The NYTs reports that the carbon tax bill may be an election issue. This ought to be a no-brainer. Democrats voted for a crushing new tax without a single one of them knowing what was in the law they were enacting. I should think that, unlike voting for a bill honoring the oyster as Colorado’s state bird, a congressman worthy of holding office should at least exercise some minimum of due diligence before passing the largest tax increase in our history. Cos Cob’s own, Jim Himes, isn’t up for election until 2011 but that should allow plenty of time for voters to be educated about his lack of intellectual curiosity, his lockstep loyalty to Democrat leadership and his unfitness to represent us. Go get him.
Daily Archives: June 27, 2009
The ever-effervescent Reverand Jesse Jackson has popped up in California demanding a second autopsy be performed on his newly-discovered younger brother, Michael. “The man did this”, Jackson the Elder insisted. “We don’t care ’bout no Demerol, Oxycontin, heroin, methadone or grass all being in his system at the same time. Michael’s a black man, dude, or least he was for a long time, and the brothers can take that kind of shit. Do it all day, and Michael was the master of crack, if you’ll forgive that term. No, this is a plot by the white masters and we want reparations!”
Al Sharpton could not be reached for comment as he was flying to Los Angeles today to conduct his own protest march in front of NBC headquarters in Burbank.
If there has been another time in the past fifty years where the American public willingly suspended its disbelief and took everything the government did on blind faith I don’t remember it. We’re doing that now.
At The Examiner, David Freddoso adds a coda to the bizarre story of the cap-and-trade energy tax that passed the House yesterday. The bill that the House voted on doesn’t, strictly speaking, exist:
Texas Republican Reps. Joe Barton and Louie Gohmert have just asked the chair whether there exists a complete, updated copy of the Waxman-Markey carbon-cap bill.”If a bill for which there is no copy were to actually pass this body,” Barton asked, “could the bill without a copy be sent to the Senate for its consideration?”
Through a series of parliamentary inquiries, the Republicans learned that the 300-plus page managers’ amendment, added to the bill last night in the House Rules Committee, has not even been been integrated with the official copy of the 1,090-page bill at the House Clerk’s desk, let alone in any other location. The two documents are side-by-side at the desk as the clerk reads through the instructions in the 300 page document for altering the 1,090 page document.
But they cannot be simply combined, because the amendment contains 300 pages of items like this: “Page 15, beginning line 8, strike paragraph (11)…” How many members of Congress do you suppose have gone through it all to see how it changes the bill?
I can answer that question: none. There hasn’t been time to do so. The manner in which the Democrats have run the House since taking control in 2007 has been disgraceful.
FDIC Chairman Shiela Bair tried to sell her Amherst home for about 3X what she paid for it in 2002, cut its price $100,000 and has now pulled it from the market to wait for better times. And she’s right to do so. If you don’t have to sell your house (the Bair residence is already rented to tenants) and the market is dead dormant “resting”, why take a hit? I applaud the woman for figuring this out and not leaving an over-priced house on the market where it will only grow older, staler, and even less valuable.
Barack “Change” O’Bama has thrown out reinstated the discredited now proved sound Bush policy of retaining Gitmo terrorists indefinitely without charges and will release them immediately will retain them indefinitely.
Obama administration officials, fearing a battle with Congress that could stall plans to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, are crafting language for an executive order that would reassert presidential authority to incarcerate terrorism suspects indefinitely, according to three senior government officials with knowledge of White House deliberations.
Such an order would embrace claims by former president George W. Bush that certain people can be detained without trial for long periods under the laws of war. Obama advisers are concerned that an order, which would bypass Congress, could place the president on weaker footing before the courts and anger key supporters, the officials said.
The Miracle Worker claimed yesterday that the carbon tax bill passed by the House will transform our energy industry, create millions of new jobs and save the world for lees than the cost of a postage stamp per person. I don’t know about you but I am positively pissed that Cheney and McChimp could have brought us to this nirvana years ago but refused because of the bribes they received from Saudi Arabia and the oil companies. Thank God the new era has arrived!
Greenwich Gossip is concerned about the number of stores shuttered on Greenwich Avenue. The blogger cites an impressive number of recent closures but I don’t share his alarm – at least not yet.
The mix of businesses on the Avenue has always been in flux as market tastes and forces change. We watched the demise of single-shop stores, the loss of the best record store, Al Franklin’s, to a Talbot expansion and the last time I checked, Bernie Yudain was still griping about the loss of Finch’s Drug Store. Me, I think the biggest loss was Charlie Grannick’s gun store above his own pharmacy.
But so it goes. It has been nice to see restaurants on the Ave open past 5:00 PM and if the chains crowded out the locals and Westchester shoppers clogged the street with their SUVs well, at least we gained taxes. Now things are changing again – Talbot’s not only retreated from the record store, it pulled off the Avenue completely. I have no idea what iteration of Ralph Lauren’s is doing (I saw some howler of a window display at a Lauren “Rugby” store featuring effeminate models dressed in camouflage and army helmets – surely that won’t last), but whether he stays r goes, we’re still a pretty vibrant town with some money people. As long as those folks are here, I’m confident we’ll attract retailers with a desire to separate them from their stash. Cathy Fuld has to buy sheets somewhere, right? and can you see her doing a little on line browsing at Land’s End? I don’t think so. And of course, we can allsways accommodate a few dozen more banks.
Riverside resident Stephen “Dildo” Dent is back in the news again because yet another blackmailer has surfaced. Same old (for Mr. Dent) story: promises of kinky sex, lots of cash, then blackmail. It is, to make this clear, the blackmailers who were visiting our court system yesterday and not Dent himself, yet, but even so, he’s finding Riverside to be a little too parochial, a little too square.
“I’ve had it with the moralistic turds around here,” Dent told this reporter in an exclusive interview from the window of his Bentley. “A guy needs a little r&r, some ol’ in-and-out with maybe some clothesline and latex tossed in for excitement and you’d think he was some kind of of pervert or something. I’m going where the sun keeps shining, where the weather suits my clothes, or lack of them. I’m heading south to enter politics. Tine for Sanford to go – now there’s a nut job.”
Asked if he had the brains and skills to replace South Carolina’s embattled governor, Dent bristled: “I went to Harvard,” he pointed out. “Doesn’t that just say it all?”
It did for this reporter and he left to place a call to another comeback kid, Eliot Spitzer.
No local lending institutions made Friday afternoon’s FDIC hit list of banks closed yesterday but I did learn from a reporter for a major national newspaper that Patriot Bank’s “senior media contact” was either not in or refusing to return calls for the past two days. I’m not in the bank public relations game so I don’t know whether it’s standard to not return such calls, but it seems odd – usually, when this particular paper’s reporters call, companies put someone one the line to spin their tale. Died on the Fourth of July?