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European Kleptocracy

Everyone’s favorite British Member of European Parliament, Daniel Hannan is at it again… tilting against his favorite windmill. From the Daily Mail UK:

Viewed from Brussels, the Westminster expenses crisis looks Lilliputian. Call that a scandal? Bath plugs and massage chairs, patio heaters and lightbulbs? How paltry. How quaint.

Viewed from Brussels, the Westminster expenses [...]

Still Hypocritical

Vote Dry… cuz your Congressman was going to wet his whistle anyway… serf. From The Atlantic:

In a yet-to-be-gentrified area of Northeast D.C., a nondescript warehouse was unusually lively last Saturday afternoon. Inside? A spirited bottling party.

The Ivy City warehouse is home to New Columbia Distillers. Started in 2012 by Michael Lowe, New [...]

This Shit Just Got Real.

Here’s the headline from this bracing Politico expose: “Obama’s vacation plans in jeopardy.” I shit you not.

Vladimir Putin has put President Barack Obama’s vacation plans on hold.

Obama is headed to Coral Reef High School in the southern part of Miami, Fla., on Friday for an event about education and the economy that [...]

It’s Good to Be the King

” For $100 or so you too can look like a gentleman — even Rufus. Nobilify!

h/t: The Awesomer

Given Rufus’ outsized ego and penchant for heels… his next Christmas will be his face superimposed on this.

Turn Out the Lights…

The federal government is outlawing 60 and 40 watt incandescent light bulbs starting January 1. Stock up here via Amazon.

Monarchy?

The above is an example of The New York Times’ David Brooks nocturnal admission that the Presidency should be made stronger.

Fukuyama ultimately throws up his hands. Things would be better, he observes, if we had a more unified parliamentary system, with more administrative discretion. But we don’t. “So we have a problem.”

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Finally a Bipartisan Consensus

What is the one issue upon which members of both parties can agree? Slush funds. Big fat slush funds.

On Sunday, a 60 Minutes investigative report by veteran CBS reporter Steve Kroft and Government Accountability Institute (GAI) President and Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Peter Schweizer revealed how leadership PAC loopholes allow members of Congress [...]

A Good Flasher

A Missouri man is suing a city after receiving a ticket for flashing oncoming drivers to warn them of a speed trap. I hope he wins big.

A Missouri man says his free-speech rights were violated when he was given a ticket for flashing his headlights to warn oncoming drivers of a speed-trap.

Michael [...]

One Nation Under Glass

Mark it. June 26, 2013. On this day my Constitutional Law courses officially switched from political science classes to U.S. History classes. The living Constitution is inaptly named. It’s dead. It is now a relic — under glass that some will look at as a relic of better days gone by or the talisman [...]

Defund the White House

Obama plans to destroy the economy for good in pursuit of controlling carbon emissions.

President Barack Obama will attempt to kick-start a global climate agenda on Tuesday with proposals including a plan to limit carbon emissions from existing U.S. power plants that is sure to face opposition from the coal industry, many business groups and [...]