If Reid wants to convince me of the merits of Paul’s lawsuit he will have to do better than to cite arguments by the ACLU and a liberal district court judge who had a conflict of interest in the case the ACLU brought before her during the Bush years (a point Reid doesn’t see fit to mention).
The Spectacle Blog
Last year the state of Connecticut, still staggering from the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, passed one of the toughest gun control laws in the country. More than 100 types of guns were banned, including all semiautomatic weapons. Anyone who had already purchased a now-prohibited gun could keep it if it was registered with the state by the end of 2013.
The reaction from the state’s residents seems to have been a heaving collective shrug. The Hartford Courant reports:
By the end of 2013, [Connecticut] state police had received 47,916 applications for assault weapons certificates, Lt. Paul Vance said. An additional 2,100 that were incomplete could still come in.
Democrats are claiming victory after the administration recently announced new Obamacare numbers—some 3.3 million people were enrolled in Obamacare by the end of January:
“I hope Republicans will look at these numbers and realize that the health care law is making a difference for millions of Americans, and that it’s time to stop re-hashing old arguments over a law that is now settled,” said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) in a statement.
But is the law really settled? Democrats say that Obamacare is on its way to getting 7 million estimated enrollees. However, as reported earlier this week, those numbers don’t mean anything.
Amid his latest battery of blog posts, Aaron struck a familiar chord and took another shot at the junior senator from Kentucky. I have to give him credit—he beat Jen Rubin to the punch (although Charles Pierce slugs it out with more panache).
After falsifying her story about her perilous struggles as a single mother, Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis apparently wants to win back favor. But her sudden double-mindedness is unlikely to convince Republicans or keep Democrats on her side.
Last week, Davis came out in favor of open-carry gun laws in Texas, although she had formerly expressed support for stricter gun laws. Yesterday she said she would support a 20-week ban on abortion as long as women and doctors had more power to define the exceptions to the legislation, despite the fact that last June she spent 13 hours in her pretty pink running shoes filibustering the same 20-week ban.
What changed? Let’s begin with the guns.
First, as of January, news was out that Davis “pushed for gun control measures as a city councilor in Fort Worth, and told an interviewer last year she would do the same as governor. The NRA has given Davis an 'F' grade.”
Feature of the Day: The Staggering Costs of Kickbacks, Bribery, and Theft in the Military
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Comedian and television pioneer Sid Caesar passed away today. He was 91.
Caesar became a household name in the 1950s as the host of Your Show of Shows and later Caesar’s Hour. Through these shows and other productions, Caesar launched the careers of Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Larry Gelbart, Neil Simon and Woody Allen.
In later years, Caesar appeared in both Grease and Grease II as well as the Mel Brooks’ films Silent Movie and History of the World, Part One.
Here is Caesar and Imogene Coca satirizing vegetarianism decades before it came into fashion in a skit called the “Health Food Restaurant.”
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter announced today that he will retire after the 2014 season.
I guess he wants to go out with the Mariano Rivera treatment. Who can blame him?
Jeter played only 17 games in 2013 as a result of the ankle injury he sustained during the 2012 ALCS against the Detroit Tigers. In 2012, Jeter led the AL in hits with 216. Jeter will most likely see a lot of time at DH with the sure handed veteran Brendan Ryan getting the majority of playing time at short in a revamped Yankees lineup that now includes Carlos Beltran and Jacoby Ellsbury.
Coming into the 2014 season; Jeter ranks 10th on the all-time hit list with 3,316. Jeter needs only three hits to tie Paul Molitor. If Jeter were to collect 200 hits this year he would leap over Molitor, Carl Yastrzemski, Honus Wagner, Cap Anson and Tris Speaker into 5th on the all-time hit list. Now that is elite company.
As with his filibuster last year, I give Paul full credit for political theater and it keeps him in the public eye towards 2016. It’s also interesting that Paul has recruited former Virginia Attorney General and GOP gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli to take the lead in the case. (Perhaps Cuccinelli is a potential Attorney General in a Paul Administration).
But let’s call this for what it is — a cheap publicity stunt. While one can certainly make an argument against the NSA’s methods of intelligence gathering, Paul’s lawsuit against it is wholly without merit.
I must admit, I’m a little confused by Kyle’s post regarding the freedom of our press.
I agree that Reporters Without Borders’ data may be faulty. Their epistemology lacks rigor.
However, I’ll echo the survey’s statement that “amid an all-out hunt for leaks and sources, 2013 will also be the year of the Associated Press scandal, which came to light when the Department of Justice acknowledged that it had seized the news agency’s phone records.”
(That’s not to mention the Justice Department’s decision to label James Rosen a “criminal co-conspirator,” while tracking his visits to the State Department, through email and phone traces.)
If we’ve learned anything this year, it’s that we can’t trust our government to defend our freedom. That certainly goes for the press, as well. In fact, we count on the Fourth Estate to remain most vigilant.