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  • Silver Is Getting Crushed

    09/19/2014 2:47:43 PM PDT · 27 of 39
    x to blam
    Impeach William Devane!

  • Paul Greenberg: Barack Hussein Obama

    09/19/2014 2:44:19 PM PDT · 10 of 10
    x to Kaslin
    You can tell the midterm elections are upon us when certain telltale phrases begin appearing in letters to the editor -- like "Barack Hussein Obama," and we're all supposed to get the message. The president's middle name may almost disappear the rest of the year, but come election time it serves as a signal to start frothing at the mouth. For its imputation is unmistakable: Our president -- our president! -- is a Muslim conspirator, or at least an enemy agent.


    It was left to conservative scholar and author Russell Kirk, he of "The Conservative Mind" and "The Politics of Prudence," to make the best riposte to Robert Welch's delusions: "Eisenhower's not a Communist -- he's a golfer."


    I guess it's left to me to make the best riposte to this article: "'Barack Hussein Obama' is not a 'signal to start frothing at the mouth' -- it's the guy's legal name."

  • This Parallel Between LBJ’s And Obama’s War Plans Will Terrify You

    09/19/2014 1:41:34 PM PDT · 28 of 29
    x to Lorianne
    I was thinking the same thing.

    The president promises every day that he won't commit "armed forces to fighting another ground war in Iraq."

    The more he promises, the more I suspect that's just what will happen.

    FDR made similar promises in 1941, but his situation after Pearl Harbor wasn't quite the same.

    The parallel to Johnson in the 1960s is much closer.

    The business of telling the other side what one plans to do is also similar, though I don't think LBJ ever offered Ho and Giap tactical advice.

  • ObamaCare architect Ezekiel Emanuel has anounced the ‘optimal age of death’ - you won’t like it

    09/19/2014 1:32:53 PM PDT · 79 of 103
    x to xzins
    His name has been linked to the "reaper curve":

  • Army chief: More ground troops headed to Iraq

    09/19/2014 1:15:56 PM PDT · 16 of 22
    x to Eddie01
    Same difference, though:


    09/18/2014 3:45:21 PM PDT · 102 of 184
    x to BeauBo
    I heard on the BBC livestream that Independent Scotland would have to reapply to the EU, and the current EU countries wouldn't fast track the application because they don't want to encourage breakups.

    It turns out that applies to NATO, too. And would the current government actually want to be in NATO? So I guess Scots independence isn't really in the US interest.

    There's a lot of romantic interest attached to the idea of history being made, but a lot of history has been made in our lifetime, and when it actually happens a lot of the time we don't actually notice.


    09/18/2014 3:15:07 PM PDT · 90 of 184
    x to Objective Scrutator
    ... but the radicalized elements of the IRA had enormous influence from 1922 to 1969, so I wouldn’t use Ireland as an example of a country which began to slide away from radicalism once it gained its independence ...

    They were outside the government and after the Civil War ended they weren't really a factor in parliamentary politics if I remember correctly. And the socialist dreams of some of the revolutionaries didn't go anywhere in DeValera's Ireland. The Irish government after independence was, so far as I know, rather conservative -- in an Irish way. Now the country's becoming less and less distinctly Irish.

    I don't know enough about the specifics of the Scottish case. Just saying that it's unusual for a country to have two strongly left-wing parties. Maybe Argentina qualifies. Once they have to pay for things themselves, rather than expect the English to pay things may change. Then again, if there's still oil money to fund things, it would support your view.

  • Louisiana Loses Its Boot (Interesting Pictures)

    09/18/2014 2:51:59 PM PDT · 53 of 67
    x to blam

    Italy still kicks @ss, though ...


    09/18/2014 1:41:34 PM PDT · 58 of 184
    x to Objective Scrutator
    Scotland almost entirely votes for Socialist candidates in Parliament. The SNP is socialist. If Scotland wants to wreck their own country with Socialist rule, that’s fine with me, but let’s not pretend that a “Yes” vote would be good for Scotland.

