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My Pick of the Litter Today

A Senate battle between a libertarian whippersnapper, crotchety establishment

  by John Kass

Republican Sen. John McCain is pushing 80 now, but he still has those jaws and the Teddy Roosevelt teeth that look as if they could chomp through a baseball bat.

Yet no matter how vital his bite, the Arizona Republican is getting up in years. So he can’t help but add to the litany of stupid things he’s said.

We all say stupid things, but what came out of McCain’s mouth the other day about fellow Republican Sen. Rand Paul’s heroic filibuster on the Senate floor wasn’t merely foolish.

It was Homeric in its stupidity.

Paul, a young libertarian whippersnapper from Kentucky, took to the floor for some 13 hours, arguing that the Constitution was sacred, and that President Barack Obama can’t use drones to execute Americans without trial.

Paul’s courage became a sensation. Tea party folks on the right and even some on the left were thrilled that someone would stand for civil liberties.

But McCain, crotchety establishmentarian that he is, wasn’t impressed.

“If Mr. Paul wants to be taken seriously, he needs to do more than pull political stunts that fire up impressionable libertarian kids,” McCain said. “I don’t think what happened yesterday is helpful to the American people.”

Impressionable libertarian kids?

Finally, the old establishment Republican bulls express their true feelings about young Americans who dare think the Constitution is worth keeping.

It sounds like the first shots in a war that the crotchety establishment types are destined to lose. And if they don’t lose soon, the Republican Party is finished. It might as well just crawl up onto grandpa’s bookshelf, plop down next to the Whigs and begin collecting dust.


More Stuff:

Rand Paul Fires Back At McRINO And Lindsey Graham…

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) blasted fellow GOP Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and  Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Thursday, saying the two “think the whole world is a  battlefield.”

Paul criticized the hawkish senators for thinking the laws of war should take  precedence over the Bill of Rights. The two had criticized Paul’s statements  about drone policy during the Kentucky Republican’s nearly 13-hour filibuster on  Thursday.

“They think the whole world is a battlefield, including America, and that the  laws of war should apply,” Paul said in an interview on Fox News about McCain  and Graham, who had described Paul’s comments about drones as “ridiculous.”

“The laws of war don’t involve due process, so when they ask you for an  attorney you tell them to shut up. That’s not my understanding of the way  America works,” Paul told Fox. “I don’t think the laws of war apply to America,  I think the Bill of Rights do and I think it’s a disservice to our soldiers that  our senators up there arguing that the Bill of Rights aren’t important.”

Paul said whether drones can be used against U.S. citizens on U.S. soil is a “very serious question” and was at the root of Wednesday’s filibuster, which  delayed a final confirmation vote on John Brennan, President Obama’s nominee to  lead the CIA.

“This was a very serious question. It was a question that took a month and a  half to get an answer to and so I would argue — and I think a lot of the public  would agree with me, both on the right and the left — that what we ask was a  very serious question and it’s a question that we finally got an answer to,” Paul said.


  Angry McCain ups ante, calls Paul, Cruz ‘wacko birds’


Chris Matthews Worries That a ‘Right-Wing Politician’ ‘Like Dick Cheney’ Could  Use Drones on His Enemies


Because a “Left-Wing Politian” would never do such a thing. This guy is not only nuts, he’s almost as stupid as the cretins that watch him.

ABC’s Jon Karl Skeptically Questions Obama’s Ending of White House Tours

World News’s Jonathan Karl on Wednesday turned a uniquely  skeptical eye on Barack Obama’s decision to end White House tours in the  wake of sequester. Highlighting the President’s claim that the decision was a  financial necessity, he chided,

The President is having dinner tonight  with Republicans at a restaurant just six blocks from here. He took a 20-car  motorcade and, of course, lots of Secret Service agents.”

Talking to anchor Diane Sawyer, Karl joked, “Maybe next time, Diane, [Obama]  can save a little money by just ordering in.” Karl questioned the White House’s  claim that $84 million in cuts, out of a $1.6 billion budget for the Secret  Service, caused the end of the tours. The journalist did the math: “Tours are  open 20 hours a week and use 30 uniformed Secret Service officers at about $30  an hour. Total saved? Approximately $18,000 a week.”


If ABC is covering this negatively you know that the White House decision to cancel tours was a big mistake. The Obama Administration is so used to media covering their ass they probably thought media would blame Bush.An example of MSM doing it’s job. Surprise, surprise, surprise!

