Piers Morgan wasn’t that interested in his CNN show anyway, he saysPosted March 3, 2014 at 12:18 pm by Eddie Scarry
“I’ll make a deal to do 20 or 25 shows a year (at CNN), all interviews with big names. That’s what I wanted to do in the first place, not reports on snow storms and that kind of thing.”– Outgoing CNN primetime host Piers Morgan, who’s show is being canceled for low ratings; Morgan said last week that he was “ready to move on” after news broke that his show would be ending [Showbiz 411]
Washington Post: global democracy ‘receding’ under ObamaPosted March 3, 2014 at 11:50 am by Eddie Scarry
The editorial board at the Washington Post hasn’t been a forgiving one on President Obama‘s foreign policy positions. According to the paper, Obama “failed” on Egypt, he was “weak” on Syria and showed “an extraordinary lack of leadership” in that country.
Turning up the heat, the Post editorializes Monday on the conflict between Ukraine and Russia:
FOR FIVE YEARS, President Obama has led a foreign policy based more on how he thinks the world should operate than on reality. It was a world in which “the tide of war is receding” and the United States could, without much risk, radically reduce the size of its armed forces. Other leaders, in this vision, would behave rationally and in the interest of their people and the world. Invasions, brute force, great-power games and shifting alliances — these were things of the past. Secretary of State John F. Kerry displayed this mindset on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday when he said, of Russia’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine, “It’s a 19th century act in the 21st century.”
That’s a nice thought, and we all know what he means. …
But it’s also true that, as long as some leaders play by what Mr. Kerry dismisses as 19th-century rules, the United States can’t pretend that the only game is in another arena altogether. Military strength, trustworthiness as an ally, staying power in difficult corners of the world such as Afghanistan — these still matter, much as we might wish they did not. While the United States has been retrenching, the tide of democracy in the world, which once seemed inexorable, has been receding. In the long run, that’s harmful to U.S. national security, too.
(Update) Michelle Obama to talk importance of education in China: reportPosted March 3, 2014 at 11:20 am by Eddie Scarry
The Associated Press reports:
In an announcement Monday on the White House blog, the first lady says a China visit is important because it is the most populous country in the world, with more than 1.3 billion people, and plays an important role on the world stage.
The White House says Mrs. Obama will travel from March 19-26. …
In China this month, Mrs. Obama will focus on the power and importance of education, including in her own life, during visits to a high school and a university in Beijing, and a high school in Chengdu.
As an aside, TheBlaze Blog was unable to locate the White House blog post referred to in this report.
Update: An official White House announcement was released shortly after this post published. “During the trip to China, as on previous international trips to Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America, the First Lady will be focusing on the power and importance of education, both in her own life and in the lives of young people in both countries,” read the release.
Our four favorite quotes about ObamacarePosted March 3, 2014 at 10:49 am by Guest Post
POST PRESENTED BY: CommonSenseCare.com
So much has been said about the infamous Obamacare legislation currently being implemented across America. So many things, in fact, that we wanted to take a moment to celebrate the most absurd, astounding and incomprehensible statements made about this bill.
Here are a few of our favorites:
1. “You know, so much of what we see in the news is negative. But you know what? It’s not negative. This is the most positive thing that this country has done since the civil rights legislation that was passed back in the ’60s.”
- Ed Schultz on MSNBC’s The Ed Show, August 26, 2013.
While Ed may think this legislation is the best thing the United States has accomplished in more than five decades, many Americans would disagree. Higher premiums and less choice do not equate with greatness for the many in our nation struggling to pay bills and balance a household budget.
2. “If you get sick, America, the Republican health care plan is this: Die quickly.”
- Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.)
Alan Grayson, best known for losing $18 million in an investment scheme and being generally reprehensible, uttered this nonsense while on the floor of the House in 2009. Some might argue minimum requirements for deductibles, co-pays, services and total out-of-pocket expenses are inefficient and violate our ability to purchase what we need in a free market economy.
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3. “There are plenty of horror stories being told (about Obamacare) all of them are untrue.”
- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), February 25th, 2014
To the many Americans who feel helpless, confused and frustrated that something as basic as health care and health insurance has become one of the most, if not the most, expensive monthly cost – the stories are true. For the 300,000 people who had their policies terminated by Florida Blue, they’re true.
4. “If you like the plan you have, you can keep it. If you like the doctor you have, you can keep your doctor, too. The only changes you’ll see are falling costs as our reforms take hold.”
