U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, a 2020 presidential candidate, recently rolled out her ethics plan, but it hit a snag last week when she was confronted with a certain ticklish situation. And she didn't have an answer for that.
Asked following an Iowa rally if her ethics plan would allow the children of her vice president from serving on the boards of foreign companies, she initially said, "No."
But perhaps remembering that former Vice President Joe Biden's son has been in the news recently over just such a hiring, Warren backtracked.
"I don't, I don't, I don't know," she burbled. "I mean, I'd have to go back and look at the details in the plan."
Asked by the reporter if Warren thought that could be a problem, she said, "I'd have to go back and look."
Biden's son, Hunter, with no experience, was tapped for a well-paid position on the board of a Ukrainian oil company during the time his father served a vice president. And Biden, after leaving office, bragged that he had gotten fired a Ukrainian prosecutor who was looking into allegations of wrongdoing by the company over which his son sat.
Green new what?
During the recent "climate strike" in Washington, D.C., in view of the Capitol building, activists shouted, held signs and chanted, "Green New Deal, Green New Deal."
Stephanie Hamill, with the Daily Caller, interviewed numerous people to see what it was that jazzed them most about the proposal.
"What policies," she asked them, "do you like best?"
A British woman waving her placard admitted she was from across the pond and replied, "I don't know. Sorry."
One young man couldn't articulate anything about the plan but admitted to just liking the idea of it — "If I'm being perfectly honest, yes." Another admitted, "It's been a while since I last reviewed what policies are in there, so I don't quite remember what most of them are." Still a third young one said, "Um, I don't know. Jobs? Just doing something, honestly."
But our favorite was the older gentleman who was sure if he just kept talking, something semi-serious would emerge.
His answer: "I can't say. I can't speak really in specifics, but I know the ideas of, I mean, the things that I do support are, uh, you know, things, things to get us away from, uh, from fossil fuel automo-, uh, the cars, and, uh, to change, uh, aspects of our — all the aspects of our economy where fossil fuels are are so interwoven into them and try to pull that out, and so that's going to take a lot of work, but I also think it's an opportunity."
Probably a misunderstanding
A former NFL football player recently was arrested after allegedly vandalizing his Atlanta area restaurant and trying to make it appear it was a racist, Republican job.
Edawn Louis Coughman, whose stints included time with the Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins, was stopped in a black truck with no plate (but several flat-screen TVs).
A maintenance worker at the shopping plaza where the Create and Bake Restaurant and Coughman's Creamery are located had called police because he saw someone burglarizing the restaurant.
Inside, the televisions' brackets were still attached and drywall was stuck to the brackets, meaning, according to police, "someone took them off very quickly."
On the walls were the freshly spray-painted words "monkey," "n——-" and "MAGA" (Make American Great Again), President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign slogan.
Coughman, who reported the burglary to his insurance company before he was pulled over, had spray paint on his hands.
Police arrested him for false report of a crime, insurance fraud and concealing a license plate.
Coughman didn't say why he targeted his own business, or if he was just a big fan of Jussie Smollett.
Vaper coming to get her
U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Minnesota, one of the esteemed members of The Squad, veered off the rails during a hearing of the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy last week. The hearing was on e-cigarettes and lung damage, but the congresswoman was looking for spooks under the bed.
Vicki Porter, a Wisconsin woman, was testifying on quitting smoking by taking up vaping and said she was in good health. But the lawmaker said, " You call yourself a converted conservative and a reformed Marxist. Are you a conspiracy theorist?"
"I think my politics are entirely irrelevant to this hearing," the witness answered.
"Oh, OK, why were you winking at one of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle?" Tlaib asked. "You winked."
Porter answered by saying she knew Wisconsin Rep. Glenn Grothman, who was at the hearing. "He's a friend of mine," she said.
"I didn't know what the winking was," Tlaib said. "I thought maybe there was something, like a conspiracy thing, going on there. I didn't know."
If she's this paranoid in subcommittee hearings, why would she have any credibility on more serious issues?