Just Wow: Al Franken Made Faces During Mitch McConnell’s Kagan Speech On The Senate Floor

Thank you Minnesota.

Adding insult to the  injury of the heinous confirmation of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, today, Al Franken apparently made  faces and mocked Senator Mitch McConnell during his speech on the Senate floor.

The Hill reports:

Franken, who was presiding over the chamber from the dais, gesticulated and made faces while McConnell explained his opposition to Kagan, according to witnesses.

The television cameras broadcasting the speech on C-SPAN remained fixed on McConnell, missing Franken’s antics from the Senate president’s chair.

McConnell grew increasingly angry as Franken made fun of him before a crowded public gallery and Senate aides lining the chamber walls. Senate aides said they were shocked that Franken would flout the decorum of the chamber during such a solemn occasion.

After McConnell finished his remarks, he walked up to the dais and rebuked him.

“This is not ‘Saturday Night Live,’ Al,” McConnell said, making reference to Franken’s career as a writer and actor on NBC’s long-running comedy show, according to a witness who overheard the exchange.

Franken went to Senator McConnell’s office, later to apologize, but McConnell wasn’t there, so he left a hand written note.

In fairness to Franken, it’s entirely possible that he wasn’t purposefully making faces.

Hat tip: K-Lo, The Corner:


Here’s Mitch McConnell’s speech on Senate Floor:


Ace links to a video of a Pat Caddell appearance on Fox: Pat Caddell: Country’s Mood Is “Pre-Revolutionary”

Exactly right. And if Al Franken thinks that we the people are too preoccupied to notice the daily outrages coming out of Washington (including this latest one),   he’s got another thing coming. It’s called November….it’s coming.


Allahpundit: Al Franken to Mitch McConnell: Hey, sorry for acting like a jackass during your Kagan speech

… Franken has worked hard to suppress his jerkier impulses in the interest of being taken seriously as a politician. He’s done well enough thus far, but lately he’s been getting bored and just maybe a little distracted by the looming GOP tidal wave, so the pressure holding back the geyser of jackassery within ain’t quite as strong as it used to be.

Linked by Michelle Malkin in Buzzworthy, thanks!


Michelle et al’s Excellent Adventure In Spain

Obama says, My Family Finances Have Suffered, Too…

All the more reason to book 60 rooms at this luxury “millionaires” hotel” in Marbella  for four days :

Obama says the first couple is “not that far removed from what most Americans are going through”.

Here’s Michelle with some of her entourage… not all of these guys are secret service, right?

See the  MailOnline for more pix and a full report: Me and my heavies: Michelle Obama goes walkabout in Marbella after ‘racist’ Spaniards gaff

Jane Jamison at Uncoverage.net has some questions:

Question #1: Are American taxpayers footing the bill for Michelle Obama’s luxe vakay in Spain?  If so, how much is it costing?  If only parts of the trip are publicly-funded, which parts, why?

Question #2: Is this an “official” visit by the First Lady?

Question #3: Why is the president not on vacation with his wife and daughter?

Question #4:  Who the heck are all these “bodyguards” and people traveling with Michelle Obama?

Why is it that Michelle Obama is vacationing in a country that has had a State Department warning about “racist incidents” against black people?

If the suites run $6493 per night times 60 rooms times four nights that makes $1,558,320 just for hotels!!!

Correction: According to the Daily Mail article, rooms start at £210-a-night and stretch to around £4,100 for a villa with 24-hour butler service and private pool and garden.

Can you imagine the left wing howling that would have taken place if Laura Bush had done anything even approaching this garishly excessive jaunt, while she was First Lady, (and when the economy was much better)?


Weasel Zippers: Queen Michelle’s Flight to Spain Costing U.S. Taxpayers $147,563…

Hyscience: Michelle Obama’s Lives Lavish Lifestyle (And Lavish Vacations) On Taxpayer Dollars

Pundette: Lynn Sweet on Jet-setting First Lady


DOJ Funneling Federal Funds To Community Organizers, Now?

Not a single day has gone by with this bunch of corrupt totalitarians in power, without one outrage or another coming to light.

This is so sick. Thank you, Byron York, for bringing this to our attention:

In the past, when the Civil Rights Division filed suit against, say, a bank or a landlord, alleging discrimination in lending or rentals, the cases were often settled by the defendant paying a fine to the U.S. Treasury and agreeing to put aside a sum of money to compensate the alleged discrimination victims. There was then a search for those victims — people who were actually denied a loan or an apartment — who stood to be compensated. After everyone who could be found was paid, there was often money left over. That money was returned to the defendant.

Now, Attorney General Eric Holder and Civil Rights Division chief Thomas Perez have a new plan. Any unspent money will not go back to the defendant but will instead go to a “qualified organization” approved by the Justice Department. And if there is not enough unspent money — that will be determined by the Department — then the defendant might be required to come up with more money to give to the “qualified organization.”

Captain Ed makes note of the obvious:
Presumably, ACORN’s successor organizations would qualify as one of the DoJ’s select list of recipients of these funds.  After all, the description is practically written to fit the original ACORN, from a case in LA: “qualified organization(s) mutually agreed upon by the United States and defendants…for the purpose of conducting fair housing enforcement or educational activities in Los Angeles County.”  It’s a dodge designed to provide federal funds for community organizers.
Of course. This is most likely one of the unspoken Dem strategies for 2010 and 2012.
And it’s already in practice, as Byron reported:

The arrangement was used in a recently-settled case, United States v. AIG Federal Savings Bank and Wilmington Finance. The Justice Department alleged that AIG violated the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act by allowing third-party wholesale mortgage brokers to “charge African-American borrowers higher direct broker fees for residential real estate-related loans than white borrowers.” The financial institution denied any wrongdoing, and there was no factual finding of wrongdoing. Nevertheless, under the terms of a March 19, 2010 consent decree, AIG agreed to pay $6.1 million to “aggrieved persons who may have suffered as a result of the alleged violations.”

That is standard procedure in such cases. But then AIG also agreed, in the words of the consent decree, to “provide a minimum of $1,000,000 to qualified organization(s) to provide credit counseling, financial literacy, and other related educational programs targeted at African-American borrowers.” The money would come from unspent funds in the victim-compensation fund. But if it turned out that, after paying off the victims, there was less than $1 million left in the victim-compensation fund, AIG agreed to “replenish the settlement fund so that it contains $1,000,000 for distribution for those educational purposes.”

These “qualified organizations” would likely strongly  resemble the one that was only too happy to provide credit counseling to a pimp and hooker planning to run a brothel from their house with underage illegal aliens.

Hope and change never looked so decrepit and seedy.

See also:

Ace: The Long March Through Institutions: Holder’s Lawsuits Now Directing Defendants To Pay Big Money To ACORN-Type Groups (Who Sow The Seeds Of The Next Lawsuit, Of Course)