Jul
28
2015
20

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
9

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
2
Jul
27
2015
5

Book of the Week: “Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary.”

OK, I admit it: I’m saving JRR Tolkien’s Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary for Pennsic.  Gotta have something to read while I’m waiting for the rain to stop, the dancing to start, or the beer to get cold. But my wife read it, and she liked it, and shoot, it’s JRR Tolkien.  It’s not like I’m taking some kind of hideous risk here.

And so, adieu to A Matter for Men, which was apparently a touch more, ah, controversial a choice than I had hitherto imagined. (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
5

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
5

Now that’s some authoritas you can respect.

That there is some quality community policing. No joke.

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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
27
2015
3

I am just having too much trouble getting started this morning.

I am going to go have something more substantial for breakfast. Maybe I’ll take the kids to the pool. Or read a book.  Something to sweep away the cobwebs…

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