HotAir Daily Express 09/11/2013

Hot Air Daily Express

Big Apple voters not terribly enchanted with Carlos Danger and Client #9
9/11/2013 10:01:27 AM  Ed Morrissey
Voters delivered their verdict on comebacks in the New York City Democratic primary yesterday, and … it wasn’t pretty.  Anthony Weiner finished a distant fifth in a mayoral race in which he had long since faded from contention, but Eliot

Total recall: Gun-control advocates get booted from CO office
9/11/2013 9:21:28 AM  Ed Morrissey
Voters in Colorado sent a big message yesterday to progressives who thought they’d taken ownership of the interior West in recent election cycles.  Legalizing pot and even raising a few taxes might be fine and dandy, but take away the guns and the

Obama speech: As confused as his policy
9/11/2013 8:41:51 AM  Ed Morrissey
At least it was short. That, however, was its only virtue, but even that wasn’t enough to raise questions about why Barack Obama bothered to give such a momentous speech to say … nothing at all new, and nothing at all about what he wanted

Twelve years ago …
9/11/2013 8:01:06 AM  Ed Morrissey
Where were you on 9/11? Twelve years ago today, I sat in my window office in Eden Prairie as a director of a call center in the alarm industry and noticed how nice a day it looked to be as I ate breakfast.  Even though hurricane season had begun in the

Quotes of the day
9/10/2013 10:41:18 PM  Allahpundit
“Why would you trust Assad,” Mitchell asked Heitkamp. “Assad has, until this initiative, denied there was an attack, denied he was part of it, denied he has chemical weapons. Why on earth would we trust this man to tell us he’s turned them all over to

Sequestration nation: DoD doles out $7 billion in wind-energy contracts
9/10/2013 10:11:40 PM  Erika Johnsen
Remember, earlier this year, when the Obama administration was transforming each and every sequestration budget cut into some nightmarishly dire prediction about how each and every major department wouldn’t be able to perform the full extent of

Good news: New Apple iPhone to use, er, fingerprints for security
9/10/2013 9:21:41 PM  Allahpundit
I know what you’re thinking, but don’t worry. Apple’s going to encrypt the data and make sure that it’s stored locally in the processor, not in the Cloud. Which guarantees that prying eyes at the NSA can’t, er, access it or

Open thread: Desperate man tries to convince world he has faintest idea of what he’s doing
9/10/2013 8:41:01 PM  Allahpundit
9 p.m. ET all across the dial on cable news. Peggy Noonan calls it, correctly, “a White House address in which a president argues for an endeavor he is abandoning. It will be a president appealing for public support for an action he intends not to

Declassified docs: NSA violated rules for years, searched Americans’ phone records
9/10/2013 8:01:18 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
The NSA violated the privacy rules that govern its massive collection of Americans’ phone call records, delving into them repeatedly for three years without required legal justification, according to documents released today as a result of a

Non sequitur: Ostensibly comic video calls for the formation of a “black NRA”
9/10/2013 7:21:58 PM  Erika Johnsen
I know that responding to the likes of videos from Funny or Die is supposed to be super lame because “it’s just supposed to be funny!” and that doing so means that I must simply be devoid of any sense of humor, but a video’s

Report: Obama’s Syria speech tonight to last just 15 minutes
9/10/2013 6:41:50 PM  Allahpundit
Unbelievably small: Obama's #syria speech tonight will be just 15 minutes. — mark seibel (@markseibel) September 10, 2013 You know he’s in a bad spot when a guy who enjoys the sound of his own voice as much as O does wants to keep things

GOP crafting continuing resolution sans an ObamaCare-defunding imperative; tension ensues
9/10/2013 6:01:11 PM  Erika Johnsen
If the Syrian civil war wasn’t happening and ergo wasn’t taking up such a huge portion of political bandwidth, what we’d all be talking about right now would be the looming budget battle that’s coming as the government’s

