Jan
24
2015
6

Scott Walker at the Iowa Freedom Summit.

If you’re looking for the Scott Walker speech, here you go*.  Come, I will conceal nothing from you: I skipped it at first myself. But reports came in that he was kicking it, and… yeah, Scott Walker did. A lot of emotion under control, there. Can’t say that I’m surprised about either: in retrospect, the Left may have miscalculated in allowing its pro-death-threat wing to drive anti-Walker sentiment in the Wisconsin recall and re-elections. You want to get a man focused and driven? Threaten to murder his wife. (more…)

Jan
21
2015
1

‘Mr. Jones.’

Mr. JonesCounting Crows

It’s not a bad song, but man but bands whined back then.

Jan
20
2015
--

‘Comfortably Numb.’

Comfortably NumbPink Floyd

It was going to be ‘Shine on you Crazy Diamond,’ but this is funnier.

Jan
19
2015
4

Congress plans to use CRA to make Barack Obama stop pretending to be a centrist.

Live by the regulatory regime, die by it: “GOP lawmakers plan to employ the seldom-used Congressional Review Act (CRA), which gives lawmakers the power to formally disapprove of major agency rules, as they seek to ratchet up their attacks on federal red tape.”  Basically, what happens is that Congress can – through a simple majority, that cannot be filibustered – target any rule within 60 days of implementation.  It’s not even remotely a slam dunk – the President can veto Congress on this as usual, and then Congress would have to override the veto – but the plan is to start on the EPA rulings, which everybody hates.   (more…)

Jan
12
2015
4

Barack Obama’s Harriet Miers moment. Seriously.

This is getting remarkable. We’re seeing some possibly unexpectedly hostile reactions to the administration’s decision not to send anybody to participate in France’s anti-terrorism unity march:

  • Mike Lupica: “Everybody knows how complicated this country’s relationship with France has been, in war and in peace. Certainly there have been times when the leaders of France could have done better by us. We should have done better by them on Sunday. Only you couldn’t find us.”
  • Jake Tapper: “I say this as an American — not as a journalist, not as a representative of CNN — but as an American: I was ashamed.”
  • Michael Tomasky: “Look, it’s just my opinion, but extraordinary event; it’s our fight too. I, as a citizen, feel underrepresented.”
  • Fareed Zakaria: “Fareed Zakaria, host of CNN’s “Global Public Square,” called the absence of top U.S. officials a mistake… France is the United States’ “deepest ideological ally,” he said, and it would have been a meaningful image to have a senior administration member, or the President, standing shoulder to shoulder with other leaders.” (via Gateway Pundit, who is doing his own round-up.)
  • The New York Daily News (endorsed Obama for President): “The United States of America, Barack Obama, President, was inexcusably absent from one of the most critical turning points in the war between radical Islam and the West since 9/11.”

(more…)

Jan
11
2015
8

So… coyotes in Manhattan.

They caught one. But that’s not the funny part. The funny part is that the coyote was then released in an ‘appropriate wilderness area in the Bronx.’ It’s not that the Bronx has no wilderness areas – it’s got tons of open space, thanks to a deliberate civic program – it’s that I’m pretty sure that none of it is particularly appropriate for coyotes.  Although the coyotes would probably disagree.  Given that they’ve spent the last century or two cheerfully moving east, using all those bridges that we so helpfully built to cross major rivers and whatnot, possibly they have a point…

Via @GayPatriot.

Moe Lane

PS: I kind of wanted them to release the coyote in Brooklyn so that I could have made a hipster joke.  No, it’s true, I am dead to shame.

Jan
10
2015
2

Huh. Came across this old issue from 2009 about a made-up Aristotle quote.

Specifically, whether RFK ever used it in a speech.  Background here and here.  I wonder if I should bother looking into it further…

Jan
08
2015
5

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane (D) *may* be indicted soon.

To be fair: it hasn’t actually happened yet. And an indictment isn’t a conviction. Still… oopsie?

The special prosecutor and grand jury investigating allegations that Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane leaked secret information to a newspaper have found evidence of wrongdoing and recommended that she be criminally charged, according to numerous people familiar with the decision. […] The panel concluded that Kane violated grand-jury secrecy rules by leaking investigative material in a bid to embarrass political enemies, sources said.

(more…)

Jan
07
2015
3

‘No Rain.’

No Rain, Blind Melon

I guess that it’s one of those metaphor thingies.

Jan
04
2015
2

‘Me And Bobby McGee.’

Me And Bobby McGee, Janis Joplin

PLEASE don’t do drugs, kids. I keep saying this, when I do Joplin songs: and that’s because it keeps being true. Don’t do drugs.

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