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Sarah Palin, October 2008

Posted by  ▪  February 24, 2012
A  former editor in chief of Ms. Magazine observed in October 2008: It’s difficult not to froth when one reads, as I did again and again this week, doubts about Sarah Palin’s “intelligence,” coming especially from women such as PBS’s Bonnie Erbe, who, as near as I recall, has not herself heretofore been…
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Algae Neutral

Posted by  ▪  February 24, 2012
Obama on our energy future: “We’re making new investments in the development of gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel that’s actually made from a plant-like substance, algae — you’ve got a bunch of algae out here,” Obama said at the University of Miami today. “If we can figure out how to make energy…
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28 minutes to energy independence

Posted by  ▪  February 24, 2012
Newt has released a 28 minute video discussing energy independence. (h/t numerous readers) Via Human Events, the video will be broadcast in key markets, in its entirety. Also, it was done entirely from memory, without aid of notes or a teleprompter. Big question: Will people watch a 28 minute video?  Or is it enough…
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A public notice about your private history.

Posted by  ▪  February 24, 2012
I don’t worry that some of my information can be easily accessed on the web. I think I’m typical of most people in my generation who have grown accustomed to taking privacy into their own hands. My rule of thumb is this: if it’s a free service on the internet, you’re probably…
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Did Romney really lie about forcing Catholics to violate their consciences?

Posted by  ▪  February 24, 2012
An article at Boston Catholic Insider asserts that Mitt Romney lied during the Arizona debate about forcing Catholic Hospitals to provide the “morning after” pill to rape victims. Here’s the debate passage (via Right Scoop): KING (Moderator): Governor Romney, both Senator Santorum and Speaker Gingrich have said during your tenure as governor, you…
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Sanity and hope

Posted by  ▪  February 24, 2012
From Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg (h/t @ChuckTodd): The President and the Democrats are indeed doing very well at the outset of 2012, and the Republicans are doing pitifully. They are not unrelated. Republicans in Congress and in the primary battles are driving independents into the Democrats’ camp and consolidating and energizing parts…
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Blind faith

Posted by  ▪  February 24, 2012
From reader and frequent photographer Matt in Denver: Please don’t worry. I made up for their saved gas going a little out of the way on our way home from to get this picture within the LI safety standards. Unfortunately, I could not make out the BS (Bumper Sticker, or…) on the…
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Charles M. Blow is the mob

Posted by  ▪  February 23, 2012
I bet the reaction would be quite different if NY Times columnist Charles M. Blow mocked religious Jewish undergarments the way he mocked religious Mormon undergarments in this tweet (h/t Jim Geraghty): But then again, he’s a NY Times columnist with a long history of foul hyperbole directed at the Tea Party movement and conservatives: Welcome to the mob:…
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The haunting Specter of Arlen

Posted by  ▪  February 23, 2012
Rick Santorum endorsed Arlen Specter because he was a good establishment Republican in 2004, and that’s what the Republican President wanted.  The precursor to the Tea Party movement backed Pat Toomey. Santorum’s endorsement was no crime.  It was a pure political calculation, one which many others in Santorum’s place would have made. I only focused on…
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Standing up for taxpayers is a winning political strategy even in Rhode Island

Posted by  ▪  February 23, 2012
Republicans can learn something from Rhode Island about standing up for taxpayers as a winning political strategy. I have written many time before about the efforts of Democratic Mayor of Providence Angel Taveras, who has taken on school teacher unions and other public sector employees in an attempt to keep Providence from…
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What don’t you (or didn’t Obama) understand about killing a baby born alive?

Posted by  ▪  February 23, 2012
Newt made headlines for this comment at the debate last night: I had forgotten about that controversy, involving Obama’s obfuscation of his failure to support the Born Alive Infant Protection Act as an Illinois state senator. Jill Stanek was responsible for bringing attention to the practice of killing babies who survived an abortion: On March 30, 2001, Obama…
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Romney’s “hollow and dispiriting” win last night

Posted by  ▪  February 23, 2012
I posted last night and again this morning that Rick Santorum had a terrible debate. But it’s fair also to point out that many of the shots Romney scored on Santorum were cheap shots, as pointed out by George  Neumayr at The American Spectator (h/t reader OccamsrazorX): Romney, at his most hypocritical, labored hard…
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“I have spiritual reasons to support Israel, but it goes beyond that”

Posted by  ▪  February 23, 2012
I am really liking The Times of Israel, the new online publication I posted about a week ago. This story is one of the reasons, Onward Christian Soldiers: Think North American campus activism for Israel and chances are you won’t think of a Hispanic Catholic organizing pro-Israel events. Or, of an African American C…
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The sweater vest is dry clean only, last night it was put in the wash

Posted by  ▪  February 23, 2012
It’s hard to know just how much of an effect Rick Santorum’s horrible debate last night will have on the vote in Michigan and Arizona. It’s hard to believe it helped, and it has to have hurt badly.  I think Philip Klein from The Washington Examiner got it right: Santorum’s biggest blunder on…
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