Archive for January, 2010

Uhhh..Harry Reid. Why is Mark Kirk Still Voting in the Senate?

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | January 28th, 2010

I suppose between the thrill of the Saints-Vikings game over the weekend and the audible thud of the President’s State of Confusion “lecture”, one very under reported, but very important news item has slipped by.

WHY THE HELL IS MARK KIRK STILL CASTING VOTES IN THE SENATE?

Massachusetts law is quite clear on this issue. When Brown won the special election last week, he was to be sworn in ASAP and Kirk was banned from voting in the Senate, starting the the day after the election.

From the Weekly Standard:

But in the days after the election, it is Kirk’s status that matters, not Brown’s. Massachusetts law says that an appointed senator remains in office “until election and qualification of the person duly elected to fill the vacancy.” The vacancy occurred when Senator Edward Kennedy died in August. Kirk was picked as interim senator by Governor Deval Patrick.

Democrats in Massachusetts have talked about delaying Brown’s “certification,” should he defeat Democrat Martha Coakley on Tuesday. Their aim would be to allow Kirk to remain in the Senate and vote the health care bill.

But based on Massachusetts law, Senate precedent, and the U.S. Constitution, Republican attorneys said Kirk will no longer be a senator after election day, period. Brown meets the age, citizenship, and residency requirements in the Constitution to qualify for the Senate. “Qualification” does not require state “certification,” the lawyers said.

Now, compare that to this item. Look at the date of the story of this item from FOX News re: Niki Tsongas: (Hat Tip to Lan Astaslem at Michele Malkin)

Thursday, October 18, 2007

WASHINGTON — Democrat Niki Tsongas cast her first House vote Thursday on an issue that helped propel her into Congress: expanding a children’s health insurance program.

The election itself was held on the 16th of that October.

And please do not give me any “House vs. Senate” rules claptrap. Brown was duly elected, and by MA law, was to be duly sworn in to REPLACE the current occupant of that seat, Kirk. Not sit around like a stranded tourist, hoping someone would give him directions to the Dirksen building.


Filed Under: Congress, Election 2009

New Debt Limit: $14.3 Trillion

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | January 28th, 2010

But don’t worry, we’ll save a few billion by cutting back the number of paper clips the IRS uses.

From the NY Times: (Hat Tip: Michelle Malkin)

The Senate on Thursday voted narrowly to increase the government’s borrowing authority to $14.3 trillion, which would allow the Treasury Department to continue servicing the country’s spiraling national debt through most of 2010.

The 60 to 40 vote, along party lines, allows the Democratic-led chamber to avoid approving another unpopular increase before the November congressional elections. The House of Representatives must also approve the hike before President Barack Obama can sign it into law.

At $45,000 per American, that is nearly twice the annual poverty line. So can we now all claim to be in poverty and get all of the goodies that are reserved to the parasites and illegals? I thought not.

You have to love this line:

…but lawmakers are never eager to sign off on a measure that allows the government to dig itself further into debt.

Maybe if they did not quadruple the deficit and the debt in one short year, they would not have such clammy hands when pressing the “Yea” button. They might as well be a Kennedy and complain about drunk driving.


Filed Under: Congress

This Week: A Trifecta for Liberty; Strikeout Number 3 for the Left

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | January 21st, 2010

Just when you think it cannot get any better, along comes two more good pieces of news. One small, one huge.

From Pipe Line News: (Hat Tip: Free Conservatives)

January 21, 2010 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – In a remarkably powerful way the U.S. Supreme Court has struck a huge and far reaching blow in support of the First Amendment, overturning significant aspects of previous “campaign finance reform” legislation, declaring it unconstitutional.

The 5-4 Decision written by justice Kennedy struck down a key provision in McCain Feingold, the onerous legislation passed during GW Bush’s first term, which many on the right considered unconstitutional at the time as well as the 1990 Austin decision.

The specific case deals with a campaign documentary generated by the non-profit Citizens United which was critical of then candidate Hillary Clinton.

Fearful that the campaign piece might be violative of McCain Feingold, Citizens sought declaratory and injunctive relief to avoid potential criminal and civil penalties.

The DC District Court decided against the plaintiff and from there it was appealed to the SCOTUS which today ruled in favor of Citizens, overturning the District Court decision.

While it is disquieting that the ruling was only 5-4, a win is still a win. Since the chances of Obama being re-elected to second term and naming more Wise Latinas and other Assorted Marxists to the court are about as good as Michael Moore running the Boston Marathon in record time,

The other piece is of less consequence, but no less satisfying.

