Now in a handy chart!
From the apparently not Speaker Apparent:
McCarthy told National Review Online he doesn’t believe the House is “governable” anymore.
The members of the House aren’t supposed to be “governed” by the House leadership, merely organized. They work for us.
Posted at 11:12 PM | Permalink
A year ago I received an invitation from the head of Counseling Services at a major university to join faculty and administrators for discussions about how to deal with the decline in resilience among students. At the first meeting, we learned that emergency calls to Counseling had more than doubled over the past five years. Students are increasingly seeking help for, and apparently having emotional crises over, problems of everyday life. Recent examples mentioned included ... two students who had sought counseling because they had seen a mouse in their off-campus apartment. The latter two also called the police, who kindly arrived and set a mousetrap for them.
Posted at 09:56 AM | Permalink
Jesus said health care should be free, say some lefty interpreters of the Bible. Bernie Sanders says health care should be free. Jesus could heal people with the mere touch of his hands, according to the Bible. Bernie Sanders wouldn’t lay his hands on the sick, but rather your wallet.
Posted at 09:42 AM | Permalink
The District would become the most generous place in the country for a worker to take time off after giving birth or to care for a dying parent under a measure supported by a majority of the D.C. Council.
Under the legislation that will be introduced Tuesday, almost every part-time and full-time employee in the nation’s capital would be entitled to 16 weeks of paid family leave to bond with an infant or an adopted child, recover from an illness, recuperate from a military deployment or tend to an ill family member.
I’m curious what will happen some day when we move the capital.
Posted at 09:34 AM | Permalink
The nation whose disarmed citizens recently avoided a catastrophe because of a jammed weapon and the intervention of heroic Americans—in other words, dumb luck—and whose journalists weren’t armed in spite of death threats, and paid with their lives, is questioning how we regulate firearms.
Posted at 08:21 AM | Permalink
Kevin Williamson rebukes those who mythologize small-scale farms, which turn out to be an awful way to make a living:
We don’t have a lot of small family farms anymore for the same reason that we don’t have a lot of small family steel mills or utility companies: because it is a form of economic organization that doesn’t make a damned bit of sense. The next time I’m at some winger conference, Annette Kirk may very well punch me in the ear in memory of her late husband, but: Good riddance. Small-scale farming is the worst way of making a living known to mankind, and, given a choice, people will choose almost anything else. Do-gooders who can’t understand why people from rural India are lined up around the block for jobs in those purportedly horrible “sweat shops” and call centers and the like never ask themselves: What’s their next-best option? It’s hustling millet.
As a couple of readers have pointed out, I’m channeling the late Sam Kinison in his bit about African famine: If you live in the economic desert, move. Go. Leave. Get the hell out. Yes, there is something (something conservative) to be said for rootedness, for the particularities of place and community. Life is full of tradeoffs. As a great conservative philosopher once put it: Get a job. If that’s not happening in East Donkey, Arkansas, then maybe East Donkey isn’t the place to be. Our forefathers crossed the ocean in rickety little wooden boats to face cholera, starvation, and tomahawks. All you have to do is save up enough for a U-Haul rental and the deposit on a new apartment. Get going.
Posted at 11:05 AM | Permalink
Angela Merkel likely to receive Nobel Peace Prize for making things worse.
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Guns help people protect themselves:
I’m a supporter of the Second Amendment and a legal gun owner not because I want to be, but because I have to be. I have realized that no matter what laws are passed ‘to protect’ me, no one is responsible for my protection and the protection of my kids but me.
For those advocating for more laws, ask yourself why all the laws on the books didn’t stop my stalker from trespassing, entering my backyard, and peering into my window. Laws didn’t stop him, but a shotgun did.
My stalker simply didn’t care about breaking the plethora of laws on the books, and neither did the gunman that shot up Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon killing nine innocent victims and also himself. It was already against the law to commit murder. It was already against the law for him to bring a firearm into a gun-free zone. Even the gunman said himself that it couldn’t have been prevented. Laws didn’t stop him, and likely nothing will stop someone who is hellbent on destroying lives.
Continuing to focus on the gun sends the wrong message. We depend on guns to protect our President, our military, our first responders, and our celebrities. And many, including me, have had to depend on guns to protect our own life and family.
Evil exists. It is real. And while my heart breaks for those in Roseburg who are suffering unimaginable loss, we need to point the blame solely at the shooter and not his weapon of choice. Guns, like every other tool, when used improperly can cause great harm, but they can also save lives. I’m living proof.
Posted at 10:05 AM | Permalink
Trump touts eminent domain:
“Eminent domain, when it comes to jobs, roads, the public good, I think it’s a wonderful thing,” Trump told Fox News’ Bret Baier.
“The public good” presumably includes Kelo-style transfers to private entities, a practice Trump has previously endorsed.
Posted at 09:51 AM | Permalink
A mother is under investigation by the Department of Social Services after writing “BAD” on her son’s head, dressing him in women’s clothes and parading him around the Walmart as a form of punishment, according to Rock Hill Police.
