Illinois DREAM Act passes Illinois Senate…
The Illinois Combine, for those unfamiliar with the term of art, refers to an unfortunate reality in Illinois politics: to wit, Illinois is not precisely a two-party state. There is a Republican Party of Illinois, and there is a Democratic Party of Illinois – but the party bosses of both more or less ignore everybody else and run the state to suit themselves. Case in | Read More »
Chuckie Schumer’s Do Not Ride Amtrak plan.
I have a very quick question for Sen Chuck Schumer regarding his desire to create a list of people who are not allowed to go on Amtrak… no, really: the Senator from NY apparently got a little scared by reports that al-Qaeda was thinking about debating about targeting American rail lines. There’s no real indication that there’s an active terrorist plot to do that – | Read More »
BREAKING: ThinkProgress pig-ignorant about military.
Legal Insurrection tipped me to this one: apparently, ThinkProgress (link available via Legal Insurrection) got itself in a bit of a tizzy over a story in the Mexican press that one of the Navy SEALs that killed Osama bin Laden was the son of Mexican immigrants, which apparently means (according to TP) that we need to pass the DREAM Act* and that the military is | Read More »
Alternative voting goes down in flames in UK.
The basic system in the United Kingdom is what’s known as ‘first past the post:’ essentially, whoever has a plurality of votes wins. Plurality wins are in fact somewhat typical results in parliamentary systems, given that parliamentary systems tend to spawn viable third and fourth parties like rotten meat was once believed to have spawned flies*; but it can be a problem when one side | Read More »
Permit me to correct the New York Times.
A few days ago, the New York Times made the following (somewhat bitter) comment, in the process of trying to pretend that we’re all racists over here on the Right: [Obama's] administration took too long to find its footing on Egypt’s transition and in Libya, but it was not because, as the popular conservative blog RedState said, he is a “trainee president.” (H/T: James Taranto) | Read More »
MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell *had* 32 teeth.
I know this, because I just watched him crawl on the floor trying to retrieve them after he tried to push around former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy This one’s going around. Newsbusters, @adambaldwin, the Daily Caller – take your pick. Particularly enjoyable was the part where she called O’Donnell a liar:
Sixty bucks for gas and Mickey Dee’s.
Permit me to establish some general, life-experience-style benchmarks for our current domestic economy. This morning, I went out to fill up the gas tank of the car, and treat my kids to some fast-food breakfast. Nothing fancy: the car does not take premium gasoline, and we’re talking breakfast sandwiches and a hotcakes and sausage level of drive-through. Here are the receipts. SIXTY DOLLARS.
Missouri GOP, African-Americans kill Russ Carnahan’s seat.
This could very well be the prettiest redistricting map that you’re going to see this cycle: You see, Missouri is in an interesting place where the state is: losing a Congressional seat; just coming off an election cycle where they flipped a seat to the GOP (making the current ratio 6 GOP / 3 DEM); and in possession of an almost veto-proof Republican legislature. So, | Read More »
Europe starting to talk about ‘war crimes?’
Pajamas Media took a survey of various European media sources and their evolving reaction to the Osama bin Laden excision. It will not surprise anyone in the slightest to hear that the level of disapproval has been increasing all week, with many an envious sneer along the way. The German response is particularly telling (they’re usually a leading indicator of Left-wing antiwar thinking*): even the | Read More »
Bush, Obama, Ground Zero…
…and the Law of Unintended Consequences: “Former President George W. Bush has declined an invitation to join President Barack Obama at a New York City ceremony later this week marking the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, NBC News reported on Tuesday.” The – ‘ostensible’ is too strong a word; ‘primary’ probably works better – reason is that former President Bush chooses to not | Read More »
The “Charlie Crist, ambulance chaser” Open Thread.
I know that sometimes, people wonder if the things that they do for the Right, or the Republican party, really make a difference. To that I say: why not ask Charlie Crist? From Florida Governor and presumptive Senator, to ambulance-chasing lawyer ready to serve you. I don’t know about you, but I’m going to put this one up on the wall. Open thread. [UPDATE]: Here’s | Read More »
Rep. Issa asking hard questions on WH message security.
As represented by the growing use of iPads – and no, that’s not actually ridiculous. An iPad or iPad2 on a 3G network is a combination camera, scanner, and communications device that is independent of the White House’s servers; which means that anything written or transmitted by it is not going to be automatically recorded by those servers. And the problem with that? Well, the | Read More »
Meet the sand dune lizard.
Cute little guy, isn’t he? Well, for a lizard. He’s also known as the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard; this endearing little critter is native to the American Southwest. Specifically, eastern New Mexico and West Texas. This is what the lizard’s preferred habitat looks like: Notice what’s missing? Oil derricks. You see, the favored habitat of the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard also happens to be a favored habitat | Read More »
Daily Caller: was Yucca Mountain shutdown lawful?
The DC has the scoop*: Congress is now investigating whether the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) actually had the authority to unilaterally shut down the Yucca Mountain nuclear storage facility without Congressional authorization, given that Yucca Mountain was authorized under the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982. Furthermore, there are now serious questions about whether the NRC’s leadership – and, by extension, the Obama administration – | Read More »
FDA victory in the War on Raw Milk!
Marvel at our heroic government agents as they swoop in at 5 AM* to stop the pernicious practice of selling unpasteurized milk across state lines! An Amish farm in Pennsylvania has been stopped from selling contraband milk after a year-long federal government sting operation. The Rainbow Acres Farm was found to have been smuggling banned unpasteurised milk to customers in Maryland. Cheer as this tawdry | Read More »