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Is Washington DC the new Hollywood?

Posted by  ▪  August 4, 2013

What we are experiencing is celebrity politics. Much as Hollywood is, DC has become a land of illusions.

Is Washington DC the new Hollywood?

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8/4/2013 at 6:56pm
I really want to be encouraged about 2016 after reading Jonah Goldberg’s latest. But I fear that we live in a make believe world that may undercut Goldberg’s assumption. In the Hillary Fascination, Jonah Goldberg argues that the Republicans ought not worry about Hillary Clinton in 2016. The simple fact, by my lights…
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Egyptian Belly Dancer to Obama: “we are the Alpha”

Posted by  ▪  August 4, 2013

We aren’t the strong horse, or even the strong dancer.

Egyptian Belly Dancer to Obama: “we are the Alpha”

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8/4/2013 at 4:49pm
This is not good. A well-known Egyptian belly dancer has prepared a video taunting Obama’s support of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Jerusalem Post reports: Egyptian anti-Obama video goes viral, blames him for siding with Muslim Brotherhood …. An example of the vitriol in the country can be seen in a new video clip featuring a…
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“Decimated” al-Qaeda causes U.S. to shut embassies and go on high alert

Posted by  ▪  August 4, 2013

“Decimated” al-Qaeda causes U.S. to shut embassies and go on high alert

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8/4/2013 at 1:28pm
The Department of State issued a travel alert Friday, warning of al Qaeda and affiliated organizations planning potential terrorist attacks “particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arabian Peninsula” between now and the end of August.  It ordered at least 21 embassies…
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Mostly White Male Bloomberg News: “House Republicans Set to Defy Obama Are Mostly White Men”

Posted by  ▪  August 4, 2013

White male reporter at news org named after white man and run mostly by white men notices white male Republicans.

Mostly White Male Bloomberg News: “House Republicans Set to Defy Obama Are Mostly White Men”

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8/4/2013 at 11:30am
We have noted in the past how many mostly white liberal organizations obsess over Republicans being mostly white: I would never be so insulting as to accuse the NY Times of tokenism I could not accuse Salon.com of tokenism, even if I wanted to. I would never be so insulting as to accuse the…
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When do polygamists get to come out of the shadows?

Posted by  ▪  August 4, 2013

When do polygamists get to come out of the shadows?

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8/4/2013 at 9:07am
Bringing people “out of the shadows” is the newest greatest. So what about polygamists? We’ve addressed this issue before, in a call for intellectual honesty: Polygamy – another love that now dares speak its name again “Polygamy would have to be permitted” Polyamory – at least be honest about it On what rational basis does NY State…
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The 1%

Posted by  ▪  August 4, 2013

The 1%

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8/4/2013 at 7:00am
Occupied by a Prius. Spotted in the IKEA parking lot in Tampa, Florida:
 

“Brown bag” controversy reveals chink in the armor of language police

Posted by  ▪  August 3, 2013

Saturday Night Card Game

“Brown bag” controversy reveals chink in the armor of language police

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8/3/2013 at 7:31pm
I tend to make light of the language police when it comes to the Saturday Night Card Game, but it’s actually a very serious subject. The incessant attempt to turn race-neutral phrases into racial testing grounds is part of a larger political war in which race agitators seek to turn everything into a…
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No problems from concealed carry in Illinois counties

Posted by  ▪  August 3, 2013

No problems from concealed carry in Illinois counties

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8/3/2013 at 4:08pm
So, about that expected wave of new gun violence in concealed-carry counties in Illinois. This is a good question. https://twitter.com/Watchdogorg/status/363734808179916800 From Watchdog.org: “There haven’t been any problems,” Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons said. “I suspect that no one is even aware when someone around them is carrying.  Responsible citizens continue to act responsibly,…
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Twitter UK Chief Apologizes to Female Victims of Online Abuse

