The problem of blame shifting and lack of accountability
The Aspen bomber is perfect for this discussion: A man who attempted to rob two banks in Aspen, Colo., on New Year’s Eve with four homemade gasoline bombs in what he called a "suicide mission" was found dead early Thursday after sparking a manhunt that shut down the city’s holiday celebrations.The man, James Chester Blanning Jr., was found dead early Thur
 
Hat Tip to Carelton U - so much for PC charity
Last week I mentioned Carelton University’s (Ottawa, Canada) Student Council had decided to pull out of a charity event it had participated in for 24 years, because it felt the cause - cystic fibrosis - wasn’t "diverse" enough, being mistakenly believed to be mostly a "white man’s" disease.Well apparently the outrage, both internally and externally, has been enough t
 
Parents To Toymakers: Cut The Ads
McQ to parents: turn off the TV.Oh, and learn to say "no". It’s really not that hard.
 
"White Man’s Disease" - Diversity Gone Mad
Because it is thought to be a ’white male disease’, Cystic Fibrosis is apparently not worthy of charitable fund raising:Carleton University won’t be holding popular fundraiser to benefit cystic fibrosis, it was confirmed Tuesday, after the student council passed a motion falsely claiming the disease affec
 
One less lecture from "the world" to endure
The next time "the world" calls the US a "racist country" or tries to lecture us about how far we are behind the rest of them (mostly Europe) in racial tolerance and race relations, remind them of what Chanda Chisala so eloquently points out below:There was a lot of euphoria and celebration all across Africa when Barack Obama won the American presidency, becoming the first black man to hold the most powerful seat in the world. Kenya even made a national h
 
Post Racial?
Patrice O’Neal says "who are you kidding"?!"Comedian" (and I do use the term loosely) Patrice O’Neal dialed the John Gibson show on Friday night to explain that Obama’s election was nothing more than a propped up mechanism to falsely relieve "white guilt" over the idea that all white people are racist, and that they’ve now elected an "ac
 
Bill Ayers rationalizes
Bill Ayers has finally had his say. I’ll leave it you to read (and heave) the whole thing if you have the stomach for it.Irony, is obviously not a strong suit with Ayers:In a robust and sophisticated democracy, political leaders – and all of us – ought to seek ways to talk with many people who hold dissenting, or even radical, ideas. Lacking that simple and yet essential c
 
How to win like a loser (Updated)
After a two-year long, grueling campaign, culminating in the historic election of their candidate, you would think that Democrats would be happy. Especially considering all the talk about bi-partisanship and changing the divisive culture in Washington. Instead, the Dems are still angry, apparently because Barack Obama didn’t receive 100% of the vote (
 
Millennials: The "Entitlement" Generation?
If there’s one thing I’ve heard on a constant basis, it is employers grumbling about the expectations of the younger workforce. The Wall Street Journal has a very interesting article on that today which pretty much reflects what I’ve anecdotally heard:If there is one overriding perception of the millennial generation, it’s that these young people ha
 
"Establishment Feminism" and Palin
Miranda Devine turns over the rock of "establishment feminism" and isn’t pleased with what she sees squirming around underneath:Judging by the opinion polls this week, the Alaskan Governor, Sarah Palin, probably will not get to be the US vice-president. But in her brief starring role on the global stage
 
And make sure it is the pretty eye that gets covered
To much eye makeup in the Arab world apparently. It must have the Saudi men going crazy. Easy fix:Saudi cleric Sheikh Mohammed al-Habadan has declared that a Muslim veil, or hijab, that covers all but the eyes encourages women to use eye make-up to look seductive, the BBC reported Friday.Al-Habadan has called on Saudi women to wear a full veil, or niqab, w
 
The "right" not to be offended?
These sorts of stories always fascinate me:A MUSLIM warehouse worker is suing Tesco for racial discrimination — as he had to carry crates of beer on his forklift truck.Saudi-born Mohammed Ahmed, 32, told an employment tribunal it offended his beliefs.He claimed he did not realise the supermarket giant sold alcohol when he took the job at a depot
 
Idiot’s delight
Just read the story. A tease?A bar owner in Chicago paints a nude picture of Sarah Palin using his daughter as the model.You’ll see some of the painting. It’s a pretty poor likeness.But for a guy with little talent he worked hard on it:"I wanted
 
Frankly, I’m a little tired of this line of argument
Sam Harris takes up the baton to defend elitism. Of course to do so he has to rip Sarah Palin and most of the country.The problem, as far as our political process is concerned, is that half the electorate revels in Palin’s lack of intellectual qualifications. When it comes to politics, there is a mad love of mediocrity in this country. "They think they’re better than you!" is the re
 
Trailer Trash rantings
Another "author" and "journalist" weighs in on Sarah Palin. The Obama camp is safe on this one - she’s a Canadian feminist who is apparently a certified doyenne of the one true (and only) way - radical, man-hating (and Palin threatened) "feminism".Take heed Republican men - she has your number and, as you’ll note, she
 
Camille Paglia on Palin, Liberals and Feminists
She’s been one of my favorite lefties for years. Some excerpts:How Palin impressed her:Conservative though she may be, I felt that Palin represented an explosion of a brand new style of muscular American feminism. At her startling debut on that day, she was combining male and female qualities in ways that I have never seen before. And she was somehow able t
 
Do we need a surge in Chicago? (update)
Isn’t this the Democratic stronghold which the presidential contender from that party claims as home?An estimated 125 people were shot and killed over the summer. That’s nearly double the number of soldiers killed in Iraq over the same time period.Really it’s not "nearly double" (the total killed in Iraq during that period
 
Dunderhead of the Day (update)
Uh, that would be Republican Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia:“Just from what little I’ve seen of her and Mr. Obama, Sen. Obama, they’re a member of an elitist-class individual that thinks that they’re uppity,” Westmoreland said, according to The Hill, a newspaper that covers Capitol Hill.When asked to
 
Am I missing something here?
Apparently so:College presidents from about 100 of the nation’s best-known universities, including Duke, Dartmouth, and Ohio State, are calling on lawmakers to consider lowering the drinking age to 18 from 21, saying current laws actually encourage dangerous binge drinking on campus.The movement called the Amethyst
 
Obama, Blackness and the Electorate
John Heilemann, writing for New York magazine, is receiving a fair bit of criticism for an article in which he tries to explain why Obama is doing so badly at the polls.In a year when more than 80 percent of voters think the country is on the wrong track, when Democratic registration is surging and the Republican brand is in the crapper, when McCain is on the wrong side of the pu
 
