When government bureaucrats attack.Oct 19, 2015, Vol. 21, No. 06 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
It has long been good sport to make fun of the government. Ronald Reagan did it with a fine, almost deft touch. “The nine most terrifying words in the English language,” he would tell an audience, “are I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”
Just about everyone, at one time or another, has used the phrase “Good enough for government work,” and we all know what it means: that something conforms to the high customer service standards one enjoys when shopping for stamps in the post office.
Oct 19, 2015, Vol. 21, No. 06 • By LEE SMITH
Last week an Obama administration official bragged that the White House’s Syria policy is working out just as planned. Special envoy for Syria Michael Ratney said that the “Russians wouldn’t have to help [Bashar al-]Assad if we didn’t weaken him.”
Congress’s Benghazi investigation has been slandered. Oct 19, 2015, Vol. 21, No. 06 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
There was never any doubt that Democrats in Washington would launch an aggressive campaign to discredit the House Select Committee on Benghazi. The only question was when they’d do it.
That inevitable effort got under way last week, after House majority leader Kevin McCarthy boasted to Sean Hannity that the committee’s work had hurt Hillary Clinton’s public standing.
12:00 AM, Oct 10, 2015 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
Strange as it may seem, Barack Obama has much in common with the storied matchmaker of Jewish legend. This Polish entrepreneur announced to the poverty-stricken rabbi of a poverty-stricken Polish town that she had found a match for his even more poverty stricken, unattractive son – no less than the queen of England. The Rabbi refused to consent to the match on the grounds that the queen was not Jewish.
5:11 PM, Oct 9, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Hillary Clinton met with Black Lives Matter earlier today, and is now taking to Twitter to call "racism ... America's original sin."
The full tweet, which is signed with an "H," meaning that it's from Hillary Clinton directly, reads, "Racism is America's original sin. To those I met with today, thank you for sharing your ideas."
5:01 PM, Oct 9, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Chelsea Clinton is officially getting into the game. The former first daughter has sent out a campaign fundraising pitch on behalf of her mother's presidential campaign.
"My mom is my hero. From helping cut the uninsured rate for children in half as First Lady to later becoming the first female senator from New York and then running for president, she's kept fighting for families -- while also being a great mom," reads the pitch.
"I hope my daughter grows up to be as proud of me as I am of my mom.
Snubbed.2:33 PM, Oct 9, 2015 • By SHOSHANA WEISSMANN
There has been speculation that John Kerry and Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif would be selected for the Nobel Peace Prize.
However, today it was announced that the prize will instead go to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet "for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011."
12:44 PM, Oct 9, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
All is fine and well in the House GOP conference, according to to the Republican rank-and-file.
“We just had a great conference,” said Tennessee’s Marsh Blackburn as she left the Friday morning meeting in the Capitol. “We’ve got a great conference.”
“There’s a lot of communication,” said Jackie Walorski of Indiana.
Asked about the mood in the meeting, Alabama freshman Gary Palmer said, “There’s a lot of good humor.”
11:36 AM, Oct 9, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
So far in this campaign, Jeb Bush hasn’t said anything particularly memorable (if, that is, memory serves) but now he has come out with something pithy and quotable and certain to please one half the electorate and infuriate the other.
7:29 AM, Oct 9, 2015 • By SHOSHANA WEISSMANN
Today, Young America's Foundation (YAF) is marking the anniversary of Che Guevara's death with an anti-Che campaign.
As YAF notes,
For decades, the Left tried to glorify murderers and thugs like Lenin, Mao, and even Stalin. They are discredited today because people know about their evil deeds. Che is more obscure. He is one notorious figure who is idolized by the Left and hailed as a "hero," yet most students never learn the truth about his cult of violence.
Oct 19, 2015, Vol. 21, No. 06 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
At this point The Scrapbook has become somewhat inured to tales of woe regarding the American educational system. Generally such wails are merely preludes to a call to arms on the part of teachers’ unions and bureaucrats who want to expand government control over local schools and throw more money at the supposed problem.
The Islamic State’s female officials.Oct 19, 2015, Vol. 21, No. 06 • By FARAHNAZ ISPAHANI and NINA SHEA
On September 29, the State Department added British citizen Sally Jones to its list of foreign terrorists. Jones is a 46-year-old punk rocker who converted to Islam and moved from Kent to Raqqa to join the Islamic State in 2013. She is also newly widowed, having lost her 21-year-old husband, ISIS hacker Junaid Hussain, in an American airstrike targeting him a few weeks ago. “Mr. and Mrs. Terror,” as Hussain and Jones came to be known, were active on social media to extend the Islamic State’s reach in the West.
Oct 19, 2015, Vol. 21, No. 06 • By TWS PODCAST
Because The Scrapbook believes so strongly in gun safety, and teaching children about the importance of gun safety, we were surprised by a recent story in the Washington Post. It seems that a firearms shop in McLean, Virginia—forced recently to relocate to seek more retail space—has found a new home in a converted house on a busy road in a commercial neighborhood. But certain residents of McLean, including the local county supervisor, want to force Nova Firearms to relocate yet again.
Add to her private email server a private intelligence network. Oct 19, 2015, Vol. 21, No. 06 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Hillary Clinton is running her first national television commerical, and amidst a cloud of scandal and falling poll numbers, she’s already playing defense. The ad claims that the House Republicans’ committee to investigate Benghazi “was created to destroy her candidacy.” That was hardly the purpose of the committee, but it’s true that the revelations have been politically fortuitous for Republicans.
Oct 19, 2015, Vol. 21, No. 06 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
China’s Communist government is rolling out a plan to assign everyone in the country “citizenship scores.” According to the ACLU, “China appears to be leveraging all the tools of the information age—electronic purchasing data, social networks, algorithmic sorting—to construct the ultimate tool of social control. It is, as one commentator put it, ‘authoritarianism, gamified.’ ” In the system, everyone is measured by a score ranging from 350 to 950, and that score is linked to a national ID card.
Oct 19, 2015, Vol. 21, No. 06 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Time flies when you’re having fun. It’s been two months since the first Republican presidential debate. How do things now stand for the party upon whose success next year rest all of our hopes for constitutional government at home and a manageable world abroad?
Oct 19, 2015, Vol. 21, No. 06 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
There are times when economics is secondary to other policy considerations—not irrelevant, but secondary. Last week, when 12 nations on the Pacific Rim finally agreed to the Trans-Pacific Partnership after years of negotiations, was one such time. This gives President Obama a much-needed victory—if he can persuade enough of his Democratic colleagues to join a majority of Republicans in approving the deal when Congress gets to have its say in up or down votes early next year.
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