Afternoon Links

People change their behavior when you tax them? No way!

Four ways Obama could actually help the middle class, if he really wanted to. But he’d rather tax them because middle class savings are like blood in the water to big government types like Obama. By the way, when asked about taxing people’s 529 college savings plans, Josh Earnest replied that those people should just go to “free” community college. Headdesk.

If the media would like to apologize for fanning a non-existent race narrative that ruined people’s lives, the line forms on the left.

“Here’s a short list of things that are less popular than banning late-term abortions: “Acting” on climate change. “Free” community college. Taxing the wealthy. Building the Keystone pipeline. President Barack Obama. Future president Hillary Clinton. Every Republican who’s thinking about running for the presidency…It often seems like the only time the Obama administration opposes government coming between a woman and her doctor is when the latter is extracting a dead human being from the former. (Though, to be fair, occasionally those humans are terminated after extraction.)”

I actually think I’m becoming pro-abortion in some circumstances. For example, there’s a certain part of the Republican party (the part that is indistinguishable from the Democrat party) that needs to be aborted.

Obama threatens to veto bipartisan bill that would require federal agencies to implement regulations in the cheapest way possible.

“Health goth.” God I hate this generation.

Awful, but necessary. Like dogs, progressives need to have their faces shoved in their own feces so they learn the lesson.

Nooooooo!

As I’m sure you know, Saudi King Abdullah died last week and the UK embarrassed itself by lowering its flags to half staff for the deceased tyrant. The bad news is Abdullah’s replacement is a 79-year-old terror financier (of course) who suffers from dementia. The good news is Prince Mohammed bin Nayef was named deputy crown prince. If you like counterterrorism, this should please you. Nayef hated al Qaeda long before we did.

Israel’s strike in the Golan last weekend was as much a message to Obama as to Tehran. Iranian influence in the Levant is expanding rapidly, with American consent; no one in the Middle East actually believes that the Obama administration will stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon; and with the real prospect of a nuclear Iran on the horizon, no Israeli government can afford to have the IRGC set up base in the Golan.

Good for him.

Ugh, the French are terrible.

Holocaust-era violins play again.

Very sad. King Tut’s mask appears to have been permanently damaged.

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Afternoon Links

President Obama’s “Year of Action” cost every American an extra $567.

With the ink finally drying on more than 79,000 pages of regulation in 2014, many Americans might wonder what President Obama’s “pen and phone” will cost them. The answer is $567 for every person living in the United States. In 2014, the government somehow managed to publish $726 million in regulatory costs every day it was open, a pace that generated more than $181 billion in total burdens.

The main culprit for these incredible burdens is a usual suspect for those following the regulatory state: the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The agency published arguably two of the most contentious rulemakings of the year: greenhouse-gas standards for existing power plants and new ozone (smog) standards. The greenhouse-gas standards promise to increase national average electricity prices between 5.9 and 6.5 percent by 2020, and that’s according to EPA’s math. Considering two previous EPA rules that will also drive up electricity prices (Utility MACT and CSAPR), consumers could face a 10 percent electricity price hike thanks to EPA.

DOE’s regulatory agenda will also go after Americans’ paychecks. Every one of its energy efficiency regulations will increase the purchase price of various consumer goods. Its rule for residential dishwashers will add almost $100 to the cost of a standard unit, not to mention the $413 million in annual burdens. Americans interested in purchasing a new air conditioner or heat pump will be greeted with price increases of $17 to $23. Although under the radar, DOE’s regulatory actions pack just as much of a punch on manufacturers and consumers as any other agency.

For those worried about food prices, don’t worry. Regulators have you covered there as well. Late in 2014, regulators at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) implemented new calorie labeling requirements for vending machines and virtually every establishment that serves food. One of the last main planks of Obamacare, these $1.6 billion rules are guaranteed to raise prices.

This is bad. Very bad.

The Russians informed the Americans that they were refusing any more US help protecting their largest stockpiles of weapons-grade uranium and plutonium from being stolen or sold on the black market. The declaration effectively ended one of the most successful areas of cooperation between the former Cold War adversaries.

We should probably just do away with classes and simply assign grades based on gender, race, sexual orientation, etc.

No way, man. You’re telling me the government sucks at running stuff and “free” stuff isn’t actually free??

As is often the case, this person is “poor” because of her own bad life decisions, like not saving any money and buying a new car she clearly couldn’t afford.