Vapidness is "much more than Barack Obama"
The creator of the "Flying O-Hole" that MichaelW reported on a few days ago is a bit stunned by the negative feedback he’s seen since his idea first surfaced:Among the hundreds of comments posted on the Whispers site were those comparing it to a g
 
You think gas prices are high!
Forget Hair Club For Men. Forget all the advertised unguents and ointments. Forget those ugly toupees. If you have thinning hair and want to spend that $4 bucks you have on something other than gas, well, Yemen may be the place for you:Camel urine, considered an ancient Islamic ’remedy’ from the time of the Prophet Mohammed, has bec
 
Menu limited in Beijing for Olympics
Well here’s good news (or bad news depending on where you’re from) for you diners going to China for the Olympics:Beijing has asked hotels and restaurants in the city to take dog meat off the menu for the duration of next month’s Olympics and September’s Paralympics.Yup, no plump pup in plum sauce for a couple of months. Of course t
 
Defining absurdity down
Sometimes you just have to shake your head and wonder where some of these morons come from.Now "black hole" is considered by some to be a racist term - at least according to some idiot in Dallas. Take a look.The language police are alive and well. This yahoo went even further putting "devil’s
 
Thou Shalt Serve!
Does this bother anyone else?In his speech on national service Wednesday at the University of Colorado, Obama promised that as president he would "set a goal for all American middle and high school students to perform 50 hours of service a year, and for all college students to perform 100 hours of service a year."He would see that these goa
 
What a load of liberal guilt
It begins:Put the fireworks in storage.Cancel the parade.Tuck the soaring speeches in a drawer for another time.This year, America doesn’t deserve to celebrate its birthday. This Fourth of July should be a day of quiet and atonement.For we have sinned.And from there you a
 
How bad is it?
In a nation of dog lovers, this image has sparked an outrage.Why you ask?Well, quite simply, the culture of "being offended" has taken priority over sanity. A postcard featuring a cute puppy sitting in
 
Meanwhile, in the 7th Century ...
Things are toddling along pretty much unchanged:Saudi marriage officiant Dr. Ahmad al-Mu’bi told Lebanese television viewers last week that it’s permissible for girls as young as 1 to marry — as long as sex is postponed.Al-Mu’bi’s remarkable comments also included an explanation that “there is no minimal age for entering marriage.”“You can have a marriage
 
It’s hard to change an attitude overnight
Apparently China isn’t doing so well in attracting tourists to its hotels in Beijing in the run-up to the Olympics. It seems potential tourists aren’t real crazy about the horrible smog, the fact that visa rules are getting tighter and Chinese officials who seem more interested in keeping foreigners isolated or out altogether than welcoming them.Hey, if that’s been your job
 
Reality, What a Concept!
We have a problem, and it’s serious. It’s not a particularly new problem, but it does seem to be getting noticeably worse. The problem is that, in a number of areas, our politicians, and sadly, a great number of our people, no longer seem to be able to recognize reality. They simply believe things that cannot possibly be true. The recent wrangling over oil prices, and policy responses epitomize this unhinged mindset.I wish I could believe
 
The "unglamorous" floods
You can’t help but remember Katrina. The news reports (hyped as we learned later) were deeply disturbing. And the size of the devastation seemed overwhelming. As the picture was painted, incompetence, racism and plain old mean-spiritedness were claimed to rule the day. Finger-pointing, whining and crying were ubiquitous. Foreign news services used New Orleans as an example of America’s decline.Now comes Iowa. Flooded across a much larger
 
We lied, but hey, you were dumb enough to buy it
Democratic Rep. Paul Kanjorski of PA admits the Democrats over-promised on Iraq: 
Let’s nationalize "big oil"!
That’s what Rep. Maxine Waters wants to do. Of course she couldn’t think of the proper term.Watch the video.Naturally, "Hugo" Waters would nationalize everything if she had her druthers and we could all live in a socialist paradise of her making.This is what passes for "leadership" in Congress. Pure and untrammeled economic ignorance with pow
 
Well that’ll show ’em ...
The Democrats have finally solved the oil price problem:The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved legislation on Tuesday allowing the Justice Department to sue OPEC members for limiting oil supplies and working together to set crude prices, but the White House threatened to veto the measure.The bill would subject OPEC oil producers, including Saudi Arabia, Iran and Venezuela, to the same antitrust laws that U.S. companies must follo
 
Pete Stark - grandstanding idiot
Anti-war Congressman Pete Stark, upon seeing an Army War College class on a scheduled trip to Washington DC in the gallery of the US House of Representatives, wrote the following letter to SecDef Gates:May 16, 2008The Honorable Robert GatesSecretary of Defense1000 Defense PentagonWashington, DC 20301Dear Secretary Gates:Yesterday, while voting on the war supplemental spending bill in the House of Repre
 
Congressional Questions about Domestic Spying
Congress is looking into domestic spying. Sen. Specter, citing "the public’s interests", said that it is “up to Congress to investigate and take corrective action; there might be hearings.” Finally, difficult questions will have to be asked and answered. Congress is taking its oversight responsibility seriously, and asking the important questions about some of the most serious issues facing Amer
 
The Legislative Capture of the Limited Government Movement
As Fred Thompson often said, Republicans went to Washington to drain the swamp, and they ended up partnering with the alligators. Robert Novak has the latest sordid details. Operating outside public view, the House Democratic majority is taking extraordinary steps to maintain spending as usual while awaiting a Democrat as president.
 
GOP - Uh, about those earmarks, not so fast ...
Talking the talk, but, as usual, not walking the walk:A recent secret survey of the House Republican minority by the party’s whip organization showed a two-to-one margin opposed to imposing a moratorium on earmarks.House Republican John Boehner, who personally sponsors no earmarks, has indicated the party’s position should be based
 
Capitol Follies
This is awesome on a number of levels. There’s the pictorial evidence that Senate Democrats - and people like Glenn Greenwald, who were mindlessly parroting their talking points - were misleading people about filibusters earlier this year. There’s the numeric evidence that Democrats are still trying to con people about filibusters. It adds up to hilar
 
Destroying the Republican Brand
Via Greg Mankiw, Steve Pearlstein makes a nice point... Well, isn’t this rich: Max Baucus of Montana and Chuck Grassley of Iowa, chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Finance Committee are suddenly in a lather that taxpayer funds might be implicated in the Fed
 
Sequester Congress
Megan McArdle:I’m not distressed to hear that the Feds were spying on Eliot Spitzer. No, not because I don’t like the man, but because I think maybe we should spy on our politicians, all the time. No probable cause, you say? I fling back at you Mark Twain’s observation that America only has one distinct criminal class: Congress. Perhaps every member of C
 