Peace in our time: Syria says it’ll stop producing chemical weapons and will disclose locations of stockpiles
9/10/2013 5:21:24 PM  Allahpundit
As Heidi Heitkamp said this morning, don’t think of it as placing your trust in Assad. Think of it as placing your trust in Vladimir Putin. An offer we can’t refuse? According to Syrian state TV, Syria on Tuesday accepted Russia’s

GOP rep introduces a bill to reverse Capitol Hill’s self-dealing ObamaCare exemption
9/10/2013 4:41:59 PM  Erika Johnsen
Earlier this year, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle were apparently visited by the creeping realization that they, too, would be subjected to the incoming ‘benefits’ of ObamaCare, just like the common people they supposedly serve.

Kerry: My inspections proposal for Syria wasn’t a dumb gaffe, it was totally intentional
9/10/2013 4:01:08 PM  Allahpundit
We all knew it was coming and now here it is. A quote from yesterday morning: SECRETARY KERRY: Sure. He could turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week. Turn it over, all of it, without delay, and

Video: ObamaCare device tax kills 1,000 jobs in Michigan
9/10/2013 3:21:44 PM  Ed Morrissey
With just 21 days left before the individual mandate takes effect, some believe that ObamaCare hasn’t officially started yet.  Tell that to the 1000+ people who lost jobs in Michigan this year, thanks to a medical-device tax that kicked in earlier

The Ed Morrissey Show: Andrew Malcolm
9/10/2013 2:51:34 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 Syria, the Obama climbdown, the Putin ultimatum to the US, and all of the hot political

Wow: Senior Senate aide says Obama was short of 50 votes for Syria strike; Update: Obama wants vote delayed
9/10/2013 2:41:10 PM  Allahpundit
How bad has it gotten for The One? Quote: “In their private moments, Mr. Obama’s allies said even the argument that his presidency would for all intents and purposes be over did not sway some unsympathetic Democrats, frustrated over how few

Syria denouement: An unmitigated disaster for US foreign policy and credibility
9/10/2013 2:01:01 PM  Ed Morrissey
Note: This post was written earlier today, before Vladimir Putin issued an ultimatum to the US to stand down on the use of force in Syria as the price for a UN Security Council resolution to take control of Syria’s chemical weapons. As I remarked

McConnell: “You don’t send out a ‘save the date’ card to the enemy”
9/10/2013 1:21:03 PM  Erika Johnsen
If this Russian scheme is happening, then Congress proceeding as planned on voting on a use of force resolution might be something of a moot point, as well as a downright humiliating prospect for the White House, seeing as how they have neither the votes

Fiasco: Russia “not enthusiastic” about UN resolution on Syria, says French FM; Update: Putin wants U.S. to call off strike
9/10/2013 12:41:27 PM  Allahpundit
Now I’m thinking maybe we should bomb Assad just to spite Putin. What’s the point of proposing a “weapons inspection” charade if you’re not prepared to string it out for awhile? Russia is not keen at this stage for a binding

Jackass supernova: Weiner and Lawrence O’Donnell battle for nearly 15 minutes
9/10/2013 12:01:53 PM  Allahpundit
They’re well matched. One’s an obnoxious hard-left attention-seeker whom nobody likes, and the other’s Anthony Weiner. Fifteen minutes is a lot to ask but trust me when I tell you that the second clip’s more enjoyable than the

Breaking: Climbdown complete — Obama agrees to UN debate on Putin plan
9/10/2013 11:06:05 AM  Ed Morrissey
Just a day ago, Barack Obama planned to lay out his case for taking military action against Syria in a prime-time address this evening.  Instead, he’ll have to explain why he’s suddenly interested in the United Nations track, which his

On eve of Benghazi anniversary, Libya stiffs US on arrests
9/10/2013 10:41:21 AM  Ed Morrissey
With all of the attention focused on Barack Obama’s plans to use military strikes to hasten regime change in a country with al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist networks operating on a large scale, let’s not forget the last time this strategy was