"Gingrich was right that Exon’s bill was extremely broad. As Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) pointed out in a particularly inspired floor speech, the law could even have criminalized the online distribution of Gingrich’s first novel, 1945, in which a “pouting sex kitten”—who is also a Nazi—seduces a White House aide in order to extract classified information."
When egos collide: Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) gets into a pissing match with noted author and historian Douglas Brinkley…at a congressional hearing about drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge.
Young — who is currently the target of an ethics investigation, again — has a bit of a reputation on the Hill as a pro-corporate, pork-loving lefty-hater:
He was instrumental in the “Bridge to Nowhere.”
Rolling Stone quoted him as saying “Environmentalists are a self-centered bunch of waffle-stomping, Harvard-graduating, intellectual idiots” who “are not Americans, never have been Americans, never will be Americans.”
He downplayed the BP spill by saying that “oil has seeped into this ocean for centuries, will continue to do it…”
When his party asked him to forgo some earmarks so the money could be used to rebuild New Orleans, he reportedly said that Katrina victims “can kiss my ear!”
So we probably shouldn’t be surprised that he hated on a college professor who might actually know something about something.
The Miami New-Times says that this letter, from Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) to the Florida chapter of the Council of American-Islamic Relations “might be the dumbest thing ever written on congressional stationery”—which is a serious charge in a legislative body that also includes Joe Barton.
"Today in the Senate, I met with Senators Jon Kyl and Mark Kirk. The meeting is very useful because it shows that the alternative to Barack Obama is a collapse of all the programs of cooperation with Russia. Today, I had the impression that I was transported in a time machine back several decades, and in front of me sat two monsters of the Cold War, who looked at me not through pupils, but targeting sights."
“It would be myopic in the extreme to view the flow of oil to the United States as a legitimate national security issue but to view the flow of foreign capital into Treasury securities as a matter of no particular concern.”