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  • J.D. Vance and the Anger of the White Working Class

    07/29/2016 2:17:54 PM PDT · by oblomov · 18 replies
    WSJ ^ | 29 Jul 2016 | ALEXANDRA WOLFE
    J.D. Vance didn’t encounter anyone else with a personal story like his when he arrived at Yale Law School six years ago. His early family life in a poor town in eastern Ohio was tough, with a mother who became a drug addict and a partially absent father. He and his sister spent a lot of time with his grandparents, evangelical Christians who were originally from Kentucky and inspired Mr. Vance to do more with his life. His experiences are the basis of his new memoir, “Hillbilly Elegy.” The book started out as a quest to answer questions about his...
  • When Assisted Suicide Becomes Coercive

    07/29/2016 9:06:34 AM PDT · by oblomov · 24 replies
    the Daily Signal ^ | 28 Jul 2016 | Hans Spakovsky
    Even the best intentions cannot reverse the insidious effects of a wrong policy. When those who advocate for assisted suicide cite a benevolent desire to relieve suffering, the horrifying results of such a practice still lie just beneath the surface. Recently, an elderly Vermont woman found herself repeatedly pressured to commit assisted suicide. Her grave ailment? Only a broken wrist. Nevertheless, staff at her rehab center “repeatedly asked the elderly woman if she was in pain or depressed; then they would remind her that she could commit doctor-prescribed suicide under the new law.” Advocates of assisted suicide have blown off...
  • Bitcoin not money, Miami judge rules in dismissing laundering charges

    07/28/2016 6:51:46 PM PDT · by oblomov · 7 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 25 Jul 2016 | BY DAVID OVALLE
    A Miami-Dade judge ruled Monday that Bitcoin is not actually money, a decision hailed by proponents of the virtual currency that has become popular across the world. In a case closely watched in financial and tech circles, the judge threw out the felony charges against website designer Michell Espinoza, who had been charged with illegally transmitting and laundering $1,500 worth of Bitcoins. He sold them to undercover detectives who told him they wanted to use the money to buy stolen credit-card numbers. But Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Teresa Mary Pooler ruled that Bitcoin was not backed by any government or bank,...
  • The new political divide [Globalists of the world, unite!]

    07/28/2016 5:55:51 PM PDT · by oblomov · 14 replies
    The Economist ^ | 30 Jul 2016 | Economist editorial board
    Farewell, left versus right. The contest that matters now is open against closed AS POLITICAL theatre, America’s party conventions have no parallel. Activists from right and left converge to choose their nominees and celebrate conservatism (Republicans) and progressivism (Democrats). But this year was different, and not just because Hillary Clinton became the first woman to be nominated for president by a major party. The conventions highlighted a new political faultline: not between left and right, but between open and closed (see article). Donald Trump, the Republican nominee, summed up one side of this divide with his usual pithiness. “Americanism, not...
  • Snopes Caught Lying About Lack Of American Flags At Democratic Convention

    07/28/2016 2:44:23 PM PDT · by oblomov · 66 replies
    Daly Caller ^ | 28 Jul 2016 | Peter Hasson
    Myth-busting website Snopes flagrantly lied about the lack of visible American flags on the first day of the Democratic Convention, claiming an image from the second day of the convention was actually from the first day in an attempt to debunk a factual story from The Daily Caller. First, the facts. TheDC reported on Monday about the lack of visible American flags at day one of the convention. Several flags were briefly on stage for the national anthem and pledge of allegiance, at which point they were carried off stage, as the C-SPAN video for Monday clearly shows at the...
  • Paul Krugman's Bubble

    07/28/2016 7:43:17 AM PDT · by oblomov · 15 replies
    Paul Krugman is confused. He can’t figure out why Americans are so gloomy that they might vote for Donald Trump in November. From the columnist’s perch at the New York Times, things in America seem A-okay: If you want to feel good about the state of America, you could do a lot worse than what I did this morning: take a run in Riverside Park. There are people of all ages, and, yes, all races exercising, strolling hand in hand, playing with their dogs, kicking soccer balls and throwing Frisbees. There are a few homeless people, but the overall atmosphere...
  • Fans call Paul Simon's DNC performance troubling

