Monthly Archives: August 2011

He should leave immediately, and hold a press conference to describe the exact reasons why, as quoted in the third paragraph. He doesn’t need to be associated with race-baiting hatemongers like Carson and Maxine Waters. They exist to perpetuate the divide between races; without it, they wouldn’t have anything to do – except perhaps make more idiotic comments (though, Waters must certainly be approaching her quota).

Rep. Allen West (Fla.), the lone Republican in the Congressional Black Caucus, said Tuesday morning that he is considering leaving the group in light of comments by Rep. Andrè Carson (D-Ind.), the caucus whip, who said at a town hall that Tea Party affiliated members of Congress see African Americans as “second-class citizens” and would be happy to see blacks “hanging from a tree.”

“When you start using words such as lynching … that’s a reprehensible word and I think we should move away from that language,” West said on “Fox & Friends.”

“One of the things I’m starting to think about is reconsidering my membership in the Congressional Black Caucus, because I don’t think they’re moving in the right manner toward solving the problems in not just the black community, but all of America.”

West is the first Republican to join the CBC since Rep. Gary Franks (Conn.) left Congress in 1997.

The Democratic members of the CBC have been active critics of the Tea Party during the summer recess. Earlier this month, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said that the Tea Party “can go straight to hell.”

via West considering leaving Black Caucus – The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room.


Kansas State University has unleashed environmental superhero EcoKat, hoping to um, have superheroes dress in “90% repurposed materials” costumes or something. From the K-State website:

Meet EcoKat, crusader of conservation and fanatic of fluorescents. She has embarked upon Kansas State University with one mission: Reduce, reuse and recycle.

EcoKat, played by a K-State student who auditioned for the role, is outfitted in a costume made of 90 percent repurposed materials. The department of apparel, textiles and interior design helped with the final look, making it an entirely sustainable project partnering many campus groups.

Apparently, this idea is being roundly (and deservedly) mocked on Twitter (hashtag #ecokat) and other places:


Sadly, they’ve corraled the school’s mascot, Willie the Wildcat, into wearing some stupid shirt with an “e squared” on it. Not sure exactly what that means. I don’t know, it could work. If they try hard, Eco-Kat could be right up there with Greenzo:

Occam’s Razor says yes, but you judge for yourself:

Why did the Department of Justice raid Gibson Guitars twice in the span of two years, yet leave competitor C.F. Martin untouched? Both appear to use the same allegedly illegal woods. The allegation floating around is that it’s because Gibson’s CEO supports Republicans and Martin’s supports Democrats, and we have a Democratic administration hell-bent on punishing Republicans. Instinctively, I want to reject that theory. It’s too simple and too, I don’t know, obvious and even un-American. Gibson’s CEO may face jail time, and the company may end up failing under the weight of the federal boot. And over what?

Why does Warren Buffett, billionaire businessman, keep supporting President Obama despite the president’s obvious economic failures? Reading Tim Carney’s piece about Buffett and bank bailouts that appeared yesterday, it’s evident that at every turn over the past couple of years, Buffett has managed to cash in on huge government actions…

Why did the Obama administration shut down offshore oil drilling? Why did it take some car dealerships from their owners back in 2009? Do we really have an administration abusing its powers to punish its enemies? Is is really that simple?

I’d like to reject the theory that the administration is just punishing its opponents, but there’s just too much evidence to the contrary.

via The PJ Tatler » Is it Really That Simple?.

This is interesting, if you can believe it. It didn’t take Rick Perry, the prayin’, gun totin’, cowboy-boot wearin’ Texas Aggie candidate (otherwise know as the Progressive Liberal’s Worst Nightmare) long to jump to the front of the pack. I’m sure there will be a lot more polls from all over in the next couple of weeks. From Hot Air:



If you believe Zogby, Michele Bachmann had a 20-point lead on the competition back on June 30th, which pretty well sums up the credibility of this one. The broader trends do make sense, though — Perry’s entry into the race devastated his tea-party competitors and stole a few points from Romney while leaving Ron Paul and his worshipers basically untouched. (An interesting footnote: Romney still polls slightly better head-to-head against Obama (45/40) than Perry does (46/44).) Nor is this the only good poll for Perry today. Gallup’s new measure of “positive intensity” shows he’s gained a few points there too and now leads all current candidates by double digits except for Herman Cain, who’s become a nonfactor. No surprise, then, to hear that Mitt has suddenly reconsidered and decided to participate in DeMint’s South Carolina forum after all; he simply can’t afford the “above the fray” strategy anymore. Says John Ellis, “Once Labor Day has passed, there will be five debates, in quick succession, on the GOP presidential candidates’ calendars. These will be important tests for Perry. If at the end of two or three, it’s clear that he’s every bit the equal of Mitt Romney on matters of policy and politics, then the Perry juggernaut becomes all but unstoppable.” Could be, which is why Romney will no longer cede any campaign territory to him. He needs to stop this advance now.

via Oh my: Perry 41, Romney 12, Paul 11, Bachmann 9 « Hot Air.

