I’m stunned by the tragic death of Phil Hoffman. We went to high school together, but few of us had any idea he would become such a star.

Philip Seymour Hoffman as Willy Loman in "Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman."  (Photo credit: New York Times)

Philip Seymour Hoffman as Willy Loman in “Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.” (Photo credit: New York Times)

Lynn and I just heard the news of the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, apparently of a heroin overdose. We feel so sick and so sad. Grieving for him. Grieving for his family. And his friends. We are praying for each of them to find Christ’s comfort at this hour. Praying they experience what the Apostle Paul calls “the peace that passes all comprehension” in Philippians chapter four. When we were growing up in the same town in Upstate New York (Fairport), we all knew him simply as “Phil.” We were in the same graduating class of about 575. I remember seeing him in the Fairport High School senior year drama in “Death of a Salesman.” He played the lead, Willy Loman, and he was phenomenal. It was stunning how good. Phil had always been a class clown. I had no idea until then he could act at all much less so well. We all knew at that point that he could be a breakout, but did any of us in the Class of ’85 really know how huge a star he’d become? Indeed, after graduating from New York University, he became one of the most impressive and celebrated actors of our generation. Oscar award winner. Tony award winner. You name it, he won it. A few years ago I took Lynn to see Phil play Willy Loman in “Death of a Salesman” – but this time on Broadway. He’d been amazing in high school, but he was, of course, even far more effective after years of training and experience — which made a sad and tragic play 1000 times sadder. I remember seeing him first in Scent of a Woman. Twister was fantastic. Hunger Games, too, and so many other of his films and TV shows. My favorite has to be Mission Impossible when Tom Cruise disguises himself as Phil Hoffman! I sat in the theater blown away. Suddenly, Cruise (the biggest box office star of our time) was gone. It was just Phil vs. Phil on the silver screen. Though we grew up in the same town and went to the same schools, I never knew him really. But I’ve prayed for him often, and for all the Raiders of ’85. I am heartbroken he struggled so much to find hope in this world and that he is gone so soon, and so tragically. Good bye, Phil. You will be deeply missed.


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Larwyn’s Linx: Latest Obama: Sorry, can’t help you because I’m constrained by the Constitution

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Nation

Latest Obama: Sorry, I’m constrained by the Constitution: Doug Powers
Steyn: Obamacare ‘the greatest act of punitive liberalism’ ever: Jeff Poor
Obama: only two parties now: Democrats and Impediments: Doug Powers

Quotes From 60 Democrats Who Lied About Obamacare: RWN
Nameless Republicans Complain to Liberals About Conservatives: RS
Mitch ‘Mr. Majestic’ McConnell is Melting: Dan Riehl

Obamacare could tip the scale in Iowa Senate race: David Freddoso
Obama To Use Executive Order to Force Gun Control by Fiat: Publius
Knives and the Second Amendment: David Kopel

Economy

It Costs $ 200B to Manage $ 500B In Federal Grants: P&F
The Problem With Bubbles: Mish
Top US hospital laying off staff due to Obamacare: DC

States Reject Big Government: RS
After Obamacare, Cities Want Pension Bailout Too: Ashton Ellis
Large employers cite upcoming Obamacare Cadillac tax for reduced benefits: Hot Air

Scandal Central

Hugh Hewitt: State Exchanges are ‘Failing Spectacularly’ (and No One’s Noticing): TruthRevolt
Cover Oregon giving out people’s personal Obamacare information by accident.: Moe Lane
Vermont health-care Web site security breached: Reid Wilson, WaPo

Obama FBI Partners with Left-Wing Extremist Group: Matt Barber
Obamacare website contractor admitted 30 “defects” on day of launch, WH launched anyway: Poor Richard
Obama Has Time for 5 Rounds of Golf, 10 Fundraisers Since Bungled Obamacare Launch: Angle

Media

The only honest article about The Knockout Game I’ve seen: Taki’s Mag
CNN Blasts “Obama Propaganda Machine” : Western
Fighting Back: USA Today Will no Longer Publish Obama Admin’s ‘Official’ Press Photos: TPNN

NYT Admits Iran Deal ‘Welcome Change of Subject’ from Obamacare: TruthTrevolt
Video: Politifact’s 2009 “Lie Of The Year” Deemed True 4 Years Later: Nice Deb
Time’s Mark Halperin: Death Panels Are ‘Built Into’ ObamaCare: Noel Sheppard

World

What If Islamists Took Control of the White House?: Howard Rotberg
Eugene McCarthy Erotic Fan Fiction: Erick Erickson
Former Blackwater CEO: ‘Iraq is completely lost’: BPR