    07/26/2016 2:34:23 PM PDT · by oblomov · 72 replies
    Fox News Entertainment ^ | 26 Jul 2016 | Foxnews.com
    Paul Simon took to the Democratic National Convention stage last night to perform his hit "Bridge Over Troubled Water." A lot of fans were quick to point out that the singer's performance was, well, troubled. Éponine15191 @Eponine15191 So I've just caught up with the footage of Paul Simon at the DNC yesterday singing Bridge Over TW, I'm so sad for him. He looks sick. #sad 5:26 AM - 26 Jul 2016 Public_Interest @Public_Interest Paul Simon fan here: Paul Simon was awful tonight. 10:05 PM - 25 Jul 2016 Mr. Cummings @APGOPOHHS I've always loved Paul Simon but that was more...
  • [Vanity] The Livid Anti-Trump Conservo-sphere

    07/21/2016 3:11:40 PM PDT · by oblomov · 47 replies
    FR | 21 Jul 2016 | oblomov @ FR
    Moderators, I hope you'll permit the vanity. I wanted to solicit opinion from FReepers on the remaining NeverTrumpers. What amuses me is the degree to which the NeverTrumper disdain for Trump seems to be personal. It goes well beyond the superficial pettiness of a faculty lounge dispute, and seems bitter and vindictive. With some evidence (not much of which I can post here), I'll posit three motives: Personal slight against one or more NeverTrumpers, perhaps an ancient slight Trump has not paid sufficient fealty to the Conservo-sphere of writers and political consultants He has not hired Mike Murphy or Matthew...
  • Births: Preliminary Data for 2015

    06/06/2016 8:30:16 PM PDT · by oblomov · 29 replies
    HHS CDC, National Vital Statistics System ^ | 2 Jun 2016 | Brady E. Hamilton, Ph.D., Joyce A. Martin, M.P.H., and Michelle J.K. Osterman, M.H.S.
    Objectives—This report presents preliminary 2015 data on U.S. statistics offices in 2015. Comparisons are made with final 2014 data births. Births are shown by age and race and Hispanic origin of mother. Data on marital status, cesarean delivery, preterm births, and low birthweight are also presented. Results—The 2015 preliminary number of U.S. births was 3,977,745, down slightly (less than 1%) from 2014. For the three largest race and Hispanic origin groups in the United States, the number of births decreased for non-Hispanic white women, increased for Hispanic women, and were essentially unchanged for non-Hispanic black women in 2015. The general...
  • Bitcoin Is Soaring On Unprecedented Burst In Chinese Buying

    05/29/2016 5:04:47 PM PDT · by oblomov · 28 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 29 May 2016 | "Tyler Durden"
    Last September (when bitcoin was trading at $230) we said that "As China Scrambles To Enforce Capital Controls, This Is Great News For Bitcoin" and that it is only a matter of time before Chinese buyers figure out that in a world in which the freeflow of capital out of China is increasingly more suppressed and where physical gold is actively being stored in China but is next to impossible to get it out of the country, it is only a matter of time before bitcoin explodes as China's bubble berserk population scrambles to buy. One month ago, we showed...
  • Sotomayor Helps Puerto Rico Argue Its Bankruptcy Case

    03/23/2016 8:14:01 AM PDT · by oblomov · 21 replies
    Bloomberg View via Yahoo! Finance ^ | 23 Mar 2016 | Noah Feldman
    Before Tuesday, I’d have said that Puerto Rico had no chance to win its legal fight to let its municipalities and utilities declare bankruptcy. That's how the island hopes to resolve its overwhelming debt problems, but the federal bankruptcy code says that it can't. That's what the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held last summer, unanimously. The statute seemed so clear that even Judge Juan Torruella, the appellate court’s only Puerto Rican member, concurred in an outraged separate opinion criticizing the federal law. Puerto Rico's Slide Then Sonia Sotomayor stepped in. Oral arguments before the Supreme Court...
  • Colbert Clashes With Letterman's BFF Sandwich Maker Over Missing Tomatoes

    01/09/2016 7:46:11 AM PST · by oblomov · 26 replies
    DNAInfo.com ^ | 8 January 2016 | Nicole Levy
    No one misses David Letterman ... except perhaps Rupert Jee. Miffed about the absence of tomato in his B.L.T., new host of "The Late Show" Stephen Colbert toted a blow-up photograph of his sandwich to its place of origin, Hello Deli, to give shop-owner Rupert Jee a piece of his mind. "It's bacon, lettuce, tomato — the recipe is right in the name! The lack of tomato isn't just an insult to centuries of B.L.T. craftsmen who died toasting bread at Gettysburg; it's an insult to me personally," Colbert said, in segment on Thursday's night's episode. "Stephen, I'm sorry," Jee...
  • Most Dishonest Countries Are China and Turkey

