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Jet propelled back home

Posted by  ▪  September 6, 2011
from overseas to the U.S.A. Good afternoon, all! I’m back from my summer at The Wall Street Journal Europe where I interned as a Bartley Fellow. I’m now in my senior year at Cornell & I will try to post here as much as I can as I search for a full-time job…
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Rhode Island leads the way (into the fiscal abyss)

Posted by  ▪  September 6, 2011
You know all about Rhode Island’s pension and other fiscal problems stemming from an out-of-control public sector which made promises which could be kept only under the most rosy of scenarios, in a state almost completely controlled by unions: Is Rhode Island Our Future Under Obama? High Taxes And Union Pensions Are Killing…
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Michele Bachmann doubles down on Ed Rollins

Posted by  ▪  September 6, 2011
Michele Bachmann is doubling down on Ed Rollins, even though health concerns (allegedly) are the reason he will not run her campaign on a day-to-day basis: Sources close to Rep. Michele Bachmann tell National Review Online that the Minnesota Republican has known for days that Ed Rollins, her campaign manager, would be…
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Obama’s Speech to a Joint Session of Bumper Stickers

Posted by  ▪  September 6, 2011
This vehicle looks like a preview of the one liners in Obama’s upcoming speech to a Joint Session of Congress. Thanks to commenter Stark who writes: I figured you’d get a kick out this one. This is one of the finer examples of what not to do to your car. I live in Cape…
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Is this the fight Democrats really want to have?

Posted by  ▪  September 5, 2011
Obama seems to think that just what this country needs is a big fight over which party is more patriotic. At least that’s the fight Obama is picking in his speech today in Detroit and reportedly in his upcoming speech to Congress and budget battle: “We’re going to see if we’ve got some straight shooters in…
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“President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march. Let’s take these son of bitches out…”

Posted by  ▪  September 5, 2011
Obama gave a speech today.  It was in Detroit. Jimmy Hoffa Jr. set the tone as the warm up act (video links below)(h/t @allahpundit): Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa had some profane, combative words for Republicans while warming up the crowd for President Obama in Detroit, Michigan on Monday. “We got to keep an eye on the…
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So you’re telling me he’s clueless

Posted by  ▪  September 5, 2011
From Senator Jim DeMint, some obvious points about Obama’s complete lack of understanding of the job market (emphasis mine): “I spent most of m life in business,’ DeMint told Glor, “and I’m hearing what the president is talking about, which are temporary incentives like giving a company 5,000 (dollars) to hire someone. It…
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As we collectively raise our hands in class and say “I know, I know”

Posted by  ▪  September 5, 2011
Steve Benen, liberal blogger at Washington Monthly, feigns ignorance over why Jon Hunstman is getting so much love and air time from the mainstream media despite no apparent electoral support: The question then becomes why Huntsman, Mr. One Percent, is getting special treatment. I know, I know. Because Hunstman is bashing fellow Republicans…
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Please, no jumping on the MoDo bandwagon

Posted by  ▪  September 5, 2011
So she writes another “Obama’s not all he was cracked up to be” column, and everyone is ready to stick a fork in him because MoDo says he’s done. Pahleeeese.  This is what MoDo does.  Two weeks after Republicans nominate someone for president, she’ll write a column sticking a fork in that…
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Glenn Beck, the Jackie Robinson of Mormonism?

Posted by  ▪  September 5, 2011
Well, kinda-sorta. Glenn Beck was in Israel recently rallying Christian Zionists with his “Restoring Courage” tour, and while most of the discussion about his trip was the usual anti-Christian-conservative rhetoric from liberal Jews who don’t want to be associated with “those people,” Beck’s trip marked a pioneering moment towards a very different…
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Did your poodle also vote for Obama-Biden?

Posted by  ▪  September 5, 2011
Thanks to reader Joseph from Jacksonville, who spotted this vehicle in Alameda, California, while on vacation this summer: (Some background on the Texas Oil sticker in a prior post.)
 

Presidential Jeopardy gone wild

Posted by  ▪  September 4, 2011
I know exactly where Sen. Jim DeMint is coming from,  Obama speech to Congress ‘going to be hard for me to watch’: “Frankly I am so tired of his speeches, it’s going to be hard for me to watch,” said DeMint on CNN’s State of the Union. “We need a plan in…
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The Chicago Way – Are Democratic Party Operatives Behind Israel’s Anti-Government Protests?

Posted by  ▪  September 4, 2011
A major Israeli newspaper says yes.  According to an investigative report by Maariv’s Kalman Libeskind, Democratic operative and pollster Stanley Greenberg, who, along with James Carville, Bob Shrum, and others, was part of a team sent by Bill Clinton to drive Netanyahu from office in 1999, is again trying to influence…
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The core of the Tea Party movement

Posted by  ▪  September 4, 2011
I don’t have much time to “analyze” Palin’s speech in Indianola (text here), Iowa and what it all means in terms of the political landscape. But what jumped out at me is that she expressed one of the core principles of the Tea Party movement, that corporate interests are not necessarily our interests: Now to be fair,…
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He always was the “candidate of fear”

Posted by  ▪  September 4, 2011
Toby Harndon in The Telegraph writes that Barack Obama, 2008 man of hope and change, becomes 2012 candidate of fear and status quo: [Blaming the Tea Party for the dispute over Obama's appearance before Congress] fits with the campaign strategy Obama appears to have decided on – portray Republican leaders as prisoners of…
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The only Obama recovery so far

Posted by  ▪  September 4, 2011
Thanks to frequent photographer Linda from Tennessee, who writes: just downloaded photos from my old Blackberry (got an iPhone in March) and found this photo
 

Saturday Night Card Game (A single, cohesive theory)

Posted by  ▪  September 3, 2011
This is the latest in a series on the use of the race card for political gain: Seemingly disconnected events have come together this week to form a single, cohesive theory which explains the behavior which is the subject of the Saturday Night Card Game. First, the evidence: Exhibit A: Rates of mental illnesses including depression and…
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