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Rex in Regno suo superiores habet Deum et Legem.

The King in his Realm hath two superiors: God and the Law. -- Henry Care (1646-1688) on English liberties and the Magna Carta


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Congress Realizes It Is a Joke...And Decides to Make It Official

Today, Steven Colbert will appear to perform a comedy routine for a House Judiciary subcommittee.

The Hill reports:

The hearing, titled “Protecting America’s Harvest,” will also feature United Farm Workers President Arturo Rodriguez, who has appeared on Colbert’s show to plug the UFW’s “Take Our Jobs” campaign, which invites Americans critical of illegal immigration to work as laborers in agricultural fields.

Colbert accepted Rodriguez’s offer, and worked for 10 hours on a farm in rural New York last month, picking vegetables.

Not to be outdone, the House Financial Services committee has scheduled Gallagher to perform next Tuesday.

Gallagher Smashes the National Debt for the House Financial Services Committee

Maxine Waters, being on both the Judiciary and Financial Services committees, will be in attendance for both acts/hearings. But she has a warning for Gallagher: “He better bring an extra large tarp, because if any watermelon bits get in my ‘do, he’ll be facing some contempt of Congress charges.”

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is attempting to please its members by inviting the San Diego Chicken to testify about whether he is indeed a free-range chicken or, as has been alleged by his trainer, he achieved his freakish growth through steroid usage. The Chicken is refusing to appear, noting the perjury charges now facing Roger Clemens after his testimony before the same committee. The committee is therefore issuing a subpoena to compel him to appear (and to bring t-shirts to shoot out of a cannon).

The San Diego Chicken Hopes for Softballs From Congress


Byron York of the Washington Examiner issued the declaration that the Colbert appearance had embarrassed the congressmen. As if that’s anything new. Oh, wait, it is. Usually it’s the congressmen embarrassing themselves.

Michelle Malkin bailed out early on the “testimony,” writing, “Can’t watch this fiasco anymore,” and therefore missing out on the carnival show of elected representatives asking serious questions to a smarmy fictional character. (See her posting for a good background on the topic the committee hearing was supposed to be addressing.)

Update II: The Daily Caller provides an excellent summary of Colbert’s mockimony.

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