- President Barack Obama, June 6, 2009
This is perhaps the most famous quote about Obamacare, delivered a staggering 37 times by President Obama or a senior member of his administration. Most customers who were sent cancellation letters were given a deadline of Dec. 31 to switch or they’d be automatically enrolled in a recommended plan.
While President Barack Obama stated the Affordable Care Act would lower premiums for a family of four by $2,500, this hasn’t been the case. On the HealthCare.gov website, deductibles are averaging $5,081 per year for the minimal-coverage Bronze plans. For some households, deductibles may be as high as $12,700 annually, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The folks at CommonSenseCare.com genuinely care about saving Americans money on their health care costs. As James Jones of CommonSenseCare notes, “We’re seeing real people being impacted in a positive way. I want customers to feel empowered to take control of their health care costs that we all have as middle-class Americans.”
NY Times offers marijuana etiquette advicePosted March 3, 2014 at 10:46 am by Eddie Scarry
We’ve reached that point.
New York Times advice columnist Philip Galanes is handing out tips on how to invite coworkers out to smoke a joint (in places where it’s legal). Galanes writes:
Let’s take our cue from the brilliant Joni Mitchell: “In France, they kiss on Main Street,” she sang — about a girl who dreams of bright lights and bristles at her mother’s small-mindedness. Feel free to visit any Denver shop that sells pot and use it in accordance with local rules. (Never drive high!) And invite along any colleagues you think may enjoy the trip. The great joy of travel is expanding our horizons, but preferably not before the keynote address (no matter how long or boring it promises to be).
The 11 principles of a Reagan conservativePosted March 3, 2014 at 9:41 am by Benjamin Weingarten
When Republicans seek to seal their political bona fides, the name Ronald Reagan, and the philosophy of “Reagan conservatism” is routinely invoked. Yet never has anyone put together a comprehensive guide to what Reagan conservatism really is.
Paul Kengor, professor of political science at Grove City College, Reagan biographer, and author of numerous books including the 2012 title ”The Communist” (published under our Mercury Ink imprint) and “God and Ronald Reagan: A Spiritual Life,” does just this in a timely new book out tomorrow entitled “11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative.”
Below are Kengor’s so-called “Reagan Eleven,” “11 specific beliefs that undergird Reagan’s thinking and action as a President and public figure,” that get to the “crux of what Reagan’s conservatism was about and what his emulators today might take to heart.” We include selected excerpts that give a picture as to what “11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative” is all about.
“this freedom principle was not just an American principle; for Reagan, it was a universal principle. Freedom was not the exclusive domain of Americans. Reagan said that freedom was one of the deepest and noblest aspirations of the human spirit.” All humans aspire to freedom. And when governments permit people to express their aspiration for freedom, especially in the economic sphere, freedom works. Reagan told the United Nations flatly, “the free market…works.” Conservatives thus needed to be freedom fighters. According to Reagan, conservatives should not simply be anti-big government or anti-communist or against high taxes and burdensome regulations, but, in the positive, “keepers of the flame of liberty.” By Reagan’s recounting, a conservative conserved freedom.”
…”There is, said Reagan, a spiritual center at the “heart of freedom.” It is there because each of us is made in the image of God “the creator.” It is this that is truly “our power” and “our freedom.” Honoring freedom was thus “redeeming” in the eyes of God. The Creator had created freedom. He had created man. He had created us to be free. Honoring freedom meant honoring the Creator and our divine right.”
2. Faith (more…)
Donald Trump hated the OscarsPosted March 3, 2014 at 9:28 am by Eddie Scarry
Watch the Oscars? So did Donald Trump. Hate the Oscars? So did he. And despite Ellen DeGeneres being almost universally loved across the country (TheBlaze Blog is kind of indifferent to her), Trump didn’t care for her as a host of the event, either.
A taste of his Academy Awards live tweets:
This is Amateur Night – who the hell is in charge of this production? #Oscars
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 3, 2014
Was President Obama in charge of this years Academy Awards – they remind me of the ObamaCare website! #Oscars.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 3, 2014
Ellen was so awkward and insecure last night. The pizza skit was terrible. She should dump Andy Lassner, a guy with no absolutely no talent!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 3, 2014
I have always liked Ellen, done her show numerous times, but she was not good last night – fumbling and stumbling!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 3, 2014
It’s worth noting that a “selfie” DeGeneres took and tweeted out during the event has broken the record, previously held by President Obama, for most shares on Twitter.
