With Obamalot, it’s politics all the way down. Comes now a young (36 years old) nominee for U.S. Surgeon General who would seem to have little medical experience. Ah, but he has plenty of the political kind and that’s what counts.
“Since 2008, Murthy has dedicated his career to achieving a political agenda, forming groups like Doctors for America, which has lobbied heavily for ObamaCare. Miraculously enough, that political campaign seems to have now paid off and earned him this nomination.”
Bet that’s one non-profit the IRS didn’t harass. Apparently Murthy also is a prominent anti-gunner, which is why the NRA opposes his nomination:
“A recent letter sent to Congress by ‘Doctors for America,’ and signed by Dr. Murthy, urges mandatory licensing ‘for anyone purchasing guns and ammunition—including mandatory firearm safety training and testing.’ Under Dr. Murthy’s scheme, further regulations would place ‘limits on the purchase of ammunition,’ and establish a ‘mandatory waiting period of at least 48 hours.’”
Gee, now why do I think this guy is being nominated primarily to help promote more federal gun control? At a time when thousands of gun owners in New York and Connecticut already are risking their lives defying new state gun-registration laws. As Maryland‘s anti-gunner legislature considers a gun-confiscation scheme. And a nascent pushback from the police gets started,
It might seem a bit pompous of Kansas Republican Mike Pompeo to ask SXSW to cancel its much-advertised, long-distance interview Monday with Vlad Putin’s favorite foreign guest.
But Pompeo, the junior member of the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, a former Army captain and a West Point graduate, has some arguable reasons:
“The panel, ‘A Virtual Conversation with Edward Snowden,’ will focus on the impact of the NSA spying revelations and how technology can be used to protect privacy.
“Snowden’s ‘only apparent qualification,’ Pompeo wrote, ‘is his willingness to steal from his own government and then flee to that beacon of First Amendment freedoms, the Russia of Vladimir Putin.’”
Indeed, it is the only reason for the “conversation,” in which Snowden—having helped put SXSW back on a media stage that might be tiring of it—allegedly will answer questions from the Austin audience, even the unadoring kind. Instead of just making speeches.
Whether there will be any unadoring “questions” from the primarily leftist audience remains to be seen. Pompeo offers two the leftists might not think of: “including why [Snowden] chose to leak ‘purely military secrets’ with no bearing on domestic surveillance, and…the extent of his relationship with the Russian government, ‘financial or otherwise.’”
I never thought I’d get a pedicure, until old age and overweight made it difficult to cut my own toenails without risking injury. Not to mention my really rough heels that were destroying scores of pairs of socks.
So, at the urging of Mrs. Charm, I visited the Passion Nail Spa on Far West Boulevard, near the Rancho. I was one of the few males, but no matter. It was very relaxing, warm water, hot towels, foot and ankle massage and all.
I was surprised to discover the management and pedicurists were all recent Vietnamese immigrants. Apparently recent as none of them spoke much English. Turns out they are part of a trend these days in Vietnamese-owned nail salons. For instance, in South Florida:
“The nail industry will help stabilize the lives of so many Vietnamese from Vietnam to America,” Truong said. “But with the second generation — for example, my children and my staff’s children — they are not going to choose a career in a nail salon, because they will have a diploma and will be good in English, so they can find another good job.”
The Austin pedicurists smiled politely at my use of what Vietnamese language I could remember after 45 years—mostly hello and thank you—but they would, wouldn’t they, even if I was unintelligible. I got the $26 classic but next time (oh, yes, there will be a next time) I might get the $40 deluxe.
Now with toenails all nice and short and rough heels smooth, I’m more than satisfied. You will be, too, if you try it. And you should. Really.
While the so-called Conservative Political Action Convention chatted up amnesty for the illegal (mainly) Mexicans who will never vote for the GOP, across the street at the Uninvited Convention, Texas Republican Sen. Ted “Abolish the IRS” Cruz was calling the president a fool on the international stage.
“After calling Iran the greatest national security threat, Cruz said that ‘under no circumstances will the nation of Iran ever be allowed to acquire a nuclear weapon.’ He warned of the catastrophic damage that could be done if Iran exploded a nuclear weapon over America’s atmosphere…
“After saying that ‘no rational person is interested in a shooting war between the United States and Russia,’ Cruz offered a variety of solutions to the brewing overseas conflict, saying America should ‘immediately sign a free trade agreement with Ukraine’ and export liquefied natural gas there, which would create jobs at home and lessen Russia’s ability to use its natural resources as ‘economic blackmail’…
He said Russia should have been expelled from the G8 for its actions in Crimea and Ukraine and the Magnitsky Act should be enforced. He also said that re-installing the anti-missile defense in Eastern Europe that Obama canceled in order to appease Putin and Russia should be another priority.”
Makes more sense than the piddle Barry has done: sending a few aging F-15s to NATO and a lone warship into the Black Sea while needlessly whacking individual Russians with visa restrictions.
Proof that daddy Sean was good for something besides sucking up to dictators. Although there is a rumor that he also quietly helped rescue an American businessman from a Bolivian prison a few years ago.
Just can’t get excited about Russia’s pending annexation of Crimea. Do wish Lurch wasn’t so free with the billions of our tax money, handing it over to Kiev where the political corruption makes Chicago’s look juvenile. Not to mention the anti-Semitism.
Even Spengler can’t get outraged: “There isn’t going to be a war over Ukraine. There isn’t even going to be a crisis over Ukraine. We will perform our ritual war-dance and excoriate the Evil Emperor, and the result would be the same if we had sung ’100 Bottles of Beer on the Wall’ on a road trip to Kalamazoo. Worry about something really scary, like Iran.”
Did Lurch get congressional approval for the dispensation, or was that another of Wormtongue’s executive decrees? Who gave him that big of a kitty?
Nor can I get worked up about Wormtongue’s alleged lack of ‘nads on the subject. Bush Jr. didn’t call out the 82nd AD over Georgia in ’08, either. In fact, the ongoing downsizing of the American military is going to make such adventurism harder and harder.
Thankfully, maybe. Unless Monsieur Putin decides to annex Poland, it’s probably for the best. The world policeman gig is old and no longer very appealing to right or left hereabouts.
Via Simply Jews & Mouth of the Brazos.
It’s the wrong kind of science, see, the kind that contradicts Wormtongue and his cronies and makes them look downright dumb:
“Evidently, if there is one thing the Obama Administration dislikes more than conservatives pointing out the numerous weaknesses in the case for catastrophic global warming it is a Democrat doing the same thing…
“Combining this with Secretary of State Kerry’s recent factually incorrect statements about global warming, it seems the Obama Administration both seeks to unfairly suppress dissenting views and is increasingly anti-science.”
Has to be to back up the boss. Who said, we must not forget, in his SOTU that AGW “is a fact.” Like this congenital liar would know fact from fancy.
Even his AGW acolytes are getting desperate. Dr. Jeff Masters of Weather Underground jumped the shark when he turned to the Voice of Russia to back up his claim that this deadly winter is the spawn of C02 rather than natural variability.
It really could be, as has been said before by others, that everything Wormtongue touches turns to poop.
Via Meteorological Musings & Watts Up With That.
UPDATE: Some are beginning to wonder if global warming science really is science: “Real science does not fear those who challenge it, does not work to have challengers’ articles banned from science journals, and does not compare skeptics to Holocaust deniers or, as Mr. Kerry did in Jakarta, members of the ‘Flat Earth Society.’”