Boehner dismisses conservatives’ ‘ridiculous’ reactions to budget dealPosted December 11, 2013 at 5:21 pm by Meredith Jessup
Conservative commentators and advocacy groups — including the Heritage Foundation and Cato Institute — have come out in opposition to the Ryan-Murray proposed budget deal. But on Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner dismissed their critiques as self-serving and “ridiculous.”
Fox News reports:
The speaker was reacting to groups like FreedomWorks which have blasted the budget “deal” as a farce that jacks up spending in the short-term in exchange for promises of additional cuts years from now.
Boehner, trying to keep the complaints at bay long enough to win support for the plan in the House, lashed out at those organizations during a press conference Wednesday.
“They’re using our members and they’re using the American people for their own goals. This is ridiculous,” he said. “Listen if you’re for more deficit reduction, you’re for this agreement.”
Alan Grayson is looking for ‘friends with benefits’Posted December 11, 2013 at 5:04 pm by Meredith Jessup
Via Red Alert Politics:
On Wednesday morning, the Florida Democrat sent out an email with the subject line “TODAY ONLY: Friends With Benefits.” Inside, it detailed how Grayson’s “sustainers” — people who donate small amounts to his re-election campaign on a monthly basis — will now be dubbed “friends with benefits.”
“Because steady small contributions are so important to our campaign – because you mean to [sic] much to us – we’re going to start looking for something that we can do for you,” the email proclaimed. “Starting today.”
The first “benefit” that Grayson’s supporters will receive is being allowed to ask the congressman a question. He will then select some of the questions to answer in a video response.
“Of course, we would like to do more,” the email explained. “We would like to give every single Friend with Benefits a Lamborghini. And also a big hug. But that’s not practical, at least not at this time.”
Huffington Post confuses the state of Hawaii for a countryPosted December 11, 2013 at 4:30 pm by Eddie Scarry
An actual correction that appears in an actual Huffington Post story:
A picture is worth 1,000 words: ‘The NSA sure can be handy sometimes’Posted December 11, 2013 at 4:24 pm by Meredith Jessup
Spotted on Imgur:
Christmas analysis with MSNBC’s Abby HuntsmanPosted December 11, 2013 at 3:44 pm by Eddie Scarry
“Not only are they warm, they’re comfortable and they make a statement.”– MSNBC’s Abby Huntsman on Christmas sweaters (click the speaker in the upper-left corner of the clip below for audio)
Obama WH lectures McCain on ‘dangerous’ Castro-Hitler comparisonPosted December 11, 2013 at 3:32 pm by Meredith Jessup
President Obama came under fire Tuesday after the U.S. president was photographed shaking hands with Cuban dictator Raul Castro at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa. Arizona Sen. John McCain compared the gesture to another handshake in history and criticized the president for getting chummy with “somebody who’s keeping Americans in prison.”
“It gives Raul some propaganda to continue to prop up his dictatorial, brutal regime, that’s all,” McCain said sarcastically. McCain’s comments can be heard in an audio clip recorded by Todd Zwillich of The Takeaway radio program. …
“Neville Chamberlain shook hands with Hitler,” he said, referring to the British prime minister’s infamous handshake with the German dictator as Britain was negotiating Germany’s takeover of the Sudentenland. The agreement paved the way for the spread of Germany’s military across Europe.
On Wednesday, the White House fired back.
“I think even in the few number of times that I’ve stood at this podium, I’ve been asked about people who have tried to draw connections between recent political events and the terrible reign of Adolf Hitler,” White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said. “That is a dangerous and usually unwise thing to do in public.”
Parting shot, courtesy TheBlaze magazine editor Chris Field:
WH is going to be really pissed when they realize McCain was likening Castro, not Obama, to Chamberlain http://t.co/QCAY7yafNr
— Chris Field (@ChrisMField) December 11, 2013
Rachel Maddow gets a column at the Washington PostPosted December 11, 2013 at 2:47 pm by Eddie Scarry
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow landed a new gig: Washington Post columnist.
Starting this week, Maddow will appear on the opinion pages of the paper once a month for the next six months, according to an internal memo by Fred Hiatt, editorial page editor.
Full memo at the Washington Post.
