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Monday, August 25, 2014

At last, we know the reason why comedy writers don't make fun of President Obama much.
It turns out the man is completely unmockable.
We learn this from Jim Downey, the longtime "Saturday Night Live" specialist in political japery. "If I had to describe Obama as a comedy project, I would say, ‘Degree of difficulty, 10 point 10,'" the writer says in the expanded new edition of the "SNL" oral history book, "Live from New York." [snip] read more


Monday, August 18, 2014

Climate-change science is "settled," say proponents of anthropogenic (human-induced) global warming, or AGW: the earth is getting warmer, and human activities are the reason. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), set up by the United Nations in 1988, has issued five assessment reports since its founding. In its most recent, in 2013, the IPCC stated that it was now "95 to 100 percent certain" that human activities -- especially fossil-fuel emissions -- are the primary drivers of planetary warming. Frequent news reports -- such as the story of the melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, a process that some scientists say is irreversible -- seemingly confirm these conclusions.

And yet, highly credentialed scientists, including Nobel Prize–winning physicist Ivar Giaever, reject what is often called the "climate consensus."...


Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Northeast governor gets elected in large part on a promise to "clean up" the corruption in his state. He quickly dives into his mission, claiming high-minded interest in restoring public trust in government. Tough and savvy, his popularity increases as he appears to make strides in combating unethical behavior. His national profile grows along with his political ambitions.

Then it all comes to a screeching halt.

A scandal hits. Allegations of potential abuse of power swirl. Investigations are launched.

If this sounds familiar, it should, because it applies to not one, but two northeast governors. This is where the similarities end, though. One governor has taken a beating in his standing with the voters. The other one has not.

One of the big reasons for the discrepancy? The governor with the sliding poll numbers is a Republican; the one skating with the public (so far) is a Democrat. read more


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

irfare is getting more expensive. The Transportation Security Administration is raising security fees. Fox News has a report on it. But in the interests of intellectual honesty, we here on a Republican site and I, a formerly elected Republican official, do need to point out that the American public has Paul Ryan and the GOP to blame for it.

The House Republicans let Paul Ryan and Patty Murray from the Senate come up with a budget plan that increased spending, scrapped sequestration cuts, cut veterans benefits, and raised taxes. "Nooooooooooo," the GOP said, "It's not a tax increase, just a ‘fee' increase."

The reality is, given how many American travel each year, Paul Ryan's "fee" increase amounts to a tax increase. He came up with it. The GOP supported it and defended it. And now you are paying more to fly because of it.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Quin Hillyer, National Review: The Republican National Committee should censure the committeeman from Mississippi, Henry Barbour, and perhaps request (although not demand) his resignation from the RNC. Barbour's apparent involvement with nakedly race-baiting ads and robocalls during the GOP senatorial primary runoff in his state, and his prevarications afterwards both in public and in e-mails to other committee members, merit an official public shaming. ... It is one thing to suggest that one candidate's positions tend to be better for more black voters than another candidate's. It is perfectly fine to target different voter groups with different messages and (within careful reason) even to mention race when doing so. But the ads and robocalls against McDaniel went much further. They explicitly warned that McDaniel was closely tied to people involved with the Ku Klux Klan. They said McDaniel had a "racist agenda." They specifically branded the entire tea-party movement as having "racist ideas." read more


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