The Navy versus the Mouse: ‘SEAL Team 6′ trademark battle.

    Executive summary: several days after a Navy SEAL team excised Osama bin Laden, the Disney Corporation applied to trademark the term “SEAL Team 6,” on the grounds that there’s money in it it’s an integral and necessary part of the Disney gestalt.  The Navy is… not happy about this, and is pursuing the matter because there’s money in it they wish to keep their personnel | Read More »

    NY-26 Results Open Thread.

    [THIRD UPDATE]  And AP calls it for Hochul.  Pity.  We will no doubt hear in short order about how this is a veritable stake through conservatism, the Right, the Tea Party, the Republican party, George W Bush, and probably the Easter Bunny.  If that bugs you: well, this is defeat.  Avoid it. [SECOND UPDATE]: Folks, you may want to step back from this one for | Read More »


    NY-26 Special Election today.

    Jane Corwin is, of course, the Republican/Conservative running in this race – which is getting people nervous because of the latest Siena poll*.  To which I say: then make sure that you go out and vote. And if you don’t want Democrats to win elections, then do something about it.  I mention this last bit because there are roughly sixteen million Left-pundits out there who | Read More »

    Tim Pawlenty comes out against farm subsidies. In Iowa.

    In his official speech kicking off his campaign: I’m here today to tell Iowans the truth, too. America is facing a crushing debt crisis the likes of which we’ve never seen before.  We need to cut spending, and we need to cut it…big time. The hard truth is that there are no longer any sacred programs. The truth about federal energy subsidies, including federal subsidies | Read More »

    Annnnnnd Tim Pawlenty’s in, with ‘A Time for Truth.’ [UPDATE!]

    [UPDATE]  Whoa, whoa, WHOA.  Tim Pawlenty’s going to start off his candidacy by ‘speaking truthfully about farm subsidies‘? Speaking truthfully about farm subsidies? In IOWA? Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty released this video (“A Time For Truth”) last night: …and he’s going to be formally announcing his candidacy at a town hall today in Iowa.  My basic take from both the video above, and the | Read More »

    Tim Pawlenty will officially be running for President tomorrow.

    The word is that former Governor Tim Pawlenty will officially announce tomorrow in a town hall in Des Moines, Iowa; judging from his campaign videos, this will be heralded by an overflight of a squadron of F-15E Strike Eagles, an announcement that Minnesota genetic researchers have recreated the passenger pigeon, and T-Paw personally leading a mission to disable the Yellowstone super-volcano caldera before it erupts | Read More »

    Belated congratulations to Scott Ott!

    And to his team of four (Ott, Lisa Scheller, Vic Mazziotti, & David Najarian) running for four open Lehigh Valley County Commissioner (PA) slots: all four beat out incumbent Republican Dean Browning in Tuesday’s Republican primary, and at least three of them will be on the ticket in the general.  The fourth may or may not be; they’re recounting that right now. We covered this | Read More »

    Goodwin Liu nomination to Ninth Circuit Court blocked.

    Almost a pity, in its way: the Ninth Circus has a certain reputation of being where we put the more… awkward… liberal judges.  You know: the ones who might as well write their decisions in crayon and/or Comic Sans, because they’re just going to get overruled on appeal anyway. Background here: suffice it to say that Liu had issues with both his judicial philosophy and, | Read More »

    The Inevitable Koch Brothers Soviet Disco Madness! Open Thread.

    Not much to say about this one, except: yup, this is exactly how all those duckspeakers freaking out over the Koch Brothers sound.  And look.  And act, except that the people in the video are at least happy. Tells you a lot of about 1970s-era Soviet society, huh?  Disco looked good to those poor people. Open thread. Moe Lane (crosspost) Moe Lane

    Boston Herald shut out of press pool.

    Let us set the scenario. On March 8, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney wrote an op-ed for the Boston Herald.  Title: “Obama Misery Index hits a record high:” it’s about jobs, unemployment, and how this is lousy at encouraging the former and good at encouraging the latter. The Boston Herald decides to put said op-ed on the front page.  Again: former governor.  The Boston Herald | Read More »

    Where are the adult Wisconsin Democrats?

    Because somebody in the Wisconsin Democratic party needs to be the adult in the David Prosser/JoAnne Kloppenburg state Supreme Court recount, here.  This nonsense has gone on long enough: three weeks and a quarter-million taxpayer dollars later, it has – not ‘become’ obvious that Prosser has won.  It’s been obvious since they certified the results.  What’s more properly ‘become’ obvious is that the Kloppenburg camp | Read More »

    Harry Reid’s unconstitutional oil bill.

    You know, when you can’t even get Talking Points Memo – look at the name, people – to sign off on your own side’s bill, you have a problem.  In this particular case: in his haste to throw up (use of term deliberate, of course) some sort of pseudo-clever agitprop on ending oil subsidies, the Transcendent Benevolent Cosmic Space Teacher currently manifesting in our dimension | Read More »

    Jan Schakowsky (D, IL): SEALs are criminals!

    Rep. Schakowsky, attempting to explain why photos of the military operation that killed Osama bin Laden would not be released, had this to say: “These are pictures of a violent crime scene. This is a dead person. A dead Osama bin Laden,” she said. Now, I will readily grant that normally a statement like this should be subject to Occam’s Razor.  The simplest way to | Read More »

    Advice for Mitch Daniels.

    There’s been a fairly large amount of insider-buzz over whether or not Indiana governor Mitch Daniels is going to run for President; he is widely expected to, but continues to indicate that he has not yet made up his mind.  This is starting to bubble over into other political arenas – the latest speculation is over whether Governors Scott Walker and Chris Christie are or | Read More »

    Election reform bill passes WI state house.

    Wisconsin’s voter ID bill passed, 60-35; it now goes to the Senate, to be worked on next week.  The bill will require that voters show picture ID before voting: what really has Democrats in a tizzy about this is that to be valid a student ID will need “current address, birth date, signature and expiration date.”  This effectively removes all Wisconsin student IDs from consideration… | Read More »