    11/17/2015 9:43:17 AM PST · by oblomov · 21 replies
    NY Post ^ | 16 Nov 2015 | Sophia Rosenbaum
    It’s a coin toss between China and Turkey for the title of least honest country, according to a new study. As part of a 15-nation honesty study, researchers from the University of East Anglia had the 1,500 subjects participate in a coin flip, telling them they’d get up to $5 every time it came up heads. The researchers theorized that if the percentage reporting heads was over 50 percent, participants were being dishonest, since heads statistically shows up only half the time. An estimated 70 percent of Chinese participants lied — the most dishonest of the bunch, according to the...
  • Chinese President snubs Mark Zuckerberg’s unborn child

    10/04/2015 10:51:23 AM PDT · by oblomov · 18 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2 Oct 2015 | Emily Smith
    <p>Chinese President Xi Jinping was in no mood to grant favors at his White House state dinner — not even for Mark Zuckerberg’s unborn baby.</p> <p>Among the many tech and media titans who were invited, a few who came to kiss Xi’s ring at the Sept. 25 dinner hosted by President Obama and First Lady Michelle also asked for something in return.</p>
  • US clears Sprout Pharmaceuticals' Addyi as first drug for female sexual desire disorder

    08/19/2015 6:44:17 AM PDT · by oblomov · 20 replies
    FirstWord Pharma ^ | 17 Aug 2015 | FirstWord Pharma
    The FDA on Tuesday cleared Sprout Pharmaceuticals' once-daily non-hormonal oral drug Addyi (flibanserin) for generalised hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in premenopausal women, with the agency noting it is the first FDA-approved drug available to treat sexual desire disorder in either men or women. The decision follows a majority vote by an advisory panel in June recommending Addyi for approval. The US regular stated that Addyi is being approved with a boxed warning about the risks of severe hypotension and syncope in patients who drink alcohol, in those who use moderate or strong CYP3A4 inhibitors and in patients with liver...
  • The Dream World of the Southern Republicans

    07/13/2015 7:38:57 PM PDT · by oblomov · 24 replies
    NYT ^ | 10 Jul 2015 | Howell Raines
    UNLIKE previous Alabama governors, Robert J. Bentley is not a fount of oratory. Nor is he a champion of “kinder and gentler.” His dyspeptic refusal to accept federal funds for Medicaid expansion, in a state where more than one million of 4.8 million residents depend on the program, betokens a stunning indifference to the Hippocratic oath. (The governor is a dermatologist.) Yet Mr. Bentley recently took a page from the Obama playbook and used a surprise executive order to remove four Confederate flags from the Alabama Capitol grounds, not far from the very spot where Jefferson Davis was sworn in...
  • Ugly: The Aftershocks of a Tea-Party Suicide

    07/12/2015 5:12:04 PM PDT · by oblomov · 17 replies
    NY Magazine ^ | 15 June 2015 | Marin Cogan
    One evening several years ago, John Mary was up late reading a local blog when he came across a comment from a man who said he lived in Gulfport, Mississippi. The commenter had been watching his kid mow a relative’s lawn, he wrote, when a couple approached the boy and asked if he could cut their grass sometime. The commenter recognized the man. It was Senator Thad Cochran, he wrote, and the woman with him sure as hell wasn’t his wife. The gossip stuck with Mary, a 62-year-old from Hattiesburg, about 70 miles north of Gulfport. But he didn’t think...
  • Horne v. Department of Agriculture struck down!

    06/22/2015 7:19:28 AM PDT · by oblomov · 54 replies
    SCOTUS Blog ^ | 22 Jun 2015 | SCOTUS Blog
    Horne v. Department of Agriculture.decision is a big win for those of us who try to make a living in Ag Any net proceeds the raisin growers receive from the sale of the reserve raisins goes to the amount of compensation they have received for that taking. It does not mean that the raisins have not been appropriated for government use, nor can the government make raisin growers relinquish their property without just compensation as a condition for selling in interstate commerce. This is a major blow to government's program of trying to boost prices by keeping crops off the...
  • Brian Williams also told iffy tales of rescuing puppies from fires

