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NEWS TO MUSE: Meaningless opinions, meaningless delays, meaningless oaths and meaningless Internet benefits

Rand Paul wind CPAC straw poll.  So What?

For the third year in a row, Rand Paul has won the CPACE straw poll.  The news made it seem like he won the Iowa primary.  Paul got 25 percent of the vote with new comer, Scott Walker, close behind with 21 percent.  When winning a poll is based on a plurality rather than a majority, it really needs to be questioned.  I mean, 75 percent of the attendees at CPAC voted against Paul.  That does not seem like a meaningful victory to me.  Also, in a field of more than 10 candidates, the guy with the biggest hard core supporters wins.  It is also understood by political pros that any poll that creates a horserace between more than ten candidates is … to put it in a word … meaningless.

Watching the GOP wiggle on the hook.

Did you wonder why the Democrats refused to support a three week DHS funding bill in favor of a one week delay?  Easy answer.  Since the Democrats have Speaker Boehner and the House Republicans boxed in on an increasingly unpopular tactic, and they know the press will hype the drama of last minute maneuvers, why give the GOP a break from the bad press?  Also, this consumes a lot of the media attention in the week that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be in the Capitol Building making Obama and the Democrats look bad for negotiating with terrorists – specifically Iran.

So, what parts of the United States Constitution does President Obama intend to uphold?

When President Obama raised his right hand and took the oath of office, he must have had his fingers crossed. By imperial decree, the President thinks a range of popular bullets should be banned from manufacturing, selling and owning.  This essentially makes the guns that use them wall decorations.  This sounds more like undermining rather than defending the Second Amendment, as he swore to do.  In his campaign, he claimed to be a strong defender of the right to own guns.  But now we know he is liar – maybe pathological.  Too harsh, you say?  Think back.  There was the promise of greater transparency.  His opposition to gay marriages (which David Axelrod revealed as a premeditated lie).  Then there was keeping your doctor and lowering your premiums (a premeditated lie revealed by Jonathon Gruber).  Remember his criticism of George Bush’s use of Executive Orders?  He promised to end excessive spending in Washington.  Yep! He promised fiscal responsibility.  He said he would improve the floundering image of the United States around the world.  He said he would end the war in the Middle East.  The only thing he ended was the United State winning.  Then there was that whopper about “post racial America.”

Netting the Internet

President Obama looks back to FDR’s New Deal to come up with a bad deal for users of the Internet.  In typical liberal double talk, we are to believe that the Internet will be freer and fairer with our federal government promulgating hundreds of pages of regulations.  This is liberal thinking.  We have more freedom if and elite group of Washington bureaucrats make up the rules for us to live by.  Under a misnamed policy of “Net Neutrality,” federal regulators will decide how we use the Internet.  And, this is not some new policy.  They basically made copies of the 1930s Rooseveltian regulations that made a government monopoly of our telephone services.  If you think that was a good idea, remember that none of the amazing things we can now do with phones happened until we ended that old monopoly.

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NEWS TO MUSE: Safe for seven days, the policy of the pucker, the god Janus in DC, Putin channeling Stalin.

Its déjà vu all over again.

Seems like every day is Ground Hog Day.  Well, I guess that is the point.  I am thinking of the cliff hanger controversy over the funding of the Department of Home Security.  Not sure about you, but I was not worried.  All the media hype, all the speculation and all the concocted drama were for naught.  It was like looking at a predictable mystery movie over and over again.  Did anyone really doubt the outcome?  As with the previous shut down and debt ceiling debates, the outcome was 100 percent predictable.  Even from my vantage point deep in the grassroots, I have a perfect record of predicting the outcomes in these situations.  Republicans make an attempt to stop run-away spending.  Democrats resist and scare the Hell out of the public.  Republicans fold.  What I do not understand is why the GOP leaders keep using certain-to-lose strategies.  If they wanted to work this strategy with an eye to winning, they should have tied the immigration issue to the funding of the IRS, or the Department of Education.  The public would love to see the IRS shut down.  Shutting down the DOE would have Democrats squirming in attempts to show its importance.  In fact, shutting down the DOE for a while might help make the case for abolishing it permanently.

Boehner blowing kisses.

I just have to say it.  House Speaker John Boehner’s last press conference was an embarrassment.  His arrogant attitude was bad enough. His snide remarks were awful.  But, the air kiss to the press??  What was that all about?  Boehner has never been a good strategist.  He has never been an effective spokesman for the GOP.  Even his just-from-the-Bahamas look does not project the best image.   If the folly of another phony shut down debate and his sophomoric antics at the podium result in his being replaced, perhaps all the pretend drama was worth it.

The two faces of the Obama administration.

The Obama administration produces some of the craziest news days.  The latest is Secretary John Kerry announcing to America that we are safer today than any time in the past 150 years.  This despite the biggest attacks on American soil since the British invaded in 1812 – not to mention those deadly attacks on American people and property abroad.   The situation is so dangerous that we have public warning system to alert of potential terrorist attacks.  We have guards and metal detectors in government and high target public buildings.  Every now and then, we hear about some deadly “lone wolf” attack.  While Kerry paints the political narrative of “peace and prosperity,”  Obama’s head of National Intelligence, James Clapper, is telling Congress that 2014 was the most dangerous year ever, and 2015 is poised to exceed it.  The stark difference is easy to explain.  Kerry represents the political side of the administration, where false political narratives trump truth.  You see that in the rosy economic statements coming from the White House.  Clapper represents the professional side of government.  He is under oath to tell the truth to congressional committees.  So, who do you believe?

From Russia with love.

Russian President Putin’s most powerful critic, Boris Nemtsov, was shot dead on the street just outside the Kremlin.  Proving he is tough on crime, Putin announced that he was handling the investigation himself.  There are two things of which you can be sure.  Putin will most certainly find the killer, and any conspirators, and they will never be brought to justice.  There is a rumor that the person seen running from the scene was a rifle-toting, balding, bare-chested man around 60 years old, and who had a striking similarity to the “Oscar” statuette.  He was last seen ducking into the Kremlin.