Lol. The “I’m so oppressed” stories just get more and more pathetic.

Let this man in, FFS. God DHS is worthless.

LOL So believable! Breaking: Terrorist engages in Middle Eastern conspiracy theories about Western women and sex.

Wonderful

Good god, this law needs to be killed with fire. WTF Pennsylvania?

Lol. The market asserts itself, even in Socialist Utopia Hellhole Venezuela! Standing in line now a profession.

This is a genius idea and I hope this person becomes a millionaire. But progressives and their union friends will do everything they can to stop him.

Oh for fuck’s sake, America.

This is SO FUCKING DUMB. The idiocy of big government, micromanaging progressives perfectly encapsulated in one short article.

Obama’s atrocious foreign policy lies in his SOTU were too much for even NBC, which usually can’t get its peacock-feathered head out of the President’s lap. Speaking of the SOTU, it drew the smallest audience since 2000. There’s hope for you yet, America!

The collusion between our government and insane environmentalists to put people out of business is disgusting and unacceptable.

All the tears.

Obstructionists!

Dear Republicans,
If you get rid of this bitch, I will go one whole week without swearing at you.
Love, Me

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Music Monday

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Afternoon Links

Park illegally at airport, tape knives to your legs, buy ticket with woman’s ID. The January ‪#‎FourLions‬ Award for Dumbest Jihadist of the Month goes to.

Wow. Amazing story. A group of Cuban refugees have been living at Gitmo for over 50 years.

Britain’s ‘last Victorian,’ Ethel Lang, dies at age 114.

Disgusting

“24” might return…without Jack Bauer. No. What a terrible idea.

21st century America continues its trend of punishing the successful.

Our education system is a giant fucking failure, Part 68,167.

You have got to stop doing this, Europe.

WaPo says Obama’s opposition to deadline-triggered Iran sanctions is absolutely absurd. They’re right.

Kevin Williamson’s piece on the James Taylor fiasco is so great. My favorite paragraph:

The spectacle of the Obama administration’s dispatching Secretary of State John Kerry to “share a big hug with Paris” as James Taylor — who still exists – crooned “You’ve Got a Friend” is the perfect objective correlative for American decline: The pathetic self-regard of John Kerry and James Taylor’s Baby Boomers meets the cynical, self-serving, going-through-the-motions style of Barack Obama’s Generation X as disenchanted Millennials in parental basements across the fruited plains no doubt injured their thumbs typing “WTF?” It is the substitution of celebrity for power, of sentiment for analysis, of sloppy gesture for clear-headed commitment.We’re responding to barbarism from the seventh century with soft rock from the 1970s.

Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who led the opposition to Iranian infiltration of the Americas, found dead hours before he was to reveal details on cover-up deal with Iran on ’94 bombing. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

Meanwhile, Israel is taking care of business.

I praised Eric Holder for doing something good last week, but of course it was too good to be true.

Well, this needs to be stopped immediately.

This is the most glorious thing I have ever read.

Iran is taking over Yemen, Obama’s foreign policy “success story.”

Obama just released another known al Qaeda operative from prison in the U.S. and repatriated him to Qatar (which has a history of “losing” such people) without explanation.

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Afternoon Links

An interview with the great Thomas Sowell.

SHE’S FUCKING KOREAN. And she’s mocking a brutal dictator who tortures her people. Really, liberals, really?

Coming soon from the IRS: slower refunds, worse customer service and greater risk of identity theft. Yay!

Reason #55 why the Ex-Im Bank needs to be killed with fire.

Les Gelb says Obama needs to fire his natsec team. He’s right, but it won’t happen. People don’t really get how bad it is, but FP/natsec people I know – including many liberals – are utterly terrified by the White House’s staggering incompetence.

Oxford University Press: Authors shouldn’t talk about pork because it might offend people.

You can’t defeat an enemy you won’t name.

Canadians have decided they want a say in who lives in their country and have designed their immigration system to attract the educated and employed. What madness!

Is this allowed under the JPOA implementation agreement? I wish we knew, but it’s still secret!

LOL Thousands of constitutionally illiterate “Science Lovers! (TM)” want the President to kick a Senator off a Senatorial Committee.

Yes, all of this. Defending free society requires giant, man balls and the Pajama Boy Left doesn’t have any.

Yes, perfect, if only. If the media treated Democrats the way they treat Republicans: 20 Questions for 2016 Democratic Primary Candidates.

