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Breakfast Scramble (Monday)

DavidL's Breakfast Scramble DADT is dead, long live DADT,from David Woods, Politics Daily [1]:

For the next few months and possibly for as long as a year, gays and lesbians in uniform will still be subject to investigation and discharge if they acknowledge their sexual orientation, Pentagon officials said. Despite action in Congress to repeal it, the controversial policy banning gays from serving openly remains in effect until, in essence, until the Defense Department is good and ready to wipe if off the books. The Pentagon issued a directive Saturday from its personnel chief, Clifford Stanley, alerting troops worldwide to the Senate vote to join the U.S. House in approving legislation to repeal DADT. The directive was expected to emphasize that the law itself has not been immediately repealed, and that the current regulations banning gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military remain in place.

The Devil is in the details.

Train to Nowhere, or take the O Train, the Obami obsession with spending tax payer dollars for trains that don’t go anywhere, from Debra Saunders, RCP [2]:

In the last decade, the symbol for profligate federal spending was the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere” — a huge proposed span that would link the town of Ketchikan, Alaska, population 7,500, to an airport on Gravina Island. Powerful Alaska Republican lawmakers tried to stick American taxpayers with a huge chunk of the tab for this dubious project.  This decade, the symbol for federal pork-barrel excess may well be Trains to Nowhere — and if Democrats get their way, those boondoggles could span the country. At least in blue states.

Locally, Rochester, NY, the local congresscriter, Louise Slaughter’s, pet project is the crucial Churchville to Byron trail link.


Hat tips photos, Michelle Malkin; photo shop, Doug Ross.

The J-Nap national security train wreck, from Cubachi [4]L

It’s not enough that we have stories of uncomfortable groping among citizens by these TSA agents. We also have some TSA agents who are irresponsible when it comes to security, and others who use the job for criminal purposes.  ABC News [5] revealed that last fall, Iranian-American businessman Farid Seif passed through security at a Houston airport and boarded an international flight.

At least Bozo was funny

Obama Care train wreck, from Yuval Levin, Weekly Standard: [6]

In October 2009, at one of her weekly press conferences, Nancy Pelosi was asked by a reporter “where specifically does the Constitution grant Congress the authority to enact an individual health insurance mandate?” Pelosi shook her head and replied: “Are you serious?” When her spokesman Nadeam Elshami was later asked to clarify the answer, he responded, “That is not a serious question.”  […] But, in our system of government, questions of legitimate authority precede even these questions of wisdom and efficacy. Can the government really order us to buy something we don’t want to buy and punish us for failing to do so?

I suspect that if Mrs. Pelosi, or anybody on her staff or in her caucus, had given any serious thought to the constitutional basis, if any, for Obama Care, that Mrs. Pelosi would have a serious answer to a serious question. 

Goose and Gander, from Yid with a Lid [7]:

Turnabout is fair play, except to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.  The Guardian, one of the vehicles picked by Wikileaks to release secret US documents to the world, has now released some of the secret court papers surrounding the rape charges hanging over his head. The biggest of these revelations was that he could have avoided the charges if he would have only agreed to an STD test. Assange’s lawyers have lashed out against the leak of the court papers which seems a bit disingenuous considering that their client’s notoriety arises from his leaking of confidential information.

Nice to finally see somebody associated with Assange show some respect for privileged information.  For what is is worth, if the accounts in the Swedish court papers are true, it shows that Assange is a jerk.   Not that, that is illegal.

Memo to Joe Scarborough, from Daily Caller [8]:

Mark McKinnon with his “No Labels” movement that has captured quite a bit of media attention as of late. However, it hasn’t exactly won over the likes of New York Times columnist Frank Rich or conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh. According to MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough, the two of them aren’t enlightened enough to appreciate this so-called movement.

On Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” Scarborough attacked Rich and Limbaugh for not realizing the importance of finding middle ground.

It I were to call Mrs. Pelosi a moderate, would she be any less of left coast loony liberel?  No.  Intelligent voters judge politicians by their actions and not their labels.  McKinnon can disavow is labels, he can not change his political stripes.

Who knew? From RS McCain,  Other McCain [9] :

This is Edward Garcia Jr., 36, and his wife, Melissa Hope Garcia, 25, a couple of criminals from York, Pennsylvania, who made their way to Hollywood, California, where they were staying in a fleabag motel. According to police, the Garcias met up with a guy named Herbert Tracy White, who liked to help out people in need.  Apparently, White tried to help the Garcias — and they robbed him, killed him and dismembered his corpse [10].

Look at the bright side, Mr. and Mrs.  Garcia were petty criminals who graduated to  murder.  Had they specialized in felony weight crime,  they might have become bloggers.