Jul
28
2015
7

I dunno, folks. What *do* you call a socialist who ISN’T an internationalist?

I mean, this is a fascinating moment:

Ezra Klein

You said being a democratic socialist means a more international view. I think if you take global poverty that seriously, it leads you to conclusions that in the US are considered out of political bounds. Things like sharply raising the level of immigration we permit, even up to a level of open borders. About sharply increasing …

Bernie Sanders

Open borders? No, that’s a Koch brothers proposal.

Ezra Klein

Really?

Bernie Sanders

Of course. That’s a right-wing proposal, which says essentially there is no United States. …

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Jul
28
2015
2

The wicked and vicious plot by LIBRE to oppress Hispanics by having them get GEDs.

Curse you, Charles and David Koch! Curse you, and your nefarious high-school-education schemes! When will it end?

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Jul
28
2015
4

Planned Parenthood Sting Video #3: ‘Human Capital.’ Episode 1. [CONTENT WARNING]

CONTENT WARNING.

The video is pretty much three parts: there’s the part where Planned Parenthood swears up and down that they don’t harvest babies for profit. There’s the testimony from a former phlebotomist and tissue harvester that yes, Planned Parenthood harvests babies for profit. And then there’s the (content warning) part where you see a couple of Planned Parenthood staffers casually separate out an aborted baby on a clear pie dish and ask the sting operatives whether said operatives would be willing to buy the… stuff. Oh, and then they made it clear that they want to be paid per item, not per baby: (more…)

Jul
27
2015
1

Don’t be afraid to get it wrong.

Interesting post here from Sean Trende on how gingerly the pollsters and analysts can treat anything like actual analysis. And believe you me: they do, in fact, worry themselves sick on the subject.  I was struck by this bit in particular:

…this fear of getting it wrong is probably creating a similar herding effect among analysts. In late 2014, Nate Cohn of the New York Times could claim that he wasn’t aware of a single theory for why polls would be biased toward Democrats in 2014. Given how Republicans outperformed the polls in that election, there should have been one (and in fairness, FiveThirtyEight subsequently published a piece that included just such a theory).

Part of the reason the theory didn’t exist might be that journalists and political scientists tend to be left-of-center, so they subconsciously resisted creating hypotheses that favored Republicans. But even people on the right shied away from constructing a pro-Republican electoral theory. A likely explanation for that hesitancy is that, after the unskewed polls debacle of 2012, few wanted to risk suggesting that the polls would be biased toward Democrats, and chance suffering the humiliation that would follow if they were proved wrong. There is safety in numbers for analysts as well.

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Jul
27
2015
4

Secularists continue their Magical Tin-Ear PR Tour in Detroit, Michigan.

How do I put this gently? If you think that this should be the public face of secularism

The Satanic Temple had said it would unveil the [Baphomet] statue on Saturday at a Detroit location that only people with tickets would know about. Hundreds lined up on Saturday evening to get the tickets as Christian protesters rallied nearby.

[snip]

The Satanic Temple now says it wants to erect it outside Arkansas’ statehouse, where a Ten Commandments monument also is planned.

…you’re doing it wrong. (more…)

Jul
27
2015
13

Oh, BTW: the Democratic front-runner is quite cordially hated in swing states.

So, you think that we have problems?

Goodness gracious, but that’s the Democratic Nightmare Scenario right there, huh? Hillary Clinton is still on track to get the nomination in early states… but the populace in general simply Does Not Like Her.  The Washington Post article concluded, with as much hope as it could muster (not much): (more…)

Jul
27
2015
7

Tweet of the Day, Who Wants Some Good News in FL-SEN? edition.

Here you go.

Chris Cillizza was succinct.

Also, accurate.

Jul
26
2015
8

So this is sort of my mood, right now.

And don’t worry: I have a list. Oh, Lord, but do I have a list. To be fair, I’m probably on one or two similar lists myself…

Moe Lane

PS: I’ve been waiting for this clip for YEARS.

Jul
26
2015
12

Quote of the Day, Just Memory-Hole The Whole Democratic Party, Then edition.

There’s a certain bemused amazement that comes from watching a political party deliberately mutilate itself like this.  You have to wonder when the auto-cannibalism ends. If it ever ends:

The Democrat Party in Connecticut said this week that it has scrubbed the names Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson from its annual fundraising dinner. The reasons? Jackson and Jefferson were slaveholders, and Jackson fought Native Americans.

[snip]

But why stop at Jefferson and Jackson?

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Jul
26
2015
6

NBC/Marist: Kelly Ayotte at 50% in New Hampshire Senate race.

That’s a real nice poll result.

…poll here*.  Governor Maggie Hassan is still popular in New Hampshire – although that trendline is interesting – but she’s not going to beat an incumbent with numbers like that, and that is the way of it. If the Democrats lose her as a candidate then Senator Kelly Ayotte will have a smooth glide path for re-election.  Heck, even if the Democrats keep Gov. Hassan as a candidate then with those numbers Senator Ayotte will still have a smooth glide path for re-election. (more…)

Jul
25
2015
1

“And A Big Yellow Taxi Took My Young Professionals Voting Bloc Away…” Hmm. Doesn’t scan.

This should surprise precisely nobody.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul opened a campaign office at a San Francisco tech incubator that hosted a 24-hour “hack-a-thon” last month. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio won the backing of Oracle founder Larry Ellison. He held a fundraiser for the senator, whose new book has a chapter with this title: “Making America Safe for Uber.”

“There’s a lot of folks out here who naturally fall into a libertarian place and in the past they were not feeling the love from the GOP,” said Scott Banister, an investor who is raising money for Paul. “Obviously, if the Democratic Party is going to come down on the side of ‘let’s shut down these businesses,’ that’s going to force the issue.”

This particular combination of money, votes, and buzz should naturally attract either of the political parties. That it only attracts one of them is perhaps not optimal for the Republic, but it could be worse. At any rate: I look forward with some interest to Hillary Clinton explaining to young voters next year why they should wait twice as long for a more expensive taxi that doesn’t give them as good service.  It should be a hoot.

Via Hot Air Headlines.

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Jul
25
2015
9

Ross Douthat tells the New York Times things they don’t want to hear about Planned Parenthood.

Think what you like about Ross Douthat, but publishing this at the New York Times is a genuine truth-to-power moment on his part. Somebody’s going to try to get him fired for writing this. It’s exactly the sort of thing that NYT readers generally want to avoid thinking about:

…real knowledge isn’t purely theoretical; it’s the fruit of experience, recognition, imagination, life itself.

And the problem these videos create for Planned Parenthood isn’t just a generalized queasiness at surgery and blood.

It’s a very specific disgust, informed by reason and experience — the reasoning that notes that it’s precisely a fetus’s humanity that makes its organs valuable, and the experience of recognizing one’s own children, on the ultrasound monitor and after, as something more than just “products of conception” or tissue for the knife.

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