In case you needed a reminder that every single aspect of Obama’s Syria policy is an epic failure.

The Left’s favorite Pope believes free speech ends at insulting religion.

The State has gone insane.

What a vile, reprehensible worldview this woman has.  As Kevin Williamson accurately put it: “Amanda Marcotte, Eugenicist.”

Awesome!

Women’s college cancels ‘Vagina Monologues’ because it excludes women who don’t have vaginas (a thing that doesn’t exist, by the way). We are through the looking glass.

I’m glad we’ve solved so any of our pressing problems that we can finally focus on important shit like this.

Salon posts an endorsement of incest because of course.

Lol. Idiot at TNR reviews a film he admits – halfway through – he hasn’t even seen.

On his way out, Hagel throws some shade at the White House. Good for him.

It begins. “Trans-ethnics believe that they were born into the wrong race”

A less naive President would know that Castro’s “promise” to release political prisoners meant that they would just be re-arrested at some point, making the promise meaningless.

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Reminder: The SOTU is un-American garbage and you shouldn’t watch it.

Kevin Williamson said it best last year:

The annual State of the Union pageant is a hideous, dispiriting, ugly, monotonous, un-American, un-republican, anti-democratic, dreary, backward, monarchical, retch-inducing, depressing, shameful, crypto-imperial display of official self-aggrandizement and piteous toadying, a black Mass during which every unholy order of teacup totalitarian and cringing courtier gathers under the towering dome of a faux-Roman temple to listen to a speech with no content given by a man with no content, to rise and to be seated as is called for by the order of worship — it is a wonder they have not started genuflecting — with one wretched representative of their number squirreled away in some well-upholstered Washington hidey-hole in order to preserve the illusion that those gathered constitute a special class of humanity without whom we could not live. It’s the most nauseating display in American public life.

Amen, brother! Charles C.W. Cooke got the honors of writing the “SOTU sucks!” piece this year at NRO. From his piece:

As a matter of basic constitutional propriety, there is something unutterably rotten about the State of the Union. The essential principle of the American settlement, Thomas Jefferson confirmed in a 1797 letter, “is that of a separation of legislative, Executive and Judiciary functions.” And as far as possible, he added, it is incumbent upon “every friend of free government” to keep it that way. Why, then, each and every January are we happy to watch the head of the executive branch walk slap bang into the middle of the legislature and deliver an unchallenged, immoderate, and entirely self-serving lecture about himself and his desires? Why do we permit one branch to issue a campaign speech in the heart of enemy territory? How do we imagine we are serving the interests of fractured government by assembling all of its moving parts in one place?

Within the English system of government — in which the executive and the legislature are fused — such an arrangement would make perfect sense. Within the Madisonian system, however, it is little short of preposterous — especially when one considers that the legislature is accorded no opportunity whatsoever to push back. Explaining his decision to abolish the practice in 1801, President Thomas Jefferson contended that the new country should not tolerate a pageant so similar in nature to the British Speech from the Throne, and announced instead that he would be fulfilling his constitutional duties in writing.

Since the practical consequences of his 2010 electoral “shellacking” became clear to him, the president has spent a good amount of his time mocking the legislature’s claims to power — and, in such instances as it has had the audacity to disagree with him, promising to ignore it completely. “If Congress won’t act,” Obama has threatened over and over again, “I will.” And yet, in spite of these provocations, large swaths of that same legislature are at present preparing to smile and to holler and to applaud their great leader — even, it can be guaranteed, when he is explaining to them how he intends to usurp their prerogatives…It can certainly not be hoped that this chief executive will limit himself in the name of abstract, Jeffersonian principle — nor, for that matter, is it likely that his successor will, either. But why, one has to wonder, does Congress continue to applaud the charade?

As I’ve stated previously, I don’t think Boehner and McConnell should have even invited him this year. He has zero respect for the legislative branch. Why on earth invite him to come into your place of work and lecture and scold you? Masochists. Anyway, go play with your kids for an extra hour tonight or read a book or play Reason‘s Cards Against Humanity SOTU game. Do not indulge this desperate egomaniac and his tired, failed third-grade level ideas.

Gross. Get over yourself.

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Music Monday

Since our political class is very mature and serious

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…and because I really do like Taylor Swift. She’s the only pop star who seems like a genuinely nice person, is not a train wreck and writes a lot of her own songs.

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