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1.) Kim Jong chilled — Christmas came a little early this year! You won’t have Lil’ Kim to kick around anymore. Associated Press:

“Even as the world changed around him, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il remained firmly in control, ruling absolutely at home and keeping the rest of the world on edge through a nuclear weapons program… His death after 17 years as leader was announced Monday by state television two days after he died. North Korea’s news agency reported that he had died at 8:30 a.m. Saturday after having a heart attack on a train, adding that he had been treated for cardiac and cerebrovascular diseases for a long time. He was 69. He is widely expected to be succeeded by his third son in a nation that celebrates the ruling family with an intense cult of personality. On Monday, the North Korean news agency dubbed the younger Kim a ‘great successor’ as the country rallied around him as the next leader.”

Well, what are they gonna say? The North Korean press is almost as corrupt and brainwashed as ours.

We know what you’re thinkin’: Is that three Axis of Evillers down, or only two? You’ve got to ask yourself one question: Do you feel lucky, Mahmoud?

2.) Issa offers housekeeping services to Holder — Yes, the Daily Caller continues to report on Eric “The Scolder” Holder, despite his orders to the contrary. TheDC’s Matthew Boyle reports:

“House oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa said on Friday that he thinks the groundswell in calls for Attorney General Eric Holder’s resignation, a topic that most recently took center stage at the GOP debate in Iowa Thursday night, is a sign that changes are needed at the Justice Department. ‘You have to ask: Isn’t there a point at which real management changes need to happen?,’ Issa told Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum. ‘I’ve called for a house cleaning, a thorough house cleaning, because I think that up and down political appointees and in some cases career professionals clearly did what was wrong or failed to do what’s right. And Brian Terry’s family is grieving today, one day past the anniversary of his killing.’ … Issa, who hasn’t called for Holder’s resignation or firing, added that he thinks it’s President Barack Obama’s responsibility to decide if Holder should keep his job. But Issa said if he were president he would handle the Holder situation much differently from how the president has.”

Holder just needs to hang on for… ohhhh, let’s look at the calendar here… Another 47 weeks ought to do it!

3.) Second prize is two dinners with Bill Ayers — It’s never a dull moment when the boss makes headlines, but this one takes the cake… of C4. TheDC’s Jamie Weinstein reports:

“Daily Caller editor-in-chief Tucker Carlson will have a very special dinner date before the end of 2012 — with Bill Ayers. Yes, that Bill Ayers. Carlson donated $2,500 to the Illinois Humanities Council for the honor of supping on a home-cooked meal at the Illinois home of Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn — both unrepentant leaders of the terrorist Weather Underground. ‘I bought the auction dinner because I support the important work of the Illinois Humanities Council,’ Carlson emailed The Chicago Tribune. ‘Anything I can do to help.’ … Carlson’s winning dinner bid entitles him to bring up to six people. The dinner must be arranged at a mutually agreed-upon date before October 2012.”

Let’s hope those two solid citizens aren’t otherwise engaged the week before the election!

You have to admire Carlson’s bravery: Would you want to be stuck in a room with Bernardine Dohrn and a bunch of forks? Just kidding, dinner with Bill & Bernie should be dynamite. Seriously.

4.) Ebenezer Scrooge, Franking Commissioner — ‘Twas the week before Christmas, when all through the House / A ridiculous rule made the Congressmen grouse. Mark Tapscott at the Washington Examiner writes:

“Looks like the PC police have threatened members of the House of Representatives against wishing constituents a ‘Merry Christmas,’ if they want to do so in a mailing paid for with tax dollars. Members who submit official mailings for review by the congressional franking commission that reviews all congressional mail to determine if it can be ‘franked,’ or paid for with tax dollars, are being told that no holiday greetings, including ‘Merry Christmas,’ can be sent in official mail. ‘I called the commission to ask for clarification and was told no “Merry Christmas.” Also told cannot say “Happy New Year” but can say “have a happy new year” – referencing the time period of a new year, but not the holiday,’ said a Hill staffer who requested anonymity.”

Oh. Well, that makes perfect sense. In that case: Have yourself a little Christ’s mass that’s merry! (Was that okay?)

5.) Is Romney your cup of Tea? — And with today’s bottom story, here’s TheDC’s Alex Pappas:

“Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney hasn’t always been best friends with the tea party, but on Sunday the presidential candidate made his pitch to the conservative activists in the movement with just more than two weeks to go until the Iowa caucuses. ‘I would love to have the support of your team,’ Romney told Tea Party Patriots national coordinator Jenny Beth Martin after taking questions during a tele-forum Sunday night. ‘The Tea Party Patriots are making a big impact in the country, and I would love to have your help,’ he said. Romney’s relationship with tea party activists has not been as warm in comparison to others running for the Republican presidential nomination. Despite repeatedly saying he lines up on the issues with tea partiers, The Daily Caller reported in August that the country’s largest tea party groups said they couldn’t recall Romney ever participating or asking to participate in any of their events since the movement began. Several days after that story ran, Romney scheduled an appearance with the Tea Party Express.”

Pretty weird coincidence. So… what do you think, Tea Partiers? Can you feel that Romney Fever? Ready to be Romneymaniacs? …Hey, where ya goin’?

6.) Today’s words of wisdom from Roseanne Barr’s nervous breakdown/Twitter feed — “christian fundie attacked me at Target yesterday-I thought about running her over, but my grandkids stopped me-”

VIDEO: Party Rock Anthem, Kim Jong-style

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