“Business As Usual, During Alterations.”
If you are interested in figuring out how to handle digital rights management and just recompense for work that is easily replicable by electronic methods, then you absolutely need to read a science fiction story from 1958 called “Business As Usual, During Alterations,” and written by Ralph Williams*. I will give you the short version: Earth society is given a matter duplicator by Alien Space | Read More »
Eric Holder may have an *exquisitely* painful day today over at House Judiciary.
I know, I know: you are wounded unto death about such a thing occurring. Wounded unto death. Attorney General Eric Holder will testify before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday, where Republicans say they’ll grill him about the Justice Department’s secret review of Associated Press phone records and the IRS targeting of conservative groups for extra tax scrutiny, among other issues. The oversight hearing had already | Read More »
McClatchy circles back to #benghazi, and the lies about the video.
McClatchy (!) has decided to get in on the Benghazi dogpile, probably because, hey, no line for this one*! Lost in the controversy over who requested revisions of CIA-written talking points on September’s attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans is one key fact: In every iteration of the document, the CIA asserted that a video protest preceded the assaults, and no official reviewing | Read More »
Jim Geraghty makes a VERY good point on #benghazi.
Which is to say: he said pretty much what I would have, assuming of course that anybody was ever insane enough to put me on CNN. The short version: Jim did some vigorous pushback on the excuse of Oh, well, we’d cover this story except that there’s some random person on the Right pounding the table so we can’t look like loons that far too | Read More »
Even the Left is admitting that Barack Obama has fatally hurt future bipartisanship efforts.
John Dickerson took perhaps too long to get to this paragraph, and he wrote it through gritted teeth, but he does put a finger on the central problem for the Obama administration right now: The substantive differences between the president and Republicans on the budget may be insurmountable, but now it seems like even if the pipe dream of a substantive budget agreement could be | Read More »
“Student loans are like herpes with compound interest.”
Glenn Reynolds thinks that this Daily Show skit on our current student loan crisis will help collapse the (related) current educational bubble: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,The Daily Show on Facebook I agree, but I want to address another point.
MSNBC (!): Democratic operatives trying to undermine #benghazi whistle-blowers.
Apparently nobody told the n-dimensional geniuses over at the White House that it’s not the crime, it’s the cover-up. Transcript of remarks, courtesy of the Weekly Standard: “There is something called Benghazi going on,” said [NBC's Lisa] Myers. “And I think the Democrats now are starting to worry about it. I started–I got calls from a number of Democrats yesterday trying to undermine Greg Hicks’s | Read More »
This is probably the point where the Hillary 2016 effort…
…will be judged by future researchers to have started to slide off of the beam: [Hillary] Clinton — how much she knew, when she knew it, and whether she willingly participated in a cover up — was a central theme of the [Benghazi] hearing. And Wednesday, the story did move a large step closer to Clinton. Star witness Gregory Hicks, who was the Deputy Chief | Read More »
(Now-Republican) Alabaman[***] legislature strikes blow for individual liberty.
Legalizing homebrewing, of course. The Alabama Senate tonight gave final passage to the homebrewing bill, possibly ending Alabama’s status as the only state in which homebrewing is still illegal. “Alabama is literally the last state that makes homebrew legal, assuming the governor signs it,”said Sen. Bill Holtzclaw,R-Madison. The Alabama legislature was, of course, controlled by the Democratic party until the historic elections of 2010; homebrewing | Read More »
Jim Geraghty to House Oversight Committee: be the icemen.
Jim Geraghty of NRO’s Campaign Spot has some very good advice. Dear Republicans on the House Oversight Committee: Please do not grandstand. Please do not take the time before the television cameras to tell us how outraged you are, even though what you are investigating is, indeed, outrageous. There will be plenty of time for that after the hearing. All day Wednesday, give us the | Read More »
Ed Markey: foolish on Benghazi. Foolish on the Boston Marathon bombing, too?
I’d like everybody to pay close attention to this Tweet: .@mittromney more interested in bogus #Benghazi theory than battling auto bankruptcy. #battleship #p2 — Ed Markey (@MarkeyMemo) October 23, 2012 It’s from back in October of 2012, when – as Legal Insurrection very helpfully notes – Rep. Ed Markey of Massachusetts (D) (now running against Gabriel Gomez in a special election for MA-SEN) was doing | Read More »
The fascinating homemade Elizabeth Colbert Busch attack video.
So, I was explaining to my wife Yeah, this is about the time in a South Carolina election cycle where you expect this sort of thing to surface; and she interrupted me with a There’s a formally-designated time when you release the campaign mug shots of a candidate? And I said If you actually have some? Sure: Sunday night before the election sounds about right. | Read More »
Elizabeth Colbert Busch must explicitly repudiate Dick Harpootlian’s bigotry.
Background: “South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Dick Harpootlian, a trial lawyer, longtime Democratic leader, and legendary figure in local politics, reportedly told a South Carolina Democratic Party dinner [Friday night*] that the Democratic challenger would send “Nikki Haley back to wherever the hell she came from.”” Harpootlian, of course, has a history of these kinds of remarks:
Chuck Schumer’s very odd double-digit insurance cost increase claim.
So this video of a report on the news that people’s health premiums may be going up significantly next year (the number quoted was 10%: that will be important in a moment) is going around. It shows, in fact, Senator Chuck Schumer (D, NY) making what turned out to be a couple of fascinating comments along those lines: Here’s the transcript of the relevant commentary | Read More »
Penny Pritzker for Commerce Secretary?
We still have a Commerce Secretary? What the hell has the last one been doing for the past five years? Playing tiddlywinks? Making official what many Democrats have expected for weeks, President Obama plans to nominate Chicago business executive Penny Pritzker, a longtime political supporter and heavyweight fundraiser, as his new Commerce secretary this morning. Pritzker’s nomination could prove controversial. She is on the board | Read More »