Sgt. Sal Giunta to retire[*]…
…for those who need their memory jogged, Staff Sergeant Sal Giunta received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in Afghanistan; he’s the first living recipient of the MoH since the Vietnam War. And apropos of absolutely nothing, if I’m reading his biography right Sgt. Giunta is from Iowa’s Second Congressional district, which is Dave Loebsack’s. Loebsack is a three-termer who came pretty close | Read More »
Jimmy Webb (D, VA) cuts and runs.
Just couldn’t handle the thought of running again for VA-SEN, apparently – although I’m sure that the lack of money didn’t help much there, either. Or the fact that Webb was practically guaranteed a messy primary, thanks to his race-related thoughtcrime last year. What ever it was, this isn’t a surprise, of course: it was obvious last week that Webb didn’t have the right stuff | Read More »
The Obamacare comic book!
Excuse me: the Obamacare graphic novel. What’s the difference between a comic book and a graphic novel? The same difference as the one between dolls and action figures, but never mind that right now. What’s important is that there’s somebody out there who feels that the ideas behind a 2,400 page monstrosity of a health bill that nobody understands and even its defenders secretly hate | Read More »
Live Action’s latest: NY and the Reproductive Health Act.
Live Action has released its latest video (unedited, full footage here), and it’s a doozy [UPDATE: this video should work, now]: For those without video access, it’s the usual “Hi! I’m a pimp who has underaged illegal immigrant hookers! What can you guys do for me?” – and the answer, this time, is to walk the pimp through the process of vouching for said underaged | Read More »
Behold Obama’s mighty $775 million budget cut!
(H/T: AoSHQ) Considering that there is a projected deficit of 1.5 trillion dollars, you might think that the White House might start taking the idea of spending cuts seriously. You would be wrong: the Budget Office has released the President’s proposed 2012 budget, and they involve a paltry 775 million in spending cuts. That would be .05% of the total deficit. Not five percent; point-oh-five | Read More »
Common Cause and the oldest profession.
(Via Volokh, via Instapundit) Once upon a time there was a Democratic fake-grassroots front group organization called Common Cause. In 2005, Common Cause absolutely, positively, without question was infuriated with any attempt to interfere with the holy practice of judicial filibusters: Common Cause strongly opposes any effort by Senate leaders to outlaw filibusters of judicial nominees to silence a vigorous debate about the qualifications of | Read More »
Today is Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday.
Happy birthday, sir. People ask where Ronald Reagan’s monument is. To which I say: look around you. Moe Lane (crosspost)
African children vs. Greenpeace?
The good news? Researchers have worked out a method to genetically modify cassava plants that causes them to produce significantly larger amounts of protein. In practical terms, this means that within a decade African farmers might have a staple crop that can counter protein-energy malnutrition in African children – and protein-energy malnutrition is nasty. Not to mention deceptively treatable, if you can make sure that | Read More »
Lila Rose fights the Man.
Choice of phrase deliberate: one of the most entertaining things about today’s state of activism is that the Professional Left is just now starting to realize that they have somehow become the agents of reaction without ever quite noticing how it happened. Lila Rose, on the other hand? Her pro-life organization Live Action is a classic guerrilla theater operation designed to target the weaknesses of | Read More »
ABC News: Hey, about that severability clause thing…
…oddly enough, they’re now noting in an update to their original post that, contra Senator Bill Nelson of Florida*, the lack of a severability clause in Obamacare is both: conspicuous; and a major factor in Judge Vinson’s decision. Which you already knew, because you read about it first either at MoeLane, or at RedState. And apparently, so does somebody over at ABC News**. Still, let | Read More »
Bill Nelson’s Magical Obamacare Severability Clause.
At first I thought that the outrageous thing that Bill Nelson had said in this interview with Rick Klein of ABC News was that the Senator wasn’t sure whether or not Obamacare was unconstitutional (good safety tip for legislators: if you don’t know whether or not a law violates the Constitution, don’t vote for it). But what Nelson was actually saying was that he considers | Read More »
Re-Meet Ted Cruz (R-CAND, TX-SEN Primary).
Ted is the former Solicitor General of Texas and should be familiar to long-term readers of RedState: he was one of our featured speakers at the first RedState Gathering in Atlanta. These days he’s one of the candidates running to replace retiring Senator Kay Hutchison. We spoke about the campaign yesterday: Obviously, given Ted’s background the conversation included his reaction to Obamacare’s recent drubbing in | Read More »
The Left’s Common Cause: “Lynch Clarence Thomas!”
Normally, there would be a temptation to get into the guts of this Big Government video showing Lefty and Democratic protesters at an anti-Koch brothers rally. For those who aren’t aware, the Koch brothers are the latest Two-Minute Hate object of choice among the netroots, who hate them for… giving money to conservative causes, apparently. Actually, I’m being kind: the netroots hate because the alternative | Read More »
Banning abortion the EPA way!
Thomas Sowell has an article out today about the latest incidence of mission creep from the EPA. To summarize: the EPA has wide discretion when it comes to oil spills. Milk contains oil. Therefore, the EPA has wide discretion over milk spills, too – which includes requiring ‘emergency plans’ and ‘first responders’ and ‘extra storage tanks’ from dairy farmers in order to handle such life- | Read More »
Did Sen. McCaskill (MO) backstab Gov. Perdue (NC)?
(H/T: Say Anything) having St. Louis for the 2012 Democratic convention, on the rationale that having the convention in Missouri would be the equivalent of painting a big electoral target on her back for all those awful, awful Tea Partiers. Which is… interesting. First off, I’m pretty sure that Missouri Republicans – which had a decent-to-good run last year (cemented control of the state legislature, | Read More »