Absolute power corrupts comprehensively
Everyone knows Lord Acton’s warning about how “power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” It also has a way of corrupting comprehensively. Somehow the generations that grew up reciting Acton got the idea that if power is dispersed among many people, rather than being vested in a single monarch or dictator, corruption can be minimized. We are in the middle of a long | Read More »
Lois Lerner’s Emails Not Lost. They Were Buried.
So I was watching the TV news this morning while the caffeine kicked in and I gradually achieved wakeful sentience. The report was a clip called “Money Matters.” It had to do with people selling cars that had been recalled but not repaired. “Are you driving a deathtrap?” asked the “journalist” with hype worthy of Geraldo Rivera. They ultimately explained that you could get a | Read More »
Mayor of Youngstown, OH, and two other crooked Democrats indicted for corruption
Yesterday brought the announcement that a handful of corrupt Ohio Democrats had been indicted for being, well, corrupt. And it also brought us another energetic round of “Name That Party,” a parlor game in which a corrupt official is arrested or indicted and we, the contestants, try to find a hint of which party to which they belong. From the Youngstown Vindicator: Ohio Attorney General | Read More »
EPA employee who made $120,000 per/year watching porn in cubicle (2-6 hours per day) makes blogger consider monastic flight….
Ever notice that some days you spend more time with your face in your hands than others? These days, I’m increasingly inclined to act on my yearn to join a monastery, the one I stumbled across in northern Ireland that banned “communication with the outside world.” More stories like this might close the deal. But until then, let’s address why my Yin lacks Yang. To wit: | Read More »
Wendy Davis Uses The Texas Senate As Her Piggy Bank
Once upon a time Texas state senator and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis promised her constituents that the work her law firm did on behalf of local governments would not become a conflict of interests between her wallet and the Texas taxpayers. According to the Dallas Morning News, As state senator, Davis voted on bills that aided clients When Wendy Davis chose to work for local | Read More »
Possible voter fraud involving Covered California. DEFINITE incompetence in handling it.
For the record, even if this story is true I still do not think that this represents a concerted effort: A local couple called 10News concerned after they received an envelope from the state’s Obamacare website, Covered California. Inside was a letter discussing voter registration and a registration card pre-marked with an “x” in the box next to Democratic Party. The couple – who did | Read More »
Openly Gay Speaker of Rhode Island House Resigns After FBI Raid
Gordon D. Fox, the out-n-proud gay (NTTAWWT) Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, who spearheaded the drive, so to speak, to make homosexual marriage legal in Rhode Island has resigned. He resignation followed an FBI raid in which most, if not all, of his stuff was boxed up and taken away. Mr. Fox is a groundbreaker in a lot of ways. This apparently | Read More »
State Senator Arrested on Bribery and Corruption Charges
Sad news from the Golden State. A State senator has been indicted on charges of corruption and bribery. Via the San Jose Mercury, State Sen. Leland Yee indicted for public corruption in major FBI operation SAN FRANCISCO — State Senator Leland Yee has been indicted for public corruption as part of a major FBI operation Tuesday morning spanning the Bay Area, according to law-enforcement sources. | Read More »
Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane (D) threatens to sue newspaper for committing… journalism.
I was going to do a background paragraph on the story, but the first line of this article makes it redundant: “State Attorney General Kathleen Kane has hired one of the most feared litigators in the region, Richard A. Sprague, to represent her in possible defamation suits arising from accounts of her decision to end an undercover investigation that taped at least five Philadelphia Democrats | Read More »
Feds say DC Mayor Vincent Gray (D) knew of illegal campaign contributions.
Well, well, well. A major Democratic donor pleaded guilty on Monday to funneling millions of dollars in illegal campaign donations to federal and local politicians, including an unnamed 2008 presidential candidate believed to be Hillary Clinton. District of Columbia businessman Jeffrey Thompson, who federal prosecutors say financed a “shadow campaign” for D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray in 2010, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate campaign finance | Read More »
Are Illinois politicians beyond redemption?
Political scandals are not exclusive to any one state – but Illinois seems to have perfected it. In fact, if you type “Illinois gov” into Google and the search engine auto-completes with “illinois gov jail.” And for good reason – four of the state’s past seven governors have been sent to the big house, culminating in Governor Rod Blagojevich’s high-profile attempt to sell a departing | Read More »
American public: IRS guilty as sin, but protected by @barackobama.
A fish rots from the head down. If I was a Democratic operative, I’d be worrying like the blazes about these numbers: A new Rasmussen Reports poll found 53 percent of likely U.S. voters believe the IRS broke the law when it targeted tea party and other conservative groups, while only 24 percent disagree. But only 17 percent believe it is even somewhat likely that | Read More »
Lamar Alexander’s Taxpayer-Funded Campaign Monument
[Update: It turns out that Senator Alexander inserted a $400,000 earmark for the Tennessee State Museum into the FY 2009 Interior Appropriations bill. This is a classic feature of the circuitous campaign finance operation the political class has perfected over the years. They funnel taxpayer money to institutions that, in turn, help them win reelection.] If you want to understand everything that is wrong with | Read More »
The “Consider This!” Podcast, Episode 49: What the Detroit Bankruptcy Has To Say To Us
The latest episode of the “Consider This!” podcast is out. Conservative commentary in 10 minutes or less. Just one topic this time around. I tackle the Detroit bankruptcy and what is has to say about political policies in other cities, in the US, and, actually, any country around the world. Detroit, Michigan, formerly the auto-making capital of the US, if not the world, filed for chapter 9 | Read More »
Very special interests
The quest for “clean” energy has involved a lot of expensive jousting runs at windmills, but that’s nothing compared to the even more ruinous quest for “clean” Big Government. The great and disastrous fantasy of the Twentieth Century was the dream of a wise central government, staffed by selfless and brilliant public servants, who could honorably employ coercive power to accomplish what individuals are too | Read More »