It’s HOT UNDER HERE!!!”
It’s HOT UNDER HERE!!!”
Those aren’t my words (well, they could have been); they are from that noted Tea-Party editorial board at…Bloomberg
Rosemary Lehmberg, the Democratic district attorney in Travis County, Texas, spent three weeks in jail last year for drunken driving, prompting Republican Governor Rick Perry to call on her to resign. She refused — and now her supporters hope to have the last laugh by sending Perry away for a lot longer. The criminal case against him is a farce and should be dismissed faster than prairie fire with a tail wind.
…This would be ordinary partisan tit for tat, except that a law enforcement office is involved. Political disputes should be resolved in political venues — legislative bodies and public debates — not in criminal courts. If Perry’s veto is an abuse of power, then the state legislature could impeach him, as it did Texas Governor James “Pa” Ferguson nearly 100 years ago. Impeachment, however, is entirely unnecessary: The legislature could simply vote to override Perry’s line-item veto. For failing to do so, should the entire legislature be indicted?
Of course not. Perry is guilty of partisan behavior, not felonious conduct. There’s been no evidence to support the claim that he vetoed the funds to prevent the public integrity unit from investigating allegations of impropriety by the state’s Cancer Prevention and Research Center.
I could not agree more.
…check just for spelling…
BREAKING: Dutch military plane carrying bodies from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash lands in Eindhoven.
— The Associated Press (@AP) July 23, 2014
Somebody needs a copy of Eats, Shoots and Leaves…
Worse and worse each day, actually
In a potentially crippling blow to Obamacare, a top federal appeals court Tuesday said that billions of dollars worth of government subsidies that helped 4.7 million people buy insurance on HealthCare.gov are not legal under the Affordable Care Act.
In its decision, a three-judge panel said that such subsidies can be granted only to people who bought insurance in an Obamacare exchange run by an individual state or the District of Columbia — not on the federally run exchange HealthCare.gov. Plaintiffs in the case known as Halbig v. Burwell argued that the ACA, as written, only allows that often-significant financial aid to be issued to people who bought insurance on a marketplace set up by a state.
The decision is certain to be challenged by the Obama Administration, and does not immediately have the effect of law. But if it is ultimately upheld, it would cause insurance rates for those people who lost the subsidies to dramatically rise.
HealthCare.gov serves residents of the 36 states that did not create their own health insurance marketplace. About 86 percent of its 5.45 million customers received a subsidy to offset the cost of their coverage this year because they had low or moderate incomes.
This shows again and again the hubris and arrogance of the Democrats in Congress, who continually insisted that they knew best (in their Super Genius way) and continually derided both the intelligence and motives of any and all who dared to question or disagree with their ideas. And so by allowing no debate on the specific details of this bill and thus eliminating any chance of free editing and logical review by their opponents they ended up “crafting” this monstrosity of complication and contradiction, and they own it.
And thank god we still have a few judges who hold the government to the laws as they are actually written, not as they “meant’ to write them.
I’m sure every sports team in America would love for him to “believe” in the OTHER guy for a change. They might stand a chance that way.
Are they really that surprised that their ratings are in the toilet?
…that the Media is completely ignoring
SALEM, N.J. (CBS) — A fast-food worker viciously attacked a young mother in front of the victim’s young son and the entire attack was caught on tape.
The attack happened Tuesday afternoon in the city of Salem, New Jersey and video of the assault was later posted on Facebook.
The Salem Police Chief posted on his Facebook page that the suspect has been identified and charges are being filed against the suspect.
In the video, a woman wearing what appears to be a McDonald’s uniform is shown attacking another woman.
I can assure you that were the components reversed in this “incident” this story would be leading off every news broadcast.
The team and NFL should change the Redskins name, not the federal government
Now that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has struck a governmental blow against commodified ethnic insults, I’m nervous, because I may have “disparaged” somebody this morning when I buttered my toast. After I put away the Land O Lakes butter with that Indian maiden logo on the box, I bit off a chew of Red Man tobacco and climbed into a Jeep Cherokee.
The Washington football club ought to ditch its slur of a trademark, voluntarily. It ought to do so on the grounds of basic decency and good taste, and, you’d hope, with an intelligent sense of history, context and place. If they won’t do it willingly, then the rest of us and their colleagues in the NFL ought to embarrass, jeer and cajole them into it.
