US destroyer en route to Black Sea for ‘routine’ drills – Yahoo News
Washington (AFP) – A US guided-missile destroyer is en route to the Black Sea but naval officials said Thursday it was a “routine” deployment that was planned before the crisis unfolded in Ukraine.
That’s all well and good, but shouldn’t we be spending that money on food stamps, unemployment payments, Obamacare, and universal diversity training?
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Chrysler orders 93 rare, early Vipers to the crusher | Motoramic – Yahoo Autos
The original Dodge Viper revealed in 1992 was a beast of a machine — an attempt by then-Chrysler exec Bob Lutz to revive the spirit of the Shelby Cobra and give Chrysler a world-class sports car. Powered by a massive V-10 with 400 hp, the early Viper’s brute force overwhelmed many drivers.
Today, the power that made the Viper a legend appears to be at the heart of an order from Chrysler to dozens of trade schools, demanding the immediate destruction of some 93 early Vipers, including a preproduction model that could likely fetch a couple hundred thousand dollars at auction.
This makes me sad.
I could have provided a good home for one of these beasts.
Obama might cancel impromptu family vacation due to Ukraine crisis: report – NY Daily News
Add “vacation-destroyer” to the list of unflattering barbs being hurled at Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The ongoing crisis between Ukraine and Russia has placed President Obama’s family vacation plans in jeopardy, according to a new report.
Well, that right there is enough to launch the missiles, isn’t it?
What a punk Obama is. And what buckets of spunk his supporters in the media are.
Senator Rand Paul topped the ballot on the first day at 29 percent. Senator Ted Cruz was running second at 17 percent.
Rounding out the top five were Ben Carson at 10%, Marco Rubio at 10%, and Chris Christie at 10%.
“The fact that the top votegetters in this year’s CPAC straw poll are young limited government constitutional conservatives bodes well for Republican chances in 2016,” said Viguerie. “The common trait among the top votegetters in our straw poll is that they are all “boat-rockers” of a limited government constitutional conservative bent – the establishment Republicans contenders are all at the bottom of the list.”
“In my view, voters are rejecting the Republican establishment and its brand of Big Government “me-too-ism” in favor of candidates who are authentic representatives of the grassroots conservative base of the Party, and it is that authenticity that put Rand Paul and Ted Cruz at the top of the straw poll.”
Following are the complete first day results of the ConservativeHQ.com CPAC poll:
• Rand Paul (29%)
• Ted Cruz (17%)
• Ben Carson (10%)
• Marco Rubio (10%)
• Chris Christie (10%)
• Scott Walker (7%)
• Paul Ryan (2%)
• Jeb Bush (2%)
• Rick Santorum (2%)
• Mike Pence (1%)
Note: Sarah Palin and Bobby Jindal did not receive enough votes to remain on the leader board.
Rand Paul has a natural leg up at CPAC, given that in many ways it is a convention for the libertarian-oriented Young Americans for Freedom and its somewhat more libertarian offshoot, the Young Americans for Liberty – which gave the top spot to his father,
Rand Ron Paul, several times.
New education plan: Take the “tricky vocabulary” out of the SAT exam « Hot Air
Global observers have been sounding the klaxons for some time now when it comes to the American education system. We’re falling behind all of the smart countries, slowly sinking into a comfortable swamp populated by obese couch potatoes who gaze into their smart phone screens with glazed over eyes. The kids simply aren’t doing well enough on the SATs and the future looks dismal indeed.
But this is ‘MERICA, people! We’re not going to take this lying down! If our kids aren’t doing well enough on the standardized tests, there’s a clear solution. We’ll make the tests easier.
Yeah, that’s will work.
We’re now a nation that values appearance over substance. Giving somebody a college diploma somehow makes them smart and well-educated, rather than incompetent and needy.
Eventually I expect the SATs to award 99.9% of the score for simply being able to correctly print your name on the test sheet. And eventually, American PhDs will be working for Chinese grad students as classroom assistants – because that’s all they will be capable of doing, despite their credentials.
The unintended consequence is obvious: the more you dumb down the testing process, the dumber your pool of testees will become.
Obama’s warnings brushed aside by Russia’s Putin
But the fast-moving developments in Crimea may mean that the ultimate question facing Obama is not what the U.S. can do to stop Russia from taking control of Crimea, but what kind of relationship Washington can have with Moscow should that occur.
White House advisers insist the U.S. could not go back to a business as usual approach with Russia if Moscow were to annex Crimea or recognize its independence. But that may be seen as an empty threat to the Kremlin after the U.S., as well as Europe, did just that in 2008 after Russia recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, two breakaway territories of Georgia. Russia also continues to keep military forces in both territories.
