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Just another Wednesday afternoon

Posted by  ▪  November 30, 2011

Just another Wednesday afternoon

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11/30/2011 at 3:30pm
A lot going on: Herman Cain not dropping out.  Allen West says he’s become a distraction and should exit.  Whether justified or not, the allegations are causing an implosion in New Hampshire. Eric Holder punches up at Daily Caller. Iranians need to stop looting the English Embassy, the British one too. So will the 35%…
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We need the government…

Posted by  ▪  November 30, 2011

We need the government…

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11/30/2011 at 2:22pm
…to protect the poor. Or so my friends have argued. But, time and time again, I see government intervention perverting many means out of poverty. While ineffective foreign aid and protectionism hurt those in the developing world the most, many Americans have had their economic aspirations atrophied by laws all over the country which target small…
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“that same unhealthy, irrational need to hurl himself higher onto the slopes of history”

Posted by  ▪  November 30, 2011

“that same unhealthy, irrational need to hurl himself higher onto the slopes of history”

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11/30/2011 at 1:05pm
It’s not sufficient for a presidential candidate as Obama has demonstrated, but it is necessary for victory. Here’s Nate Silver’s take on why Newt is likely to be the last “anti-Romney” (I don’t like that term, I prefer “not-Romney” because one doesn’t need to be against Romney to be a viable alternative): And…
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Who cares about duplicate signatures in Wisconsin Recall?

Posted by  ▪  November 30, 2011

Who cares about duplicate signatures in Wisconsin Recall?

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11/30/2011 at 11:09am
Apparently not the Governmant Accounting Board according to the McIver Institute (h/t CharlieSykes): The state board overseeing the potential recall election of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker tells the MacIver News Servicethat they will rely upon temporary workers to scrutinize recall petitions and those individuals will not be expected to catch any duplicate signatures…
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Remember when Jennifer Rubin said Romneycare rendered Romney all but unelectable?

Posted by  ▪  November 30, 2011

Remember when Jennifer Rubin said Romneycare rendered Romney all but unelectable?

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11/30/2011 at 9:06am
Mitt Romney appeared last night for an interview with Brett Baier (video below).  Too bad Brett didn’t ask Romney why Romney refused to appear before the full panel on Center Seat, like the other candidates have done. My biggest reaction is that it’s bizarre that Romney refuses to admit he made a mistake on Romneycare and…
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Good morning, sunshine

Posted by  ▪  November 30, 2011

Good morning, sunshine

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11/30/2011 at 8:15am
Here’s the background via The NY Post: Considering that President Obama has practically made New York his second  home between fund-raising, UN visits and “date nights” with the missus, you’d  think he’d be a little more sympathetic to beleaguered residents and workers  schlepping home on a work night — especially during the…
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Cпасибо and Dankeschön

Posted by  ▪  November 30, 2011

Cпасибо and Dankeschön

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11/30/2011 at 7:00am
It could have come to that, but it didn’t, and not because of the United Federation of Teachers. Thanks to reader SoCalMike who spotted this bumper sticker in Riverside, CA:
 

Newt: ‘I Call On The President To Repudiate The Concept Of The 99 And The 1′

Posted by  ▪  November 29, 2011

Newt: ‘I Call On The President To Repudiate The Concept Of The 99 And The 1′

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11/29/2011 at 6:30pm
Think Progress thinks it has Newt Gingrich in a gotcha moment, which shows how out of touch Think Progress is.  Here’s a partial quote and the video below (emphasis by TP): I repudiate, and I call on the President to repudiate, the concept of the 99 and the 1. It is un-American,…
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Reconsider Bachmann? No.

Posted by  ▪  November 29, 2011

Reconsider Bachmann? No.

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11/29/2011 at 5:28pm
Taking another look at Michele Bachmann is one of the memes being pushed by people unhappy with the Newt/Romney choice in the wake of the likely departure from the race of Herman Cain. Why does Cain dropping out make Bachmann any better than she was? She’s still the person who built her campaign…
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Vernon Smith Interview

Posted by  ▪  November 29, 2011

Vernon Smith Interview

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11/29/2011 at 1:45pm
Reason Magazine has a great interview with Vernon Smith, a pioneer in experimental economics. reason: You say you’re a libertarian with a lot of reservations. The experiments you have run and the research you’ve done over the years really argue that institutions create good and bad behavior. Smith: As a libertarian, I’d like to emphasize the property…
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Post hoc justification, Cain edition

Posted by  ▪  November 29, 2011

Post hoc justification, Cain edition

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11/29/2011 at 12:05pm
Via The Hill, and about a thousand other outlets: Herman Cain told members of his staff that he is “reassessing” his decision to remain in the race for the Republican presidential nomination following new allegations that he conducted a 13-year-long affair with an Atlanta businesswoman. “Cain told senior staff this morning that he…
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Selective Sermon Memory Disorder

Posted by  ▪  November 29, 2011

Selective Sermon Memory Disorder

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11/29/2011 at 9:36am
Calling Tad Devine.  You reopened the door by claiming the Romney campaign was bringing Jeremiah Wright back into play when clearly it was not.  Basically, you told people not to think about the pink elephant. Now The Daily Caller has some more video of Obama praising his pastor and mentor. Which doesn’t prove…
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American Airlines does what GM and Chrysler should have done

Posted by  ▪  November 29, 2011

American Airlines does what GM and Chrysler should have done

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11/29/2011 at 8:44am
Obama saved GM and Chrysler, Obama saved GM and Chrysler.  Republicans wanted the companies to die quickly.  That’s pretty much a central Democratic Party talking point this election cycle. Of course, it’s complete nonsense.  GM and Chrysler were “saved” by Obama with a bailout to preserve the position of auto unions.  The companies…
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Least Likely Headline of the Day, updated

Posted by  ▪  November 29, 2011

Least Likely Headline of the Day, updated

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11/29/2011 at 8:15am
From the archives, Least Likely Headline Of The Day: Talmud Study now Mandatory in South Korea The headline did have to be modified slightly, as the author explained: After receiving a personal thank you letter from the South Korean Embassy in Israel for this blog post, I have made a few minor updates to…
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The one that got away

Posted by  ▪  November 29, 2011

The one that got away

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11/29/2011 at 7:00am
Hey, I know how it feels. Professor, I couldn’t take a picture because I was driving 70 miles per hour, but I saw a fantastic sign, printed on the side of an empty semi trailer on HWY 71 just north of Nevada, Missouri: “ARE YOU A PRODUCER OR A PARASITE? DEMOCRATS: THE PARTY OF…
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Obligatory Cain Affair Allegations

Posted by  ▪  November 28, 2011

Obligatory Cain Affair Allegations

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11/28/2011 at 6:02pm
Although many in the media are using terms like “sexual harassment,” the woman appearing on Atlanta TV tonight alleges a consensual 13-year extra-marital affair.  Initial details here. Update: More details here. And, here’s the video.  The only proof she pointed to was relatively recent cell phone records.  That would prove they knew each…
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“There is no such thing as liberal journalistic bias” Tweet of the Day

Posted by  ▪  November 28, 2011

“There is no such thing as liberal journalistic bias” Tweet of the Day

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11/28/2011 at 2:54pm
Chris Cillizza’s The Fix blog at The Washington Post presents itself as a political reporting blog, not an advocacy blog.  It purports to be journalism in a blog format. That distinction in the mainstream media, of course, really doesn’t exist in the newsroom or the blog sections.  Except for blogs or bloggers…
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