The Boston Marathon bombers had… illegal guns.
Which is impossible, right? A Massachusetts police official say the brothers suspected of bombing the Boston Marathon before having shootouts with authorities didn’t have gun permits. Cambridge Police Commissioner Robert Haas tells The Associated Press in an interview Sunday that neither Tamerlan Tsarnaev (tsahr-NEYE’-ehv) nor his brother Dzhokhar had permission to carry firearms. …I mean, Massachusetts has strict gun control laws. You’re not allowed to | Read More »
The Shale Gas Boom as a Game Changer
The new Potential Gas Committee report paints a vivid picture of the shale boom and its impact, not simply on consumer prices, but throughout the global economy.Read More »
Boston Marathon aftermath: feds warned by Russia about Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011.
Let me just put this FBI press release out there for you. It’s dated April 19, 2013, by the way: this will be important later. 2011 Request for Information on Tamerlan Tsarnaev from Foreign Government The two individuals believed to be responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings on Monday have been positively identified as Tamerlan Tsarnaev, now deceased, and Dzhokar Tsarnaev, now in custody. These | Read More »
Hunt for the elusive Tea Party murderer continues
Liberal hopes were dashed with the revelation that the Boston Marathon bombers were a couple of Chechen Muslim immigrants. The Left was so sure they had finally bagged the elusive Tea Party murderer! The bombings occurred in Boston on Tax Day. Surely, at long last, the opportunity to smear libertarians, small-government conservatives, anti-tax crusaders, and the whole hellish tri-corner hat crowd was at hand! “Two plus two | Read More »
Tech at Night: CISPA moves on. Ayotte takes on the Sales Tax. Google defeats Viacom.
So yes, CISPA passed the House. Unsurprisingly, Anonymous isn’t happy, what when as things stand Lulzsec already is getting hammered. Greater information sharing is a threat to online anarchists, as well as foreign private and state actors.
The bill now goes to the Senate, where Jay Rockefeller may stall on an ego-driven separate bill. I think the bill’s a good idea. It’s not perfect, but not all of the criticisms floating around are correct. In particular, SOPA is a red herring, and totally unrelated. CISPA is about information sharing, not regulation.Read More »
Ohio House Passes Budget Without Medicaid Expansion
The Ohio House of Representatives passed biennial budget House Bill 59 (HB 59) on April 18 without Governor John Kasich’s proposed Medicaid expansion, calling instead for a separate debate on the issue. There is no deadline for states to expand Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), but promised federal funding tapers off beginning in 2017. “Many thanks to those of you | Read More »
Behind the Smoke Screen of “Safe” Abortions
Safety is one of the most potent defenses of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that imposed a national policy of abortion on demand. Women had abortions even before it was legal to do so, the argument goes, but restrictive laws forced them to go to back-alley quacks. In this view, the story of Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortionist on trial for the murders | Read More »
The obligatory Uncle Ruslan post.
Man, I really hope that this guy is on the up-and-up: Because that was EPIC. I can’t really summarize it, except as being an extremely loud, extremely comprehensive, and extremely avoids-being-profane-by-the-thinnest-margins denunciation of his nephews, their actions, and their irrational hatred of the United States of America. Really, it loses EVERYTHING in description. Moe Lane (crosspost) PS: And then there was BEASTMODE. What you’ve all | Read More »
The Boston Boneheads II – Things That Make Me Lose Faith In Most of Humanity
Good morning, @davidaxelrod. Could you tell us some more about your “tax day” theory? #BostonMarathon #Watertown
— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) April 19, 2013
I wasn’t quite sure how I’d go about taking NPR’s Dina Temple-Raston’s advice and celebrate Hitler’s Birthday this year. I thought about baking cupcakes and holding a polka-dance. It’s suitably outdated for a humble right-wing reactionary like moi’ – but somehow it just wouldn’t work. And then a funny thing happened on the way to the media-circus.
