TheDC Morning: Newt alors!
1.) Newt est à court d’idées — Hey, did you know Mitt Romney speaks French? Well, you do now. And that means… ummmm… TheDC’s Alex Pappas reports:
“Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is hitting Rival Mitt Romney in a new ad, with a voice-over that says at one point, ‘just like John Kerry, he speaks French, too.’ But it may not be Gingrich’s best line of attack, considering the former professor has a doctorate in European history from Tulane University. Gingrich’s 1971 dissertation – ‘Belgian Education Policy in the Congo 1945-1960’ — contains a multitude of sources in French in his bibliography. In total, Gingrich relied upon 143 French-language sources to write his dissertation — including 18 ‘public documents,’ 90 books, 33 published articles and 2 unpublished documents… A Gingrich spokesman didn’t immediately return a request for comment from The Daily Caller about this irony.”
Zut alors! In his next ad, Gingrich will blast Romney for being a pasty, gray-haired flip-flopper who’s tough to warm up to.
2.) Obama vs. Occupy — At first, Obama was all like, “Occupiers are cool. You guys are awesome!” But eventually the reality of the situation caught up with him, as it tends to do. The honeymoon is over, as TheDC’s Matthew Boyle reports:
“President Barack Obama’s administration has ordered the United States Coast Guard to protect grain ships at the Port of Longview from violent ‘Occupy’ protesters and dockworker union members, according to a local news report. The Daily News in Longview, Wash., reported that the Coast Guard will protect a grain shipment from an onslaught of ‘Occupy’ protesters and members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). The ship will be transporting grain to Asia. A date for the shipment has not yet been set. The group of leftwing activists had shut down ports all along the West Coast on Dec. 8, including the Port of Longview. The Coast Guard will apparently be helping the ship load its grain at the port, and then depart for Asia, safely… The Coast Guard is a part of the United States Armed Forces and ordinarily falls under the authority of the Department of Homeland Security. The president can, however, at any time, move the Coast Guard to operate under the U.S. Department of Navy, and Congress can do the same during times of war. As the nation’s commander-in-chief, President Obama has the ability to control what actions the Coast Guard takes.”
Well done, Mr. President. And guess who else is 99% fed up with the filthy, violent degenerates of the Occupy movement? The Washington Post reports:
“Mayor Vincent C. Gray called on the National Park Service today to remove protesters from McPherson Square to ‘allow for elimination of the rat infestation, clean up, and restoration’ of the downtown park. In a letter to Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis, Gray suggests moving the McPherson protesters, who have camped in the park since October, to a separate encampment at Freedom Plaza. Because both sites are on Park Service land, Gray does not have the authority to directly order an eviction. But today’s demand is Gray’s most dramatic pronoucement yet on the ongoing protests. His letter was accompanied by a memorandum from the city’s health director reporting that both encampments are at risk for outbreaks of ‘communicable disease, hypothermia or food borne illness.'”
The Occupy movement is less than four months old, and they’ve already imploded. It’s not FAIR!!!
3.) Obama vs. United States Constitution — For over 200 years, America was just waiting for Barack Obama to come along and show us all how we’ve been using the Constitution wrong. Checks and balances are for lesser beings, some of whom don’t know their place and won’t hold their tongues. TheDC’s Neil Munro reports:
“President Barack Obama has created a constitutional showdown by trying to announce recess appointments when the Senate is not in recess, Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley told The Daily Caller. ‘It would be a compromise of Senate confirmation power just by precedent if he gets away with with it,’ Grassley said in a Jan. 11 interview. ‘That’s why we can’t let him get away with it.’ Grassley angrily challenged the legality of Obama’s appointments, saying, ‘Are we a government based on the rule of law? Is the Constitution supposed to be followed or is it supposed to be ignored?'”
Both. It’s supposed to be followed if you’re a Republican, and it’s supposed to be ignored if you’re a Democrat. Why can’t you wingnuts get this very simple concept through your thick skulls? The rules don’t apply to the people who are better than you.
4.) Michael Moore says words — The great thing about interviews with Michael Moore is that you always know what he’s going to say. TheDC’s Nicholas Ballasy reports:
“Academy award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore told The Daily Caller in an exclusive interview that he wants the United States to enact a 50 percent tax rate for America’s highest-earning taxpayers, but would not donate to the U.S. Treasury himself. Moore did not deny reports that his net worth exceeds $50 million, but stressed that he uses his money, which he called a ‘private matter,’ to attack the GOP’s position on lower taxes. He told TheDC at Washington, D.C.’s Union Station on Thursday that he does not credit capitalism for his commercial success in the film industry, saying that ‘socialist countries’ have movies too.”
A private matter. You see, Michael Moore’s money is Michael Moore’s business, and your money is also Michael Moore’s business. And you probably didn’t know that socialist countries have movies too, and that people in those countries can make as much money from them as Michael Moore has made. Well, theoretically. (It starts to break down when you let facts enter into it, which is why Moore avoids the ones he can’t twist.)
Be sure to check out the video. That New Year’s resolution is really paying off, Mike!
5.) Second Amendment gets off with a warning in NYC — A travesty of justice has been corrected. Sort of. Almost. Alex Pappas reports:
“Felony gun charges have been dropped against Tea Party Patriots co-founder Mark Meckler, who on Thursday agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct and pay a fine. In an episode that outraged 2nd amendment advocates, Meckler in December was arrested at a New York City airport after attempting to check a locked gun box holding his Glock 27 pistol and ammunition with a Delta Air Lines ticket agent… Recalling being arrested, he said: ‘To say that I was stunned would be an understatement. … I have always considered myself a law-abiding citizen. I have never been arrested before.’ He said authorities won’t give him his gun back, calling that decision ‘government robbery.’ ‘There is no law that allows them to confiscate a weapon in this manner,’ he said. ‘They simply say “no” when you ask for your weapon back. This is apparently their “policy.” It is done regularly in New York.'”
Meckler could’ve avoided this whole thing by claiming he bought the gun from an ATF-supplied Mexican drug cartel. Then they would’ve waved him right through.
6.) Today’s words of wisdom from David Burge’s Twitter feed — “Those urinating Marines should have probably first applied for an NEA grant. #TransgressivePerformanceArt”