Questions of the Day

November 25, 2012

Why should any Republican view Harry Reid as an honest interlocutor given Reid’s lies about Mitt Romney’s tax returns? Why shouldn’t Reid’s be on the receiving end of political retribution as swiftly as possible given his many unkindnesses towards the truth during the presidential campaign? And finally, why should Barack Obama be trusted, given that he [...]

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How to Completely and Totally Exhaust Yourself

November 24, 2012

Read this. The imagine trying to comply with it, especially given the fact that the TSA keeps changing its security routines and procedures, as Stewart Baker points out. There are better ways to ensure airport security. Too bad the TSA insists on eschewing innovation.

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Obamacare = A Very Ugly Employment Picture

November 24, 2012

I have noted this story of a community college that is going to cut work hours for its adjunct faculty and temporary workers in order to avoid the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that the community college pay for health insurance for all of its employees. As anyone might have guessed, this is all just the [...]

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More on Human Rights Abuses in Iran

November 24, 2012

Read and weep. The comments to the story, it should be said, are almost as bad as the actual story–filled with people who stupidly try to claim that there is no difference between the human rights record of the United States government, and that of the Islamic regime in Iran. The overwhelming majority of Iranians, [...]

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“Peace” in the Middle East

November 23, 2012

So, just a couple days ago, a cease-fire was finally agreed to between Israel and Hamas. Good thing that happened before, say, any suicide bombings in Tel Aviv. Oh, wait. Meanwhile, Mohammed Morsi, the Egyptian president who has gotten credit for establishing the cease-fire, is busy killing off the Arab Spring in his country: Egypt’s [...]

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Obamacare Has Consequences

November 21, 2012

Behold: Community College Of Allegheny County will cut the hours some instructors to avoid paying for their health insurance coverage under new Affordable Care Act rules. CCAC President Alex Johnson announced in an email to employees last week that the school would cut course loads and hours for some 200 adjunct faculty members and 200 additional employees. [...]

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MSNBC Is Hacktacular

November 21, 2012

We all know that, of course. But here are the numbers to prove it.

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In Which I Pretend to Be Marco Rubio

November 21, 2012

Let’s say that I were in Senator Marco Rubio’s place, and I were asked how old the Earth is. I would like to think that my answer would be the following: The Earth is approximately 4.54 billion years old. The science on that is as close to a dead-bang certainty as you get in this [...]

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The FEMA Relief Effort for Hurricane Sandy Is Going Very Badly

November 18, 2012

Details here. Don’t feel bad if you didn’t know about this. It’s not like there is a Republican president, so it would be wrong to expect that there would be wall-to-wall news coverage of this issue.

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Fingers Crossed

November 18, 2012

I hope the end of Hostess does not mean the end of Twinkies. How else will we measure the amount of paranormal activity in New York?

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And So, the Reachout to Latinos Begins

November 18, 2012

I am glad to see that Republicans have begun to build bridges to the Latino community, and have begun the work of allowing prudent and sober Republican voices to be heard on the issue of immigration reform. This was long overdue, but better late than never. Hopefully, this is just the start of Republican efforts [...]

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Iran Update

November 18, 2012

The torture of dissidents continues: The mother was adamant: she would not accept blood money for the death of her child. She even told off Iran’s powerful security forces, who were offering to pay her the diyeh and warning her family not to file charges against the police. “[She] said, ‘I only want those responsible [...]

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The Obama Campaign’s Tech Advantage

November 17, 2012

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to do two things. Thing 1: Read this. Thing 2: Tell me why Mitt Romney’s tech team could not be this proficient.

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Justice Samuel Alito at the Federalist Society

November 17, 2012

Justice Alito made a number of comments to the Federalist Society annual dinner, which got picked up here. Part of the comments were dedicated to defending the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United: Alito said arguments can be made for overturning Citizens United, but not the popular one that boils down to one line: Corporations [...]

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Benghazi Bungles (A Continuing Series)

November 17, 2012

So, it would appear that just three days after the attacks on the American consulate in Benghazi, President Obama was informed that the attack was a jihadist operation. And yet, Susan Rice, the UN ambassador, was sent to tell the press–and by extension, the American people, that the attack was a spontaneous demonstration that resulted [...]

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Hell Is Other Blogs

November 16, 2012

This is what would happen if Jean-Paul Sartre took to scribbling online.

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More on the Continuing Obama Ground Game

November 16, 2012

Team Obama is not disbanding itself post-election. Quite the contrary; it is determined to keep its ground game intact in order to follow up its electoral victory with policy victories as well. See also the Obama-Biden campaign Tumblr, which is also sticking around to drive policy changes. What are Republicans and the right in general doing [...]

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Against Stupidity, Some Conservatives Contend–Hopefully Not in Vain

November 14, 2012

Bobby Jindal has decided to come out against “dumbed-down conservatism” and has stated that Republicans ought to stop being “the stupid party.” His comments could not have been better timed. The anti-intellectualism that has been expressed by some in the Republican party and the conservative movement is rejected by a great many in the party and [...]

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Where Is OUR Ground Game?

November 13, 2012

I’ve been on Team Obama’s e-mail list since 2008. I signed up then because I wanted to see whether I would learn the name of Barack Obama’s running mate before the rest of the media found out (as it turned out, CNN informed me that it would be Joe Biden even before Team Obama did), [...]

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Newest Pet Peeve

November 12, 2012

Can website operators please stop having video play on their sites before the users who opened their sites on a web browser have the chance to weigh in on whether they want video to be played in the first place? In my case, I open lots of tabs in quick succession, and then I go [...]

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