The story elites who want to disarm the public don’t want you to know: Tyranny in TennesseePosted December 11, 2013 at 2:23 pm by Benjamin Weingarten
Every time a deranged idiot commits a horrendous atrocity using a gun, political opportunists, along with their friends in government and the media, shamelessly exploit the tragedy as a means of pushing their agenda to restrict our Second Amendment rights.
Progressives argue that the Second Amendment, a bedrock law crafted by Founders who had studied the plights of the great nations that had fallen before them and were acutely aware of the dangers of big government, is either irrelevant, or that “times have changed,” and we peasants should leave the important decisions to enlightened elites.
Whether out of arrogance (like former regulatory czar Cass Sunstein, who believes the government has the moral right to “nudge” its people into making the “correct choices”), or out of more nefarious motives, progressives fail to see the potential for disaster in their policies for the very “little guys” they believe they are protecting.
While progressives will use history to their benefit when they can contort a Jefferson quote or co-opt a Reagan one-liner, they will always conveniently ignore it when it does not meet their narrative. This selective parsing of history, one that permeates the public consciousness through a complicit media and academia, can have fatal consequences.
In Glenn Beck’s Miracles and Massacres, chapter 10 tells the story of one town in the post-World War II south where an armed citizenry was the difference between freedom and tyranny. (more…)
AP plans to be in Newtown on anniversary of school shooting, despite gov’t officials’ wishesPosted December 11, 2013 at 2:03 pm by Eddie Scarry
After government officials in Newtown, Conn., publicly asked the national news media to stay away from the city as it mourns the anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, several outlets have committed to honoring the request.
Not the Associated Press, according to Erik Wemple at the Washington Post. They plan on being there Saturday:
“We will be in Newtown on the anniversary,” noted AP spokesman Paul Colford in an e-mail. AP East Region Editor Karen Testa explained, “We have covered every aspect of this tragedy from the beginning. As we have from the day of the shooting, we will be sensitive to the families and the town and respectful in our coverage.”
CNN, the New York Times, USA Today, NBC and ABC also plan on either staying away from Newtown or covering it in minimalist ways.
Poll: 75% say public schools should celebrate ChristmasPosted December 11, 2013 at 1:37 pm by Meredith Jessup
You wouldn’t know it from observing how public officials have handled things lately, but according to a new poll from Rasmussen, Americans overwhelmingly support the celebration of Christmas in public places, including schools:
Despite school administrators’ concerns nationwide, Americans strongly believe that Christmas should be a part of public schools. They feel just as strongly that religious symbols should be allowed on public property.
Seventy-five percent (75%) of American Adults think Christmas should be celebrated in public schools, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Just 15% disagree, while 10% are not sure.
Media Matters: Obama ‘selfie’ controversy ‘sexist’Posted December 11, 2013 at 1:35 pm by Eddie Scarry
From the liberal Media Matters, which may need to lighten up a little bit over the laughable story of President Obama taking a selfie with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt at Nelson Mandela‘s funeral:
[The conservative media] used the image to concoct a sexist narrative that suggests that the only reason President Obama could possibly have to be friendly to the prime minister of Denmark is because he wants to flirt with her, and that portrays Michelle Obama as jealous.
With filibuster off the table, Senate Dems push through controversial appointeesPosted December 11, 2013 at 12:39 pm by Meredith Jessup
Under new rules requiring just a majority of senators to agree to proceed to final debate on most confirmation votes, senators voted Tuesday morning 56 to 38 to confirm Patricia A. Millett to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Later, senators confirmed Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.) 57 to 41 to serve as the next head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency,which regulates mortgage giants Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and federal home loan banks.
Millett’s confirmation adds a liberal voice to an influential federal court that handles cases involving federal regulations. Perhaps more consequential, however, is Watt’s appointment to head the Housing Finance Agency. (more…)
The great crime being committed against the U.S. that no one is talking aboutPosted December 11, 2013 at 11:47 am by Benjamin Weingarten
Novelist and Glenn Beck favorite Christopher Reich is out with a new financial thriller that merges financial sabotage and traditional terrorism into a devious plot to bring America to its knees. But besides producing a book you won’t want to put down, Reich has a more important message from his The Prince of Risk that he believes the U.S. public is missing:
“The Chinese have made industrial espionage, which means stealing our corporate secrets stealing the design of Boeing’s new wing or Pratt & Whitney’s new jet, or Oracle’s new database or Apple’s new phone…they made industrial espionage a cornerstone of their intelligence strategy and of their domestic economic strategy.”