Jay Rockefeller - tap the strategic reserve! (update)
I swear, politicians today act like headless chickens running away from the stump not realizing they’ve lost their heads. It seems, for some reason, to closely coincide with election years.With skyrocketing crude oil and gasoline prices battering the economy, Sen. Jay Rockefeller is calling on the Bush administration to tap into the nation’s 700-million barrel Strategic Pet
 
Why Earmarks are a Problem
There’s been more discussion about earmarks recently, as Democrats have shown a bit of interest in the issue and some Republicans are stepping up, as well. A friend asked yesterday if earmarks were really such a big deal, conside
 
Quote of the day
Speaker Nancy Pelosi is trying to get her stalled "ethics reform" bill off the ground again and has struck upon a rather novel idea. They’ll form an outside committee in which she picks 3 members and Republican Minority Leader Boehner picks 3 members (none can be members of Congress) and turn ethics probes over to them (it only requires 2 of them to bring charges and they can bring those charges anonymously).Says Democratic Congresswoman and Rules
 
Power corrupts the EarMarxists
Via Glenn Reynolds, I see Robert Novak is pointing out the "congressional Republican establishment’s charade" of earmark reform. While there are a few Republicans who genuinely believe in and vote for refor
 
Congress - stay the hell out of sports!
First we have a John McCain driven bill to put boxing under federal control. Then we have Henry Waxman and his merry band of inquisitors wasting the taxpayer’s time and money alternately grilling and fawning over Roger Clements about steroids. Now we have Arlen Specter wanting to get involved  
Primal Scream - the anti-war left and Congress
Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone takes the Congressional Democratic leadership under withering fire for their capitulation on Iraq. He also claims that the leadership has cynically used the anti-war movement as a vehicle to attack Republicans and "elect Democrats" while never really having a plan to end the war in Iraq.Democrats insist that the reason th
 
How bad is Congress?
Apparently bad enough that voters are rethinking their last vote which gave Democrats control. Or at least indicating they’re not too keen on increasing it.Of course, when talking "generic" this or that, that has little meaning when you look at actual Congressional ratings since Congressional races are ind
 
Absolutely clueless
I’ve always been a fan of the Britcom "Absolutely Fabulous". Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone live an entertaining life of substance-abuse, child-abuse and general cluelessness about realityI suppose the American version could be "Absolutely Clueless" and the person most likely to be given the leading role at the moment is Rep. Kirstan Gillibrand (D-NY):
 
How does the Netroots rank Speaker Pelosi’s job performance?
Well, it can neatly be summed up by saying George Bush wouldn’t trade his rating with them for hers. I’ve been watching a little poll over at the Daily Kos on one of the diary pages, and while it didn’t get a huge number of votes, those it did get were fairly telling in their distribution: 
Hillary and Harry - Denying is easier than reality
The dynamic duo just keep on denying what is happening in Iraq. One would think that even the most cynical of their supporters would understand that the January talking points are no longer valid in December. Said Clinton:“As I have said before, I cannot and will not support continuing to fund a flawed and failed strategy in Iraq. I
 
Dems in charge: Your multiple choice test for the day
 
Senate Dems approve $70 billion for wars
For the first time in memory, Harry Reid has more than 60 votes on a bill:The Senate voted Tuesday to provide $70 billion for U.S. military efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, handing a victory to President Bush and his GOP allies on Capitol Hill.The 70-25 roll call paved the way for the Senate to pass a $555 billion omnibus
 
Pelosi: Republicans "like" the war
She just gets more and more desperate every day, doesen’t she? Pretty soon, she’ll be as pathetic as Harry Reid:House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lashed out at Republicans on Thursday, saying they want the Iraq war to drag on and are ignoring the public’s priorities."They like this war. They want this war to continue," Pelosi, D- Calif., told
 
Congressional Democrats Cave
Somethings just never seem to change, do they?House Democratic leaders yesterday agreed to meet President Bush’s bottom-line spending limit on a sprawling, half-trillion-dollar domestic spending bill, dropping their demands for as m
 
Reid: It couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy
And I mean that seriously:As Sen. Harry Reid completes his first year as Senate majority leader, Nevadans generally are unenthusiastic about his job performance, according to a new poll that shows as many people rate him poorly as believe he is doing well.Coupled with a poll taken earlier this fall showing Reid’s personal popularity has fallen, the latest survey taken for
 
Is troop withdrawal off the table?
If the Politico is correct, it would seem so:According to one senior Democratic lawmaker, there’s a growing discomfort among pro-defense Democrats about linking a $50 billion Iraq measure to troop withdrawal.“We have to come off this lack of funding for the military operations,” the lawmaker said. “We have to continue the funding. We don’t want to look like
 
The "Worst Congress in History"
Eh, just a throw-away title. Since politicians like to engage in "the worst of" hyperbole, I thought I’d try my hand at it. But it isn’t far off.NRO points to three priorities the Democratic Congress had as they took the majority in ’06.... to end the war in Iraq, cripple this presidency, and pave the way for a Democr
 
Politicians on crack
Ever wonder why people usually have a low opinion of most politicians? Ever wonder what goes on in the misfiring synapses of some of our "leaders" when they contemplate what they’re going to say about something?Yeah, me too:"The surge hasn’t accomplished its goals," Harry Reid said. "... We’re involved, still, in an
 
Dems on Iraq: Now What? (Updates)
Congressional Democrats risk looking like obstructionists on Iraq now that one of the staunchest anti-war critics in the House has declared "the surge is working". Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), one of the leading anti-war voices in the House Democratic Caucus, is back from a trip to Iraq and he now says the "surge is w
 
Gallup: Bad news for Democrats in Congress
The latest Gallup Poll deals specifically with the attitudes of Americans to how Democrats in Congress have been doing. The results, as you will see, are hardly comforting:The latest Gallup Panel survey, conducted Oct. 25-28, 2007, asked Americans to say whether they are “pleased,” “neutral,” “disappointed,” or “angry” about
 
Greenwald: What happened to 60 vote requirement in Senate?
I see self-proclaimed Constitutional expert Glenn Greenwald is as clueless as one of our resident "experts" on this matter.The so-called "60-vote requirement" applies only when it is time to do something to limit the Bush administration. It is merely the excuse Senate Democrats use to explain away their chronic failure/unwillingness to limit the President, and it is w
 
Impeachment: well that went well, didn’t it?
Talk about political theater: House Republicans clearly enjoyed watching Democratic leaders squirm during the series of votes, which lasted more than one hour.“The determination was made that if Democrats are going to waste time and resources with a resolution like this, then it should be thoroughly debated,” said Brian
 
Kucinich to introduce impeachment resolution against VP
Yes the perennial Democratic presidential candidate and chief House moonbat will waste time tomorrow introducing a "privileged resolution" to bring articles of impeachment against the VP:“The momentum is building for impeachment,” Kucinich said. “Millions of citizens across the nation are demanding Congress rein in the Vice President’s abuse of power.
 