    That is one possibility. Things like that have happened in many newly independent countries, usually where there aren't stable constitutional and democratic traditions: Algeria, Zimbabwe, Ghana, etc.

    The other possibility is that the party system in a newly independent country may move back to the center. It's no longer a fight against foreign bureaucracy or foreign money or foreign media. People start to think of the government, the economy, and the media as their own. So, for example, after Ireland got self-rule a lot of the radicalism dissipated, and a century later they look a lot like Britain.

    Something similar happened with our own revolution. It wasn't government or taxes per se that we were revolting against, but a government overseas imposing taxes on us without our consent. When we got independence and representation, we taxed ourselves more than the British dared to.

    So there's at least the possibility that an independent Scotland will develop a viable conservative (if not Conservative) party and government in the future when politics is no longer a matter of getting back at the Sassenachs.

  • Rob Ford diagnosed with rare type of cancer, will be treated with chemotherapy

    09/17/2014 2:32:01 PM PDT · 4 of 33
    x to Squawk 8888
    So he was on medical crack?
  • 10 Lessons From Real-Life Revolutions That Fictional Dystopias Ignore

    09/17/2014 2:30:01 PM PDT · 39 of 43
    x to Hugin
    Yep. I remember hearing an author who wrote a book about why Presidents so often fail in foreign policy. They build their entire careers on their talents in splitting differences, and convincing people to see things their way. What they don’t realize is that in western democratic countries, 90% of people share the same basic worldview. They have no experience dealing with people who have a completely alien mindset. All the skills that have brought them success are not only a useless, but a detriment in a situation like you describe.

    That was true of FDR and Wilson, also Carter and now Obama. Roosevelt trusted his own political skills too much. Wilson and Carter underestimated the complexity and chaos of the world. Wilson assuming his abstract ideas could solve all the world's problems and Carter assuming America was the problem. You can see some of those same mistakes in the current administration.

    Not just liberals, but even a lot of conservatives just can’t open their minds to that reality. That was G.W. Bush’s main problem, IMHO. He just couldn’t believe that most people over there don’t want freedom, at least not in terms of individual liberty for everyone.

    That is also true. It has something to do with ethnic fragmentation (nobody wants other groups to have the same freedom they want for themselves), with religion (which trumps individual freedom in that part of the world), and with distrust (people assume that if they don't have the upper hand they will be at the mercy of others who aren't very merciful).

  • 10 Lessons From Real-Life Revolutions That Fictional Dystopias Ignore

    09/17/2014 2:14:55 PM PDT · 38 of 43
    x to walford

    Best article of the week, the month, maybe even the year.

  • Why are liberals so vehemently, rabidly against Scotland's Independence? (Vanity)

    09/17/2014 1:59:13 PM PDT · 53 of 73
    x to MrB
    I guess it may feel good to say things like that, but dividing up the country to the point where it looks like a Swiss cheese isn't going to be good for anybody.

    Having to go through immigration and customs to get from home to office or warehouse to factory would make chaos of production. And indeed, there's no way that such a separation could be effected without it being disastrous.

    Metro NYC has a GDP of 1.33 trillion dollars to 1.55 dollars depending on how you measure it. That's greater than all but 12 nations on earth, and I don't think all of that comes from the suburbs.

    I was going to say that China would thrive and we would flounder, but since China relies on us to buy their products, they'd have trouble to. You'd have to look at some of our enemies to see who'd benefit.

  • Why are liberals so vehemently, rabidly against Scotland's Independence? (Vanity)

    09/17/2014 1:40:12 PM PDT · 44 of 73
    x to MrB
    If we carved off the cesspools called cities, and let them govern themselves, and the rest of us govern ourselves,

    I have no doubt who would thrive and who would flounder.

    Stupid idea. Neither part would thrive and both would flounder.

  • Why are liberals so vehemently, rabidly against Scotland's Independence? (Vanity)

    09/17/2014 1:34:11 PM PDT · 38 of 73
    x to livius
    Oh...and Scotland has a huge welfare population and a larger Muslim population than most of the rest of England, so you’re just seeing the left at play behind Scottish independence.