Rusty Humphries to the Washington TimesPosted March 3, 2014 at 8:42 am by Eddie Scarry
As part of its ongoing reinvention and expansion, the Washington Times is adding conservative radio talker Rusty Humphries as a columnist, blogger and online video contributor.
“Rusty is a rare and special talent,” said Washington Times Editor John Solomon in a release. “We are thrilled to have his wisdom and his good humor as part of our growing menu of offerings.”
Humphries’ radio show is aired on more than 250 stations and also airs on Sirius and XM Satellite radio.
The Times recently announced that gun rights columnist Emily Miller — who also serves as the publication’s senior opinion editor — will begin hosting her own radio show Monday, Mar. 3.
Opinions from regular peoplePosted March 3, 2014 at 8:17 am by Eddie Scarry
Submitted by Blaze reader MaroonBeard, reacting to Rep. Mike Rogers‘s Sunday appearance on “Fox News Sunday”:
How ‘Russia Today’ is covering the crisis in UkrainePosted March 2, 2014 at 2:11 pm by Oliver Darcy
A real headline on RT.com in the midst of the Ukrainian crisis: “Tea, sandwiches, music, photos with self-defense forces mark peaceful Sunday in Simferopol”:
Follow Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) on Twitter
This will make You cringePosted March 1, 2014 at 6:09 pm by Guest Post
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According to the International Labor Organization, 201.8 million people were unemployed in 2013. This is up 5 million from the year before. “If current trends continue, global unemployment is set to worsen further, albeit gradually, reaching more than 215 million job seekers by 2018,” the organization said. Factor in potential cataclysmic scenarios involving the Federal Reserve and you have a recipe for a global meltdown. But what does all of this mean for you? When you wake up to face an unthinkable scenario, will you be ready? In times like this, the last thing you want to do is rely on the government for help. Will you stay in your home or leave for a safer location? Once the disaster is upon you, will you know what to do?
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ICYMI: The week in books featuring Google, the Iraqi translator who became an American hero, George Gilder’s new economics and Fred Siegel’s new theory on liberalismPosted March 1, 2014 at 12:10 pm by Benjamin Weingarten
- Read an excerpt from the book Glenn Beck will be discussing with Google’s Eric Schmidt and Google Ideas’ Jared Cohen on this evening’s program
- Want to understand what’s really going on at Google? These 3 books on technology can help
- Author: What you thought you knew about liberalism’s roots is wrong
- These 28 quotes may completely change your perspective on economics
- The Iraqi interpreter who became the Navy SEALs’ most trusted translator and saved countless American lives
- 3 books to understand the Middle East from progressive shredder and author of ‘Londonistan,’ Melanie Phillips
- Guess what former Fed Chairman has a book coming out
Caption that photo!: Piers MorganPosted February 28, 2014 at 5:30 pm by Eddie Scarry
This week we learned that Piers Morgan‘s primetime CNN program would be canceled due to low ratings.
In memory we reflect on this old Burger King ad Morgan was featured in (the body isn’t his, according to The Guardian). As much as TheBlaze Blog loved/loves him…
Caption that photo! We’ll post the winner and a few runners-up soon.
Piers Morgan didn’t really want to do his show anymore anyway, he saysPosted February 28, 2014 at 4:13 pm by Eddie Scarry
Good thing CNN canceled Piers Morgan‘s primetime show. He was kind of over it all anyway, he says.
“I’m ready to move on, I want to do big interviews,” Morgan told TMZ in what sort of looks like an ambush interview but conveniently features gushing fans stumbling into the frame. “My real thing– I came to do the show to do big interviews. I wasn’t doing enough. I want to do less shows, more big interviews.”
He cited former president Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey as examples of “big interviews.”
Greta Van Susteren: Jay Carney ‘looks bored’Posted February 28, 2014 at 3:53 pm by Eddie Scarry
Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren, who just four months ago called White House press secretary Jay Carney “pathetic“:
I am watching WH Press briefing on GretaWire stream-Jay Carney seems so bored with his job
— Greta Van Susteren (@gretawire) February 28, 2014
We’ve requested comment from the White House.
Rough start for Ronan FarrowPosted February 28, 2014 at 2:36 pm by Eddie Scarry
After one week on the air, MSNBC’s new show “Ronan Farrow Daily” hasn’t done so hot.
