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July 2, 2014, 10:18 pm, 1294348
As discussed in my post yesterday, there was a bit of a dust-up over a preliminary CBO report on the stimulus, with some questions in particular about how quickly the money would be spent. Bloggers on the Left insisted that the money would be spent quickly, and ...


July 2, 2014, 10:18 pm, 1294349
Could there be some toxic spillover to the Obama Administration from the Blagojevich scandal? Even as Bob Woodward hints that the First Family may have some nanny/tax issues waiting in the tall grass, there may be another more dangerous figure looming in the bushes. His ...


July 2, 2014, 10:18 pm, 1294350
The one thing Bill Ayers has accomplished in his life - besides fooling at least some into believing he’s just an everyday education professor - is to prove Andy Warhol wrong about everyone getting just 15 minutes of fame.

Ayers is working on his second 15 minutes and ...


July 2, 2014, 10:18 pm, 1294351
I promised earlier today to do a post on Paul Krugman’s latest article defending the stimulus, but I see Jon already covered most of it at The Next Right.

I would add a few more points:

The true cost per job of the Obama plan will ...


July 2, 2014, 10:18 pm, 1294347
For those of you who have wondered how the skills an infantryman learns can translate into civilian skills, I give you this answer:



Heh ... humor aside, this also demonstrates very well ...


July 2, 2014, 10:18 pm, 1294346
A couple of points about this article in yesterday’s NYT. First, the directive by Obama to EPA telling it to again review the California (and others) emission and fuel efficiency standards with an eye toward approving them:

President Obama will direct federal regulators on Monday to move swiftly on ...


July 2, 2014, 10:18 pm, 1294343
And he’s also none to complementary of James Hansen himself:

Retired senior NASA atmospheric scientist, Dr. John S. Theon, the former supervisor of James Hansen, NASA’s vocal man-made global warming fear soothsayer, has now publicly declared himself a skeptic and declared that Hansen “embarrassed NASA” with his alarming ...


July 2, 2014, 10:18 pm, 1294344
The more I hear SecDef Robert Gates, the better I like him. But the following came as a bit of a humorous surprise today.

Gates was on the hill answering questions from Congress when he was asked about the recent visits to Venezuela by the Russian navy. ...


July 2, 2014, 10:18 pm, 1294345
And no, it isn’t Bill Ayers this time, but someone much like him.

Yes, our old buddy Ernesto "Che" Guevara has been resurrected (again) in the newest adaptation of his life in Steven Soderbergh’s "Che." And yes, I use the term "adaptation" quite purposely.


July 2, 2014, 10:18 pm, 1294342
How can anyone actually take this guy seriously?

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner picked a former Goldman Sachs lobbyist as a top aide Tuesday, the same day he announced rules aimed at reducing the role of lobbyists in agency decisions.

Nothing Orwellian about that, is there?