Redefining "Do Nothing Congress"
You know I was going to dress up tonight as a "Do Nothing Congress" but I have to admit my imagination failed me and so I’m simply going to go as old man instead.But I think David Karki succeeds in succinctly stating why this present Congress is getting panned by both sides of the ideological spectrum:Congress under Democratic leadership has reduced our legislative bra
 
The "New Direction" Congress
If you can’t really accomplish anything, then spin, spin, spin:House Democrats are launching a major message push this week in an attempt to reverse their sagging approval ratings as Congress tackles a heavy legislative docket before the end of the year.Late last week, the top aides to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Majority L
 
Congressional Oversight, but only for some
The one big promise Democrats made as they pushed for a majority in Congress during the last election was the promise of real oversight. Apparently, however, that oversight will only be applicable to those constituencies by whom they aren’t politically controlled:Yet at the same time, union-funded politicians in
 
Rhetoric for rhetoric’s sake
Jackie Kucinich, of The Hill, tells us:Rep. Walter Jones’s (N.C.) position on the Iraq war is likely to keep him out of the Armed Services Committee’s Republican leadership despite his seniority, as the panel’s ranking member mulls who will succeed former Rep. Jo Ann Davis (R-Va.) as Readiness subcommittee ranking member
 
Oh Boy!
The breathless Greg Sargent announces:I’ve just learned that nearly 90 members of the House of Representatives have now added their names to a letter to the President pledging not to vote for any more funding for the war and only to vote for supplementals that fully fund withdrawal and nothing else.
 
The return of the McGovernite left (update)
First we had Hillary’s great idea to ’give’ every baby born in America 5 grand. Now we have this presented as a way to ’share the sacrifice’ of the war (as if the money funding it now came from a completely different source that taxation):House Appropriations
 
Harry Reid’s tin ear
Harry Reid about the MoveOn.org Senate resolution:Senator HARRY REID (Democrat, Majority Leader): No one over here endorses the ad that was in that newspaper. None of us do. But we want to talk about the war. They want to talk about an ad in a newspaper.But apparently when it is about an out of
 
Our man Murtha
This guy is a poster boy for what is wrong with Congress.You want transparency in government? "Tough S**t" per John Murtha (Congressional Quarterly Weekly-subscription):“Still, the new House disclosure rules could threaten Murtha’s old-school way of doing business. Forced to disclose earmark sponsors and amounts this year for the first time, the subcommittee chairm
 
Has Kucinich finally completely marginalized himself?
I should hope so:Congress on Monday passed a resolution honoring the victims and heroes of Sept. 11 and ’’reaffirming the commitment to defending the people of the United States against any and all future challenges.’’ The vote was 334 to 1.The sole ’’nay’’ was cast by Kucin
 
Reid: Petreaus withdrawal plan "unacceptable"
Says our old pal, Harry Reid:Senate Democratic leaders on Wednesday rejected the call by the top U.S. general in Iraq for a reduction of up to 30,000 U.S. troops in Iraq by next summer, saying it does not go far enough."This is unacceptable to me, it’s unacceptable to the American people," said Senate Majority Leader H
 
Can’t you see Kennedy or Kerry in a Prius?
This is more funny than profound, because most likely it would disappear in any final Energy bill as negotiated between the House and Sentate:Members of Congress who have been leasing gas-guzzling vehicles at taxpayers’ expense could be forced to downsize. Just before leaving town for its August recess, the House of Representatives approved a little-n
 
The Politics of September
As I’ve mentioned a couple of times, September appears to be set for a political battle royal about Iraq as Congress returns and various reports are issued and testimony given.As Mr. Reid reopened the Senate for business, he vowed to change the course of the Iraq war. “September is the month for policy change in Iraq,” Mr. Reid declared in his
 
The "Trial Lawyers Appreciation Act of 2007"
Also known as the Energy Bill.Brian Faughnan at the Weekly Standard’s blog puts us on to a real doozie contained in the House version of the pending Energy Bill (and
 
Best. Congress. Ever.
Or so the faithful were led to believe in January of this year. But it is now August and reality has apparently set in among the masses:A new Gallup Poll finds Congress’ approval rating the lowest it has been since Gallup first tracked public opinion of Congress with this measure in 1974. Just 18% of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, while 76% disapprove, according
 
Farm subsidies
A Chicago Sun-Times op/ed begins with this sentence:It goes against the grain for farm subsidies to be handed out to the rich. Actually, for most Americans, it should go against the grain to hand out farm subsidies at all. Just as it should go against the grain to hand out corporate subsidies. Subsidies of any type are an outright per
 
"Afraid of Ideas"
This week, Nancy Pelosi "made the tactical decision to prevent a vote on the mileage provision…for corporate average fuel economy” specifically in order to “avoid a nasty fight among fellow Democrats, who are deeply divided…”I’m reminded of something  
The Leftosphere Reacts to the FISA bill
And it isn’t pretty. I covered it quickly on Saturday with this. Crooks and Liars leads off our "Hit Parade":Thanks to a rush-job from Congress, and some help from a couple of dozen craven Dem lawmakers, the president signed into law yesterday a new bill that offers him broad to surveillance powers, incl
 
Animal House
What is up with the House of Representatives? John Fund discusses a rather interesting event from last week:The House of Representatives almost turned into the Fight Club Thursday night, when Democrats ruled that a GOP motion had failed even though, when the gavel fell, the electronic score board showed it winning 215-213 along with the word FINAL. The presiding officer, Rep. Mik
 
After all that complaining ...
The Democratic Congress pretty much passes what they were complaining about:The Democratic-controlled House last night approved and sent to President Bush for his signature legislation written by his intelligence advisers to enhance their ability to intercept the electronic communications of foreigners without a court order.The 227 t
 
Murtha: the quintessential defeatist
I’m not one to throw the term "defeatist" around very lightly. You have to really say or do something to convince me it is true. And, if this Army Times story is correct, Jack "Okinawa" Murtha has done so:A key lawmaker said Tuesday that he expects the U.S. Central Command to propose in September an immediate 30,000-troop reduction in
 
Price supports, the Farming Bill and Santa Claus
If you can’t even get the LA Times behind your latest efforts, well, something is just not right. Today the Times properly, in my opinion, chastised Nancy Pelosi for the bloated and intrusive Farm Bill which she and the Democrats are trying to push through Congress:If the farm bill that oozed through the House of Rep
 
Rep. Paul Broun: so far so good
A couple of weeks ago I told you about a Republican run-off for a congressional seat in which the winner was not the pick of the party. That was Dr. Paul Broun and his announced intention if elected was to ask the following 4 questions about any bill he’s asked to vote on:Is it constitutional and a proper function of government? Is it morally correct? Is it something we really
 
Just like old times: Lobbyists writing legislation
I’m sure you all remember this:In an election in which exit polls identified corruption as the No. 1 voting issue and Washington’s biggest corruption scandal involved lobbying, Democrats won in part by promising to curtail K Street’s excesses. Pelosi has said her first act as Speaker of the House in January will be to pass new rules
 
Like two different events
Here’s live blogging from the left about the allnighter Senate stunt.And here’s live blogging from the right.Compare and contrast.
 
