Archive for August 2012

Todd Akin Staying in Missouri Senate Race

UPDATE 8/23: Claire McCaskill up 10 points over Todd Akin in Rasmussen poll.  Previously, McCaskill was trailing Akin by 10 points. Nine percent are for someone else, 5% undecided. UPDATE 8/22:  Democrats are delusional if they turn their convention into an anti-Akin campaign and engage in ceaseless talk about abortion.  Republicans should hope they do.…

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Ben Stein: Stricter gun laws won’t prevent mass shootings

Bern Stein gets it, finally. Well, he almost gets it: Stein: “I’m not saying people in Chicago should be allowed to have guns in their cars.” Why not, Ben. In two other large cities, Denver and Philadelphia*, it is legal for law-abiding citizens to have guns in their cars. None of them have gone on…

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Niall Ferguson: Hit The Road, Barack

Newsweek cover from March 9, 2009: Newsweek cover August 19, 2012: Niall Ferguson: Obama’s Gotta GO Why does Paul Ryan scare the president so much? Because Obama has broken his promises, and it’s clear that the GOP ticket’s path to prosperity is our only hope. Economic destruction, hiding the true unemployment rate, broken promises, etc.,…

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Big version of the biggest, most important chart in American politics

This is the chart prepared by the Obama administration in January, 2009, to sell the Obama stimulus plan.  The chart purported to show what the unemployment rate would be with and without Obama’s stimulus plan.  The red dots show the actual unemployment rate that resulted, and were added to the chart in July, 2012 by…

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Greenfail: Fracking Reduces Carbon Emissions To 20-Year Low

Walter Russell Mead: “The Energy Department has just released a report that ought to leave the greens asking: How did we get this so wrong?” The AP: “In a surprising turnaround, the amount of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere in the U.S. has fallen dramatically to its lowest level in 20 years, and…

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Obama’s dishonorable disclosures of national security secrets for political gain

Intelligence and Special Operations forces are furious at Obama and his administration that have exploited national security secrets for political advantage. Countless leaks, interviews and decisions by the Obama Administration and other government officials have undermined the success of our Intelligence and Special Operations forces and put future missions and personnel at risk. The unwarranted…

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Romney’s new campaign ad on Obama’s cuts to Medicare — Washington Post says Romney is right

On July 24, the Congressional Budget Office sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, detailing the budget impact of repealing the Affordable Care Act. If Congress overturned the law, “spending for Medicare would increase by an estimated $716 billion over that 2013–2022 period.” That comes from Romney’s right: Obamacare cuts Medicare by $716 billion,…

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“Everybody complains about the weather…”

“…but nobody does anything about it.” That used to be a joke.  It was a joke that was funny, somewhat, because of its juxtaposition of reality and fantasy.  Of course, people complain about the weather, and of course you can’t do anything about it.  The fantasy is the suggestion, by use of the conjunction, that…

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Romney gives “best speech of the campaign” in Chillicothe, Ohio

“Best speech of the campaign” is how Stacy McCain described it. With obvious reference to the speeches of Abraham Lincoln, Stacy McCain calls it “The Chillicothe Address.” Here is a partial transcript of the speech, with some of what I thought were the best parts in bold, and some of my own comments on the…

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