What’s Up With the Democrats?

 Sen. Carl Levin says he won’t seek re-election in 2014

In a move that will shake up Michigan politics, long-time Democratic U.S. Sen. Carl Levin announced today he will not seek re-election in 2014.

Here is his statement:

“I have decided not to run for re-election in 2014.

“This decision was extremely difficult because I love representing the people of Michigan in the U.S. Senate and fighting for the things that I believe are important to them.

“As Barbara and I struggled with the question of whether I should run again, we focused on our belief that our country is at a crossroads that will determine our economic health and security for decades to come.  We decided that I can best serve my state and nation by concentrating in the next two years on the challenging issues before us that I am in a position to help address; in other words, by doing my job without the distraction of campaigning for re-election.


Shake up the Dem politicians maybe but I don’t see it having an effect other than that. It’s not like “true-blue” Michigan is gonna vote for a Republican for the Senate no matter how many of it’s “blue” cities go into bankruptcy. Ain’t no cure for stupid.


How Twitter Helped Drive Rand Paul’s Filibuster To The National Stage

“Twitter is woven through the DNA of this filibuster, taking an obscure legislative process into the public space,” says Wilson.

WASHINGTON — Sen. Rand Paul’s nearly 13-hour-long filibuster could mark a key turning point not only in the Kentucky Republican’s meteoric political career, but for a Republican Party that has struggled to find any footing since November’s electoral defeats.

Fueled in large part by support from a Twitter political class that flexed its muscles on policy issues, Republicans rallied around Paul in a way that hasn’t been seen on the national stage in years and could provide a glimmer of hope for a listless party.

“There was a hell of a lot of team play tonight,” a senior GOP leadership aide said Thursday morning, acknowledging that Paul’s filibuster had given the GOP a much needed jolt of energy. “Everybody’s in a three-point stance, helmets on and ready to fight,” the aide said.

“I think it was a great show of unity by the Republicans, and I think that the White House really missed an opportunity to tell the American people on this specific issue what the American people want to hear,” said Sen. John Barrasso, who as chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, is the fourth ranking member of leadership.


Why Rand Paul’s Case Against the White House Matters

The Kentucky Republican’s filibuster victory reflects the pace of politics and the power of social media.

  by Ron Fournier

Why was that so hard? Only after Republican Rand Paul of Kentucky rallied public support against President Obama did the White House answer a simple and constitutionally critical question: “Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on an American soil?”

Attorney General Eric Holder wrote a two-sentence letter to Paul on Thursday, saying the answer is no.

White House spokesman Jay Carney added that “if the United States were under attack, there were an imminent threat,” the president has the authority to protect the country from that assault.

Shortly after Paul ended his talkathon, I wondered in a post why Obama refused to answer Paul’s question:

If it wasn’t bizarre enough to hear Shakespeare, Patton, Jay-Z, and Wiz Khalifa quoted on the Senate floor this morning, Sen. Rand Paul’s nearly 13-hour old-school filibuster on drone warfare exposed this jarring irony: A constitutional scholar who rode his antiwar views to the White House stands defiantly to the right of the GOP — and probably on the wrong side of history.

What’s up with President Obama?

Here’s what I think is up:

The pace of politics and policy is mind-blowing. Paul is a junior senator from Kentucky, a darling of the tea party and libertarians who thrives on the margins of the political establishment. And yet he was able to cow the White House by harnessing Twitter and other social media to rally public support. Sen. John McCain, a Republican from another era, sniffed at Paul’s appeal to young voters in “dorm rooms.” Like the anti-piracy legislation thwarted by online activists last year, the Paul drone filibuster may mark a turning point in American activism. For better or worse, public opinion is now more democratized than ever.

Paul is a force. What started as a Paul-only affair quickly turned into an after-midnight gathering of GOP senators who were literally summoned to Capitol Hill by supporters via Twitter and e-mail. This burst of exposure and influence will help Paul’s prospects for 2016, when he could seek the GOP nomination and, possibly, as many Republicans fear, divide the party.


Not a pretty picture

   by Michael Goodwin

The numbers are staggering. Out of 120,000 live births in New York City in 2010, more than 54,000 babies were born out of wedlock.

The human toll behind the numbers is devastating. Children raised without two parents face much higher odds in every facet of life. It’s as if they are forced to swim with one hand tied behind their backs. Some succeed, most don’t.

Now comes the good news. Mayor Bloomberg is trying to do something about this preventable tragedy.

