Links for 8-13-2013

  • Mark Levin’s book The Liberty Amendments went to number one on Amazon.com’s best seller chart.

  • Ben Domenech has been advocating libertarian populism as a strategy for building a new right wing voting base. He published an article in his newsletter this morning (it later appeared on Real Clear Politics) that responds to criticism from Ezra Klein and makes good points about cronyism, redistribution, and income mobility. It concludes with this: “This is the difference between the technocrat and the populist, writ large: true populists trust the people – even the poor people.”

  • A rodeo clown named Tuffy Gessling donned an Obama mask during the Missouri State Fair’s bull riding competition and the resulting liberal uproar (“Racist!”) resulted in his being banned for life. The announcer at the event, Mark Ficken, resigned his position as president of the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association. And now the Missouri State Fair is requiring rodeo clowns to undergo sensitivity training, which is about as un-rodeo as you can get. Meanwhile it’s still OK to put George W. Bush’s head on a pike in an episode of “Game of Thrones.” Matt Walsh wrote a tremendous letter of apology to Obama that’s the best thing I read all day.

  • Lois Lerner used a personal email account for official IRS business, which is now a standard refrain for the Obama administration. Congressman Darrell Issa demanded that Lerner turn over any documents sent to her personal account, but he still hasn’t recalled her to testify before the House Oversight Committee.

  • Andrew Malcolm runs down how James Clapper will investigate intelligence gathering abuses:

    James Clapper, Obama’s Director of National Intelligence who integrates and oversees all national intelligence, will run the group examining what all national intelligence does. James Clapper, Obama’s Director of National Intelligence, will name the group examining what all national intelligence does.

    James Clapper, Obama’s Director of National Intelligence, will digest his groups’ findings on what national intelligence has been doing under James Clapper and James Clapper will report them to his boss Obama, who’s already said publicly there are no abuses.

    We’re going way out on a mid-summer limb today to predict that Clapper will absolve Clapper and his community of any abuses and Obama will agree. Completely. Probably sometime during the holiday season when, like now, fewer people are paying attention.

  • Organizing for Action organized a “climate change” rally in Georgetown, Virginia that drew zero attendees and staged a similar event at Senator Ted Cruz’s Austin office, only to be outnumbered by Tea Partiers. I like Tea Partiers’ “Come and Take It” flag with an AR–15.

  • Scott Lincicome explains how federal policies are driving food inflation and the farmland bubble.

  • ABC News actually published an article making a connection between Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement of reduced mandatory sentences for drug offenses and Obama’s admitted drug use in Dreams From My Father.

  • The Taliban captured a female Afghan parliamentarian, Fariba Ahmadi Kakar, and her three daughters as they travelled through Ghazni province by car. The Taliban released the children but they’re demanding the release of four Taliban prisoners in exchange for releasing Kakar.