Mark Levin interviws Amb. John Bolton on Iran and much more…: Scoop
Obama Administration to CLOSE EMBASSY AT VATICAN – Says It’s Unsafe: GWP
Angola Becomes First Nation To Ban Islam and Dismantle Mosques: RWN

Iran Brags About Playing Obama: Tatler
Hey Harry, you’re not the only guy with a nuclear option: MOTUS
Israel Launches Largest Ever Air Force “Exercise” The Day After Iran Deal: ZH

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Newegg trial: Crypto legend takes the stand, goes for knockout patent punch: Joe Mullin
4 World-Changing Products Dreamed Up by Bill Gates: Cliff Kuang, Wired
Level 3 may have helped the NSA tap Google’s fiber optic cables: Meghan Kelly

Cornucopia

Disappointed: 27b/6
The Hilarious Ingredients and Price of the ‘ObamaCare Burger’: IJ Review
Because It’s Cute, That’s Why: R.S. McCain

Image: Teaching Children Jihad in Dagestan – Robert Spencer
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QOTD: “In short, this [Iran] deal, which turns out to not really be a deal at all, but a lot of hype to distract from the Obamacare mess, would mean Iran can keep building its bomb with minimal inspection, get more money from American and European taxpayers, and keep funding terrorists around the world.

The West is willingly being played the fool by a player elites assume is actually rational, but is not. By the way, it is amazingly pathetic that President Obama won’t let you keep your insurance plan, but he will let the Iranians keep their enriched uranium program. Just what sort of idiot will negotiate with terrorist regimes, but not with Americans?” –Erick Erickson

Doug Ross @ Journal

Obama Secret Service Agent: “It’s Worse Than People Know… and I’m Not Trying to Scare You Either”

bongino(Pictured: Secret Service Agent Dan Bongino with President Obama)

You may have your suspicions about what’s going on behind closed doors at the White House.

But according to one of President Obama’s former body guards it’s much worse than we can even imagine.

Dan Bongino has protected numerous Presidents over his career, including President Obama. He has been within ear-shot of many a discussion in the Oval Office, but up until this administration has stayed out of the lime light. Apparently, however, this administration is abhorrent, that he could no longer keep quiet.

He’s so upset with what he witnessed that he is now running for Congress because he feels it’s the only way to take America back from the sycophants who have made every effort to enrich themselves with money and power at the expense of the American people.

How bad is it?

We’re in a lot of trouble.

The President sees government – and I think it’s because of his lack of experience and maybe community organizing in the past – as this shiny new toy.

For all the disagreements I had with Clinton, Carter and Bush there were always limits… there was that line you just didn’t cross… We cross it seemingly every day. We’re lost in the scandals…

The Jamie Dimon shakedown at Chase… the HHS scandal.. Kathleen Sebelius shaking down the health care industry for money… the IRS… it’s to the point where these scandals in and of themselves would be huge back-breaking scandals [but] are just lost in the scandal fog of this administration…

It’s worse than people know… and I’m not trying to scare you either.

This is coming from someone who has stood next to Presidents for his entire career.

The implications are absolutely terrifying, especially considering how bad the publicly known scandals already are. Can you imagine what’s happening outside the view of Americans?

This is not about Republican or Democrat, it’s about liberty, pure and simple, and this administration has done more to damage our individual rights than any that has come before it.

Bongino expresses this succinctly when discussing the NSA scandal and the administration’s use of the information acquired by government snoops all over the country.

You give the government information and it will be abused. It is not a matter of if it’ll be abused, it’s only a matter of when…

When the line between the personal self and the public self… when that line is determined by the government that keeps your information in a trove for release any time they need it, how are you free?

..the bottom line is, having worked inside the government, it will be abused. It is only a matter of time.

We are all doing something wrong. The catch is not “if” we’re doing something wrong. It is “are your private wrongs impacting on my civil liberties?” If not, the government has no business in your life… it’s a red herring…

If you’re not doing something wrong? The question is only whether your private wrongs that have no effect on anyone else become exposed for the government’s benefit.

…It’s only a matter of time before someone slaps an email on your desk fifteen years ago… and says ‘look what we got against you.’

Remember, when the key is held by someone else liberty means absolutely nothing. That personal and private self are being evaporated.

Make no mistake. They – and that especially includes this administration and/or agents acting under their directives and initiatives – will use everything they can against you when it suits them.

The prerogative has always been destroy anything or anyone who threatens the establishment. We’ve seen it time and again with this, as well as past, White House administrations and Congressional membership.

Now, more than ever before, they will start targeting those who speak out against them and jeopardize their agenda.