    02/07/2015 9:37:41 AM PST · by oblomov · 51 replies
    NY Post ^ | 6 Feb 2015 | Emily Smith
    Long before he was caught lying about his chopper being forced down by enemy fire in Iraq, Brian Williams boasted how he bravely rescued a terrified puppy from a house fire. Or maybe it was two puppies. The truth-challenged NBC anchor told dueling versions of his supposed heroics as a teenage volunteer firefighter with the Old Village Fire Company in Middletown, NJ. In October 2011, Williams waxed rhapsodic about how his dad took him to fires. “I remember one such house fire . . . conducting a search on my hands and knees, when I felt something warm, squishy and furry on...
  • Not a Very P.C. Thing to Say

    01/28/2015 3:26:20 AM PST · by oblomov · 20 replies
    NY Magazine ^ | 27 Jan 2015 | Jonathan Chait
    Around 2 a.m. on December 12, four students approached the apartment of Omar Mahmood, a Muslim student at the University of Michigan, who had recently published a column in a school newspaper about his perspective as a minority on campus. The students, who were recorded on a building surveillance camera wearing baggy hooded sweatshirts to hide their identity, littered Mahmood’s doorway with copies of his column, scrawled with messages like “You scum embarrass us,” “Shut the **** up,” and “DO YOU EVEN GO HERE?! LEAVE!!” They posted a picture of a demon and splattered eggs. This might appear to be...
  • Holder limits seized-asset sharing process that split billions with local, state police

    01/16/2015 2:07:39 PM PST · by oblomov · 78 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 16 Jan 2015 | Robert O'Harrow Jr., Sari Horwitz and Steven Rich
    Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Friday barred local and state police from using federal law to seize cash, cars and other property without proving that a crime occurred. Holder’s action represents the most sweeping check on police power to confiscate personal property since the seizures began three decades ago as part of the war on drugs. Since 2008, thousands of local and state police agencies have made more than 55,000 seizures of cash and property worth $3 billion under a civil asset forfeiture program at the Justice Department called Equitable Sharing. The program has enabled local and state...
  • Socialize Uber [Collectivism Barf Alert]

    12/17/2014 1:50:58 PM PST · by oblomov · 9 replies
    The Nation ^ | 29 December 2014 | Mike Konczal and Bryce Covert
    In response to a wave of bad behavior by the popular ride-sharing service Uber—with one executive suggesting digging up dirt on journalists who write negative articles about the company—many advocated a switch to Uber’s competitor, Lyft. But this approach ignores the fact that Uber’s abuses are baked into how “sharing” companies operate, a way of doing business that is shared by its competitors. More important, it misses a way to transform these companies that is right there in front of us: by socializing ownership among their workers. Cutting through the marketing BS of Silicon Valley is a good goal for...
  • Liberal Raceaholics

    12/11/2014 4:40:58 PM PST · by oblomov · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 10 Dec 2014 | Deroy Murdock
    How does one explain liberals’ relentless obsession with race? Democrats and left-wing activists clutch the notion of racism as America’s defining characteristic just as streetcorner drunks cling to their fifths of cheap booze. No matter what, neither community can unhand those bottles. In fact, this debilitating liberal addiction deserves a name: raceaholism. Advertisement Raceaholics like President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, New York mayor Bill de Blasio, overexposed circus barker Al Sharpton, Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson, their allies, and their media enablers cannot stop talking about race. They refract almost every issue through that prism. According to them,...
  • The Obama Whisperer

    11/10/2014 5:56:52 AM PST · by oblomov · 31 replies
    The New Republic ^ | 9 Nov 2014 | Noam Scheiber
    Even at this late date in the Obama presidency, there is no surer way to elicit paranoid whispers or armchair psychoanalysis from Democrats than to mention the name Valerie Jarrett. Party operatives, administration officials—they are shocked by her sheer longevity and marvel at her influence. When I asked a longtime source who left the Obama White House years ago for his impressions of Jarrett, he confessed that he was too fearful to speak with me, even off the record. This is not as irrational as it sounds. Obama has said he consults Jarrett on every major decision, something current and...
  • Psychologists Are Learning How to Convince Conservatives to Take Climate Change Seriously

    10/01/2014 2:54:52 PM PDT · by oblomov · 140 replies
    NY Magazine ^ | 1 October 2014 | Jesse Singal
    Last week’s People's Climate March drew 400,000 people onto the streets of Manhattan and a great deal of international attention to a subject of dire urgency. But some were skeptical about the event’s overall significance. “The march slogan was, ‘to change everything, we need everyone,’ which is telling, because it won’t change everything, because it didn’t include everyone,” wrote David Roberts of Grist. “Specifically, it won’t change American politics because it didn’t include conservatives.” True enough. If there weren’t such a stark divide between American conservatives and almost everyone else on the question of the existence and importance of climate...
  • What If Counterfactuals Never Existed?

