Niki Tsongas has a piece published in the Lawrence Eagle Tribune that take a short at some of the effects of the Sequester:

Several months ago the manager of the Lawrence Municipal Airport notified my office that as a result of sequestration, automatic government spending cuts that went into effect in February, 2013, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) planned to close the air traffic control tower, costing jobs, economic growth and impacting safety at an airport that has seen an increase in flight traffic in recent years.

Airports across the country also faced furloughs for their air traffic controllers, which not only forced pay reductions to workers but also created severe logjams and delays for travelers. No doubt countless people experienced the logjam and received similar messages as I did from their chosen airline warning about delays due to sequestration.

She gives it a roundhouse right:

Enacted as motivation for Congress to find a comprehensive solution to America’s economic woes, these automatic cuts, commonly referred to as sequestration, were never meant to take place. The cuts are split evenly between defense and other government programs, blindly slashing the top off of federal agency budgets. Resources many citizens utilize on a daily basis are at risk, including educational opportunities, senior citizen meal assistance programs and public safety initiatives.

My friend and sometime guest Tim Imholt a likely 2014 opponent sent me a copy of a letter he sent to the paper in response saying in part:

While I agree with her statement that a “piecemeal approach” or to be blunt, these draconian methods of avoiding real governing are simply unacceptable I have a problem with her actions.

The good Congresswoman somehow failed to mention one crucial fact – that she voted in favor of the sequestration cuts.

For something before being against it, I know I’ve heard that from someone from Massachusetts before…

So, perhaps next time, the good Congresswoman should fill in the voting public on her voting record before she demonizes the legislation she obviously, once upon a time, supported.

I don’t know, she spent a lot of time in 2012 attacking the medical device tax she helped pass so I don’t see why that would change now.

Just a reminder Massachusetts, we do this to ourselves.

Hey remember when the PLO was famous for saying one thing in English and something different in Arabic to their own people.

Marco Rubio apparently does:

In a Spanish-language interview Sunday with the network Univision, Sen. Marco Rubio, the leading Republican on the Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform group, made his strongest statement yet that legalization of the nation’s estimated 11 million illegal immigrants must happen before any new border security or internal enforcement measures are in place, and will in no way be conditional on any security requirements.

“Let’s be clear,” Rubio said. “Nobody is talking about preventing the legalization. The legalization is going to happen. That means the following will happen: First comes the legalization. Then come the measures to secure the border. And then comes the process of permanent residence.”

I’d love to see what the current price is on the Rubio 2016 domain name.  I suspect the price will drop like a rock after this, if it hasn’t already but Powerline disagrees:

remember, the Republicans nominated John McCain in 2008 notwithstanding his prior support for amnesty. They then nominated Mitt Romney in 2012 notwithstanding Romneycare. Although Republicans often are portrayed by the MSM as hopeless ideologues, we don’t behave that way when it comes to nominating presidential candidates.

Allahpundit says it’s that or nothing:

I think he’s calculating, unfortunately quite rationally, that conservatives are far more likely to forgive him for selling out their core interest in the name of winning over Latinos than general-election voters are if he becomes known as The Man Who Killed Reform.

and it’s all about getting a bill, he’s trying to pull a Johnson.

Update:  Ouch!


This is a suckers bet.

I’ll wager Greenwald and Firedoglake would not have been crying over Winston Wood Bolt.

DTG blog Sept 30, 2011

John Breen:  Who were you going to shoot?

Beau Merritt:  The winner

John Breen:  Whose side are you on anyway?

Beau Merritt:  Mine

The Fighting Kentuckian 1949


Yesterday after declaring my impression of Edward Snowden as being between 1 & 2 on the Rosenburg, Roeder, Brutus Rommel scale? I got a bit of blowback by people who insisted that Edward Snowden was a hero.

I heard the same on twitter from someone who I might normally agree with.


Stacy McCain has also noticed the same kind of pushback as he’s been less willing to give Mr. Snowden a pass.

We know why the Left loves Snowden: Because they hate America.

Anyone who damages U.S. prestige and undermines America’s national security, they love. You know

Let’s point out that the same Glenn Greenwald who is pushing Snowden is the same Greenwald who was crying foul at the drone death of Al-awlaki two years ago. You know the Al Awlaki who is the reason why Molly Norris is still in hiding.

The most interesting this about the rush by many to crown Snowden their hero is how similar this is to the same rush to judgement on Kate Hunt from just a few weeks ago.

Kate Hunt with full knowledge and after warnings to the contrary violated Florida law by a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old minor. The police report was pretty clear and like the Snowden case the facts concerning the violation of law were not in dispute.

Yet the media dashed to crown Ms. Hunt as Saint Kate of the Blessed Finger and if you dared suggested anything different, you were a racist, bigot sexist homophobe.

If the story had ended at that point then we might still see Kate Hunt celebrated in the news, but time and 3 weeks of solid reporting transformed the Hunt family from a media juggernaut that raised tens of thousands in a few days to being reduced to holding fundraisers at local gay bars as support slipped away.

As the days go by we are going to learn a whole lot more about Edward Snowden. For example we can conclude Sheldon’s Cooper’s words “He must be very skilled at Coitus” doubtless applies to Mr. Snowden given these photos of his lady but while an interesting conjecture that will doubtless produce a lot of hits at the Daily Caller this doesn’t reliably inform us of his motives nor change the three facts that we have in evidence:

Edward Snowden violated federal law and his oath.

Edward Snowden leaked a highly classified security program

Edward Snowden fled to a Communist Country our single biggest rival/enemy

So if you are on the Snowden is a hero bandwagon right now, I suggest you sit back and read Stacy McCain’s entire Free Kate thread from first to last.  Then follow Legal Insurrection’s example.

I’m very suspicious of Snowden’s motives and modus operandi in conveniently dropping the bombshells at a critical time to ease Chinese cyber-espionage diplomatic problems, and then conveniently setting himself up cynically in Hong Kong, under the watchful eyes and possibly protection of Chinese intelligence services.

So I’m not accepting that Snowden is as pure as he would have us believe. But I’ll wait and see before I jump on a boat.

It’s good advice and it costs you nothing to look before you leap.

Closing thought:  Legal Insurrection points out that this program was reported on three months before the last election with a different fellow.  For some reason the MSM didn’t jump all over this case at that time.

I wonder why?

Update: Read this piece at the Daily Beast too


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It’s Tuesday and the Snowden story bumped my planed lead piece (the sequel to The left sees James Taylor) meaning DaTipJar didn’t get the early push I shoot for. Nevertheless the Weekly paycheck remains $208 away from being full and it’s up to you to decide if it gets filled or no. It only takes 11 of you kicking in $20.

Mind you if 52 of you are willing to subscribe then the entire daily tipjar push can become moot.