The DC Morning – 9/28/10

1.) Election update: Alan Grayson is going to hell for being a liar; Connecticut crotch-kicker climbs in Quinnipiac poll — With campaign season well underway, Florida Rep. Alan Grayson is stoking his reputation for saying heinously stupid things. So much so, in fact, that Factcheck.org, the nonpartisan media operation, is now bleeding out of its eyeballs. “We thought Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida reached a low point when he falsely accused his opponent of being a draft dodger during the Vietnam War, and of not loving his country,” Factcheck.org writes. “[But] in a new ad, Grayson accuses his Republican opponent Daniel Webster of being a religious fanatic and dubs him ‘Taliban Dan.'” WHOA WHOA WHOA! Taliban? The back story: In 2009, Webster spoke to a Christian group about how to be a more Christ-like feller, and suggested that husbands and wives choose scripture for each other. Said Webster of the activity: “Don’t pick the ones that say, ‘She should submit to me.’ That’s in the Bible, but pick the ones that you’re supposed to do. So instead, ‘love your wife, even as Christ loved the Church and gave himself for it’ as opposed to ‘wives submit to your own husbands.’” Fast-forward a year, to Grayson’s unventilated masturbatorium-cum-campaign HQ, from whence Central Floridians get the following ad: A voice saying, “Religious fanatics tried to take away our freedom in Afghanistan, in Iran and right here in Central Florida” and a loop of Webster saying, “She should submit to me. That’s in the Bible.” In other campaign news: Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon is only 3 percentage points away from kicking Dick Blumenthal in the nuts.

2.) Obama makes “state secrets” claim for his special citizen-killing program — The Obama DOJ has invented a new method for expanding executive power: The “noneya” argument. (As in, “noneya business.”) After the father of U.S.-born terrorist Anwar Al-Awlaki asked a court to rule on the legality of Obama assassinating his son without due process, the Obama administration filed a brief discouraging the court from even hearing the case. This is not so new, really. What is new is Obama’s argument that the court isn’t allowed to hear the case, because of “state secrets” or something. Writes the Agitator’s Radley Balko, “If there’s more tyrannical power a president could possibly claim than the power to execute the citizens of his country at his sole discretion, with no oversight, no due process, and no ability for anyone to question the execution even after the fact …I can’t think of it.” Hope and change? Heh. Change that shiz to “Bullets and no change,” you liberal cry babies.

3.) Wikileaks falls apart after group leader Assange endangers troops, informants — “A domino chain of resignations at the secret-spilling site WikiLeaks followed a unilateral decision by autocratic founder Julian Assange to schedule an October release of 392,000 classified U.S. documents from the war in Iraq,” reports Wired magazine. Wikileaks crew members were disturbed to learn that Assange had provided advance access to the documents before they had properly redacted the names of people whose lives are worth more than Assange’s corpulent festering ego. One Icelandic member of the project delivered a final ultimatum before quitting: “We found out that the level of redactions performed on the Afghanistan documents was not sufficient. I announced that if the next batch did not receive full attention, I would not be willing to cooperate.” Maybe western journos should stop heralding Assange as the second coming of Daniel Ellsberg!

4.) Joe Biden wants disillusioned Dems to sack up — Vice President Joe Biden took Democrats over his knee in New Hampshire yesterday, reminding the crowd that Pres. Obama “as done an incredible job [and] kept his promises” to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” scale back the drug war, make government more transparent, pass a public option, and reform immigration. “If we make this a referendum on the current state of affairs,” Biden added, “we lose, and so that’s why we’ve got to make this a choice.” Remember Democrats, Obama and Geronimo Joe have done every single thing you asked them to do now, except make ice cream for everyone all the time, and it just so happens they are working on that one right now. So get out and vote, or the president is going to declare threat level red and murder you in your sleep.

5.) Communist tourism laws are communist — Last week Bill Main and Tonia Edwards, owners of Segs in the City, “joined the Institute for Justice, a nonprofit libertarian law firm, in filing a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the District’s tour-guide regulations, which make it illegal to lead a paid tour in Washington without a license,” reports the Washington Post. “They’re telling me that I have to be licensed to talk to my customers? That’s a real violation of my right to free speech,” Edwards told the Post. Unsurprisingly, her peers in the tourism industry are kind of happy with the regulations. The 100-question test and $200 licensure fee, after all, raise the bar for entry to exclude illiterates and poors and also people who have short attention spans. Ironically, while the city may test for basic knowledge, it doesn’t require that tour guides repeat history accurately on their tours. They can say whatever they want! Which is why the Institute for Justice is going to shake things up. “The point of the licensing regulations is to divide people into two groups,” said IJ’s Robert McNamara. “One group isn’t allowed to say anything about the city. The second group is allowed to say anything they want. It’s unconstitutional.” AMEN! Also, SEGWAY TOURS HERE!

6.) Day 2 of Examiner green series as horrifying as Day 1 — The Washington Examiner continues it’s environmentalism series with an amazing story about a land grab by the Bureau of Land Management (thanks to Democratic shenanigans, “The National Park Service enforces things like ‘viewscapes,’ ‘soundscapes,’ and ‘smellscapes’—indefinable concepts inappropriate for productive BLM lands”), Rahm Emanuel’s dirty dealings with utility co. Exelon (Emanuel made many millions of dollars facilitating the merger that created Exelon, which is now “leveraging fears about global warming to help federal politicians and bureaucrats hamstring Exelon’s rivals through Obama’s proposed cap-and-trade anti-global warming program”), and other equally horrifying stories about environmental rhetoric being used to fleece Americans. Read the whole thing!

Julia McClatchy (admin)