allow the Democrats to somehow nominate Bernie Sanders. Amen.) One of the most interesting possibilities raised – and one which I think would bring joy to the hearts of conservatives and Republicans across the land – is New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. There’s no question that he hungers for the job, but the record he amassed on his way to the big office in Albany has, sadly, most likely disqualified him from national office."



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How Bloomberg's Million-Dollar Desire For Gun Control Is Backfiring

How Bloomberg's Million-Dollar Desire For Gun Control Is Backfiring: "“Still,” Lott said, “honest research leads to real answers—not the political spin Bloomberg’s groups prefer.” Lott says because of this “the gun-control groups don’t want an honest debate. I’ve challenged Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun-rights groups [Everytown for Gun Safety and Mayors Against Illegal Guns] to debates many times but they always ignore me.”

I’d found the same thing. While doing the investigative reporting for my book The Future of the Gun I spent a lot of time with police officers, gun-rights lobbyists, inner-city gang members, public-health experts, engineers at firearms manufacturers, victims of criminals with guns, heroes who’d stopped a bad guy with a gun … but though I tried and tried Bloomberg’s group wouldn’t even answer an email.

When I told this to Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, he said, “If the gun-control groups can’t control the messaging they won’t even talk to you.” Gottlieb knows all about this, as he’s been publically asking Bloomberg and others who fund anti-gun-freedom legislation to debate him for years."



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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Green war: To protect the environment, coalition will let ISIS keep major oil wells « Hot Air

Green war: To protect the environment, coalition will let ISIS keep major oil wells « Hot Air: "From a strategic perspective, the decision to leave ISIS oil fields intact makes little sense. A devil’s advocate perspective, however, would concede that it would not be wise to repeat of the devastation that was wrought in 1991 when Saddam Hussein set Kuwaiti oil fields alight. The environmental damage done by the Iraqi military’s maneuver was significant, and the move did reduce the efficacy of coalition operations.

The Pentagon seems eager to disabuse the press of the notion that they are conducting an environmentalist war. In a press conference on Thursday, a Pentagon spokesman suggested that the coalition forces were seeking to leave some revenue sources intact for the post-Assad regime."



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Ezra Klein: Despite what the conservative media says, Obamacare is working great in the “real world” « Hot Air

Ezra Klein: Despite what the conservative media says, Obamacare is working great in the “real world” « Hot Air: "Obamacare has shattered virtually every major promise its supporters advanced during the public debate of 2009 and 2010.  Premiums are still rising (sharply, in many cases), out-of-pocket costs are increasing, access to care is receding, millions have been unable to retain their preferred plans and physicians (with many more cancellation letters to come), the national health spending trajectory is still pointed upward, the enrollment process is still plagued by technical problems, major components of Obamacare’s less-than-secure website still aren’t built, nonpartisan experts agree that the law is harming the economy, a supermajority of Americans directly impacted by the law thus far say they’ve been hurt by it, and its overall approval rating has languished underwater by double digits for years on end.  “Working.” 

In Voxland, Obamacare is a success.  In the real world, it’s a mess.  But a lot of people who count themselves among the pro-empiricism, pro-science, “reality-based community” will never know that, because the voices they trust will never tell them."



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