In a bid to further discourage teen pregnancies, City Hall is plastering a series of provocative ads on subways and bus shelters. With heart-rending shots of distressed children, the posters aim to shock boys and girls into thinking about the consequences of making babies too early in life.

“Dad, you’ll be paying to support me for the next 20 years,” large text says next to one baby boy. A yellow slash serves as a footnote: “Think being a teen parent won’t cost you? NY state law requires a parent to pay child support until a child is 21.”

Another ad features a little girl who says, “Honestly Mom, chances are he won’t stay with you. What happens to me?”

In smaller type, it adds, “90 percent of teen parents don’t marry each other.”

It is a bold program, in message and mere existence. Out-of-wedlock births represent a national epidemic, and the city’s track record is worse. Like clockwork, about 45 percent of live births in the city are born to single mothers each year, against a national rate of 41 percent.

As I wrote in January when I learned the ad campaign was in the works, Bloomberg once rejected my suggestion that he tackle the problem by saying, “You know it’s something we can’t touch,” presumably because of the racial implications. Nationally, 73 percent of black children are born to single mothers.

But the mayor decided he could touch the problem, and deserves praise for leading the way. Perhaps someone pointed out to him that being born out of wedlock is a greater handicap for children than having too many sugary drinks or even smoking.

Children with only one parent do worse in school, are more likely to commit crimes and be poor. They often pass the disadvantages to another generation by having their own children outside of marriage.

My only quibble with the ad campaign is that it focuses on teens, despite the fact that births by unmarried teen mothers represent only 12 percent of the out-of-wedlock total, or about 6,600 in 2010. Most come when the mother is between ages 20 and 29.

Yet with the posters so visible on mass transit, and with social-media efforts to come, it will be hard for any New Yorker to miss the message. That’s fine with Robert Doar, the human-resources commissioner, who pushed for the campaign.


On “The Five” last night an objection to this ad campaign was raised saying that it seemed to encourage abortion. That might be. If so then it is up to those who are concerned to make ads about contraception. For years the right has fought against doing just that. They want to have it both ways. Or naively expect “abstinence” to work. By all means encourage abstinence but in the meantime educate girls about contraception. Not much point, although it’s always worth a try, to educate teenage boys about contraception because it has been my experience that boys at that age, for the most part, are 99% hormones and 1% thought process. And those thoughts are about sex.

Rand’s Stand Shakes Up the 2016 Landscape

 by Bridget Johnson
Even if the senator decides against a run — and the chances of a run shot up this week — other GOP hopefuls will be held to the filibuster-chutzpah standard.

When Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) launched into his nearly 13-hour filibuster of the nomination of new CIA Director John Brennan on Wednesday, some conservatives on Twitter quipped that the young Paul was proving he’s a chip off the old Ron.

But Sen. Paul emerged from his filibuster feat with more than just a brief response on domestic drone strikes from Attorney General Eric Holder, which the lawmaker lauded as a victory. In just a couple of years in the Senate, he has moved the ball further on a viable presidential run for a self-described libertarian candidate than his father, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), did in two presidential tries.

On a Hill of back-room deal-making and politically expedient votes, Paul’s accomplishment — which never resorted to the phone-book-reading, aimless time-filling filibusters of old — stood out as a politician who was wiling to stand up — and not sit, use the loo or eat a meal other than his covert bites of candy — for what he believes is right. In an age where the right social media buzz can make C-SPAN must-see TV, he got exactly the right coverage in all the right corners.

It’s a stretch to suggest that Paul staged this as some sort of early campaign event — after all, before this week he’d gotten scant attention for his repeated hammering of the administration on drone use, and a filibuster is a rather painful way to get attention. But in the morning after, when the filibuster was over and Brennan was confirmed, something was different on the 2016 landscape.


Fox News anchor offers to save White House tours, with his wallet

As long as we’re shark-jumping, President Obama, let’s pole vault these suckers, shall we?

The White House’s transparently petty decision to inflict sequester’s pain on America’s middle-schoolers (as if those years aren’t tough enough) revealed its sequestration doomsaying as silly and its post-doomsaying behavior as spiteful.

In a rare good PR turn for Republicans, what was meant to make them look like heartless meanies has held the White House up for ridicule for its utter unwillingness to prioritize.

Upon hearing the estimates that the White House’s cancellation of tours might save the administration $18,000-$72,000 a week, Fox News anchor Eric Bolling— I’m sure they’re fans at the White House— decided to come to the aid of The Children.


