Category Archives: Steyn

President Perfect changes the #Obamacare rules (again), to protect Congress and its staff

UPDATE – 9-24-13:

Coming down to crunch time, and Cruz is starting his filibuster in the Senate. Take just a moment to read the following post, and refresh your memory on just how thrilled our loving overlords in DC were to be living under the same laws as us “commoners”. 

—JTR

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I may be sick…

A few days ago, we had put up the following post:

Typical: Congressional Leaders exempted their staffs from Obamacare…

In it, we detailed how the staffs for both congressional and committee leadership were exempt from Obamacare, and how that was causing some consternation on Capitol Hill among everyone else’s staff.

Well, have no fear: Obama is here!!

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From Politico, via Erika at HotAir:

The Office of Personnel Management, under heavy pressure from Capitol Hill, will issue a ruling that says the government can continue to make a contribution to the health care premiums of members of Congress and their aides, according to several Hill sources. …

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#Egypt, the Middle East, and the ‘One-State Solution’…

Morsi - deposedEgypt continues to be embroiled in turmoil.

Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood have lost their shot at power in Egypt (nice job with that, fellas!!), much to the chagrin of our President. After all, Obama was one of Morsi’s biggest supporters, with the story of the two men playing out similarly to one of those old ‘boy-meets-girl’ trade paperbacks:

Now, no one’s quite sure as to exactly WHAT form of government will ultimately replace the Morsi regime in the long term, although the general consensus seems to be: probably something even worse.

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An exceptional post from Mark Steyn, …even by Steyn’s own standards

Yeah, I’m a huge, unapologetic Steyn fan: sue me.

Have you read his books? As far as I’m concerned, if someone doesn’t enjoy his writing style, insight & wit, well…there may be no hope for them.

This post? Great stuff; be sure to read it all. 

JTR

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Not the absurdity he thought he was exposing

-by Mark Steyn

Published: Dec. 28, 2012

David Gregory - Liberal HypocriteA week ago on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” David Gregory brandished on screen a high-capacity magazine.

To most media experts, a “high-capacity magazine” means an ad-stuffed double-issue of Vanity Fair with the triple-page perfume-scented pullouts. But apparently in America’s gun-nut gun culture of gun-crazed gun kooks, it’s something else entirely, and it was this latter kind that Mr. Gregory produced in order to taunt Wayne LaPierre of the NRA.

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The Incandescent Light Bulb ban, …and the ACTUAL Dim Bulbs behind the whole mess

I went to the store last weekend to buy some replacement 100-watt light bulbs….and I couldn’t find any.

Now, they had puh-lenty of bulbs: the squiggly, wiggly ones, along with several other shapes I’d never seen before. Plus, they also had a modest section of the normal incandescent 60- and 75-watt bulbs, but no 100’s.

And then I recalled, again, the Great Light Bulb Debacle®.

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If you need a refresher on this subject, or if you’d just appreciate a fresh excuse to grind some of the enamel off your teeth, here you go (h/t the Washington Times):

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Bullies on the Left

Do you remember a bully in your life? Do you also remember the first time you confronted him/her? Boy, I sure do…and I’m betting you do, too.

American culture has always celebrated the ‘little guy’ standing up to the bully. It’s been a common theme in stories, books, and movies ranging from A Christmas Story, to The Magnificent Seven, to The Ten Commandments. Such a fascination with rooting for the underdog isn’t difficult to trace: it’s part of our country’s fabric. The Revolutionary War itself was the ultimate story of standing up to the biggest bully around.

So I find it a little troubling that, more and more, bullying tactics by the Left are excused, embraced or flat-out ignored. We’ve seen it with the voter intimidation in Philadelphia back in 2008; we’ve seen it with the Occupy Movement; we saw it with the Wisconsin recall aftermath.

And now we’re seeing it with the incident up in Michigan the other night.

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Just in case you think this is all a grand coincidence, please allow Mark Steyn to set you straight (via The Daily Caller):

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There is Simply NO bargaining with Madmen

I took Sunday off from reading the media reports about the current Middle East crisis. After watching this Administration completely punt on any sort of credible response, and then just continue with business as usual, my gag-response needed a day to recover.

Nothing has changed in the last 24 hours, of course. Lost in the media’s obsessive attempt to somehow pin this on Mitt Romney (which completely boggles the mind), is what this actually purports for our nation worldwide. To say that we appear weak and ineffectual is hopelessly optimistic. This is an epic foreign policy disaster.

