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Embarrassed and disgusted

Posted by  ▪  November 2, 2011
by the behavior of numerous “conservatives” and “libertarians” on Twitter dancing on Herman Cain’s (presumed) political grave. Let’s sum up the “facts” as they are known right now.  Mostly unnamed people accused Herman Cain of unspecified conduct which some people who will not specify the people or the conduct have deemed “inappropriate.”  And…
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Creating complaints

Posted by  ▪  November 2, 2011
I’ve been struggling to put my finger on just what it is about how Politico handled the Herman Cain allegations that I find so offensive. Michael Walsh has a good explanation, Return of the Whipsaw, which starts and ends as such: First, posit the existence of a “story” as defined by Politico’s editors…
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I can’t believe he took the bait

Posted by  ▪  November 2, 2011
Never in the history of humankind has there been an act as provocative and worthy of a presidential smackdown as the passage by the Congress of a Concurrent Resolution affirming “In God We Trust” as the national motto: Whereas `In God We Trust’ is the official motto of the United States; Whereas the sentiment,…
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Corzine’s parachute

Posted by  ▪  November 2, 2011
As it has been widely reported, Jon Corzine will get a golden parachute valued at $12.1 mn after driving MF Global into the ground. Fair enough. After all, it wasn’t paid for with taxpayer money and the firm failed by making some appallingly bad bets. My only wish is that Corzine takes this…
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Chewing through the not-Romneys, leaving Newt

Posted by  ▪  November 2, 2011
As you know, I’ve been inching closer towards Newt as the not-Romney.  I don’t believe being not-Romney is enough, and of all the remaining candidates, I believe that Newt has the ability to articulate a vision of this country which establishes him as the candidate to take on Barack Obama even if…
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Myth-Busting Charts of the Day

Posted by  ▪  November 2, 2011
The one chart that explodes the myth of U.S. income inequality (h/t @CharlieSykes). The short explanation is that individual income inequality has not expanded greatly, but since high earning people tend to group together in family units, family income inequality has expanded: Next, Here’s The Chart That Will Get Obama Fired (h/t…
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Cain, the saga continues, and $35k is no biggie (Updates added)

Posted by  ▪  November 2, 2011
Barring something truly earthshaking warranting a separate post, I’ll be updating the Herman Cain story today in this post. The NY Times reports that one of Cain’s accusers received a year’s severance, $35,000, but that there were issues in addition to Cain that made her uncomfortable working at the National Restaurant Association: Four people…
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Who knew

Posted by  ▪  November 2, 2011
that Tennessee doesn’t have an income tax? From frequent photographer LInda: Update: Reader Ben writes: Re no State Income tax in TN, we spent two years, 2001-2, battling our Republican Gov Don Sundquist who tried to implement a State Income Tax 6 weeks after he was re-elected….we won and we are still income tax…
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#OccupyTheStreetCorner

Posted by  ▪  November 1, 2011
You know things are bad when the Occupy Wall Street movement cannot get more than a handful of people to Occupy Boulder, Colorado in nice weather. Thanks to reader Jeff who e-mailed this photo to me today: Good Day Professor, I live in Longmont, Colorado but work in the Republic of Boulder. Attached is a…
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“Politico failure to respond raises questions”

Posted by  ▪  November 1, 2011
Politico relied on anonymous sources not just for the tipoff on the Herman Cain story, but for some of the details as to the nature of the accusations.  Yet Politico refuses to provide any context for the sources so that readers could judge the credibility of the accusations based on the…
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Best. Worst. List. Ever.

Posted by  ▪  November 1, 2011
From Zombie at PJMedia, a list of officially declared supporters of Occupy Wall Street. Go to the link for the full list, here’s the top (in no particular order):
 

That’s still going on?

Posted by  ▪  November 1, 2011
During my morning peruse through the paper, I found a shocking headline: Bullet train cost estimates rise to $98.5 billion. I wasn’t surprised at the cost; it’s well-established that “infrastructure spending” is a fancy way of saying “giant black money hole.” (Hooray for inflation to boot!) I’m just surprised that California hasn’t…
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“Is Herman Cain ready for prime time?”

Posted by  ▪  November 1, 2011
That’s the question David Mark at Politico’s Arena forum asks, with this explanation: Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain’s shifting responses to allegations of sexual harassment dating to his time as president of the National Restaurant Association have left his campaign reeling. Has Cain’s campaign done itself politically mortal harm by not delivering a…
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Senior Obama official calls you “teabaggers”

Posted by  ▪  November 1, 2011
“Teabagger” is the pejorative of choice for left-wing bloggers and an occasional Democratic politician, when trying to vilify supporters of the Tea Party movement.  It is a slang term which describes a sexual act. And it is a term used by Hilda Solis, Secretary of Labor, as reported by Sunshine State News (via Drudge): With the…
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There is Apartheid in the Middle East

Posted by  ▪  November 1, 2011
Calling Israel an “Apartheid State” and the barrier built to keep out suicide bombers the “Apartheid Wall” is part of the standard lexicon of the Islamist-Lefist Anti-Israel Coalition. In The New York Times today, Richard Goldstone calls the apartheid terminology a slander, Israel and the Apartheid Slander: One particularly pernicious and enduring canard…
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What does it all mean?

Posted by  ▪  November 1, 2011
That’s the question I had for reader Mike, who sent the photo and responded: All I can tell you is that it’s a take-off on that unanswerable woman’s question, “Honey, does this dress make my ass look big?” I’ll let you decide for yourself whether it should have been Michelle’s picture instead…
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A taste of the medicine

Posted by  ▪  October 31, 2011
I’m finally back after a full day of travel, where I had to rely on CNN and MSNBC on the plane for coverage of the Politico story about Herman Cain. I can’t really sort through all the details yet, too much has happened in the last 12 hours. The fragility of an insurgent…
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