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Debate on Education Policy Reinforces Party Stereotypes

Posted by  ▪  October 20, 2011
I participated in a debate last night at Cornell sponsored by Students for Education Reform to encourage an exchange of ideas on education policy. I was on the libertarian panel, which was wedged between the College Democrats and Republicans. It was a fairly heated debate: “Libertarians believe the federal government should play…
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The 2000

Posted by  ▪  October 20, 2011
Sometime in the past day or two we passed 2000 registered users. About three months after the new blog landed safely. Phase 2 is coming, I promise. Previous entries: The 500, The 1000.
 

Newt gravitational pull

Posted by  ▪  October 20, 2011
Frank Luntz did a focus group on Hannity last night regarding the Las Vegas debate.  The group confirmed my view that Newt is rising. I can’t find a video of it, but NewsMax has a partial transcript.  The group found that Newt won the debate hands down, and reacted very negatively to Perry. I’m beginning…
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Qaddafi killed, captured, still on the loose? Update: Killed

Posted by  ▪  October 20, 2011
There are conflicting reports, as detailed in the live updates at The Telegraph. Updates:  I’ll wait a bit before updating the headline, but it appears he’s dead (photo at The Telegraph link). DEBKAFile says he’s dead, killed in NATO airstrike near his hometown of Sirte. PJTatler has al-Jaeera video of what appearst to be dead…
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From the parking lot of Whole Foods, to the shores of ….

Posted by  ▪  October 20, 2011
Thanks to frequent photographer Linda who spotted these bumper stickers on an old Ford pickup truck in the Whole Foods parking lot in Franklin, TN:
 

“Shorter” Tweet of the Day

Posted by  ▪  October 19, 2011
You know the trick, Obama’s an expert at it.  Create a straw man argument by presenting extreme choices, in order to make one of the choices seem like the only reasonable choice.  It’s also called being a “shorter,” in internet parlance. Nicholas Kristof of The NY Times is a shorter today by Tweeting (h/t @L…
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Waiting for Sheldon Whitehouse’s speech on OWS “malignant, vindictive passions”

Posted by  ▪  October 19, 2011
In December 2009, on the eve of the Senate vote on Obamacare, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) issued a blistering speech on the floor of the Senate lashing out at opposition to Obamacare, which was led by the Tea Party movement, in the most inflammatory terms. Among other things, Whitehouse invoked the images of the use of…
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All the fat cats on… K Street.

Posted by  ▪  October 19, 2011
Amidst news about Wall Street bonuses and fat-cat corruption, I’m sure it will go uncovered that Washington has finally eclipsed Silicon Valley as the wealthiest U.S. metropolitan area: “Lobbyists play a prominent role in the Washington economy. In 2010 there were 12,964 registered lobbyists, with most working in or around the nation’s capital,…
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Wafa al-Biss already back to work

Posted by  ▪  October 19, 2011
Via Jerusalem Post:  A would-be Palestinian suicide bomber freed by Israel in the prisoner swap for soldier Gilad Schalit told cheering schoolchildren in the Gaza Strip the day after her release on Wednesday she hoped they would follow her example. “I hope you will walk the same path we took and God willing,…
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OWS and unions crossing all lines to get in opponents’ faces

Posted by  ▪  October 19, 2011
Crain’s New York has an article detailing how Occupy Wall Street and union protesters are taking the fight to the personal lives of executives who oppose them by disrupting their ability to go to restaurants and other day-to-day activities. As the Occupy Wall Street movement has gained steam, the city’s well-heeled have …
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Newt rising, Part 2

Posted by  ▪  October 19, 2011
My assessment of the Vegas debate remains the same at the top of the ticket, Perry won by exceeding expectations.  There were some negatives to his performance, such as the issue of Romney’s lawn care company hiring illegals, which even if it was worth a mention hardly was the gotcha it…
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Don’t count your “errors over” before they’ve hatched

Posted by  ▪  October 19, 2011
Thanks to the mystery person from the Poconos in Pennsylvania who sent me several of these bumper stickers: A good place to start would be by getting over that other error.
 

Vegas Debate (Tweet of Night added)

Posted by  ▪  October 18, 2011
Not going to “live blog” but will have some observations. END GAME: Perry the winner not because he was so much better than the others, but because he was so much better than he was previously.  He may have revitalized his campaign tonight.  Cain was damaged, but not fatally.  Romney was okay, held…
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UPDATED: Both Major Anti-Semitism Watchdogs Issue Statements on #OWS

Posted by  ▪  October 18, 2011
There are two major organizations in the Jewish community tasked with certifying people, things, and movements as anti-Semitic or not: The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the Simon Wiesenthal Center/Museum(s) of Tolerance.  Sometimes, they differ, owing largely to the fact that the ADL’s leaders vote Democrat while the Wiesenthal Center’s leaders, primarily…
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Michele Bachmann finds out about Ed Rollins the hard way

Posted by  ▪  October 18, 2011
Yes, Michele you should have done a Google search before hiring Ed Rollins (NYT via NRO via HotAir): She said critical comments Mr. Rollins made to reporters after stepping aside were dismaying. “When it comes to personnel issues, I act professionally and respectful of former employees,” she said. “I just assume that’s a…
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Algerian Massacre

Posted by  ▪  October 18, 2011
Today marks fifty years since a massacre swept the streets — not in the maghreb region of north Africa, but in the streets of Paris:  A number of events were held on Monday to remember the violent deaths of up to several hundred anti-war demonstrators in Paris 50 years ago. The peaceful march…
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Providence Journal shows how not to do a paywall

Posted by  ▪  October 18, 2011
I was surprised to go to The Providence Journal website today and to see an announcement that ProJo had built a new website with a new url. (no longer projo.com but providencejournal.com) and a paywall: The Providence Journal news organization is moving to the paid eEdition to protect the investment it makes every…
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