I wonder if the two days of community service was a lot less inconvenience and potential lost pay than serving the entire jury term. Or, was the guy just stupid?

When you’re trying to decide the guilt or innocence of someone on trial, it’s probably not a good idea to ‘friend’ that person on Facebook.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports 22-year-old Jonathan Hudson was removed from a jury last month after trying to add the defendant as a Facebook friend.

The civil trial was over a 2008 car wreck and proceeded with 11 jurors.

Hudson had received jury instructions specifically forbidding jurors from discussing the case on social networks. He pleaded guilty last week to four counts of contempt and will serve two days of community service.

via Juror attempts to “friend”defendant on Facebook.

I can't imagine a ride to school being any more dangerous than this, and these kids seem to be fine.

This story is almost unbelievable. I say almost, because these days there’s almost no limit to the ways that bureaucrats and public employees can circumvent common sense in an attempt to force their will on the citizenry. In Tennessee, apparently, it’s against the law to allow your kid to ride their bike to school. What law, they won’t say – but trust them, they’re the police – it’s against the law.

Teresa Tryon said, “On August 25th my 10 year daughter arrived home via police officer, requested to speak to me on the front porch of my home. The officer informed me that in his ‘judgement’ it was unsafe for my daughter to ride her bike to school.”

Ms Tryon called the mayor’s office and the chief of police office in order to determine what laws she was breaking by allowing her daughter to ride her bike to school.  Her daughter’s route to school was reasonably safe.

Major Verran of the police department returned Ms Tryon’s call.  She said he told me, “He had spoke with the District Attorney’s office who advised that until the officer can speak with Child Protective Services that if I allow my daughter to ride/walk to school I will be breaking the law and treated accordingly.

She asked, “What law she would be breaking to which the answer was ‘child neglect'”.

One of the commenters on the site included the link to the Tennessee “child neglect” law, and noted that there is nothing in there that could be reasonably construed to prohibit a parent from allowing a 10 year-old child from riding a bike one mile to school. Aren’t supposed to be encouraging kids to exercise more? If you noticed the feature image for this post on the home page, it shows a sign encouraging kids to ride or walk to school. I guess those weren’t Tennessee kids.

Barring some circumstance that presents serious danger (like riding on a heavily traveled road), shouldn’t it be up to the parents to decide whether their child can ride a bike to school? Why must the state feel compelled to interfere in every aspect of our lives? One reason, I suppose, is there’s way too many of them, and they have to find something to do.

via Bike Walk Tennessee: Arrested for Riding Bike to School.

You need to read this story at PowerLine about the federal raid on the Gibson guitar company’s facilities in Nashville and Memphis. I first saw a story about it on Saturday, and subsequent stories sure make it seem like this is a politically motivated action.

Around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, agents executed four search warrants on Gibson facilities in the two cities [Nashville and Memphis]. They seized several pallets of wood, electronic files and guitars.

But Gibson’s CEO says his company has not been told what it did wrong and that he assumes the allegation is that some of the wood being used to manufacture the company’s guitars is illegal.

“Everything is sealed. They won’t tell us anything,” Juszkiewicz said, never raising his voice but pulling no punches in his defense of the storied guitar maker.

He valued the equipment and raw materials seized from Gibson at almost $1 million. At one point, the chief executive said he’s letting the U.S. Justice Department know he’s telling his employees to keep making the instruments. …

“We feel totally abused,” he continued. “We believe the arrogance of federal power is impacting me personally, our company personally and the employees here in Tennessee, and it’s just plain wrong.”

Aside from the mysterious nature of the investigation, with everything being sealed, it is interesting to note that the CEO of Gibson is a Republican. The CEO of Martin guitar, which uses the same kinds of woods to build their instruments, is a Democrat, and that company is not being subjected to investigations.

It has come out that Juszkiewicz is a Republican donor, while the CEO of one of his principal competitors, C.F. Martin & Company, is a Democratic donor. Martin reportedly uses the same wood, but DOJ hasn’t raided them, leading to speculation that the Obama administration is sending a warning to Republican businessmen that they had better not oppose his re-election, lest they face criminal investigations. Normally such speculation would not be credible, but Eric Holder has politicized the Department of Justice to a point where such questions must be taken seriously.

Oh, one more thing: if Gibson has violated the Lacey Act, so, perhaps, has Michelle Obama, who gave French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy a Gibson Hummingbird acoustic guitar with a rosewood fret. Maybe, when the time comes, she can share a cell with Mr. Juszkiewicz.

Read the whole thing at Power Line:  The Gibson Guitar Saga Gets Steadily Curiouser