Is the Department of Justice sanitizing its connection to Media Matters for America?
OK, here’s the background. CJ Ciaramella is a reporter at the Washington Free Beacon, and he emailed the Department of Justice to find out if they had any response to the allegations being featured in Kate Pavlich’s latest book on the Operation Fast & Furious scandal (Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and the Shameless Cover-Up). Specifically, the allegation that there was a third | Read More »
Yet one more reason why the Democrats will lose Virginia.
Shad planking. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hzmBLhORJA&feature=youtu.be To summarize the video: every year this event goes on in Virginia where people get together at the Wakefield Ruritan Club and eat shad that’s been smoked on wooden planks (thus, ‘shad planking’). This is one of those big-time political social events for Virginia, and usually it’s pretty bipartisan because, you know, shad on wooden planks. Anyway: according to the video, the | Read More »
Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D, MT): having a polygamous family history is bad! …if you’re a Republican.
Via Hot Air comes this… I’m not sure what it is, besides pathetic. Anyway, Brian Schweitzer is apparently reveling in the curious freedom of being term-limited as the (Democratic) Governor of Montana; he decided to give The Daily Beast an earful, and I’m not entirely certain that Schweitzer has realized yet just how badly he stepped in it. Certainly badly enough that if he was | Read More »
#Cookiegate! …Wait, we’re not talking about federal regulation of school bake sales?
Because, you know, the federal government has abrogated that power for itself ever since the lame duck Congressional session in 2010. Under the bill, the secretary of agriculture over the next year will draft nutritional standards for all food sold outside the standard meal program, provided it’s during school hours and on school grounds. Hot dogs at nighttime football games would be in the clear. | Read More »
Comparing the Colombian Prostitute Scandal to Operation Fast & Furious.
So, we now what the priorities are when it comes to American law enforcement officials acting badly. Secret Service agents who patronize, then refuse to pay, Colombian prostitutes? People end up getting fired, investigated, and generally have their careers blighted, within days. DEA/DOJ officials who put cop-killing (and Mexican-civilian-killing) guns into the hands of Mexican narco-terrorist gangs? No firings. The bare minimum of non-Congressional investigations. | Read More »
The Left’s expected, contemptible, and blatant hypocrisy over ALEC and stand-your-ground laws.
I’m not really all that into blogging about the Zimmerman/Martin shooting. From what I can tell, what happened was that there was an confrontation that might have very well been avoidable; it ended with a genuinely tragic ending; and that there were actually pretty much no wider partisan implications at all, despite the attempts of the Online Left to fit a Latino Democrat onto the | Read More »
It’s a POTUS-eat-dog-on-the-roof world out there…
Well. That entire ‘Romney’s dog on the car roof’ thing didn’t really go the way that Team Obama intended it to, did it? If you missed it, here’s the background: agents from Obama’s campaign team started up with that old story about the time that Mitt Romney drove cross-country with his dog in a carrying case that had been lashed to the top of the | Read More »
WI-GOV Recall Democrats running on… property tax hikes?
If states are really the laboratories of democracy, then apparently Wisconsin is the place where all the mad scientists go to cook up the latest abomination of science with which to terrify the populace. And one case in point is the way that the Democratic party in Wisconsin has decided to run with the novel platform of explicitly offering to raise other people’s taxes in | Read More »
NC Democratic party Executive Director Jay Parmley resigns, blames right-wing bloggers…
To refresh people’s memories: allegations came out last week that NC Democratic party Executive Director Jay Parmley had sexually harassed a male staffer (the Daily Caller noted yesterday that local reports are saying that said staffer was also allegedly fired after making a complaint; if that’s true, then there’s a bigggggggggg problem going on in North Carolina right now for the Democratic party*). Anyway, Parmley | Read More »
Cook: State Republican parties gave national GOP 9 seats for 2012.
Cook Political Report has more or less formalized their 2012 redistricting scorecard; their final score is a gain of one Republican seat, based solely on redistricting. Cook notes that this total actually represents about 10 to 15 seats being fortified for the GOP, given that the majority of legislators who benefited from redistricting were Republicans. This will no doubt infuriate Democrats, but then: elections matter. | Read More »
David Cicilline (D, RI-01) admits lying about Providence’s fiscal health.
Via Legal Insurrection comes this absolute gem of a confession from former Providence mayor (and current representative for Rhode Island’s First Congressional District) David Cicilline: Congressman David Cicilline offered a public apology and expressed regret Tuesday for saying during his 2010 campaign that Providence was in “excellent financial condition.” “I should not have used that word,” Cicilline said in a wide-ranging interview with WPRI 12. | Read More »
Jay Carney comes into his own by denying Hilary Rosen hers.
For a given value of “his own.” Short version of this Jay Carney clip: Hilary who? Hilary Rosen? The White House has so many people coming through, after all… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuT3H8a9kdQ Somewhere, Robert Gibbs is nodding to himself and thinking, Yes. The chrysalis has fallen away to reveal… well, a prime example of Dermatobia hominis (human bot fly).
Barack Obama: STILL not paying women as much as men?
Via @mkhammer comes this latest example of Do As I Say, Not As I Line-Item Budget from the Obama administration. Executive summary: the Obama administration is allegedly paying its female staffers roughly 18% less than its male ones. I’m using the term ‘allegedly’ because the original report did not separate out staffers by gender, forcing “some assumptions to be made based on the employee names” | Read More »
Reince Priebus gives MSNBC the business over the ‘War on Women.’
This is exactly what I want to see from the RNC: an adamant refusal to allow the Other Side to set the parameters of the fight. Transcript below the fold. THOMAS ROBERTS (MSNBC): …But is this the fact of the Republican Party or not? Because you say it’s a fiction and you don’t want to walk back the fact that, you know, the war on | Read More »
Amazon. Taxes. Do. Not. WORK. (Illinois edition)
I know that Neil covered this in passing, but I wanted to highlight this situation. Background: last year Illinois (read, Illinois Democrats, led by Democratic Governor Pat Quinn) decided to try to force Amazon.com to start collecting sales tax on purchases made by Illinois residents*. Arguments were made at the time that this was a futile gesture, given that Amazon.com would simply end its affiliate | Read More »