CNN: Anthony Foxx to be next Secretary of Transportation.
Anonymous sources have Anthony Foxx being chosen to be the replacement for current Secretary Ray LaHood; I don’t particularly expect much from Foxx, but then I didn’t particularly expect much from LaHood, either, which makes it all good. Foxx, for those who don’t remember, is the first-and-won’t-seek-a-second-term Mayor of Charlotte, NC; he’s apparently being ‘rewarded’ for the his work in hosting the 2012 Democratic convention | Read More »
The “I Give Up” Weekend Memorial Open Thread.
I’m sorry, folks: there ain’t nothing going on that can justify a front-page story. The closest I can come to it is the news that the preliminary estimate of the economy’s 1Q growth was only 2.5%, and even then most of the reporting seems fixated on blaming the slowdown on the $85 billion dollars cut from the budget this year (despite the fact that the | Read More »
Twinkies to return without union ‘assistance.’
“Bless you, Scotty!*” The bankrupt assets of Hostess Brands, Inc., the company responsible for Twinkies, Ho Ho’s, Sno Balls and Ding Dongs, are being put back to work by a buyout firm. What’s not being put back to work are the former Hostess unionized employees. Basically, the new owners (Apollo Global Management LLC, and Metropoulos & Co.) aren’t subject to the old union contract from | Read More »
Ohio shuts down another unsafe abortion clinic.
In case you were wondering whether the Kermit Gosnell case was making a lick of difference: The state is shutting down an abortion provider in Cuyahoga Falls. The Ohio Department of Health recently issued an order to Capital Care Network, 2127 State Road, saying it was revoking the clinic’s Health Care Facility license to operate an outpatient surgical facility. The clinic is prohibited from “performing | Read More »
The only thing more hypocritical than Terry McAuliffe? The Lefties now supporting him.
There’s some raised eyebrows at some of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe’s donors: specifically the detail that 78% of his funding in the last quarter came from out-of-state donors. Looking at the donor list, I note that some of the folks involve include: Terry’s father-in-law Richard Swann, who is probably best known for being president, back in the day, of the infamously failed American Pioneer | Read More »
ATF nominee B. Todd Jones may have gone after whistle-blowers.
This second term just isn’t going well for Barack Obama, is it? An independent Justice Department watchdog is probing allegations that President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, B. Todd Jones, improperly retaliated against a whistle-blower while working in his current job as a federal prosecutor in Minnesota. [snip] Carolyn N. Lerner, the head of the Office of | Read More »
Max Baucus (D, Montana) cuts and runs.
And this is pretty epic, too: between his warning of the upcoming Obamacare trainwreck (that Max Baucus helped crash in the first place, mind), and his display of the Hawaiian Good-Luck Symbol to gun-grabbers last week, old Max there isn’t retiring so much as he’s smacking the self-destruct button on his secret volcano lair on his way to the escape pad. Max Baucus was on my | Read More »
The Boston Marathon bombers had… illegal guns.
Which is impossible, right? A Massachusetts police official say the brothers suspected of bombing the Boston Marathon before having shootouts with authorities didn’t have gun permits. Cambridge Police Commissioner Robert Haas tells The Associated Press in an interview Sunday that neither Tamerlan Tsarnaev (tsahr-NEYE’-ehv) nor his brother Dzhokhar had permission to carry firearms. …I mean, Massachusetts has strict gun control laws. You’re not allowed to | Read More »
Boston Marathon aftermath: feds warned by Russia about Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011.
Let me just put this FBI press release out there for you. It’s dated April 19, 2013, by the way: this will be important later. 2011 Request for Information on Tamerlan Tsarnaev from Foreign Government The two individuals believed to be responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings on Monday have been positively identified as Tamerlan Tsarnaev, now deceased, and Dzhokar Tsarnaev, now in custody. These | Read More »
The obligatory Uncle Ruslan post.
Man, I really hope that this guy is on the up-and-up: Because that was EPIC. I can’t really summarize it, except as being an extremely loud, extremely comprehensive, and extremely avoids-being-profane-by-the-thinnest-margins denunciation of his nephews, their actions, and their irrational hatred of the United States of America. Really, it loses EVERYTHING in description.
The most important thing about yesterday’s vote: national reciprocal concealed-carry is doable.
Senator John Cornyn’s (R, Texas) common-sense proposal that states with concealed-carry permits recognize other states’ concealed-carry permits was up for a vote yesterday as an amendment to Reid’s otherwise-useless “gun control” bill; and it came close to passing. Pretty freaking close, in fact (57/43). Flip South Dakota, New Hampshire, and West Virginia next year, and that’s sixty for cloture and let’s-see-what-bill-Obama-won’t-dare-veto. Here’s Sen. Cornyn’s description | Read More »
Harry Reid will be pulling the gun control bill on Thursday.
First noted on Twitter (via Hot Air): Reid will pull the entire gun bill from floor, likely tomorrow. No final vote. It will remain on leg calendar. Brought up some other time. — Paul Kane (@pkcapitol) April 17, 2013 …and the NYT pretty much confirms.
Sic transit gloria Toomey-Manchin?
They apparently don’t have the votes for a ‘compromise’ amendment extending background checks for firearm purchases. NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell tweeted this morning “Sen. Joe Manchin tells me ‘ we will not get the votes today.’” The Senate had been expected to vote Tuesday on the deal Manchin unveiled last week with Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., but Democrats late Tuesday were still scrambling to find the | Read More »
John Boehner, Mitch McConnell should attend Margaret Thatcher’s funeral.
The President can’t be bothered to go himself, you see. Or – and this is the actually offensive part – send anybody currently from the administration. Whitehall sources have revealed that the US delegation at tomorrow’s service in St Paul’s Cathedral will be led by two Reagan era secretaries of state: James Baker and George Shultz. Though President Obama himself had not been expected to | Read More »
Salon’s sad attempt at smearing the Right wrt Kermit Gosnell.
Now, I understand that this Alex Seitz-Wald fellow wishes to a) distract and b) infuriate the Right by repeating the bald-faced lie that conservatives only covered the Kermit Gosnell stories in the last week or so (and it is a bald-faced lie). I will therefore trashcan my previous remarks and thus merely note that if Salon is going to talk about how conservatives supposedly did or | Read More »