The Path Forward
Republicans have spent the past few days leading up to the overly-hyped October 1 deadline negotiating with themselves. The House moved from full defunding of Obamacare to delay for one-year, in conjunction with repeal of the medical device tax. Then they passed another CR merely delaying the individual mandate along with eliminating the congressional exclusion. Then they passed a resolution attempting to go to conference | Read More »
Surprise, The World Spins On
As I type this — having gone to bed around 1 a.m. and back up now just after 4 — the government is still shut down. I know what you’re thinking. “How am I still alive?” Seriously. The government is shut down and the world is spinning on. You and I are still alive. In a few hours, my kids will go off to a | Read More »
Tech at Night: Google isn’t wiretapping. The anti-IRFA is a good idea.
I have to say, my initial reaction to accusing Google of wiretapping is absurd. Think about it: the whole concept of wiretapping is that you’re intercepting communications from person A to person B. If Google ads are wiretapping, them spam filtering would be wiretapping, since you’re also scanning an email to do that.
We’ve discussed in the past how Pandora was trying to get government to change the rules in its favor against copyright holders, because the government had previously tilted the scales in favor of broadcast radio against copyright holders, in the form of a proposed law known as IRFA. Pandora’s clearly wrong about that, as we should have a level playing field and not be picking winners and losers at all. But one good consequence could be a bill that would go the other way, an anti-IRFA: repealing the laws that favor broadcast radio to begin with. Just ditch the whole compulsory licensing system.
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Reclaiming the Party
This is just embarrassing. Those were Erick’s words earlier this afternoon, and the statement is absolutely correct. The Republican Party, as it is and as it has been, is an utter embarrassment to those who vote for them. The guys up top – Boehner, McConnell (ESPECIALLY MCCONNELL), Cantor, Cornyn and the rest – listen to money, lobbyists and, strangely, Democrats, for guidance on what to | Read More »
House GOP: Stand Your Ground
This is just embarrassing. The House GOP has refused to fight on Obamacare. Right now they are going through an elaborate dance routine, complete with leotards and streamers, to show everyone they are really fighting for something.They’ve gone through so many iterations, no one is really sure what it is they are fighting for, but it is for certain they are not fighting to defund | Read More »
The Buying And Selling of Science At The UN IPCC
The New UN IPCC Report has hit the streets. It is entitled Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis. In the summary for Policy Makers, we read the following !SCIENCE!
Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia. The atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, sea level has risen, and the concentrations of greenhouse gases have increased…
Climate Scientologist Michael Mann wastes no time in taking to the Editorial Page of the UK Guardian to proclaim his victory over the iniquitous Deniers. Spiking the football long before any official could signal touchdown, he offers the following analysis.
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Rep. Mike Pompeo (R, Kansas) rashly promises to sign up for #obamacare exchanges.
I say rashly because he’s making a BIG assumption, here: Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), an opponent of ObamaCare, said he will try to sign up for the healthcare exchange when it opens Tuesday. “I’m going to try to enroll tomorrow morning, October 1,” Pompeo vowed. “I wish everyone [signing up for ObamaCare] good luck. …which is to say, Pompeo is assuming that it will be | Read More »
We get the government we submit to
An old chestnut holds that we get the government we deserve. To some degree, that’s true. The American public has a huge amount of theoretical leverage over its Ruling Class. Broadly speaking, no nominally free population can be eternally bound by any system of laws it profoundly disagrees with. Any aspect of law or government could be changed. The Constitution has been amended many times. But as a practical | Read More »
Sign the pledge: Tell Senate Democrats: Dismantle ObamaCare now and Don’t Shut Down The Government!
This weekend, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives listened to the American people and passed a continuing resolution that keeps the government running, delays ObamaCare for a year, and repeals the medical device tax. Unfortunately for Americans, Harry Reid and Senate Democrats couldn’t be bothered to take up the bill this weekend. Harry Reid didn’t even bother to convene for session Monday morning. But they did | Read More »
Here Comes Mitch McConnell! #McConnellcare
As conservatives unify behind a solid position, you can always count on Mitch McConnell to quietly come in at the last moment and cut a deal. Most people associate John Boehner with the fiscal cliff and 2011 debt ceiling deals because he was the public figure for most of the debate. But both of those deals were cut by Mitch McConnell with Joe Biden during | Read More »
Congress Should Not Have Its Obamacare Paid
Senator David Vitter (R-LA) and Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) will hold a press conference today, September 30 at 3:30 p.m. EDT at the “Senate Swamp,” on the northeast grounds of the U.S. Capitol. The press conference is to urge House Republicans to include Vitter’s “No Washington Exemption from Obamacare” (S.1497) amendment in the Continuing Resolution (CR).
The Watercooler ~ Shutdown Showdown Open Thread: UPDATE
UPDATE: While still unable to access a vote tally, the Senate this afternoon voted to approve the bill from the House to continue paying the military in the event of an almost certain government shutdown. Certainly aren’t hearing much about that in press reports, are we? *** In this latest piece from Politico, Senator Harry Reid has convinced President Obama to cancel plans to meet | Read More »
Take the hit!!
I just finished watching the Ted Cruz interview on Meet the Press with David Gregory. Gregory grilled Ted Cruz and did everything short of saying he was flatout wrong. I commend Ted Cruz for standing solid and making his case. Everything he said was unchallengeable and should have ended the discussion. But, Gregory said the facts were bunk. He basically told us what is happening | Read More »
Unions Lie. (Shocking, isn’t it?)
There’s an ongoing controversy over the United Auto Workers’ efforts to unionize nearly 3,000 of Volkswagen’s workers in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Unfortunately, Volkswagen’s employees may be learning the hard way that unions and their organizers are
often dishonest when it comes to unionizing workers.
Last month, after using some legally questionable
tactics, the UAW claimed that it had acquired a majority of signatures
from VW’s workers.
Now, increasing the temperature in Tennessee, a group of VW workers have filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board, claiming the UAW misled the VW workers into signing union cards.
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