    Not actually true. Not by a long shot.

  • Why are liberals so vehemently, rabidly against Scotland's Independence? (Vanity)

    09/17/2014 1:29:57 PM PDT · 33 of 73
    x to paladinan
    Are they really? I haven't noticed anybody talking much about or caring much about Scotland, what with everything else going on in the world.

    If they are (which I doubt), it would have to do with being internationalists and globalists. A move towards smaller government units would be regarded as a step in the wrong direction.

    Plus, there may be some Downton Abbey anglophilia and nostalgia for the old FDR-Churchill alliance and the world it created. I don't see people under 50 or 60 being much taken with any of that, though.

    It also may be more of an Establishment thing. With Scotland independent a lot will have to be reconsidered and reconfigured. For example, How justifiable is the UK's permanent seat on the UN Security Council?

    What happens to the idea of Britain as a partner on various US military ventures around the world? To be sure they may have been a junior partner, but still, they did count for more than other countries around the world in such enterprises.

    When it comes to political elites, I doubt it's only liberals who worry about things like that.

  • US to send 3,000 troops to Ebola danger zone as Obama administration shuffles mission in Africa

    09/16/2014 4:40:20 PM PDT · 155 of 187
    x to SoFloFreeper

    Sure ... not like anything could go wrong there ...

  • Ted Cruz puts on display his chilling ignorance

    09/16/2014 3:51:09 PM PDT · 60 of 61
    x to martinidon
    I heard the clip where he was supposedly boo’ed and booted off stage. There were a smattering of boo’s not overwhelming and it appeared from the sound bite he was wrapping up his speech and ended it with thanking them for having him. Maybe I am missing something.

    There wasn't much booing until Cruz made it clear that he was leaving.

    But unless it was an extremely short speech he wrapped it up early.

    And IMHO the "Thank you" was formal, rather than deep or genuine.

  • Pahoa within Pele’s grasp | Hawaii Tribune-Herald:

    09/16/2014 3:46:13 PM PDT · 17 of 19
    x to LeoWindhorse

    Any chance Punahou will be leveled?

  • ‘The Roosevelts’: Once you finish all 14 hours, you’re sorry to see them go

    09/16/2014 3:42:50 PM PDT · 102 of 103
    x to afraidfortherepublic
    PBS has already done series on Theodore, on Franklin, on Eleanor, on Eleanor and Franklin, on WWII, on the Depression and New Deal, on the Progressive Era, on the Spanish-American War, on the Old West, and on every president since ... I don't know, Harding?

    This new show has the same photos, most of the same quotes, the same talking heads, pretty much the same voice-over artists. It looks to be just a rehash of what they've already broadcast on other specials.

    That doesn't mean it may not be worth watching sometime, but it hardly deserves the hoopla PBS is giving it. I guess they just wanted some way to kick off their new season and this is it.

  • Sean Connery on Scottish Independence

    09/16/2014 3:28:16 PM PDT · 83 of 99
    x to all the best
    As a Scot who has lived much of his life furth of Scotland ...

    So they got their own language now?

  • America, Racist Fascist Police State (More received wisdom from a senior in college)

    09/16/2014 3:10:30 PM PDT · 29 of 41
    x to 2ndDivisionVet
    My freshman year, I took a classical fencing class through Cornell P.E. with Maître d’Armes Adam Crown.

    Well, right there you might think there was something wrong with David.

    “Controlled mass media” (Faux News, advertising, Hollywood, BET, Limbaugh)

    Strange combination. I'd assume "controlled mass media" had something to do with the major networks and newspapers that go easy on Obama, rather than to recusants like Fox News or Limbaugh. Aren't the major broadcast networks more similar to the "controlled mass medium" of Hollywood than Rush Limbaugh? And when GE owns NBC and Disney owns ABC and both have their finger in all kinds of pies how independent are they really going to be? The big question, though: what does he have against Black people anyway?

  • Mike Huckabee: Ted Cruz’s Worst Nightmare

    09/16/2014 2:56:51 PM PDT · 82 of 137
    x to lrdg
    Why would ANYONE believe Huckabbe is competition for Cruz?