Budget Cuts, Democrat-Style
According to John Fund, the Dems have actually found one agency whose budget they’re happy to cut:The new Democratic Congress has finally found a government agency whose budget It wants to cut: an obscure Labor Department office that monitors the compliance of unions with federal law.In the past six years, the Office of Labor Management Standards, or OLMS, has h
 
Listening to the Generals - Harry Reid style (update)
I’m still not clear about what part of "September" Harry Reid and the gang don’t understand:The interruption precedes what is expected to be an all-nighter in the Senate on Tuesday, ordered by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid as a way to protest GOP blocking tactics on moves to compel U.S. troop withdrawals from Iraq.Speaking on the Senate floor, Reid sa
 
When columnists get too cute
What’s with Dana Milbank and the amount of water Sara Taylor consumed during her 90 minutes in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.Yesterday’s Senate testimony by former White House political director Sara Taylor was a watershed.[...]No, Taylor’s appearance was a watershed because of th
 
I wonder about this myself
Kevin Drum asks a question:FILIBUSTERS....I wonder how many Americans understand that you can’t pass legislation in America with 50% of the votes in Congress? How many of them understand that, outside of budget resolutions, you need 60 votes in the Senate? That a filibuster isn’t a matter of Jimmy Stewart talking himself ragged for hours on end,
 
Senator McConnell on the Fairness Doctrine
Senator McConnell has been a champion on this issue, and it’s good to see him communicating his position like this...<
 
Pelosi: Impeaching Bush isn’t worth the effort (update)
That’s the report from a ’progressive’ blogger who was on a conference call with Speaker of the House, and great friend of the Canadian military, Nancy Pelosi yesterday:Pelosi’s argument against impeachment was, simply, that it wouldn’t be worth expen
 
But Harry, what has that to do with pandering to Netroots?
Could we get a politician to give a straight answer to a question just once? Is that asking too much?
 
Nancy Pelosi is all for increasing Veteran’s funding, if the vets are Canadian (updated)
***UPDATE: It’s been pulled from the Pelosi website. Details below.***Really, this again points out how very little the Democrats know about our military. This is simply basic stuff, but apparently not something any of Pelosi’s staffers could be bothered to check out or most likely would know anyway.Take a look at the pic on Pelosi’s website (i
 
Like gas prices now? Wait till the new energy bill passes
The Heritage Foundation has put together an estimate of what gas will likely cost next year and in the year 2016 based on its analysis of the pending Energy Bill:Based on a review of the energy legislation currently before the U.S. Senate, S. 1419, including the just completed section on tax changes, the price of regular unleaded gasoline could rise from an early June nat
 
Hey, it’s not my fault, it’s "hate radio"
Says Ms. Pelosi: Pelosi, after five months in the job, said she isn’t concerned about her own approval ratings.``All I can worry about is getting the job done,’’ Pelosi said. ``Most of us here are at the mercy of hate radio every day of the week, and that takes its toll. And I can’t be concerned about that. Whateve
 
And what has Harry Reid’s Senate been up to this week?
Well just astoundingly competent stuff:S. RES. 233: Making minority party appointments for the Select Committee on Ethics for the 110th Congress. [Agreed to Senate] Published: 2007-06-13 - Congress: 110 - Session: 1 - Bill: 233 - Type: Senate ResolutionS. RES. 232: Congratulating the University of Colorado at Boulder Men’s Cross Country te
 
Demanding more perks on the Taxpayer’s dime
Would someone tell Speaker Pelosi that the taxpayer isn’t here to pay for junkets for kids?Pentagon officials are bracing for a fight with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) over her desire to allow lawmakers’ adult children to tag along on taxpayer-funded travel for free.Pelosi wants them to be able to fill the role of la
 
Where does Reid get off calling anyone "incompetent"?
Harry Reid apparently only pauses to change feet while speaking. As Jon noted, he called Gen. Pace "incompetent". Apparently not satified with that, he went after Gen. Petraeus as well:The Senate majority leader took aim yesterday at the top U.S. commander in Iraq, who until now has received little criticism from Capitol Hill over his statemen
 
Iraq, Democrats and the Netroots
While it is certainly Harry Reid who is taking the brunt of the fallout from the ineffectiveness of the Democratic Congress to end the war in Iraq, he isn’t the only one who made the promises. But he is, at least, acknowledging that in order to gain the power they have, they certainly overpromised:Reid said however that Democrats
 
Think of the Children!
While working in the Senate, I briefly considered trying to enroll my child in the Capitol’s day care program. Unfortunately, it was inordinately expensive and had a very long waiting list. And then there were the arts and crafts projects...On Friday, director Monica Barnabae sent an e-mail to parents passing along a request from the Speaker’s office. Child care workers were told tha
 
How can this be?
Congress has the lowest approval rating in a decade? Lower than the 1994 Newt Gingrich House? After the Democrats won?How?Fueled by disappointment at the pace of change since Democrats assumed the majority on Capitol Hill, public approval of Congress has fallen to its lowest level in more than a decade, according to a new Los Angeles Times/Bloom
 
The New Media and open government: A Case study
Yesterday during our podcast, Dale and I spoke a bit about the power of the new media and its effect on politics. Our conclusion? Politics, as we’ve known them have changed forever.What we saw with the immigration bill was perhaps the last gasp of old-style political brokering where an elite group of elected representatives meet in secret and push their agenda, swap, trade and
 
What will the most "honest and open Congress" do now?
Or more explicitly, what will it’s Democratic leadership do now?U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, D-Louisiana, was indicted Monday on federal charges of racketeering, soliciting bribes and money-laundering in a long-running bribery investigation into business deals he tried to broker in Africa.The indictment handed up Monday in federal court in Ale
 
Earmark reform? DOA
A lazy Sunday here, but in keeping with the focus on this particular subject that we’ve had on the blog, this story for your perusal:After promising unprecedented openness regarding Congress’ pork barrel practices, House Democrats are moving in the opposite direction as they draw up spending bills for the upcoming budget ye
 
More from the "open and honest" Democratic Congress
What’s with CNN? Obviously they don’t want to host any Democratic debates in the future:
 
Democrats clean up earmarks as promised
I wonder if I ought to really file it under "humor" with that title. To bad we don’t have a sarcasm category:Your "hones
 
My kind of Congress
While the Democratic House may have had an aggressive 100 hour agenda to push, to date the approximately 2,950 hours they’ve controlled Congress has, in reality, not yielded much in terms of meaningful legislation:NOTE on the Democrats’ list of accomplishments: As of today, only 26 bills have been signed into law; the war funding bill that was carried by Republican votes will make 27.
 