There’s still plenty of time to get things right. Tyoung host, however, is far from being a natural broadcaster. As seen on his show Friday during what seemed to be a teleprompter malfunction (activate the audio by clicking the “x” on the top left of the clip):
And then there was this (more…)
What do you think of Geraldo’s $89 Nikes?Posted February 28, 2014 at 1:42 pm by Eddie Scarry
Fox News anchor Geraldo Rivera tweeted a cutesy photo Friday morning of his daughter Sol and himself at a school function. “With Sol at her school’s ‘Dad’s Disco Night,’” read the tweet.
Looks like it was a good time. But what really caught our eye was the pair of shoes Rivera was wearing to
matchaccompany his pinstriped blue suit and pink tie.
The shoes are something to be marveled at, for sure: grey sneakers that look somewhat similar to the boots his daughter is wearing.
Rivera told TheBlaze Blog that the shoes are Nike brand and that he got them from a Foot Locker store in New York for $89.
What do you think?
Have you done your part today to reduce your carbon footprint?Posted February 28, 2014 at 12:08 pm by Stu Burguiere
Have you done your part today to reduce your carbon footprint? No? That’s OK – I always find great recommendations on how to offset carbon emissions on the inter-webs. Like this from President Obama:
Just jump in your Ford Expedition and head on down to Home Depot and get a new energy efficient refrigerator and you’ll help cut carbon by 350 million metric tons! It’s initiatives like this that help the us lead the way in cutting carbon emissions. So how are we doing?
We’re told constantly that making small changes in our lives can make a big difference. We all want to be part of the cure don’t we? Suggestions for little tweaks in your life can be found everywhere. For example, The U.S. Energy Star program says that if every home in America replaced one normal light bulb with a fluorescent we can help cut carbon emissions. Sure you might think the light is cold and ugly, but it would be the equivalent of taking 800,000 cars off the road!
That’s a huge difference. (more…)
For your interpretation: Peggy Noonan editionPosted February 28, 2014 at 11:55 am by Eddie Scarry
From Peggy Noonan‘s Friday Wall Street Journal column, as written:
Conservatives sometimes feel exhausted from trying to fight back on a million fronts. A leftist might say: “Yes, that’s the plan.”
But the left too is damaged. They look hollowed out and incoherent. Their victories, removed of meaning, are only the triumphs of small aggressions. They win the day but not the era. The result is not progress but more national division, more of a grinding sense of dislike. At first it will be aimed at the progressive left, but in time it will likely be aimed at America itself, or rather America as It Is Now. When the progressive left wins, they will win, year by year, less of a country.
AP nails it on ‘mom jeans’Posted February 28, 2014 at 11:10 am by Eddie Scarry
The Associated Press does God’s work and defines “mom jeans” in a story about first lady Michelle Obama:
Mom jeans are an `80s style that is widely considered unflattering to women. They have a light wash, a high waist, fit loosely and are tapered at the ankle.
The AP’s writeup, based on an interview with Obama on NBC’s “Today,” includes a quote from the first lady saying she’s “not a mom jeans kind of mom.”
Author: What you thought you knew about liberalism’s roots is wrongPosted February 28, 2014 at 10:55 am by Benjamin Weingarten
Fred Siegel, scholar at the conservative Manhattan Institute has a new book out titled “The Revolt Against the Masses” with an intriguing thesis: liberalism’s true intellectual roots were actually anti-Progressive and perhaps more importantly anti-middle class.
Contrary to critiques by both Leftists and conservatives, who trace the roots of liberalism back to early 20th century Progressives or New Dealers, Siegel argues that the true roots of liberalism stem from the snobbery of “enlightened” intellectuals who sneered at mass American culture, such as Randolph Bourne, Herbert Croly, Sinclair Lewis, H.L. Mencken and H.G. Wells.
In Siegel’s reading, liberalism was actually driven by belief in the need for a Franco/Germanic-style aristocracy ruled by in effect Plato’s philosopher-kings.
Siegel lays out his theory in the introduction to “The Revolt Against the Masses,” excerpted in part below.
