Nancy Pelosi thinks a pay cut is below her ‘dignity.’
And this is why Nancy Pelosi will STAY House Minority Leader. It’s because of incredibly tin-eared statements like this. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that she opposes a cut in congressional pay because it would diminish the dignity of lawmakers’ jobs. “I don’t think we should do it; I think we should respect the work we do,” Pelosi told reporters in the | Read More »
Martin Peretz, you ignorant slut.
This title/classical reference is an honor, in its way: RedState has traditionally reserved it for spectacularly exgregious cases of public stupidity. But this Martin Peretz complaint about what has happened to The New Republic (TNR) since he sold it certainly qualifies: Like many readers of the New Republic, I didn’t at first recognize the most recent issue of the magazine. The stark white cover was | Read More »
So, is Steve Cohen (D, TN-09) schtupping his buddy’s daughter? [UPDATE: apparently, she's HIS... daughter.]
[UPDATE]: It has just come out that apparently Ms. Brink is Rep. Cohen’s… daughter. Which certainly does put a somewhat different spin on things. For one thing, it makes the entire exchange non-creepy. …Sorry about that. They call that “Jeffrey-Tubing*” where I come from… well, no, they don’t. They should, though. Anyway, background: Steve Cohen is a miserable little suckweasel of a Congressman from Tennessee’s | Read More »
RS Interview/Review: What to Expect When No One’s Expecting.
What to Expect When No One’s Expecting: America’s Coming Demographic Disaster is a new book out by the Weekly Standard’s Jonathan Last, and he was available for an interview with me on it and its argument – which is, essentially, that worldwide fertility rates are crashing, for a wide variety of reasons; including ones that we’d rather not change, like lowered infant mortality and increased | Read More »
Ooh, that *scary* Barack Obama’s gonna go after the GOP tonight!
Now, this is rich: Here’s what we know about President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night: It will include some news — as in new challenges aimed at Congress — and enough rhetoric about economic growth and job creation to sound familiar to most Americans who worry about continued 8 percent unemployment. The president’s speech, described by White House officials as an expansion | Read More »
Mitch McConnell: No, there will be no tax hikes to replace the sequester.
This is a pretty clear statement. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Monday that he would not accept a plan to avert the sequester by raising taxes, just days before Democrats are expected to propose exactly that. “My constituents in Kentucky will not accept a tax hike in the place of spending cuts that were already agreed to by both parties,” McConnell said. “We | Read More »
A *very* entertaining truth-to-power speech by Dr. Benjamin Carson.
I have to admit: Obama’s poker face is getting better. He managed to maintain it in the course of oh, about seven or eight kidney punches that Dr. Benjamin Carson made about Obama’s policies on education, health care, fiscal responsibility, and bipartisanship (or, more accurately, the lack of that) at the National Prayer Breakfast. Seriously, if you haven’t seen this yet and you have a | Read More »
FBI arrest one Matthew Aaron Llaneza for trying to blow up San Francisco bank.
Short version: the feds arrested one Matthew Aaron Llaneza for attempting to blow up a bank for the Taliban; as is the FBI’s wont, they got him via a sting operation that was kept up right up to the moment where Llaneza pulled the remote trigger on the ‘bomb.’ Which is, obviously, fine by me: I want the FBI out there actively trolling the fringes | Read More »
Jack Lew benefited from newly doubleplusungood off-shore tax policies.
Now this is just getting embarrassing. Doesn’t anybody talk to anybody else in this administration? As recently as 2010, Jack Lew, President Obama‘s nominee to be the next secretary of the Treasury, had $56,000 invested in a CitiGroup venture capital fund based in the Cayman Islands’ notorious Ugland House, a building whose mailboxes are home to nearly 19,000 corporate entities, many of them tax shelters. | Read More »
Breitbart.com told that Chuck Hagel took money from “Friends of Hamas.”
Well now. On Thursday, Senate sources told Breitbart News exclusively that they have been informed that one of the reasons that President Barack Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, has not turned over requested documents on his sources of foreign funding is that one of the names listed is a group purportedly called “Friends of Hamas.” That is quite the accusation, and it | Read More »
Jerry Brown gets smacked by Rick Perry over California’s business climate, and reacts… poorly.
(Via Hot Air Headlines) I can’t believe that Jerry Brown led with his chin with this one: Gov. Jerry Brown publicly scoffed at Gov. Rick Perry’s attempt to draw Californians to Texas for better business, saying that the ad campaign is “barely a fart.” [snip] Brown told reporters that if Perry wanted to be taken seriously, he would have to spend at least $25 million | Read More »
NBC: here’s the Obama administration’s white paper legitimizing drone strikes!
NBC News has gotten its hands on a white paper that’s being used to legitimize the Obama administration’s drone policy, and it’s a… doozy. Short version: members of terrorist groups actively attacking the United States (or our interests) can expect to be shot on sight; and that includes the members of terrorist groups that happen to also be American citizens. And the administration does not | Read More »
The essential problem with the Chuck Hagel nomination.
It’s actually… pretty simple: Chuck Hagel is a bit of a schlemiel. I’m not actually trying to reference Hagel’s Jewish problem*, here: it’s just that Yiddish has an excellent word to describe a sad-sack bungler, and English wants the useful words. It wants all the useful words. …Anyway, Hagel is a schlemiel. Now, I know what people are thinking: they’re thinking “But… but… but being | Read More »
So, when we invade Antigua in 2014…
…and topple the government there, here’s the actual reason. On January 28, 2013, the Dispute Settlement Body of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) authorized the small, Caribbean country of Antigua and Barbuda (Antigua) to suspend its obligations regarding American intellectual property rights. As a result, the Government of Antigua and Barbuda will be able to authorize the sale of products of innocent holders of copyrights, | Read More »
White House job council closes as unemployment rate increases.
…Oops? Andrew Malcolm is quite blunt: As the Labor Department today reported more disappointing hiring news for January, including an unexpected jump in the unemployment rate, President Obama joined thousands of other American employers and let his own White House jobs council go. The President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness expired in obscurity Thursday in an unmarked bureaucratic grave. Created two years ago to display | Read More »