Tech at Night: FBI winning the war on TOR. Bitcoin Foundation vice-chairman arrested.
It’s happening: the feds have arrested Bitcoin Foundation vice-chairman Charlie Shrem for money laundering. The key point seems to be that his service BitInstant was tied to Silk Road.
Good news: Microsoft and Google won and are getting some declassifications of aggregate data on FISA demands for data. Aggregate data from large providers won’t help the bad guys, but it will inform the voters, and that’s all that matters here.
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A nation of criminals
As expected, one of the big themes for President Obama’s State of the Union speech will be “income inequality.” Those of you who were expecting the big “ObamaCare: What Was I Thinking?” speech will have to contain your disappointment. You’ll have plenty to discuss with Linus when you’re camped out in the pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin to appear next fall. Of course Barack Obama | Read More »
Lonely Feminist Who Hates Motherhood Tries Again
From the diaries… This weekend, people around the internet, including me, pushed back against a post by a blogger named Amy Glass, who wrote that motherhood was an easy and worthless decision that prevents women from being all they can be. Today I find she has responded to the responses, and she just cant help but put her foot in her mouth again. First, she | Read More »
The Farm Bill Boondoggle
Some things will never change in Washington. And this week’s deal on the Farm/Food Stamp bill is a perfect example of Washington’s recalcitrance to conservative reforms. After months of a protracted K Street food fight, the majority of the lobbyists appear to have brought home enough bacon and have settled on a deal. Throughout the week you will find headlines heralding the bipartisan agreement to | Read More »
Heading into Speech, Obama’s Approval Numbers Look Dismal
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech discuss Obama’s approval rating, how Obamacare’s rollout has hurt him and what to expect in tomorrow’s State of the Union speech.
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AFSCME in dues freefall after Wisconsin labor union reforms.
Maintain your composure, people. No tears! No tears: The 2011 state law that all but ended collective bargaining for most public workers has hit Wisconsin’s second largest union hard. The Capital Times reports the latest tax documents available show combined income of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees dropped 45% in 2012. That was the first full year of the law, called Act | Read More »
Only 37 percent of Americans are confident Obama will make the right decisions
A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that only 37 percent of Americans are confident that President Obama will make the right decisions for the country’s future, while 63 percent are not. According to the Washington Post, those numbers are the mirror image of what they were when Obama was sworn into office in 2009 and lower than at any other time the question was asked by the | Read More »
I did not watch the Golden Globes this year. I did not watch the Grammys. I am not sure if I will watch the State of the Union address. Why bother? A thin skinned amateur who has been in office six years and still can’t grasp how to do his job will stand before an even more thin skinned Parliament of Whores and tell them | Read More »
Aaron Gardner Comes On Board
As you are probably aware, Salem Communications recently purchased RedState from Eagle Publishing. One of the first things I begged of my new corporate overlords was a new right hand at RedState. I’ve been without for a while. I get several thousand emails a day — and that does not include spam. A chunk of it is from the contact email list. I do my | Read More »
New York Times: TREMBLE, mortals, at the power of the Koch Artillery War-Zeppelin!
Seriously, that’s the image that the New York Times is going with in their editorial “The Koch Party.” EXPLICITLY. Only a few weeks into this midterm election year, the right-wing political zeppelin is fully inflated with secret cash and is firing malicious falsehoods at supporters of health care reform. …honestly? I just stopped reading at that point. Mostly because I got distracted by the possibilities; | Read More »
The World’s Worst Idea
Comes news that House GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy has endorsed comprehensive legalization for persons unlawfully in this country, and predicts the entire House “leadership team” may follow suit. Presumably, the leadership epiphany will be embodied in the “immigration principles” which House Speaker John Boehner will unveil at this year’s appropriately named “Republican retreat.” Thus, this package is expected to include: -a legalization “pathway to amnesty,” | Read More »
Congressional Black Caucus unhappy with Obama judicial appointments
The Hill’s Mike Lillis, reports that leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) plan to “publicly rebuke” President Obama because of the “lack of diversity’ in his federal judicial appointments.” It’s hard to understand the CBC’s complaint. According to Freddie Allen, Obama’s judicial appointments have resulted in a higher rate of Black judges confirmed than any other president in history. Research compiled by the Alliance for Justice, demonstrated that so far | Read More »
Internal White House Memo: Time for an Imperial Presidency! …*Suckers*.
Sometimes I wonder whether the Obama administration’s absolute and total contempt for its most rabid supporters is based on the same thing as my absolute and total contempt for its most rabid supporters. Because let’s face it: if you spent eight years screaming about Imperial Presidencies and Unitary Executives and how George Bush was a unilateralist cowboy and similar agitprop, this passage should be the | Read More »
This is What the GOP Establishment Thinks of You
It is very easy to avert our eyes from the painful reality that is confronting us within the Republican Party. We would all love to cheer on a GOP victory in the midterm elections, win back the Senate, and live happily ever after. But as Republicans gear up for the week of amnesty, they have made it clear that the entire purpose of a Republican | Read More »
Obama’s NLRB Does UAW’s Bidding In Chattanooga
You’re not really shocked by this, are you?
In a rather unsurprising announcement last week, the National Labor Relations Board’s Office of the General Counsel–which is headed by the former general counsel for the International Union of Operating Engineers, Richard Griffin–chose to dismiss VW employees’ allegations that the United Auto Workers and VW, through its German union, had violated the rights of VW’s employees in Chattanooga.
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