Iraq War Funding: Dems capitulate for now, but watch out for September
Good synopsis of the politics of the fight about the latest version of the Iraq Supplemental bill from the US News & World Report "Political Bulletin" (subscription):Media analysts are casting the Democrats’ decision to pass an Iraq spending bill without a pullout provision as a win for the White House. MSNBC’s Hardball, for example, said "after weeks of refusing to back down to the White House, today Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid did just
 
That Was Then. This is Now.
The Congressional Democrats are addressing earmark reform, in an exceptionally crafty way. By doing more earmarking.The number of earmarks, in which lawmakers target funds to specific spending projects, exploded over the past decade from about 3,000 in 1996 to more than 13,000 in 2006, according to the Congressional Research Service. Most ea
 
The Iraq war supplemental (update)
First the war supplemental:In grudging concessions to President Bush, Democrats intend to draft an Iraq war-funding bill without a timeline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops and shorn of billions of dollars in spending on domestic programs, officials said Monday.The legislation would include the first federal minimum wage increase in more than a decade, a top pr
 
Checking in on our "open and honest" Congress
You remember this, I’m sure:Incoming House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat, told reporters that Democrats would move quickly on rules changes."On Thursday and Friday, we’re going to adopt rules that will change the way the people’s House operates to ensure its integrity, to ensure its openness and to ensure its t
 
67-29
As far as I’m concerned that says it all. Not only couldn’t Democrats muster even a slim majority (which would then have allowed them to call Republican senators obstructionists who stand in the way of the "will of the people"), they couldn’t even muster 1/3 of the Democrats to vote for defunding the war through Feingold-Reid.Yes, that’s right, 2/3ds of the Senate said now. Now where I come from, that’s an overwhelming defe
 
I wonder if Congress will be trumpeting this poll?
Probably not:A new Gallup Poll finds continued low levels of public support for both Congress and President George W. Bush. Twenty-nine percent of Americans approve of Congress, down slightly from last month’s reading (33%) and this year’s high point of 37%, while Bush’s approval rating is holding steady at 33%.Full disclosure:Approval ratings
 
Voting to Defund the war: Feingold-Reid an attachement to a water bill (update)
Finally, we’ll get a real sense of the Senate:Good news for war foes: Harry Reid just spoke on the Senate floor, revealing that he’ll allow a vote this week on the Feingold-Reid amendment, which would cut off funding for the war by March 31, 2008.This is a big deal for war opponents
 
Ethics woes plague both sides of the aisle
House Minority Leader John A. Boehner faces an ethic dilemma:When Reps. John Doolittle (R-Calif.) and Rick Renzi (R-Ariz.) became the subjects of FBI raids, Boehner pushed them to give up their committee assignments. But party operatives said Doolittle and Renzi are not facing pressure to resign from the House for now — in part because the House GOP campaign committee doe
 
Testy, testy, testy
A reporter for Politico was questioning Rahm Emanuel about ethics legislation which is still stalled in Congress:Before a Democratic caucus meeting, a Politico reporter asked House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel of Illinois about the language of the bill’s main provisions. After Emanuel demurred on the specifics, this reporter asked — in the effort for open
 
Republicans not the only one’s suffering from Iraq
The Democratic legislative agenda is in disarray and they are suffering for it:Democratic leaders, responding to their party’s vocal anti-war base, repeatedly say they have a mandate to correct Mr. Bush’s war policy, but a poll shows their stewardship of the nation’s legislative branch is receiving tepid reviews. An Associated Press-Ipsos poll shows
 
CIA to focus on Global Warming?
How stupid is it getting in Congress? Well it appears that our war with Islamic jihadists is not quite enough for our Congressional leaders and they feel the necessity to divert intelligence assets to do something outside their purview:Here we go again. The 2008 intelligence authorization bill, which the House may vote on this week, diverts CIA and other intelli
 
The House Democrat Follies
I guess when you’ve been out of power for a while, the simple things, like voting in the House, take a while to re-learn:
 
Where are the Democrat’s head on this?
I have to admit, I’ve been wondering if this would happen:Congressional leaders from both political parties are giving President Bush a matter of months to prove that the Iraq war effort has turned a corner, with September looking increasingly like a decisive deadline.All of this fighting back and forth about time
 
Dems may play more games with Iraq
Don’t want troops in Iraq? DEFUND THE WAR NOW!Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, on the Senate floor just a few minutes ago, proposed Oct. 11, 2007 as the “expiration date” for the Iraq war.“It is time to sunset the authorization for the war in Iraq,” she said. “If the president will not bring h
 
Pelosi camp says WaPo story "not true"
That per Greg Sargent who says:Check this out — the offices of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are denying a Washington Post story today saying that Congressional Democrats have backed down to the White House by offering to remove Iraq withdrawal language from the now-vetoed Iraq bill.Pelosi just went before the Democratic caucus and i
 
Finallly: IBD mentions DiFi scandal
After discussing Harry Reid’s ethics problems, Investors Business Daily talks about Sen. Feinstein’s:But Reid’s take is small potatoes compared with the wheeling and dealing of another leading Senate Democrat, Rules Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein of California. In her six years as ranking D
 
DiFi investigation: What investigation?
We’ve touched on this a couple of times and the result has been the chirping of crickets. The Hill brings it up again today:Anyone who knows much about real power in Congress knows that almost every member of the House and Senate lusts after a seat on the Appropriations Committee and hopes one day to achieve the status of Cardinal. The
 
The recent experiences of a Middle East blogger and activist
I don’t know if you’re familiar with a blog called "Rantings of a Sandmonkey", but it is, well was, written by an Egyptian blogger and activist. In fact, a libertarian in a very non-libertarian place. I’ve read it, off and on, for a couple of years and enjoyed his insight into the reforms taking place in Egypt. He’s recently decided that continuing his blog was not in his best security interest since he was seeing a pre
 
Corruption? Well it depends on who or what you are I guess
Well, well, well:"Meet the new boss, same as the old boss."But not "corrupt" of course.
 
