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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Jul
25
2015
4

Did you miss Clintonian-level language parsing? You didn’t? Sorry to hear that, because it’s back.

How does one reconcile this

U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Saturday she did not send or receive classified information on a private email account while she was secretary of state.

“I did not send nor receive anything that was classified at the time,” Clinton told reporters at a campaign event.

…with this?

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sent at least four messages from her personal email server while she was US secretary of state that contained information derived from classified material, according to a US government inspector general.

The four emails “were classified when they were sent and are classified now,” Andrea Williams, a spokesperson for I Charles McCullough, inspector general of the intelligence community, tells Byron Tau of the Wall Street Journal.

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Jul
25
2015
2

My PJ Lifestyle post on Skyrim and bad academic scholarship is up!

Link here.  Short version: Skyrim is good. Making dumb and provably wrong observations about Skyrim for your academic paper (and, probably, your doctoral thesis) is bad.  Play Skyrim; don’t make dumb observations.

That is all.

Jul
25
2015
8
Jul
25
2015
11

Scenes from the People’s Glorious Revolutionary Crusade Against Decadent BBQ Smoke!

Alternate title: …Geez.  White people. Except, I don’t know if the Florida woman who enlisted county government in her ongoing neighborhood feud is white. One mustn’t stereotype. But my unabashedly knee-jerk sympathies aren’t with her:

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Jul
24
2015
10

Vermont’s looking at going… back to nuclear? Only this time, it’s not theirs.

One wonders what Vermont will do when they run out of other people’s extra energy production.

When the Green Mountain power company, Vermont’s largest utility, announced earlier this year it will be buying nuclear power from New Hampshire’s Seabrook reactor, many environmentalists felt betrayed.

“This is exactly why we closed Vermont Yankee, because we didn’t want any nuclear power,” they complained. But consumer demands left Green Mountain with no other choice. Nuclear is the ultimate reliable source of power – reactors operate more than 90 percent of the time – and Green Mountain needs back-up in case other sources stop working or if demand exceeds supply on a hot summer day.

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