From The Washington Post: (Hat Tip: Free Conservatives)

Air America, the talk-radio network that helped boost the careers of liberals Al Franken and Rachel Maddow, said Thursday it was going out of business.

In a statement to employees of the New York-based network, Air America’s chairman, Charlie Kireker, wrote: “It is with the greatest regret, on behalf of our Board, that we must announce that Air America Media is ceasing its live programming operations as of this afternoon, and that the Company will file soon under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code to carry out an orderly winding-down of the business.

“The very difficult economic environment has had a significant impact on Air America’s business. This past year has seen a ‘perfect storm’ in the media industry generally. . . . In this climate, our painstaking search for new investors has come close several times right up into this week, but ultimately fell short of success.”

Ummmm…a “difficult economic environment”? It sure does not seem to be affecting the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity or Mark Levin et al. Then again, they do not have to pay for radio stations to carry their shows because of zero advertising and audience. Nor did they have to steal ten of thousands of dollars from needy New York children and the elderly in order to operate. (Someone needs to put Franken under oath and have him explain where all of that loot went to)

From their statement: (Hat Tip: Michelle Malkin)

It is with the greatest regret, on behalf of our Board, that we must announce that Air America Media is ceasing its live programming operations as of this afternoon, and that the Company will file soon under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code to carry out an orderly winding-down of the business.

The very difficult economic environment has had a significant impact on Air America’s business. This past year has seen a “perfect storm” in the media industry generally. National and local advertising revenues have fallen drastically, causing many media companies nationwide to fold or seek bankruptcy protection. From large to small, recent bankruptcies like Citadel Broadcasting and closures like that of the industry’s long-time trade publication Radio and Records have signaled that these are very difficult and rapidly changing times.

Those companies that remain are facing audience fragmentation as a result of new media technologies, are often saddled with crushing debt, and have generally found it difficult to obtain operating or investment capital from traditional sources of funding. In this climate, our painstaking search for new investors has come close several times right up into this week, but ultimately fell short of success.

With radio industry ad revenues down for 10 consecutive quarters, and reportedly off 21% in 2009, signs of improvement have consisted of hoping things will be less bad. And though Internet/new media revenues are projected to grow, our expanding online efforts face the same monetization and profitability challenges in the short term confronting the Web operations of most media companies

When Air America Radio launched in April, 2004 with already-known personalities like Al Franken and then-unknown future stars like Rachel Maddow, it was the only full-time progressive voice in the mainstream broadcast media world. At a critical time in our nation’s history — when dissent on issues such as the Iraq war were often denounced as “un-American” — Air America and its talented team helped millions of Americans remember the importance of compelling discussion about the most pivotal events and decisions of our generation.

Through some 100 radio outlets nationwide, Air America helped build a new sense of purpose and determination among American progressives. With this revival, the progressive movement made major gains in the 2006 mid-term elections and, more recently, in the election of President Barack Obama and a strongly Democratic Congress.

And a small amount of noise pollution has removed from the environment. That is the type of “green” I can support.

Mr. President, what about those job, jobs, jobs? Unemployment just went up. Again.


Filed Under: Media, Supreme Court

Democrats Officially Put on Endangered Species List

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | January 20th, 2010

Amazing what a little reality and butt-kicking can do to knock political inflated egos down a notch or a hundred.

Doing my best Marlin Perkins:

“Hello and welcome to Wild Kingdom. Today we have a great show. Democrats and Leftists in the Wild – Survival Edition!

Hear their cries of anguish when their natural diet of taxpayer mana and political payoffs succumbs to the political storms of the day.

See them react in instinctive ways when cornered by their enemies, pushing lemmings aside to jump off of the nearest cliff.

Thrill to their squabbles over dwindling payoffs that can turn deadly!

We have the footage, so fire up those TIVOs and record this for posterity. You will want to show this to your kids and grandkids when they are old enough to understand and also learn to talk back to their Zookeeper Leftist teachers!

Our first exhibit is the species Democratus Wannabe Centrist. This species is similar to the chameleon in that it changes colors and calls whenever threatened. Usually changing from it’s natural color of red to a red, white and blue hue and also softening it’s call, so as to appear less threatening to it’s enemies.

Habitat: Indiana

An example of it’s call: (Source: ABC New Blogs – Hat Tip: Hot Air)

Even before the votes are counted, Senator Evan Bayh is warning fellow Democrats that ignoring the lessons of the Massachusetts Senate race will “lead to even further catastrophe” for their party.

