Music of the season:
Celtic Woman – Carol of the Bells
If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 60 years ago, a liberal 30 years ago and a racist today. ~ Thomas Sowell
Something To Think About:
The News I Choose
Jeb Bush Is Dismissing the GOP Base at His Own Peril
Republican voters aren’t looking for reforms. They want to cut the size of government
Six months after President Obama’s 2008 landslide victory swept Democrats into power across the country, Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, and Eric Cantor sat down at a suburban Washington pizzeria to talk policy. They spent that May weekend arguing that the GOP’s best path back into power was to improve the party’s battered image by advocating reforms for education, immigration, and the economy. Cantor saw the session as a rebranding exercise, offering mostly platitudes about having a conversation with the American people. Romney used the event as early preparation for his second presidential campaign, mostly sticking to talking points. But Jeb Bush came prepared with a slew of creative proposals to test out at the town hall, like charging lower tuition to students pursuing high-end degrees in engineering and science.
After the event ended, several reporters (myself included) chased after Bush to ask him the inevitable questions about his interest in running for president. He was visibly annoyed, lamenting that Washington reporters only ask about the political horse race and have no interest in policy.
The organization that Cantor launched (the National Council for America) never got off the ground despite the hype. Republicans won back control of Congress simply by running against an unpopular president, not by offering a set of solutions to fix the country’s struggling economy. Despite being House majority leader, Cantor lost his primary to an obscure opponent—in part because he overestimated the political reward of pitching lofty reforms and ignored the day-to-day dissatisfaction from his own constituents. In his second presidential campaign, Romney struggled to lock up the nomination against a deeply conservative field and was unable to capitalize on Obama’s mediocre approval ratings.
Other Republicans have talked in high-minded fashion about selling conservative reforms to GOP voters, but found there wasn’t much political benefit in doing so. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie became famous for his tough talk against wasteful government and teachers unions in his first term, but has all but abandoned advocating new ideas since campaigning for reelection. Lately, the famously outspoken governor has avoided policy questions on immigration (despite traveling in Mexico!) and on the Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation techniques. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has gotten little political traction promoting reforms on health care, energy, education, and national security, and he’s careful to frame his ideas in opposition to Obama. Once a supporter of the Common Core educational standards that Jeb Bush champions, Jindal now compares them to Soviet central planning.
Branco cartoon from Legal Insurrection http://legalinsurrection.com/
Thought those anti-cop protesters were peaceful? Think again
’Tis the season of magic, so let’s play pretend. Let’s make believe that only an itsy-bitsy handful of those anti-police protesters disrupting the city are hell-bent on mayhem.
To get there, you have to ignore the hundreds if not thousands in Manhattan caught on tape chanting, “What do we want?” and answering: “Dead cops.” They must have been in some other city.
You have to overlook those “shoot back” chants as well. As for that nut from CUNY caught trying to throw a garbage can onto the Brooklyn Bridge roadway and punching a cop — blame your lying eyes!
And pretend you didn’t see those “peaceful” protesters who were taped helping him escape, and kicked one cop when he was on the ground. Hey, the camera lies, too!
Jeb Bush: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Waterboy
Allow me to unite America’s left, right and center in just three words: No, Jeb, No.
Former GOP Florida governor Jeb Bush made the obvious official this week when he announced on Facebook that he’s “actively exploring” a 2016 White House run. Of course, he’s running. That’s what inveterate politicians do.
Well, I hate to break it to Jeb Inc. There’s no popular groundswell for Bush Part III. None, zip, nada. Independents, progressives and conservatives are all weary of the entrenched bipartisan dynasties that rule Washington and ruin America. Only in the hallowed bubble of D.C. and New York City elites does a Jeb Bush presidential bid make any sense.
The Chavez Revolution Is Over
Venezuela is going down
Officers chant “Chavez Lives” at their “Studies of the Thoughts of the Supreme Commander Hugo Chavez” classes. But Supreme Commander Chavez was killed by Cuban medicine and his regime and philosophy are on their last legs as the Venezuelan people have turned against his successor.
