Rick Perry Enters the Arena
Today in Dallas, TX, Rick Perry will declare his candidacy for the President of the United States. It is his second time. Last time, Perry’s announced at the RedState Gathering in Charleston, SC in August of 2011 and surged quickly in the field to first place with almost a third of the Republican primary voters ready to back him. But several bad debate performances marginalized | Read More »
Tech at Night: We can trust no one but ourselves on IP protections
One of the basic rules of intellectual property is that we can’t ever count on other countries to protect Americans. Even New Zealand can be bought off (Kim Dotcom has made large donations to the NZ government in exchange for being shielded from prosecution). So it’s a problem of Comprehensive Patent Reform won’t protect Americans against foreign thieves. That’s just one reason conservatives are increasingly | Read More »
For those not keeping score at home…
I just thought I’d take a moment and remind you guys how 2016 is shaping up. Right now, it’s 15-4. On the Republican side, we have Jeb Bush, Bobby Jindal, Chris Christie, Rick Perry, Mike Huckabee, and Scott Walker, all of whom are current or former governors. We also have Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100%, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) 87%, [mc_name | Read More »
Perhaps that ‘Bush’ surname isn’t quite the ultimate political poison, after all.
The rehabilitation of George W Bush continues, to the displeasure of various and sundry folks.
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That’s a nice mention
Where do Republican Presidential candidates go in the media? I recognize one of the places. Erick Erickson has a trifecta — an afternoon radio show, a leading role at a website (Red State Blog) and an annual conference that draws the likes of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 92%, Scott Walker and Jeb Bush. He’s a Fox News contributor. Conservative leaders whisper in | Read More »
Adventures in education: the field trip to a sex-toy store
I suppose if you think so little of your kid (not to mention your self respect) that you’d send him off to something called The Gaia Democratic School, you lose your right to complain. A sex education teacher has drawn the ire of parents after taking middle- and high-school students on a field trip to an adult novelty store in Minneapolis. Gaia Democratic School director | Read More »
“Drones”: New Muse album is emotional, antiwar, and awesome
In taking a break from the politics of the day, let’s talk about the music of the day. Muse, the alternative rock band out of England, has long been a favorite of mine, typically because the music is just so well done. You could strip away the lyrics (which more recently have been a bit hit-or-miss for me), leave the music, and still have extremely | Read More »
George Bush more popular than Obama
This is pretty much karma on steroids and PCP. Americans now have a more favorable view of former President George W. Bush than they do of President Barack Obama. It is the first time in more than a decade that Americans have expressed a favorable view of Bush, at least according to a new CNN/ORC poll released Wednesday. Story Continued Below Bush is seen in | Read More »
Michigan Democrat wants state monitoring of homeschooled kids
Did you think the purpose of government-run schools is to teach kids to read, write, and calculate? Silly citizen. The real purpose, in the eyes of today’s progressives, is to ensure that children are being monitored by the state. That’s the natural conclusion I draw from Michigan HB 4498, a Democrat-introduced bill that would place special monitoring requirements on homeschoolers.
Turkey’s quiet Christian genocide
Nearly everyone but the Obama administration has heard of the genocide of Turkey’s Armenian minority in which as many as 1.5 million Armenians were deliberately murdered by the Turkish government. While the Armenians were targeted for their ethnicity, what is widely overlooked is the fact that the Armenians were Orthodox Christians who inconveniently enjoyed conspicuous success in an Islamic nation. Now that the Turks have | Read More »
We may have reached Peak Feminism
Most everyone is familiar with the travails of Dr. Laura Kipnis, a professor at Northwestern University. Because of an opinion piece she wrote she was hit with a Title IX complaint by a couple of students (the leader of the mob is pictured above, Lauren Leydon-Hardy, @leydonhardy. And yes, she is sort of cute in that rabid-feminist-dominatrix-librarian kind of way.) Things seemed less amusing when I received an | Read More »
There’s a Tom Petty song about MSNBC
Via Dylan Byers at POLITICO: Fox News and CNN did well in the ratings for May, a reflection of a month full of breaking news. MSNBC? Not so much. MSNBC decreased 9 percent in total viewers and 19 percent in the 25- to 54-year-old demo compared to last year, for about 301,000 total viewers and 83,000 in the demo. In Monday through Sunday prime time, | Read More »
California tries to crush the porn industry and fails
You have to give California credit. The California regulatory state seems poised to succeed where everyone from religious groups to radical feminists have failed. California stands on the cusp of crushing the porn industry in that state. Last week, California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHA) proposed a new raft of safety standards for porn production sets in the state, raising ire and | Read More »
Medical Innovation v. Government Regulation
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Allysen Efferson are joined by Dr. Tom Stossel to discuss his book Pharmaphobia: How the Conflict of Interest Myth Undermines American Medical Innovation, the relationship between regulators and drug companies, and the problem with academics.
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Goldilocks and the Four Bills – In Washington D.C., In Search of ‘Just Right’
We (almost) all know the fairy tale. Goldilocks breaks into the Three Bears’ house. She tries their food and their furniture. Some were too hot and too hard – some too cold and too soft. She was on a mission of sorts – looking for the things that were “Just right.” This is Washington D.C. – just as anti-Reality as any fairy tale. But with | Read More »