The New York Times’ Everyday Americans?
If you saw this “If I were President” article in the NYT that purported to offer up helpful suggestions from non-pundits and political/media types on how to fix the country, you probably rolled your eyes. Certainly FrankJ and Jon Henke did on Twitter (H/T), and for good reason: as ideas go, said ideas were… ah, largely lacking. And kind of provincial. Gimmicky, even. Certainly mostly | Read More »
Jane Yolen doesn’t want your filthy conservative eyes…
…looking at her children’s books: [The Capital Times]: What had you heard about our senator from Wisconsin, Ron Johnson, before you read my piece and what concerns you about the idea of him reading one of your stories to children? [Jane Yolen]: He is a Republican junior senator associated with the Tea Party. And that makes me think that either he is 1. A True | Read More »
AP: Facebook can’t tell anti-fracking fanatics from spambots.
Just thought that I’d rewrite this title (“Facebook’s spam program catches innocent users“) into something a bit more accurate. Executive summary: anti-fracking* activists – and more general environmental… types… – have been discovering that their regular posting and commenting patterns on Facebook has been winning them two week spam-bans from Facebook. Now, Facebook obviously doesn’t particularly want to give out its anti-spambot protocols, but you | Read More »
Hey, I have a request for the USFWS.
That being the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Anyway, I have a request: can you let us know the name of the idiot who decided to fine an 11 year old Virginia girl $535 for saving a baby woodpecker? Particularly since said idiot decided that she couldn’t bear to confront such a potentially violent criminal without a Virginia state trooper in tow*? And after you | Read More »
NYT – trusted?/ripped off?/betrayed by? – ThinkProgress over Darrell Issa?
Let me just executive summary this ThinkProgress/New York Times trainwreck, because Powerline has a very good detailed takedown of it already: ThinkProgress wrote some sloppy, badly researched hit pieces on House Oversight Chair Darrell Issa (R); Eric Litchblau of the New York Times apparently turned them – without attribution – into a extremely sloppy, badly researched hit article on House Oversight Chair Darrell Issa (R); | Read More »
Obama to farmer: ‘Call the USDA.’
So, Wednesday – while campaigning in Illinois, although I understand that we’re supposed to pretend that Obama isn’t actually campaigning, for some bizarre reason – the President of the United States faced with a technical question (the effects of new EPA’s soil and dust regulations on Illinois farmers) by a technical expert (an Illinois farmer). Despite the fact that the technical question is in fact | Read More »
Russ Feingold (D, NOTHING) cuts and runs.
(Via Hot Air) Russ Feingold’s not running for Senate in 2012. He’s not running for Governor in a hypothetical (and futile) 2012 recall election. He’s not running for Governor in the 2014 general election[*]. Russ Feingold’s just running away: “After twenty-eight continuous years as an elected official … I have found the past eight months to be an opportunity to look at things from a | Read More »
Rick Perry Insensitive to Barack Obama’s Feelings!
Governor and new Presidential candidate Rick Perry (R, TX), on his priority levels: …if I hurt the president’s feelings, well, with all due respect, I love my country and I love future generations more than I care about his feelings. To give the context: the White House has been taking the opportunity offered by Perry’s entrance to the race to take slaps at the candidate. | Read More »
Obama to Israel: apologize to Turkey…
…or risk ‘strained ties with Washington.’* (Via AoSHQ Headlines) Israel to Obama: No. Executive summary: last year, Israeli blockade enforcers stopped the so-called Gaza ‘peace flotilla’ (which is what ordinary, decent people call ‘a pro-terrorist blockade running fleet’). In the process of said stopping, the peaceful members of the peace flotilla did their level best to peacefully murder the blockade enforcers; to give you some | Read More »
RS Interview: Elizabeth Schultz (Fairfax Cty, VA School Board)
My general rule of thumb is that any position in a democratic system that is filled via election is pretty much by definition important: if there wasn’t some benefit to holding it then it would just be filled via appointment by an elected official. In this particular case: the Fairfax County school district is one of the largest in the country, has quite a lot | Read More »
Wisconsin Recall Elections, Take Two.
