Sep
13
2014
2

Tweet of the Day, There Are So Many Ways It Could Have Been Even Worse That Day edition.

You should read the whole thing, but Jake Tapper summed it up: “Happy ending.”

Sep
13
2014
2

Senator Mary Landrieu (D, Louisiana) flew high on the hog – with YOUR tax money.

I’d love to know what an independent investigation found. Because if Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu’s internal investigation found this

Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu on Friday released the findings of an internal investigation into her travel that found more than $33,700 in campaign flights were charged to her Senate account.

The report found 136 campaign functions were conducted during 43 trips paid for by the Senate office dating back to 2002.

…imagine what total somebody who wasn’t hired by the Senator might have come up with.  Note, by the way: I am explicitly not giving Mary Landrieu the benefit of the doubt over whether she has come up with a full list of all the times her campaign embezzled money for travel… excuse me: ‘engaged in sloppy book-keeping.’  In fact, I will explicitly say this: I expect that she has not, not least because her investigation was truncated: (more…)

Sep
12
2014
3

Tweet of the Day, Nancy Pelosi Thinks That Americans Are Serfs Bound To The Land edition.

Marvel at the wisdom of the woman who the Democratic party is officially committed to making Speaker of the House again:

…Having worked in New York while living in New Jersey, I can say with some authority: madam, you are smoking the crack. Relative tax burdens are in fact a factor that goes into deciding where to live. It’s why people move to the suburbs. It’s why people find a job in a place where property taxes are lower. It’s why some people commute for two hours just to get to work.  Then again, considering just how massive a beneficiary of privilege Nancy Pelosi is – it’s amazing what being the child of a Maryland political family can do for your public policy career, yes? – we should just be grateful that she didn’t call us ‘peasants.’

Betcha she thought it, though.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

Sep
12
2014
3

Quote of the Day, Harry Reid Hates YOUR Free Speech edition.

On Harry Reid’s blatant attempt to kill the First Amendment:

What we saw in Harry Reid’s Senate this week was an attempt by the ascendant part of the elite, the part that makes its living from abstraction, to vanquish the declining part, the part that makes its living from extraction. And this sorry excuse for a legislative week did more than reveal, in real time, the structure and nature of class struggle in America today. It also occasioned a sentence I never thought I would write. If only Harry Reid listened to the ACLU.

Bolding mine. Strange days, folks.  Strange days, indeed.

Moe Lane

PS: While I appreciate the fact that the ACLU was fuming over this, and rightly so… I should point out: fuming is nice. Getting some of these freedom-hating Senators out of office would be even nicer.

Sep
12
2014
4

Democrats shocked to discover that anti-corporate meme continues to fail to move the needle.

What, exactly, was the victory condition here?

President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies hoped to capitalize on the recent wave of companies ditching the U.S. to slice their tax bill as a populist issue to fire up the progressive base and bash Republicans as slaves to corporate interests.

So far, rather than becoming the political whopper that Democrats dreamed of, the issue has turned out to be pretty much a massive dud.

…Because I’ve been watching the Left try to pound the left-populist, anti-corporate drum for I guess most of my life, and it always seems like the Left always seems to forget to get enough of the actual populace to make the whole thing worthwhile.  And it’s not for lack of trying: the ‘greedy’ or downright ‘villainous’ corporation as enemy has been a mass media trope since before the beginning of my life.  It would appear, however, that nobody actually cares. Or at least can distinguish the media fantasy from their own, rather more complex, lives.

Moe Lane

PS: I see that Ed Morrissey has also gone to town on this subject; so I’ll just link to him and go take as much of a nap as my kids will let me.  Awfully lazy of me, I know.

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Sep
12
2014
4

Mysterious Mercs Make Multiple Marauding Medi-pot Mendocino Missions.

I’m sorry, but I couldn’t resist.  Then again, consider how the actual article starts:

There’s been some mysterious activity in the skies over Mendocino County lately. Folks who live there want to know: Who are the armed men dropping out of helicopters to chop down their marijuana grows?

Who, indeed. The cops swear that it isn’t them; a local security force also swears that it’s not them.  And, to be fair, there’s only the one actual report of people in camouflage dropping from helicopters to raid California pot gardens.  For that matter, you kind of have to remember that people who have pot gardens – excuse me, ‘medical marijuana farms’ – may not be, precisely, the sort of people who can be relied upon to provide a crisp, clear, accurate, and comprehensive accounting of events.

But I don’t care.  Instead, I have decided that clearly these guys were hired by the DEA to hassle California potheads.  And I kinda-half-believe that because it’s stupid and counterproductive and incredibly tin-eared: have you seen what the executive branch gets itself up to, or more accurately into, these days?  We’re lucky that the feds aren’t burning down state forests in a fit of absent-minded pique.