    09/29/2014 1:04:58 PM PDT · by oblomov · 54 replies
    New Republic ^ | 20 Sep 2014 | Cass R. Sunstein
    Altered Pasts: Counterfactuals in History by Richard J. Evans (Brandeis University Press) As everyone knows, the supreme court 
ruled six–three for Al Gore in the great dispute over the Florida recount in 2000. As everyone also knows, Gore emerged as the ultimate victor in that recount, and with his poetic and moving inauguration address he managed to unify a badly divided nation. For a long period, the Gore years continued the peace and prosperity established under President Clinton, punctuated by the successful prevention of an apparent terrorist plot in 2001, by the enactment of health care reform in 2003 (mocked...
  • Spike Lee’s Racism Isn’t Cute: ‘M—–f—– Hipster’ Is the New ‘Honkey'

    03/01/2014 3:05:35 AM PST · by oblomov · 35 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | 26 Feb 2014 | John McWhorter
    It’s interesting that the director of the richest oeuvre of black films in the history of the medium doesn’t understand what the Civil Rights revolution was for. In his expletive-laced comments about the gentrification of Fort Greene during an interview at the Pratt Institute, Spike Lee seemed to think that what we Overcame for was to be grouchy bigots. Basically, black people are getting paid more money than they’ve ever seen in their lives for their houses, and a once sketchy neighborhood is now quiet and pleasant. And this is a bad thing… why? Lee seems to think it’s somehow...
  • Watch out Eurocrats, here come the Pirates!

    01/04/2014 12:45:59 PM PST · by oblomov · 10 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 4 January 2014 | Daniel Hannan
    I once shared a car to the airport with a French MEP, a member of the Front National (FN). He spoke that very correct French which, across the Channel, serves in place of accent as a social signifier. He casually mentioned that the Holocaust couldn’t have happened, at least not on the scale claimed: the volume of the ovens, he creepily explained, was insufficient. The European Parliament has always had its fair share of extremists, eccentrics and outright, drooling loons. With the FN then polling at 6 per cent, there seemed no need to treat any of its MEPs seriously,...
  • Trailer Park Living Invades New York

    12/16/2013 5:24:55 AM PST · by oblomov · 38 replies
    NY Post ^ | 15 Dec 2013 | Gary Buiso
    There goes the neighborhood! Motor homes have invaded the Upper West Side, sparking fear in the hearts of residents worried their well-heeled haven could fast be transformed into a low-rent campsite. “Why is this ugly piece of junk here?” demanded area activist Gretchen Berger, referring to the rusted RV that has been stationed at Riverside Drive and 74th Street. “It just sort of creeps me out that somebody is living in a parking space, and this may give rise to other people thinking that it’s a cheap way to live on the Upper West Side, where the rents are high....
  • Obamacare Pushing Puerto Rico Further Into Social Welfare State, Doctors Warn

    12/14/2013 11:08:00 AM PST · by oblomov · 25 replies
    Fox News LAtino ^ | 13 Dec 2013 | Bryan Llenas
    People in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico may not be grappling with the botched Obamacare website rollout, but the program could spell disaster for the island, which is facing a financial crisis and where half the population already is dependent on free health insurance, members of the island's medical community warned. Puerto Ricans, who are born U.S. citizens, do not enroll on the healthcare.gov because their government decided not to offer health-insurance exchanges, which offers private plans. Instead, the Affordable Care Act, commonly dubbed Obamacare, has mostly arrived on the island in the form of a $6.3 billion social...
  • Regulators Vote to Back Volcker Rule

    12/10/2013 11:18:58 AM PST · by oblomov · 58 replies
    WSJ ^ | 10 Dec 2013 | Scott Patterson, Shayndi Raice, Katy Burne
    <p>WASHINGTON—All five regulatory agencies put to a vote and approved the Volcker rule on Tuesday, ushering in a new era of tough oversight that drills to the core of Wall Street's profitable markets and trading businesses.</p> <p>The rule will put in place new hurdles for banks that buy and sell securities on behalf of clients, known as market making, and will restrict compensation arrangements that encourage risky trading. The Fed also approved an extension to give banks until July 2015 to comply with the rule, though firms will be expected to make "good faith" efforts to get into compliance earlier.</p>
  • A Response to Glenn Greenwald [leftist apologia for Panopticon state barf alert]

