Noted burnout aficionado Vice President Joe Biden blew up the internet with his 1967 Corvette a few weeks ago. Things are about to get even better: watch him race former Secretary of State Colin Powell, behind the wheel of a 2015 Corvette. Get ready to watch some burning rubber.
A Corvette drag race should be initiation for any new American politician, if you ask me. Read the rest of this entry »
[VIDEO] Leno: ‘Being Anti-Guacamole is Not Racist, Okay? You Have no Idea What Racism is. That’s Not Racism, You Idiot, You Moron!’Posted: March 20, 2015
Jay Leno: ‘College Kids Now Are So Politically Correct’
Meyers asked Leno how colleges have changed since he played them decades ago. Leno said, “College kids now are so politically correct.”
Eric Cantor was a noxious, cookie-cutter, U.S. Chamber, GOP hypocrite. We need legislators who don’t just talk limited government but do it.
“On spending and economic issues, he was atrocious and hypocritical in all the ways that a Republican can be.”
Cantor was what passes for a small-government conservative. Which is to say that Cantor was in favor of shrinking the size and scope of government…except for the endless list of exceptions that allowed him to help grow federal spending by more than 50 percent in real terms, and regulatory spending by even more, during the Bush years.
You know the drill: As a “conservative,” Cantor wanted the government out of people’s lives because FREEDOM-FOUNDING FATHERS-CONSTITUTION. Yet Cantor was anti-gay marriage and anti-abortion (he even wanted to prohibit adults from transporting minors across state lines if they were getting abortions). Because the federal government really should dictate all that, right? He endorsed a constitutional amendment against flag burning because free expression doesn’t mean you can actually express what you mean. He was pro-gun or, more specifically, pro-National Rifle Association. He was pro-drug war. Nothing unique or interesting there. Read the rest of this entry »
NBC: Senator Ted Cruz addresses American’s frustrations with the government shutdown, income inequality in America, background checks for firearms and more…
Johnny Carson, by Henry Bushkin (Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin, 294 pp., $28)
Review by City Journal’s Stefan Kanfer: “I started out in a gaseous state, and then I cooled,” said Johnny Carson when asked about the reason for his success. That tongue-in-cheek assessment was on the money: in the 1970s and 1980s, Carson was the coolest television personality on the planet. Though he retired from show business in 1992 (after 4,531 Tonight Show broadcasts) and died in 2005, he still inspires great devotion from fans—and fierce resentment from colleagues. Carson’s longtime lawyer, Henry Bushkin, is a member of both groups, and his new book about the late-night king has provoked full-throated responses from the corridors of NBC in New York to the broadcast venues of Burbank, California.
Bushkin was an inexperienced attorney when Carson consulted his law firm in 1970, took a shine to the young man, and elevated him to the role of personal consultant. Their arrangement lasted 18 years and ended, like so many of Carson’s relationships, in acrimony and charges of disloyalty. Before the fadeout, though, there were high times, incessant laughter, generous helpings of loot, and a steady flow of A-list celebrities. These perks came at a cost. Among them: Bushkin’s self-respect (one of the job requirements was losing to Carson at tennis in order to sweeten the boss’s disposition); his peace of mind (the mercurial Carson was constantly splitting with his wives, reconciling, and then divorcing them, a process that involved millions of dollars and reams of documents); and, eventually, Bushkin’s own marriage, when the lawyer emulated his employer’s tomcat proclivities.
The common thread running through his scandals is an abuse of power
“How ironic is that? We wanted a president that listens to all Americans — now we have one.” That was Jay Leno’s take on the Obama administration’s expanding NSA spying scandal, which has gone beyond Verizon phone records to include Google, Facebook, Yahoo and just about all the other major tech companies except, apparently, for Twitter.