 Sixth Graders Start Facebook Page Begging WH Not To Cancel Tours


Media Malpractice:

ABC’s Porn Pinup for Teenage Girls

   by Brent Bozell

Sometimes it’s hard to measure the distance between the supposedly established, respectable press and the seediest corners of hardcore pornography. On March 1, ABC’s “Nightline” celebrated a porn star named “James Deen” (real name: Bryan Sevilla). The apparent “news” hook is his role in a forthcoming movie with the ever-more pathetic Lindsay Lohan.

ABC reporter Cecilia Vega sold Deen as a 27-year-old hazard to teenaged girls. They’re boasting that he’s found a new frontier of porn consumers, “some of them so young we couldn’t even interview them on camera. Their parents had no idea that secretly they have a crush on a porn star. It is a phenomenon that not even the man at the center of it fully understands, but it’s one that he fully defends.” Insert ooooh-ahhhh track here.

Nothing sells like sensationalistic sex. Just call it “news” — and hide the smirk.


Worth a Read:

OFA Confirms They Will Be Selling Access To President: Messina Says Obama To Meet With Top Donors As Early As Next Week…


Lindsey Graham’s very bad day on Twitter


In Making Play for the House, President Obama Could Lose the Senate

Second-term setbacks are forcing Obama to sound more conciliatory toward Republicans.


Our Father, Who art in the White House



 “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters”  ~  Albert Einstein


  1. Rand Paul is indeed the “Man of the Hour”, or should I say day, or should I say year? The amazing response to his filibuster is most heartening. IMO, Americans have been aching to have someone have enough backbone to step up and speak out. A fresh new face with a lot of patriotic energy is like a shot in the arm to those of us who are deathly sick of the same old worn out POS’s, with the same old worn out themes. Rand Paul would not take “no” for an answer, and he finally got an answer from Holder.

    Now comes Bluster Gus McCain, dragging along his butt buddy, Lindsey Graham to muddy the shine on Rand’s actions. I am happy to see that “Twitter” pounced on them good and heavy. IMO, these two old has-beens have bitten off a bigger bite than they will be able to chew. While Rand was debating the crime of using the drones against Americans, McCain and Graham were chowing down with Obummer at one of the most expensive restaurants in Washington. Sequestration, Indeed. It all depends on whose want needs satisfying, apparently. If Obummer feels the need to spend, then spend he will – even if he needs to take a special loan out from China to do so. No worry if he exceeds our credit limit – just give them the deed to the White House. After all wasn’t he crowned king for the second time? I just hope that rich meal gave both of those old jacka33es a good case of “hypocritis of the gut”.

    So you see, it isn’t the underinformed, alone, who are tempted by the freebies. Obummer knows his subjects well. He just realizes that it takes a different bribe to entice the old bloviating a##es than it does for the young freebie crazy sheep. These two asses, especially, McCain and Graham, have been sucking at the public teat much too long. I hope their constitutionts put them out to pasture this next time around.

    I liken Rand Paul to David, in the Bible story. He endured laughter from some, when he went after Goliath with a slingshot, but he persevered, and brought down the giant against great, almost insurmountable, odds. When Rand Paul took on Holder and Obama with nothing but his brain, his nerve, and the right information and knowledge of his very gut, he won the love and respect of many more Americans than anyone expected.

    It took a few hours, but he finally got his answer. The score = Rand Paul – one
    The people – one
    Holder – none
    Obama – none

    There is still a long way to go, but with faith, and a lot more of Rand Paul, and the collegues who came to his aid in this matter, we have hope. And believe you me, it DOES spring eternal.

    • Once again, we are in complete agreement. I have never been a rabid McCain fan, nor a big fan of Lindsey Graham but I thought, beneath the politicians, that they were men of principal. Or as much as any politician ever is. They may have been once, but are no more. There scurrilous attacks on Rand Paul, whom I believe is a man of principal, show that their ideology has melted down to hanging on to power for as long as possible. Sad to see and sadder for their own legacies. The old guard needs to get the hell out of the way. Because they will be pushed out if they don’t go quietly and with what little dignity they have left. Some warn that Rand Paul may split the party. Perhaps it needs to be split. Too bad their aren’t any men/women of principal among the Democrats to split their party into the principled and the not. It might not be good for the parties, either one of them, but it sure would be good for the country.


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