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    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 »

    Obama’s trashing of the economy: by the numbers

    Obama's trashing of the economy: by the numbers

    As you head to the polls next week, ask yourself that quintessential political question: are you better off today than you were 2, 4, or 6 years ago? Hell, are you better off today than you were last year? For the overwhelming majority of Americans the answer is a resounding no. Though the administration likes to highlight good economic news (remember Recovery Summer) they can | Read More »

    Obama: high risk for Ebola equals freedom; low risk equals quarantine

    Obama: high risk for Ebola equals freedom; low risk equals quarantine

    If the situation were not so serious, one would be tempted to let this bit of idiocy go. But it is and I won’t. When the CDC released its guidelines for dealing with the “heroes” who are working to stem the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, it created these parameters: As Obama promised yesterday: President Obama on Tuesday called the new guidelines “sensible, based in science” | Read More »

    Ebola Czar Missing in Action

    Ebola Czar Missing in Action

    Via the NY Daily News: There was confusion Monday over the government’s response to the Ebola crisis — and mystery over what President Obama’s Ebola czar was doing to address it. As the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said mandatory quarantines are not necessary for medical workers returning from West Africa, a U.S. Army general said that he and all his troops returning | Read More »

    CDC incompetence and dishonesty continue

    CDC incompetence and dishonesty continue

      If someone wanted to set off a public health panic in the United States they could do worse than hiring CDC Director Tom Frieden and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to set it in motion. If a year ago someone had told me that in 2014 we would be seriously concerned about the spread of a tropical disease, found only in a handful | Read More »

    Hey, white person, please send money

    I don’t know how many of you have received the unending barrage of shrill, implausible, and marginally literate of fund raising emails from the Democrats this year  but they have been a source of amusement to a lot of us. A couple of days ago one said that by raising $24K and some change (which would be triple matched, presumably by rich plutocrats) Democrats WILL | Read More »

    Why @BuzzFeed isn’t trusted by anyone explained in one post

    Why @BuzzFeed isn't trusted by anyone explained in one post

    Last week Pew Research released a study titled Political Polarization and Media Habits that evaluated various media outlets by how trustworthy they were presumed to be based on the respondent’s self-identified political beliefs. Some of it is hardly surprising: Down the list, the left is far more credulous about what they read or watch on television than any other group. This is hardly a surprise when | Read More »