Czar-Busting Amendment Passes The House UPDATE: Net Neutrality Blocking Amendment Passes, Too

Great news from The Hill!!!!!:

The House GOP approved an amendment to a government-spending bill that would block funding for the Obama administration’s so-called policy “czars,” appointed advisers to the president that have been much-criticized by Republicans.

The vote was 249-171.


“I think this sends a strong signal to the president that we are tired of him running this shadow government, where they have got these czars that are literally circumventing the accountability and scrutiny that goes with Senate confirmation,” Scalise said after the vote.

Carol Browner, who currently holds the position, announced last month that she will resign, leaving the future of the office in doubt.

Scalise said the measure blocking the czars also makes good fiscal sense.

“We are going to save millions of taxpayer dollars, but we are also going to send him a signal that he is going to have to hold his administration accountable to the same transparency that he promised, but has unfortunately failed to deliver,” he said.

Republicans railed against Browner and Obama’s other policy advisers, arguing they played too great a role in the president’s policy decisions for officials that were appointed rather than confirmed by Congress.

The amendment would also prohibit funding for the director of the White House Office of Health Reform; the State Department’s special envoy for climate change; the special adviser for green jobs, enterprise and innovation at the Council on Environmental Quality; the senior adviser to the secretary of the treasury assigned to the Presidential Task Force on the Auto Industry and senior counselor for manufacturing policy; the White House director of urban affairs; the special envoy to oversee the closure of Guantanamo Bay; the special master for TARP executive compensation at the Department of the Treasury; and the associate general counsel and chief diversity officer at the Federal Communications Commission.

What about the “Safe School Czar”?  Don’t forget him!


Man, these guys on on a tear:

House Passes Amendment to Block Funds for Net Neutrality Order

The House passed an amendment Thursday that would bar the Federal Communications Commission from using any funding to implement the network-neutrality order it approved in December.

The amendment, approved on a 244-181 vote, was offered by Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., to legislation that would fund government agencies for the rest of fiscal year 2011.

Walden and other critics of the FCC’s net-neutrality order argue it will stifle innovation and investment in broadband. The order aims to bar broadband providers from discriminating against Internet content, services, or applications.

“If left unchallenged, this claim of authority would allow the FCC to regulate any matter it discussed in the national broadband plan,” Walden said.


Allahpundit says:

There’s no earthly way, I assume, that Senate Democrats (let alone Obama) will agree to this, so it’s destined to die in conference committee after the Senate passes its own spending bill.

But come on, keep hope alive, bro! A lot of these Dem Senators are up for reelection in two years, and the czars are hugely unpopular. Some even  question their constitutionality.

Hat tip: Weasel Zippers


Wisconsin’s Wayward Dems Located

Earlier today, cowardly WI Dem State Senators fled the state capital to avoid voting on the Governor Walker’s union busting budget bill. Rumors were that they were out of state. Weasel Zippers reported:

The Senate majority leader, Scott Fitzgerald, who is ordering the state police to track down the wayward Democratic senators is the son of the head of the state police, Steve Fitzgerald, who in turn was appointed to the top spot by Walker. Steve Fitzgerald is also the father of the state’s speaker of the House, Jeff Fitzgerald.

As for whether the Democratic senators have in fact left the state, the spokesperson for the state Democratic Party tells TPM: “I know the whereabouts of not a single Democratic senator. I do not know what latitude they’re on, or know what longitude they’re on. I assume they’re in this hemisphere, I’ll say that.”

The miscreants have been located:

MADISON – Democratic State Senators who protested the budget repair bill by leaving the state have been found.

The lawmakers are in the Best Western Clock Tower Resort in Rockford Illinois.

Law enforcement officials have been looking for at least one Democratic senator to bring in for a quorum required for a fiscal measure, but Democratic Senator Jon Erpenbach confirmed to Newsradio 620 WTMJ that he and all of his Democratic colleagues boarded a bus and left the state.

“We’re not in Wisconsin right now,” Erpenbach said. “The reason why we’re doing this is because there are some jurisdictional issues that we’d be dealing with.”

The Senate’s Sergeant at Arms cannot compel Senators’ attendance in an open session if they are outside of state lines.


Those skunks!….

Wisconsin Democrats Found, and Their Best Western Has an Indoor Water Park

Here’s where their staying:

I bet they brought their wives and kids….

The Weekly Standard  has the Gov’s message to Dems: Scott Walker to Wisconsin Democrats: Get Back to Work


Ya gotta love citizen journalism:

Breitbart TV: Tea Party Drives Senate Dems Back to Madison


Michael Savage; “The whole world is on fire from this revolutionary in the White House…”


Ace reports that Tennessee is also proposing busting the teachers union.

