Mar
31
2012
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“Part of Me.”

OK, I admit to an ulterior motive to this one:

Part Of Me, Katy Perry

It’s apparently pissing off certain elements of the hard Left.  And ain’t that a damned shame; fortunately, I don’t actually have any…

Mar
31
2012
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#rsrh This is my opinion on gaming out ‘best’ Supreme Court Obamacare scenarios:

…Don’t.

There is, no doubt, a result that will allow us to rack up a maximum partisan point total.  It may not, in fact, be the “light Obamacare on fire, then urinate on the ashes” option.  I do not care.  It is a foul and dishonest law that was conceived in arrogance, nurtured on spite, and delivered via trickery and disdain.  Killing it dead will be a meritorious act – so let it be killed, for the sake of principle.  Which is a good and sufficient reason to do anything, cynicism be damned.

And if we don’t get sufficiently rewarded for standing on principle?  Well, nobody ever said that life was fair.

Moe Lane

(Post that sparked this thought here.)

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Mar
31
2012
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So, we’ve got the eldest watching Bugs Bunny.

There’s a lot of topical references and contemporary cultural references in this stuff, huh?  I figure that I’m missing about half the in-jokes and taglines there, and I’ve watched a decent amount of popular culture from that time period.

No, this is not an original notion.  I’m just finding it a fascinating one, particularly since some of the stuff that Bugs is doing in these cartoons would be fairly taboo today.

Mar
31
2012
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#rsrh Your light reading of the day.

Greg Sargent, whining about how those awful judges were so mean to those nice Obamacare arguments.  It takes a special kind of brain to consider a position that 2/3rds of the country holds ‘hard-right,’ and to think that a particular argument is ‘beneath contempt’ when it’s potentially being taken seriously by a working majority of the people that you absolutely need to convince*.  Fortunately, Sargent has that brain.

Via The Volokh Conspiracy**, and frankly Jonathan Adler’s being a lot less cruel to these people than I am.  Then again, he probably has to deal with them on a more regular basis than I do.  That’s not meant as a slam; it’s not Adler’s fault that I have less constraints on my speaking than he does.

Moe Lane (more…)

Mar
31
2012
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The difference between Left-Twitter and Right-Twitter.

The Right uses Twitter as a distributed network of information nodes; data can be passed along from trusted user to trusted user, with – and this is the important point – virtually no way for that data to be jammed by the opposition.  The end result? A secure communications matrix that allows the Right to form and keep a gestalt awareness of conditions without being unduly distorted by Lefty agitprop.

The Left?  Oh, they try to form lynch mobs.

What do you do when somebody makes headlines for trying to send an angry mob to the wrong address? You try to send an angry mob to the correct address. But only if you’re as smart as Roseanne.

Charming people, aren’t they?  Then again, the idea that a progressive would to try to use a medium designed to facilitate communication in order to try to shut people up doesn’t particular startle me; but never mind me.

Seriously, mind me or not as you wish.  What can I do about it if I don’t like it, anyway?  Send people to your house?
Moe Lane

Mar
31
2012
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The IRS is NOT investigating Gov. Nikki Haley (R, SC).

Welcome to South Carolina! Here’s your accordion.

You may remember that a few days ago a minor South Carolinian political blog tossed out the very serious allegation that South Carolina governor Nikki Haley was about to be indicted by the Justice Department for alleged tax fraud involving her parents’ temple*. The keyword? “Imminent.” Well, it turns out that the IRS is not actually investigating either the Governor or the temple (H/T @RBPundit) in fact, if I’m reading this correctly the entire thing was more or less based off of the usual bureaucratic paperwork (H/T Hot Air Headlines). The goofball progressive blogger n00b (some guy named Logan Smith) that put up the article in the first place at first tried to stand by his anonymously-sourced allegations, but has since more or less given up and done one of the more grudging and passive-aggressive retractions that it’s been my pleasure to read lately. I don’t even think that Smith is going to get fifteen minutes out of this; and, of course, he’ll never get another shot.

Tragic. (more…)

Mar
31
2012
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#rsrh Barack Obama, the witherer of youthful hopes.

People wonder, sometimes, what keeps me going.  What motivates me?  What inspires me?  And I say: personal narratives.  Narratives like… Meagan Cassidy’s.

On election night 2008, freshman Meagan Cassidy left Lake Forest College and hopped a train to Chicago to celebrate Barack Obama’s impending victory.

“There was probably no better place to be,” Cassidy said in a phone interview. The excitement generated that evening spurred her on to become an intern and then a field organizer in three congressional contests and two human rights campaigns.

Now a senior, Cassidy, 21, said she’s not working on a campaign this time around.

There’s nothing like looking at a Democratic activist soured on the messy task of doing individual campaigns and thinking I helped with that disillusionment.  Not specifically, but I contributed.  It’s very empowering, really. (more…)

Mar
30
2012
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Mar
30
2012
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…Wait. There’s such a thing as FAKE geek girls now?

Apparently. (Via c|net)

(pause)

Damn.  So we won, after all.

Moe Lane

PS: The term of art in my social circle was ‘she-geek.’

Mar
30
2012
1

#rsrh House Natural Resources Committee orders special briefcases*.

Well now.

House panel votes to issue subpoenas to administration officials involved in doctoring a report on the Gulf oil spill to justify a moratorium and in squelching another that concludes EPA regulations will kill jobs.

The 23-17 vote by the House Natural Resources Committee authorizes subpoenas that will go to agencies such as the Interior Department and the Environmental Protection Agency regarding two issues affecting domestic energy production and jobs.

(Via  @streiffredstate)

:sing-song: E-lect-ions mat-ter…

(pause)

Sorry.  I thought that I had more, but that was pretty much everything that I wanted to write.  Because they do.

Moe Lane (more…)

Mar
30
2012
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#rsrh Tom Barrett guarantees vicious WI-GOV recall Democratic primary.

How nice of him:

Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has ended weeks of speculation and entered the race to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker, setting up a potential rematch of the 2010 gubernatorial election.

(more…)

Mar
30
2012
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#rsrh So they canned @keitholbermann ‘s worthless tuchis again: no, wait, it gets better.

From TPM’s report about Current TV (it’s apparently a fringe Internet TV thing) dumping Olbermann:

In an open letter to Current viewers, the company’s founders, former Vice President Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, said the network’s values are “no longer reflected in our relationship with Keith Olbermann.”

OK. Well, if it’s about values, then…

Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, who had recently filled in, will replace Olbermann starting Friday night, premiering his new program “Viewpoint.”

…Wait.  What?

Moe Lane

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