For Wall Street, a very merry, fat bonus Christmas

December 15, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

It’s been a tough year for most Americans, but on Wall Street, the good times are rolling, and rolling, and rolling … and so are the year-end bonuses … From ABC: NEW YORK (Reuters) – Despite the weak U.S. economy, this year could be the second most profitable for New York City’s securities industry, and […]
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Senators argue over Christmas

December 15, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

(CNN) – With a stacked legislative agenda to pass before the end of the year, the latest battle in the Senate centers on when members will head home to their districts to celebrate Christmas.

After Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada, left the door open to keeping the Senate in session through the holiday, Arizona Republican Sen. Jon Kyl accused him of “disrespecting one of the two holiest of holidays for Christians.”

“It is impossible to do all of the things that the majority leader laid out without doing – frankly, without disrespecting the institution and without disrespecting one of the two holiest of holidays for Christians and the families of all of the Senate, not just the senators themselves but all of the staff,” Kyl said Tuesday.

Reid took to the Senate floor to respond, calling comments by Kyl and Republican South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint – who threatened to delay Senate votes – “sanctimonious lectures.”

“Yet some of my Republican colleagues have the nerve to whine about having to stay in action to do the work that the American people pay us to do,” Reid said. “We could work, as most Americans do, during the holidays. Perhaps Senators Kyl and DeMint have been in Washington too long.”

Republican South Dakota Sen. John Thune criticized Democrats for their handling of the timeline.

“Staying here using the Christmas holiday as a backdrop I think makes the Democrat leadership in the United States Senate look incompetent,” Thune said Wednesday.

The Senate overwhelmingly passed the $ 858 billion tax cut package Wednesday, but has yet to consider the $ 1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill and the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), a nuclear arms agreement between Russia and the United States.

Hoping for more time to debate the treaty, Republicans are attempting to stall the vote until January when the new Congress is sworn in, but Democrats want to pass the legislation before they break for recess.

Last year the Senate remained in session until Christmas, voting on the health care bill December 24.

-CNN’s Virginia Nicolaidis, Dana Bash and Ted Barrett contributed to this report


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GOP Senators Call Christmas Senate Session “Sacrilegious”

December 15, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

Yesterday Harry Reid floated the possibility that the Senate may return to work during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day to complete it’s work. This announcement immediately brought forth a series of strong, bizarre, and quite honestly absurd comments from a few Republican Senators.  First, Arizona’s John Kyl called this possibility an attack on people of Christian faith:

“I appreciate that the majority leader has everyone tugging on his sleeves: his Democratic counterparts in the House, his Democratic colleagues, the White House, and even occasionally some Republicans. And it’s hard to say no,” Mr. Kyl said. “But at some point you can no longer with a straight face, I think, carry the proposition that we are going to do this whole long list of things before the Christmas recess.”

Mr. Kyl added, ” It is impossible to do all of the things that the majority leader laid out without doing — frankly, without disrespecting the institution and without disrespecting one of the two holiest of holidays for Christians and the families of all of the Senate, not just the senators themselves but all of the staff.”

Then, today, South Carolina’s Jim DeMint echoed Kyl’s rhetoric and suggested that the very idea of the Senate being in session during the Christmas season is sacrilegious:

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) called Democrats’ push to force through an arms control treaty and an omnibus spending bill right before Christmas “sacrilegious,” and warned he’d draw the process out to wage his objections.

“You can’t jam a major arms control treaty right before Christmas,” he told POLITICO. “What’s going on here is just wrong. This is the most sacred holiday for Christians. They did the same thing last year – they kept everybody here until (Christmas Eve) to force something down everybody’s throat. I think Americans are sick of this.”

DeMint has demanded a full reading of the treaty, a process that could push the chance for a vote closer to Christmas unless Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) pulls the measure from the floor.

Reid didn’t take the comments from DeMint and Kyl well at all:

Reid took to the floor Wednesday afternoon and defended jamming through a packed lame-duck agenda in the final days of the session, blaming Republicans for stalling legislative business throughout the year.

“As a Christian, no one has to remind me of the importance of Christmas for all of the Christian faith, all their families across America,” he said. “I don’t need to hear the sanctimonious lectures of Sens. Kyl and DeMint to remind me of what Christmas means.”

Obviously that doesn’t bode well for a peaceful resolution of what is quickly becoming a hot tempered dispute but, then again, neither does engaging in a stupid stunt like asking that the entire text of the START Treaty and the Omnibus Spending Bill be read aloud in the Senate for no other purpose than delaying debate. Both sides of the aisle have a share of the blame for the fact that the Senate’s business for the years still has not been completed. The only truly innocent parties here are the Senate staffers who may be forced to delay time with family if the Senate stays into session close to the Christmas holidays. Nonetheless, if there is work that needs to be done I’ve got to say that the argument Senators will be inconvenienced is hardly persuasive to me. More importantly, though, the inane demagoguery of Kyl and DeMint that keeping the Senate in session close to Christmas is somehow an insult to Christians is so incredibly stupid that it doesn’t even need to be taken seriously.




