This is the current Texas wildfire situation.
Just to make it clear precisely what we’re talking about, here: it’s not good. 25,000 acres burned so far, and the state is apparently as dry as a bone right now, thanks to a drought. Let me show you the extent of the problem: That picture is taken from Weather Underground’s WunderMap (as of roughly 10 PM EDT, September 5, 2011*). The red flames represent | Read More »
Jon Chait and understanding Obama.
Jonathan Chait really, really, really wants liberals to not notice that President Obama is no George W Bush. How much does he want it? He wants it badly enough to jettison the entire idea of the Imperial Presidency (don’t worry: Chait and the rest will start grousing about it again on, say, January 20, 2013). Nope, it’s not Barry Obama’s fault that he couldn’t spin | Read More »
Pssst! Maxine Waters (D, CA)!
Just thought I’d let you know: about this? The CBC is trying to help by organizing job fairs across the country. [Congresswoman] Waters also wants to help by putting more pressure on the big banks to help with mortgages. “If they don’t come up with loan modifications and keep people in their homes that they’ve worked so hard for, we’re going to tax them out | Read More »
The Democratic hypocrisy of DeLauro & Greenberg.
Rosa DeLauro: Connecticut Democratic Congresswoman. Married to Stanley Greenberg, Democratic strategist and former Clinton adviser. Both credibly linked to the biotech megacorporation Monsanto – I mention this not because I care, but it never hurts to remind the netroots that they’re brazen hypocrites when it comes to their supposed opposition to GM foods – and former landlords to then-DCCC chair (and current Chicago mayor) Rahm | Read More »
Gerry Connolly (D, VA) concedes VA in 2012.
Shocking. I mean that literally: the control chip must have shorted out, or something. Representative Connolly finally admitted something that we all already knew: forget about what the 2008 map looked like. This is going to be a 2004 election, or maybe a 2000 election: Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) said if the 2012 presidential election was held today, President Barack Obama wouldn’t win Virginia, a | Read More »
Fast & Furious coverup in Arizona.
(H/T: Hot Air) I believe that the quasi-pop reference here is “BOOM goes the dynamite:” Congressional investigators tell CBS News there’s evidence the U.S. Attorney’s office in Arizona sought to cover up a link between their controversial gunwalking operation known as “Fast and Furious” and the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Executive background summary, for those who don’t remember/aren’t following: Operation Fast & | Read More »
, brian terry
, Chuck Grassley
, Darrell Issa
, Department of Justice
, fast & furious
, fast and furious
, kevin o'reilly
, william newell
Turner/Weprin tie in NY-09?
The Hill reports that a GOP-commissioned poll for the special election to replace disgraced Anthony Weiner in NY-09 shows a tie. I was able to get my hands on a copy of the poll results, and the numbers are encouraging: 42/42 split between Republican Bob Turner and Democrat David Welpern (+7 for Turner, -1 for Welpern from July results); 300 likely voters; 24/60/15 Republican/Democratic/Independent voter | Read More »
Left trying to get their heads around Obama caving on speech time.
I suspect that Michael Scherer of Swampland is genuinely confused, while Cenk Uygur of HuffPo is just being disingenuous, judging from their reactions to Barack Obama’s garden rake moment last night. For those who missed it: Obama wanted to schedule a speech at the last minute that would have interfered with a Republican debate; Boehner told him no; Obama promptly caved. And there was much | Read More »
President wishes to troll GOP debate.
The basic gist of this is as follows: President Barack Obama has requested – please note that word – that he be permitted to address Congress about jobs in a special joint session next Wednesday evening at 8 PM. Unfortunately, the White House is apparently as self-aware about national events as is, say, a brain-damaged basset hound, because it unaccountably missed noticing that there was | Read More »
RGA Ad: Earl Ray Tomblin and West Virginia Pays.
The RGA has a website (West Virginia Pays) and an ad up to get people… acquainted… with acting Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxk1Z4Oe-I0&feature=player_embedded To refresh people’s memories: West Virginia – a coal-producing state that is almost stubbornly Democratic on the local level, despite the fact that the national Democratic party elite dreams of dismantling the coal industry – last year saw Democratic governor | Read More »
The Left: still quite unhinged about Dick Cheney.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney… You probably remember him. …anyway, Darth Cheney has a book out today (“In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir”): and the Left is acting – about as you’d expect, honestly (note that I’m including in that list a bunch of people who are still trying to pretend that they’re not on the Left, these days). The shrieking is highly | Read More »
David Weprin (D-CAND, NY-09) cuts and runs from Monday’s debate.
This is, of course, the special election called for NY-09; the seat was vacated after incumbent Democrat Anthony Weiner got caught showing his genitalia to his Twitter followers. There was supposed to be a debate tonight, but it’s been canceled at the last second. Bob Turner’s (the Republican candidate) campaign is calling said cancellation ‘hiding’ – which is what I’d call it, myself. Weprin is | Read More »
NYT WILL NOT BUDGE on Issa’s golf course visibility!
It is adamant that you can see a golf course from the Representative’s San Diego office! Adamant! The Time has a third-party ad and everything! So there! But what about the allegations that Rep. Issa used his influence and position to make significant profits on both a mutual fund purchase and a real estate sale? Which is to say, two of three allegations* that the | Read More »
Wisconsin progressives attack charter school.
Yup, ‘attacked.’ Those locks didn’t vandalize themselves, and they weren’t vandalized by the Scott Walker administration. That leaves a pretty small list of suspects from which to choose. Anyway, I’m just putting this video about the protests at Messmer Preparatory Catholic School (via Hot Air) up, without any of the (scathing) editorial comments that I had originally written. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHnbtkbgkfM&feature=player_embedded But see if you can guess | Read More »
Time for some Democratic third-party panic!
Karl over at Hot Air analyzes this WSJ article by Patrick Caddell and Douglas Schoen about as I would, but I have a couple of things to add. Executive summary of the Caddell/Schoen article: a third party is really, really likely next year! And it’d be good to have! Executive summary of the Hot Air article: no, it’s not really likely. Here, have some links | Read More »