White House caves on tax hikes in debt ceiling talks.
Personally, I’m not entirely certain why the Obama administration is so adamant about raising taxes on small businesses, but they’ve at least abandoned their previous position where a possible early end to Bush-era tax breaks (now scheduled to expire in 2012) was on the debt ceiling negotiating table. Unfortunately, the White House is still adamantly refusing to accept the pesky objective reality that there are | Read More »
Gov. Scott Walker (R, WI) balances budget over Democratic protests.
Via Ann Althouse comes this video of a mini-stampede by Wisconsin Democrats, upon hearing that Governor Scott Walker was supposedly leaving the Capitol after signing legislation balancing the budget without raising taxes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Go3qHTSwUfc …Oops. Well. Natural mistake. Try this:
Antiwar Left to crank-call State Department over Gaza.
I (and Legal Insurrection) AM NOT MAKING THIS UP. It all has to do with that flotilla that antiwar activists are putting together to help notorious terrorist group Hamas out in the Gaza strip via a little blockade-running; turns out the Greeks have impounded a number of the boats, so 0ur favorite Useful Idiots are calling for antiwar activists to call up the State Department | Read More »
Reviewing Ann Bradley’s physical attack on David Prosser…
…what? I am perfectly entitled to use the rules of thumb popularized by left-wing hack groups like ThinkProgress or Talking Points Memo: since they felt justified in using uncorroborated anonymous reports to vicariously convict Prosser of assault, they have absolutely no justification for other people using the precise same criteria to vicariously convict Bradley. Besides, my version makes much more coherent sense. OK, let me | Read More »
Cargo Cult Watch: Van Jones’ ‘American Dream Movement.’
Imitation is, as always, the sincerest form of flattery… but I must ask: is it really too much to require that the flatterer at least try to understand what he or she is attempting to imitate? Even if it’s just a little? Case in point. 9/11 Troofer and general Leftist Van Jones would like to start his own version of the Tea Party – and | Read More »
Brave New Film’s… venerable… iconography.
At first, I was kind of gung-ho to help good old Bernie Sanders track down more of those insidious Koch Brothers minions who want to raise the retirement age , but then I got stopped by the attack video that you’ll find at the above link. I looked at the picture that Sanders had Brave New Films make for said video… …and asked myself, Moe? | Read More »
RedState Interview: Michael Williams (R CAND, TX-33 PRI).
Michael Williams was formerly running in the Texas Senate primary, but has switched over to the House race in light of news that his home town is now going to be smack dab in the middle of one of the four new House seats assigned to Texas because of the last Census. We talked about that, and about sand lizards, and a few other things: | Read More »
California withholds legislator pay until budget fixed!
I was absolutely certain that there was insufficient moral courage in the California state government to actually make stick the new rule that if California legislators don’t produce a balanced budget on time every year, then California legislators don’t get paid until they actually do produce a budget. That’s probably because I’m a bit cynical when it comes to political foxes and fiscal hen-houses, particularly | Read More »
Aw. John Tierney’s (D, MA-06) wife can’t go to a party!
Because of that pesky GPS bracelet on her calf. Those big meanies in Massachusetts, making her stay under the indignity of house arrest for one, itty-bitty conviction of “iding and abetting the filing of false tax returns by her brother, Robert Eremian, a fugitive from federal charges of racketeering, illegal gambling, money laundering and witness tampering.” I mean, she served a whole month of jail | Read More »
Shelly Moore’s (D CAND, WI-SEN) UNETHICAL recall freeloading.
Before we go any further, let’s establish something right now. As this complaint from the WI GOP shows (see more here), Shelly Moore was well aware that she was not supposed to be using her school account to coordinate and encourage both the Big Labor protests earlier in the year and recall efforts against Wisconsin Senators (particularly since she ended up being the Democratic candidate | Read More »
Alcee Hastings’ (D, FL-23) sexual harassment investigation.
This is a preliminary investigation by the Office of Congressional Ethics, and it’s done in the wake of a March lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch on behalf of former U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (also known as the Helsinki Commission) staffer Winsome Packer. The suit alleges sexual harassment, attempted extortion (for Hastings’ re-election campaign), and acts of retaliation against Ms. Packer’s attempts | Read More »
150+ Mexicans killed by Operation Fast & Furious?
Bob Owens over at Pajamas Media has done a good job walking through the utter disaster that was Operation Fast & Furious (short version: the US government deliberately let Mexican narco-terrorist groups get their hands on illegally-purchased firearms). But note this paragraph: The eventual — perhaps inevitable — death of a U.S. Border Patrol Agent killed by criminals armed with at least two “walked” AK-pattern | Read More »
Thanks to EJ Dionne for clarifying the Voter ID issue…
…or, more accurately, the issue of voter registration fraud so comprehensively. Not that he meant to, of course. While whining about voter ID laws in Texas (and other states), Dionne wrote this sentence: In Texas, for example, the law allows concealed handgun licenses to work as identification, but not student IDs. Here, real quick: go find your old student ID. Is there an address on | Read More »
Chris Wallace schools Jon Stewart.
You know, I think that I want Chris Wallace to be in charge of the 2012 debates. He deserves a reward for giving Jon Stewart the business in this one: The fun really starts at about 5 minutes in: Stewart tried what Ace calls the “Clown Nose On / Clown Nose Off” (after stating, more or less, that conservatives are incapable of understanding liberals’ motivations) | Read More »
Kenneth Melson’s Fast & Furious Firing?
Word is out that Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms acting head Kenneth Melson is going to be sacrificed some time this week over Operation Fast & Furious: The shakeup shows the extent of the political damage caused by the gun-trafficking operation called Fast and Furious, which used tactics that allowed suspected smugglers to buy large numbers of firearms. Growing controversy over the program has | Read More »