But the method currently being employed, the mobilization of the U.S. government in favor of a correct sensibility, is wrong.
Welcome to the “New Normal”, chica. Tell the guys in the penthouse office “thanks”.
It’s ALL ABOUT HIM.
White House braced for Bowe Bergdahl backlash
…White House aides were aware Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had been tagged a deserter, and that they would be grilled over not keeping Congress in the loop. But they figured people would be most outraged over the national security implications.
The White House has been surprised by how much attention has remained on the questions about Bergdahl, from the circumstances of his disappearance to the wild beard his father grew while he was being held that’s even led to Bergdahl’s hometown canceling a celebration.
All this, Obama aides say, is in their minds a proxy for the hatred toward the president.
Nothing to do with the fact that Bergdahl is an INVESTIGATED and DOCUMENTED deserter (only question is “why?”) or that YOUR administration has muzzled his unit mates for FIVE YEARS.
It’s that we hate YOU.
It’s ALWAYS YOU.
On CNN they have the sad story of an Intel Exec who apparently has died on Mt. Rainier.
Unfortunately their algorithm for automatically adding links of related stories (to raise those ‘click-through’ bucks) chose the link you see near the bottom of the screencap below:
Or, say, bank robbery, I think that I will follow the new Obama Doctrine and declare that such laws really don’t apply to moi
Top Republicans on the Senate and House armed services committees went so far as to accuse President Obama of having broken the law, which requires the administration to notify Congress before any transfers from Guantanamo are carried out.
…Lawmakers were not notified of the Guantanamo detainees’ transfer until after it occurred.
The law requires the defense secretary to notify relevant congressional committees at least 30 days before making any transfers of prisoners, to explain the reason and to provide assurances that those released would not be in a position to reengage in activities that could threaten the United States or its interests.
Before the current law was enacted at the end of last year, the conditions were even more stringent. However, the administration and some Democrats had pressed for them to be loosened, in part to give them more flexibility to negotiate for Bergdahl’s release.
A senior administration official, agreeing to speak on the condition of anonymity to explain the timing of the congressional notification, acknowledged that the law was not followed. When he signed the law last year, Obama issued a signing statement contending that the notification requirement was an unconstitutional infringement on his powers as commander in chief and that he therefore could override it.
“Due to a near-term opportunity to save Sergeant Bergdahl’s life, we moved as quickly as possible,” the official said. “The administration determined that given these unique and exigent circumstances, such a transfer should go forward notwithstanding the notice requirement.”
Really, officer, due to a near-term opportunity to get home in a timely fashion as was my desire I moved as quickly as possible. I determined that given these unique and exigent circumstances I should make my car go forward as fast as possible notwithstanding the posted speed limits.
Grey Lady just fires her.
Leaked photo from Sulzberger's last New York Times meeting with Jill Abramson surfaces. pic.twitter.com/kbyteAjZrP
— Popehat (@Popehat) May 15, 2014
…but, actually READING the report, it turns out the little frozen BASTARD’S PULLED THIS TRICK BEFORE!!!
WAIT AN APOCALYPTIC MINUTE! That damn Antarctic glacier's DONE THIS BEFORE? Who'd they blame 3.5 million years ago? http://t.co/FjK3tiHkgp
— tree hugging sister (@treehuggingsis) May 13, 2014
…The Wilkes Basin likely experienced a similar episode of massive ice discharge about 4.8 million to 3.5 million years ago, according to sediment remains in the area. That past discharge occurred during the Pliocene epoch when global climate was warmer than it is today, but similar to the climate projections for the end of the 21st century.
As usual, Mark nails it
It is hard not to have total contempt for a political culture that thinks the picture at right is a useful contribution to rescuing 276 schoolgirls kidnapped by jihadist savages in Nigeria. Yet some pajama boy at the White House evidently felt getting the First Lady to pose with this week’s Hashtag of Western Impotence would reflect well upon the Administration. The horrible thing is they may be right: Michelle showed she cared – on social media! – and that’s all that matters, isn’t it?