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Larwyn’s Linx: A Letter From a Young Med Student: ‘Mr. President, I’m hanging up the white coat’

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Nation

Young Med Student: ‘Mr. President, I’m hanging up the white coat’: BPR
Obamacare and the “Governing” Trap: Erick Erickson
Citizens ‘can’t afford’ new premiums; Will ‘keep’ penalty, lose insurance: Twitchy

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid should check his House in-box: Moe Lane
Report: Boehner Plans Amnesty Vote in Next Month: Matthew Boyle
Rubio Bails on Amnesty: Mickey Kaus

Battered Public Syndrome: Reality Bats Last
Obama’s Valerie Jarrett: Whispered about, But Never Challenged: John Fund
Cruz Cruises Ahead In Iowa: WZ

Economy

Two Other GIGANTIC “Screw You” Parts Of Obamacare: Karl Denninger
Tales From the Trainwreck: Doug Powers
The Dirty Secret Behind ObamaCare No One’s Talking About: JoshuaPundit

How Obamacare is destroying one woman’s life: Thomas Purcell
Enter Obamacare website might have to be rebuilt: Post
Avoiding Obamacare’s ‘Death Spiral’: Sam Baker, NatlJrnl

Scandal Central

60 Minutes confirms Benghazi is a real scandal, and you’ve been lied to: LI
U.S. Diplomat: Obama Admin Told Us We Would Get No Help During Attack: WZ
60 Minutes on Benghazi: the Full Report: CBS News

Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer: Obama watched Benghazi attack from Situation Room: Walid Shoebat
The Left’s Continued Assault on the Truth About Benghazi: Roger Aronoff, AIM
Officials Claim Obama Unaware of Foreign Spying Program Until Revealed in the Press: Noah Rothman, Mediaite

Media

‘He just got owned!’ Brit Hume smacks Juan Williams’ absurd Obamacare spin: Twitchy
Liberal Columnist Who Backed Obamacare Sees Her Insurance Rates Skyrocket: John Hawkins
NYT: Inflate the Currency!: TruthRevolt

Critic in Chief: Charles Krauthammer diagnoses Obama’s policies and psyche: Timothy P. Carney
New Online Course Featuring Ted Cruz & Mark Levin Aims to Teach Students About Conservatism: Blaze
Race War in Obama’s America: Allen West

Juan Williams Defends Obamacare-Forced Insurance Cancellations: TruthRevolt
LA Times: Middle-class Californians feeling surprised, dismayed by higher ObamaCare costs: Hot Air
Awful: Time Warner Cable Agree To Carry Al Jazeera America…: WZ

World

Bob Woodward Warns of Out-of-Control ‘Secret Government’: TruthRevolt
Sheldon Adelson Admirably Calls for America to Drop a Nuclear Bomb on Iran: Craig Biddle
America Joins the Jihad: Clare M. Lopez

Preparing for America’s Surrender: Norman E. Hooben
“Black Wind To America”: A Deadly Terrorist Bioweapon Program Agenda?: Larry Bell
Japan Nuke Agency Urges Drastic Steps at Fukushima: Mari Yamaguchi, AP

Sci-Tech

Day after HHS touted Obamacare data hub as example of ‘what’s working,’ guess what’s down: Twitchy
A black box in your car? Some see a source of tax revenue: Evan Halper, LAT
Why developers choose Android: Adam Smith

Cornucopia

The Single Braincell Theory: Ed Driscoll
He Will Not Rest Until He Gets In His 150th Round of Golf: FAM
Ten Years of JihadWatch: Robert Spencer

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QOTD: “If you’re looking for an epitaph for the republic (and these days, who isn’t?) try this – from August 2010 and TechCrunch’s delirious preview of healthcare.gov:

We were working in a very very nimble hyper-consumer-focused way,” explained Todd Park, the Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “all fused in this kind of maelstrom of pizza, Mountain Dew and all-nighters … and, you know, idealism. That kind of led to the magic that was produced.

Wow. Think of the magic that Madison, Hamilton, and the rest of those schlubs could have produced if they’d only had pizza and Mountain Dew and been willing to pull a few all-nighters at Philadelphia in 1787. Somewhere between the idealism and the curling slice of last night’s pepperoni, Macon Phillips, the administration’s Director of New Media, happened to come across a Tweet by Edward Mullen of Jersey City in which he Twitpicced his design for what a health-insurance exchange could look like. So Phillips printed it out to show his fellow administration officials: “Look, this is the sort of creativity that is out there,” he said. “One thing led to another, and he left Jersey City to come to D.C. and helped push us through an information architectural process.”” –Mark Steyn

Doug Ross @ Journal