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Archive for April, 2008

Media complicity

Posted by Greg on April 30, 2008

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A sore spot

Posted by Greg on April 30, 2008

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Day 264

Posted by Greg on April 30, 2008

Mission Accomplished

May 1, 2003

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Rovain Success

Posted by Greg on April 29, 2008

Karl Rove sure worked wonders building a permanant Republican majority.

Karl Rove and George W. Bush, it’s going to be a long time before the Republican brand name recovers.  And that’s just OK seeing as it will take the nation a hell of a long time to recover from Republican policy.

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Opportunity cost

Posted by Greg on April 29, 2008

Brendan Nyhan has a good post up discussing the cost of indecision.  Read it in full.

You can see any superdelegate stalling after early June in the same way. Despite the questions I’ve raised about Hillary’s electability, the fact is that the political fundamentals (the state of the economy and the war in Iraq) matter far more than candidate quality. But the process of voters converging to the decisions implied by those fundamentals may not begin until the Democrats pick a candidate. As such, there’s a reasonable argument to be made that picking either candidate in June is preferable to waiting longer in the hopes of making the “right” decision.

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Oops

Posted by Greg on April 29, 2008

Yes fish tanks can stink, but isn’t this a bit excessive?

“Ohmigod,” Adams said as she recalled police breaking down her door and flashing the search warrant. “I just kept saying to them, ‘you’ve got the wrong house.’ ”

Police soon realized that themselves.

“From a cursory view, it doesn’t look like our officers did anything wrong,” said Capt. Greg Roehl.

Yes indeed, nothing wrong at all.  Except break down the door of a sleeping couple who hadn’t done anything wrong to begin with.

Our idiot laws and the moronic “war” on drugs.   And through it all there’s really nothing available to them to hold the police accountable for their behavior here.

Hat tip:  John Cole

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Day 266

Posted by Greg on April 29, 2008

We look forward to analyzing and working with legislation that will make – it would hope – put a free press’s mind at ease that you’re not being denied information you shouldn’t see.

DC, 2005.

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This is cool

Posted by Greg on April 28, 2008

The history of the Middle East in 90 seconds.

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A better way

Posted by Greg on April 28, 2008

This just might be the best idea I’ve seen to fix the primary system.

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All Wright, All the Time

Posted by Greg on April 28, 2008

Via satirist Andy Borowitz:

Pronouncing himself “thrilled” with his recent spate of media appearances, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright announced today that he will launch his own 24-hour channel that will feature nothing but himself all day long.

Coming off his appearance with PBS’ Bill Moyers and his televised speeches before the NAACP and the National Press Club, the preacher said that “one thing is abundantly clear: people just can’t get enough of me on television.”

By launching WrightTV, the minister said, “It is my sincere hope that I can quench the public’s seemingly limitless thirst for hearing me talk.”

While some media experts wondered whether Rev. Wright could produce enough content to fill a 24-hour channel, the preacher assured that “that won’t be a problem at all.”

“Once those cameras are on, I’ll start talking,” he said. “A bigger problem will be getting me to stop.”

The minister added that it would take at least two weeks for the channel to launch, but said that in the interim he would schedule a series of other television appearances, on such programs as “Jeopardy,” “Dancing with the Stars,” and the hit teen drama “Gossip Girl.”

While the Obama camp had no official comment on the Rev. Wright’s new television channel, the concept got a ringing endorsement from another leading Democrat, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY).

“Speaking for myself, whenever I turn on the TV and see that the Rev. Wright is on, I am overjoyed,” she said.

Elsewhere, Miley Cyrus said Vanity Fair’s topless photos of her were “even more embarrassing” than being Billy Ray Cyrus’ daughter.

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No more leverage

Posted by Greg on April 28, 2008

Good piece at Open Left explaining why the blogosphere has pretty much lost its ability to be of further influence in the 2008 presidential campaign.

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Incremental loss

Posted by Greg on April 28, 2008

Read this: How essential liberties are lost.

The manner in which free societies lose their moral compass is always incremental. Step by step by step, certain core values are whittled away. There is rarely a moment at which a government stands up, and asks its people if they wish to abandon such “quaint” notions as the Geneva Conventions, the rule of law, humane interrogation or habeas corpus. These things are abandoned incrementally or secretly, slice by slice, euphemism by euphemism, the chronology always clearer in retrospect than at the time. And each incremental step is always portrayed as a small but essential temporary sacrifice for the sake of security in a time of great and imminent peril.

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The OTHER Pennsylvania primary

Posted by Greg on April 28, 2008

With the attention given to Hillary’s underwhelming victory in Pennsylvania, the real story of the night seems to have been buried. I can understand why the GOP wants it buried.

Yes Hillary will net a few delegates out of Pennsylvania, no it won’t change anything in the big picture.

The real interesting story out of the Pennsylvania Primary was the 220,000 Republicans who voted for NOT John McCain.

But as the doomsday alarm grew shrill, few noticed that on this same day in Pennsylvania, 27 percent of Republican primary voters didn’t just tell pollsters they would defect from their party’s standard-bearer; they went to the polls, gas prices be damned, to vote against Mr. McCain. Though ignored by every channel I surfed, there actually was a G.O.P. primary on Tuesday, open only to registered Republicans. And while it was superfluous in determining that party’s nominee, 220,000 Pennsylvania Republicans (out of their total turnout of 807,000) were moved to cast ballots for Mike Huckabee or, more numerously, Ron Paul. That’s more voters than the margin (215,000) that separated Hillary Clinton and Mr. Obama.

Those antiwar Paul voters are all potential defectors to the Democrats in November. Mr. Huckabee’s religious conservatives, who rejected Mr. McCain throughout the primary season, might also bolt or stay home. Given that the Democratic ticket beat Bush-Cheney in Pennsylvania by 205,000 votes in 2000 and 144,000 votes in 2004, these are 220,000 voters the G.O.P. can ill-afford to lose.

Interesting.

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Economic policy does matter

Posted by Greg on April 28, 2008

And this, regarding the relationship to the dollar and oil prices, is an example of why.

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More evidence that Scalia is a complete and utter moron

Posted by Greg on April 28, 2008

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