HotAir Daily Express 03/27/2013


Scott to FAU: Explain this Jesus-stomping incident to me, please
3/27/2013 10:01:10 AM  Ed Morrissey
I missed this incident of Academia Gone Wild when it happened, as I was in Rome covering the papal conclave, but it has all the hallmarks of cluelessness and faux “tolerance” that we’ve come to expect from higher education.  It started

Video: Petraeus apologizes in first public appearance
3/27/2013 9:21:27 AM  Ed Morrissey
After more than six months of seclusion, mainly with his family, former CIA Director and master military strategist David Petraeus has begun a comeback.  He chose a friendly venue for his first public appearance — the annual ROTC dinner at USC, an

Swapping drilling for spending?
3/27/2013 8:41:01 AM  Ed Morrissey
Maybe this was inevitable after Senate Democrats started passing budgets again after a four-year hiatus.  That was the last time we heard about using infrastructure spending as a stimulus, when it flopped in Barack Obama’s ARRA program, otherwise

The Supreme Court of Consensus?
3/27/2013 8:01:16 AM  Ed Morrissey
Color me just a little puzzled by today’s editorial from Bloomberg on the two-case review this week at the Supreme Court over the constitutionality of the traditional definition of marriage.  According to my admittedly limited study of civics and


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Quotes of the day
3/26/2013 10:41:23 PM  Allahpundit
The one thing that the parties in this case seem to agree on is that marriage is very important. It’s thought to be a fundamental building block of society and its preservation essential for the preservation of society. Traditional marriage has

Carville: The pressure on Hillary Clinton for a 2016 run will be “unimaginable”
3/26/2013 10:01:44 PM  Erika Johnsen
No kidding. How the tables have turned: Team GOP has a whole roster of savvy, fresh-faced up-and-comers, while the Democrats’ bench is looking decidedly less dynamic and their best bets lying in generation old school. That’s not to say

No big: Obama admin looking to set aside millions of acres for habitat preservation
3/26/2013 9:21:32 PM  Erika Johnsen
Ugh. This is exactly the kind of thing I was talking about yesterday: The federal government already manages nearly one third of the surface area of the United States, but inefficient federal bureaucrats, dependent on DC for their funding and often

Time for Congress to start telecommuting?
3/26/2013 8:41:10 PM  Erika Johnsen
H/t Via Meadia, this Congressman thinks so, and I have to say, my interest is piqued. Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) wants to create a “virtual Congress,” where lawmakers would leverage videoconferencing and other remote work technology to

OFA pushes public financing of campaigns in New York after Obama destroyed public financing
3/26/2013 8:01:41 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Oh, what next? OFA for the War Powers Act? The reorganized Obama campaign, now called Organizing for Action, is jumping into the New York state legislative effort, pushed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), to pass campaign finance reform that would include

Senate gay-marriage pool update: Susan Collins won’t say she’s opposed to SSM when asked
3/26/2013 7:21:35 PM  Allahpundit
I might need a ruling from the rest of the Hot Air team as to whether this counts as an SSM endorsement for purposes of the pool. Granted, granted, she never says outright that she supports legalizing gay marriage, but there’s not a whiff of

Video: “Victims of Government: Steve’s Story”
3/26/2013 6:41:58 PM  Allahpundit
Via DrewM, a story Kafka didn’t live long enough to write. Just one of many to come, per Ron Johnson’s new Victims of Government Project. The series will perform oversight of the cost and impact of unnecessary, ineffective, and excessive

Video: “World War Z” trailer
3/26/2013 6:01:02 PM  Allahpundit
To cleanse the palate, what’s missing from this trailer? Hint: It has something to do with the “Z” in the title. Actually, it makes some sense for this flick to go lighter on close-ups of the undead than standard zombie fare would. The