In an interview with Blaze Books, Reich expressed his belief that this is “one of the great… crimes being committed against the United States that I am just surprised that people are not up in arms about.” Not only is the stealing of intellectual property and technology a conscious Chinese strategy against the U.S., “but I mean they don’t see it as illegal, they see it as patriotic to steal our secrets, and of course not compensate us for it,” said the author.
The Prince of Risk centers on a Chinese plan to develop its economy while simultaneously destroying that of the U.S. by infiltrating American corporations, stealing their technologies and setting up parallel Microsoft’s, Oracle’s, General Motors’, etc. in China, while using cyber-terror and more conventional terror methods to neutralize the U.S.
According to Reich:
“the point in the book is that the Chinese have really built up intelligence organizations within the country run by their army, run by their spy service to actively dig into our computers to hack our computers, and steal these industrial secrets so their companies can make these products and profit from them. And I think it’s an outrage that we should be much more aware of.”
More broadly than just the Chinese threat, Reich hopes that readers take away from the stranger-than-fiction novel that “we need to be very zealous in guarding our industry; in guarding the hard work that Americans put in to make our country great; in not letting other countries to simply steal our work without compensation.”
Liberal writer says Santa Claus should be a penguin, not an old white manPosted December 11, 2013 at 11:46 am by Meredith Jessup
A cotton-headed ninny muggins at Slate writes:
…Isn’t it time that our image of Santa better serve all the children he delights each Christmas?
Yes, it is. And so I propose that America abandon Santa-as-fat-old-white-man and create a new symbol of Christmas cheer. From here on out, Santa Claus should be a penguin.
That’s right: a penguin.
Why, you ask? For one thing, making Santa Claus an animal rather than an old white male could spare millions of nonwhite kids the insecurity and shame that I remember from childhood. Whether you celebrate the holiday or not, Santa is one of the first iconic figures foisted upon you: He exists as an incredibly powerful image in the imaginations of children across the country (and beyond, of course). That this genial, jolly man can only be seen as white—and consequently, that a Santa of any other hue is merely a “joke” or a chance to trudge out racist stereotypes—helps perpetuate the whole “white-as-default” notion endemic to American culture (and, of course, not just American culture).
Plus, people love penguins. There are blogs dedicated entirely to their cuteness. They’re box office gold. Most importantly, they’re never scary (in contrast to, say, polar bears and reindeer). Most kids love Santa—because he brings them presents. But human Santa can be terrifying—or at least unsettling.
3 books that will change your philosophy: faith, secularism and the American mindPosted December 11, 2013 at 11:43 am by Benjamin Weingarten
Melanie Phillips is an award winning British journalist and best-selling author, known for her vigorous defense of authentic Liberal values against those attempting to destroy Western society from within. As a journalist, Phillips is best known for a long-running controversial column on political and social issues in the Daily Mail, following lengthy stints at the Guardian, Observer and the Sunday Times. As an author, her titles include among others the best-selling 2006 book, Londonistan on the causes and effects of the growing jihadist population in Great Britain and her most recent 2010 book The World Turned Upside Down: The Global Battle over God, Truth and Power.
Melanie was kind enough to sit down with Blaze Books and discuss some of her favorite books. This is the first in a series of posts resulting from our conversation.
For those who are unfamiliar, Melanie initially started out on the left when she began her career in journalism the late 1970s. Over the ensuing three decades, her political philosophy shifted towards Liberalism, an ideological position that has earned her the wrath of European leftists on her positions on issues including Islam, feminism, education, economics and a numerous other areas. As such, our first question for Melanie was as follows: What were the three books that had the greatest impact on your political philosophy/political shift?