    06/16/2013 11:22:07 AM PDT · by oblomov · 10 replies
    The Nation ^ | 14 June 2013 | Rick Perlstein
    The NSA slide that tech experts say Glenn Greenwald misinterpreted. (The Guardian/NSA, US Federal Government.) Glenn Greenwald has posted a response to his critics today, including myself, titled “;On PRISM, Partisanship, and Propaganda”: “In a Nation post yesterday,” he writes, “Rick Perlstein falsely accuses me of not having addressed the questions about the PRISM story.” Actually I didn’t accuse him of not having addressed “the questions,” but instead a single question, which he still does not address: whether, in his claim that corporations have allowed the National Security Agency direct access to their servers, he misunderstands the meaning of...
  • The Demonization Machine Cranks Up Against Edward Snowden

    06/11/2013 10:56:13 AM PDT · by oblomov · 89 replies
    Reason ^ | 11 Jun 2013 | Matt Welch
    It's always instructive to see who quickly takes the government's side in a dispute with a whistleblower, and what kind of argumentation they deploy. David Brooks was certainly a predictable candidate. Here's a sampling of a few others: Roger Simon, chief political columnist for Politico, former White House correspondent for the Chicago Tribune, former political editor of U.S. News & World Report: Think you're a loser just because you dropped out of high school and never finished Think you're a dud just because you work as a security guard even though you dreamed of becoming a global savior?the military training...
  • Take the A Train to Little Guyana

    06/09/2013 5:20:57 PM PDT · by oblomov · 12 replies
    NYT ^ | 9 Jun 2013 | Kirk Semple
    On an old building at 12 St. Marks Place, hovering above the sushi counters and tattoo parlors, is an inscription chiseled in the stone facade: Deutsch-Amerikanische Schützen Gesellschaft. It marks the location of the German-American Shooting Society clubhouse, long defunct, and is a rare vestige of the German immigrant community that dominated the East Village and the Lower East Side for much of the 19th century. Known as Kleindeutschland, or Little Germany, the community had German saloons and social clubs, German theaters and churches, German stores and workshops, and, of course, tens of thousands of German residents. Little Germany is...
  • A Manifesto for Disorder: Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s ‘Antifragile’ Reviewed

    11/26/2012 5:45:38 PM PST · by oblomov · 5 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 26 Nov 2012 | Robert Herritt
    Nassim Nicholas Taleb has little tolerance for, well, a lot of things. But, as his latest book demonstrates, he holds a particular grievance against the mediocre, the safe middle ground, and most forms of moderation. True to form, Antifragile: Things that Gain From Disorder, is a work of non-fiction that trades in extremes—a book that, in complete earnestness, offers thoughts on everything from the philosophy of Seneca and the structure of the Swiss government to the value of procrastination and the limits of academic research. He is just as likely to bring in Ben Bernanke and Ralph Nader as Hammurabi...
  • Obama Plans To Declare Victory Early, In Order to Demoralize Romney Voters

    11/06/2012 3:52:58 AM PST · by oblomov · 69 replies
    Ace of Spades ^ | 6 Nov 2012 | Brad Thor
    As Romney says: Forewarned. What a dick move. It's such a dick move that a half hour ago, before I read this report, I was just thinking Romney should do it himself. Thor explains that Obama will trust in the media to carry his message of Complete and Total Domination In the Vote in order to keep conservatives, Tea Partiers, and America-loving libertarians home. Forewarned.
  • Sheldon G. Adelson: I Didn't Leave the Democrats. They Left Me

    11/05/2012 5:40:30 PM PST · by oblomov · 3 replies
    WSJ ^ | 4 Nov 2012 | Sheldon Adelson
    When members of the Democratic Party booed the inclusion of God and Jerusalem in their party platform this year, I thought of my parents. They would have been astounded. The immigrant family in which I grew up was, in the matter of politics, typical of the Jews of Boston in the 1930s and '40s. Of the two major parties, the Democrats were in those days the more supportive of Jewish causes. Indeed, only liberal politicians campaigned in our underprivileged neighborhood. Boston's Republicans, insofar as we knew them, were remote, wealthy elites ("Boston Brahmins"), some of whose fancy country clubs didn't...
  • Now It’s Obama’s Turn to Win the Debate at Hofstra University [unintentional humor alert]

