Gibbs to leave WH press secretary gig…

    …in order to pursue an exciting career as left center on Hollywood Squares – actually, is that program even still on?  No, just kidding: outgoing White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is going to have some nebulous job defending whatever dumb idea the President comes up with that day, just like before – only now Gibbs will be doing it in places where people can | Read More »

    Boehner dismisses Reid on Obamacare repeal.

    The memo you are about to read is real.  I did not write this. Background: recently, Harry Reid (in a moment of bravado), deigned to inform Speaker-designate John Boehner that he should not bother to pass a repeal of Obamacare in the House, because it would not succeed in the Senate. So there, neener neener, and similar big talk from a guy who just presided | Read More »

    Heat balls!

    Just what every European household needs: heat balls. A German businessman has decided to start marketing the items as ‘small heating devices’ for households requiring additional warmth.  Apparently, there’s a perceived need for that in Europe. Anyway… very ingenious things, heat balls: they work by converting electricity into heat energy, with an impressive 95% efficiency, which makes them perfect for warming specific spots in the | Read More »

    Democrats start clearing out OfA deadwood.

    Well, that didn’t take long.  I mean, when I wrote this post indicating that Tim Kaine’s retention as DNC chair meant that the Democratic leadership had decided to concentrate solely on the President’s re-election*, I did not expect that I would receive some sort of confirmation of this within minutes.  But, thanks to Doug Heye, I see this report that the DNC is laying off… | Read More »

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    Tim Kaine continues the Democrats’ Great Circle of Fail.

    If you were wondering whether or not the Democrats learned anything – anything at all – from their recent shellacking, stop wondering: they have not. They are keeping Tim Kaine on as DNC chairman. Because he did ever-so-well in the last election cycle… although I’d like to correct Jim Geraghty’s count slightly on Tim Kaine’s Litany of Failure: Jim was only looking at the 2010 | Read More »

    Greg Mankiw advises the Obama living in his head.

    I feel sorry for Greg Mankiw: I really do.  Here he is, living a life that allows him to place articles in the New York Times – which is not a bad place to be – and he publicly mucks it up by publishing a piece that crashes and burns on the first word of the title.  The title is “How to Break Bread With | Read More »

    Hey, that’s what she said!

    You may recall from last week that Ms. Carol Shea-Porter got herself in a bit of hot water over the following quote about the secret cabals out there trying to destroy our democracy, or something: “They’re in the halls of Congress everywhere, and it means, for example, that you sit on a committee and you say something about concern about Chinese influence or something, you | Read More »

    Happy New Year!

    A toast, ladies and gentlemen: To 2011: confusion to our enemies! God knows it isn’t hard. On behalf of the site, I offer good wishes and salutations to our readers, and may you have a safe and happy New Year’s weekend.

    Quote (and Thought) of the Day, WSJ edition.

    The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page despises the current leadership of the Democratic party as only a group of people with an iconic link to free-market capitalism can be, and said despising shines through every word of this piece sneering at the ‘accomplishments’ of the 111th Congress. Scare quotes deliberate: the WSJ opines (and I agree) that the Democrats are guessing and gambling that they | Read More »

    Paul Ryan given power to bind and to loose.

    Elections. Have. Consequences. And here’s one coming up, now: the incoming House majority will be establishing a rule that will give the House Budget chair the ability to set the spending ceiling for any 2011 budget.  This rule is currently causing House Democrats to freak out like koalas deprived of their eucalyptus leaves/junkies deprived of their heroin/hipsters deprived of their iPhones, for two reasons: The | Read More »

    Klein’s Crazy Constitutional Commentary.

    (H/T Instapundit) This comment is going to haunt Ezra Klein for the rest of his career as a ‘wonk:’ …as it should, because it was an incredibly stupid thing to say – even considering that it was said on MSNBC, which means that almost nobody saw it anyway. For those without video access, Klein (in the process of sneering at the GOP’s plan to start | Read More »

    Washington Post Making Mock of Uniforms…

    …that guard us while we sleep*. I’ll summarize the WaPo’s (quite vile) op-editorial for you: the author (Colman McCarthy) still wants to keep ROTC off campus in this new, post-DADT environment because the military is made up of icky people who actually approve of the thought of going out and fighting evil.  With guns.  And who have a completely different working definition of Christianity than | Read More »

    The BiNO Wednesday Memorial Open Thread.

    “BiNO” being “Bunny in Name Only.” (pause) Sorry, but that was the best metaphor that I could come up with on short notice. H/T Ace of Spades. Open thread.

    What the BLS survey modification will and will not do.

    You may have heard that the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has modified its survey of unemployment.  There is probably going to be a good deal of confusion over what’s being changed, so let me summarize the situation. Official unemployment numbers are derived from the Current Population Survey (CPS), which surveys American households every month in order to gather various statistical data.  The potential confusion | Read More »

    No, let’s just break Obamacare.

    (H/T: Hot Air) I like Charles Krauthammer, and he’s a smart guy. And I even see his point about how destroying Obamacare before it gets off of the ground will give the Democrats a talking point/excuse/whine about how the program was never given a chance.  So I can see the strength of his argument that letting Obamacare play out would pay dividends. But…