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Ten years later

Posted by  ▪  September 11, 2011
The Financial District is on lockdown this morning, as one would expect on the anniversary of any act of war that attracts thousands to pay their respects where their loved ones died. A lot of my friends in the city have been posting their reflections of the day online, and some…
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I’m glad Krugman gave voice to it on this day

Posted by  ▪  September 11, 2011
Paul Krugman has a shameful column today, shameful even by Krugman standards. Is it just me, or are the 9/11 commemorations oddly subdued? Actually, I don’t think it’s me, and it’s not really that odd. What happened after 9/11 — and I think even people on the right know this, whether they admit it…
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9/11/01 and Memory

Posted by  ▪  September 11, 2011
Memory is a strange thing. There are many things I remember about the attacks on 9/11/01:  The first announcement when I was at my desk in Providence that a “small plane” had hit the World Trade Center, the announcement of a second “small plane” and then the reality; the collapse of the…
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W04

Posted by  ▪  September 11, 2011
I wasn’t going to run a bumper sticker post today, because the over-the-top nature of most of them seemed out of place.  But then reader Lenny sent this one, which I think fits. Lenny writes: It’s on a neighbor kid’s old pos pick-up truck in south Saint Louis. He got the truck from…
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Saturday Night Card Game (The “Negrophobia” card is played)

Posted by  ▪  September 10, 2011
This is the latest in a series on the use of the race card for political gain: I know, I know, you’ve heard it all before.  Broken dreams and shattered hopes that the use of the race card for political gain would not get any worse.  But I told you it would. This may be…
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Unions launch “fight back” campaign in Rhode Island

Posted by  ▪  September 10, 2011
I’m sure that by “fight back” they don’t literaly mean “fight” back, it’s just a turn of phrase.  Like “take these son of bitches out,” words, just words. And when it comes to the pension system in Rhode Island, which is on the brink of collapse, “fight back” means make sure that there…
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The Fidi this weekend.

Posted by  ▪  September 10, 2011
As I have mentioned before, I wind up in New York most weekends and this one is no exception. I’m staying in the Financial District, as I usually do, where there has been a particularly eerie spell cast over the streets. Cops are patrolling the area, one should have an ID…
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The Arab Spring bubble has burst “unexpectedly”

Posted by  ▪  September 10, 2011
What is going on in Egypt was all foreseeable to those of us who did not harbor the romantic view of the Arab Spring, which in many places was just a venting of anti-Semitism and hatred of Israel which had been suppressed by dictatorial rulers.  Just ask Lara Logan, who was sexually abused in…
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Put the U.N. on the next debate agenda

Posted by  ▪  September 10, 2011
Via NRO, Anti-Israel Durban Declaration Reaffirmed: On Thursday, Western negotiators at the U.N. caved in to the demands of envoys from Islamic states to renew a modern-day form of the decades-long U.N. smear campaign alleging that the Jewish state is racist. Diplomats agreed on a new “anti-racism” declaration that went public Friday…
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They’re made for each other

Posted by  ▪  September 10, 2011
What’s the chance these two bumper stickers would be on the same vehicle? Thanks to reader Dave, who writes: Love the blog; please keep up the great work! Here is a picture of a bumper sticker on a car parked in Arlington, Virginia.  Feel free to add any relevant commentary on the correlation between…
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Charts of the Day: Obama’s Failed Stimulus Promises

Posted by  ▪  September 9, 2011
As Obama talks up Son of Spendulus, it is important to remember how his promises of job creation fared last time.  Below are two charts, the second new for this post. From Veronique de Rugy: …and my own Photoshop of the graph, focusing only on the human toll of Obama’s broken stimulus promises….
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NY9 Camp

Posted by  ▪  September 9, 2011
From Ladd Ehlinger, creator of the best political commercial ever (and its sequel), via The Other McCain (which also has updates on the election):
 

Sarah Palin may be the one liberals have been waiting for

Posted by  ▪  September 9, 2011
I made the point the other day that Sarah Palin’s speech in Indianola, Iowa, went to the core of the Tea Party movement: I don’t know what the future holds for Palin, whether she will be a candidate or just a powerful voice against crony capitalism.  I also don’t know whether the two…
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Palin knew Revere better than Obama knew Lincoln

Posted by  ▪  September 9, 2011
Obama flubbed his history.  Via Ed Morrissey, Obama inaccurately called Abraham Lincoln the founder of the Republican Party: Not true! Doesn’t Obama know history? So now the media will erupt for weeks on end about what an “idiot” and “fool” and “know-nothing” Obama is, just like it erupted over Sarah Palin’s (accurate) comments about Paul…
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Dreams from their 2008 Obama

Posted by  ▪  September 9, 2011
After last night’s pre-game speech, this bumper sticker is particularly meaningful. Thanks to reader Will who spotted this in Breckenridge, CO, and writes: Not even sure what this one is supposed to mean … It means that there are people out there in small bistros and cafés hoping that their 2008 Obama is gonna regenerate and he has not….
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Obama “American Jobs Act” Speech In One Sentence

Posted by  ▪  September 8, 2011
Advanced excerpts of the speech here. Reduced to one sentence: Been there, done that. Post speech update (full text here): What a horrendous event.  It truly was, a 40 minute attack on Republicans (sometimes explicitly, sometimes implicitly) with a series of straw man arguments.  This was a stump speech by someone who abused his office by commandeering…
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PM Erdogan: Turkish warships to help break Gaza blockade

Posted by  ▪  September 8, 2011
I wasn’t sure Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan really would follow through on threats of a military confrontation with Israel over the Gaza blockade, but the recent U.N. panel decision upholding the legality of the blockade over Turkish protests seems to have sent Erdogan off the rails. Turkey just announced that…
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