CHRISTINE M. FLOWERS wrote a column today for Philadelphia Daily News, and it is superior to most other write-ups I’ve seen. A couple of her best points:

“The fact that this happened in a country that was famously “liberated” by American airpower last year was lost on no one. The fact that the embassy in Cairo was attacked on the same day by raging Islamists was also troubling. And the fact that these deaths and this assault on U.S. sovereignty occurred on the 11th anniversary of 9/11 was a chilling reminder of those who cheered the incineration of 3,000 Americans.

There is simply no bargaining with madmen. Muslim extremists are not a small and geographically limited group of sociopaths. They are a legion, and have sprung up in as many corners of the world as there is discontent, anger and resentment against the West. The political scientists can try to paint these criminals as the victims of poverty and the regressive policies of their leaders, but the truth is that their anger derives not from material discontent but from hatred of the “other.”

Before anyone accuses me of bigotry against Islam, I want to say this. There is great beauty in any religion that advocates tolerance, moral coherence, peaceful intercourse and a love for God and the god in each human being. But among all the world’s great religions, only Islam is susceptible to the dangerous and, as we have seen, murderous type of distortion and manipulation that results in the deaths of ambassadors, soldiers and civilians on their way to an uneventful day of work.

That’s at least the case in this enlightened age; the Crusades happened centuries ago.

We do ourselves no favor as a nation to ignore this simple fact. And although I hesitate to criticize this president for the deaths of his personnel at the State Department, I would point out that the administration’s initial response to the attacks in Cairo were not only inappropriate, they were deplorable in their obsequious tone and character.

THIS is the point exactly. Our insistence on trying to paint all of Islam as a ‘Religion of Peace’ is stultifying, counterproductive and incredibly dangerous. I’d say it’s like putting lipstick on a pig, but of course the radical Islamists would likely be offended by my “pig” comparison, so I wouldn’t dream of saying such a thing. Wouldn’t want to give the poor dears yet another reason to flip out, after all.

Strength in a superpower’s foreign policy is a necessity. The ability to squash an enemy is useless if everyone knows that you won’t actually do it. This is played out every day on playgrounds whenever a big, strong yet mild-mannered kid is serially unwilling to hit back: he quickly becomes a target, despite his obvious physical advantage.

The brilliant Mark Steyn touched on this in a column over a year ago:

After the battle of Omdurman, Hilaire Belloc offered a pithy summation of technological advantage:

“Whatever happens 
We have got 
The Maxim gun 
And they have not.”

But suppose they know you’ll never use the Maxim gun? At a certain level, credible deterrence depends on a credible enemy. The Soviet Union disintegrated, but the surviving superpower’s instinct to de-escalate intensified: In Kirkuk as in Kandahar, every Lilliputian warlord quickly grasped that you could provoke the infidel Gulliver with relative impunity

Until we make clear that we are less interested in trying to become everyone’s BFF, and more interested in maintaining a fair yet strong presence in the world, it appears obvious that such attacks can only worsen.

We can point to and blame Freedom of Speech, or a filmmaker’s video, or “cultural misunderstanding”, or whatever the Leftist elites are pushing that particular day, from now until the next Caliphate is declared, and it won’t change a thing, other than to encourage the very barbarians who hate us and wish us dead.

Our freedom and security are at risk, and we ignore this risk at our peril. We require leadership which projects strength, not empty bluster coupled with fawning and grovelingIn a column which appeared in The Spectator on December 1st 2001, Mark Steyn yet again said it better than anyone else has, before or since:

“All I ask is an end to the deeply unedifying spectacle of western politicians jumping through increasingly obnoxious tolerance hoops.

…One-sided outreach is demeaning. It suggests we have something to feel guilty about.

We don’t.

Steyn on The Daily Caller

I confess: I love Mark Steyn.

No, no, no…..I’m not cutting out his picture into heart shapes, or stalking the man in parking lots; nothing like that.

I simply mean he’s the funniest and most prescient author/pundit around. He’s like Bob Newhart in his heyday, but with a British accent and a politically conservative bent.

If you haven’t heard him or read him, I’d initially pick up America Alone. Published in 2006, it’s even more relevant now than it was six years ago. It’s simultaneously “laugh-out-loud funny” (that’s a quote from Amazon.com, but I completely agree), and depressing. He may have penned it using a time machine, since so many of his concerns have already begun to occur.

Anyway, please check out Steyn’s latest interview with Ginni Thomas on DailyCaller.com. It’s roughly 20 minutes long, but well worth your investment of time.

*By the way, if you want to see the full list of his books or read some of his current writings, go here.

**And if you want to hear him in more of a speaker-&-audience setting, this clip is a good place to start.