Kenneth Melson’s Fast & Furious Firing?
Word is out that Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms acting head Kenneth Melson is going to be sacrificed some time this week over Operation Fast & Furious: The shakeup shows the extent of the political damage caused by the gun-trafficking operation called Fast and Furious, which used tactics that allowed suspected smugglers to buy large numbers of firearms. Growing controversy over the program has | Read More »
The Rise of the Democratic Super-Secret PACs.
Super PACs are, of course, the political groups that were set up after the Supreme Court’s landmark free speech decision in Citizens United: they are able to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money advocating both for and against political candidates, but may not donate to those candidates directly. The Left ostensibly hates them, which did not stop them from using them to raise over | Read More »
How the Daily Kos did NOT sanitize its Weinergate coverage.
It all started when I decided to drink some of the pain of the Activist Left. I was reading Mickey Kaus – who himself is no slouch when it comes to despising the activists that have essentially destroyed his current and my former party – when he linked to this in-retrospect-unfortunate Tweet by Kos referencing dKos’ rather embarrassingly wrong conspiracy theory about what was going | Read More »
This is the way WI protests end.
This is the way WI protests end. This is the way WI protests end. This is the way WI protests end. (Via Instapundit) Not with a bang, but with a bunch of self-indulgent whining as the adults in the room get on with the state of Wisconsin’s business. Hmm. Doesn’t really scan. Moe Lane (crosspost) PS: The entire Wisconsin protest thing would have been a | Read More »
Chris Christie’s… NAZI JERSEY!
Today’s let’s-urinate-on-the-memory-of-Nazi-victims comes to us courtesy of Communications Workers of America International Vice President Christopher Shelton, who seems to be having difficulty telling the difference between murdering millions of people in literal carload lots, and ending public sector employees’ ability to collectively bargain over how much of said people’s work-offered health insurance policies has to come out of their pocket. And by ‘be having difficulty | Read More »
BREAKING: Anthony Weiner to resign House seat.
Unconfirmed as of yet, but it’s honestly the only option that the man has at this point, especially since his own party was publicly throwing him under the bus. Presumably somebody offered him a sufficiently lucrative golden parachute. Moving along, let us first get the obligatory parting shot out of the way… …as you might have guessed from the picture and the subtitle, there is | Read More »
The Tuesday Weinergate Democratic screaming match.
If you have ever wondered why the GOP leadership’s first instinct in time of scandal* is to immediately jettison the offenders (whether they like it or not)… well, there’s a reason for that: it rarely gets better if you let things fester. Case in point… Politico reports that a Democratic caucus Tuesday devolved into a bit of a screaming match; Rep. Bill Pascrell of New | Read More »
Operation Fast and Furious’ fast and furious unraveling.
So. Somebody in the Obama administration is telling lies to the House Oversight/Government Reform Committee. That’s not smart. When people tell lies to House committees, people go to jail. Background on this: this is all about the BATF/Justice Department Operations Gunrunner and Fast & Furious, which were originally purported to be methods by which [illegal purchases of] guns could be detected and arrested*. However, they | Read More »
A mini-Ice Age?
Better throw some more logs on the fire. What may be the science story of the century is breaking this evening, as heavyweight US solar physicists announce that the Sun appears to be headed into a lengthy spell of low activity, which could mean that the Earth – far from facing a global warming problem – is actually headed into a mini Ice Age. [snip] | Read More »
Fred Clark (D-CAND, WI-SEN): would-be abuser.
I say ‘would-be’ because Rep. Clark (who is running against incumbent Wisconsin Senator Luther Olsen in the upcoming recall election) doesn’t have the nerve to say things like the below to a constituent’s face: FC: “Ok. I feel like calling her back and smacking her around.” Nope! Clark’s much more comfortable with waiting until he thinks that she’s off the phone, and only then playing tough-guy. | Read More »
Richard Mourdock’s valuable life lesson.
Do not let your campaign manager assault* a blogger. Richard Mourdock (R) will be apologizing for this event (more details about the incident here) which took place after Right-blogger rebelpundit came up to the Indiana Senate candidate and started asking him some fairly direct questions about Mourdock’s willingness/reluctance to identify with the Tea Party. The actual triggering moment was when rebelpundit asked a Fair Tax | Read More »
‘All hands on deck’ for job creation! Again.
President Obama, during yet another promise to make job creation his number one priority in life. How many times does that make now? Six? Seven? Eight? But he means it this time! “Not until everyone who wants a good job that offers a little security has one. Not until empty storefronts in town are open for business again. Not until working families feel that they’re | Read More »
New Romney Ad: “Bump in the road.”
[UPDATE]: Nice take on this by one of our diarists. It’s strong; I thought that it might have been a bit long before watching, but there’s nothing in there that doesn’t need to be. Mitt Romney‘s campaign came up with a good one, here. One with a theme that should be repeated by the eventual candidate, at every opportunity. Via Jim Geraghty. Transcript (via email; | Read More »
The New York Times kills itself some dissidents.
(Via Hot Air) All in the name of the scoop, of course. The title is bad enough (“U.S. Underwrites Internet Detour Around Censors“), but the fools who wrote the article* gave names and procedures. They also explicitly used still-classified material to break this story: The American effort, revealed in dozens of interviews, planning documents and classified diplomatic cables obtained by The New York Times, ranges | Read More »
David Mamet’s grunt of relief.
I am linking to this David Mamet interview in the Financial Times largely for this passage: But attitudes in Europe to the Middle East tend to be more sceptical about Israel than American ones, I interject. Does he believe that anyone who disputes Israel’s land claims and believes in reallocation of territory to the Palestinians is anti-Semitic? Uncharacteristically, Mamet hesitates slightly as he starts to | Read More »
Question of the day, Patriarchal Feminists For Weiner edition.
A simple question, with teeth in it: The Anthony Weiner scandal has created a dilemma for female Democrats who are turned on by his politics but turned off by his sexual shenanigans. …Why? Moe Lane (crosspost) (Via JammieWearingFool, via Hot Air.)
The new-and-improved ’12 logo.
The President’s apparently ramping up the use of his first campaign sign, but Chicago Boyz felt that it… lacked something. So they punched it up some. Link. Pass it on. Moe Lane (crosspost) PS: I prefer ‘improved’ to ‘hacked,’ actually.
Hey, Jeff Toobin! About that Andrew Breitbart #Weinergate thing.
You remember how you went on CNN to attack Andrew about the ludicrous, oh so ludicrous suggestion that Anthony Weiner might have been having private digital conversations with teenagers? You know, this attack: “This is the silliest little thing.” Well, it’s also the funniest thing! The Delaware police are now looking into Anthony Weiner’s… private digital conversations with a teenager! Which Weiner is totally admitting | Read More »
Why New Media exists. (Or, Sarah Palin’s Emails cause insanity!)
A picture is, as they say, worth a thousand words… or, in this case, several pounds’ worth of emails. That picture is of the media, as Justin Hart put it,” jammed and running to the elevator to get the #PalinEmails.” For those wondering, the “#PalinEmails” are… the collected email record of Sarah Palin when she was Governor of Alaska, and the media has gone into | Read More »
Debbie Downer’s bad first month as DNC Chair.
(Via Hot Air) The Politico is just now starting to realize just how big a boon DNC chair Debbie Downer (aka Debbie Wasserman Schultz) is… for the Republican Party: She’s accused Republicans of wanting to reinstate segregation and of waging a “war on women.” She has asserted, somewhat nonsensically, that the GOP wants to make illegal immigration — by definition against the law — “a | Read More »