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Tennessee ACLU Warns Against Celebrating Christmas In School

December 15, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

The Grinch Squad is out in force in Tennessee

The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee has warned school officials across the state about holiday celebrations.

In a letter to the 137 public school superintendents, the group reminded administrators that holiday celebrations focusing primarily on one religious holiday amount to a school’s unconstitutional endorsement of religion.

Can’t say I’m surprised. How ’bout you?

Hedy Weinberg, ACLU executive director in Tennessee, said it is especially important for people to embrace the constitutional guarantees of the First Amendment in order to ensure that religious freedom flourishes.

Religious freedom. As long as it isn’t the Christian religion.

From the ACLU press release

The ACLU-TN letter cites several U.S. Supreme Court decisions, explaining that “While public schools can teach about religion and religious holidays, public schools may not engage in indoctrination. Thus comparative religion courses can be taught but endorsing religious doctrine or sponsoring religious activities is unconstitutional.”

Got that? Celebrating Christmas in school is “indoctrination.” Uh huh. Teaching about anthropogenic global warming, how great socialism is, having the snowflakes sing praises to Obama, nope, not indoctrination. I’m assuming that the ACLU weenies will be working on Christmas, will not take off early for Christmas Eve, and not get paid any holiday pay.

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Iraqi authorities say jihadists planning suicide attacks in U.S. and Europe during Christmas season

December 15, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

Those relentless Zionists — still spreading “Islamophobia”!

“Iraq: Plot to bomb US, European countries revealed,” by Qassim Abdul-zahra for the Associated Press, December 15 (thanks to JCB):

BAGHDAD – Iraqi authorities have obtained confessions from captured insurgents who claim al-Qaida is planning suicide attacks in the United States and Europe during the Christmas season, two senior officials said Wednesday.

Iraqi Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani told The Associated Press that the botched bombing in central Stockholm last weekend was among the alleged plots the insurgents revealed. Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, in a telephone interview from New York, called the claims “a critical threat.”…

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Christmas greetings from terrorists

December 15, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

Not exactly tendering tidings of joy.
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Chicago Tea Party Gets a Bomb Scare for their Christmas Party

December 15, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

Big Government Contributor Michael Volpe passes along this statement from the Chicago Tea Party:

Last Friday we held our downtown Christmas Party at Dugan’s Irish Pub.

We had a great crowd and the bar was filled with Christmas cheer until smoke began to fill the entire venue.

At approximately 8 p.m. the Chicago Fire Department were called to the bar to put out what was a very smoked filled bar.

After waiting outside for nearly an hour, we were told that the bar was closed for the night and we were asked to gather our belongings.

There were four small dynamite looking devices found in the men’s bathroom, smoldering in the trash can.

The following evening I received a phone call from Chicago Police Department Bomb and Arson officials.

Written on the lid of one of the toliets were: F*CK THE TEA PARTY

Bomb and arson officials have deemed this incident an arson.

Luckily, nobody was hurt, however, the good people of Dugan’s lost an awful lot of money.

Police are investigating and we are not going away.

The whole statement is here. Of course, no one is reporting thThe left and the media keep trying to tell us about the violent aspects of the tea party. They are right about one thing; there is violence associated with the tea party, but it is violence directed AT the tea party.


Big Government

‘Give the gift of Christmas’ … to the RNC?

December 15, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

With Jon Kyl complaining that voting during the Christmas break would "disrespect" one of the two holiest Christian holidays, a source forwards on this fundraising email from the RNC:

 

Give the Gift of Christmas Future

Dear ….,

With Christmas approaching, we’d like to take a moment to talk not about the past, but about the future.

You know, it’s sometimes easy to take our blessings for granted. The warmth we feel when we see joy in our children’s and grandchildren’s eyes on Christmas morning is one such blessing – one no American would ever trade away.

In these times, we hope our children and grandchildren will one day feel the same blessing. We want them to live in the same America in which we live; to enjoy the same freedoms we have been fortunate enough to enjoy. We want their tomorrow to be brighter than their yesterday, and for their next Christmas to be as blessed as their last one.

This Christmas, preserve that blessing by giving them the same gift your parents and grandparents gave you: the gift of Christmas future. By making a contribution to the Republican National Committee, you’ll be providing the resources that we need to continue to protect the America you know and love. You’ll also be ensuring that your children and grandchildren will be able to give future generations the same Christmas you’ve given them.

In a time of uncertainty, that’s a gift worth giving, and one that will be cherished for years to come.

Yours,

The GOP Action Team

The RNC has a page, thegiftofchristmasfuture.com, supporting the fundraiser, decorated — War on Christmas-style — with the trappings of a secular American Christmas: stockings, tree, presents, and "peace on earth" card, but no overtly Christian reference.

 

Because nothing is more sacred than political fundraising.





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How the Grinch Stole Mexico’s U.S.-Grown Christmas Trees—Again!

December 15, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

When the Mexican government imposed punitive tariffs last year on $ 2.4 billion in American products the average Mexican citizen may not have noticed.  But no more.  Try finding a U.S.-grown Christmas tree in Mexico City this week.  They are scarce since Mexico’s usual suppliers of holiday evergreens, growers in the States California and Oregon, have been priced out of the market by a 20 percent tariff.

