Video: Republican Senators’ Press Conference On START

Graham, Kyl, Barrasso, DeMint, Sessions, Risch, Thune, and Hatch  held a press conference on START, earlier today. Missing are Lamar Alexander, Bob Corker, Scott Brown,  and Judd Gregg, who, for some inexplicable reason, are  allowing the Obama administration to rush them into a yes vote on something that should take weeks to debate.

As Senator Graham says, there has never been a treaty ratified during the lame duck session in the history of the country.

See also Jim DeMint’s National Review article from last July: The Treaty Is MAD.

RELATED:

AoSHQ: Damn RINO Senators Guilty of “Capitulation of Dramatic Proportions,” Sneers Firebrand Jim DeMint Lindsey Graham

What the Funk and Wagnall’s.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) lashed out at fellow Republicans Tuesday for a “capitulation … of dramatic proportions” to Democrats and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in the lame-duck Congress.

UPDATE:

The 11 Republicans who voted for cloture:

Sens. Dick Lugar (Ind.), Bob Bennett (Utah), Scott Brown (Mass.), Thad Cochran (Miss.), Susan Collins (Maine), Olympia Snowe (Maine), Johnny Isakson (Ga.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Bob Corker (Tenn.), Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), and George Voinovich (Ohio).

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Collins, the ranking Republican on the Senate Homeland Security Committee, told NRO that many on-the-fence GOP senators “just naturally came to a conclusion.”

“To me, as Brent Scowcroft told me, [New START] is a modest and useful step in the right direction,” Collins said. “It’s refreshing to see serious, bipartisan consideration of a very important issue. Dick Lugar gets a lot of credit for that, as does Jon Kyl on the other side.”

The clock was another factor. Sen. Richard Burr (R., N.C.) notes that many senators are itching to catch a flight home for the holidays. The move toward START, he said in an NRO interview, “has more than a bit to do with jet fumes.”

UGH.

UPDATE II:

RightKlik has found the reason(s) the Tennessee Senators are capitulating: 86 Billion Reasons to Ratify START

As always…follow the money

Linked by Michelle Malkin in Buzzworthy, Pundette, and Doug Ross, thanks!

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“Crazy Muscle-Flexing” Suspect Found Not Guilty Of Crime Spree

You may remember the “crazy muscle-flexing man” with the unforgettable mugshot, who made the news a few weeks ago. Mark Siebenmorgen, 46, was arrested for  wreaking havoc in Milwaukie, OR, last Oct. 21. He was accused of a  “one man crime spree” that  included assaulting a man, throwing rocks at a woman, and swinging his arms & flexing his muscles before jumping onto the hood of a car.

Anyhoo, I can’t link to my post because I “disappeared” it a couple of days or so after I posted it.

That’s right, I deleted the post, (which I realize is not a kosher thing to do in the blogosphere).

But here’s why – A couple of days after I posted the mugshot, (which could easily qualify for *craziest mugshot of the year*), a friend of Siebenmorgen’s contacted me by email and told me some things about him that made me feel very guilty for laughing  –  he was a wounded vet, suffered from manic depression, and was a great guy, normally,  who in fact,  often volunteered at the homeless shelter. She told me that the behavior he was being accused of was not like him at all.

Here’s a picture of him under normal circumstances:

She emailed me a little while ago with an update to his case. He was found not guilty of the charges:

Milwaukie police say he was behind a one-man crime spree on Oct. 21. They arrested him at his apartment on Stark Street in Portland and they jailed him on charges of criminal mischief, assault and menacing. A Clackamas County judge found Siebenmorgen not guilty Friday afternoon. Because it was a bench trial and not a jury trial, the judge made the decision.

My contact had assumed that he was the culprit, but after hearing the facts laid out during the trial, tells me that she agrees with the judge’s decision.

So Mark Siebenmorgan’s name has been cleared in time for him to enjoy his Christmas.

In the meantime…is there still a muscle-flexing madman on the loose in the Portland area?

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FCC Poised To Impose Net Neutrality Rules, Today

FCC Chairman, Julius Genachowski has the votes he needs to impose net neutrality rules on the internet, so this is a fait accompli:

The rules would prohibit phone and cable companies from abusing their control over broadband connections to discriminate against rival content or services, such as Internet phone calls or online video, or play favorites with Web traffic.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski now has the three votes needed for approval, despite firm opposition from the two Republicans on the five-member commission. Genachowski’s two fellow Democrats said Monday they will vote for the rules, even though they consider them too weak.

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Republicans, meanwhile, warn that the new rules would impose unnecessary regulations on an industry that is one of the few bright spots in the current economy, with phone and cable companies spending billions to upgrade their networks for broadband.

Burdensome net neutrality rules, they warn, would discourage broadband providers from continuing those upgrades by making it difficult for them to earn a healthy return on their investments.

Live coverage of the FCC meeting at CSPAN.

Reason TV produced this video to explain why net neutrality is not only unnecessary – it’s a bad idea:

See also:

Stop The ACLU: FCC To Vote On Net Neutrality Today, Create Problem Where None Existed

UPDATE:

As expected:

Weasel Zippers: FCC Votes 3-2 to Regulate the Internet Via Net Neutrality…

But:

Republican Congressmen Vow to Quash Net Neutrality…

(Daily Caller)– In the wake of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) passing of a net neutrality plan, some Congressmen are already planning how to fight back. For some, that means the 1996 Congressional Review Act (CRA).

Michigan Republican Rep. Fred Upton, the incoming chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Oregon Republican Rep. Greg Walden and Nebraska Republican Rep. Lee Terry have pledged to use that law to fight the FCC’s new regulations.

The CRA gives Congress the authority to review federal agency regulations, and repeal them if necessary with a joint resolution.

 

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Gov. Christie commutes Aitken’s Gun Sentence

This great news for Brian Aitken comes via The Daily Caller:

New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie commuted the sentence of Brian Aitken’s Monday, reducing his sentence from seven years in prison to time already served. According to Christie’s order, he will be released as soon as it’s “administratively possible.” 

As The Daily Caller previously reported, Aitken, 27, was arrested in New Jersey in 2009 after police found unloaded guns in the trunk of his car that had been purchased legally in Colorado. New Jersey law requires residents who want to transport firearms legally to request a permit from a local law enforcement office and produce a letter stating why it is necessary for them to carry a gun.
The judge had refused to accept evidence supporting his defense, and treated him like a common criminal who bought the guns to commit  crimes. 

This story was posted here, on November 30, by BlackIsWhite Imperial Consigliere. He  soon became a cause celebre among Second Amendment enthusiasts, and a Facebook page was set up to support his cause: Free Brian Aitkin, attracting over 15,000 fans.

As I mentioned previously, a lot of conservatives were watching this case, and hoping that Christie would do the right thing.
He did, and now Aitken doesn’t have to spend Christmas in jail. Good news all around.

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