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Somewhere in Texas, a village is missing …

Posted by  ▪  August 7, 2011
… the owner of this vehicle. Saw this in the parking lot of a local supermarket in Rhode Island:   Update: One LI reader took the post title as an insult, believing that I was referring to Texans and the car owner as idiots (which is how the sentence ends in the moronic anti-Bush…
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Things falling apart

Posted by  ▪  August 6, 2011
Consider this just an ideas open thread. Keep it clean, children could be reading. I’ll start:  There is a deep sadness at the loss of members of SEAL Team 6.  Every soldier is valuable and mourned, but this tragedy seems to be special. Updates:  This chart from Division of Labour (one of the Blogs…
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Saturday Night Card Game (#BeforeBlackPresidents)

Posted by  ▪  August 6, 2011
This is the latest in a series on the use of the race card for political gain: It never ends. The attempt to turn disagreement with the policies of the Obama administration into a racial issue. In the past weeks, as there was a dispute over raising the debt ceiling, claims were made that…
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The man who voted present now says “I told you so”

Posted by  ▪  August 6, 2011
Barack Obama never put forth a debt reduction plan.  Ever. All Obama did was talk in generalities about what he might be willing to consider as part of a “grand bargain,” but it always was vague, the equivalent of voting present.  But when Republicans put forth actual plans to deal with entitlements…
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Widener Law School goes Soviet, demands law professor undergo psychiatric evaluation

Posted by  ▪  August 6, 2011
Lawrence Connell is a tenured law professor at Widener Law School in Delaware.  I have noted in prior posts that Connell was accused of a wide range of racist and sexist conduct directed at students in his classes and at Dean Linda Ammons (because of hypothetical examples Connell used in class). Connell…
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So this means you’re voting for?

Posted by  ▪  August 6, 2011
Let me guess, you still will vote for The One because this bumper sticker was pre-2008, right? Spotted in my neighborhood in Rhode Island, on the same vehicle as in Thursday’s post:
 

S&P Drops U.S. Credit Rating to AA+ // Obama and Reid’s Crowning Achievement

Posted by  ▪  August 5, 2011
S&P has dropped the U.S. credit rating from AAA to AA+: The United States’ credit rating was cut for the first time when Standard and  Poor’s lowered it from triple-A to AA+, citing the country’s looming deficit  burden and weak policy-making process. Standard and Poor’s on Friday revised the nation’s rating downw…
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Deniers

Posted by  ▪  August 5, 2011
So who are the global warming deniers, the people who treat projections and models as the gospel truth, or the scientists who keep investigating and questioning? This report from the BBC leads one to conclude that those who most frequently shout that the scientific “consensus” must drive public policy are the real deniers: Scientists…
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We’ll take the jobs and economic growth, you keep the credentials

Posted by  ▪  August 5, 2011
One of the greatest mistakes we make is to confuse academic credentials with leadership. Barack Obama, who guards his transcripts like they’re the equivalent of the formula to Coke, presumably had very good grades at Harvard Law School because he graduated with high honors, a purely grade-based achievement.  Obama’s college grades are more of…
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They still hate us, but now they’re not afraid of us too

Posted by  ▪  August 5, 2011
The breadth and depth of the Obama’s administrations screwed up priorities is straggering. It’s not bad enough that they are on the wrong side of big government history domestically, we have witnessed a wholesale abdication of power abroad in a myriad of ways. This story at Commentary, about increased intimidation of U.S. diplomats…
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How bad must it be when banks don’t want your money

Posted by  ▪  August 5, 2011
This is a very curious development, via The Wall Street Journal: Bank of New York Mellon Corp. on Thursday took the extraordinary step of telling large clients it will charge them to hold cash. The unusual move means some U.S. depositors will have to pay to keep big chunks of money in a bank,…
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Nonsense

Posted by  ▪  August 5, 2011
I told you this was coming. From Reuters via Yahoo, in explaining why the new unemployment numbers, while better than “expected,” still were not great: A stand-off between Democrats and Republicans over raising the country’s debt ceiling poisoned the atmosphere for employers and consumers.
 

It started in Chicago

Posted by  ▪  August 5, 2011
It seems like only yesterday, but it was February 2009, as the first trillion dollar Stimulus plan was pending. It could have been yesterday.
 

Coexistence is futile

Posted by  ▪  August 5, 2011
That’s the subject line on the e-mail from reader and commenter “K” who send the following photo and message: The sight of a Coexistence bumper sticker in the company of other stickers that contradict the presumed coexistence message is so typical that I hardly give it more than a chuckle any more. …
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Hope

Posted by  ▪  August 4, 2011
I didn’t do so good on the midterm, but there’s always the final and class participation. B. Obama
 

Obama needs to get his crazy up

Posted by  ▪  August 4, 2011
… according to Jonathan Capehart at WaPo: In the coming fights over the next budget, unemployment benefits and payroll tax cuts, I want Obama to show the Republican Party in general and the Tea Party in particular that he isn’t afraid to out-crazy the crazies. If that means vetoing bills, taking the fight…
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The bus tour cannot escape Obama’s Catch-2012

Posted by  ▪  August 4, 2011
In light of Obama’s “Putting Americans back to work” campaign theme and bus tour, it is worth revisiting Obama’s Catch-2012: The only way for Obama to stimulate the enormous private sector job growth needed to ensure Obama’s reelection is for Obama to announce he is not running for reelection, which would unle…
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