Tag Archive: Barack Obama

Going Dark For A Week

So I’m off to the Land of the Big Sky tomorrow, heading out to Montana to visit some relatives. I will also be spending some time seeing Yellowstone and other national treasures before Obama leaves us all completely skint. That means I’ll go mostly dark for the next ten days: few if any posts or tweets. What little time I have for computers is going to be spent writing.

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Barack Obama: TV Genius

What the heck?

It seems like there are as many Emmy categories as television programs — and at least one of them is big enough to include President Obama.

Obama’s appearance this year on Between Two Ferns — a Web-based parody talk show hosted by comedian Zach Galifianakis — was nominated for an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program.

The president did the program in an effort to reach young

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Obamanomics On the March

The economy contracted almost three percent in the first quarter, the worst quarter since the end of the Great Recession. Maybe it’s a blip, but that is a scary number. I’m sure the Obama defenders will blame it on the cold weather but I’m pretty sure we had cold weather in the past. Eventually, this will be Bush’s fault. Or “austerity”.

This is horrible news, whatever your politics. While I oppose Obama, I want the … Read more

The Least Transparent Administration Ever

Go on, tell me you’re surprised. I dares ya. I double dog dares ya.

The Obama administration more often than ever censored government files or outright denied access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, according to a new analysis of federal data by The Associated Press.

The administration cited more legal exceptions it said justified withholding materials and refused a record number of times to turn over files quickly

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The Imperial Presidency, Reloaded

Let’s imagine the following situation:

In 2012, Mitt Romney wins the election. He tries to repeal Obamacare but the Democratic Senate won’t even take it up. He then tries to pass a bill reforming the law, but the Senate rejects him again. He then proceeds to, by executive order:

  • Delay the minimum requirements of the insurance policies until after the midterm election.
  • Change the date of compliance for the employer mandate and entertain the possibility
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    Lerner Takes the Fifth

    Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the center of the IRS controversy over the targeting of Tea Party groups, took the fifth amendment again today, causing a contentious end to the hearings. There’s been a lot of foolishness thrown around in the wake of this. I’ll point you, once again, to Ken at Popehat

    I’ve been seeing a lot of comments to the effect of “why should Lois Lerner take the Fifth if she

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    They got this wrong…

    Some scientists are claiming that they have found the most massive entity in the universe. From the article:

    The galaxy known prosaically as M87 doesn’t look like much. Unlike beautiful spiral galaxies (including the Milky Way), M87 appears as an orangish blob of stars through telescopes. Its only noticeable feature is the long streamer of gas emanating from the galactic center.

    The source of that jet is far from prosaic, however: It’s a black

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    The Pledge

    As you know, Obama invoked his imperial executive powers to delay the employer mandate for businesses with 50-99 employees. One aspect of it, however, has not caught much attention. In order to qualify for the exemption, businesses must certify, under penalty of perjury, that they did not cut down on employment to get under the 100 employee cap:

    This week, the Obama administration finalized a regulation that delays enforcement of the employer mandate until

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    The Threat of Liberty

    Via Reason, I found this article which digs into the spate of vehemently anti-Libertarians screeds which have been recently popping up on liberal websites and publications. Salon became a hard-core anti-libertarian site so gradually I hardly even noticed. Slate has been shifting against libertarians. The New Republic published a rancid little article trying to dig into the supposed libertarian ideals of Glenn Greenwald, Julian Assange and Edward Snowden. LGF and Balloon Juice have been screaming … Read more

    D’Souza in the Gunsights

    Dinesh D’Souza, who has written a book and made a movie heavily critical of Obama was indicted last week on charges of breaking federal campaign finance laws. The allegation is that he made strawman donations — reimbursing employees and friends for donating to the failed senate campaign of Wendy Long so he could exceed the $5000 campaign contribution limit. D’Souza has responded that he broke the law accidentally due to a “misunderstanding”.

    This has given … Read more

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