Ever hear of an "off" button?
This is the same guy, if I’m not mistaken, who’s all for reinstituting the "fairness doctrine":U.S. Rep. Edward Markey thinks children are seeing too much of Toucan Sam’s Froot Loops, of Twinkies and of other advertised sugary foods while watching television. The Malden Democrat, who chairs the powerful House Telecommun
 
Well if Impeachment is "off the table" for Bush, how about Cheney?
Dem Presidential candidate and Congressional Rep. Dennis Kucinich is going to try to impeach someone, by heavens:Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), the most liberal of the Democratic presidential candidates in the primary field, declared in a letter sent to his Democratic House colleagues this morning that he plans to file articles of impeachment agains
 
Apparently 98-0 means nothing to the Democrat Senate
If the Senate took a vote on a bill or amendment and passed it 98-0, you’d probably believe they were unanimous in their support for the item in question, wouldn’t you?Well that’s precisely what the Senate did when, in January, they passed the transparancy rule by that margin. But ... there’s always a ’but’ when it comes to Congress ... they’ve never implemented it.On March 29th, Sen. DeMint, who had
 
Dems on war funding: "we have plenty of time"
Don’t forget the Congressional Research Service memo they were waving around before taking their spring break. According to CRS the Army has plenty of funds if it starts shifting them around now. I covered some of that here and here. More of the impact here from  
Naming Post Offices is OK I guess
Look, far be it for me to argue I want those folks in Congress passing more laws, that’s for sure, but I do enjoy jabbing them in the ribs after all the promises they made."First 100 hours" ... remember that? What’s come out of it? Well in reality not much. And that "we’re going to work 5 days a week in this Congress?" Well, not really ... not if the record they have at this point is any indication. Lance at A Second Hand Conjec
 
Medicare D - The Drug Price "negotiation" farce
OK, you’re immediately asking yourself, why did he put "negotiation" in scare quotes. I’ll get to that.But first things first. Coming to the Senate very soon:A bill permitting the government to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies for lower prices in the Medicare program is likely to be considered in the Finance
 
The Veteran Vote
I’m not so sure that the Dems are that concerned with it, but if statements from the VFW and American Legion are any indication, they shouldn’t waste much time worrying about currying those votes. That is if they continue to push the present bill calling for withdrawal timelines.George Lisicki, the senior vice commander-in-chief of the VFW:“The fundin
 
Dems - Follow your own advice: listen to the Generals
More pressure on the Democrats to do the work necessary to get the funding for the war in committee and in a final bill:In a “16-star letter” to Congress, the services’ uniformed leaders are urging a quick passage of the fiscal 2007 emergency supplemental request.The four service chiefs, all four-star generals, signed the letter.The request will fu
 
Dear Ms. Pelosi
Senate Republicans have sent the following letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi urging her to cut the House recess short and return to pass the war supplemental bill:Dear Speaker Pelosi: We are writing to urge you to call the House back into session immediately so that Congress can finish its work on the emergency legislation to fund the Global War on Terrorism. This funding request has been pending since February 5, but your leadership
 
San Fran Nan really stuck her foot in it
From the Lebanon Daily Star. Seems Nancy Peolisi’s popularity just keeps on growing (/sarcasm):We can thank the US speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, for having informed Syrian President Bashar Assad, from Beirut, that "the road to solving Lebanon’s problems passes through Damascus." Now, of course, all we need to do is remin
 
So is USA Today’s editorial "kooky" as well?
I was amused by the attack some on the left yesterday mounted on the Washington Post’s editorial yesterday about Pelosi. The WaPo denounced Nancy Pelosi’s overreaching and meddling in diplomatic affairs and reminded her that Constitutionally, that wasn’t her job. Some on the left characterized the editorial as "kooky." Today, we have  
God save us from meddling amateurs (update)
Certainly the case can be made that the diplomacy of the Bush administration has been less that fruitful or even that it has been very well done. But the one thing that can’t be argued is that Constitutionally, its the executive branch’s job.Enter the "Damascus Diva", Nancy Pelosi, and her attempt at doing something for which she ha
 
Congressional Democrats: Ignorance or do they just not care? (Update)
I want to spend a couple of minutes on a statement a commenter made the other day when I was pointing out that this refusal of the Democrats to finalize the supplemental spending bill prior to going on "spring break" will adversely effect the troops they claim to support. My point is that when you have to shift money from one area to fund another there are unintended consequences which, in the e
 
Updating the Feinstein resignation
Last week I mentioned that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) had resigned from her chair on the Senate Subcommittee on Military Construction Appropriations. The reason - inquiries from the left: The decision came less than two months after Metro Newspapers, a group of altern
 
Jumping the shark
Interesting poll data on the supplemental spending bill which Democrats have yet to take to committee before sending it to the President: The new polling data, conducted March 25-27 for the Republican National Committee by Public Opinion Strategies, also found that 64 percent of voters oppose Democrats’ decision to include billions in unrelated
 
If Bush vetoes, Reid is ready to defund the war
Or so he claims:U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced today that they are introducing legislation that will effectively end the current military mission in Iraq and begin the redeployment of U.S. forces. The bill requires the President to begin safely redeploying U.S. troops from Iraq 120 days from enactment, as requ
 
Democrats again "supporting the troops" by not supporting them
Democrats and various leftosphere blogs are claiming that Bush has lied about April 15th being a date in which funds for our troops in the field will begin to run out. They claim a Congressional Research Service memo shows Bush’s claim to be a false statement.Says Harry Reid citing the memo :“This study confirms that the President is once
 
The "real" war on Terror?
Charles Krauthammer reminds us of something Speaker Pelosi said not to long ago:"Our bill calls for the redeployment of U.S. troops out of Iraq so that we can focus more fully on the real war on terror, which is in Afghanistan."— House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, March 8Why, pray tell, is the war in Afghanistan the "real
 
So will Democrats investigate this?
Impropriety? Or just plain old corruption?Sen. Dianne Feinstein has resigned from the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee. As previously and extensively reviewed in these pages, Feinstein was chairperson and ranking member of MILCON for six years, during which time she had a conflict of interest due to her husband Richard C. Blum’s
 
Flying Imams "John Doe" gambit shot down by Congress
As you recall, the "flying Imams" initiated a law suit in the past week which not only named the airline and airport authority, but several "John Does" who were identified as airline passengers who had reported their suspicions about the intentions of the Imams to authorities:House Republicans tonight surprised Democrats with a procedural vote to protect public-tr
 
