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    Where are the Fawning Rolling Stone Profiles of Katherine Prudhomme-O’Brien?

    Where are the Fawning Rolling Stone Profiles of Katherine Prudhomme-O'Brien?

    For years, the media has been aggressively and obsessively pushing a particular kind of story. Any time a woman claims that she was raped, and that her rape was ignored by the male power structure around her, she will immediately become an object of fascination for the media. This is true even when there are serious glaring factual implausibilities with the woman’s story. See, e.g., “mattress | Read More »

    245 Days into his Campaign, Ben Carson Releases his Tax Plan

    245 Days into his Campaign, Ben Carson Releases his Tax Plan

      I have always had the sense that the Ben Carson campaign was a promotional vehicle to raise his profile on the book writing/lecture circuit so that he could enjoy a more comfortable retirement. Not a bad gig if you can get it, and I understand that it’s worked out great for the pocketbook of many a Presidential “candidate” before Ben Carson. Unfortunately (or fortunately, | Read More »

    Get the U.S. Military Out of Afghanistan Now

    Get the U.S. Military Out of Afghanistan Now

    The battle for the future of Afghanistan is a battle between the Taliban and ISIS, and we are just sticking around to amuse Obama’s sense of whimsy. The facts on the ground are now well beyond the point of being grim: The Taliban now controls more territory in Afghanistan than they have at any point since 2001, and they are continually expanding their territory at | Read More »

    The Iowa Corn Lobby is Following Ted Cruz Around Like a Bunch of Spoiled Children

    The Iowa Corn Lobby is Following Ted Cruz Around Like a Bunch of Spoiled Children

    Conventional wisdom says that you cannot win Iowa without kissing the pinky ring of the Iowa corn lobby and pledging your fealty to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the anti-science policy which is bad for the environment, fuel mileage, and America at large. Iowa’s traditional role as the first Presidential contest for both parties basically ensures that anyone with even a whiff of Presidential ambition | Read More »

    Donald Trump Claims that He Invented the Idea of a Border Fence

    Donald Trump Claims that He Invented the Idea of a Border Fence

    This weekend, Donald Trump told a whopper that made Al Gore’s exaggeration of his role in “creating the Internet” seem trivial by comparison. He claimed, somewhat absurdly, that the entire idea of building a fence along the United States border was his, and that Ted Cruz was copying him. In his typical Trumpian fashion, he relayed this claim in the context of a conversation he | Read More »

    Has Armstrong Williams Been Running Ben Carson’s Campaign?

    Has Armstrong Williams Been Running Ben Carson's Campaign?

    Like many conservatives in America, I used to enjoy Armstrong Williams’ talk show. But then, like most conservatives who used to feel that way, I learned that Armstrong Williams was taking literal propaganda money from the U.S. Government to promote No Child Left Behind, which was widely unpopular with conservatives. After that, it became a little difficult for any person of even modest discernment to take | Read More »

    Donald Trump isn’t Rudy Giuliani, He’s Howard Dean

    Donald Trump isn't Rudy Giuliani, He's Howard Dean

    If you scratch any Republican pundit on the face of the earth, a comparison between Trump’s 2016 campaign and Rudy Giuliani’s 2008 campaign will fall out. If the point is to illustrate that being the frontrunner at this stage of the race won’t necessarily translate to victory, then these pundits are on solid ground. If the point is to draw a meaningful parallel between the current | Read More »

    In Praise of Twitter’s New “Hate Speech” Policy

    In Praise of Twitter's New "Hate Speech" Policy

    While I am aware of the well-justified concerns of many conservative activists about the potential abuses of Twitter’s new “Hate Speech” policy, I applaud Twitter for finally doing something about a problem that was making Twitter unenjoyable and borderline unusable: perpetually abusive anonymous (often racist) trolls. Twitter has been in search of answers about its lack of growth (especially relative to other social media sites | Read More »

    Obama is Trying to Make the 2016 Election about Guns

    Obama is Trying to Make the 2016 Election about Guns

    These days I think most Obama actions can be explained by a desire to ward off the ennui that so clearly torments him during the course of being the most powerful man in the world. The President is visibly bored by the Constitutional process, the fight against ISIS, and the need to actually convince anyone to adopt his point of view in order to get | Read More »

    This is what the Media is Getting Wrong about the Execution of Nimr al-Nimr

    This is what the Media is Getting Wrong about the Execution of Nimr al-Nimr

    The Saudi execution of Nimr al-Nimr this weekend has acted as a catalyst that may have sparked a major uprising across the Middle East. It’s difficult to say now, but by the time this is all done, this may be the event that ends up toppling the Saudi government. Certainly since Obama took office, Middle Eastern regimes have regularly been brought down over less. Time will | Read More »

    Obama is Trying to let Puerto Rico Screw Its Creditors

    Obama is Trying to let Puerto Rico Screw Its Creditors

    If Hillary Clinton were to run for President of Puerto Rico, she would be that election’s version of . “Check out that crazy right winger,” the respectable members of the Puerto Rican media would say of her. “Think she has a chance of actually winning the nomination of her crazy right wing party?” As you might have expected of a place run by people who | Read More »

    Many of Trump’s New Hampshire Town Chairmen Aren’t Supporting Trump

    Many of Trump's New Hampshire Town Chairmen Aren't Supporting Trump

    In what is now a well-established pattern for Donald Trump, he has apparently listed several New Hampshire residents as town chairmen when in fact those people do not even support him. The first major incident of this type occurred when Trump jumped the gun on claiming that 100 black pastors were endorsing him, when apparently most of them had only agreed to meet with him | Read More »

    Al Qaeda is Now Running Interference for Hillary Clinton

    Al Qaeda is Now Running Interference for Hillary Clinton

    Several weeks ago, Hillary Clinton made the claim that ISIS was using Donald Trump in their recruitment videos. This was fact checked by the media as completely and patently false. In fact, it turned out that the United States politicians used by ISIS in their recruitment videos were in fact Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. This was obviously pretty embarrassing for Hillary Clinton, but not | Read More »

    For Chris Christie, the World has Moved On

    For Chris Christie, the World has Moved On

    In Stephen King’s post-apocalyptic Western opera Dark Tower Series, the characters frequently say, “The world has moved on.” What they mean by that is that the old ways of doing things have fallen by the wayside as the order and structure of the world as humanity once knew it have fallen apart. For Chris Christie’s Presidential campaign, it is painfully evident that the world has | Read More »

    Ted Cruz Super PACs Start to Flex Financial Muscle

    Ted Cruz Super PACs Start to Flex Financial Muscle

    After all the hand wringing, posturing, and managing of the expectations game, it seems clear that will enter 2016 with the most financially healthy operation of any of the candidates, by far. Ben Carson has been raising a ton of money, but has had an astronomical burn rate and the news from yesterday indicates a campaign that is in disarray at every stage of the operation. | Read More »