Those of us who are in politics and of faith need to work harder at being blameless. Look, we’re all sinners. The biggest difference between most of you guys and me is that my sins have more than once wound up in newspapers and on television. But we all fall short. I think too many of us are using that as an excuse though. Over | Read More »
Open Thread: Primary Night in Florida and Arizona
Hey, guys. It’s primary night in Florida for several races and in Arizona for just a couple. You can check out the results as they come in at AOSHQDD.com (follow them on Twitter at @AOSHQDD), the Decision Desk of our pals at Ace of Spades. I/We will update this post throughout the evening until the races are called. This post is also an open thread. | Read More »
Mark Pryor (D-AR) Accuses Tom Cotton of Being Pro-Ebola
Well that didn’t take long. After opening his campaign with the most I-Love-Jesus-y ad of this or any other recent decade, Mark Pryor has decided to go negative on Tom Cotton, who has been leading him in most recent polls. And under the theory that if you’re not going to go big, you should go home, Pryor has chosen to accuse Tom Cotton of being… | Read More »
Al Qaeda’s peace offering
It was a relief when al Qaeda affiliated Syrian rebels belonging to Jabhat Al-Nusrah released American freelance writer Peter Theo Curtis. Curtis has been held captive for nearly two years. Jabhat Al-Nusrah has been designated by the US State Department as an affiliate of al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), the group founded by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. The New York Times hints that Curtis may have been | Read More »
More Voices Warn of ISIS Threat
This weekend we saw a distressed retired Lt. General McInerney issue a dire warning of a possible 9/11 style ISIS attack on, or around, September 11 2014. In addition to McInerney we also saw warnings from Rep. Mike Rogers – Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, former Deputy CIA Director Michael Morel, and Rep. Michael McCaul – Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, on not only the possibility | Read More »
Pessimism is the New Black
I don’t often say this, but this Op-ed in the New York Times by Frank Bruni is really good, and you should read the whole thing. Bruni lays out a fairly significant amount of evidence that the characteristic optimism of Americans is not just suffering a temporary setback, but rather may have sustained a mortal wound: Much of this was chillingly captured by a Wall Street | Read More »
Thom Tillis Versus Kay Hagan on Crony Capitalism
Even if Republicans take control of the Senate in 2014, it’s difficult to imagine much of substance that they’ll be able to accomplish with Obama still holding the veto pen. That said, stopping bad ideas can be as important or more important than implementing good ones. And one thing Republicans can do is kill one of the worst symbols of crony capitalism in the Federal | Read More »
A Question of Optics: Rand Paul vs. Barack Obama
What They Did On Summer Vacation If you think that President Obama can provide you with health care, let him take a scalpel to your eye. I dare you – Kevin Williamson, NRO There is something genuinely tiresome about the tone of a lot of political commentary regarding how medical doctors spend their time caring for people in other countries. There | Read More »
When Your Base Becomes Your Enemy
Throughout primary season, the National Republican Senatorial Committee in alliance with groups like the Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Partnership have treated the Republican base as their enemy. Running scorched earth campaigns, they have attacked conservative groups, they have attacked conservative activists, and they have funded third party campaigns to paint the tea party and its candidates as racists. They have been able to | Read More »
Playing the Game Badly
President Obama has been really great at winning his own election. We have to give credit where it is due. He has beaten our side twice. But it really is rather spectacular just how bad he is at so much of the rest of the game of politics. And, on this point, I think it should be said that it is not really him, so | Read More »
Tech at Night: We must act decisively against international Anarchy
Anarchy is back. The last time anarchy was a noticeable political movement in the world, bomb throwing anarchists were killing heads of state and government leaders, as part of their scheme to take the whole system down, and impose socialist rule. Of course they claimed socialist rule didn’t really count as rule, because ideology.
Well, these days world leaders are much better protected, so instead the anarchists are going after websites and just trying to disrupt, particularly online. We must be mindful of this, create cybersecurity policies that let government and industry share information (through bills like CISA), and make sure to investigate and prosecute these crimes.
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Mark Pryor’s (D-INC, Arkansas-SEN) attempt to squeeze votes from the turnout turnip.
Note that this is not about spirit, not about organization, and not about wanting it more. This is about math.
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A Society Without Standards
I would sooner be dragged through the fires of hell twice than watch any of the ridiculous, self-congratulatory Hollywood awards shows, so I did not see the Beyonce performance everyone is talking about today. I gather from Mollie Hemingway’s excellent article that Beyonce, a woman who has made a fortune by a) looking pretty, b) singing, and c) dancing on stage with women dressed up | Read More »
Colorado’s Governor Hickenlooper Explores Depths of Indecision on Death Penalty
Hickenlooper has moved from not making a decision, to holding even the public discussion of his inability to make a decision hostage.
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