HotAir Daily Express 04/09/2013


CNN’s Tapper covers free-speech fight of Fox News reporter
4/9/2013 10:01:48 AM  Ed Morrissey
Jazz covered the case of Jana Winter on Saturday, which made Hot Air one of the more unique news outlets in America. Normally when a reporter gets threatened with jail time for refusing to cough up a source in court, media outlets across the nation make

The curious ghoulishness of Thatcher-death celebrations
4/9/2013 9:21:26 AM  Ed Morrissey
Don’t get me wrong — I can appreciate taking any excuse to party, get drunk, and pretend that the world has been set aright in one fell swoop. (I’ve been waiting 25 years for the Dodgers to win another World Series for that very reason,

Iraqi PM to US: You won the Iraq War
4/9/2013 8:41:06 AM  Ed Morrissey
Did we? I must have missed that in the media coverage of the 10th anniversary of the second invasion of Iraq, which provided the beginning of the end of a 12-year war with Saddam Hussein’s regime.  Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of the fall of

Video: North Korea warns foreigners to get out of the South
4/9/2013 8:01:51 AM  Ed Morrissey
Call this The Kimmityville Horror, where the message from the big evil House of Kim is – get out! North Korea warned today that nuclear war is coming to the peninsula, and foreigners and their businesses should leave South Korea or find good


Quotes of the day
4/8/2013 10:41:56 PM  Allahpundit
Mrs. Thatcher’s predecessor as prime minister, the amiable but forgotten Sunny Jim Callaghan, once confided to a friend of mine that he thought Britain’s decline was irreversible and that the government’s job was to manage it as gracefully as possible.

Massachusetts man facing charges after shooting bear in self-defense in his yard
4/8/2013 10:01:14 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Reason: Richard Ahlstrand, of Auburn, Massachusetts, faces criminal charges after encountering a bear in his back yard and shooting the damned thing to avoid being mauled or eaten. Specifically, as noted at Reason 24/7, he’s charged with

Sigh: George Washington University students attempt to oust priest after discovering he’s Catholic
4/8/2013 9:21:50 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
In the name of tolerance, of course. At least a dozen students, including seniors Damian Legacy and Blake Bergen, say they have left the Newman Center in the last several years because Father Greg Shaffer’s strong anti-gay and anti-abortion views are

GAO report: The govt has gotten a little heavy-handed with these wind subsidies, huh?
4/8/2013 8:41:05 PM  Erika Johnsen
The wind lobby’s do-or-die attitude in the run-up to the fiscal cliff last year was a very telling moment for the industry: Without the highly generous production tax credit and other subsidies they receive courtesy of the federal government (and

Emotional Newtown dad: More gun control is not the answer
4/8/2013 8:01:59 PM  Allahpundit
A perfect bookend to the Matt Salmon post. Here again you have someone who’s intimately involved with a raging national debate, whose personal story guarantees riveting television (watch to the end here, if you can stand it), yet who seemingly

Jindal backs off of his tax reform plan: “Let’s work together”
4/8/2013 7:21:04 PM  Erika Johnsen
Earlier this year, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal promised to undertake the major task of simplifying the state’s tax code in the interests of promoting economic competition, business friendliness, and job growth; and last month, he unveiled his plan

Report: Liz Cheney seriously considering Senate run in Wyoming
4/8/2013 6:41:47 PM  Allahpundit
It didn’t occur to me to mention the Cheneys as a potential dynasty in this post, but it should have. Liz Cheney’s been talking about possibly running some day for years. She bought a home in Wyoming, where Dick was elected to Congress, less

GOP rep’s son: CNN and MSNBC canceled my interviews when I refused to bash my dad
4/8/2013 6:01:35 PM  Allahpundit
An amazing catch from BuzzFeed. Remember Matt Salmon? Republican, congressman, strong social conservative, opponent of gay marriage — and father of a gay son. I wrote about him last week as a counterpoint to Rob Portman, to show how opponents of

