Monthly Archives: July 2011

Miami (Archdiocesan) vice

Rough stuff:

John C. Favalora is a sallow old man who looks like the corpse of Dom DeLuise. He likes attractive young men to sit on his lap and allegedly treats them to trips in the Florida Keys. He was, until recently, part owner of a company that makes “all natural” boner-inducing beverages. He’s also the Archbishop Emeritus of Miami.

Read on.

Break in House stalemate

Very hot new stuff here:

House Republicans will attach a Balanced Budget Amendment to Speaker John Boehners last-ditch debt-ceiling plan, which GOP lawmakers said would move the measure to passage in a high-stakes vote later on Friday.

Republican lawmakers voiced confidence the enhanced bill would pass muster with conservatives, as Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) predicted the balanced budget amendment change would bring 10 to 20 more GOP members on board.

Do this, and ball is out of the House court.

If Bill Daley said it, it must be so

Bill Daley told Wolf Blitzer Obama gave (an apparently new) limit-raising plan to Boehner.

But he didn’t make it public? Blitzer asked.

DALEY: No, because there’s… both the speaker and – and the president had agreed and – that these sort of negotiations do not happen in public.

And we certainly believe Bill Daley on this point, do we not?

See Joe Walsh, see Joe Walsh in the Sun-Times

Rep. Joe Walsh, subject of today’s page-one screamer,

Tea Party Rep. Joe Walsh sued for $100,000 in child support

Freshman U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, a tax-bashing Tea Party champion who sharply lectures President Barack Obama and other Democrats on fiscal responsibility, owes more than

has been the man Sun-Times editors love to hate for a week now, ever since he got up close and personal with the self-described Compromiser-in-Chief in the debt-ceiling fight:

* Debt talks: Dick Durbin a voice of reason; Joe Walsh a screamer
WASHINGTON In the ongoing deficit negotiations, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is at all the White House meetings and is one of the bipartisan Gang

* Editorial: Joe Walsh has a loud voice, but nothing to say Joe Walsh is whats wrong with Washington.

The Republican freshman congressman from Chicagos northwest suburbs is the poster child for the uncompromising and vitriolic style

I didn’t realize Walsh was that effective. Or that he encapsulated what’s wrong with Washington. A Chicago newspaper reader learns something new every day.

“Hit piece”? How dare he say that?

Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) defends himself:

WASHINGTON Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) on Thursday said a Chicago Sun-Times article about his ex-wife suing him for back child support was a hit piece but that his financial troubles do not erode his credibility as an outspoken opponent of government spending in the congressional debate on raising the debt ceiling.

Yes. Only when he gets his personal house in order is he credible as opponent of government spending. He should leave public policy alone or lower his profile until he is pure as the driven snow.

Rahm makes hard decision

Mayor Rahm absolves himself in the matter of sending his kids to exclusive, expensive private school, not to public school:

“It is not a statement about anything else except for what Amy and I decided as parents to do for our children,” Emanuel said.

Yes it is. You reject public education because you want something better for your kids. We hear you.

And to make the point even clearer, you are putting your whole political muscle behind school choice for the rest of Chicago.


Unionized teachers saved from their unions

Good news for teachers in Brown Deer WI. Gov. Brown’s bill finally became law on June 29, and 27 laid-off teachers got their jobs back.

With “collective bargaining rights” limited to wages, [school district finance director Emily] Koczela was able to change the teachers’ benefits package to fill the [million-dollar] budget gap. Requiring teachers to contribute 5.8 percent of their salary toward pensions saved $600,000. Changes to their health care plan​—​such as a $10 office visit co-pay (up from nothing)​—​saved $200,000. Upping the workload from five classes, a study hall, and two prep periods to six classes and two prep periods saved another $200,000. The budget was balanced.

Note: Saved from, not by, their unions, who would not, would not be moved (solidarity!). Saved by whom? Gov. Brown and his fellow Republicans, the enemies of the working class!

(HT Instapundit )

Bufoonery among the striped-pants crowd

Pakistan one edgy ally, so what? We Americans have our principles, hell or high water:

The [Pakistan] Senate Friday severely condemned the hosting of a gay pride ceremony by US embassy in Pakistan last month and sent the matter to the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs for taking any possible action.

They already consider us decadent and evil, and we flaunt our liberalism with this? (H/T Instapundit)

There they go again, acting like Democrats

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Obama Motors

Stimulate economy our way: take money away, give it back to selected recipients (such as GM, remember?):

The leader of the House Democratic Caucus indicated this weekend that tax-revenue hikes must be included in a sweeping deficit-reduction plan to win the Democratic support it will need to pass.

That way, (a) they control things and (b) make friends who give to campaign funds.

Obama not good at his job

Discussing the ineffable (unspeakable) Krugman, Moe Lane has this, as excerpted by the indispensable Instapundit:

. . . Krugmans column might have been seen as a sign that the fever might be breaking: it can be summed up as Obama is actually really, really uninterested in doing his job and isnt any good at it, is he?

Unless it’s self-promotion, and he’s doing less and less well at that.

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