Jim Holperin against Kim Simac (R) in the 12th district; Bob Wertz against Jonathan Steitz (R) in the 22nd. Of the two, Holperin is considered to be more vulnerable; but the Democrats’ failure to win back the Senate last week has put this election – and the Wisconsin Democratic long-term agenda generally – on the back burner*. Which is entertaining enough, in its way – | Read More »
QotD, Going After The Race Traitor edition.
Quick background: Philly mayor Mike Nutter (Democrat, but nobody’s perfect) has had enough of young African-American mostly-male idiots organizing flash mobs that run through his city and steal things; and he’s being as forthright about it as only an African-American mayor probably could be, in these circumstances. Which is to say, he’s calling said idiots idiots, and making it clear that they need to start | Read More »
RS Interview: Gov. John Kasich (R, OH).
As it happens, this Wall Street Journal article discussing Ohio’s (among other states’) credit upgrade by Standard & Poor – and Ohio’s fairly dramatic drop in unemployment in a year – came out the same day that I spoke with Governor Kasich about his budget and labor union reform successes. The latter (SB5, which was in many ways an even stronger reform package than Wisconsin’s) | Read More »
RS Gathering 2011: Adam Hasner (R CAND, FL-SEN PRIMARY).
Adam Hasner was one of our speakers at the RedState Gathering, and he was available for a few moments for comments. You may recognize the backdrop; it’s from the Teddy Roosevelt painting, and I’d like to note that I think that campaigns looking for nice backgrounds from which to do their videos could do worse than use Steve Penley’s stuff. Adam’s site is here. I | Read More »
Meet Bob Turner (R-CAND, NY-09).
Bob is running in the special election called to replace Rep. Weiner after, well, delicacy prohibits me from finishing that sentence in the way that it deserves. Anyway, the election in question is next month, and is already surprisingly close, this early out. Turner’s Democratic opponent David Weprin is only leading 48/42 in the latest Siena poll, which frankly demonstrates a startlingly weak lead in | Read More »
Steve Penley: The RS Gathering’s secret weapon.
If you attended the RS Gathering, or saw some of the photos that were taken by various and sundry folks, then you saw various paintings by an artist named Steve Penley scattered across the event. We were EXTREMELY FORTUNATE that Steve allowed us to have access to his work for the event; he’s been a quiet favorite among RedState Contributors for some time now, and | Read More »
Paul Krugman channels his inner Reagan.
Is it cruel to point out that when Paul Krugman says that an alien invasion would save Keynesianism… …he’s pretty much cribbing off of Reagan’s observation that an alien invasion would unite humanity and war among us? Or is it just sad that Krugman comes across as profoundly intellectually stunted, in comparison? I mean, if we’re going to have an alien invasion serve a higher | Read More »
Michigan redistricting makes John Conyers cry.
Or at least scream: it turns out that the redistricting map for Michigan signed off on by Republican governor Rick Snyder last week seriously discombobulates long-time Democrat and House Judiciary Ranking Member John Conyers. The new map (which, incidentally, handles Michigan’s loss of a Congressional seat by effectively eliminating Democrat Gary Peters’ seat and making the rest more party-friendly) pretty much took Conyer’s MI-14 seat | Read More »
Fast & Furious Update: William Hoover claims ‘exit strategy’ meeting.
Short version of Fast & Furious, for those who came in late: the federal government decided to try to fight the spread of illegal weapons sales among Mexican narco-terrorist gangs by… encouraging and facilitating the sale of illegal weapons to Mexican narco-terrorist gangs. No, it did not end well: the guns that were illegally resold often got lost track of, right up to the point | Read More »
BREAKING: Pawlenty to drop out of race.
It’s being reported that Governor Tim Pawlenty will drop his Presidential bid, in light of his third-place showing at yesterday’s Ames Straw Poll. There’s no official confirmation yet, but that’s just a formality. I’m on the way out the door to catch a flight home from the RedState Gathering, so my brief take on this: with Pawlenty leaving we’re back down to three real candidates | Read More »