More Ace: Civility: Lawmakers in Wisconsin Now Being Threatened By Left-Aligned Thugs

For the past two years, liberals have tried ever so hard to pin the climate of hatred and violence on the right, but lefties always end up screwing up the narrative.

Michelle Malkin has been all over this story:

Watch Wisconsin: SEIU, teachers’ unions attempt state hijacking over cuts

Watch Wisconsin, Part II: Union thugs scream at “Hosni Walker/”Mubarak of the Midwest;” striking teachers tote students to protest

Watch Wisconsin, Part III: A state government employee speaks; Madison schools, plus 7 other districts shut down a second day; Michael Moore says Wisconsin is the “new Cairo;” Dems boycott legis. debate

Watch Wisconsin, Part IV: Salary info Big Labor doesn’t want you to see; statewide strike looms, teachers’ union recruits out-of-state protesters

Linked by Michelle Malkin in Buzzworthy, thanks!


An Intervention Is In Order…

Lawrence O’Donnell is shocked and morally outraged (when isn’t he?!) that a political cartoon depicts the first couple in an unflattering light. He pretends not to know what caricatures are, and apparently believes that political humor should be 100% realistic and respectful – at least when aimed at leftists. Just listen to this drama queen:


Untitled from Breitbart on Vimeo.

Without showing the cartoon, O’Donnell, in hushed tones,  describes Lash’s depiction of Obama as, “half -man, half animal form – with ears that don’t exist in the homo-sapien species” (lulz)….What I see above is a 100% human being with really huge ears.

See – here’s the definition of caricature, just so Scary Larry O’Donnell knows, because he really seems confused:

exaggeration by means of often ludicrous distortion of parts or characteristics.

Got it? You wouldn’t think that would be necessary – but Lawrence really doesn’t seem to know. Batton Lash is merely being playful. He draws Obama’s ears ludicrously big because Obama has big ears.
Here’s an untouched photo, Lawrence, LOOK:

If Lash wanted to be mean, he could focus on a whole lot more than the ears, Larry.

Here’s an untouched photo of the first couple eating hamburgers and french fries:

See… what I think the cartoonist was doing up there – (once again, keeping in mind the definition of caricature) – was exaggerating her propensity to eat hamburgers while preaching healthy eating habits to the rest of us. Now, some may not find it funny, and they could argue their points on the merits, bit Scary Larry doesn’t do that – he has to demagogue – he has to make it racial and uuuuugly..

Cartoonists and photojournalists can be very mean and ugly…

Just ask John McCain,

Or George W. Bush:


But worse than meanness, O’Donnell see’s racism in the cartoons… Does he object because the the Obamas are black, and we’re not allowed to make fun of black people because they’re black? Is this O’Donnell’s way of saying, “shut up”?

Because after 3 years of abuse, the race card really doesn’t pack the punch it used to.

Especially when real examples of racism in political art are still so fresh in our memories. Remember these left-wing depictions of conservative blacks like Condoleezza Rice, Michael Steele, and Clarence Thomas?

I don’t remember Lawrence O’Donnell having anything to say about those real racist attacks on conservative blacks.

I don’t remember him commenting on the vile, racist hit job on Herman Cain’s CPAC speech, last weekend, either. Did he have anything to say about the  lefties at the Common Cause rally a few weeks ago who expressed their desire to see Clarence Thomas “strung up”? No?

Has he even uttered arguably-racist sentiments, himself?

The same Lawrence O’Donnell who recently showed his racial sensitivity when he said about former Republican Chairman Michael Steele:

“He’s dancing as fast as he can, trying to charm independent voters and Tea Partiers while never losing sight of his real master and paycheck provider, the Republican National Committee.”

O’Donnell’s absurdly dramatic, faux concern would actually be funny if he hadn’t gone the extra mile, and mentioned where Lash lives, and dragged his family into it.

James Hudnall and Batton Lash have recieved “a steady stream of death threats and vicious hate mail” since O’Donnell’s tirade.

This is the mental munchkin who called us “mentally disturbed racists” and went so far as tell people where we lived, who our spouses are and suggested they confront us. He’s like a gender impaired metro-sexual Mullah calling for a fatwa on unbelievers. Bad move, Larry. These creators aren’t going into hiding after your psychotic tirade.

An intervention is in order, alright. But not for Hudnall and Lash.

MSNBC should reprimand Lawrence O’Donnell for his bizarre racial McCarthyism, and for siccing unhinged lefties on political humorists. We realize that MSNBC has a high level of tolerance for demagoguery, and hypocrisy, but they should have 0 tolerance for the provocative antics of Lawrence O’Donnell.