Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Taxman Doesn’t Cometh (Updated)

Updated:  Apparently the Palmetto Public Record story was wrong and there is no IRS investigation of Governor Nikki Haley. Original Post: For Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC)? Two well-placed legal experts have independently told Palmetto Public Record they expect the U.S. … Continue reading

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Quotable Quotes

  One of the nice contributions of Andrew Sullivan’s Daily Dish blog is his “Quote of the Day,” (sometimes it turns out to be quotes of the day) where he highlights significant and/or surprising statements from public officials/journalists/bloggers.  I think Sullivan … Continue reading

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For a change

We usually get bogged down in news of people being, quite frankly, shitty people. That’s what makes the news, that’s what gets our attention, that’s what we spend time yelling about. What follows is a tragic story of a truly admirable … Continue reading

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Schneier on Security Theater

If you care about security and TSA shenanigans, you really ought to be reading Bruce Schneier’s blog. It’s updated with much less frequency than most, so it won’t overwhelm you, and he’s one of the best in the biz: He … Continue reading

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Partly Sunny With a Chance of Light Blogging

The blog may be quieter than normal the next few days…

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I Turn My Camera On

Yesterday morning on the radio, I heard a news story about DC Vincent Gray’s plan to step up traffic enforcement in the District with the aim of raising approximately $30 million in additional revenue.  He talked about plans to have … Continue reading

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It’s vigilante turtles all the way down

It’s just a short post with no citations, but I trust BJ to be legit. If they’re talking about it, they must have some basis. So take it with whatever size grain of salt you want, but Tim F has … Continue reading

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The Comedic Stylings Of Mitt Romney

Well, this is weird. Mitt on ObamaCare: If I’m the godfather of this thing, then it gives me the right to kill it. That should placate both conservatives and moderates! I can’t be the only one to think of this:

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A Disaster Two Years in the Making

There’s a reason we’ve been sounding the alarm about the GOP’s war on voting at this blog, and here it is: Florida, which is expected to be a vital swing state once again in this year’s presidential election, is enrolling … Continue reading

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Your counterexample is a bit unique….

Matt Yglesias thinks that the DOJ’s antitrust suit against e-publishers is unnecessary. His evidence: [T]he exclusive source of Potter ebooks is J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore website where you’re able to get them in formats that run on all major e-readers and tablets. This … Continue reading

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Steve Holt!

I consider myself a pretty big Arrested Development fan, but I’ve got nothing on some of the fans of the tv show, which is returning from cancellation in 2013: Fans of “Arrested Development” are rallying in support of one of … Continue reading

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Don’t Knock it Till You’ve Tried it

Romney has come under heat over the blueprints for expanding his home in La Jolla, California: Plans for the expansion, first reported by Politico and later obtained by The New York Times from a rival campaign, include a split-level, four-car garage with … Continue reading

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Health Care and the Supreme Court

There’s a lot of tea leaf reading going on about the oral arguments at the Supreme Court. I’ve heard a lot about Jeffrey Toobin’s take, which is: “This was a train wreck for the Obama administration,” he said, echoing the views … Continue reading

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Incredibly powerful photography

I haven’t done near enough blogging about photography, which I need to fix. Here’s one attempt at remedying that, courtesy of the New York Times: The photographer is Dominic Bracco II, and the photo is a couple in Juarez, killed … Continue reading

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Not racist, but related to race

Robert A. George, former Gingrich aide and now-pundit, weighed in on the controversy over the President’s Trayvon Martin speech. It’s all an interesting read, and it rightly points out that, but for 9 words, the entire thing is pitch perfect. … Continue reading

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From Russia, With Hate

The Republican candidates have shown a stunning lack of sense when it comes to their statements on international relations.  As you may recall, at one of the 87 Republican debates, Rick Perry claimed that Turkey is run by islamic terrorists … Continue reading

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America’s Declining Morals

Entertaining Katrina vanden Heuvel column in the Post, “Republicans are causing a moral crisis in America”: It’s hard to point to a single priority of the Republican Party these days that isn’t steeped in moral failing while being dressed up in … Continue reading

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Fannie, Freddie, CRA Re-Re-Re-Acquitted Of Causing The Housing Bubble

Housing crisis, still not a thing the government had any role in causing, save by lack of regulation and enforcement: Did Affordable Housing Legislation Contribute to the Subprime Securities Boom? Working Paper 2012-005A by Andra C. Ghent, Rubén Hernández-Murillo, and Michael T. … Continue reading

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