Obama’s Executive Orders are Pretty Average

There seem to be complaints from some circles about the number of executive orders Obama has issued.  Some politicians have even thrown around the word “tyranny.”

However, annually, he has issued fewer executive orders than any other president since World War II.

http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/orders.php

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/01/obama-executive-orders-guns.html

https://www.federalregister.gov/executive-orders

http://www.factcheck.org/2012/09/obamas-executive-orders/

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/01/29/the-gop-s-dead-end-executive-order-freakout.html

Congressman Michael Grimm’s Bizarre Episode Not The First

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According to NY1, congressman Grimm’s bizarre threat against a reporter recently is not an isolated incident; the congressman has become enraged when asked similar questions in the past.

Following an interview by Errol Louis in 2012, Grimm made similar threats off-camera.

At issue was the fact that Louis had asked Grimm about an investigation that led to an associate of the congressman being arrested and charged with illegally donating $10,000 to his campaign.

After the interview, Grimm became reportedly became red-faced and started yelling at Louis and Bob Hardt, alluding to settling the issue by “taking it outside.”  According to NY1, he was “acting as if he were in a bar instead of a TV studio.”

http://www.ny1.com/content/politics/ny1_political_itch/202681/ny1-itch–a-grimm-tale-of-disunion-in-washington

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/tales-outbursts-including-brandishing-gun-marine-fbi-agent-physically-threatened-ny1-reporter-michael-scotto-article-1.1595538

Biden States “I’m Confident I Could Make a Good President”

JoeBiden1“In my heart, I’m confident I could make a good president,” Joe Biden said on NBC’s Today Show.

Biden didn’t give a direct answer when he was asked about running for president in the 2016 election. “I haven’t made a decision to run. I haven’t made a decision not to run,” said Biden.

On another show, CBS’ This Morning, he said that he and his wife haven’t decided yet.  “Jill and I will make that decision later down the road…If I don’t run for president we’ll all be ok.”

http://swampland.time.com/2014/01/29/biden-good-president/

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2014/01/29/biden-i-could-make-a-good-president/

FBI Agents Arrest Rep. Michael Grimm’s Straw Donor Ex-Girlfriend

This is a re-blog.  This is the same guy who threatened to throw a reporter over a balcony.

The Fifth Column

I particularly remember this guy’s appearance on Chris Matthew’s Hardball last week to talk about the Christie scandal.   He was quite adamant that Governor Christie was innocent of any wrong doing.  I don’t see that self assured cockiness on Rep. Grimm’s face in the above picture.  He looks more like a deer caught in blinding headlights.

As Rachel would say:  Watch this space for more on “Mikey Suits”…

Alan Colmes’ Liberal Land

The Republican congressman from Staten Island is often referred to in the blogosphere by the pseudo-gangland moniker “Mikey Suits.” This latest news should surprise nobody familiar with his history of ethically questionable behavior:

FBI agents arrested the reported ex-girlfriend of New York Republican Rep. Michael Grimm on Friday in Texas, charging her with making illegal campaign contributions through straw donors.

The FBI says that Diana Durand, described in an agent’s deposition as a “personal friend” of…

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Hong Kong Puts Bangkok on “Black” Travel Alert

The alert is for Bangkok only.  Hong Kong has three alert colors – amber, red, and black.  Black is Hong Kong’s highest alert.  The other parts of Thailand are at an “amber” alert.

Currently, four countries are on black alert – Egypt, the Philippines, Syria and Thailand (Bangkok).

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/390839/bangkok-joins-syria-egypt-philippines-on-travel-blacklist

http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201401/21/P201401210807.htm

http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/hong-kong-raises-travel-alert-bangkok-black/

John McCain Censured By the Arizona GOP…

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John McCain

…because they got nothin’ better to do…

According to sources, the censure has no practical effect, but serves as an attempt to embarrass the senator.

It was formally done on Saturday, 1/25/2014.   They stated that McCain is insufficiently conservative.  The resolution cites his support to issues such as immigration reform (aka “amnesty”) and not going along with last year’s strategy to de-fund the Affordable Care Act.

Timothy Schwartz, who authored the censure, said McCain “has abandoned us” and called on party leaders to hold him accountable.  They claim he has a liberal record that has been “disastrous and harmful” to the state and nation.

“Only in times of great crisis or betrayal is it necessary to publicly censure our leaders,” stated the resolution. “Today we are faced with both. For too long we have waited, hoping Senator McCain would return to our Party’s values on his own. That has not happened.”

The resolution condemns McCain “for his continued disservice to our state and nation,” and said state Republican leaders “will no longer support, campaign for or endorse John McCain as our U.S. Senator.”

http://swampland.time.com/2014/01/25/arizona-gop-censures-mccain-for-liberal-record/

http://www.sfgate.com/nation/article/News-of-the-Day-From-Across-the-Nation-January-5175753.php

http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/articles/20140125arizona-republican-party-mccain-censure-gop.html?nclick_check=1

For What It’s Worth…

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Chris Christie

Chris Christie is just the gift that keeps on giving.

Thereis no shortage of other Christie retribution stories out there, including (but not limited to):

retribution against Rutgers professor Alan Rosenthal, the mayor of Jersey City Steven Fulop, the Dan Aubrey/Petty’s Run archeological dig, former governor Codey, state senator Kean, and Christopher “Kip” Bateman.

Update 1:  There was also the case of slander against Cecilia Laureys.

Update 2:  There was also the case of Ben Barlyn, former Hunterdon County prosecutor.