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 »

    No truce with the Kermit Gosnells.

    I’m going to quote Matthew Clark of Bearing Drift here, because he set up the situation pretty straightforwardly: Virginia, with the support of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, has enacted some of the most stringent health requirements for abortion clinics in the country. The law allows the Virginia Board of Health to regulate abortion clinics much like hospitals, to ensure that they provide the same operation, | Read More »

    Status check on various gunmakers’ flights from various states.

    Let’s look at the practical results of gun control, shall we? Three states have recently signed into law some hefty gun control laws; what were the results? Colorado: Magpul is now making some magazines and sights outside of the state. They’re also working on a new HQ. Connecticut: PTR Industries will be moving out of the state shortly. It’s rumored that other companies will follow. | Read More »

    Late-term abortion (aka infanticide): bigger problem than typically reported?

    Before we get started, let me be clear: the article that Melinda Henneberger wrote makes it clear that her personal answers to both questions were identical to mine, and probably had the same faint taste of vomit in the back of her mouth. But the Washington Post itself? …Yeah, I think that it’s hoping for a different answer for the second one. Are there more | Read More »

    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 »

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    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 »