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Remembering Chicago’s victims

Posted by  ▪  July 22, 2012
A mass murder like Aurora, Colorado, naturally grabs the headlines and attention, as it should.  A presidential recognition of the murders is appropriate. Yet more than twice as many people have been murdered this month in the president’s hometown of Chicago than were killed in the Aurora shooting.  They are just statistics for whom there…
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Still legal in Texas

Posted by  ▪  July 22, 2012
From reader Charles: I have been reading your blog for some time and enjoy your bumper sticker feature. I found this one in a parking lot in Irving, Texas (I live in Fort Worth).
 

Saturday Night Card Game (Analysis: Colorado shooter likely not wingnut because didn’t target gays, Muslims or foreigners)

Posted by  ▪  July 21, 2012
We’re making progress, of sorts.  Not everyone jumped in with Brian Ross and ABC News in trying to link Colorado shooter James Holmes to the Tea Party. One left-wing blogger quickly wrote that he did not suspect a Tea Party connection because, in his view, a real wingnut would have targeted a more artsy film…
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Elizabeth Warren’s Google search term problem

Posted by  ▪  July 21, 2012
I have posted about Elizabeth Warren’t Google search bar auto-fill problem both in the United States and Japan. I recently discovered the Google Insights for Search tool, which provides information gathered by Google based on search terms  As opposed to the auto-fill problem, this doesn’t measure what links Google is returning, but what…
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When political correctness runs amok, it will look like the Mayor of Boston

Posted by  ▪  July 21, 2012
The Mayor of Boston thinks he has the right to deny business permits to a business if he doesn’t like the views of the owners of the business on gay marriage. From The Boston Herald: Mayor Thomas M. Menino is vowing to block Chick-fil-A from bringing its Southern-fried fast-food empire to Boston —…
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In the land of Oz

Posted by  ▪  July 21, 2012
down under, these tweets were posted. From a blog you should check out, Cattalaxy Files (“Australia’s leading libertarian and centre-right blog”), which one of our commenters frequents. Be sure to click on embedded links. On guns: In the unarmed country the man with the illegal weapon rules bit.ly/NQfAtZ— CatallaxyFiles (@CatallaxyFiles) July 21, 2012 On “you didn’t build…
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The You Didn’t Build It Act of 2012

Posted by  ▪  July 21, 2012
To make it perfectly clear to those of you who want to keep more than a hunk of your money, who think you are successful because you are smarter or worked harder, who think you built that business, good for you… but don’t think that just because you pay 70% of income taxes that you have paid…
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He is the 1

Posted by  ▪  July 21, 2012
Give me an H, give me a U, …. From reader Joseph: I’m not sure what your policy concerning license plates and revealing them but the combination of the map of Greece and hubris was one I could not pass up passing it on to you. Taken in Teaneck, NJ. The other stickers are…
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Why even look for a Tea Party connection?

Posted by  ▪  July 20, 2012
After a day of the media investigating James Holmes, the mass murderer at the Aurora, Colorado movie theater, a profile is emerging of someone who did not have any overt political agenda or affiliation. Yet once again, the Tea Party was injected into the crime through a media which immediately looked for…
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Ahmadinejad comes close to claiming credit for Bulgaria bombing as victims buried (Update)

Posted by  ▪  July 20, 2012
Israel has accused Iran through Hezbollah of being behind the bombing of a tourist bus in Bulgaria. Iran’s President came pretty close yesterday to claiming responsibility even as Iran formally denies involvement, via Times of Israel: Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gloated publicly on Thursday over the deaths of Israelis in a terror bombing in…
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About those polls

Posted by  ▪  July 20, 2012
Jay Cost doesn’t see malevolent intent, just a history of oversampling Democrats consistently across a variety of polling organizations: The clear answer is: they skew Democratic. In fact, every recent registered voter poll with party spreads I could identify had a Democratic advantage that exceeded the quarter-century trend. And the average of…
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Judge rules NYC transit unlawfully banned pro-Israel, anti-Jihad poster

Posted by  ▪  July 20, 2012
A federal judge has invalidated a New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority ban on a pro-Israel, anti-Jihad poster, because the standard the MTA applied — whether an advertisement was “demeaning” to certain groups — was unconstitutional because it discriminated on the basis of content of speech in what the court found to…
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Reaction building to Obama’s “you didn’t build that” speech

Posted by  ▪  July 20, 2012
Reaction to Obama’s imitation of Elizabeth Warren is, um, building. Bristol Palin is collecting stories at her blog from people around the country, some of which are in this video The Romney campaign is out with t-shirts (h/t jimzinsocal): There’s also a parody site, You didn’t build that (h/t PhillyGuy and hepcat). Meanwhile, Obama called the…
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Aurora, CO shooting (Update: ABC News in damage control mode)

Posted by  ▪  July 20, 2012
A gunman identified as James Holmes killed 12 people at the opening of the new Batman movie. Details still are unclear as to who he is, but ABC News already has blamed the Tea Party because there is someone with a similar name who is a member of a local Tea Party…
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I hope this person fails

Posted by  ▪  July 20, 2012
From reader Scott: Hello again from Raleigh, NC. I rolled up on the following Volvo and the first thing that popped into my head was, “triple fail”. From the disastrous, Jon Stewart-led “Restore Sanity Rally”, to the even more epic “99%” spectacle, the Obama 2012 seemed the perfect “three-and-out” for its owner. Bonus…
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Shopping list

Posted by  ▪  July 19, 2012
Via Think Progress: … you may be unwittingly helping finance right-wing attack ads. That’s because many of the country’s most common brands are run by rich conservatives who are using their personal wealth to bankroll outside spending groups that are running attack ads smearing progressives…. The following list of consumer brands either have leaders…
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Still, they taunt me

Posted by  ▪  July 19, 2012
I know I shouldn’t take these sort of things personally. But really, must they taunt me? In case you missed it: