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“Does anyone have water?”

Posted by  ▪  November 20, 2011
I have not been particularly sympathetic to the activities of Occupy protests around the country, as the message often is one of self-wallowing pity, misplaced blame, and in some cases, vile rhetoric.  The conduct often has been violent. There is a video circulating of police at the University of California - Davis using pepper…
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On 11-8-2008 Robert Novak looked into the future and saw … Newt

Posted by  ▪  November 20, 2011
Robert Novak, writing just after Obama defeated John McCain and Democrats solidified their hold on Congress, predicted that Republicans would turn to Newt Gingrich to lead them back to presidential power in 2012, Newt in 2012? (via @jmartpolitico): In serious conversations among Republicans since their election debacle Tuesday, what name is mentioned most often…
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Baroke

Posted by  ▪  November 20, 2011
Thanks to reader Cathy who writes: Spotted at Sonny’s BBQ, Sanford Florida, today at lunch. My favorite is lower left. ‘and we thought Carter sucked’. AmenPersonally, I prefer the “Tell Barack I’m baroke.”
 

Romney going all out in Iowa

Posted by  ▪  November 19, 2011
As reported by The NY Times, Romney Shifts in Iowa, Playing to Win Quickly: Mr. Romney, who has been cautiously calibrating expectations about his chances in a state full of social conservatives, is now playing to win the Iowa caucuses. Television commercials are on the way, volunteers are arriving and a stealth…
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Saturday Night Card Game (Never let a good child abuse case go to waste)

Posted by  ▪  November 19, 2011
This is the latest in a series on the use of the race card for political gain: The child abuse accusations against Jerry Sandusky rightly have captured the attention of the nation.  The protests of students after it was announced the Joe Paterno was removed as head coach also rightly were condemned…
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How we should discuss income inequality

Posted by  ▪  November 19, 2011
I’ve been trying to articulate the way to engage with OWS-sympathizers for the past few weeks. It’s hard to write-off some aspects of the OWS gripes: some sectors have seen an inordinate amount of favoritism from the government while a lot of the middle class has fallen on hard times. My…
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Florida Senate seat in play

Posted by  ▪  November 19, 2011
I previously posted about Connie Mack IV’s decision to run for the Senate, and wondered what his chances would be. Looks like they are pretty good, according to Rasmussen: Republican Congressman Connie Mack changed his mind late last month about challenging longtime Democratic Senator Bill Nelson in 2012, and now he finds himself…
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Sheldon Whitehouse, luckiest investor in America?

Posted by  ▪  November 19, 2011
Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who has been vicious in his attacks on opponents of Obamacare, is accused of insider trading in the days before the October 2008 market crash: Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island also made a  flurry of trades in the days after the Paulson-Bernanke meeting with  legislators. At minimum, Whitehouse sold $250,000 in…
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Newt and Mitt 1994

Posted by  ▪  November 19, 2011
I have started watching videos from the earlier days of Newt and Romney.  I wasn’t politically conscious in 1994, so much of this is new to me. I find the contrasts interesting, including this short clip of Romney running from “the time of Reagan-Bush,” and the somewhat longer clips below regarding the Contract for…
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We will fight them in the elevators

Posted by  ▪  November 19, 2011
Thanks to reader Jennifer who writes … you are familiar with the cute little posters inside the elevators at Hampton Inns these days. This is the one in my elevator this morning in Asheville NC. Between the time I went down for breakfast and came back up, someone had placed a “bumper sticker”…
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Brian Leiter is upset about blog traffic

Posted by  ▪  November 18, 2011
I have been warned almost since I started blogging that one of these days I would show up on University of Chicago Law School Professor Brian Leiter’s radar and that his world-renowned pettiness and nastiness would be visited upon me. But at least I’m in good company [added: link broken a/o 11-21-2011 10:45…
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Open – Shocking Breaking News Edition

Posted by  ▪  November 18, 2011
Shocking breaking news — Newt Gingrich’s health care policy consulting firm earned consulting fees from health care companies interested in health care policy! Shocking breaking news — Water is wet. Shocking breaking news — Taylor Marsh has harsh words about Sarah Palin. Shocking breaking news – some guy who loves broken windows said Failure is Good. Shocking breaking…
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The EU sense of humor.

Posted by  ▪  November 18, 2011
It’s easy to pick on the EU’s operation in Brussels. When they aren’t spending six figures on cocktail parties, they choose to spend their time whining or condemning things normal people don’t even think to discuss. For example: Brussels bureaucrats were ridiculed yesterday after banning drink manufacturers from claiming that water can…
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It’s all going according to plan

Posted by  ▪  November 18, 2011
Detroit becomes Central Falls. Can you say “bailout”?  (h/t reader Thomas) Watch the latest video at video.foxbusiness.com
 

Good and bad cyberwar news

Posted by  ▪  November 18, 2011
First the good news, completely unconfirmed but great to speculate about: Is the Stuxnet computer malworm back on the warpath in Iran? Exhaustive investigations into the deadly explosion last Saturday, Nov. 12 of the Sejil-2 ballistic missile at the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Alghadir base point increasingly to a technical fault originating in the…
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“There is no such thing in America as 99 percent!”

Posted by  ▪  November 18, 2011
Newt Gingrich got “mic checked” while giving a speech in Iowa Jacksonville, FL, via Raw Story (h/t @BillHobbs): The activists began to chant something about “the 99 percent” before being drowned out by tea party supporters. “Hold on,” Gingrich told the crowd. “I want to answer you very directly. There is no such th…
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“It is with regret and unflinching moral certainty …”

Posted by  ▪  November 18, 2011
that Ann Barnhardt issued the following statement (emphasis in original)(h/t reader Charles): Dear Clients, Industry Colleagues and Friends of Barnhardt Capital Management, It is with regret and unflinching moral certainty that I announce that Barnhardt Capital Management has ceased operations. After six years of operating as an independent introducing brokerage, and eight years of…
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