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    The denial of Jonathan Gruber

    The denial of Jonathan Gruber

    Well, Jon Gruber has been denied thrice… but it ain’t cock crow yet. In case you are wondering who Jonathan Gruber is and why we care about him it is because he was a consultant to the Democrats when Obamacare was being developed and the eminence grise behind the law. He has also been taped on at least four occasions saying untoward things which potentially affect Obamacare’s | Read More »

    The triumph of partisanship

    The triumph of partisanship

    In the 1967 move, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, liberal parents have the depths of their liberalism plumbed when their daughter brings home a black man as her fiance. According to Cass Sunstein, political identity is now a more potent organizing force in society than racism: Researchers have long asked such questions about race, and have found that along important dimensions, racial prejudice is decreasing. | Read More »

    Sexagenarian leftist thinks soldiers are tools

    Sexagenarian leftist thinks soldiers are tools

    Yesterday I posted about an essay written by the previously unheralded David Masciotra in which he excoriated American society for its penchant for calling soldiers (and I use this term generically to encompass sailors, airmen, and marines rather than the bureaucratic “servicemembers”) heroes rather than baby killers or something he’d prefer. I noted: Masciotra’s subtext is simply garden variety anti-Americanism that was the state of | Read More »

    Why I’ve given up on polls

    Why I've given up on polls

    There has been a lot of discussion over the past week on polls and why polling for the 2014 elections was so bad. As Sean Trende of RealClearPolitics said: As Tuesday night got going, most people suspected that Republicans were headed for a good night. This, after all, was what the polls strongly suggested.  Instead, they had a great night. What is odd is that, | Read More »

    Unaccomplished hipster explains why soldiers are not heroes

    Unaccomplished hipster explains why soldiers are not heroes

    Earlier in the week some guy named David Masciotra writing at the failed group blog, Salon, garnered a lot of attention and page views for himself and his employer by trolling the internet via a diatribe titled You don’t protect my freedom: Our childish insistence on calling soldiers heroes deadens real democracy. Once you dig through the obligatory, leftwing gibberish (stuff like “frightening cultural streak | Read More »

    Obama’s Libyan adventure continues to bear fruit

    Obama's Libyan adventure continues to bear fruit

    Via the Huffington Post: The mantra that we need to train the forces of friendly governments and, for that matter, rebel groups, may have become a staple of every 21st century Western intervention in the Middle East, but sometimes things just go wrong. Really wrong. A new generation of the Libyan army was supposed to be trained in the West as part of international efforts | Read More »

    Message to the GOP: Governing is not crony capitalism

    Message to the GOP: Governing is not crony capitalism

    As the new Congress sets its agenda, there will be an incredible amount of pressure put on the new GOP majority to pass bills, regardless of substance, with bipartisan support to prove it can “govern.” Yesterday Utah Senator Mike Lee posted a lengthy, by blog standards, essay at The Federalist, titled Mike Lee’s Plan to Fix Congress. It is a great read and deals in the | Read More »

    Obama’s press conference: a surly stew of delusions and insults

    Obama's press conference: a surly stew of delusions and insults

    Yesterday, in the aftermath of the trouncing the Democrats received at the polls Tuesday, Obama gave a press conference that was equal parts delusional and insulting. What it exhibited was a man so enamored with himself and so imbued with hubris that he is utterly incapable of conceiving of himself as anything other than a monarch. These are the key messages in his press conference | Read More »

    UK: Freedom of speech is very untidy. Let’s get rid of it.

    UK: Freedom of speech is very untidy. Let's get rid of it.

    The road to Hell, they say, is paved with good intentions. The government of British Prime Minister David Cameron seems poised, in the service of tolerance, civility, and comity, to make free speech extinct in the United Kingdom. A Conservative spokesman said: “Freedom of expression and freedom of speech are a vital part of a democratic society. “In Government, Conservatives have always tried to strike | Read More »

    2014 Elections as Rashomon

    2014 Elections as Rashomon

    In the classic 1950 Japanese film, Rashomon, Akira Kurosawa tells the story of a crime as seen through the eyes of participants and witnesses, preventing the viewer with a very different interpretation of events. We are seeing much the same in descriptions of what the 2014 elections mean. These descriptions are all predicated on the assumption that the GOP will retain a majority in the | Read More »

    White House meddles in South Dakota senate campaign

    White House meddles in South Dakota senate campaign

    With only days left before Election Day, the FBI has taken the unprecedented step of announcing it is opening an investigation into and incident that happened when GOP candidate Mike Rounds was governor of South Dakota. This is based on an incident that is three years old and has already been investigated by other authorities. Via National Review: The FBI’s confirmation came nearly three years | Read More »

    @BuzzFeed continues orgy of self-beclowning

    @BuzzFeed continues orgy of self-beclowning

    Only two days after posting on why BuzzFeed is not trusted by either right or left, BuzzFeed continued to provide proof of the accuracy of that statement. While the crux of the post was about a Pew poll that rated BuzzFeed, except for its collection of celebrity T&A and Facebook quizzes, as totally unreliable, we pointed out the cheap, reflexive hit BuzzFeed did on GOP | Read More »

    New York court allows uncle and niece to marry

    New York court allows uncle and niece to marry

    On Wednesday,the New York ruled that an uncle can legally marry his niece. Via the New York Post: The state’s highest court has toppled a cultural taboo — legalizing a degree of incest, at least between an uncle and niece — in a unanimous ruling. While the laws against “parent-child and brother-sister marriages . . . are grounded in the almost universal horror with which such marriages | Read More »

    Neil DeGrasse Tyson Practices Theology

    Neil DeGrasse Tyson Practices Theology

    With the secular media convinced that Pope Francis is on the verge of disavowing Christianity (that, of course, excludes those of you reading this who are already convince Catholics jettisoned Christianity centuries ago), a very unremarkable statement by him set the internet buzzing: Pope Francis has waded into the controversial debate over the origins of human life, saying the big bang theory did not contradict | Read More »

    Why does Obama’s crisis management suck?

    Why does Obama's crisis management suck?

    An article in Business Week titled Obama Is Too Cool for Crisis Management (@JoshuaGreen) uses the administration’s management of the Ebola crisis, a crisis that is 100% the creation of the administration, to criticize how Obama has responded to the non-ending series of crises his administration has faced. Despite the title the article is generally positive. It blames the public for not understanding Obama. It | Read More »