Sep
12
2014
3

In which I appear on BigGator5′s Swamp podcast.

I’m listening to it right now: hopefully, I wasn’t too incoherent.  I’ve been fighting this cold, and about two hours after I did said podcast I crashed like a brick dropped from a helicopter.  I kind of babbled on about Barack Obama’s neo-Victorian ways, as I recall.  Still, it was a pleasure to be on and I always enjoy talking.

More, including BigGator5′s archive of past podcasts, here.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

Sep
12
2014
2

Liberal Beltway Elitist Bruce Ackerman… apparently misses him some George W Bush right now.

Background: Bruce Ackerman is one of those people.  You know: Harvard, Yale Law, a long and fruitful career writing articles in the right upper-crust policy journals and books that invariably get published via university presses.  A fellow at that intersection of academia and Beltway culture, in other words: and my, but did he not enjoy the Bush administration!  All the wrong sort were around that decade, apparently.

Seriously, take a look:

Succumbing to the crudest partisan temptations, the Republicans managed to get their man into the White House, but at grave cost to the nation’s ideals and institutions. It will take a decade or more to measure the long-term damage of this electoral crisis to the Presidency and the Supreme Court – but especially in the case of the Court, Bush v. Gore will cast a very long shadow[*].

  • Bruce Ackerman, December 11, 2008. After saying that the Bush administration’s “cavalier treatment of the rule of law has embarrassed America,” he ended with:

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Sep
10
2014
3

‘If you will not stand with Israel and the Jews, then I will not stand with you.’ – Ted Cruz.

It would have been the easiest thing in the world for Senator Ted Cruz (R, Texas) to ignore the fact that the “In Defense of Christians” summit dinner that he was speaking tonight at had far too many people involved with it who, as the Washington Free Beacon notes, “includes some of the Assad regime’s most vocal Christian supporters, as well as religious leaders allied with the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah.” But he did not. Instead, he told those folks the truth:

Those who hate Israel hate America,” he continued, as the boos and calls for him to leave the stage got louder. “Those who hate Jews hate Christians. If those in this room will not recognize that, then my heart weeps. If you hate the Jewish people you are not reflecting the teachings of Christ. And the very same people who persecute and murder Christians right now, who crucify Christians, who behead children, are the very same people who target Jews for their faith, for the same reason.”

[snip]

“If you will not stand with Israel and the Jews,” he said. “Then I will not stand with you. Good night, and God bless.” And with that, he walked off the stage.

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Sep
10
2014
10

What a …Victorian speech Obama made.

I’m actually down with a cold of some kind, and I don’t have the energy to properly go off on that speech, but: when it comes to our apparent policy for fighting in Iraq Barack Obama seems to have found his inner Palmerston or Disraeli. Basically, what’s going to happen is that we’re about to start arming a subject ally tribe – the Kurds – and let them kill ISIS. And, not incidentally, acquire territory (whether what we’re still gamely calling ‘Iraq’ objects or not). This is not necessarily a bad call, theoretically – but I am uncertain that the President realizes that he’s adopting a strategy that British imperialists would have recognized on sight.

To say nothing of Barack Obama’s father, who by all accounts hated those same British imperialists with great vim and vigor. Whether this is irony, or a bizarre attempt at therapy, is beyond the scope of this post – suffice it to say, I really wish that Barack Obama had taken more history classes in college. Proper ones.

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Sep
10
2014
1

Joe Biden begs me to vote.

One of the weirder aspects of this gig is all the spam I get from Democrats. For those of you who aren’t in the Life, let me explain: it used to be that signing up for the Other Side’s mailing lists was a relatively easy way to see what agendas and events Democrats were pushing. Makes sense, right? By looking at what they tell their supporters, you get a feel for what the Democrats think is important. And that is often going to be different than what you thought the Democrats think is important.

Alas, like everything else involving the Democrats Barack Obama got his hands on it, and has made the entire exercise useless. Based on my inbox, the important message that Democrats have for their supporters these days is typically either We think Republicans are horrible: give us money or We have a contest. We have a contest. WE HAVE A CONTEST. Give us money.  And, indeed, the Democrats get money out of that.  The Democrats have also seen their polling numbers slide all summer, and while I have no proof that the two data points are related it certainly sounds like they should be, no? (more…)

Sep
10
2014
0

Why is the President talking about ISIS tonight?

This is why.

The Democrats are 18 points in the hole on foreign policy, 38 on defense. I’m trying to remember the last time I’ve seen the Democrats that far behind on those topics. Admittedly, I’m kind of loopy right now from the various cold remedies, so maybe it’s been like this for a while and I just don’t remember; still… those aren’t great numbers. To put it, as they say, mildly.

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