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    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 »

    Thanks to Democrats, poor families getting squeezed on Obamacare exchanges.

    They’re calling it a “glitch.” Goodness gracious: Some families could get priced out of health insurance due to what’s being called a glitch in President Barack Obama’s overhaul law. IRS regulations issued Wednesday failed to fix the problem as liberal backers of the president’s plan had hoped. As a result, some families that can’t afford the employer coverage that they are offered on the job | Read More »

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    Bob Menendez’s foreign underage prostitution story stubbornly not going away.

    Background: just before the election a story broke alleging that Democratic Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey had taken advantage of the hospitality of one of his campaign contributors to go down to the Dominican Republic (via the aforementioned contributor’s private plane) and use the services of at least two prostitutes (one of whom may or may not have been underage). Worse, he allegedly refused | Read More »

    Rick Snyder mousetraps Michigan Right To Work opponents.

    Hey, do you want to see what it looks like to have your planned judicial delaying tactics trip, fall, and face-plant before it even clears the door? …Yeah, sorry about the metaphor, but sometimes the convoluted ones are really the only ones that fit. Case in point: Opponents of the state’s new right-to-work law promised a challenge of the controversial bill that passed the lame-duck | Read More »

    Organizing For Action Too unorganized to secure its own domain name.

    As God is my witness, I was trying to be nice about Obama for America / Organizing For America / Organizing For Action / Oafs [Flatulating] Around / whatever else it is that they’re calling themselves these days – anyway, I was trying to be nice about the fact that the latest iteration of the group was having trouble getting itself up and running, or | Read More »

    Anticipating the upcoming Great California High-Speed Rail Disaster of 2013+.

    “+” because this this is going to crash and burn for years.  Let me summarize this LA Times article discussing the looming …singularity… of fiscal destruction. California wants a high-speed rail system which will apparently solve all of their problems (“Then why don’t they have one, already?” “Because shut up, that’s why”). This is scheduled to cost 68 Billion dollars. $68,000,000,000. It will cost more. | Read More »

    Ken Cuccinelli corybookers in Virginia.

    Anyway, Virginia AG (who happens to be also running for Governor) Ken Cuccinelli was driving along yesterday when… Cuccinelli was on his way back to Richmond on Friday after a meeting of his Human Trafficking Task Force in Staunton when he and his driver Cory Chenard noticed a semi-truck with a flatbed trailer carrying a heavy load in front of them an awful smelling smoke | Read More »

    White House: The DC Circuit Court has made its NLRB decision…

    …now let it enforce it: President Obama’s spokesman denounced the invalidation of the so-called ‘recess’ appointments as a “novel and unprecedented ruling,” adding that the decision has “no impact on the ongoing operations of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). “The decision is novel and unprecedented,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said during the press briefing. “It contradicts 150 years of practice by Democratic | Read More »

    Harry Reid… does not *cave* on the filibuster. Rather, he *disengages*.

    So, the big news today is that Harry Reid apparently voluntarily spit out some of his fangs on the filibuster. They’re modifying the rules to give the minority party a bit more input in the process: …the deal Reid struck with McConnell doesn’t end the filibuster against the motion to proceed. Rather, it creates two new pathways for moving to a new bill. In one, | Read More »

    “No Budget, No Pay” bill passes the House.

    Basically, what’s going to happen is this: if the bill passes in the Senate then both the House and Senate will be under the gun to pass a budget in their respective chambers by April 15th. If the Senate does not – and let’s be honest; it’s the Senate that’s the problem – then the Senate doesn’t get paid until they do. The House Republican | Read More »

    Ever hear of the digger wasp?

    Fascinating critters, if admittedly an excellent source for nightmare fuel: Wasps of the genus Sphex (commonly known as digger wasps) are cosmopolitan predators of the family Sphecidae that sting and paralyze prey insects. There are over 130 known digger wasp species. In preparation for egg laying, they construct a protected “nest” (some species dig nests in the ground, while others use pre-existing holes) and then | Read More »

    Matthew Yglesias endorses key point of Liberal Fascism.

    Background: in the course of trying to boost what has been generally conceded to be a not-particularly-good Second Inaugural speech made by Barack Obama yesterday, Yglesias wrote: Summing up the ideological brief, Obama even indulged in American liberalism’s favorite ideological tic—the insistence that it’s not an ideology at all, but simply a pragmatic response to changing circumstances. Which, if you’ve read Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism, | Read More »