Pelosi backtracks on her minimum wage hypocrisy, while Rep. Frank freaks out


On Friday, I blogged about a Washington Times story that talked about how Rep. Pelosi was showing favoritism to a company in her San Francisco district by not including that company – along with all other American Samoa companies – from the new federal requirement she wants to put in place to raise the minimum wage. The WashTimes reports in a followup story that Pelosi is reversing course:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi yesterday said Democrats will close a loophole in the House-passed minimum wage increase that exempts American Samoa — an action taken after it was revealed that one of the U.S. territory’s main employers is based in her congressional district.

“I have asked the Education and Labor Committee as they go forward with the legislation to make sure that all of the territories have to comply with U.S. law on the minimum wage,” Mrs. Pelosi said.

Related to this, Ian at Hot Air has video of Rep. Barney Frank erupting over the controversy over this issue. Ian sets the stage:

The Republican arguing with power-hungry Barney Frank is Patrick McHenry. McHenry rose to offer an amendment that would exempt American Samoa from the stem-cell bill — a clear dig at the fact that Samoa, which is home to StarKist factories that employ nearly 75% of the island’s work force, was conspicuously exempt from the minimum-wage bill that had passed the day before.

Here’s the video:

The Boston Globe writes a glowing review of Frank’s actions here.

Rep. Steve Kagen’s stupidity receives praise at the HuffPo


Steve Kagen, the newly elected Democratic Representative from Wisconsin, who insulted First Lady Laura Bush and bragged of it along with alleged confrontations with VP Cheney and WH advisor Karl Rove (details here) is now being praised by the Huffington Post, where Kagen is now known as a “firebrand.” Lane Hudson at the HuffPo writes:

While semi-insulting them, he also tries to forge a coalition to accomplish something. Absolutely amazing. This is the kind of story his grandchildren can tell generations from now.

Yeah. Insulting the First Lady is definitely something I’d want to brag to my grandkids about.

Now reverse the roles and put Kagen on the receiving end of the insults from Rove, Cheney, and President and Mrs. Bush, and imagine how the Huffington Post (and the rest of the leftosphere) would react. With outrage the likes you’d have never seen before.

Simply breathtaking in its hypocrisy.

Tucker Carlson overreacts?


The Washington Post has a blurb today about a blogger who was fired from his job at a video store because Tucker Carlson felt his family was threatened over something the blogger wrote on his blog about him. The Post left out part of the post (deliberately?) but Patterico has the link and text to what the offending post said, and I have to say I agree with the video store manager who fired the blogger.

The blogger wasn’t just criticizing Carlson – he was bragging about knowing Carlson’s address, and what he thought would be ‘awesome’ to send to his house.

Joe Gandelman wrongly portrays this as a “David and Goliath” situation because the blogger not only lost his job but is saying that Carlson has sent ‘lawyers’ to his house, something Carlson denies by saying he doesn’t even have a lawyer.

I wonder how Gandelman, a blogger I respect, would have reacted had what the blogger written been about him and his family, rather than Carlson’s? Still David and Goliath? Would he have still added the blogger to his blogroll, as he apparently did today?

Hat tip: James Joyner