Great news: Chelsea Clinton open to running for office someday
4/8/2013 5:21:48 PM  Allahpundit
George H.W. vs. Bill was Bush/Clinton I. Jeb vs. Hillary could be Bush/Clinton II. And if we’re very lucky, George P. will win his race for Texas land commissioner and Chelsea will ease into public service with a Senate seat in New York or

WSJ: Small businesses increasingly looking to avoid the employer mandate
4/8/2013 4:41:33 PM  Erika Johnsen
All of the uncertainty over ObamaCare’s increasingly messy implementation hasn’t exactly been doing many favors for the small-business community. The, ahem, Affordable Care Act requires all employers with 50 or more workers to provide health

U.S. embassy in Cairo condemns “the violence” after Egyptian police help attack Coptic cathedral
4/8/2013 4:01:43 PM  Allahpundit
As the old saying goes: Guns don’t kill people, “violence” kills people. Amb. Patterson and the entire staff of the Embassy convey our deepest condolences to the friends and families of the Egyptians – both Christian and Muslim – who

Democratic gay-marriage pool update: Tim Johnson “evolves,” endorses SSM
4/8/2013 3:21:20 PM  Allahpundit
And then there were three. U.S. Senator Tim Johnson today announced that he has decided to support marriage equality legislation. Johnson’s statement is below. “After lengthy consideration, my views have evolved sufficiently to support marriage

The Ed Morrissey Show: Kevin McCullough
4/8/2013 3:04:29 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today, on the Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), Kevin McCullough joins us again to discuss the intersection of faith and politics. Kevin and I will talk about the MSNBC promo that “all your kids are belong to us,” the passing of Margaret Thatcher

Gun-rights testimony from a communism survivor: “You don’t know what freedom is, because you’ve never lost it”
4/8/2013 2:41:59 PM  Erika Johnsen
I am always amazed — amazed — when anyone has the gall to dismiss, even laugh off, the suggestion that the right to keep and bear arms is a smart and necessary provision for a free society. Human history (not to mention current events!) is

Obama budget to cut missile-defense spending
4/8/2013 2:01:11 PM  Ed Morrissey
A rogue state with nuclear weapons has repeatedly threatened war against the US and its regional allies via missile attack.  North Korea even moved its missiles to the coast, and may be accelerating another nuclear-weapons test.  What could send a signal

Latest stop on the eurozone debt tour: Portugal
4/8/2013 1:21:15 PM  Erika Johnsen
The eurozone’s ongoing debt-crisis attention is shifting from Cyprus to Portugal this week, and not in a good way. Portugal has been struggling with a shrinking economy and unemployment sitting at 17 percent, and last Friday, a Constitutional Court

Army Reserve training material: Evangelicals, Catholics are extremist groups
4/8/2013 12:41:06 PM  Ed Morrissey
This one earns the coveted Duke University triple facepalm, the highest honor we can award for self-beclowning.  An Army Reserve training class attempted to instruct soldiers on the various extremist groups of the world, dutifully noting

MSNBC host: Thatcher embodied selfishness and greed
4/8/2013 12:01:06 PM  Ed Morrissey
Allahpundit warned in the breaking-news post that the passing of Margaret Thatcher would probably not generate much graciousness on the Left.  MSNBC proved him prophetic almost immediately, as NRO’s Eliana Johnson captured in this clip.  Martin

Obama administration reviving the Arab Peace Initiative
4/8/2013 11:21:18 AM  Ed Morrissey
John Kerry has pledged to renew efforts to reach a comprehensive peace agreement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the renewal revolves around a long-moribund proposal from Saudi Arabia.  McClatchy reports that the Arab Peace Initiative, floated

New MSNBC promo: “We have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents”
4/8/2013 10:41:40 AM  Allahpundit
Via Legal Insurrection, between this and Krystal Ball’s Socratic dialogue with a five-year-old about gay marriage, evidently it was indoctrination weekend at MSNBC. The novelty here isn’t the sentiment, it’s the candor. Hillary made