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Megan McArdle and Byran Preston’s Definitive Defenses Of Rick Perry On Gardasil

Posted by  ▪  September 16, 2011
First McArdle on Gardisil: As it happens, the arguments in favor of Gardasil are pretty strong: HPV causes most of the cervical cancer in this country.  Gardasil and Cervarix, the two approved HPV vaccines, protect against the two most common strains, which together cause about 70% of cervical cancer in this country, as…
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Dangerous Turkey

Posted by  ▪  September 16, 2011
Turkish Prime Minsister Erdogan’s agitation show no signs of letting up. He’s back to threats of military confrontation with Israel: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday Israel could not do whatever it wanted in the eastern Mediterranean and that Turkish warships could be there at any moment. And it’s not just about…
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Schlock and not much awe anymore

Posted by  ▪  September 16, 2011
Obama being mocked almost as much as Sarah Palin. The end is near:
 

Electoral electroshock

Posted by  ▪  September 16, 2011
The NY-09 and NYV-02 election results were like electroshock therapy for Democrats who worry about party before party leader, and fear a convulsion in 2012 more complete than in 2010. Imagine the election returns coming in Tuesday night as senior Democrats watched in horror, and then imagine Jack Nicholson in the scene from One…
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He was 5’10″, brown eyes, wearing an Obama ’08 bumper sticker

Posted by  ▪  September 16, 2011
It seemed so dreamy and historic at the time. You just had to put one of those on your car, and it didn’t quite work out for you, now did it? (h/t reader Linda): A paroled killer’s “Obama” bumper sticker was the break that helped cops nab the man accused of the cold-blooded murder of…
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Guess where: “a man dumped a beer over the head of a state lawmaker”

Posted by  ▪  September 15, 2011
Three Republican lawmakers were confronted in a Madison, Wisconsin restaurant by a man who poured beer over them when a bartender stopped him from videotaping (via Wisconsin Reporter): Madison Police responded to a disturbance at the Inn on the Park, 22 S. Carroll St., Wednesday night after a man dumped a beer over the he…
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Democrats Cultivate Fear, Anti-Evangelical Hostility, To Drive Jewish Vote

Posted by  ▪  September 15, 2011
While a perfect storm allowed Republicans to capture NY-9, possibly the most Jewish congressional district in the country, further progress in gaining Jewish support for GOP candidates will require confronting very different mechanisms than simply emphasizing support for Israel. As best explained in the book Partisan Hearts and Minds, members of both parties  have…
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Hey Authoritarians, Need a Western Ego-Boost?

Posted by  ▪  September 15, 2011
Then come to New York! Even if you’re a “petty and cruel dictator,” an Ivy-League school will still be interested in your time: A group of Columbia University students may be attending a private dinner with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who will be in New York City in September for the United Nations…
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“Sorry, we thought you were a Jew”

Posted by  ▪  September 15, 2011
Here’s your “Arab Spring” and “Arab Street” for you. From a BBC correspondent (h/t Daily Dish): While walking in the street someone pushed me from behind with such force that I nearly fell over. Turning around, I found myself surrounded by five men, one of whom tried to punch me in the face. I stopped…
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In October 2008, Jesse Jackson told us to expect a change in Israel policy

Posted by  ▪  September 15, 2011
Dan Senor has a great article in The Wall Street Journal about how fundamentally Obama weakened our support of Israel, and Matthew Knee is following up here on the Obama’s administration’s belated push to shore up support in the Jewish community after the NY-09 Democratic debacle in which Israel policy was a primary…
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Dems’ Jewish Vote Freakout May Lead Them Into A Trap

Posted by  ▪  September 15, 2011
As Drudge aggressively teased all day yesterday, the front page of today’s New York Times reports that in light of the Republican upset in NY-9, the Democratic Party is redoubling its efforts to woo Jewish voters, and plans a coordinated pushback on Israel issues. I say bring it on. Most of the…
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NY Times review: Yeah, Joe McGinniss is a sleaze

Posted by  ▪  September 15, 2011
Yesterday The National Enquirer and the blog equivalents (Wonkette, Gawker, TBogg) ran two hot button headlines about Sarah Palin based on a preview of a book written by creepy stalker Joe McGinniss.  You know the allegations, so it’s not worth repeating (see Robert Stacy McCain’s take on the race-baiting). See also a…
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But who do we vote in?

Posted by  ▪  September 15, 2011
There’s an ornery mood out there. Thanks to reader Bob, who writes: Bumper sticker seen at a restaurant in Loveland, Colorado.  I saw it going into the restaurant and didn’t think much of it. On the way out I saw the owner of the truck getting in it and mentioned to him that…
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When Sensitivity Becomes Destructive

Posted by  ▪  September 14, 2011
It sounds like a headline from The Onion: “Jewish prof forced to defend himself against anti-Semitism claims.”  Cameron Johnston, who has been teaching at York [University] for more than 30 years, has been forced to respond to allegations that he made anti-Semitic remarks in a lecture on Monday afternoon after a student…
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Warning on $5 Obama dinner raffle

Posted by  ▪  September 14, 2011
We’ve been there before, a $5 raffle for a chance to have dinner with the President of the United States. The $5 doesn’t go to the government to help pay down debt, it goes to Obama’s campaign.  It’s a way to gin up the “small donor” and total donor numbers, and as…
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#attackwatch Tweets of Day

Posted by  ▪  September 14, 2011
It’s trending on Twitter as the vast right-wing conspiracy collectively mocks AttackWatch.com. After it was launched yesterday: There are so many to chose from, so consider this just a start: Please post links in comments, and I’ll post images of some. Update:  Some from the comments and some I found: (link above) (link above) (link above)  
 

Teapot Solyndra, Part 2

Posted by  ▪  September 14, 2011
When I dubbed the nascent Solyndra scandal “Teapot Solyndra” in memory of the Teapot Dome Scandal, I worried that I might be getting ahead of myself. But with this administration, it’s hard to get ahead of oneself.  Fearing the worst usually is the safest bet. And that worst fear seems to becoming true, as the coordination…
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