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 »

    The grim labor force participation rate graph.

    The grim labor force participation rate graph.

    This is the rock that the Obama administration’s ship of state is going to founder on: (Data via the Bureau of Labor Statistics.)

    Phil Mickelson hints tax changes may spur career change.

    Let me use short words, here*: if you want less of something, tax it. Because if you tax it, you will get less of it: On the day President Obama was sworn in for his second term, [top professional golfer Phil] Mickelson sent shock waves through the Humana Challenge when he said the political landscape in the United States was causing him to seriously contemplate | Read More »

    Charles Schumer (D, New York): the Democratic-controlled Senate will pass a budget.

    Please take note of this.  Democratic Senators are a funny bunch, sometimes.  Point out that they’re mandated, Constitutionally, to pass a budget every year? They yawn.  Remind them that it’s rank hypocrisy to lecture people on fiscal responsibility when they won’t show any?  You get a shrug in response.  Observe that shenanigans like Senate Democrats not doing a budget since 2009 is one major reason | Read More »

    The Smugglers of Old New York.

    So I hear (as did our own Dan McLaughlin, last week) that New York is the place to go for an exciting and remunerative career in the cigarette-smuggling trade: Last week, The Mackinac Center for Public Policy released a report chronicling the rate of cigarette smuggling in the United States, revealing what retailers in New York have long known: state-to-state smuggling has become a big | Read More »

    TAKE THAT GUN AWAY from Joe Morrissey (D, Virginia House of Delegates).

    TAKE THAT GUN AWAY from Joe Morrissey (D, Virginia House of Delegates).

    Background: the aforementioned idjit decided to wave around an “AK-47-style rifle” on the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates as part of a fairly bizarre gun-grabbing stunt. Now, Morrissey claimed that the gun was unloaded, but then… “Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock, interrupted Morrissey’s speech to ask him to take his finger out of the trigger guard…” …Joe Morrissey is apparently not exactly qualified to | Read More »

    An interesting, if mildly depressing, exchange on Obamacare.

    Goodness gracious, but check this out. Background: Whole Foods CEO John Mackey called Obamacare first ‘socialist,’ then ‘fascist,’ then regretted calling it fascist because the Left is generally too ill-educated to understand the difference between National Socialism and economic fascism* -so they were thus all getting hung up in their own ignorance, and thus omitting to address Mackey’s point. Cue CNN Carol Costello, who gave | Read More »

    Pushme-pullyou Watch: Assault Weapons and Chuck Hagel.

    This is a kind of a good news, maybe bad news kind of thing. First, the kind of good news: [Sen Stuart Smalley Al] Franken, speaking during a press event in Rochester, said he supports limits on ammunition magazines to 10 rounds and tightening the nation’s system of background checks. But, he declined to say whether he supported a ban on assault weapons, a key | Read More »

    …Anthony Weiner contemplating running for NYC Mayor anyway?

    I… don’t know what to say. Could former Rep. Anthony Weiner be preparing for a political comeback? The Democrat’s latest filing with the New York City Campaign Finance Board, published Tuesday, may send some subtle messages. His mayoral campaign committee, created ahead of his unsuccessful bid for the Democratic nomination in 2005, reported spending just one dollar shy of $37,000 in the last six months. | Read More »