Just as the last floppo hashtag, #WeStandWithUkraine, didn’t actually involve standing with Ukraine, so #BringBackOurGirls doesn’t require bringing back our girls. There are only a half-dozen special forces around the planet capable of doing that without getting most or all of the hostages killed: the British, the French, the Americans, Israelis, Germans, Aussies, maybe a couple of others. So, unless something of that nature is being lined up, those schoolgirls are headed into slavery, and the wretched pleading passivity of Mrs Obama’s hashtag is just a form of moral preening.
Read the whole thing.
And weep for what we once were.
This morning on CNN’s site I was greeted by this
The image in that Google ad atop the “Breaking News” headline is…unfortunate.
The latest buzzworthy sensation that Our Betters™ are all entittlelated about is this monograph from some Piketty fellow across the Pond that claims to show how evul and naughty and h8trs capitalists are.
This has re-stoked the flames of the eternal Leftist war chant: Inequality! Earnings Gap!
There has been no finer answer to this than Attila The Hen’s:
I’m not sure what sort of MSNBC-like fumes they are breathing down in Atlanta these days, but the third paragraph of this horrific report tells you all you need to know about why CNN’s ratings are in the toilet
Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — At least three American hospital workers in Afghanistan were killed Thursday by an officer guarding the hospital, Kabul police said.
The three men killed were among four American workers shot at the CURE hospital in downtown Kabul, city police spokesman Hashmatullah Stanekzai said.
The police guard shot himself but survived, Stanekzai said. The motive for the attack was not immediately clear.
Good, sweet, kind caring volunteers working in a hospital.
Murdered by their “guard.”
UPDATE: Golly, per NBC it was a “Rogue Cop”
Well, nothing to be worried about here then, as it was simply one of Afghanistan’s several thousand “rogue cops”…
Yeah, we’re, er, um totally Fuk…ushima’d
OKUMA, FUKUSHIMA PREF. – The manager of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant has admitted to embarrassment that repeated efforts have failed to bring under control the problem of radioactive water, eight months after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told the world the matter had been resolved.
Tokyo Electric Power Co., the plant’s operator, has been fighting a daily battle against contaminated water since Fukushima No. 1 was wrecked by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Abe’s government pledged half a billion dollars last year to tackle the issue, but progress has been limited.
“It’s embarrassing to admit, but there are certain parts of the site where we don’t have full control,” Akira Ono told reporters touring the plant last week.
He was referring to the latest blunder at the plant: channeling contaminated water into the wrong building.
Read the whole thing. It is one bumbling disaster after another. They have no clue how they are going to store the contaminated water for the 30-40 years minimum they’ll need to, for starters. And god forbid there are any more earthquakes.
But hey, at least he’s embarrassed.
Because I watch the Evening News. Because of reporters like Sharyl Attkisson and Lara Logan.
Because they DO reports like this, consistently.
CBS: WH ‘Roughed Up By Its Own Pay Equity Rhetoric’
…”The White House is getting, as you indicated Norah, roughed up by its own pay equity rhetoric,” reported Major Garrett. “In an analysis of White House salaries, which nobody here disputes, shows that the median income of female staffers is 88 percent of that of male staffers.”
“Now the study also showed that men and women with the same White House jobs earn exactly the same salary. Now the White House said its gender pay gap is tied to job experience, education, and hours worked among other factors. This matters because those explanations, according to the Labor Department, explain a good deal of the gender pay gap nationally. The big difference in these stories: When President Obama discusses this issue nationally, he doesn’t mention those other work variables, only the broad figure, that 77 cents for every dollar is what women earn compared to men,” said Garrett.
“When the factors that the White House used to defend its gender pay gap are used nationally, the Labor Department says the difference in median wages between men and women shrinks to about 5 cents to 7 cents on the dollar.”
There is no denying a liberal bias at the network, but it is NOT the days of Dan Rather using fake memos to scuttle a presidency. Scott Pelley’s evening broadcast is hard news FROM THE START (why we left the insipid, puling and mewling Diane Sawyer led World News Tonight after THIRTY-FIVE YEARS…) and they can surprise you with the level presentations on whatever should have been purely a lefty slant.
Not a wasted, tiny half-hour of anyone’s time, PLUS you get the incomparable Steve Hartman to boot, with stories you won’t see anywhere.
