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 »
The Rise of the Democratic Super-Secret PACs.
Super PACs are, of course, the political groups that were set up after the Supreme Court’s landmark free speech decision in Citizens United: they are able to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money advocating both for and against political candidates, but may not donate to those candidates directly. The Left ostensibly hates them, which did not stop them from using them to raise over | Read More »
How the Daily Kos did NOT sanitize its Weinergate coverage.
It all started when I decided to drink some of the pain of the Activist Left. I was reading Mickey Kaus – who himself is no slouch when it comes to despising the activists that have essentially destroyed his current and my former party – when he linked to this in-retrospect-unfortunate Tweet by Kos referencing dKos’ rather embarrassingly wrong conspiracy theory about what was going | Read More »
Chris Christie’s… NAZI JERSEY!
Today’s let’s-urinate-on-the-memory-of-Nazi-victims comes to us courtesy of Communications Workers of America International Vice President Christopher Shelton, who seems to be having difficulty telling the difference between murdering millions of people in literal carload lots, and ending public sector employees’ ability to collectively bargain over how much of said people’s work-offered health insurance policies has to come out of their pocket. And by ‘be having difficulty | Read More »
BREAKING: Anthony Weiner to resign House seat.
Unconfirmed as of yet, but it’s honestly the only option that the man has at this point, especially since his own party was publicly throwing him under the bus. Presumably somebody offered him a sufficiently lucrative golden parachute. Moving along, let us first get the obligatory parting shot out of the way… …as you might have guessed from the picture and the subtitle, there is | Read More »
The Tuesday Weinergate Democratic screaming match.
If you have ever wondered why the GOP leadership’s first instinct in time of scandal* is to immediately jettison the offenders (whether they like it or not)… well, there’s a reason for that: it rarely gets better if you let things fester. Case in point… Politico reports that a Democratic caucus Tuesday devolved into a bit of a screaming match; Rep. Bill Pascrell of New | Read More »
Operation Fast and Furious’ fast and furious unraveling.
So. Somebody in the Obama administration is telling lies to the House Oversight/Government Reform Committee. That’s not smart. When people tell lies to House committees, people go to jail. Background on this: this is all about the BATF/Justice Department Operations Gunrunner and Fast & Furious, which were originally purported to be methods by which [illegal purchases of] guns could be detected and arrested*. However, they | Read More »
A mini-Ice Age?
Better throw some more logs on the fire. What may be the science story of the century is breaking this evening, as heavyweight US solar physicists announce that the Sun appears to be headed into a lengthy spell of low activity, which could mean that the Earth – far from facing a global warming problem – is actually headed into a mini Ice Age. [snip] | Read More »