Oregon potato growers and Washington pear exporters are also singing the Christmas blues.  No partridges in American-grown pear trees for Mexico this year.  The Mexican government levied those tariffs in a completely transparent manner because of U.S. policy to keep a small number of well-inspected Mexican trucks off the U.S. roads and void a deal previously struck under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Heritage Senior Policy Analyst Ray Walser confirmed the shortage last week during a visit to Mexico’s capital.  Mexican buyers are having to settle for homegrown trees. Last year the situation was so bad that Oregon Christmas tree growers ended up burning their unsold trees.

This year, as the grinches in the Obama Administration (and their Teamster Union supporters) continued to drag their feet on settling the dispute, the trees were not even cut.  Maybe the Mexicans can send Cindy Loo Hoo to the White House to plead their case!

A better solution, however, would be for the Obama Administration to make a New Year’s resolution to follow Heritage’s longstanding recommendation, resolve the dispute by restoring funding to the “Mexican Truck Pilot Program,” and then expand it and make it permanent.

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Getting The Cannabis Closet For Christmas, Ctd

December 15, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

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Also a great gift for your virtual friends. A reader writes:

I'm taking part in the Reddit Secret Santa exchange for the first time. You basically stalk the redditor you've been matched with for a while by reading his/her comments on Reddit and then send a gift you think they would like.  I ended up being matched with a redditor whose comments are mostly about pot. While I'm a big supporter of legalization, I don't have any experience/knowledge of it and had to google most of the terms he uses (MFLB, kief, ZOB…). I also read that he's an atheist, so my gift was centered on that aspect (of which I know more).

Then, a couple of days ago, I ended up on your website, which I hadn't checked in a while. And there it was: "The Cannabis Closet". The perfect gift! Thank you! He hasn't gotten it yet, but I'm pretty sure he'll love it! Can't wait for his reaction!

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Alaska Senate Race Resolved By Christmas?

December 15, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) scored a victory late Tuesday when a judge ruled that the 2010 election results may be certified before the prolonged legal battle is brought to a close.

The ruling means that Murkowski should be certified the winner of her race with Republican Joe Miller before the next Congress begins on Jan. 3. Senators are scheduled to be sworn in on Jan. 5. That would ensure that Murkowski wouldn’t lose any seniority in the chamber because of a delay in certification.

U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline, who originally delayed the certification of the election results in light of Miller’s challenges, said that if Miller eventually wins his lawsuit and it influences the election results, the state could revoke the certification.

Miller is challenging how Alaska counted write-in ballots, arguing that ballots that did not have Murkowski’s name written as it was on her candidacy declaration should be thrown out. A lower state court ruled against Miller last week but he has appealed to the Alaska Supreme Court. That hearing is scheduled for Friday.

According to the Anchorage Daily News, the Beistline’s ruling was not all bad news for Miller. Beistline also indicated that if Miller loses in the state Supreme Court, he’d allow Miller to bring his case to in the federal court.

Murkowski’s camp said in a statement that it hopes the legal battle will be resolved before Christmas.

“We are encouraged that Judge Beistline has recognized the need to resolve this case in order for the state to proceed with certifying the results of the election in which Senator Murkowski was clearly victorious,” said Murkowski campaign manager Kevin Sweeney. “[The] order illustrates the judge’s commitment to decide this quickly.”

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The Christmas Session

December 15, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

Jon Kyl, rather preposterously, suggests that Harry Reid is somehow disrespecting Christmas by talking about scheduling votes between Christmas and New Year’s. Obviously it’s unfortunate any time the precious members of the US Senate need to do actual work, but aversion to working is traditionally the reason that the Senate’s many tools of obstruction have been used sparingly. But if Senators want to engage in policies of maximum delay, then countermeasures of maximum work are the only realistic response.

That said, I really think Senate Democrats should consider taking advantage of their critical numerical advantage in terms of Jewish Senators and just hold a “no Christians invited” special Christmas Day session. In the all-Jewish Senate, Chuck Schumer is the median member. Joe Lieberman, the most conservative Jewish Senator, is the median in the real Senate.


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A Claremont Christmas

December 15, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

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A Merry Claremont Christmas posts books recommendations of Claremont Institute friends running from Hadley Arkes to James Q. Wilson, Jean Yarbrough, and John Yoo. The list may be a little short on light reading this year, but it is definitely long on books that are worthy of your time. Please check it out.

Among the recommendations I intend to turn my attention to are The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides, by James Boswell (recommended by Professor Arkes), The Violent Bear It Away, by Flannery O’Connor (recommended by my friend Bruce Sanborn), and Quartered Safe Out Here, by George MacDonald Fraser (recommended by Professor Wilson).




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Getting The Cannabis Closet For Christmas

December 15, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

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Dems dump 2,000 page omnibus spending bill on Congress10 days before Christmas

December 15, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

House members slip senate colleagues earmark requests.
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