Watch and tell me if your heart doesn’t squeeze just a little…
To the Unfunny Farm, where life is MISERABLE all the time.
…~Meanwhile, serial litigant Michael E Mann takes time out of preparing for the forthcoming Mann vs Steyn trial of the century to ReTweet the following:
Remove David #Koch from the Board of Trustees at @wgbhhttp://dld.bz/dhE9c
Michael Mann isn’t really a scientist. Oh, yes, I’m sure he still dabbles in it now and then just to keep his hand in. But the bulk of his energies are devoted to getting people who disagree with him fired, banned or silenced. Real Nobel Prize winners (as opposed to fraudulent self-garlanded ones) don’t do that. But every day Dr Mann is demanding that someone be shut up.
~I don’t want to live in the world of “greater civility” that Michael Mann and Mitchell Baker are building for us. Oh, to be sure, it’s technologically exciting: There will be a thousand different apps on which to download Jessica Alba warning you about Antarctic sea ice. But there’ll be only one Thought App. And it will come pre-installed.
And eventually there won’t be any Jessica Alba apps, either. Because a society that imprisons opinion as tightly as Mann and Baker demand is a society that will cease to innovate, and decline.
And I hope the DA grows a pair and files criminal assault charges against the agents
A University of Virginia student charged last year with assaulting Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control agents attempting to stop her for underage possession beer that turned out to be sparkling water has filed a $40 million lawsuit against the state and seven agents.
Among other things, Elizabeth K. Daly’s 47-page suit, filed Tuesday in Richmond Circuit Court, alleges malicious prosecution, failure to train ABC agents appropriately, and six counts of assault and battery.
Michael Kelly, director of communications for Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, said, “It’s incredibly unfortunate that the situation that night in Charlottesville occurred at all. As this case proceeds, the Attorney General’s Office will defend the commonwealth’s interests and work to ensure a just and reasonable outcome.”
Now from that quote you can see the AG sure sounds like he’s looking for a way out of this. And for good reason:
According to the suit, Daly and two friends went to a Harris Teeter store in Daly’s Chevrolet Trailblazer, arriving shortly before 10 p.m. Among other items purchased by one of Daly’s friends was a case of canned LaCroix sparkling water. The women walked into the parking lot, one of them carrying the clearly visible sparkling water.
Seven ABC agents were in the parking lot watching for young-looking individuals and checking their identification to ensure no state laws were bring broken. Two agents followed the three to their car.
Daly got behind the wheel, one friend sat in the front passenger seat and placed the sparkling water on the floor and the other friend got in the back seat. Before starting the car, Daly saw two people approach the car and begin banging on the windows.
The two agents, says the suit, “allegedly displayed their badges hanging from necklaces which at the time and under the circumstances were not clearly visible or readable.”
The agents warned Daly not to turn on the car, but she and a friend were unable to open the windows using buttons because the car was not running. Other agents ran to the car.
The suit alleges that Daly called 911 on her cellphone, which she handed to a friend. The friend told the operator that they could not tell if the agents were real law enforcement officers.
Daly “was shaking and saying, ‘I don’t know what to do!’?” One agent suddenly drew a gun, pointing it toward the ground.
When an agent tried to break a passenger window with a steel flashlight, Daly drove off with some of the agents chasing on foot. She drove out of the parking lot and stopped at a red light intending to drive to a police station.
While at the red light, the 911 operator confirmed to the women that they were real ABC agents, according to the suit.
Police arrived on the scene and drove Daly to the police station, where an ABC agent swore out a criminal complaint that led to Daly’s arrest over assaulting two agents and over failing to stop when ordered.
Daly spent the night in jail and was released the following afternoon. On June 27, the charged were dropped. On Oct. 22, the arrest and court records were expunged.
These sorts of way-over-the-top police incidents for “crimes” so pernicious and perilous, crimes that threaten the very the Survival of the Republic like, well I shudder and blanch to mention, crimes like Under Age Possession and Presumptive Consumption of Carbonated Beverages By Teetotalers, these sorts of things are where the courts and the citizens need to hit back, and hit hard. This type of governmental abuse can not be allowed to stand.
Caprice and arbitrary thuggery are the hallmarks of a police state.