The NSA spying scandal goes deep, and the Obama administration’s only upside is that the furor over its poking into Americans’ private business on a wholesale basis will distract people from the furor over the use of the IRS and other federal agencies to target political enemies — and even donors to Republican causes — and the furor over the Benghazi screwup and subsequent lies (scapegoated filmmaker Nakoula is still in jail), the furor over the “Fast And Furious” gunrunning scandal that left literally scores of Mexicans dead, the scandal over the DOJ’s poking into phone records of journalists (and their parents), HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ shakedown of companies she regulates for “donations” to pay for ObamaCare implementation that Congress has refused to fund, the Pigford scandal where the Treasury Department’s “Judgment Fund” appears to have been raided for political purposes — well, it’s getting to where you need a scorecard to keep up.
But, in fact, there’s a common theme in all of these scandals: Abuse of power. And, what’s more, that abuse-of-power theme is what makes the NSA snooping story bigger than it otherwise would be. It all comes down to trust.
The justification for giving the government a lot of snooping power hangs on two key arguments: That snooping will make us safer and that the snooping power won’t be abused.
Has it made us safer? Anonymous government sources quoted in news reports say yes, but we know that all that snooping didn’t catch the Tsarnaev brothers before they bombed the Boston Marathon — even though they made extensive use of email and the Internet, and even though Russian security officials had warned us that they were a threat. The snooping didn’t catch Major Nidal Hasan before he perpetrated the Fort Hood Massacre, though he should have been spotted easily enough. It didn’t, apparently, warn us of the Benghazi attacks — though perhaps it explains how administration flacks were able to find and scapegoat a YouTube filmmaker so quickly . But in terms of keeping us safe, the snooping doesn’t look so great.
As for abuse, well, is it plausible to believe that a government that would abuse the powers of the IRS to attack political enemies, go after journalists who publish unflattering material or scapegoat a filmmaker in the hopes of providing political cover to an election-season claim that al-Qaeda was finished would have any qualms about misusing the massive power of government-run snooping and Big Data? What we’ve seen here is a pattern of abuse. There’s little reason to think that pattern will change, absent a change of administration — and, quite possibly, not even then. Sooner or later, power granted tends to become power abused. Then there’s the risk that information gathered might leak, of course, as recent events demonstrate.
Most Americans generally think that politicians are untrustworthy. So why trust them with so much power? The evidence to date strongly suggests that they aren’t worthy of it.
Glenn Harlan Reynolds is professor of law at the University of Tennessee. He blogs at InstaPundit.com.
By Jim Treacher
Is Leno still beating Letterman in the ratings? He is? Well then, it just makes the following all the sweeter.
Jay Leno continued his humorous attacks on the White House Friday.
In a series of opening monologue jokes targeting Barack Obama, the NBC Tonight Show host said of the terrorist detention center at Guantanamo Bay, “If he really wants to close it, turn it into a government-funded solar power company. The doors will be shut in a month.”
Leno knows he’s got nothing to lose. He knows he’s on his way out. Again. He knows if he wants to keep working after he leaves the Tonight Show, he’ll have no shortage of opportunities. And if he doesn’t, he already has more money than he can spend for the rest of his life. (Unless he decides to finish the job and purchase every single motor vehicle in North America.)
So why not say what he really thinks about the Obama administration? Why not do what late-night comedians are supposed to do, and mock those in power even when it’s not considered fashionable? Even when it’s considered somehow “racist,” just because the guy is black?
I was obsessed with David Letterman in the ’80s. From the moment I first saw his short-lived summer daytime show back in 1980, when I watched this fellow Hoosier doing the same stupid, irresponsible stuff I did in school and yet he got to be on TV for it, I was hooked. When he moved to Late Night, I was a devoted viewer. All the way up until he stomped off to CBS in a huff, which was when the slow decline began. I still appreciate the work he did back when he was young and good, but it makes it all the more tragic that he’s turned into such a bitter, partisan old Democrat Party hack.
I hope he watches Leno telling these jokes, to a bigger audience, and seethes with impotent rage. His hated rival has thwarted him again.
via The Daily Caller
NBC Tonight Show host Jay Leno mocked Chris Matthews on-air meltdown Wednesday
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