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John Shadegg
  • The Gulags Are Coming! The Gulags Are Coming!

    john-shadeggWho had even heard of this Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ) before today? Why didn't anyone alert us to this man's astonishing ability to make Michele Bachmann look like the most reasonable human on earth?

    More importantly, why hasn't anyone other than Rep. Shadegg — who spoke yesterday on the House floor — told us about the 'gulag' provisions in the Democrats' health care proposals?

    SHADEGG: You know, it occurs to me, and I’ll go through these other scandals very quickly, but what we're really getting here is we're not just getting single-payer care. We’re getting full on Russian gulag, Soviet-style gulag health care [...] It appeared in last Friday's Wall Street Journal. You can Google it. You can pick up the phone and call Kim Strassel. You can ask her about Soviet-style gulag health care in America, where powerful politicians protect their constituents.

    (For the uninitiated, Kim Strassel is a WSJ editorial writer who does not care for Democrats, health care reform, treehuggers, crybabies, non-pen-and-ink portraits of herself, etc.)

    Fascinating how Rep. Shadegg has access to Google, or has at least heard of it, yet is unable to avail himself of a definition of the word 'gulag.' Maybe we can call Kim Strassel and ask if she has a spare dictionary on her desk?

    Tags: Health Care, John Shadegg, Russia
  • Meet CAIR: It's Your New ACORN, with Bonus Muslim Spies

    sue-myrickFour House Republicans woke up yesterday and said to themselves, "You know what's wrong with America? There might be a Muslim in the next room right now." Remarkably, this thought coincided with the publication of Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That's Conspiring to Islamize America, an "explosive" book for which a House Republican — North Carolina's Sue Myrick — wrote the forward. See where this is going?

    Yep, these footsoldiers in the war on terror have called for investigations into the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), because it's got Muslims palling around with Americans and vice versa all the time, and in professional circles, that's known as spying

    [Reps. Sue Myrick of North Carolina, Trent Franks of Arizona, Paul Broun of Georgia and John Shadegg of Arizona] on Wednesday accused the nation's largest Muslim advocacy group of trying to "infiltrate" Capitol Hill by placing interns in the offices of lawmakers who handle national security issues.

    Exactly as it's written in Muslim Mafia, the result of an "explosive" undercover investigation: the author's son grew a beard, got an internship with CAIR and stole a bunch of their paperwork. That's one intern spy right there! There must be more, and they must be up to something

    While the Republicans said they did not know of specific legislation that CAIR had affected, Franks, a Judiciary Committee member, said he wouldn’t be surprised if it was trying to amend the Patriot Act.

    Oh no, that wouldn't be surprising at all.

    The real shocker would be if it turns out interns are actually capable of affecting legislation.

    Tags: Council on American-Islamic Relations, Islam, John Shadegg, Paul Broun, Republicans, Sue Myrick, Trent Franks
  • Arizona Still Too Close to Call

    The networks are buzzing about a possible McCain concession speech, but don't you think he's going to want to see if he at least won Arizona first?

    From MSNBC

    Obama won his home state, Illinois. Republican Sen. John McCain was in a close fight in his home state, Arizona, in a race that NBC News said was too close to call.

    Better news for Arizona Republicans is that vulnerable Congressman John Shadegg is leading challenger Bob Lord with 67% of the vote now reporting.

    It remains to be seen if Shadegg is going to have any Republicans to caucus with when he gets back to the House.  Maybe Joe Lieberman will shuttle over from the Senate to keep him company.

    Tags: Arizona, Barack Obama, Joe Lieberman, John McCain, John Shadegg, MSNBC