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    Velma Hart (Obama Town Hall Woman) laid off.

    Kind of ironic, but supposedly not targeted; Velma Hart’s company (AmVets) just couldn’t afford to keep her any longer, that’s all. At least, I hope that this administration wasn’t so stupid as to get the CFO for Amvets – and a military veteran herself – fired.  Even if Ms. Hart had made the critical mistake of being critical to the President’s face on national television. | Read More »

    Maxine Waters trial delay.

    There was an interesting development in the Rep. Maxine Waters ethics trial last Friday: the charges were abruptly sent back to Ethics’ investigative subcommittee for review… and ‘mum’ was, as they say, the word as to why.  Oh, Rep. Waters immediately claimed vindication – which she would probably do if they were loading her onto a tumbrel – but there hasn’t been much chatter about | Read More »

    No more kicking the tax hike can.

    The fascinating thing about the upcoming Obama tax hikes – and I imagine that the irony that if the Democrats had just made Bush’s tax cuts permanent in the first [place] then they wouldn’t be in this mess right now hasn’t been lost on the Democratic leadership* – is that they’re hardly inevitable.  The current ratio is 255/180 Democrat/Republican in the House; 58/41 (Kirk needs | Read More »

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    Rep. Steve Israel gets his payoff.

    Back in the day, it was pretty strongly alleged that the Democratic party unceremoniously threatened Rep. Steve Israel in order to keep him from running against appointed Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in her primary this year.  Strenuously denied at the time, of course – remember, this was before the Sestak and Romanoff scandals erupted – but plausible, very plausible.  Both the threats (loss of donor money, | Read More »

    Democrat complains about red tape…

    …and I’m sure that Morris Panner is very upset that his political party – the Democrats – are so determined to make life a living Hell for people starting up new businesses. So much so that if things don’t shape up then he wants to, quote-unquote, “create an entrepreneurs party” – but there’s a phrase conspicuously absent from Morris Panner’s complaint: “…and that’s why I | Read More »

    Bob Etheridge expected to concede at 3 PM.

    Oh, did we steal his thunder?  Did he want to admit to his loss on his own terms? Yeah, I’m really broke up about that. Congratulations, Rep.-elect Renee Elmers.  Serve well. Moe Lane (crosspost) PS: Remember, folks: two cameras.  Always have two cameras.

    Michael Chertoff behind TSA pornoscanners?

    ‘Pornoscanners’ is what Boing Boing (courtesy of AoSHQ Headlines) calls them, and that name works for me.   Anyway, it would seem that Michael Chertoff had his hand in the cookie jar on this one: while Secretary of Homeland Security he ordered the pornoscanners from Rapiscan (a company that was one of his clients), and he’s been a busy little advocate bee on that company’s behalf | Read More »

    Bush Rehabilitation Watch, 11/18/2010.

    E.J. Dionne’s turn at MiniTrue: apparently old W. was/is compassionately conservative, multicultural, diverse, tolerant, and a bunch of other nice things that E.J. Dionne doesn’t think that those mean icky nasty Tea Partiers are.  Big change from 2005, when Bush apparently habitually “sought to divide the country;” or when Dionne wrote about the Bush administration that “None has looked so principled, even when it said | Read More »

    Next step: the War on Irish Coffee.

    And, for the record: you can have my Irish coffee when you pull it from my cold, dead hands. Executive summary: the FDA has informed four companies that caffeine is an “unsafe food additive” when mixed with alcohol.  In this particular case, the drinks being affected are cans of carbonated, caffeinated, and alcoholic drinks… but if you’re wondering what’s the scientific difference between that and | Read More »

    SecTrans Ray LaHood hates your cell phone.

    So.  It’s a few years from now.  You’re driving in your car (with a passenger); it’s night, and it’s snowing. You’re out in the middle of nowhere.  One of your tires blows out: fortunately, you’re able to stop before you flip the car, but you’re still out in the middle of nowhere at night in the snow with a flat tire.  But that’s why you | Read More »

    PBS memory-holes Tina Fey’s attack on conservative women.

    One wonders why they bothered.  One, it’s PBS; two, Fey’s comments were in receiving one of those awards that apparently exist solely to give neurotic artists a little external self-confidence; and three, it’s not like Tina Fey wasn’t saying anything that we’ve all drearily come to expect from the American celebrity Left.  To wit: “And, you know, politics aside, the success of Sarah Palin and | Read More »

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    Vulgarity on display: antiwar demonstration in Chicago.

    OK. I need to apologize in advance for this video footage, given that it ends with some pretty foul things said about the wife of the Israeli Prime Minister. While I think that it’s important that people see what kind of attitudes and language is considered acceptable by the antiwar movement, I also recognize that actually being exposed to it without warning is unfair to | Read More »

    Pass your own line-item veto, Axelrod.

    Oh, Davey.  I know that it’s all mean and stuff that his man-god is going to have to run as a mere mortal in ’12, but that doesn’t excuse amateur tactics on David Axelrod’s part, right?  If he wants the line-item veto so badly in order to combat all that nasty pork that the President supposedly doesn’t want to approve, then Obama should dust off | Read More »

    Liz Cheney for National Security Advisor!

    …No, I’m perfectly serious.  We have had to deal with two [expletive deleted] years of this administration’s clueless posturing on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed: more, if you count the clueless posturing that took place before the election.  And after those two-plus years we are now being told that the plan for KSM is that he… be detained indefinitely.  No civilian trial.  No military commission.  Just keep | Read More »

    Rangel stole $400K for legal defense.

    Yes, “steal.”  Rep. Charles Rangel was not allowed to use money from his leadership PAC to pay his legal bills, it beggars belief that he did not know that he was not allowed to use money from his leadership PAC to pay his legal bills, and yet he did it anyway.  If we can’t call the deliberate diversion of money that was raised and allocated | Read More »