Snobbery is not new to liberalism. But the actual history of liberalism will be new to most readers, which is my reason for writing this book. The history of liberalism as written by liberal historians being either with the pre-WWI Progressive movement or, more likely, with the New Deal of the 1930s. In the plumb-line account usually wholesaled, there is a direct ascent from the Progressives to the social salvation represented by the New Deal to the Great Society and on up to the present. The Progressives, it’s said, were the first to show that big non-constitutional government could be used to solve big problems. After the yahoos of the 1920s put the country to sleep for a decade, leading to the stock-market crash, the New Deal rode to the rescue to establish the beau ideal for future governance. Conservatives tell a similar story, but theirs is an account of decent, from liberty into “statism.”
the political libido of liberalism…coalesced..in an angry repudiation of Progressivism and..Wilson
But the story isn’t quite true at beginning, middle, or end. The story of liberalism is more than an account of how the administrative state broke free of its constitutional bonds. Liberalism, like its rivals, including communism, fascism, and social democracy, emerged as part of the early twentieth century’s intellectual response to the newly emergent realities of mass production, mass politics, and mass culture. Like fascism and communism, liberalism was strongly influenced by the Nietzschean ideal of a true aristocracy that might serve as a corrective to the perceived debasements of modern commercial society shorn of traditional hierarchies. It was liberals’ claim to be an aristocracy based on talent and sensibility that helped define the 1960s and ’70s. It was then that highly educated liberals–acting, they said, on behalf of African Americans–pushed aside the social-democratic trade unionists within the Democratic Party. (more…)
Just a photo of Michelle Obama doing a high kickPosted February 28, 2014 at 10:24 am by Eddie Scarry
From first lady Michelle Obama‘s Twitter: “Let’s dance!”
Want to understand what’s really going on at Google? These 3 books on technology can helpPosted February 28, 2014 at 9:26 am by Benjamin Weingarten
In light of Glenn Beck’s interview with Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and Google Ideas Founder and Director Jared Cohen on their book “The New Digital Age,” we thought it valuable to pass along some book recommendations that provide an introduction to technology for the beginner.
To that end, Blaze Books sat down with George Gilder, President Reagan’s most quoted living author, pioneer of supply-side economics, winner of the White House Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence presented by President Reagan, author of over a dozen books including most notably the best-selling “Wealth and Poverty” (1981) and “Microcosm,” (1989) and recent titles including “The Israel Test” (2009/2011) and “Knowledge and Power” (2013), producer of the Gilder Technology Report and the annual Gilder/Forbes Telecosm Conference, Chairman of George Gilder Fund Management, LLC, venture capitalist, outspoken futurist and conservative intellectual (and much more), to get his book recommendations on a variety of subjects near and dear to readers’ hearts.
Below is part VII in a multi-part series, in which Mr. Gilder gives us the three books he would recommend on technology for the layman, and some commentary on each of the titles he selected.
And in case you missed the previous parts of our series, be sure to check them out below:
- The 3 Books George Gilder Would Give to Barack Obama
- 3 Book Recommendations for Janet Yellen
- If George Gilder Were Starting a Library Today, What 3 Books Would He Choose?
- A Pioneer of Free-Market Economics Gives Us 3 Must-Read Books On The Subject
- 3 Books to Take Your Mind off of the State of the Union
- These 3 Books Had the Greatest Impact on George Gilder’s Political Philosophy
Obama, O’Reilly and SharptonPosted February 28, 2014 at 8:55 am by Eddie Scarry
“If I can persuade (Al) Sharpton and (Bill) O’Reilly to be in the same meeting then it means that there are people of good faith who want to get some stuff done, even if we don’t agree on everything. And that’s our focus.”– President Obama speaking on his “My Brother’s Keeper” project at the White House Friday; O’Reilly and Sharpton publicly feuded in 2013 over the root causes of problems in black inner-city communities.
Daily leftoversPosted February 27, 2014 at 5:15 pm by Eddie Scarry
Nelson Mandela‘s grandson parties in Washington, D.C. [The Mirror]
Vice President Joe Biden gives autographed photo of himself to Amy Poehler. [White House]
Rosie O’Donnell “would love to” repleace Piers Morgan. [HuffPost Media]
Keith Olbermann: I don’t watch MSNBC anymore [Talking Points Memo]
Something very strange about Ronan Farrow‘s MSNBC set (his resume is pasted on it). [Twitter]
Convicted terrorist tried helping people sign up for “Obamacare.” [White House Dossier]
ESPN’s Kornheiser: Arizona “has become the most backward-looking state…” [Hot Air]
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