Cruz, concerned that the DOJ investigation was compromised due to the political proclivities of the lead investigator, had sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder back in January, asking for the Justice Department to appoint a special prosecutor to look into the IRS’s targeting practices.Mar 20, 2014 12:58 PM PT
Joel Pollack, the Conversation: Democrats Steal Tea Party Symbol to Promote Obamacare:
Matt Welch of Reason.com has a nice roundup of past Democrat statements about the Gadsden flag. The irony is compounded by the fact that the Gadsden became popular at Tea Party rallies in 2009-10 partly because Obamacare is so damaging to liberty.
“Don’t tread on my government-controlled healthcare?” Seriously? Do these fools not know more government control over our lives = less independence and freedom? To be a Democrat in 2014 means to wake up every day in Opposite Land.
I know of 5-6 million Americans who would love to adopt the “don’t tread on my health care” motto, but unfortunately, it’s too late for them. Thanks to ObamaCare, their old health care plans have the government’s tread marks all over them.
What a sick, profoundly unfunny joke.
The left’s Koch brothers obsession, however, continues to be an unintentionally hilarious joke:
The Hayride: VIDEO: Vitter To Lefty Moonbat Heckler – ‘God Bless The Koch Brothers’:
This is almost too good to be real, but it is.
At a town hall on Tuesday in Broussard, Vitter was accosted by a left-wing questioner who harangued him over the influence of lobbyists, and quickly regurgitated the typical left-wing hate for Charles and David Koch, the owners of Wichita, Kansas-based Koch Industries. The Koch brothers, or most specifically their company Koch Industries, rank as the No. 45 political contributor in the current political cycle, despite the breathless hype on the left making them out to be right-wing kingmakers.
In fact, Koch Industries isn’t even in the top five of corporate contributors to primarily Republican candidates in this cycle.
Caleb Howe, the Right Scoop: Brad Woodhouse TOTALLY BUSTS David Vitter In Tawdry Love Affair:
DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse is outraged, OUTRAGED I SAY. He has proven that Harry Reid is right about everything. For the smoking gun has at last been revealed. Sen. David Vitter says God Bless the Koch brothers.
You know, I used to think I was a Republican. I too drank the conservative Flavor Aid. But then I saw this video and IT CHANGED EVERYTHING. Now I realize that Democrats like Brad have been right all along. People like George Soros the Koch Brothers are ruining everything. I mean, obviously. They support conservative causes with money and everything!! They’re as bad as the Unions Hollywood Al Gore Tom Steyer the Unions Tim Gill Time-Warner China also the Unions Satan … um … Santa Claus?! Totally.
At least Louisianans now know that their Senator is pro Oil and Gas. Goodness knows the voters there HATE those industries!
@johnekdahl sends this along, noting that it’s one of my pet peeves. While, for example, that Pennsylvania AG case will be ignored by the national press (as the Gosnell case was ignored as a “local crime story”), all the left has to do is get one of its many house organs to type up a largely false and misleading report, send it over to one of the country’s allegedly “mainstream” media outfits, and wait for its claims to be endlessly retransmitted throughout the country.
Powerline notes that a left-wing organization wrote up a report claiming that the Koch Brothers stood to benefit greatly from their operation of tar-sands operations in Alberta.
There are numerous problems with the claims made. The report claims, falsely, that the Koch Brothers are the largest leaseholders of Canada’s tar sands. That’s simply false. Apparently the article compares their holdings to Exxon and Conoco and Chevron but fails to check for other leaseholders — other companies own more.
They then assume that companies with the most acreage of leaseholds must be producing the most oil — which is false. The Koch Brothers’ holdings are in fact largely non-productive. Despite their acreage of leaseholds, they’re a “negligible” producer as far as actual extraction of oil.
Washington Free Beacon: WaPo Defends Decision to Report on Anti-Koch Allegations It Admits Are Baseless:
In defending its initial story, the Post noted that it explained why IFG’s allegations were baseless, but still opted to relay those allegations to its readers.
[W]e make clear that many of Koch’s leases pre-date the pipeline plan, that Koch has not bid for space in the pipeline, and that Koch would not be a customer. Third, if Koch’s lease holdings are 1.1 million acres, that would make it one of the region’s largest, rivaled only by Shell (1 million net acres through an Athabasca joint venture and perhaps 1.3 million net acres altogether), Cenovus Energy (1.5 million net acres), and perhaps Canadian Natural Resources (717,000 net undeveloped acres plus an undetermined number of developed acres). Shell declined to release its total acreage figures. If Koch’s lease holdings are “closer to two million,” as has been said by industry sources we consider highly authoritative, then Koch is indeed the largest lease holder in the province.
