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Wisdom from Media Matters on scoring political points from violence

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 2:54pm

This was the tweet sent out by Media Matters when a radical environmentalist took hostages at the Discovery Channel in September 2010, and there was a concern about how violence by a “liberal” would be portrayed in the media:

 
 
 

Ames two straws short of a real poll

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 2:08pm

I don’t pretend to understand the internal politics behind the Iowa Ames straw poll, but I do understand the public perception.

Ames, like almost every “straw poll,” is about expectations and spin, trying to give momentum to candidates who need it, or crush candidate before they can gain momentum. A bad showing...

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Finally

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 11:00am

My Hydrangea Aspera Robusta is in bloom.  It is a strange looking beast.

Planted several years ago at the same time as the Oak Leaf:

 

 
 
 

I wrote a letter to Rahm Emanuel and I didn’t curse at all

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 10:00am

Dear Rahm,

Governor Christie has a right to get testy when questioned on his family’s decision to send their children to parochial school because he’s working to give all children the opportunity to get a great education, be it in a public school or elsewhere. You, however, are a union tool and,...

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Can you say “debt bomb” five times fast?

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 8:15am

Here is your overnight debt bomb defusing news:

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A bumper sticker of biblical proportions

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 7:00am

My first reaction when I saw this was, Holy – - – - !

Thanks to reader Paul who took this photo in the parking lot of a golf course in Massachusetts yesterday.

 
 
 

“If you believe in the 10th Amendment, stay out of their business.”

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 3:06pm

That’s Rick Perry’s position on the NY same-sex marriage law:

Perry, who is considering running for president, at a forum in Colorado on Friday called himself an “unapologetic social conservative” and said he opposes gay marriage — but that he’s also a firm believer in the 10th Amendment, the Associated Press reported.

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Another Iranian nuke scientist assassinated

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 1:08pm

Via AP:

 Gunmen on motorcycles assassinated an Iranian nuclear physicist on Saturday, Iranian media reports said, in a killing that bore similarities to other slayings of scientists involved in the country’s nuclear work in recent years.

The semi-official ISNA news agency identified the victim as Darioush Rezaei, a 35-year-old physics professor involved in...

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UNESCO Edits The Jews Out Of History (Again)

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 9:45am

A recent United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) report on Arab contributions to science has declared Moses ben Maimon (also known as Maimonides or Rambam), generally considered the greatest of medieval Jewish philosophers and theologians (and incidentally, among the most prominent physicians of his day) to have been a...

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If nothing else, Obama does “panic” well

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 8:15am

John Podhoretz notes that Obama is trying to talk the markets into a panic as part of Obama’s political strategy (emphasis mine):

An enraged Barack Obama just took to the nation’s airwaves to announce his ef...

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I hate when bumper stickers make me do work

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 7:00am

The final shot from my trip to San Francisco has a number of stickers which are not obvious.

The trite “when fascism comes to America …” speaks for itself.  But the two on either side of the license plate?  Those apparently are related to a group called the Dresden Dolls.  (Images here and here.)

And what’s with the hatred of Texas Oil?  Well, that related to California Prop. 23, an attempt to roll back California’s global warming legislation.  The ballot initiative was funded by two Texas oil companies (hence the “Texas Oil” on the bumper sticker), but the opponents rasied three times as much money and defeated the initiative.   Texas Oil haters celebrated.

Quite a long explanation for some lousy bumper stickers.

 
 
 

Obama: Let’s Raise Taxes To Reduce The Deficit So We Can Raise Spending

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 2:07am

In his news conference today, President Obama said:

As I said in the last press conference, if you’re a progressive you should want to get our fiscal house in order, because once we do, it allows us to then have a serious conversation about the investments that we need to make —...

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Sometimes news moves too fast for our own good

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, July 22, 2011 at 8:58pm

The Norwegian car bombing and almost simultaneous shooting had all the hallmarks of an al-Qaeda operation.  As the first reports emerged, I suggested a wait and see approach.

With the initial claim of responsibility from a known al-Qaeda group, the narrative seemed set and not particularly surprising; this looked like the London bombings. ...

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So where is this heading?

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, July 22, 2011 at 8:21pm

John Boehner has given up, for now, trying to negotiate a debt deal with Obama because Obama is insisting on a tax increase as part of any deal:

“In the end, we couldn’t connect. Not because of different personalities, but because of different visions for our country,” Boehner said in a letter...

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