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New poll shows continued resistance to federal government role in health care

Posted by  ▪  November 28, 2012
Debate must be refocused on health care, not health insurance. President Obama may have secured reelection from the American people, but that doesn’t mean that they support his view that the federal government should have its hand in ensuring that all of its citizens have health insurance. The Gallup poll indicates 54% of Americans believe…
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Plot against Susan Rice no longer racist, now part of plan to get Scott Brown elected

Posted by  ▪  November 28, 2012
So suggests Andrea Mitchell. If only, if only Republicans had the ability to play that kind of chess. We’re checker players, alas. We actually oppose Susan Rice because of her background prior to Benghazi and her deception or wilfull ignorance over Benghazi. It’s that simple. We can’t play long-ball, alas. What…
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How many polar bears must die so that we can read Nick Kristof in a hurricane?

Posted by  ▪  November 28, 2012

NY Times has massive off-grid power generators

This is a follow up to my post Dear generator-owning homeowners, do not invite Nick Kristof over next time there is a hurricane, regarding the complaint by NY Times columnist Nick Kristof about rich people with off-grid electricity generators: That’s how things often work in America. Half-a-century of tax cuts focused on…
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100% Plus Taxation Still Key To Permanent Dem Majority

Posted by  ▪  November 28, 2012

It’s not just handouts, it’s also givebacks

I have written several times about the implicit marginal rate which makes it economically irrational for a  poor or lower-middle class wage earner to make more money because of the loss of government benefits the higher income incurs. Back in November 2009, I saw the government benefits trap as a key political…
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Simon Cowell gets Swatted, media notices

Posted by  ▪  November 28, 2012
Simon Cowell was swatted yesterday, via L.A. Weekly: Simon Cowell is the latest victim of a “swatting” prank, according to reports and authorities. Someone called Beverly Hills cops and said someone “had been tied up with duct tape and needed assistance” at the local home of the X Factor creator and judge, according to a…
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Call that part of that generation’s bluff

Posted by  ▪  November 28, 2012
My first reaction when I read this over at Instapundit: THERE’S A REASON IT’S CALLED GIRLS, AND NOT WOMEN: The show’s main character, played by Dunham herself, embodies all of this. In the first scene of the pilot, when her parents tell her they won’t be paying her bills any more, she loses…
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Free is Free

Posted by  ▪  November 28, 2012
and that’s all that matters. From Linda in Tennessee:
 

Rhode Island almost beats California

Posted by  ▪  November 27, 2012
For the top prize as the Worst-Run State. Via Yahoo Finance (h/t Danelle), California is the worst-run state, with Rhode Island just behind: 49. Rhode Island > Debt per capita: $9,018 (3rd highest) > Budget deficit: 13.4% (28th largest) > Unemployment: 11.3% (3rd highest) > Median household income: $53,636 (17th highest) > Pct. below poverty line: 14.7% (24th…
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The missile defense Epistemic Closure of the “reality-based community”

Posted by  ▪  November 27, 2012

How will the really, really smart set come to grips with Iron Dome and Magic Wand?

Less than 2 years ago Rachel Maddow, unofficial spokeswoman for the really, really smart “reality-based community,” parroted the left-wing line that missile defense cannot work, despite evidence to the contrary. Via Newsbusters (emphasis mine) MADDOW: You know what? Here’s the country, here’s the kind of thing you put over like a cake to protect the…
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Wishcasting the 2012 Presidential Election

Guest Post by William M. Briggs  ▪  November 27, 2012
Meteorologists who examine their prognosticative skill often notice a curious phenomena.  Forecasts for snow on December Twenty-fourths and Twenty-fifths have higher probabilities than forecasts for Twenty-sixths or Twenty-sevenths.  This disparity is inverted on the Fourth of July, where probabilities for rain are lower than for the Fifth.  Surely nature doesn’t have a…
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NY Times’ lawyer takes NY Times Editorial Board to task on Citizens United

Posted by  ▪  November 27, 2012
Floyd Abrams, a senior partner at the law firm I worked at right out of law school, wrote a Letter to the Editor of The New York Times explaining why the Times got it wrong in attacking Justice Alito’s defense of Citizens United. Citizens United is one of the most demagogued decisions…
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Straw Man Arguments In Support of Fordham

Posted by  ▪  November 27, 2012
I really try not to get into Twitter arguments. But when Bridgette Dunlap of Fordham Law School objected to my tweet linking to an article at The Daily Caller, OPINION: Shame and censorship at Fordham, well, I took the bait. Bridgette, a post-graduate public interest Fellow, was one of the people who circulated the…
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Blushing

Posted by  ▪  November 27, 2012
From a reader this morning. Perhaps in response to my post. Dear Professor Jacobson: I’m not sure quite how or when I discovered your excellent blog, but I am certainly glad that I did, and that you are writing it. So, thank you. As an interested reader, I appreciate the timeliness, relevance and clarity of…
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Another item for The Elizabeth Warren File

Posted by  ▪  November 27, 2012

LETTER: Warren didn’t stand up for low-income Harvard employees

When I was a guest on Nightside with Dan Rea (audio of last appearance — no audio of show mentioned below) shortly prior to the election, a caller brought up an incident in 2009 when Elizabeth Warren and other Harvard Law faculty did nothing, and did not offer up their own pay cuts, to…
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You go first

Posted by  ▪  November 27, 2012
Somehow I don’t think the driver believes this bumper sticker applies to him. Spotted in Ithaca:
 

The Epistemic Closure of the Epistemic Closure Pundits

Posted by  ▪  November 26, 2012
Not THAT again. More “right-wing epistemic closure” rhetoric.  It’s all the rage these days in the wake of Mitt Romney’s loss (keeping a large House majority and gaining in the States conveniently is ignored or belittled). The theory goes that the “right wing” lives in a media bubble and ignores contrary information.  I…
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Branco Cartoon – Oops

Posted by  ▪  November 26, 2012
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