The requirements of civilization
Our media has not made Americans as familiar as we should be with the plight of Meriam Ibrahim, a Christian woman sentenced to death by the Sudanese government for “apostasy.” Her “crime” was being Christian even though her largely unseen father was Muslim. According to the Sudanese legal system, this nullified her marriage to American Daniel Wani, making her guilty of additional “crimes” due to | Read More »
Reporters Show Egregious Bias in Scott Walker Coverage
Media Bias was on full display last week in reaction to news coming out of Wisconsin. Reporters’ assumptions that conservative politicians are cheating the system led them to report significant factual errors regarding Gov. Scott Walker and a “criminal scheme.” In reality, failed legal arguments were being publicly exposed for the first time as a federal judge forced prosecutors to attempt to damage Walker in | Read More »
Obamacare Causes 2,130 More Insurance Cancellations in Colorado
Today’s bad news for Obamacare comes from Colorado. Thanks to the state GOP’s Tumblr (yes that platform has a real use), we now know that the ACA has caused the cancellation of 2,130 more insurance policies in the state. They note: Colorado’s Department of Insurance (DOI) announced today in a letter to Colorado Senate Republicans that 2,320 more insurance policies in Colorado will be canceled due to | Read More »
Racism for Fun (and Profit!)
Personally, I’m opposed to the Washington Redskins’ name. And what I mean by that is that I find it personally grating and offensive, for reasons that are beyond the purview of this post. What I am even more strongly opposed to, however, is the ludicrous method by which the Federal Government is attempting to impose orthodoxy on the team by unjustifiably yanking their Trademark. Liberals | Read More »
The Watercooler ~ Primaries Open Thread
We have races today in New York, Mississippi, Colorado, Oklahoma, Maryland, South Carolina, Utah and Florida. This is an early thread for any RedStater who wants to stop by and give reports of what you see taking place on the ground throughout the day. As the day wears on, I’m sure other writers will be putting up links to watch the more interesting races. For | Read More »
SCOTUS on EPA and Why 5-4 Rulings Are So Common
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Chad Flores to discuss recent rulings by the Supreme Court, what the court said about the EPA’s jurisdiction on regulating greenhouse gasses and why the SCOTUS decisions are so often 5-4 nail-bitters.
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Elijah Cummings (D-MD) Rooted for the Tanks in Tiananmen Square
John Dickerson, writing in Slate (!), has perfectly encapsulated for me the outrage that virtually every American should feel about the current failure of the IRS to preserve records related to the Lois Lerner scandal: Anyone who has ever kicked a trash can across a room after trying to get the Internal Revenue Service to explain a tax rule, or been through one of its | Read More »
Why Runoffs Tend to be Nasty, Messy Affairs
Today is runoff day in Mississippi. We should not underestimate the ability of Haley Barbour to turn out voters for Thad Cochran. It will be a case of motivation of the voters. And that is exactly why runoffs tend to be nasty, horrible affairs. Runoffs are not about voter mobilization. They are about voter suppression. I say this as someone who has consulted on and | Read More »
Tech at Night: A second look at Edward Snowden?
So before considering the new garbage coming from Эдвард Сноуден and his accomplices the Glenns Greenwald, let’s recap how far we’ve come with this pair.
The NSA has demonstrated that Snowden never did go through official channels with his alleged evidence of problems, and we certainly know he never did attempt to use legal means to alert the President or the Congress that there were issues at the NSA that needed investigation.
Instead, he ran to China, taking sensitive information with him and putting it at risk of being taken by America’s adversary, then he went to Russia and did the same thing. Then he conspired with serial sock puppeteer and extremist blowhard the Glenns Greenwald to dribble out information, most of it totally unrelated to any allegations of Constitutional or legal violations.
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So What If Goldman-Sachs Just “Lost” 7 Hard Drives Athwart A Major Investigation?
“..we know that not only her hard drive, but six other people intimately involved in this suddenly crashed in an amazing miraculous coincidence. Religions have been founded on less..”-George Will. (HT:Doug Ross) I’m not terribly sure of George Will’s theology here, but he does make a point that can be roughly supported regarding the probability of 7 simultaneous and convenient hard drive failures. Assuming a | Read More »
Rick Scott Signs Terrible Law Expanding Florida DCF’s Power
One of the least desirable features of a representative democracy is that often, poorly thought out legislation is rammed through with little thought as a gross overreaction to immediate public outrage. Such is the case with the child welfare law signed into law by Florida Governor Rick Scott today. The gist of this story is that the Florida Department of Children and Families (“DCF”) has | Read More »
NRSC Independent Expenditure Guy Buys A Lot of Phone Calls
FLS Connect is a big vendor to the GOP. I’ve written about it more than once. It got Voter Vault from the RNC. It has made a pile of phone calls for GOP groups. The NRCC paid FLS Connect a lot of money in 2008. And the Chiefs of Staff of the RNC have had a habit of coming from there. When Rich Beeson, formerly | Read More »
New York Times Sends Obama Campaign Worker Theodore Schleifer to Cover Chris McDaniel
The incestuous relationship between the mainstream media and Democratic Party has headed down to Mississippi. Theodore Scheifer is covering the campaign. He has written a few stories. My friend Charles Johnson characterizes one as a “hit piece” on McDaniel. Charles Johnson also pointed out that Theodore Scheifer is also Teddy Scheifer. Scheifer was a speechwriting intern for Obama for America and also for Obama’s U.S. | Read More »