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    Gary Peters (D-MI) vs. The Michigan Economy

    Gary Peters (D-MI) vs. The Michigan Economy

    Gary Peters, the Democrat candidate running to replace Carl Levin in the Senate, has decided to run on a campaign of ruining the Michigan Economy by destroying America’s manufacturing sector, especially the manufacture of automobiles: Michigan Senate candidate Gary Peters wants voters — and elected officials — to know one thing: you can’t talk about climate change without talking about jobs. “I think from an | Read More »

    The Atlantic’s Factually Challenged Attack on the Supreme Court

    The Atlantic's Factually Challenged Attack on the Supreme Court

    Garrett Epps, writing yesterday in The Atlantic, unleashed a nakedly partisan and brazenly inaccurate attack on the Supreme Court that is transparently designed to sway the way the Justices decide the Halbig case. The headline of Epps’ piece blaringly decries “The Extreme Partisanship of John Roberts’ Supreme Court”: “Politics are closely divided,” John Roberts told scholar Jeffrey Rosen after his first term as chief justice. “The same with the Congress. There | Read More »

    Taxpayer Funded Police Intimidation

    Taxpayer Funded Police Intimidation

    I am sure that we have all seen the ads where some highway safety department or another attempts to threaten the citizenry into compliance with some set of traffic laws or another. The Federal government spends about a billion dollars a year promoting these ads in the form of grants to state agencies, and then the states spend an additional sum themselves which, God only knows how | Read More »

    IRS Lawyers Admit Lois Lerner Obstructed Justice

    IRS Lawyers Admit Lois Lerner Obstructed Justice

    Via FoxNews, IRS lawyers have dropped a bombshell admission that Lois Lerner’s Blackberry was intentionally wiped and destroyed after the start of the Congressional probe into the activities of her division: Lois Lerner’s Blackberry was intentionally destroyed after Congress had begun its probe into IRS targeting of conservative groups, a senior IRS lawyer acknowledged in a sworn declaration. Thomas Kane, Deputy Assistant Chief Counsel for | Read More »

    New Abortion Barbie Ad Accuses Greg Abbott of Being Pro Cancer

    New Abortion Barbie Ad Accuses Greg Abbott of Being Pro Cancer

    Not to be outdone in attack ad desperation by Mark Pryor, Abortion Barbie Wendy Davis has decided to accuse Greg Abbott of essentially being pro-cancer: As you might have guessed, the ad uses shock value to make up for what it lacks in factual accuracy. This takedown of Abortion Barbie’s ad by Austin’s local NBC affiliate is pretty brutal, even though it is clearly trying | Read More »

    Mark Pryor (D-AR) Accuses Tom Cotton of Being Pro-Ebola

    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 »

    Pessimism is the New Black

    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

    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 Society Without Standards

    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 »

    Mary Landrieu Draws a Prominent Democrat Challenger

    Mary Landrieu Draws a Prominent Democrat Challenger

    The Hayride comes some dire news for embattled incumbent Mary Landrieu (D-LA), as she has drawn a challenger from the left who may siphon away some of her more reliable voters: A bad month for Sen. Mary Landrieu just got a bit worse in the wake of qualifying for her reelection attempt last week. Down in the aggregate in polls entering the month, during it she began falling behind | Read More »

    Bill Cassidy Slams Mary Landrieu on Qualifying Day

    Bill Cassidy Slams Mary Landrieu on Qualifying Day

    Today is Qualifying Day in Louisiana, and embattled incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu and her presumptive challenger Republican Bill Cassidy both hit the ground running. Landrieu’s chief pitch to the voters of Louisiana seems to be that she has a lot of seniority that they should not throw away; Cassidy took the opportunity to point out that Landrieu’s seniority thus far has not gotten the State | Read More »

    Cheri Bustos (D-IL) Reneges on Promise to Return 10% of Congressional Pay

    Cheri Bustos (D-IL) Reneges on Promise to Return 10% of Congressional Pay

    Cheri Bustos (D) and Bobby Schilling (R) are engaged in a rematch of their 2012 Congressional race to represent Illinois’s 17th Congressional district. Schilling rode the wave election of 2010 to a stunning victory over Phil Hare. Then in 2012, Bustos rode Obama’s coattails and an unfavorably redrawn district to a victory over Schilling. During the course of that campaign the candidates conducted an interview | Read More »

    Police Officer in Ferguson Threatens to Kill Protester

    Police Officer in Ferguson Threatens to Kill Protester

    Via NYMag comes some pretty shocking video from Ferguson last night. By all media accounts, last night was the first night of relative calm in several days and the crowd had settled in to peaceful protest. In the middle of this comes two astonishing videos of a police officer (I cannot tell which department he is with) threatening to kill protesters who were engaged in | Read More »

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    A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Fascist

    A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Fascist

    I suppose that it was inevitable during the course of this Ferguson fracas that the entitled cop worldview would be heard from in a public forum. Here at last the Washington Post has published this column by a former L.A. cop named Sunil Datta and it is hopefully a real eye opener. I always like it when titles let you know exactly what sort of | Read More »

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    Some of the Ferguson Pushback Begins to Look Sketchy

    Some of the Ferguson Pushback Begins to Look Sketchy

    At the outset, we should emphasize that a tremendous amount of fog of war is still clouding our ability to know exactly what happened in Ferguson. My contention all along has been that the self-exonerating reports of police should be greeted with equal suspicion as self-exonerating reports of suspects. Two pieces of alleged evidence have come forth today and have been touted by the reflexive | Read More »