EPA orders NYC around on Yonkers reservoir.
Today in the Wall Street Journal we have a fairly caustic editorial about the EPA and its determination to make the city of New York pay for a 1.6 billion dollar cover for a Yonkers water reservoir, whether NYC wants to or not. Which the city of NYC does not want to do, partially because they don’t have the money, and partially because the specific | Read More »
Today’s TSA six-year-old patdown stupidity.
Six year old kid, going to Disneyland… No, not that six-year-old: another one. And no, not this six-year-old, either. She’s just on a no-fly list. Hold on… nope, not this six-year-old! She doesn’t count, because she was actually three!
The Wisconsin redistricting maps are out.
There is a gutter war going on right now in Wisconsin, by the way. It’s not one that the Republicans there started, but darned if they’re not grimly intent on finishing it – and for anybody who might be upset at that notion, let me remind you of something: oddly enough, when you threaten a man or woman’s family, it’s rare that he or she | Read More »
Paul Ryan: 20% tipper.
(Background here.) That’s pretty much the most important thing that you should take from neo-Puritan* Susan Feinberg’s decision to make a scene in a restaurant by accosting (drunkenly?) Rep. Paul Ryan‘s choice in alcoholic beverages (which he paid for on his personal card**): the man subscribes to the “20% is the new 15%” rule of tipping in this wonderful new economy that Reid, Pelosi, and | Read More »
The Democrats and unemployment, summed up in one screencap.
[UPDATE] Jaw-dropper of the he-ran-in, then he-ran-out press conference itself: the President actually – and shamelessly – embraced the so-called “Bush tax cuts” that he campaigned against in 2008, and (extremely reluctantly) went along with in 2010. I really should add some commentary to this, but what can I say that this picture does not? The President’s eventual remarks on the job report will | Read More »
DSCC chair Patty Murray tries to get her some Koch campaign cash.
I can almost understand why DSCC chair Sen. Patty Murray would try to hit up the Koch Companies for ‘five figures’ (read: the maximum allowed by federal election campaign finance law). First off, Sen. Murray is not exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer (she’d almost have to be, given that Murray actually left a voice message as well as sent a letter*). Second, what’s | Read More »
Amazon, Tennessee, Bill Haslam, and a national sales tax.
(Full disclosure: I am an Amazon.com Affiliate for Maryland.) Glenn Reynolds noted this apparent contradiction in what Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s position actually is with regard to having Amazon.com collect sales tax: is the Republican Governor for it, or against it? I say ‘apparent’ because there isn’t one, really; there’s just not enough context. Basically, the position that Haslam is taking is that the state | Read More »
The QotD: In Twitter Veritas Memorial Open Thread.
PJ Tatler caught this one. President Barack Obama, during his so-called “Twitter Town Hall” yesterday: …we will have to make tough decisions about Defense spending, or even on programs that I like… (Via Jim Geraghty) Seriously, the administration needs to cut down on the number of occasions where the President is allowed to talk off the cuff, and unscripted. He’s incredibly bad at avoiding disaster | Read More »
Fast and Furious update: Ken Melson’s secret testimony.
The sound that you’re hearing is the muttered “Uh-oh” of a plethora of staffers at the Justice Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives. Of particular interest is the letter that Oversight Chair Darrell Issa and Judiciary Ranking Member (for now) Chuck Grassley sent to Attorney General (for now) Eric Holder regarding Melson’s testimony… but we’ll get that in a moment. For | Read More »
Of two minds on this @keder thing.
Ed Morrissey noted today that the paid-for-with-your-tax-money White House Director of Progressive Media and Online Response Jesse Lee seems to have an unhealthy obsession with countering Kevin Eder’s Twitter feed – much to the amusement of, well, everybody*. Lee then apparently decided to up his game by responding to Ed, which may or not represent a guilty conscience; a tacit admittance that Morrissey’s point was | Read More »
Bobby Jindal’s steadily-advancing re-election.
55 has two major meanings, in fact: First off, it’s ‘merely’ Governor Bobby Jindal’s approval rating in Louisiana last year – and unchanged, six months before the election*. Second, it’s the number of signatures on the latest recall petition against Jindal – a petition that expires next week. If you look at the above Politico article from December, you might suspect that the Politico author | Read More »
Obama campaign site hacked.
I would like to note for the record that there is not yet any indication that any kind of personal information, including credit card information, was stolen from the Obama for America (OfA) campaign website during the period when it was insecure. Preliminary accounts indicate that the hack was limited to a redirect of mobile applications to a list of general ‘anti-government criticisms.’ Nonetheless, computer | Read More »
Martin O’Malley (D, MD) pushing for Amazon tax.
(Full disclosure: I am an Amazon.com Affiliate for Maryland.) It’s still in the early stages – the Governor has started the paperwork process and Comptroller for Maryland Peter Franchot supports the idea – but the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, and goodness knows that the Democrats keep doing precisely that when it comes | Read More »
Barack Obama’s disappointing 2Q?
Possibly the Obama campaign wants me to have that reaction, which was based on the news that they’ve released the total number of donors to date (just under 500,000) rather than the total amount collected in the second quarter. The campaign did so enjoy playing the expectations game in 2008. But what the heck: if it’s a trap, let me charge forward and trigger it | Read More »
QotD, Joe Biden Opens His Mouth edition.
Episode 34,872. Our illustrious Vice President, reminding the Teamsters that democracy must always give way to naked political partisanship: “And don’t any of you, by the way, any of you guys vote Republican,” Biden said. “I’m not supposed to say, this isn’t political. …don’t come to me if you do! You’re on your own, Jack!” Now, is that the official position of the United States | Read More »
NYT uses bad guesser Jack Bass to attack Nikki Haley.
I will admit that the New York Times largely did not attack South Carolina governor Nikki Haley (R) all that harshly in this article; in fact, they said some things that were actually complimentary (given that the governor is openly going after entrenched Republican interests in SC, that’s probably not a surprise). But they couldn’t quite resist playing silly games by getting local liberal political | Read More »
First North Carolina redistricting map!
And it firmly embraces the old folk saying: What goes around, comes around. This is the first of three new maps (all of which will be coming out of the newly Republican-controlled state legislature): To give you an idea of the shift (which is already forecasting DOOM for at least three North Carolina Democrats), here’s the old map:
Wisconsin school district now stable, thanks to Scott Walker et al.
Oh, that awful Scott Walker and his awful union reform law. It’s been devastating; I mean, look at just one school district affected by the Republican-passed law! The Kaukauna School District was already laboring under a $400,000 deficit; now, ‘thanks’ to Scott Walker and the Republican party, they’re now stuck with a $1,500,000 surplus! That means more work for the hiring department! That means that | Read More »
Fourth of July: REPUBLICAN BREEDING GROUND!!!!!
[UPDATE: Promoted, with a link added from AoSHQ. I wish that I had written #1 on that list. - ML] I suspect that the Democratic party probably doesn’t want to ever see this sentence from a Harvard statistical survey appear in a news story: Taken together, the results indicate that Fourth of July celebrations in the United States shape the nation’s political landscape by forming | Read More »
Mark Halperin says what he thinks about Barack Obama’s speech.
The alternate title for this, of course, is “Mark Halperin calls Barack Obama a d*ck.” A few thoughts on this: The longer video – as opposed to the one found here – makes it kind of clear that when Halperin said that “I thought he was kind of a d*ck yesterday” it wasn’t precisely an off-the-cuff moment. Nope. Malice, as they say, aforethought. As I | Read More »