1. The Persistence of Faith: Religion, Morality and Society in a Secular Age by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
Inspired by Rabbi Sacks’ Reeth lectures, The Persistence of Faith confirmed to Melanie as she started down the road to Liberalism that “something had gone terribly wrong with the Enlightenment.” Truth had been trumped by sophistry, with calamitous consequences. The Persistence of Faith explains how Western society has been negatively transformed with the attendant societal ills including the destruction of the family, miseducation of children and other failures. Sacks’ book put these failures in context by showing how we eschewed the great historical thinkers, explaining with “luminosity…and brilliant clarity” how society steered off course. (more…)
Heritage: Paul Ryan’s budget deal is ‘thoroughly disappointing’Posted December 11, 2013 at 11:10 am by Meredith Jessup
Calling it a “sour deal,” the Heritage Foundation’s Romina Boccia offers these important points of information on “The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013,” a compromise bill sponsored by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., and Sen. Patty Murry, D-Wash.:
1. It busts through supposed spending “caps.” The way Congress operates, it’s ridiculous for Members to set spending caps. They just keep busting right through them. The deal announced yesterday raises discretionary spending above the bipartisan spending agreement forged in 2011 as part of the Budget Control Act. Spending for defense and non-defense domestic programs would be raised by $45 billion in 2014 and by $18 billion in 2015.
Once again, Congress has fallen into its old and destructive habit of trading more spending in one area for more spending in another. This is a bad “compromise” that keeps increasing spending, when just a little more effort to eliminate bad government programs and reduce wasteful spending could have saved taxpayers money instead.
Video: The year’s biggest YouTube stars come together for #2013RewindPosted December 11, 2013 at 10:37 am by Meredith Jessup
Person of the Year: The case for Vladimir PutinPosted December 11, 2013 at 10:03 am by Meredith Jessup
Don’t get me wrong: Although TIME’s “Person of the Year” title is inconsequential and utterly irrelevant, it’s nice that this year’s honor is raising the profile of an ardent pro-lifer and confirmed Catholic.
But the National Review’s Wesley J. Smith makes a compelling (and logical) case for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Sadly, he’s probably right:
Sad, but true: I think Russian President Vladimir Putin should be Time’s “Person of the Year.” He wrested leadership in the Middle East away from the USA. He made Obama seem puny. He saved his Syrian client Bashar al-Assad. He may win the Nobel Prize for the seeming dismantling of the Syrian chemical weapons (which I don’t believe for a second). He gave Snowden asylum in Russia and presumably now knows all that the turncoat knows. He has turned the Ukraine away from the West back towards Russia. Plus, he works well without a shirt.
Also, there’s this… whatever this is:
An interview with Christopher Reich, author of the new financial thriller ‘The Prince of Risk’Posted December 11, 2013 at 9:48 am by Benjamin Weingarten
In an interview with Blaze Books in connection with his new action-packed novel, The Prince of Risk, thriller writer and Glenn Beck favorite Christopher Reich provided the fascinating background behind his book, explained to us the meaning of the aptly named “scoot and shoot,” riffed on globalization and exposed two grave threats to America that he believes are simply not getting the notice they deserve. Below is our interview, which has been slightly edited for clarity.
The Prince of Risk deals with many headline grabbing topics: hedge funds, industrial espionage, terrorism. How did you weave the story together?
Reich: The main thread that runs through them all of course is money, and finance. And these days…nothing really moves unless there’s money behind it. Having said that, I was just drawn in the last few years, and I had finished writing this “Rules” series. I had written three books dealing in the world of espionage. And the intelligence community. And all the while I’d been of course reading about what’s been going on in the financial world. With the people, traders losing billions of dollars and Bernard Madoff stealing billions from his clients, and I just thought it was very ripe territory to go after – to write a book from there. And on the other side with the terrorism I had been working a lot, or have a lot of friends I should say in the FBI and the Secret Service and we would get together just to chat and as I learned what was the current kind of landscape that was going on with their policing I learned some very interesting scenarios that I wanted to put in the book too.
Give us your pitch: why should Blaze readers buy this book for the holidays?