    10/13/2012 8:02:47 PM PDT · by oblomov · 33 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 14 Oct 2012 | Michael Tomasky
    Okay, Joe Biden did his part. Now, or soon, it’s Barack Obama’s turn again. If he flubs this like last time, this race is probably over. If he manages a draw, he’ll stay what he is now, the narrow favorite whose rickety lead is based chiefly on an edge in Ohio that doesn’t feel all that solid, and both sides will be sweating bullets right through election night. He has to win. And frankly, there’s reason to wonder whether he can. He’ll need to be on his toes on taxes and Medicare and health care, sure. But before all that,...
  • If Romney Wins, Here's Who He'll Have to Thank

    10/13/2012 2:51:31 PM PDT · by oblomov · 20 replies
    Barrons ^ | Jim McTague
    An analysis by a savvy demographer points to the states Romney is likely to take—and why he's on the path to victory. Sizing up population growth in key GOP states. The presidential race has grown closer since Mitt Romney and Barack Obama squared off in the first of three debates, with the Republican challenger edging ahead in the polls in several key states. But Romney never was the underdog depicted by the mainstream press, and Obama's path to victory is much steeper than his campaign team appreciates; they've long felt they have it in the bag. Former GOP demographer John...
  • Ryan Stuns Biden on Foreign Policy in Big Surprise of Vice Presidential Debate

    10/13/2012 2:16:45 PM PDT · by oblomov · 17 replies
    New York Sun ^ | 12 Oct 2012 | Larry Kudlow
    The irony of ironies: The Biden-Ryan debate was more about foreign policy than the economy and jobs. Yet another irony: Paul Ryan, an expert on all things fiscal, disclosed a much better knowledge base of foreign policy than anyone thought existed. Shows how smart and well-rounded he really is. Mr. Ryan’s Benghazi slam, right out of the chute, won him the debate. This terrorist attack is going to be a huge presidential-race issue. Americans are furious at the Obama-Biden-Clinton stupidity and mismanagement surrounding the tragic Benghazi deaths. They are enraged at the Benghazi cover-up. Mr. Ryan accused Mr. Biden of...
  • Re-Elect the President [Nation Barf Alert]

    10/06/2012 10:20:44 AM PDT · by oblomov · 12 replies
    The NAtion ^ | 22 Oct 2012 | Nation Editors
    Progressive opinions on Barack Obama’s first term are as conflicted as his record. These differences are a sign of a diverse and spirited left, and we welcome continued debate in our pages about the president’s record and policies. But that discussion should not obscure what is at stake in this election. A victory for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in November would validate the reactionary extremists who have captured the Republican Party. It would represent the triumph of social Darwinism, the religious right, corporate power and the big money donors who thrive in a new Gilded Age of inequality. It...
  • The One Percent War

    01/29/2012 3:25:29 PM PST · by oblomov · 6 replies
    Reuters Magazine ^ | 27 Jan 2012 | Chrystia Freeland
    When Anders Aslund, a Swedish economist who has studied and advised most of the leaders in the former Soviet Union, visited Kiev in late 2004, at the height of the Orange Revolution, he returned to his office in Washington, D.C., with a surprising observation. Most reports depicted the Orange Revolutionaries, with their determined, subzero encampment of the capital city's central square, either as western Ukrainians rebelling against the government's pro-Russian stance, or as idealistic students who were unwilling to stomach political repression. Both characterizations were true, but Aslund saw a third dynamic at play. The Orange Revolution, he told me,...
  • Bain or Blessing?

    01/29/2012 3:18:05 PM PST · by oblomov · 1 replies
    The Economist ^ | 28 Jan 2012 | unsigned
    The buy-out industry is under attack for destroying jobs. Its returns to investors are the real problem IF STEVE SCHWARZMAN thought it was valid in 2010 to compare Barack Obama’s “war” against business to Hitler’s invasion of Poland, what can he be thinking now? Private-equity executives must be hoping the boss of Blackstone will keep his opinions to himself. More bad publicity is the last thing the industry needs. Other Republican presidential candidates are competing to see who can say the most damning thing about Mitt Romney’s career at Bain Capital. Newt Gingrich’s supporters have even made a sort of...
  • Cloudy With a Chance of Weapons and Gold

    01/28/2012 7:54:33 AM PST · by oblomov · 13 replies
    American Spectator ^ | Dan Peterson
    The machine guns roared, pouring tens of thousands of bullets into the night's blackness. Suddenly: Ka-WHOOOMP! WAAHHHMP! WHA-OOOOMP!! Enormous fireballs flashed into yellow-white existence, mutating into billows of orange flame 100 feet high. The pulse of shock and heat hit my skin. As the explosions faded, the night air was lit by an endless fusillade of red and green tracer rounds, the incandescent muzzle blast of automatic weapons, and flames from burning vehicles… Just a typical evening in the green autumn hills of north-central Kentucky. Typical twice a year, I should say. Every April and October, the Knob Creek Gun...
  • Obama Offends the Catholic Left

