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“their habits were, if anything, worse”

Posted by  ▪  November 11, 2011
Story in NY Magazine about a longevity study of Askenazi Jews (h/t DINORightMarie at the Tip Line): An Einstein study published in August asked whether the SuperAgers, over the course of their lives, had better health habits than the general population. The answer was no; their habits were, if anything, worse. They smoked as much…
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Constructive Procrastination

Posted by  ▪  November 11, 2011
Dr. David Friedman posted a link to his most recent work on his blog. The selection is titled “Legal Systems Very Different from Ours” and it is a really fascinating read. In Athens: The Athenians had a straightforward solution to the problem of producing public goods such as the maintainance of a warship or…
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Redistricting loss in Colorado

Posted by  ▪  November 11, 2011
There are three branches of government, and one of the branches gets to decide who gets to be in one of the other branches.  Via The Denver Post: In a blow to Colorado Republicans that could affect election outcomes for the next decade, a judge has ruled in favor of a Democratic…
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Three-way tie

Posted by  ▪  November 11, 2011
Cain-Newt-Romney all tied up, per latest CBS poll, with Cain at 18, and Newt/Romney at 15: In the Republican race for the presidential nomination, Newt Gingrich’s support continues to slowly grow, and he is now tied with Mitt Romney for second place, while Herman Cain just edges both of them out for…
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No Republican candidate should do this ever again

Posted by  ▪  November 11, 2011
Rick Perry has been right to do the talk show circuit in the wake of Wednesday’s brain freeze, and he has been more impressive in the interviews I have seen in the last 24 hours than in any appearance since he announced in August.  Perhaps if Perry did the circuit two months ago his…
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So this is why Obama kept Boeing out of S.C.

Posted by  ▪  November 11, 2011
Thanks to reader Craig who took this photo last summer in Greenville, S.C.
 

Does the best debater win, or is it just a threshold issue

Posted by  ▪  November 10, 2011
E-mail from reader Scott: The reaction to last nights debate (and Perry’s poor performance in earlier debates) is that Perry is now disqualified from being president. If so, does that mean that Romney and Gingrich, the best debaters, are the only candidates we should consider? Does the best debater win, or is it…
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Herman Cain will not address charges unless in a group of people accused by Karen Kraushaar

Posted by  ▪  November 10, 2011
Of course that’s not the case.  Believe him or not, Herman Cain stood at a podium and addressed the charges and took reporter questions. Not so Karen Kraushaar, who has multiple (we don’t know how many) employment claims to her credit.  Kraushaar will only reveal details of her still secret claim against…
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Her voice still is being heard

Posted by  ▪  November 10, 2011
Sarah Palin, Fire Eric Holder: And where is President Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder in all of this? When did he first know about the operation? In his testimony to the House Oversight Committee on May 3, 2011, Holder stated, “I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over…
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When the hand that feeds you also bites you

Posted by  ▪  November 10, 2011
From the WSJ: Wall Street may have lost its appetite for Mario Batali. Mr. Batali, the celebrity chef famed for his orange Crocs, red pony tail and bold ragus, has long been one of the premier restaurateurs to the New York financial elite….  Speaking on a panel at a Time magazine “Person of the…
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Report: Kraushaar will not do press conf. unless anonymous accusers also participate (Update: confirmed)

Posted by  ▪  November 10, 2011
This is beginning to look more like farce. Via @DanRiehl, CNN reports that Herman Cain accuser Karen Kraushaar will not do the joint press conference she has been threatening unless the two still anonymous accusers come out and participate: Herman Cain accuser Karen Kraushaar is “not considering a press conference” if only she…
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My favorite part of CNBC debate

Posted by  ▪  November 10, 2011
While Newt’s answer taking on the Occupy Wall Street movement and challenging Maria Bartiromo has received all the attention. I think this was the best answer of the night, taking on the academic establishment rather than accepting the premise of the question, which was an attempt to paint him into a corner…
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So am I one of our own worst enemies, too?

Posted by  ▪  November 10, 2011
That’s the suggestion made by some readers in response to my post about Rick Perry’s brain freeze in last night’s debate.  It’s also a theme followed up by commenter OwenJ in an e-mail to me, which reads: Some time ago, responding to the response from some bloggers and pundits to Politico’s smear…
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Anti-Cain hoax exposed

Posted by  ▪  November 10, 2011
Yesterday I saw a lengthy thread at Memeorandum about a “HermanCainPAC” website which had a large cover story calling Karen Kraushaar an “ugly bitch.” Here’s the screenshot: The website looked real, with a donate page and so on. But I didn’t post about it because it looked real but was not believable. But it…
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The spirituality is with you

Posted by  ▪  November 10, 2011
Thanks to frequent photographer Thomas who took this photo back in August, and writes: Here are some bumper stickers spotted this sunny afternoon in Portland, Oregon. Apparently, going to hell and back makes you an Obama voter.
 

Most Brutal Debate Video and Tweets Ever

Posted by  ▪  November 9, 2011
Full report on CNBC debate here.  The only part that will be remembered is Rick Perry’s freeze on stage.  He was having a reasonable debate until that point.  I feel sorry for him.  One freeze on stage should not end a campaign, but the reaction will be brutal because it fits…
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CNBC Republican Debate

Posted by  ▪  November 9, 2011
Final assessment:  Newt was the star, combative in a good way and very knowledgeable.  Romney was strong at the start but faded.  Cain dealt with accusations well but went to 9-9-9 for everything, I think he’s still well liked but not making the case for himself.  Perry has a freeze which…
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