Reich: Well I grew up reading the classics: Frederick Forsythe, Tom Clancy, John Grisham, and Robert Ludlum. So I was trained in the school of just edge of your seat page-turners. So I write the kind of book that I like to read. The Prince of Risk is just a high-octane, adrenaline-filled thriller that’s based in this world of high finance. And I think it’s just a very exciting and informative read, so I just tell people read the first chapter and tell me if you can stop reading. (more…)
Wednesday morning must-readsPosted December 11, 2013 at 9:15 am by Meredith Jessup
200,000 sign up for one-way trip to Mars
Bill Ayers: Obama is like an “imperial leader”
HHS downplays its own Obamacare enrollment numbers
Bill O’Reilly exposes Al Sharpton’s “dishonest” editing:
A dip into the pool reports: handsPosted December 11, 2013 at 7:43 am by Eddie Scarry
From a White House pool report filed by BuzzFeed’s Evan McMorris-Santoro, who on Wednesday morning covered President Obama and Michelle‘s arrival back in Washington, D.C., from their trip to South Africa:
Marine One touched down at the White House at 5:58 a.m. on a crisp morning. POTUS emerged at 6:01 a.m. with FLOTUS right behind him.
The pair held hands on the walk into the White House.
Holding hands and smiling. A change from the photos of the couple that made the Internet rounds Tuesday.
Inventor Kurzweil: No more disease, aging; printable replacement organsPosted December 10, 2013 at 9:47 pm by Benjamin Weingarten
In an article for CNN, inventor, futurist and author of five books including one of Glenn Beck’s favorites, The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence, Ray Kurzweil provided five staggering predictions as to what we could expect in the 2020s and 2030s, including among others major advancements in medicine and 3-d printing.
According to Kurzweil, during the early 2020s, “we will have the means to program our biology away from disease and aging,” as a result of the fact that medicine has become an information technology industry, whereby
“technologies to reprogram the “software” that underlie human biology are already a thousand times more powerful than they were when the genome project was completed in 2003, and will again be a thousand times more powerful than they are today in a decade, and a million times more powerful in two decades.”
With respect to 3-d printers, Kurzweil expects a quantum leap in applications and usage, noting that the early 2020s will be “the golden age” of 3-d printing technology, with “thousands of cool clothing designs that are open source and that can be printed out for pennies a pound,” and the ability to ”print out organs…[and populate them] with a patient’s own stem cells.”
Kurzweil developed the theory of the “Singularity” whereby he predicts that human intelligence and artificial intelligence will ultimately converge due to the law of accelerating returns in which technology increases in capability at an accelerating pace for a roughly equal cost each year.
President Obama sings ‘Jingle Bells’ in latest ‘Baracksdubs’ vidPosted December 10, 2013 at 5:04 pm by Meredith Jessup
The popular YouTube channel Baracksdubs has stitched together Barack Obama’s many speeches for this presidential carol.
They obviously had a lot of material to work with, but Mashable asks an important question: In which context did the commander-in-chief have to say “jingle”?
Video: Democrat congressman pans ‘naive’ nuclear deal with IranPosted December 10, 2013 at 4:25 pm by Meredith Jessup
“Believe me, we are all skeptical,” Kerry told members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. “But we now have the best chance we’ve ever had” to negotiate with Iran, USA Today reports.
“We’re asking you to give our negotiators and our experts the time and the space to do their jobs,” Kerry added. That means “to hold off with new sanctions while we negotiate. I’m not saying never. I’m just saying not right now.”
House Foreign Affairs Chairman Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., said he has “serious concerns” about the agreement. But Republicans aren’t the only ones opposed to the president’s plan. Rep. Juan Vargas, D-Calif., explained that while he was a fan of Kerry and once thought he’d would make a good president, the administration’s negotiated deal with Iran was “naive” and would not ultimately keep America and her allies safe.
NY Post responds to NY Times homeless series: the city is ‘too generous’Posted December 10, 2013 at 3:49 pm by Eddie Scarry
The New York Post is not impressed with a series on living homeless in the Big Apple that the New York Times has published, the first part of which tells the story of a young girl living in a shelter with her parents.
The Post editorialized Tuesday:
Yes, the family’s housing has problems, including mice and reports of sexual assaults and other crimes. But the Times and Elliott, like much of the liberal establishment, seem to think it’s the city’s job to provide comfortable lives to outrageously irresponsible parents. In this case, that’s a couple with a long history of drug problems and difficulty holding jobs.
Something’s wrong with that picture.
If the city is at fault here, it might well be for having been too generous — providing so much that neither the father nor mother seems much inclined to provide for their kids.
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