“There’s going to be a tendency on the part of our people to be in denial about all this,” Bayh told ABC News, but “if you lose Massachusetts and that’s not a wake-up call, there’s no hope of waking up.” …

“The only we are able to govern successfully in this country is by liberals and progressives making common cause with independents and moderates,” Bayh said. “Whenever you have just the furthest left elements of the Dem party attempting to impose their will on the rest of the country — that’s not going to work too well.” …

“It’s why moderates and independents even in a state as Democratic as Massachusetts just aren’t buying our message. They just don’t believe the answers we are currently proposing are solving their problems. That’s something that has to be corrected.”

Our next exhibit is Melonheadus Democratus Wanderer. This species, despite, or maybe because of (no one really knows) it’s odd shaped head has a very unfortunate tendency to get lost while on the move. After straying far from it’s home territory, it will try to take over an opponent’s lair, usually using a noxious spray that besmirches its opponent in a smelly, black ink.

Habitat: Northern Virgina/Washington, D.C.

Source: The Washington Post (Hat Tip: Michelle Malkin)

Calling the election an referendum on the “openness and integrity of our government process,” Webb wrote in a statement: “It is vital that we restore the respect of the American people in our system of government and in our leaders. To that end, I believe it would only be fair and prudent that we suspend further votes on health care legislation until Senator-elect Brown is seated.”

Our final exhibit is an oddly named critter officially named Oscarus Mayerus Doggus, but more commonly called the Weiner. Unlike the other creatures mentioned here, it dwells in urban areas, usually in sewers and under rocks. It survives by gathering large amounts of refuse that is constantly spilled by the environment’s inhabitants and using it to build nests and lairs while spreading common ailments like Leftus Loonyus and Marxist Mono. One that is better left alone, as it’s utterances have been known to lower the IQ of those who come into contact with it.

From Politico:

“The only way to go forward is to take a step back. If there isn’t any recognition that we got the message and we are trying to recalibrate and do things differently, we are not only going to risk looking ignorant but arrogant,” said Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), one of the leading advocates for health reform in the House.

“I don’t think it would be the worst thing to take a step back and say we are going to pivot to do a jobs thing” and include elements of health care reform in it, he said.

Habitat: New York

Don not forget to join us this November for our Super-Duper Extravaganza Special! The Great Donkey Extinction.


Filed Under: Election 2010

Call him Senator-Elect Brown

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | January 19th, 2010

First there was the Music City Miracle almost exactly 10 years ago. Buffalo Bills fans to this day still grouse about what they thought was a game stolen from them.

And now a decade later, in a different venue, we have the Massachusetts Miracle. Only there is no doubt about this one:

Full results can be found here.

It sure has been a busy day here in the blogoshhere, so much so that sites like MichelleMalkin.com and HotAir.com went down for short while due to overwhelming traffic. (BTw, Michelle has a nice little roundup of the day’s events here).

Not so ironically enough, the liberal Alphabet networks spoke nary a peep most of the day on their sites. It got so quiet that CNN switched to all-Haiti coverage not long after the numbers started pouring in after 8PM.

I suppose all of this might have been enough to make Teddy K go back to bar in the afterlife and never want to come home.

BTW, Happy First Anniversary as President, Mr. Obama.


Filed Under: Election 2009

Massachusetts Senate Race Update

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | January 19th, 2010

So far, so good.

No major fraud reports have come out (yet). Turnout is heavy.

WBZ is reporting heavy traffic at the polls. (Hat Tip: Michelle Malkin)

In contrast to the light turnout for the party primaries last month, there are several signs of a heavy turnout.

Election officials in Boston said there have been more than twice the number of voters that showed up for the primaries.

Secretary of State William Galvin says he expected from 1.6 million to 2.2 million people to vote — a spread of between 40 percent and 55 percent of registered voters.

In the late Sen. Ted Kennedy’s district in Barnstable, they’re estimating a 60-percent turnout by the end of the day.

A line of cars stretched for nearly a half-mile from the gymnasium at North Andover High School. Some drivers turned around in exasperation.

From Politico, more evidence of massive Dem defections to Brown:

A Democratic operative familiar with Martha Coakley and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s massive get-out-the-vote operation says that outreach workers in and around Boston have been stunned by the number of Democrats and Obama supporters who are waving them off, saying they’ll vote for Scott Brown.

Via The Weekly Standard: (Hat Tip: Sister Toldja)

1) Western Mass – Coakley needs a huge margin out of what I call the “Rachel Maddow Belt” – the Berkshires, where she has roots, and the Pioneer Valley. She probably needs a 5,000 vote lead out of Amherst and high turnout in places like Springfield, Pittsfield, and Northampton.

