Compromise reached on… farm bill.

    If you were asking yourself Just how much of a kabuki theater is what’s going on in Congress right now? – well, wonder no more.  From USA Today: Top leaders on both the Senate and House Agriculture committees announced a deal on Sunday to extend the 2008 farm bill by a year, a deal that could avoid a surge in market prices for milk and | Read More »

    Muslim Brotherhood reaches out to Hezbollah.

    Tell me again how marvelous it is that we encouraged the Muslim Brotherhood to take over in Egypt: “In a dramatic policy shift, Egypt will seek to forge “tight” relations with Hezbollah, Egyptian Ambassador to Lebanon Ashraf Hamdy revealed in a candid interview published Saturday in Lebanon’s Daily Star.” Such ‘tight’ relations will presumably include Hezbollah’s right to keep getting ready for that armed conflict | Read More »

    Lisa Jackson forced out of EPA.

    Ostensible reason: [Lisa] Jackson, 50, a chemical engineer by training and a mom of two teenagers, offered no reason for her resignation other than saying she’s ready for “new challenges, time with my family and new opportunities to make a difference.” She said she was leaving the EPA “confident the ship is sailing in the right direction.” Actual reason: This month, at the prodding of congressional | Read More »

    Neil Abercrombie ignores Daniel Inouye’s dying wish, picks Brian Schatz for Hawaii Senate.

    Just as a thought experiment imagine what would happen if the following scenario played out… A minority Republican Senator passes away. Choosing a successor is the responsibility of his state’s (white) (Republican) governor. The late Senator in question had formally made a request to the governor that a particular qualified individual (who also happens to be a minority) succeed him. The governor then proceeds to | Read More »

    David Gregory should be arrested for violating DC’s gun law.

    Background: last Sunday on Meet The Press David Gregory brandished a 30 round ammunition magazine while lecturing interrogating interviewing NRA head Wayne LaPierre. The problem is, however, that the mere possession of this item is in point of fact illegal in the District of Columbia, where Meet The Press is filmed. The police have been notified, and they are “investigating.” I’m not sure what they | Read More »

    Chuck Schumer not willing to endorse Chuck Hagel’s nomination for Secretary of Defense.

    Via the Weekly Standard comes an indication that Barack Obama might as well get on the phone and tell Chuck Hagel that it’s not happening: “I’d have to study his record.” Let me explain why this is so devastating a comment coming from Senator Schumer about ex-Senator Hagel… oh, you’ve figured it out already? But let me explicit: Chuck Hagel served in the Senate | Read More »

    Need a job? Go. To. North. Dakota.

    Need a job? Go. To. North. Dakota.

    After reading this plaintive essay by the New York Times about young voters discovering what happens when they vote against their class interests by voting Democratic (short version: they end up on the street), my first reaction was simply to shrug.  But that’s not nice.  What is nice is offering these people actual advice, because passages like this: Two months ago, Mr. Tano gave up | Read More »

    Report: Syrian chemical weapons appearing in Hezbollah caches.

    (H/T: Instapundit) I am back-and-forth on how seriously to take this particular story: Two days after a mysterious explosion at a Hezbollah weapons depot in southern Lebanon, the Kuwaiti website Al Jarida is reporting that Israel bombed the site because Syria had transferred missiles there that were capable of being equipped with chemical warheads. The missiles had been moved into Lebanon from Syria in the | Read More »

    Margaret Thatcher in hospital.

    Because, hey, this day wasn’t quite frustrating enough: Baroness Thatcher is recovering in hospital after undergoing surgery to remove a growth on her bladder. The former Prime Minister is “absolutely fine” after the minor operation, a spokeswoman said. The 87-year-old was admitted to hospital on Wednesday after complaining of pains. She is expected to remain there while she recovers.

    Megan McArdle, fighting back, and the detractors of both.

    Pejman Yousefzadeh reminded me today of this Megan McArdle column where she cataloged all the conventional wisdom of What Do We Do About Mass Shootings, and found all such wisdom to be pretty much ineffective. Which it would be; Megan’s not the first person to notice that the primary goal of a lot of rhetoric about gun control seems to have as its primary objective | Read More »

    Steven Chu to leave Department of Energy?

    Interesting. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu may be leaving the post during the next term of the Obama administration. Among those on the list to replace Chu are Ritter; Tom Steyer, a Democrat from California; former North Dakota Sen. Byron Dorgan; Susan Tierney, a former assistant energy secretary; and Steve Westley, a California businessman, according to The Washington Post. More at Hot Air, which notes | Read More »

    Is Chuck Hagel a stalking horse for Michele Flournoy for Secretary of Defense?

    The Washington Post’s editorial board is the latest group to jump on the God, please, not Chuck Hagel bandwagon: FORMER SENATOR Chuck Hagel, whom President Obama is reportedly considering for defense secretary, is a Republican who would offer a veneer of bipartisanship to the national security team. He would not, however, move it toward the center, which is the usual role of such opposite-party nominees. | Read More »

    RIP, Senator Daniel Inouye (1924-2012).

    This is very sad news: “Democrat Daniel Inouye, the U.S. Senate’s most senior member and a Medal of Honor recipient for his bravery during World War II, has died. He was 88.” …yes, the Medal of Honor thing wasn’t ever really brought up, much.  Here’s the citation: Second Lieutenant Daniel K. Inouye distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 21 April 1945, in the | Read More »

    Deval Patrick will name caretaker to Massachusetts Senate seat ‘if’…

    …John Kerry becomes the next Secretary of State. From the Boston Globe: “I expect to do the same thing I did last time,” [MA Governor Deval] Patrick told reporters. “I’m not ruling out other options. But, as a practical matter, it’s hard for me to imagine how you could serve in the Senate for a four-month period and also run a statewide campaign in a | Read More »

    Not One Dime for Obamacare federal exchange funding.

    This paragraph from the Investor’s Business Daily article on the Obama administration’s remarkable inability to get states to sign off on state Obamacare exchanges caught my eye, particularly the part I bolded: In the states with federally run exchanges, HHS will be tasked with hiring the people to run the exchanges, ensuring that insurance plans applying to be on the exchange are compliant with ObamaCare | Read More »