Zakaria’s thought lapses strike again.
That is what is at stake in Washington this week. The debate going on there is not trivial, not transitory – and not about Obamacare. Whatever you think about the Affordable Care Act, it is a law that was passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate, then signed by the president, and then validated by the Supreme Court as constitutional. This does not mean it cannot be repealed. Of course it can be repealed, as can most laws. But to do so, it would need another piece of legislation – one that says quite simply “The Affordable Care Act is hereby repealed in its entirely” – that passes the House and Senate and is then signed into law by the president.
He either dishonestly or ignorantly fails to acknowledge the alterations President Obama undertook to delay various portions of the law, circumventing the legislative process. No mention. And yet, when a legislative action is used to somewhat more constitutionally adjust the law, it is extortion and democracy itself weeps.
I’ve been struck the past couple of days just how many large scale events have recently taken place around the world involving Muslim extremists. Particularly noteworthy has been the underwhelming reporting. Were these Christian extremists or some other “unsavory variety” of terror to a progressive mindset, I think the media would be fixated on the wave of violence sweeping the world. I suppose this is the new normal, to either shrug off murder from extreme Islamic adherents as a regularity to be tolerated, or to treat it as non-representative of the whole of Islam and bury the headlines down the page. I wonder if the mall in Kenya got a lot of attention because it most closely resembles a western venue?
Mass murder in a mall in Kenya.
Hostages in gun battles in the Phillipines.
Villagers massacred in Nigeria.
Scores killed in a church bombing in Pakistan.
It is sad these things are happening and I hope apologists for Islam more conspicuously recognize the cancer of extremism from within.
I was watching part of the closing argument by the prosecution in the George Zimmerman trial and I was struck by how weak the case seemed to be that the prosecutor was making. It seemed to revolve predominantly around the emotional facts of Martin’s age, the snacks he had and his hoodie.
Unfortunately this case has become a racial rallying cry for many due to an overemphasis on incidental, yet legally irrelevant details. Stuff like Martin having just bought skittles. Or, as Al Sharpton called them, skillets.
In a way, Sharpton was symbolically representing for us all the level of competence and objectivity he and many others would bring to the discussion.
President Obama takes a full swipe at Romney with this statement in the wake of Romney’s criticism of the Obama Administration’s handling of the Cairo Embassy’s confusing condemnation of “hurtful” free speech:
”There’s a broader lesson to be learned here,” Mr. Obama told “60 Minutes” correspondent Steve Kroft at the White House. “And I — you know, Governor Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later.”
One is left to wonder, what does “aiming before you shoot” look like then? Apparently like this:
Since our founding, the United States has been a nation that respects all faiths. We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. But there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence. None. The world must stand together to unequivocally reject these brutal acts.
So Obama says that Romney is mixed up in his awareness of the facts, after he just delivered the exact same message his administration disavowed and that Governor Romney is criticizing.
Mr. President, it doesn’t matter if you say how unacceptable violence is, if you criticize “hurtful speech” in the same breath, you are tacitly justifying the violence.
As Governor Romney put it:
I spoke out when the key fact that I referred to was known, which was that the Embassy of the United States issued what appeared to be an apology for American principles. That was a mistake. And I believe that when a mistake is made of that significance, you speak out.
There’s really no way to make the conspiracy about President Obama’s birth certificate completely go away, so we might as well laugh at it — and make sure as many people as possible are in on the joke. Get your Obama birth certificate Made in the USA mug today.
After the “disconcerting” kerfuffle, I can’t help but grin as the London Olympics gets a couple black eyes that I think anyone would be disconcerted by. And to think that this is “one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities anywhere in the world” and not the “middle of nowhere.”
President Obama last convened his Council on Jobs and Competitiveness back in January. In the meantime, he has attended 117 fundraisers.
The US Commerce Secretary was involved in some accidents on Saturday.
According to the San Gabriel Police Department, Bryson’s Lexus rear ended a Buick that was stopped at a railroad crossing late Saturday afternoon in San Gabriel. Bryson spoke with the Buick’s male passengers, then drove away, “hitting the same car again as he left,” police said.
The men followed Bryson and called police. They witnessed Bryson hit a second car.
When police arrived, Bryson was “alone and unconscious behind the wheel of his vehicle.” Bryson was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital, where the officers cited him for felony hit-and-run.
Sounds odd, no? Wait for the explanation.
“He suffered a seizure,” Commerce Department spokeswoman Jennifer Friedman said in a statement on Monday. “He was taken to the hospital for examination and remained overnight for observation. He was released and has returned to Washington. The investigation is ongoing.”
A seizure? Was this before striking the Buick at the railroad crossing? Or before talking with the occupants of that car? Or before striking it the second time? Or before striking the second vehicle? Or just before the police arrived?
I was under the impression that seizures inhibited physical control, not impairment of judgement. Hmmm.
A short video I made with Mark Serrano over the weekend.