Archive for November 25th, 2008

Government Oversight Will Be Teh Awesome!!!

Well, fab:

Despite growing pressure from colleagues to mount an internal challenge for the Oversight Committee gavel, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) has reiterated to House Democratic leaders his decision to avoid running against his elder on the committee, Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.).

Leadership sources said Cummings made his views known — and final — in brief discussions with senior House Democrats on Tuesday morning.

In not bowing to suggestions from within Democratic circles that he should run, Cummings’s decision essentially paves the way for Towns to receive the unanimous recommendation of the Steering and Policy Committee when it meets — presumably in December — to consider the vacant top post on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Everything I hear about Towns is that he’s kind of a lightweight who didn’t show up a whole lot when Waxman was running the show.  And it’s not like we can count on his Senate counterpart to pick up the slack.

Only question in my mind is whether Towns and Lieberman will simply be ineffectual do-nothings in their oversight chairs, or if they’ll actively witch-hunt Obama; Towns because he gets rolled by Ranking Member Darrell Issa, and Lieberman because he just hates Democrats.

(h/t Peterr)

November 25th, 2008 at 10:42pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Obama

Philly Building Photoblogging

It’s just barely a theme, and I kinda had to stretch it a bit, but here are some vaguely building-related things.  From Philly.
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(The shadowy & mysterious Codename V. thinks JUSTICE looks a bit like Donald Sutherland, and she may have a point.)

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Freaky lightglobe in the entranceway to… a building!

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And here I believe we have… William Penn’s butt.

1 comment November 25th, 2008 at 07:14pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging

For The Mac Fans

This oughta cut you down a peg or two:

Hah!  Take THAT!

(From Married To The Sea)

2 comments November 25th, 2008 at 11:28am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Comics

Global Warming Denier And Milton Friedman Fan To Assume EU Presidency


Mr. Klaus, the 67-year-old president of the Czech Republic — an iconoclast with a perfectly clipped mustache — continues to provoke strong reactions. He has blamed what he calls the misguided fight against global warming for contributing to the international financial crisis, branded Al Gore an “apostle of arrogance” for his role in that fight, and accused the European Union of acting like a Communist state.

Now the Czech Republic is about to assume the rotating presidency of the European Union and there is palpable fear that Mr. Klaus will embarrass the world’s biggest trading bloc and complicate its efforts to address the economic crisis and expand its powers. His role in the Czech Republic is largely ceremonial, but he remains a powerful force here, has devotees throughout Europe and delights in basking in the spotlight.


An economist by training and a free marketeer by ideology, Mr. Klaus has criticized the course set by the union’s departing leader, President Nicolas Sarkozy of France. The ambitious Mr. Sarkozy has used France’s European Union presidency to push an agenda that includes broader and more coordinated regulation by the largest economies to tame the worst of the market’s excesses.

Even those who worry about Mr. Klaus’s potential role as a spoiler concede that his influence over policy in the European Union will be circumscribed, given his largely symbolic functions as president in the Czech Republic.

But Mr. Klaus’s sheer will and inflammatory talk — the eminent British historian Timothy Garton Ash once called him “one of the rudest men I have ever met” — are likely to have some impact.

“Klaus is a provocateur who will twist his arguments to get attention,” said Jiri Pehe, a former adviser to Vaclav Havel, Mr. Klaus’s rival and predecessor as president.


A fervent critic of the environmental movement, he has called global warming a dangerous “myth,” arguing that the fight against climate change threatens economic growth.

Perhaps his greatest ire has been reserved for the European Union. In 2005, he called for it to be “scrapped.” Now, he is a vocal opponent of the Lisbon Treaty, which aims to help Europe become more of an international player, but which he argues will strip countries of sovereignty.


Born in 1941, he obtained an economics degree in 1963 and was deeply influenced by free market economists like Milton Friedman.


Mr. Havel recalled in his memoirs that Mr. Klaus had an aversion “to the rest of us, whom he had clearly consigned to the same Dumpster, with a sign on it saying ‘left-wing intellectuals.’ ”

I really do hope that his powers are as limited as the story says – this guy sounds like seriously bad news.

Still, good thing Klaus wasn’t EU prez sooner – he and Dubya would have been like soulmates.

November 25th, 2008 at 06:46am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Environment,Foreign Policy,Politics

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