Come on. The only threats Obama knows how to make are empty ones. And everybody knows it.
These things are usually formulated as being a choice between being liked or being feared. But in Obama’s case, neither apply.
Poll: New York not thrilled with Mayor de Blasio – New York News
NEW YORK (AP) — Only 39 percent of registered New York City voters believe Mayor Bill de Blasio’s has done a “good” or “excellent” job during his first two months in City Hall, according to a poll released Thursday.
Aw. Well, sorry, New Yorkers, but you bought him, and there is a no-return policy. Next time, try not to be so stupid before the election. In the meantime, bend over and prepare to enjoy your newly-bought Mayor, good and hard.
Vermont’s Bernie Sanders readies 2016 run, blasts ‘Clinton type of politics’ | WashingtonExaminer.com
Progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders is readying a potential 2016 presidential primary challenge to Hillary Clinton, claiming that the “same old same old … Clinton type of politics” won’t solve the problems of the nation.
“I am prepared to run for president of the United States. I don’t believe that I am the only person out there who can fight this fight, but I am certainly prepared to look seriously at that race,” he told The Nation’s John Nichols.
Oh…goody. He won’t beat her in the primary, but he might go third party if he loses.
If he peels the Socialist Democrats away from Hillary in the general, she might well finish third.
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Best. Supreme Court. Brief. Ever. | Power Line
Steven Driehaus is the sore-loser Democrat who is suing Susan B. Anthony List for independent ads they ran in the election that cost Driehaus his Ohio congressional seat. I can’t imagine he has much of a case, but it’s made it to the high court anyway. O’Rourke and his co-authors, which include the Cato Institute’s Ilya Shapiro, defend the idea that opinionated speech is not only protected under the First Amendment, but essential to democracy. Such as:
After all, where would we be without the knowledge that Democrats are pinko-communist flag-burners who want to tax churches and use the money to fund abortions so they can use the fetal stem cells to create pot-smoking lesbian ATF agents who will steal all the guns and invite the UN to take over America? Voters have to decide whether we’d be better off electing Republicans, those hateful, assault-weapon-wielding maniacs who believe that George Washington and Jesus Christ incorporated the nation after a Gettysburg reenactment and that the only thing wrong with the death penalty is that it isn’t administered quickly enough to secular- humanist professors of Chicano studies. . .
I have a hunch P.J. wrote that passage. Just a guess. I could be wrong.
I’m waiting for Iowahawk, the funniest man in the Blogosphere, to write an amicus brief for the Supreme Court. On anything.
Driehaus voted for Obamacare, which the Susan B. Anthony List said was the equivalent of voting for taxpayer- funded abortion. Amici are unsure how true the allegation is given that the healthcare law seems to change daily, but it certainly isn’t as truthy as calling a mandate a tax.
That’s gotta leave a mark.
Blog: Senate rejects Obama nominee for DoJ Civil Rights Division
Seven Senate Democrats joined with Republicans to deliver a humiliating defeat to President Obama and to the far left race demagogues. Debo P. Adegbile, head of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, and an avid supporter of convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu Jamal, failed to receive confirmation as the next head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, despite operating under the new rules instituted by Harry Reid requiring only a simple majority for confirmation. It is the first defeat for an Obama nominee under the simple majority system.
I’m sure the Leftards in their usual swamps are having a bout of terminal cranial explosions over this, but I don’t care enough to go over and laugh at them. Here’s how pathetic they are: Even with Dem Head Thug Harry Reid tilting the playing field for him, Obama still couldn’t get one of his favorite Commie hacks confirmed.
Not only does Putin have Obama’s number, Congress may be starting to get it as well. Although I wouldn’t bet on it. They are neither as smart or as tough as Putin. Most of them, at least.
Fox News Poll: Obama’s Approval Rating Hits New Low of 38%
But the other parts of the agenda regarding the stigmatization of homosexuality: Those are now simply radioactive. Those will have to be jettisoned, at least on a political level.
Russian President Vladimir Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize – NY Daily News
Invade Ukraine and get nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
It was all in a day’s work for Russian strongman Vladimir Putin, whose name popped up Wednesday among the record 278 put forward for the prestigious prize.
Putin, who is also known for his persecution of gay Russians, was reportedly nominated for helping defuse last year’s crisis in Syria.
If he wins, will it be presented in the proper packaging, that is, a Cracker-Jacks box?