    01/25/2012 8:21:39 AM PST · by oblomov · 14 replies
    When Barack Obama secured his party's nomination for president in 2008, one group of Democrats had special reason to cheer. These were Democrats who were reliably liberal on policy but horrified by the party's sometimes knee-jerk animosity to faith. The low point may have been the 1992 Democratic convention. There the liberal but pro-life governor of Pennsylvania, Bob Casey Sr., was humiliated when he was denied a speaking slot while a pro-choice Republican activist from his home state was allowed. With Mr. Obama, all this looked to be in the past. In 2006, the Illinois senator delivered a speech declaring...
  • Is our neighbor to the north becoming a jingoistic petro-state? [lib finger-wagging]

    01/23/2012 8:08:35 AM PST · by oblomov · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Slate ^ | 20 Jan 2012 | Will Oremus
    It’s well known that America’s dependence on foreign oil forces us to partner with some pretty unsavory regimes. Take, for instance, the country that provides by far the largest share of our petroleum imports. Its regime, in thrall to big oil interests, has grown increasingly bellicose, labeling environmental activists “radicals” and “terrorists” and is considering a crackdown on nonprofits that oppose its policies. It blames political dissent on the influence of “foreigners,” while steamrolling domestic opposition to oil projects bankrolled entirely by overseas investors. Meanwhile, its skyrocketing oil exports have sent the value of its currency soaring, enriching energy industry...
  • Showtime at the Apollo [MoDo critiques the Obama hauteur]

    01/22/2012 5:33:54 PM PST · by oblomov · 24 replies
    NYT ^ | 21 Jan 2012 | Maureen Dowd
    FOR eight seconds, we saw the president we had craved for three years: cool, joyous, funny, connected. “I, I’m so in love with you,” Barack Obama crooned to a thrilled crowd at a fund-raiser at the Apollo in Harlem on Thursday night, doing a seductive imitation as Al Green himself looked on. The song would make a good campaign anthem: “Let’s stay together, lovin’ you whether, whether times are good or bad, happy or sad.” Don’t break up, turn around and make up. Times have been bad and sad, and The One did not turn out to be a messiah,...
  • An Interracial Fix for Black Marriage

    08/06/2011 12:05:55 AM PDT · by oblomov · 82 replies
    WSJ ^ | 6 August 2011 | RALPH RICHARD BANKS
    "At this point in my life," says Audrey, age 39, "I thought I'd be married with children." A native of southeast Washington, D.C., and the child of parents who are approaching their 50th wedding anniversary, Audrey seems like the proverbial "good catch"—smart, funny, well-educated, attractive. Audrey earns a good living, too, with an income from management consulting that far surpasses what her parents ever made. Her social life is busy as well, filled with family, friends and church. Only about one in 20 black women is interracially married; they are much less likely than black men to cross the race...
  • Squalid Abortion Clinic Escaped State Oversight

    01/23/2011 6:43:39 PM PST · by oblomov · 15 replies
    NYT ^ | 22 Jan 2011 | SABRINA TAVERNISE
    PHILADELPHIA — For years, state health officials missed some unsettling patterns at the three-story brick abortion clinic on Lancaster Avenue. It was always open late, way past the time the pizza place next door closed at midnight. The women who emerged from it — often poor blacks and Hispanics — appeared dazed and in pain, and sometimes left in ambulances. The doctor who ran the clinic, Kermit Gosnell, had been sued at least 15 times for malpractice. Two women died while under his care. But the dangerous practices went unnoticed, except by the women who experienced them. They were discovered...
  • Armenian police target teenage rock cult

    12/26/2010 11:05:36 PM PST · by oblomov · 35 replies · 10+ views
    France24 ^ | 26 Dec 2010 | AFP
    AFP - When police officers arrived at 13-year-old Masha's home, searched her room and inspected her computer, it was not because they suspected her of any crime. Her offence was simply to be a devoted follower of the angst-ridden punk-rock subculture known as 'emo', in an ex-Soviet state where pressures to conform remain strong. "It was offensive and frightening at the same time," said Masha, a schoolgirl in the Armenian capital, clearly upset by the experience. Police in Yerevan have been conducting a campaign against the capital's small but controversial emo community since the recent suicides of two teenagers who...