Spinning the Senate Vote
As I tried to explain yesterday in a brief paragraph at the end of this post, the minority leadership in the Senate was attempting to fight the withdrawal and bench mark language, but not too hard, since they knew that the bill in question was going nowhere and the funding deadline was approachi
 
The Iraq Supplemental spending bill and the Senate
You’ll find a pdf copy of the House supplemental spending bill here. It is 168 pages long. I wanted to use that document because the Senate Minority Leader, Sen. McConnell, believes that regardless of what passes in the Senate (meaning even if Republicans are successful in removing much of the Iraq language), when the bills go to committee there will be a successful vote to accept the House
 
The Democrats and porkapalooza
Of course you do remember the Democrats insistence that they’d change the way business was done in Congress as they prepared for the November vote. And, of course, since then we see more and more indicators that, in fact, nothing is changing at all.Instead, as Steny Hoyer demonstrated last week, they’re just going to redefine everything and call it something else. You recall
 
The "Out of Iraq" caucus caves but 2 Republicans push bill over top
The most liberal of the Congressional caucuses caved in today to pressure from Democratic Congressional leadership which all but assures passage of the deeply flawed supplemental spending bill for the Iraq war.Citing unity over principle, the caucus said they’d provide enough votes to ensure it’s passage:As debate began o
 
Analyzing Attorney-gate
Well I’m just not going to do it.I’m instead going to point you toward an excellent analysis which Michael Wade has done over at A Second Hand Conjecture.As he points out, it’s all about power and who gets to wield it and there are interesting arguments on both side. At this point I’m not at all that interested in the kerfuffle since as far as
 
That was then, this is now: Part 7,605
Steny Hoyer talking about Republican leadership during the 109th Congress:In a July 8, 2004, news release, Hoyer railed against GOP leaders for extending a 15-minute vote to 38 minutes in order to defeat a spending amendment offered by former Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)."House Republican leaders proved once again today that they will stop at virtually nothing to win
 
The Pending House Iraq Supplemental Spending Bill
The fault lines among the House Democrats is becoming more and more evident as they attempt to form a majority of 218 votes to pass their Iraq bill. Interestingly, opposition is coming from the two extremes of the party. On the one hand the "Out of Iraq Now" caucus led by Maxine Waters is planning to vote "no" and many of the Blue Dog Dems are planning to vote "no" but for vastly different reasons. (If you’re interested in looking at the bill, it’s avai
 
Does this guy scare anyone else?
You remember Representative Maurice Hinchley (D-NY), don’t you? He’s the new chair of a House subcomittee charged with oversight of the FCC? He’s also the chair of the "Future of American Media Caucus" in the House and chief sponsor of the "Media Ownership Reform Act" which would reinstate the federal fairness doctrine and authorize bureaucrats at the FCC to monitor and alter the content of
 
Senate vote: Wow ... not even close (update)
Sen Harry Reid, speaking of the Democratic plan to withdraw troops from Iraq had this to say before the vote:But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid warned that Republicans were playing a dangerous game if they had allowed the debate to go forward feeling completely confident they would be able to stop the measure.
 
Loopy Loopholes keep "culture of corruption" alive and well
John Fund reports in today’s WSJ that a type of "March Madness" has descended on Washington DC and it has nothing to do with basketball. March is traditionally the month lobbyists - and their gifts - attempt to influence Congress into including their pet project in next year’s budget.As Fund notes, we’ve undergone a supposed change in ethics which would preclude th
 
"It’s time these idiot liberals understand that"
Listen to this impromptu hallway meeting turned confrontation with Democrat Rep David Obey (D-WI), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee (it starts at about the 1:30 mark): 
"President" Murtha to give Iraqis 80 days
I guess if you can go around the world in 80 days, we should be able to successfully complete a war:Murtha will propose initially giving Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki 80 days to "fulfill the promises" he made to the Bush Administration, Moran said. Namely, there must be fair sharing of Iraq’s oil revenue between the thre
 
TSA Unions - watch this video
This is the argument in a nutshell and why this portion of the bill should be defeated. You’ll see Sen. Jim DeMint and Sen. Claire McCaskill discussing the portion of the bill which would allow TSA workers to unionize. I’ll post a transcript in an hidden excerpt, but the video conveys the point much better than reading a transcript.Why? Because at one point, DeMint holds up what looks like a manual which has to be 500 to 1,000 p
 
The battle over the TSA (update)
Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell vows this will not become law as long as a certain provision is included:The Senate’s leaders moved closer today toward a head-on collision over using the 9/11 bill to give collective bargaining rights to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners, a provision that already has sparked a White
 
Dumb politics
Seems House Democrats were out maneuvered on this one:House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has postponed until at least next week action on a resolution that would place embattled Rep. William J. Jefferson on the Homeland Security Committee after Republicans said they would demand a roll call vote that could be potentially embarrassing for some Democrats.Lea
 
Democrats new "battle plan"
This gets more and more interesting (and pathetic) as time passes:House Democratic leaders are developing an anti-war proposal that wouldn’t cut off money for U.S. troops in Iraq but would require President Bush to acknowledge problems with an overburdened military.The plan could draw bipartisan support but is expected to be a tough
 
Sen. Levin thinks we should go after Syria
Erik at RedState has posted this little gem which should make Carl Levin the new Joe Lieberman of the Netroots crowd. This from today’s Senate Armed Services Committee meeting:SEN CARL LEVIN (D-MI): “Now, in terms of the weapons coming in from Syria, those weapons that you’ve described as com
 
The misnamed "Employee Free Choice Act"
Tomorrow HR 800, the so-called "Employee Free Choice Act" will be voted on in the House. The bill is political pay-back by Democrats for Big Labor’s support. The intent of "this exquisitely mistitled act" as George Will calls it, is to help
 
Levin wants commanders to determine troop levels - well, some of them
If you watch Congress you come to appreciate cognitive dissonance like this. This is Sen. Carl Levin on Meet the Press. First he says:SEN. LEVIN: Hopefully, we’re going to come up with a resolution which is going to modify, in effect, the previous resolution, which was very broad, told the president that he had authority to do basically whatever he wanted to in Iraq, and t
 
Drive to "de-authorize" war failing in Congress
If Robert Novak is correct, Democrats in Congress are going to be left with only one choice of actions soon - defund the war. Apparently this is becoming more and more clear to those such as Senators Biden and Levin who are attempting another Murthaesque end-around:Democrats do not cloak the political nature of their efforts. Senate Foreign Rel
 
Blue Dogs Bark about Murtha strategy
Sometimes it is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.John Murtha has discovered a variation on that theme. Instead of keeping his mouth shut and running his slow-bleed plan through the legislative process, after discussing it with leadership and gaining their approval, he found it necessary