When Cuban medicine let Chavez die, it also raised a tombstone for the Castro regime. Chavez gave away 100,000 barrels a day to Castro keeping the Communist regime afloat. In return Cuban secret police, organizers and teachers helped keep the Supreme Commander in power. But Hugo Chavez is dead and his successor, Nicolas Maduro, is wildly unpopular. Venezuela has turned into Cuba with food shortages and soldiers in the street and no one wants to live like Cuba.
Not even the Cubans do.
Let Me Get This Straight…
Bozell & Graham Column: Wise Warren and Crazy Cruz
By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham
Senator Ted Cruz and Senator Elizabeth Warren are polar opposites, a Tea Party conservative and an Occupy Wall Street socialist. Then there are the similarities: both were elected in 2012, both have Harvard on their resume, and both are mentioned as presidential material. But the media’s read of the two demonstrates an unquestionable slant. Both senators have shaken up the Senate over heavy spending and regulation.
When Warren does it, she’s promoted as a profile in courage, standing up for fairness. When Cruz does it, he’s a selfish brat causing meltdowns.
On the December 11 “NBC Nightly News,” congressional reporter Kelly O’Donnell professed amazement that Team Obama would let bankers erode regulations on their financial dealings. “A last-minute addition that surprised many Democrats, who are angry not only at Republicans, but their own President, too.” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was angry, and “the liberal wing’s newest star, Senator Elizabeth Warren, was pushing back, too.” Warren was shown proclaiming “This is not about partisanship. This is about fairness.” You could almost hear the trumpets.
William Jacobson at the blog Legal Insurrection found another example in The Hill newspaper, reflecting the Capitol’s own tilt like a funhouse mirror. His examples were less than 24 hours apart. Warren drew the December 12 headline “Warren makes her mark,” and on December 13, the headline was “Cruz center of Senate meltdown.” The articles even had the same author, a hack named Alexander Bolton.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently installed a fence around Gracie Mansion for privacy and security concerns. De Blasio wants to make sure the wrong person doesn’t get into the mayor’s mansion — while New Yorkers said, “Too late.” Jimmy Fallon
Branco cartoon from Legal Insurrection http://legalinsurrection.com/
Report: Clinton State Department Pulled Strings for Mendendez in Pay-to-Play Deal with Dem Donor
Obama Calling Islamic State Terrorists the ‘JV Team’ Named Top Lie of the Year on Morning Joe
Thousands Flock to Arlington National Cemetery to Lay Wreaths in Honor of Fallen
Hypocrites in Follywood
Meh to the Sony Hack Attack!
However. All that said. The truth is, this is really much ado about nothing. As everyone now knows, Sony’s computers were hacked by persons or North Koreans unknown and — among other things — Sony Co-Chair Amy Pascal and powerful producer Scott Rudin were caught out dissing major stars and making jokes about which black-themed films Barack Obama would like. Pascal — who rose from secretary to exec — is now apologizing to Sharpton and anyone else she can find in an effort to keep her job.
Meh. I have to be honest: I hope she survives. I know, I know: if she were a conservative, she’d be crucified. It’s so true. But if I have to act like a leftist to defeat leftism, what’s the point? I’m sick of seeing people get fired for harmlessly mouthing off.
She didn’t call Obama names; she didn’t say he couldn’t do his job because he was black; she didn’t say, “I hate Obama because his skin is brown.” She made a few harmless racial jokes. Privately. Which were stolen illegally. A quick, “Oops, that sounded more stupid than I realized; sorry,” and back to work. For her — and for everyone in a similar situation.
Much as I too am enjoying the schadenfreude of the Hollywood libs I still believe in free speech. Unlike those aforementioned libs. I’m with Klaven – I don’t want to act like them in order to get at them. We’re better than they are. Or at least we ought to be.
Producers at Sony say that hackers have gotten a hold of a script for the upcoming James Bond sequel. Although if you really want to know what happens in the new James Bond movie, just watch every other James Bond movie. ~ Seth Meyers
Levin’s Epic Rank Rips the Republican RINO Establishment
Education as a Cause of Mental Health Issues
I believe whole-heartedly that millions of little boys have been the victims of academic child abuse. I believe that millions of parents are equally guilty. It is so much easier to drug your rambunctious little boys than parent them. This is a far bigger stain on America than the “water-boarding” issue IMO. And a far more destructive and long lasting one.
All Apologies: NY Mag And Rolling Stone End 2014 With Botched Stories