Monthly Archives: October 2011

Cats Missing Cats

Peter Singer, in his influential animal rights treatise Animal Liberation, wrote about animals’ capacity for feeling pain and why it justified recognition of certain “animal rights.”  Since that time, a number of scientists have attempted to determine whether, in addition … Continue reading

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Maybe We Can At Least Get The South To Secede Again

The new normal, or an aberration? The biggest bond gains in almost a decade have pushed returns on Treasuries above stocks over the past 30 years, the first time that’s happened since before the Civil War. 

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Scalia Should Resign

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia spoke at Duquesne University Law School and addressed the issue of capital punishment: The justice’s appearance, however, was not without its controversy as nine people outside the Palumbo Center carried signs and handed out material … Continue reading

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You Have Answered Poorly

Politico is reporting that Herman Cain’s tenure as president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association was not without its controversies: During Herman Cain’s tenure as the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, at least two female … Continue reading

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And Reality Has A Well-Known Liberal Bias

Formerly sane GOP columnist George Will writes: Romney, supposedly the Republican most electable next November, is a recidivist reviser of his principles who is not only becoming less electable, he might damage GOP chances of capturing the Senate: Republican successes … Continue reading

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Perfectly Lubricated Romney

The GOP also-rans are starting to take serious shots at Mitt Romney. Rick Perry and Herman Cain have made ads targeted Romney, and while I’m not sure that Jon Huntsman has any donations with which to buy advertising, he did … Continue reading

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More Music Miscellanea

Elvis Costello, perhaps softening up a bit as he gets older, appeared on Sesame Street  

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Halloween Mix

So, I’m not a fan of Halloween, never have been.  I’m not sure when exactly it became a “holiday” that adults celebrated in addition to children, but instead of fighting the trend, I’ll celebrate the best way I know how.  … Continue reading

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In Defense Of Karl Rove

Andrew Sullivan writes: Cottle pulls together all of Turd Blossom’s brutal assessments of all the GOP candidates save Romney. I have to say, though, that I don’t believe Rove has changed. This is about winning the general election. Cain is right: Rove … Continue reading

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Rick Perry Gets the Whole Piggy Bank and Then Some

The Smitherman family REALLY likes Rick Perry.  And I mean the whole family: The last week of August was a very generous one at the Smitherman household in Austin, Texas. Barry Smitherman had recently been appointed commissioner of the Texas … Continue reading

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More GOP Talking Points That Aren’t True

As with the “regulatory uncertainty” talking point, the charge that the Obama administration has let loose with a wave of job-killing regulations isn’t something that any grown-up who likes America believes is true: It has been ignorant and irresponsible actions by … Continue reading

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Freedom’s Just Another Word For Peeing in a Cup

The Tea Party promised freedom from government but it hasn’t exactly delivered on its promise.  Tea Party favorite Rick Scott, Governor of Florida, wanted to require all welfare recipients in the state to submit urine samples to make sure they … Continue reading

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Misdiagnosing The Problem With The GOP

Over at Capital Gains and Games, former Bush Jr. Council of Economic Advisers Chief Economist Andrew Samwick builds on an earlier criticism of Rick Perry’s “Tax Slogan” plan, expressing frustration with “inane” GOP tax proposals: What are the prospects that a … Continue reading

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How We Use Internets

Things are changing: Streaming video content now takes up the majority of online bandwidth, with Netflix accounting for almost one-third of peak downstream traffic, according to the latest study from the traffic management firm Sandvine. The report finds Netflix now claims 32.7 … Continue reading

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Herman Cain, Darling Of GOP Insiders

So we’ve been wondering around here about just who the GOP insidery elites are these days, and which candidate they’re going to pick. After one of Perry’s brutal debate appearances a little bit ago, I wrote: It’s possible that Perry’s … Continue reading

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Nothing but Eggs

Ahhh, Mississippi: A constitutional amendment facing voters in Mississippi on Nov. 8, and similar initiatives brewing in half a dozen other states including Florida and Ohio, would declare a fertilized human egg to be a legal person, effectively branding abortion … Continue reading

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India’s Foreign Policy Apparatus

If we find ourselves in a post-unipolar mid-late 21st century, and we’re really lucky, a democratic India will be near-foremost among the world’s leading powers. So I’m not entirely sure what to make of this: India’s foreign policymaking infrastructure is … Continue reading

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Leading Questions

Via Balloon Juice, this is the kind of godawful, embarrassingly leading question that Faux News specializes in.  Here’s Megan Kelly talking to the Cain campaigner who appeared in the now viral campaign ad: Were you trying to appeal to, you … Continue reading

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