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What exactly is the definition of “change,” again?

Posted by  ▪  July 17, 2011
Remember when Barack Obama tried to convince us he had “changed the way campaigns are funded,” inspiring the ubiquitous everyman to donate $15 or $20? Yeah… no. About 40 percent of President Barack Obama’s record-breaking $86 million second-quarter fundraising haul came from big-money bundlers, according to a POLITICO analysis of donors listed on…
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Islamist-Leftist Anti-Israel Coalition in … Tunisia

Posted by  ▪  July 17, 2011
I have written often about the willingness of Islamists and Leftists to cooperate when it comes to an anti-Israel agenda.  That coalition has expanded its base from Europe and the United States to the birthplace of the Arab Spring: Early this month, the authority in charge of post-Ben Ali political reform…
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San Fran

Posted by  ▪  July 17, 2011
If you’re wondering why things have been a little slow here, I’m in San Francisco visiting my daughter, who lives near this very tourist-y shot I took at Alamo Sq. Park: If I don’t get some really good bumper sticker shots here, I’m going to demand my money back.
 

Go to law school only if …

Posted by  ▪  July 17, 2011
I don’t talk much about law schools here.   I try not to bring work home, so to speak. But this article at The New York Times, Law School Economics: Ka-Ching!, is generating a lot of buzz: WITH apologies to show business, there’s no business like the business of law school. The basic rules of…
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So tell me about South Sudan

Posted by  ▪  July 17, 2011
I admit it, I haven’t been following the break-up of The Sudan.   But now there is a South Sudan, and it isn’t your father’s Sudan.  Among other things, South Sudan will be  quick to establish relations with Israel: South Sudan, already recognised by Israel, will forge relations with the Jewish state and hopes to…
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Was easier to do, than to undo

Posted by  ▪  July 17, 2011
But we’ll try our best. Thanks to frequent commenter DINORightMarie for this photo taken in Virginia:
 

Saturday Night Card Game (Salon.com plays the Confederate Card on Rick Perry)

Posted by  ▪  July 16, 2011
This is the latest in a series on the use of the race card for political gain: No, the topic tonight is not Sheila Jackson Lee’s comment that people are complaining about raising the debt limit only because Obama is black.   That is so obviously foolish, and comes from someone who so…
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Turning traffic into electricity

Posted by  ▪  July 16, 2011
Taking wasted energy from auto traffic and turning it into electricity sounds hard to believe, but these Israeli researchers may be onto something (h/t LukeHandCool): Scientists in Israel say they have invented a way of turning traffic into electricity. The bright sparks at the country’s Technion Institute of Technology in Haifa have developed a road…
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More misleading push-calls to help Robert Wirch (D-WI)

Posted by  ▪  July 16, 2011
In late April I documented how the Democratic Party of Wisconsin was running misleading push-calls to people who had signed petitions to recall Democratic State Senator Robert Wirch.  The WisDems were trying to get people to say that they didn’t understand what they were signing or were misled; the results of those…
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Everything seems better in the Happy Valley

Posted by  ▪  July 16, 2011
Thanks to reader and Cornell grad Nancy who spotted this vehicle at the Dogfish Head Brewing and Eats in Rehoboth, Delaware:   Yes, everything does seem better in the Happy Valley:
 

What’s next, “We’re not North Korea”?

Posted by  ▪  July 15, 2011
How bad is it? The President of the United States has been reduced to assuring us by saying: We’re not Greece.  We’re not Portugal. Funny, didn’t Greece say it wasn’t Portugal?  And didn’t Portugal say it wasn’t Greece? I don’t like where this is heading.
 

More Saggingpantsophobia

Posted by  ▪  July 15, 2011
We’ve seen how concern over saggy pants has become an alleged dog-whistle, or something, for racism, or something, in airport security. Now the town of Collinsville, Illinois, has taken it a step further, and is outlawing saggy-pants (h/t reader Mitch): The City Council in the southwestern Illinois community voted 3-2 on Monday to…
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Debt Ceiling Tweet of the Day

Posted by  ▪  July 15, 2011
Pretty much says what needs to be said when it needs to be said with the tone in which it needs to be said from someone who can get away saying it:
 

It’s even less funny in Chinese

Posted by  ▪  July 15, 2011
There is something disturbing about an explanation of our debt crisis in Chinese, even if the video producers are in Taiwan, not mainland China. It’s easy for them to laugh.
 

Sounds like Obama will not call his own bluff

Posted by  ▪  July 15, 2011
Obama just held his third press conference in two weeks, and he’s still pushing for the big deal which includes increased taxes, and still playing the class warfare card very hard.   Given the past two and one-half years, we definitely are in fantasy land where the worst offender now is the…
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House Republican Presser: Next week is “cut, cap and balance”

Posted by  ▪  July 15, 2011
“The President needs to put a plan on the table.” That was the message at the Republican House press conference this morning, as multiple House Reps stepped to the microphone. This really is the heart of the problem. The House Republicans have passed a budget, but the Democrats in the…
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“Call his bluff” is the new “Yes we can”

Posted by  ▪  July 15, 2011
“It was not the fault of the Captain of the Titanic.” Really?  I think the survivors might disagree.  Which is why Obama will not call his own bluff. Ever since Obama offered that challenge to Eric Cantor, the chorus of people calling for Obama’s bluff to be called is growing.  Which, of course, is exactly…
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