Posted by  ▪  August 3, 2013

Twitter UK Chief Apologizes to Female Victims of Online Abuse

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8/3/2013 at 1:48pm
The general manager of Twitter UK, Tony Wang, sent a series of tweets Saturday, apologizing to women who have experienced abuse on its site. https://twitter.com/TonyW/status/363602538022436864 The social media company also posted an update to its blog Saturday morning, outlining changes it plans to make to its policies. The developments come after UK lawmaker Stella…
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So tell me about the SC primary challengers to Lindsey Graham

Posted by  ▪  August 3, 2013

So tell me about the SC primary challengers to Lindsey Graham

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8/3/2013 at 11:36am
Lindsey Graham deserves a primary challenge. He has several million in the bank, and surely will receive a lot more from those who want to keep him fighting for amnesty (assuming he doesn’t pull it off prior to the election). There now are two people are in the race. Today, Nancy Mace announced: https://twitter.com/nancymace/status/363662819847204864 Richard…
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“Completely Out of Patience” Week at College Insurrection

Posted by  ▪  August 3, 2013

“Completely Out of Patience” Week at College Insurrection

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8/3/2013 at 9:30am
That would be me. T-shirt idea:  “We engaged in institutional racism to fight white privilege, and all we got was more white privilege”: Elite colleges fail to enroll minority students T-shirt idea: “We threw money at the U.S. News rankings, and all we got were these lousy retention rates”: U. Akron and St. Mary’s defend…
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The Big Bang theory in Homs, Syria

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The Big Bang theory in Homs, Syria

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8/3/2013 at 8:18am
For a day or two, the massive explosion in the Syrian city of Homs was a mystery. Another Who bombed it? Israeli attack?  Or just more destruction by the Syrian government which already has left Homs a wreck? Via WaPo on August 1: What caused this enormous explosion in the Syrian city of Homs? An unverified…
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They lie!

Posted by  ▪  August 3, 2013

They lie!

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8/3/2013 at 7:00am
From XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX on July 22: The sequester greeted me at Miami… by the way, there were signs asking passengers not to take pictures, so if you will not publish this time the source of this photo I’ll appreciate it… although the NSA probably knows by now…he he…
 

Hackers Creating Bogus Facebook Likes Through Unsuspecting Users’ Accounts

Posted by  ▪  August 2, 2013

Hackers Creating Bogus Facebook Likes Through Unsuspecting Users’ Accounts

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8/2/2013 at 7:03pm
As if determining the fakes from reality wasn’t already enough of a drag on social media.  If you notice your Facebook account has suddenly “liked” a product and you knew nothing about it, an enterprising (and dishonest) hacker might be the cause. From The Telegraph: The number of likes on Facebook has increased…
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The hoodie: et tu, Smithsonian?

Posted by  ▪  August 2, 2013

The hoodie: et tu, Smithsonian?

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8/2/2013 at 5:00pm
So now we have word that the Smithsonian is “eyeing” Trayvon Martin’s hoodie for its new branch, the National Museum of African American History and Culture. According to the branch’s director Lonnie Bunch: It became the symbolic way to talk about the Trayvon Martin case…It’s rare that you get one artifact that really…
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Obama admin using media against Israel

Posted by  ▪  August 2, 2013

Mideast Media Sampler – 08/02/2013 – How the Obama administration is playing Israel in the Mainstream Media

Obama admin using media against Israel

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8/2/2013 at 2:43pm
1) Targeting Israel in Syria First the sequence: a) Israeli Airstrike in Syria Targets Arms Convoy, U.S. Says by Isabel Kershner and Michael Gordon – January 30, 2013 Israeli warplanes carried out a strike deep inside Syrian territory on Wednesday, American officials reported, saying they believed the target was a convoy carrying sophisticated antiaircraft…
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Bahraini Government’s Deceptive Twitter Tactics Target Dissent

Posted by  ▪  August 2, 2013

Bahraini Government’s Deceptive Twitter Tactics Target Dissent

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8/2/2013 at 1:31pm
The Bahraini government has reportedly resorted to some drastic measures in its effort to silence dissent.  Citing a recent report from Bahrain Watch, the Foreign Policy blog describes how the government there tricks Twitter users into clicking links that reveal their IP address, thus identifying them for prosecution. From Foreign Policy: Here’s how…
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