Uh oh: Mark Sanford trails Democrat by two in hypothetical SC-1 match-up
3/26/2013 5:21:52 PM  Allahpundit
The standard disclaimer: Yes, PPP is left-leaning (they’re Kos’s pollster) so you may, if you’re so inclined, conclude that they’re trying to depress Republican turnout/boost Democratic turnout in the upcoming special election

No kidding: DOE mismanaged $1.5 billion in stimulus-backed “investments,” report says
3/26/2013 4:41:37 PM  Erika Johnsen
In yet another of a wide array of examples demonstrating just how deeply the Obama administration’s especial penchant for frivolously dropping taxpayer dollars on favored projects whose only profitable returns come in the form of political capital,

Democratic gay-marriage pool update: Jon Tester announces he supports same-sex marriage at 3 p.m. ET
3/26/2013 4:01:34 PM  Allahpundit
To be precise, assuming the Facebook timestamp is accurate, it was 3:03 p.m. Did anyone have that in the pool in the Huckabee thread? I had 2 p.m. ET. If you beat that, send me the link to your comment in that thread and I’ll credit you in an

CNN: Say, high-speed rail is an expensive bust, huh?
3/26/2013 3:21:59 PM  Ed Morrissey
Via Andrew Johnson at NRO, this isn’t notable so much for its content — which will come as no surprise to Hot Air readers — as its provenance.  This isn’t Fox News or even a right-wing blog site challenging the high-speed rail

Coulter: Jim Carrey is just the latest in an epidemic of rich elites telling everybody else what to do
3/26/2013 2:41:03 PM  Erika Johnsen
There’s been no shortage of refutations of Jim Carrey’s now-infamous Funny or Die video on Monday, and rightfully so; I’m still mystified as to what it was they were attempting to accomplish with the vid, if their thought process even

The Ed Morrissey Show: Andrew Malcolm
3/26/2013 2:36:16 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), my friend Andrew Malcolm joins us as always on today’s TEMS at 4 pm ET! The Prince of Twitter and I will discuss my recent return from my grueling assignment in Rome, and all of the hot political stories of

Politico’s odd question on same-sex marriage and the Supreme Court
3/26/2013 2:01:27 PM  Ed Morrissey
As with many in the punditry industry today, my morning reads focused on the Supreme Court’s hearing today on two cases involving the definition of marriage in public policy.  There are plenty of articles in which analysts handicap the various

Great news: ObamaCare will provide a boost for … temps
3/26/2013 1:21:17 PM  Ed Morrissey
Perhaps the Law of Unintended Consequences makes an impact in no area more so than it does in government regulation. Take for instance the noble-minded effort to reform campaign finance regulation after Watergate.  The attempt to get big money out of

Huckabee: If the GOP switches on gay marriage, evangelicals walk
3/26/2013 12:41:09 PM  Allahpundit
A shot across the bow of Beltway Republicans on Gay Marriage Day at the Supreme Court. Alternate headline: “Huckabee’s running in 2016.” When asked if he believes the Republican Party will change its position and support gay marriage in

Video: Say, has anyone seen that deadly virus we left laying around?
3/26/2013 12:01:16 PM  Ed Morrissey
This story will probably remind people of the film Outbreak, especially with its connection to a virus that produces a deadly hemorrhagic fever. I’m reminded more of the epic Stephen King novel The Stand, with its first third dedicated to the

Early tea leaves from Supreme Court arguments on gay marriage: Kennedy hints that he wants Prop 8 case dismissed?
3/26/2013 11:22:48 AM  Allahpundit
Just want to get this up before fuller reports of this morning’s oral arguments start trickling in. SCOTUSblog is on the scene and says we may, against all odds, see this case dismissed: Breaking: 1st update- #prop8 unlikely to be upheld; either

Video: Latest savior of the GOP not interested in running for office
3/26/2013 10:41:08 AM  Ed Morrissey
And thus does the Ben Carson for Senate boomlet deflate, at least a little. Last night, Larry Kudlow asked the latest of ascending star of the conservative movement whether his impending retirement from medicine means that he’ll be available to