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“This is called Obama being Obama”

Posted by  ▪  February 21, 2012
Some of my renowned “quick, newsy bits and links” of which I am so proud: Supreme Court ready to throw out affirmative action?  NY Times is worried, and at least one conservative thinks it’s lining up as a distinct possibility. Prop. 8 backers seek 9th Circuit en banc hearing, don’t go straight to…
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Matt and Jen: Rick from Northern VA suburbs really is Ricky Bobby from Deer Hunter, PA

Posted by  ▪  February 21, 2012
Oh, how times have changed. They built up reasonable solid conservative Rick from the Northern Virginia suburbs when it was necessary to stop Newt, but now that he’s a threat to Mitt, he’s Ricky Bobby from Deer Hunter, PA. The Drudge headline today, linking to this: All those nice “right” things (masterfully cataloged by this commenter at…
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Sheeee’s baaaack

Posted by  ▪  February 21, 2012
A PBS documentary about which supporters of Bill are not happy: Monica Lewinsky has attempted to keep a low-profile after her role in President Bill Clinton’s impeachment scandal made her name the butt of many late-night jokes. But she’s likely to become a topic of discussion again when PBS airs its much…
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Unwinding Wisconsin’s success

Posted by  ▪  February 21, 2012
That would be the result of a successful recall of Gov. Scott Walker. From Heritage Foundation via CharlieSykes:
 

WaPo wonders why birth control controversy it helped create is an election issue

Posted by  ▪  February 21, 2012
Being the mainstream media means making birth control an election issue, then wondering aloud why birth control is an election issue. Disingenuous Tweet of the Day: The tweet links to an article titled Birth control as election issue? Why? The issue of birth control has suddenly become an obsession of the 2012 presidential campaign. To…
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Obama using Israeli leaders in web campaign

Posted by  ▪  February 21, 2012
Obama has a Jewish problem because of his administration’s Israel policy.  I don’t think the Jewish problem is a great as some recent polling suggests, but there does seem to be movement. From the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood and anti-Israeli forces in Egypt and throughout the Middle East, to the unrelenting Iranian…
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Been there

Posted by  ▪  February 21, 2012
done that, on a smaller scale.  Didn’t work out that well. Spotted in a car rear window in Ithaca not far from my house:
 

The long and whining road

Posted by  ▪  February 20, 2012
thaaaat leads, to: This apology.  When do I get mine? And the award for the Most Underrated Blog Post of 2012 goes to …. (oh, how he must suffer for his art). TaxProf has tax charts showing charitable giving of various candidates. Television makes strange bedfellows.  Chris Matthews defends Pat Buchanan. In response to my post All your…
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In memory of blogger Gina Cobb

Posted by  ▪  February 20, 2012
Blogger Gina Cobb passed away at the end of last year, as announced in this January 21, 2012, blog post from her family: It is with tremendous sadness and sorrow that the family announces the recent passing of Gina Cobb. She departed very peacefully to her heavenly home on December 30, 2011. Gina…
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Obama approaches the key 50% mark

Posted by  ▪  February 20, 2012
If only Obama could get over 50%, he’d have a lock on re-election: Update:  Remember, because of the implicit marginal rate, people in this category face huge financial disincentives to earning more money.
 

Idioms need not apply

Posted by  ▪  February 20, 2012
“Chink in the armor” is a non-racial idiom, not a single word, denoting: A vulnerable area, as in Putting things off to the last minute is the chink in Pat’s armor and is bound to get her in trouble one day . This term relies on chink in the sense of “a crack…
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What is wrong with this picture?

Posted by  ▪  February 20, 2012
Other than everything? It’s a theme I’ve been harping on since the beginning of time, or at least the beginning of this campaign season.  Not being someone else is not a reason to vote for you. Oh, we’ll vote for you if the only someone else is Obama, but we will not be…
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A young Republican meets Occupy at CPAC

Posted by  ▪  February 20, 2012
It’s been a few days since I returned to Ithaca from my now-annual trip to CPAC with the Cornell College Republicans and, while I can’t help but think I wasn’t at the same conference as Erick Erickson, it was a great opportunity to meet other young conservatives and take in the…
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Not so happily-ever-aftering

Posted by  ▪  February 20, 2012
even up there in Scamalot. Thanks to reader Judy, who writes: I spotted this bumper sticker Saturday (2/18) in Rockport, Massachusetts. (The car was in a parking lot and I was on foot.)
 

Trouble, trouble trouble trouble

Posted by  ▪  February 19, 2012
The Trouble With Mitt: It is ludicrous to claim that the fault lies among conservatives for Romney’s precipitous drop among independents, which he’s endured over the past month (in some polls, it’s been a negative swing of 20 points), the primary reason he now lags Obama in most measures. Consider: since Romney…
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Insane brain revealed

Posted by  ▪  February 19, 2012
According to researchers, new MRI time-lapse techniques have been developed to track the brain waves of the insane. In a normal human, various brain waves representing essential cognitive functions rarely cross paths, and maintain more or less stable trajectories. In the insane, there are jagged trajectories in which thoughts and processes crisscross multiple…
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A Tyrannical Redux?

Posted by  ▪  February 19, 2012
The Arab Spring has sprung. But for us, it has been mostly doom and gloom, an extended winter. Throughout the Middle East, we have seen an uprising against the established order. In most cases, these uprisings have been overdue as the tyrants had their collective feet on the necks of the populace….
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