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    “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 »

    Psst: Obama’s second Inaugural Ball schedule designed to keep hoi polloi away.

    Politico kind of buries the lede here: The inaugural team made a show of announcing that the festivities to mark Obama’s second Inauguration would be greatly curtailed this year as a nod to tough economic times. Rather than the 10 official balls that the president and first lady zipped around to in 2009, this year there would be only two: the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball, for 4,000 | Read More »

    Obama’s budget proposal will be late. Again.

    Because apparently math is hard. The White House has informed House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) that it will miss the legal deadline for sending a budget to Congress. Acting Budget Director Jeff Zients told Ryan (R-Wis.) late Friday that the budget will not be delivered by Feb. 4, as required by law, a House aide said.

    An excellent and acceptable gun control legislation suggestion.

    An excellent and acceptable gun control legislation suggestion.

    This is an idea of pure genius from Frank J Fleming: …here’s a great idea that should make everyone happy: Let’s just pretend to pass gun control legislation. What we can do is pass a law banning a bunch of made-up things that sound scary, and many gun control proponents already have great ideas along this line. For instance, I read a column in which | Read More »

    Trillion dollar coin idea *finally* goes down in flames.

    About freaking time, too. Forget about the government minting a $1 trillion coin to solve its debt-limit crisis. Treasury Department spokesman Anthony Coley said Saturday that neither his department nor the Federal Reserve believes the law can or should be used to produce such a coin to avoid a coming battle with Congress over government borrowing. Some of President Barack Obama’s liberal allies have been | Read More »