The President always wanted to re-evaluate the census process?

Since when?

No, I’m quite serious: since when?

This is all part of this little article (Glenn Reynolds summed it up perfectly, by the way) about Sen. Gregg’s real value to this administration:

MANCHESTER – Sen. Judd Gregg yesterday declined all comment on reports that the White House will strip him of his authority over the federal Census Bureau even before he becomes Secretary of Commerce.

Gregg spokesman Laena Fallon said all comment would come from the White House.

A White House spokesman last evening said, “From the first days of the transition the census has been a priority for the president, and a process he wanted to reevaluate. There is historic precedent for the director of the census, who works for the Commerce Secretary and the president, to work closely with White House senior management — given the number of decisions that will have to be put before the president. We plan to return to that model in this administration.”

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What I’m actually doing, instead of doing anything useful.

I don’t know why it’s interesting, but it is. A little harder than the old WinRisk I already have on my machine, but not that much more so.

Fair warning: the game autoloads under the fold.

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Behold the eloquence of Robert Gibbs…

as he answers questions about Senator Feinstein’s concerns.

Miss the days of the Bush administration yet? After all, back then you didn’t walk away with the impression that the press flack you were talking to was even more subject to the mushroom treatment than you were.

Crossposted at RedState.

Kentucky Boy Scouts save couple’s lives.

Here’s your feel-good story for the day:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A troop of Boy Scouts are being credited with saving the lives of a western Kentucky couple.

The group of Marion, Ky., scouts went door-to-door to check on people without power and deliver meals.

When they stopped at one home, the woman who answered wasn’t coherent. The scouts then called for help.

The woman (couple, actually) had been suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning; they’re still alive, thanks to Zach Sizemore and the rest of Troop 30 of Marion, KY. Good job, men.

Hey, they’re doing a man’s job; they should get the title of respect.

Crossposted at RedState.

Meanwhile, Senator Feinstein is *also* doubtful about the stimulus.

Admittedly, it’s because she loves taxes.

Something for our mild amusement while we wait for the Democrats to flout the will of the American people with this pork bill:

WASHINGTON — Convinced tax cuts will not stimulate the nation’s economy, Sen. Dianne Feinstein spoke out Friday against President Barack Obama’s economic recovery package.

“I’m going increasingly concerned about the bill as to whether it is really going to be a stimulus,” she told fellow Senators during a debate of the bill.

[snip]

Feinstein said her issue with the bill is the tax cuts included.

“What in my view a stimulus is, is not candidly speaking a tax package,” she said. “I do not believe in this economy tax cuts are simulative… I worry about this economy. The point of this package is to get jobs out to the people. So I reserve the right at the end of the day to vote against a package that does put those jobs out there.”

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You know, I could have cared less about the Obama jacket thing…

…but apparently this infuriated the Left, to the point where they came up with a slideshow (the link’s to memeorandum: I don’t feel like giving a pro-torture site like HuffPo the traffic).

Anyway, 779 comments and counting about the fact that Bush apparently got his picture taken when his suit jacket was off, too.  Angry, bitter, clingy comments, at that. Wow.  Don’t these people have lives?

Crossposted at RedState.

Just a reminder: Geithner’s tax problem wasn’t less* than Daschle’s.

He was merely first in the queue:

Despite the fact that Geithner sailed through the confirmation process—while Daschle went up in flames—Geithner’s tax troubles were actually far more egregious. People tend to give Geithner a pass, because the overall amount he owed was smaller and it just involved Social Security and Medicare, rather than income tax. But Geithner actually acknowledged years ago that he owed the taxes—but didn’t pay them until he was nominated for the Treasury job. That hardly counts as a mistake.

Daschle, for his part, failed to count as income the value of a car and driver he received from a New York private-equity firm, InterMedia Advisors, during 2005-2007. He also overstated charitable contributions and understated income from InterMedia, which paid him $1 million a year. Daschle filed amended tax returns last month reporting $128,203 in additional taxes and $11,964 in interest. The revised tax returns were submitted after President Obama announced that he intended to nominate Daschle to be secretary of Health and Human Services.

Geithner’s situation was nonetheless a bigger ethical lapse. As an employee of the International Monetary Fund in 2001 and later years, Geithner was responsible for sending a check to the IRS to cover his own payroll taxes. He didn’t do so. What he did do was submit a request to the IMF for reimbursement of those taxes. And he collected.

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