2) The I-495 Ring – This is Brown’s bread and butter, and he needs to rack up big leads in towns like Haverhill, Dracut, Marlborough, and his home area near Wrentham and Foxborough. These are the places where Mitt Romney broke through to win the governorship in 2002.

3) The Cape and Southeastern Mass – The Kennedy belt. Barnstable and Plymouth Counties are presumably the places where Kennedy’s memory ought to rescue Coakley in the eleventh hour. Brown will probably narrowly win the TOWNS of Plymouth and Barnstable, which are usually bellwethers. If Coakley carries either, she will probably be on her way to winning statewide. If Brown wins both with more than 55%, watch out.

4) The 8th CD – The heart of liberal Massachusetts needs to come out in a big way for Coakley if she is to have a shot. Cambridge should turn out dependably, but will the Boston machine crank out votes at the same rate as other places in the state? Will Capuano’s voters be as enthusiastic about this race after they didn’t get their man?

Fraud Alert Update:

Via Michelle Malkin is a video and report of someone handing out absentee ballots:

They’ve just posted video of a woman in Lawrence, MA, carrying around blank absentee ballots in Spanish today. She explains how she’s telling people to mark Martha Coakley’s name. The woman handing out the ballots identifies herself as “Isabel Melendez” and says she has a talk show in which she promoted Coakley’s candidacy.

–snip–

The deadline to apply for absentee ballots for the January 19, 2010 special election for US Senate was Friday, January 15.

Video:


Filed Under: Election 2010

Voinovich to Become 60th Vote?

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | January 19th, 2010

Cannot saw that I am too surprised. These are desperate times for the Democrats and the White House, so they need to pull out what little they have left in the bag. And so they drag out Venal Voinovich to maybe blubber his way to becoming 60th vote for MengeleCare.

As reported by Nate Nelson over at From the Rust Belt (Hat Tip: Michelle Malkin):

Enter the Buckeye State’s senior Republican (?) senator, George “Crybaby” Voinovich — now infamous for choking up on the Senate floor while opposing John Bolton’s nomination for United Nations ambassador. And that’s just one of the many times that Voinovich has screwed over his constituents (not to mention his base).

Voinovich isn’t seeking reelection to the Senate this year, which makes him perhaps the most dangerous Republican in the Senate given his proclivity for stabbing his party in the back sorry, crossing the aisle. RedState’s Erick Erickson tweeted yesterday that Voinovich is reportedly meeting with President Obama today, and Weapons of Mass Discussion also reports that Democrats are going to target Voinovich to become their 60th vote for ObamaCare should Scott Brown be elected in Massachusetts.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is not a drill. Because Voinovich isn’t seeking reelection, he is — unlike Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins — exceedingly likely to turn traitor on ObamaCare. He is vulnerable to the politics of legacy, to being persuaded that an act of bipartisanship would let him go down in history as the man who made history. Would it really be that surprising to see Voinovich hit the Senate floor, fight back those crocodile tears, and say that he is voting for ObamaCare because he’s “worried about [his] kids and [his] grandchildren” — just like he did when he opposed Bolton’s nomination?

Let your voice be heard:

Washington, D.C. Office:
524 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Main: (202) 224-3353

Cleveland, OH Office:
1240 East 9th Street
Room 3061
Cleveland, OH 44199
Main: (216) 522-7095
Fax: (216) 522-7097

Southeast, OH Office:
78 West Washington Street
P.O. Box 57
Nelsonville, OH 45764
Main: (740) 441-6410
Fax: (740) 753-3551

Cincinnati, OH Office:
36 East 7th Street
Room 2615
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Main: (513) 684-3265
Fax: (513) 684-3269

Northeast, OH Office:
1240 East 9th Street
Room 3061
Cleveland, OH 44199
Main: (216) 522-7095
Fax: (216) 522-7097

Toledo, OH Office:
420 Madison Avenue
Room 1210
Toledo, OH 43604
Main: (419) 259-3895
Fax: (419) 259-3899

Dayton, OH Office:
(Based out of Cincinnati)
36 East 7th Street, Room 2615
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Main: (513) 684-3265
Fax: (513) 684-3269

Central, OH Office:
37 West Broad Street
Room 310
Columbus, OH 43215
Main: (614) 469-6697
Fax: (614) 469-7733

If Voinovich does bolt, it would be interesting what he got as a payoff, since he is not up for re-election. Maybe a cushy ambassadorship or lobbying gig.

I would personally prefer for him to get a year’s supply of Michelle’s White House vegetables.