IFG itself has backed away from the 2 million acre figure, opting in its most recent report to go with 1.1 million.
The Post’s initial story continues to claim, without qualification, that Koch is “the biggest lease owner in Canada’s oil sands.”
According to TransCanada spokesman Shawn Howard, the company “continue[s] to be puzzled” by efforts to tie Koch to the Keystone pipeline.
Oh come now. We’re talking about Democrats, here – there’s no need to be puzzled. Without lies – they’ve got nothing.
The People’s Cube: Obamacare Art Appreciation Lesson #1: What’s Art?
“We see it as an entrepreneurial bill,” Pelosi said in May 2010. “A bill that says to someone, if you want to be creative and be a musician or whatever, you can leave your work, focus on your talent, your skill, your passion, your aspirations because you will have health care.”
Last year, while marking the second anniversary of the health care law, Pelosi used a similar line, saying Obamacare allows you to quit your job and become “whatever.”
We made the above visual aid for a new government program helping workers who have lost their jobs due to Obamacare, in their transitioning from shovels to paintbrushes.
— Jim Jamitis (@anthropocon) March 21, 2014
Weasel Zippers: Reid Asks For Computer Examination In CIA-Senate Spying Dispute:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has instructed the Senate’s chief law enforcement officer to examine the Intelligence Committee’s computers amid an escalating fight between the CIA and lawmakers over access to secret documents about the agency’s interrogation tactics during the Bush administration.
In a letter dated Wednesday to CIA Director John Brennan, Reid challenged the spy agency head’s complaints that committee staff improperly accessed the agency’s computers to obtain the documents, calling the allegation “patently absurd.”
Last week, the head of the committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, questioned whether the agency broke the law and violated the Constitution in searching a computer network exclusively established for the committee.
Brennan has dismissed Feinstein’s complaints.
The USDA has given $5 million in your tax dollars to a University of Tennessee campaign that tells kids to “Get Fruved.” Part of that grant is on display above in a 30-second that implores an unsuspecting college student (who I really hope is calling out a campus SWAT team) to “get fruved – grape style!” Where are ultra-restrictive campus speech zones when you need them?
Fruved is a portmanteau of fruits and vegetables and the campaign – like so many of these things – around awful videos and activites (such as “Join Team Banana“).
God help us.
Carney denied the story, telling a reporter on Twitter, “briefings would be a lot easier if this were true! Rest assured, it is not.”
Reporters Jonathan Karl (ABC) and Ed Henry (Fox) also denied the claim. Henry on Twitter said that the story is “dead wrong.”
When I asked Karl if the story was true, his response, was “uh, no.” He suggested that the CBS reporter was referring to the questions Carney’s staff supplies him in anticipation for what will be asked.
White House Dossier: AZ Reporter Retracts Carney-Press Collusion Charge:
Yesterday, I noted in reporting this that she seemed like a lousy journalist and her charges were suspect, and that it was not possible that all – as she said – or even most reporters provide their questions in advance.
But I didn’t rule out that some might do this, and I still don’t.
To start with, I can tell you one thing that surely happened yesterday. The full, expletive-filled wrath of the White House press operation came down on Anaya and her bosses to make them change their story. We’re used to this garbage in Washington, but I’m sure they’re not.
And, assuming she is not prone to hallucinating and didn’t bring her lithium with her to Washington, her new explanation also sounds suspect, since she was very specific about her charge Thursday:
(Carney) also mentioned that a lot of times, unless it’s something breaking, the questions that the reporters actually ask — the correspondents — they are provided to him in advance. So then he knows what he’s going to be answering and sometimes those correspondents and reporters also have those answers printed in front of them, because of course it helps when they’re producing their reports for later on. So that was very interesting.
So it’s also not clear to me that Carney didn’t say something along these lines, even if it was misinterpreted.
Townhall Cartoon of the Day by Glenn McCoy:
Gabriel Malor at Hot Air: Pennsylvania Attorney General Kane lawyers up:
The decision of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane to drop the investigation and potential prosecution of Philadelphia Democrats who were recorded accepting cash, money orders, or jewelry certainly seems suspicious. According to news reports, investigators collected over 400 hours of audio and video of five Democrats, including four state lawmakers, before Kane, also a Democrat, secretly killed the investigation last fall. When confronted with this troubling story by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Kane cited racism and mismanagement in the investigation, but the detailed descriptions of the recordings certainly seem to indicate that the payments were made.
