Victims of Government: Stephen Lathrop and the Army Corps of Engineers.
Oh, my aching head. Short version: Stephen Lathrop lives in an area in Illinois that routinely floods and is just as routinely gets declared to be a disaster area. The Army Corps of Engineers – a group that I had hitherto thought, perhaps foolishly, to be somewhat more competent than it’s appearing here – had drawn up a bunch of plans to alleviate the problem. | Read More »
Let me explain why Henry Repeating Rifles advertises on MSNBC.
Background: Don’t tell us that Al Sharpton and MSNBC are hypocrites? Noooo!! The Reverend Al opened his show by praising President Obama’s efforts to promote tougher gun control laws. But 28 minutes into the show, a commercial appeared for, of all things . . . Henry Repeating Rifles. Go to Henry Rifle’s website and you’ll find one rifle described as “big, brutal and beautiful” and | Read More »
James Taranto: universal background firearms checks means that anybody can request one.
James Taranto makes an excellent point about the major problem with proposals to expanding who can request a background check on firearms: Currently access to the FBI’s background check system is limited to licensed firearms dealers, who have an incentive not to abuse it lest they lose their license. If it’s opened up to all prospective sellers of guns–that is, to everybody–what’s to prevent someone | Read More »
Please, Democrats: go ahead and embrace Obamacare.
Contra Jill Lawrence of the National Journal, it’s not so much that Democrats don’t grasp the theoretical need for this kind of strategy: The political case for “Obamacare” is going to have to be made by advocacy groups, party committees and politicians themselves. And it will have to be made non-stop via every viral and high-profile means available, at an intensity level that matches the | Read More »
Note to the Department of Education: Mao Zedong murdered 65 million people.
This is the estimated number is from The Black Book of Communism: if some people consider that number suspect, there’s also Frank Dikötter’s estimate* of 45 million killed during the “Great Leap Forward.” Even the New York Times thinks that 30 million died in that atrocity, while noting that the ChiComs admit to 16 million murdered by the state** during that time period. In short: | Read More »
Joe Biden claims Gabbie Giffords was killed at Tucson[*] attack.
“Shot and mortally wounded.” …And, behind him and to the right? That kid with the glasses? Yeah, him. Take a gander at 0:14: he is giving The Look to Biden.
Andrew Cuomo admits that he done [expletive deleted] UP with NY’s 10-round magazine ban.
Governor Cuomo did this epically, admitting that the restrictions on magazine possession that he pushed through and signed into law earlier in the year are too flawed to exist, and need to be repealed. “There is no such thing as a seven-bullet magazine. That doesn’t exist. So you really have no practical option.” – Andrew Cuomo So why the [expletive deleted] did you sign it | Read More »
Meet John Hickenlooper, now-endangered Democratic Governor of Colorado.
I’m calling Gov. Hickenlooper endangered for a reason: he just made a rather poor life choice. You see, the fellow bowed to pressure from East Coast liberals and signed into law today an effective firearms ban masquerading as a “high capacity magazine ban.” John Hickenlooper is apparently just self-aware enough to realize what problems this is going to cause him down the line: “[Hickenlooper] said | Read More »
The South Carolina 1st Congressional District Special Election Primary Open Thread.
At the moment, it looks like a runoff is likely: Mark Sanford is ahead, but he’s only getting about 35% of the vote. Will link to updated results when I get a good one. [UPDATE: Politico's results are here.] Moe Lane PS: The Democrat nominee will be Elizabeth Colbert Busch; based on the fact that she’s getting less votes than Sanford and the general makeup | Read More »
Harry Reid concurs with Ted Cruz: Dianne Feinstein is a blithering idiot.
I am, of course, inferring that from context. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has decided that a proposed assault weapons ban won’t be part of a gun control bill the Senate plans to debate next month, the sponsor of the ban said Tuesday, a decision that means the ban stands little chance of survival. Instead, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said she will be able to offer | Read More »
Barack Obama to double down on sequester stupidity and cancel Easter Egg Roll?
I am starting to conclude that Barack Obama is simply not as bright as he thinks that he is: The next casualty of sequestration could be the Easter Bunny – at least according to a White House e-mail that recently landed in Capitol Hill inboxes. The White House warned Congress that budget cuts could nix the annual Easter Egg Roll for kids, which is planned | Read More »
Chris Wallace smacks Dick Durbin over Barack Obama’s debt rhetoric hypocrisy.
I personally think that maybe Chris Wallace shouldn’t have done this to Senator Dick Durbin. Executive summary of “this:” Wallace asked Durbin why it was that President Barack Obama in 2013 declared that our $16 trillion debt was “sustainable,” when Candidate Barack Obama in 2008 declared that $9 trillion debt was “unpatriotic;” and Durbin answered the question by declaring to Wallace that Durbin had had | Read More »
Cyprus to raid private bank deposits, on orders from European Union.
Basically, it goes like this: the EU bails out Cypriot banks to the tune of 10 billion euros, in partial exchange for a 6.75% to 9.9% raid on Cypriot personal accounts (which is supposed to net about 5.8 billion euros in revenue), collectable probably now Tuesday*. See also here, here, and here. Naturally, the subjects of Cyprus (I can’t in either good conscience or grammar | Read More »
Andrew Cuomo tells local governments to consolidate.
Alternate title: Son, you’re on your own. The New York state budget currently under negotiation may be remembered years from now as the beginning of the end for many small towns, cities and school districts. Gov. Andrew Cuomo had tough words Friday for local officials facing fiscal crises and seeking more help from Albany, telling them they should consolidate services or whole governments and school | Read More »
Organizing for America is still underperforming. Shocker, I know.
Background: Organizing for Action is just as bad at pushing actual policy positions during Obama’s second term as its previous incarnation was as bad at pushing actually policy positions during Obama’s first term. I know that this will disappoint everybody who was expecting OfA a +5 Vorpal Juggernaut, but this was not exactly an unexpected outcome. Well, unexpected by some: there’s possibly an emotional aspect | Read More »