Monthly Archives: July 2012

Did Romney Pay Any Taxes? Sen. Reid Says “Maybe Not”

Would it be irresponsible to speculate? It would be irresponsible not to: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has what he says is an informed explanation for why Mitt Romney refuses to release additional tax returns. According a Bain investor, … Continue reading

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Policy Reasons To Vote Republican In 2012

Someone still reads David Brooks for some reason, and even he has noted: Mitt Romney has run the closest thing to a policy-free race as any candidate in my lifetime. We’ve noted this before, which isn’t a surprise given the … Continue reading

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Have you read F.Scott’s Latest?

F.Scott Fitzgerald’s  The Great Gatsby may have been recognized as a masterpiece upon  publication in 1925, but that didn’t mean an end to his struggles as an author.  Fitzgerald’s later novels and stories were far less appreciated, and Fitzgerald was eventually reduced … Continue reading

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Today in Fox Propaganda

Fox got its marching orders for the week from the Romney campaign, and here’s their Monday banner headline:  Let’s remember a few facts.  The Republicans, having let Bush rack up 8 years of deficits, suddenly discovered “fiscal responsibility” after President … Continue reading

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Ross “Straw Man” Douthat

Ross Douthat, who is not nearly as bright as he seems to think, has truly outdone himself in defending our government’s “we don’tnnnnnn no stinking gun control” policy.  He does not even try and defend the NRA-led resistance to even the most … Continue reading

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The Krauthammer story, put to rest

Charles Krauthammer wrote that the Obama administration was disrespectful to its allies because it returned a Churchill bust to the British: The whole point is to show appreciation for close allies, something the current president has conspicuously failed to do. … Continue reading

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Before the truth has a chance to get its pants on

A commenter at BJ points out this fantastic blog post by the White House: Now, normally we wouldn’t address a rumor that’s so patently false, but just this morning the Washington Post’s Charles Krauthammer repeated this ridiculous claim in his … Continue reading

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Depressing NFL News, vol. XXXI

(via TNC) Hey look, more NFL players suffered serious and sometimes fatal symptoms from CTE: Easterling, who played for the Falcons for eight seasons in the 1970s, began coping with apparent dementia and depression about a decade into his retirement. … Continue reading

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Also, Madonna is the greatest English pop star ever

Apparently Mitt Romney has long had it out for England (via FP): England [sic] is just a small island. Its roads and houses are small. With few exceptions, it doesn’t make things that people in the rest of the world want to … Continue reading

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New Feature: Disturbing Pop Songs Friday

This song is a chilling and profane take on the problem of evil:

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Unfair and unhinged

DE pointed this out to me just now, the cover story for a “news source”: What’s the source for that unsourced, uncredited, possibly quoted headline that lays all the economic blame at the President’s feet: A campaign email with a … Continue reading

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A Publishing Delay?

I didn’t realize newspapers would hold important stories for as long as five years, but how else to explain this story about McCain only finally appearing in the New York Times in 2012? Mr. McCain instead appears to have entered … Continue reading

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Romney < Palin

The Sarah Palin comparison has cropped up a few times in the campaign, neither time to Romney’s benefit. A few weeks back, John McCain explained that he didn’t pick Romney “because we thought that Sarah Palin was the better candidate.” Today, … Continue reading

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Lessons From Libya In The Syrian Context

Awhile back, I wrote: no one is drawing ironclad “lessons from Libya” because no one believes or expects that states– least of all the US– are going to rigidly apply the same set of principles to every situation in the … Continue reading

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Worth the four minutes

TDS is back online after that whole squabble with Dish Network, thankfully, because this clip about the coverage of this “you didn’t build that” controversy is great. Especially, for example, the part where Mitt Romney says the exact same thing: … Continue reading

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McConnell Dismisses Criticism By Calling AEI Scholar “Ultra, Ultra Liberal”

We’ve mentioned Norm Ornstein’s new book a time or two around here. On the Senate floor, Mitch McConnell responded by offering a detailed, substantive rebuttal citing data and longstanding constitutional theory calling him an “ultra, ultra liberal”. In today’s postmodern, post-policy … Continue reading

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Moment of Silence

There is a controversy brewing over the IOC’s decision not to hold a moment of silence to commemorate the massacre of Israeli athletes 40 years ago at the Munich Olympics.  What first caught my eye wasn’t the request for the … Continue reading

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