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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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WaPo web traffic is a terrible thing to waste

Posted by  ▪  November 18, 2011
Jennifer Rubin needs an intervention.  Someone needs to convince her to stop beclowning herself in the Mittquest, Gingrich: The phony intellectual: When many in the mainstream media and far too many conservatives who should know better swoon over [Newt's] pronouncements, the cannier on the right and left justifiably roll their eyes in disgust….
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Elizabeth Warren decides not to mess with her day job

Posted by  ▪  November 18, 2011
Elizabeth Warren claimed to have provided the intellectual foundation for the Occupy movement, and of course, articulated one of the most pure redistributionist rationales which made her a hero of the Occupy movement. But Warren has found a place she does not want Occupied, her employer Harvard University. As reported by The Boston Herald: U.S….
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Doers v. Talkers

Posted by  ▪  November 18, 2011
Makes perfect sense.  Both car owners believe in freedom for all, but only one is willing to do something about it. Thanks to reader Joel who writes: Seen today as I walked to my car in the parking lot in Westlake Village (Ca). Of course, just next to it on the bumper’s left side…
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Open (not Newt/Romney/Cain)

Posted by  ▪  November 17, 2011
Trying my best to break the headlock Newt, Romney and Cain have placed on this blog. The rest of the world is falling apart: Who coulda predicted:  Israel watches as world rejects strict sanctions on Iran Only 4% of Republicans trust Michele Bachmann with a nuke. Mayhem Some guy said something about something. Conservatives thrown under the Minibus What…
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California Sup. Ct.: Prop 8 defenders have standing to defend marriage law

Posted by  ▪  November 17, 2011
The California Supreme Court has just resolved a major procedural issue as to Prop. 8, which codified the “one man, one woman” definition of marriage into the California Constitution after the California Supreme Court held that there was a state constitutional right for same-sex marriage. The opponents of Prop. 8 sued in…
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