Kane’s reaction to reports about her decision went from bad to worse. At first, she complained that white men were attacking her:
In the statement, Kane provided only one quote, dismissing those who questioned her decisions as “nothing more than the Good Ol’ Boys club playing political games to discredit me in order to fulfill their own selfish and improper agenda.”
The statement cited Kane’s pursuit of political-corruption cases, including the pay-to-play scandal involving Democrats tied to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and the corruption charges brought last week against Democratic State Sen. LeAnna Washington.
Despite President Barack Obama’s claim that “if you like your plan, you can keep it” — a talking point developed in his first 100 days in office by a tiny but influential left-wing messaging group called the Herndon Alliance — his administration has long planned to disassemble the current U.S. insurance industry as well as alter health care reform.
James Delingpole, Breitbart London: American Physical: First Major Scientific Institution to Reject Global Warming ‘Consensus’?
Professor Richard Lindzen, formerly Alfred P Sloan Professor of Meteorology at Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a highly regarded physicist who once described climate change alarmism on The Larry King Show as “mainly just like little kids locking themselves in dark closets to see how much they can scare each other and themselves.”
John Christy, Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, who has written: “I’m sure the majority (but not all) of my IPCC colleagues cringe when I say this, but I see neither the developing catastrophe nor the smoking gun proving that human activity is to blame for most of the warming we see.”
Judith Curry, Chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech, a former Warmist (and still a self-described “luke warmer”) who has infuriated many of her more extremist colleagues by defending skeptics and by testifying to the US House Subcommittee on the Environment that the uncertainties in forecasting climate science are much greater than the alarmists will admit.
As Anthony Watts has noted, this is news guaranteed to make a Warmist’s head explode.
I’ll let Senator Ted Cruz have the final word, today…
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) March 20, 2014
My Latest at the Conversation:
The official report released by the UC Santa Barbara Police Department on the confrontation between Professor Mireille Miller-Young and a group of anti-abortion activists, provides new details to the story I wrote about, last week.Mar 20, 2014 11:40 AM PT 336
In a televised report about her visit to the White House, yesterday, a CBS reporter from Arizona insinuated that White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney, receives questions from the press in advance of his daily press briefing. She also noted in her report that the reporters often receive the answers in advance of the briefing, too.Mar 20, 2014 9:05 AM PT
A federal court ruled Wednesday that the two states can demand that the federal voter registration form contain citizenship proof, removing the loophole that would have curtailed enforcement of their proof-of-citizenship requirements. This is not only a big win for Arizona and Kansas on election integrity – it paves the way for other states to follow suit.Mar 19, 2014 1:13 PM PT 132
In response to The Worst Thing Obama Has Done in Foreign Policy, by Far:Mar 19, 2014 9:50 AM PT
MSNBC promos usually tell us in cringeworthy fashion, something terrible about the network that we already knew. In this one, we have Chris Hayes proudly admitting that on his show, “All In With Chris Hayes”, he’s all about crossing the line from political punditry to political activism. Mar 18, 2014 7:09 PM PT
The latest evidence on the missing Malaysian jetliner shows that it was intentionally diverted by someone who knew what he was doing, who may be hiding it somewhere to be used in a terror plot, later. Meanwhile, “our number one geopolitical foe” (according to some discerning pols but not our president), has annexed Crimea and is reportedly eyeing other parts of the Ukraine. Mar 18, 2014 12:13 PM PT
According to Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post, there are now at least 11 Democratic-held seats in red or purple states that are in trouble – 12 if you count the Virginia seat held by Sen. Mark Warner. 14 if you count Oregon and Minnesota, which Republicans hope to flip as well. Mar 18, 2014 9:54 AM PT
In response to Dan Pfeiffer or Unidentified Dem — Who To Believe?:Mar 17, 2014 1:22 PM PT
On the one hand, we have Senior Adviser to the White House Dan Pfeiffer, claiming that the president will be an “asset in every way possible” to Democrats in the 2014 mid terms…Mar 17, 2014 12:17 PM PT
In response to March Madness: Obama’s Bracket Will Be Used To Push ObamaCare :Mar 17, 2014 10:40 AM PT