The Lame Duck Cubicle Farm: A warning.
This article from the WSJ provides us with a look of the final special indignities being heaped upon those legislators of the 111th Congress who will not be joining their colleagues for the 112th Congress. Essentially, said legislators have been removed from their offices and relegated to a temporary cubicle farm in the bowels of the House office building. They get two chairs apiece (plus | Read More »
Obama administration renews drilling ban. Of course it did.
Contra the Washington Post, the seven-year moratorium on new Atlantic, Pacific, and Eastern Gulf of Mexico oil drilling that will be announced today does not particularly mean that we’re going to allow new drilling in any of the other areas available to us, either*. It merely means that these were the bans that the administration had to get on with right now before an annoyed | Read More »
SEIU healthcare fund abandons children.
Please note, not every SEIU healthcare fund*. The specific one doing the abandoning is a New York fund for 1199 SEIU, which parent organization lobbied heavily for Obamacare… let us briefly walk this one through. SEIU needs more members if it wants to cover its underfunded obligations. So it went heavily for Obamacare. Obamacare includes mandates on expanding coverage for dependents to age 26. Rates | Read More »
Assange keeps digging Wikileaks’ grave.
Accused rapist Julian Assange* continued to justify the upcoming backlash against transparency this weekend by promising to illegally release more classified government documents on the notorious site Wikileaks. These documents in particular are apparently State Department diplomatic cables: up until, oh, today, those documents were typically much more blunt and ambiguity-free than the standard State Department bumpf, mostly because nobody out there considered that anyone | Read More »
Tancredo whines about GOP unity.
Ah, what a difference an election makes. Back in October, Tom Tancredo mocking the GOP: “What’s the point? I mean, if I can be more effective as governor, if the Republicans in the legislature are going to have their feelings hurt or whatever, then I’ll consider it. But really what’s the purpose? What do I need from [GOP Chairman] Dick Wadhams? Why would I argue | Read More »
GM thanks taxpayers for forced bailout.
I would have let you collapse, GM. So there’s no need to thank me for your government seizure. My no doubt naive belief in basic capitalism precludes me from fully appreciating said thanks; or, indeed, appreciating them at all. How much of MY tax money went into making this self-congratulatory paean to Italian-style fascism, by the way? Whatever it was, it was too much. Moe | Read More »
(Via Hot Air Headlines) Ann Coulter is not precisely on my Christmas list – and, in the highly unlikely possibility she knows my name, I would not be on hers – but she makes a darn good suggestion here: if we’re going to randomly pornoscan and/or strip-search fliers then we should blipping well do the same to Members of Congress and their staff when they | Read More »
Kicking the can that’s Afghanistan.
Well, it’s official: there will be no withdrawal from Afghanistan prior to the 2012 Presidential election. Not that there will be a withdrawal from Afghanistan after the 2012 election, either – and I invite anyone who wants to argue that point to first remember how the closing of Gitmo went, or more accurately, didn’t – but there are rules to this game, and the first | Read More »
Rothman chief of staff arrested on child solicitation charges.
Yesterday the report came out that Bob Decheine, chief of staff for Rep. Steve Rothman (D, NJ), had been abruptly fired. This came as a bit of a surprise, as Decheine has been a notable figure in NJ Democratic politics: he was a senior adviser to the Obama campaign in 2008, and as Rothman’s CoS had just shepherded his boss to another win in Congress, | Read More »
Meghan McCain on THAT WOMAN.
What annoys me about this Meghan McCain article (via here) is not that I feel the urge to get a red pen (or perhaps an old priest and a young priest*). Coherent writing on the Internet is not… precisely unknown; but neither is it particularly reliable. You have to accept that there are a lot of people out there who cannot really write. Some of | Read More »
Velma Hart (Obama Town Hall Woman) laid off.
Kind of ironic, but supposedly not targeted; Velma Hart’s company (AmVets) just couldn’t afford to keep her any longer, that’s all. At least, I hope that this administration wasn’t so stupid as to get the CFO for Amvets – and a military veteran herself – fired. Even if Ms. Hart had made the critical mistake of being critical to the President’s face on national television. | Read More »
Maxine Waters trial delay.
There was an interesting development in the Rep. Maxine Waters ethics trial last Friday: the charges were abruptly sent back to Ethics’ investigative subcommittee for review… and ‘mum’ was, as they say, the word as to why. Oh, Rep. Waters immediately claimed vindication – which she would probably do if they were loading her onto a tumbrel – but there hasn’t been much chatter about | Read More »
No more kicking the tax hike can.
The fascinating thing about the upcoming Obama tax hikes – and I imagine that the irony that if the Democrats had just made Bush’s tax cuts permanent in the first [place] then they wouldn’t be in this mess right now hasn’t been lost on the Democratic leadership* – is that they’re hardly inevitable. The current ratio is 255/180 Democrat/Republican in the House; 58/41 (Kirk needs | Read More »
Rep. Steve Israel gets his payoff.
Back in the day, it was pretty strongly alleged that the Democratic party unceremoniously threatened Rep. Steve Israel in order to keep him from running against appointed Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in her primary this year. Strenuously denied at the time, of course – remember, this was before the Sestak and Romanoff scandals erupted – but plausible, very plausible. Both the threats (loss of donor money, | Read More »
Democrat complains about red tape…
…and I’m sure that Morris Panner is very upset that his political party – the Democrats – are so determined to make life a living Hell for people starting up new businesses. So much so that if things don’t shape up then he wants to, quote-unquote, “create an entrepreneurs party” – but there’s a phrase conspicuously absent from Morris Panner’s complaint: “…and that’s why I | Read More »
Bob Etheridge expected to concede at 3 PM.
Oh, did we steal his thunder? Did he want to admit to his loss on his own terms? Yeah, I’m really broke up about that. Congratulations, Rep.-elect Renee Elmers. Serve well. Moe Lane (crosspost) PS: Remember, folks: two cameras. Always have two cameras.
Michael Chertoff behind TSA pornoscanners?
‘Pornoscanners’ is what Boing Boing (courtesy of AoSHQ Headlines) calls them, and that name works for me. Anyway, it would seem that Michael Chertoff had his hand in the cookie jar on this one: while Secretary of Homeland Security he ordered the pornoscanners from Rapiscan (a company that was one of his clients), and he’s been a busy little advocate bee on that company’s behalf | Read More »
Bush Rehabilitation Watch, 11/18/2010.
E.J. Dionne’s turn at MiniTrue: apparently old W. was/is compassionately conservative, multicultural, diverse, tolerant, and a bunch of other nice things that E.J. Dionne doesn’t think that those mean icky nasty Tea Partiers are. Big change from 2005, when Bush apparently habitually “sought to divide the country;” or when Dionne wrote about the Bush administration that “None has looked so principled, even when it said | Read More »
Next step: the War on Irish Coffee.
And, for the record: you can have my Irish coffee when you pull it from my cold, dead hands. Executive summary: the FDA has informed four companies that caffeine is an “unsafe food additive” when mixed with alcohol. In this particular case, the drinks being affected are cans of carbonated, caffeinated, and alcoholic drinks… but if you’re wondering what’s the scientific difference between that and | Read More »
SecTrans Ray LaHood hates your cell phone.
So. It’s a few years from now. You’re driving in your car (with a passenger); it’s night, and it’s snowing. You’re out in the middle of nowhere. One of your tires blows out: fortunately, you’re able to stop before you flip the car, but you’re still out in the middle of nowhere at night in the snow with a flat tire. But that’s why you | Read More »