It seems David Sirota should be jubilant this morning. He wanted and I mean really wanted the Boston Marathon Bombers to be Caucasian – and boy did he get his wish!* They’re from Chechnya even, and boy are they into that old-time religion. Oh, wait…wrong one as you can see in the film below.Read More »
Here are Some Dynamic Scoring Ideas for the Immigration Deform Bill
The coalition of leftists, big labor, big business, and big GOP consultants who are pushing this immigration bill, which is antithetical to reform, are terrified of the upcoming cost study from the Heritage Foundation. That’s why Marco Rubio is asking them to employ “dynamic scoring.” In the minds of his supporters, we should focus on the alleged benefits from the bill with regards to the | Read More »
Should We Go Back to a Gold Standard?
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss the argument for a gold standard, the perils that it would bring and living in a Ben Bernanke world.Read More »
Myth v. Fact: H.R. 624, The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA)
Previously, we had a guest post criticizing CISPA and calling for amendment. That amendment was not passed, and CISPA passed the House today anyway.
So let’s hear a defense of CISPA today, from Mike Rogers, Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. His words follow:
MYTH: This legislation creates a wide-ranging government surveillance program.
FACT: The bill has nothing to do with government surveillance; rather it simply provides narrow authority to share anonymous cyber threat information between the government and the private sector so they can protect their networks and their customers’ private information.Read More »
When Will Republicans Understand Free Market Healthcare?
Healthcare is one of the most complex policy issues. The lack of free market healthcare, engendered by endless government interventions (and secondary interventions to fix the original interventions), has made policy solutions even more cumbersome. But the overarching principle of any reform must begin with the understanding that federal intervention in the healthcare industry has inexorably driven up the cost of healthcare and health insurance. | Read More »
AUDIO: NPR says April “big” month for right wing terrorism
Revealing Politics has posted audio of NPR correspondent Dina Temple-Raston who claims that investigators are leaning towards a domestic terrorism because of the “timing.” Specifically that April is big for right-wing terrorism because of things like Columbine & Hitler’s birthday. I can’t remember the last time I was invited to a Hitler get-together but apparently she can. Follow @BenHowe
Maryland GOP cracks down on Bloggers
Michael Dresser of The Baltimore Sun (who is greatly missed from his days as a transit/transportation writer for them before he went to the government beat) writes about new rules from the Maryland Republican Party related to media credentials (which I’ve excerpted at the bottom of this post.) There are several questionable things in there, but the thing that stood out to me, besides Dresser’s headline, | Read More »
GM: A Bad Investment
It’s been nearly four years since General Motors (GM) declared bankruptcy and was bailed out by American taxpayers. So what has $50 billion bought us? Working Mother magazine recently released their list of the dozen “Best Companies for Hourly Workers” for 2013. Among those listed was GM who, in their own press release, described the honor as “recognition of employers that have the best policies | Read More »
The Obamacare-Style Waiver Authority of Immigration Bill Nullifies Talking Points
Do you want to know why this country is going to hell in a handbasket? Do you want to know why we have a constitutional crisis with the executive branch disregarding many of our laws, particularly our immigration laws? It’s because of those who construct the legislation. I’ve spent the past 24 hours combing through the legislation, and have only successfully grasped a few parts | Read More »
We, the citizens of the United States
Ann Coulter tears into Marco Rubio today, and it’s not pretty… but speaking as a longtime fan of the Senator from Florida, I have to admit I’ve been having similar thoughts lately. Here is how Rubio explained the powerful border-enforcing mechanism in his bill on “Fox News Sunday,” which he denied was merely a meaningless goal: “Basically, Homeland Security will have five years to meet | Read More »
Birfers, Truffers and Boston Boneheads
There are people on the Internet who become utterly convinced of their own awesome powers of observation. They read “Red Pill Blogs” and see the real world for how it really is. To these folks, it’s all a big conspiracy* and if they nose through the right Government Documents, they’ll discover the real X-Files. The Kenyan Birth Certificate, Tom Fife’s evening in Moscow, the Metallurgical | Read More »