Officers were called to the Dave Lyle Boulevard store about 8:30 p.m. Sunday. The boy was dressed in a tutu, women’s boots, a women’s undergarment and a T-shirt with permanent marker writing underneath. The boy’s head was shaved “in an unusual manner, bald on top with a patch of wig on the front of his head” and the word “BAD” written in marker on the back of his head, the report states.
The mother said she was “punishing her son for fighting and making homophobic remarks in school,” the report states. She added that he has been having behavioral issues, and “corporal punishment has been ineffective, so she was attempting to embarrass” her son as punishment.
I’m confused. Aren’t transgender tykes all the rage? And is any punishment too great for making “homophobic remarks”?
Posted at 09:19 AM | Permalink
The lefties finally admit that environmentalism isn’t about the environment, it’s about controlling lives:
This Changes Everything, the movie version of Naomi Klein’s bestselling book by that title, is a moment of astonishing candor on the environmentalist left. For decades, conservatives have argued that environmentalism is a cover for centrally managed economies, wealth redistribution, and intrusive government regulations. Klein comes out and says that indeed, environmentalism is exactly that. Conservative critics, she says in so many words, “are right.” Climate change is an opportunity to write “a new story.”
After a clip of Ronald Reagan’s famous quip, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help,” Klein demands a government that “has your back” and guarantees decent standards of living.
Posted at 08:59 AM | Permalink
Gangs of smugglers have tried to sell highly-radioactive material to Islamic State militants, an investigation has found.
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Why can’t this family be reunited in Mexico?
On Tuesday, Rafael Gaytan is expected to turn himself in to the Border Patrol at the border between Tijuana and San Diego, in hopes of being reunited with his family in central Florida.
Gaytan was an illegal immigrant who returned to Mexico three months ago to take care of his ailing sister. According to Young American Dreamers, an immigrant-rights advocacy group, Gaytan’s only option is to turn himself in to Border Patrol if he wishes to rejoin his family in the U.S., in hopes that the Obama administration would release him and grant him “parole.” The head of Young American Dreamers said that Gaytan could have exited and re-entered the U.S. legally if President Obama’s 2014 executive amnesties had not been blocked in court. Gaytan entered the U.S. illegally ten years ago, where his sons were born. Thus, he would qualify for the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) amnesty.
Gaytan’s wife says that her husband is a “good man” and a “business owner who provides jobs.” And, under the current administration these assertions seem to be sufficient grounds to circumvent the immigration laws.
It is often asked why people continue to come to the U.S illegally. The answer is simple: because they can. Rafael Gaytan’s stunt is a prime example of the brokenness of our immigration system. It has become a system which literally waves in illegals across the border.
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The noisy debate over this city’s Proposition 1 has centered on whether it would allow men to use women’s public restrooms, which boils down to how you define “men” and “women.”
In a battle that has ranged from bathroom etiquette to gender rights to constitutional debates over religious freedom, a key skirmish broke out after former Houston Astros baseball all-star Lance Berkman appeared in an ad saying that the Nov. 3 ballot measure would “allow troubled men who claim to be women to enter women’s bathrooms, showers and locker rooms,” and the Yes on 1 campaign fired back.
“Prop. 1 will NOT allow men to enter women’s restrooms,” says a post on the website Houston Unites, the group supporting Proposition 1.
By “men,” however, the campaign is excluding biological men who identify as women. Proposition 1 would ban discrimination in public accommodations such as restrooms based on 15 characteristics, including gender identity.
In other words, anyone who tries to stop a biological man who identifies as a woman from using a women’s room would be in violation and could face fines of up to $5,000, if the measure succeeds.
How about “penis owners” and “penis non-owners”? (Via Drudge.)
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That applies to this fact, if true, or the fabrication of it, if not, about the genesis of the Biden presidential effort being in the words of a dying son [emphasis added]:
Before that moment and since, Biden has told the Beau story to others. Sometimes details change — the setting, the exact words.
The subtle allegation: Biden made it up and can’t keep his story straight. He’s exploiting a dying son to seize power. Its tough to beat lying to dead SEALs’ parents about what killed them, but this would qualify.
Or the alternative: Biden’s a grief-stricken old man who can’t keep facts straight.
Either way, not a good president. (Via Drudge.)
Posted at 09:20 AM | Permalink
Dems are dining out on Kevin McCarthy’s statement that Hillary!’s email debacle has driven down her poll numbers. They’re trying to portray the Benghazi investigation as a witch hunt. That’s not true, of course: Witches don’t exist, but the four Benghazi corpses and the private email server do.
Benghazi Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy is now placed in an unexpected position:
On the Republican side: Gowdy denies interest in running for majority leader, and Steve Scalise claims he has the votes locked up for the #2 job, but there is buzz that the South Carolinian could always change his mind. John Boehner yesterday postponed down-ballot leadership elections from later this week until Oct. 29. That is a week after Gowdy will get to question Clinton. His allies hope that, if he does a good job, there will be energy for a fresh Draft Gowdy movement.
McCarthy’s statement has cast a shadow on Gowdy’s unimpeachable efforts. If it persists, Gowdy may be more interested in moving up than finishing the Committee’s work. He would be a less pliant subordinate than Scalise, and a popular replacement as Speaker if McCarthy’s as hapless as he first seems.
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