Public Option On Life Support

Thought it is not dead, it’s been wounded: A key Senate panel twice beat back efforts Tuesday to create a government-run insurance plan, dealing a crippling blow to the hopes of liberals seeking to expand the federal role in health coverage as a cornerstone of reform. In a signal moment in the increasingly fractious debate [...]

Quick Observations

Got home a bit late, with no time really for a lengthy post, so a few quick hits: 1.  You absolutely cannot threaten the President, even obliquely, and get away with it.  The Secret Service is right to investigate… 2.  A new Rasmussen Reports poll shows support for health care reform at its lowest recorded [...]

The End of an Illusion

Apologists for Iran have long insisted that there is no proof that Iran has bad intentions for its nuclear program, that it is peaceful, that those who say otherwise are engaging in the sequel to the fruitless hunt for Iraq’s nonexistent WMD stockpiles. Anyone who harbors that illusion any longer is the saddest of fools: [...]

Keep Your Hands Off My Behind!

I know, I know – I’ve been lame lately, with very few new posts.  But I can’t resist commenting on this outrage: There is a battle for America’s behinds. It is a fight over toilet paper: the kind that is blanket-fluffy and getting fluffier so fast that manufacturers are running out of synonyms for “soft” [...]

You Say To-MAY-To, I Say Tax-AH-To

When President Obama promised in the 2008 presidential campaign to lower taxes on the middle class, and criticized John McCain for pushing a health plan that would amount to the largest middle class tax increase in history, can I be forgiven a little cynicism now that he is trying to paint his plans as a [...]

What Can You Say…

…about the Texas-Texas Tech matchup tonight that hasn’t already been said?  The whole world remembers the conclusion last year, as #7 Texas Tech shocked #1 Texas on the next-to-last play of the game with the miracle throw to Michael Crabtree.  This year, Tech is unranked, Texas is #2, the game is in Austin, and Crabtree [...]

North America At Last

U2′s massive 360 tour has hit the shores of North America at last, beginning with two shows at Soldier Field last weekend, followed by two shows at Toronto (less than a month to Dallas now!). Here’s a clip from the 2nd night at Toronto, Until the End of the World. Can’t wait!…

Opposition to Health Care Reform Hits New High

President Obama’s bid for a game-changing speech to Congress does not appear to have achieved its goals.  Rasmussen Reports now shows opposition at an all-time high, and considerably higher than support: Fifty-six percent (56%) of voters nationwide now oppose the health care reform proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats. That’s the highest level of [...]

A Record Of Failure

It’s interesting that Barack Obama retains the almost universal support of Democrats despite his failure to produce any meaningful policy gains up to this point, as I’ve blogged about before (yes, I know, the stimulus was the miracle cure to the Great Depression II, despite the fact that no one can really point to any [...]

Life’s Rich Pageant

Some days, life is so tedious, you wonder how you get out of bed and face it all again…and other days, well, other days, the President of the United States calls Kanye West a jackass.  Now that’s the way to get my support, Mr. President! (Who cares if it was off the record?  He said [...]

Bottom Story of the Day…

…with apologies to James Taranto (who was on fire today, by the way, noting Obama’s fallacy of comparing auto insurance to mandatory health insurance for all Americans – if you haven’t noticed, auto insurance is not mandatory for everyone, only those who drive, and also Obama’s careless undermining of his own effort to rally support [...]

A Promise I Intend To Hold Him To

A key line from Obama’s speech tonight: [L]et me discuss an issue that is a great concern to me, to members of this chamber, and to the public, and that’s how we pay for this plan. Now, Here’s what you need to know. First, I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to [...]

Obama’s Speech Won’t Change The Dynamics On Health Care Reform…

…and it might actually make it worse.  Why?  Because the public remains against it, that’s the number one reason.  Well, you say, that’s the whole point.  Obama will use his remarkable charisma and oratorical skills to turn the page. Except that he won’t.  Not unless he fundamentally changes his message.  Why has support for health [...]

Another From The Master

In 1958, Capitol Records released Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely. Arranged by the great Nelson Riddle, and conducted by Felix Slatkin, the album is viewed by many as the artistic peak of the Sinatra catalog (though my own person favorite is “In The Wee Small Hours”). Like most of the great Sinatra albums, [...]

College Football Is Upon Us Again…

…and I know it’s for real because once again a Texas Tech quarterback opens with 400+ yards passing.  Not so lucky was Oklahoma, whose returning Heisman contending QB Sam Bradford went down early with a sprain in his throwing arm, and the #3 Sooners fell to #20 BYU.  Losing your opener is not the way [...]

No Place For “Truthers” In High Positions

I’m not a thought control kind of guy, but anyone who has accused the federal government of treason, as 9/11 “truthers” have essentially done, is not a person that needs a high-level job with that same federal government: A top environmental official of the Obama administration issued a statement Thursday apologizing for past incendiary statement [...]