Low Popahirum, National Edition (5-12-14)

low popahirum national“As Barack Obama enters the twilight of his tenure, the debate over his legacy is ­beginning, but one conclusion already seems certain. It can best be described as ‘Honey, I shrunk the presidency.'” – Michael Goodwin/New York Post

“Is it enough? It depends on the apology, and this one may not be quite enough. Donald Sterling offered a mea culpa to Anderson Cooper in an interview to be aired later today, but it’s the kind of apology one often hears in politics — the conditional ‘If I said anything wrong, I’m sorry’ variety.” – Hot Air

“Among the unsung victims of the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi was the First Amendment. To protect its fragile narrative that an anti-Muslim video had agitated a Libyan crowd into attacking the consulate, the Obama White House and its allies set out to identify and punish the maker of that video, and this they did with a speed and severity that the attackers themselves were spared. Scarier still, to the degree the major media noticed, they cheered.” – American Thinker

“Democrats and their liberal flacks are rallying around the idea of boycotting the Select Committee to Investigate the Benghazi scandal. Brilliant idea. Just think of how much trust such a move would imbue in the American people if the Republicans had thought of that during the Iran-Contra hearings.” GOPUSA.com

“There was a time when people looking for intellectual debate turned away from politics to the university. Political backrooms bred slogans and bagmen; universities fostered educated discussion. But when students in the 1960s began occupying university property like the thugs of regimes America was fighting abroad, the venues gradually reversed. Open debate is now protected only in the polity: In universities, muggers prevail.” – WSJ

I am preparing to renew my driver’s license, a process requiring some considerable preparation. My last trip to a driver’s-license bureau, in Norwalk, Conn., ended with my giving very serious thought to returning later in the evening and burning the place down, the process having been so backward and the people so hateful. I have in my life had a number of unpleasant encounters with government agencies — handcuffed in Texas, terrorized by Mexican federales, assets seized by the IRS, chased about by India’s immigration authorities, etc. Frankly, I’d rather be pepper-sprayed than pay another visit to the Norwalk DMV.” – Kevin Williamson/National Review

The curious thing about September 11, 2012 — the day of the Benghazhi attack — is that for some reason it marks the decline of the Obama presidency as clearly as a milepost. We are told by the papers that nothing much happened on that day. A riot in a far-away country. A few people killed. And yet … it may be coincidental, but from that day the administration’s foreign policy seemed inexplicably hexed. The Arab Spring ground to a halt. The Secretary of State ‘resigned’. The CIA Director was cast out in disgrace. Not long after, Obama had to withdraw his Red Line in Syria. Al-Qaeda, whose eulogy he had pronounced appeared with disturbing force throughout Africa, South Asia and the Arabian Peninsula. Almost as if on cue, Russia made an unexpected return to the world stage, first in Syria, then in the Iranian nuclear negotiations.” – PJ Media

“It is generally believed in the scientific community, I think, that Michael Mann is a fraud and a liar, as well as a bully. To understand why, check out Steve McIntyre’s post at Climate Audit on Mann’s effort, along with others in the alarmist community, to bury the post-1960 tree ring data that contradicted Mann’s hockey stick.” – Power Line

“Let’s just cut to the chase. We’ve all read this script before. If you do anything less than fall to your knees weeping tears of jubilation that a man who is sexually attracted to men was picked to play a game for a living — you’re a homophobe.” – Matt Walsh

“That points to another potential concern among NFL executives. Sam would likely bring a media circus to training camp, and would that ‘distraction’ be worth it for a lower-tier prospect? After all, no other drafted player got a statement of congratulations from President Obama.” – Christian Science Monitor

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