    Why would anyone assume Ted Cruz is everybody's cup of tea?

    Looking at who gets the Republican nomination every time, it doesn't look like Ted would be every primary voter's first choice.

  • Lincoln Motor Co., Black Greeks cement their partnership

  • Scotland will face 'painful divorce', says David Cameron in emotional speech

    09/15/2014 3:22:38 PM PDT · 21 of 63
    x to dragonblustar
    I hardly think shortbread and whiskey is going to be the basis of a strong economy.....

    Don't forget haggis and oatmeal ...

  • Scotland will face 'painful divorce', says David Cameron in emotional speech

    09/15/2014 3:14:10 PM PDT · 15 of 63
    x to CodeToad
    Nothing like a liberal drama queen.

    Kind of.

    But for accuracy's sake, he is the leader of the Conservative Party over there.

  • Ted Cruz puts on display his chilling ignorance

    09/15/2014 2:42:26 PM PDT · 35 of 61
    x to skinkinthegrass
    That is not a photo from the recent Gaza war.

    From what I've heard it's been on Facebook for some time.

    More here.

  • The more inept you are the smarter you think you are

    09/15/2014 1:52:38 PM PDT · 37 of 51
    x to EveningStar
    Sure. People who don't know how little they know are likely to be overconfident, misjudge their abilities, and make mistakes. Did they really need to do a study to find that out?

    But sometimes it's people who get many things right who become overconfident and eventually stumble badly. And the people who've learned not to be overconfident often come to that wisdom by having made many mistakes in the past. Not sure where that leaves us.

  • Why Renters are Not Buying Into the “American Dream” of Homeownership

    09/14/2014 1:46:09 PM PDT · 68 of 100
    x to Alberta's Child
    I don’t know any “youth” today who want a McMansion. Most of the younger people who work for me don’t even want to own a home.

    It turned out not to be such a good investment.

    I remember, though, back in the 90s when McMansions were the rage, some writer predicted that just as the children who grew up in the mansions of the Gilded Age millionaires preferred apartment living in adulthood, that the kids of the McMansion era would eventually reject that pretentious livestyle. One prediction that apparently came true compared to many which never pan out.

  • The Sci-Fi Book Classics You Need to Read Before You Die

    09/13/2014 1:39:48 PM PDT · 197 of 200
    x to Extremely Extreme Extremist
    “Ramona and Beezus” by Beverly Cleary.


    I liked when they used dilithium crystals to fix the photon torpedoes. Genius!

  • Self Proclaimed Yellow Dog Democrat Ken Burns Denies Political Bias in His Documentaries

    09/13/2014 12:53:57 PM PDT · 6 of 69
    x to PJ-Comix
    You're firing a machine gun at a gnat. Over and over again.

    Pointing out that Ken goes on and on about race, but lives in one of the Whitest states in America ought to be enough.

    Recommend by passing all this "What Ken Burns said in the last century and what he thinks of his parents" stuff and going directly to the Reason review for something of substance about the series.

  • Nancy Pelosi Just Might Be Insane

    09/13/2014 12:41:05 PM PDT · 8 of 86
    x to jazusamo
    I believe the word is "gaga."

    Nothing to do with neurochemistry, though.

    Just the way upper class folks get as they age.

  • Don't Like That Israel Has the Bomb? Blame Nixon.

    09/13/2014 12:32:23 PM PDT · 25 of 42
    x to babylon_times
    Realistically, what was he going to do to stop them?

    It was the Cold War and he wasn't going to get in their way.

  • Cruzifiction

    09/13/2014 12:28:47 PM PDT · 98 of 115
    x to GeronL
    Cruz was responding to the hate-filled speeches before his (he was last), he changed his statements to counter those messages.

    If there were speeches like that at the conference we would have heard about them.

    But some of the speakers had made comments before that could be regarded as anti-Israel or anti-Semitic, and Cruz most likely became aware of that.

    Best bet, though, if you think some place you might speak is portrayed as pro-Hezbollah or pro-Hamas is probably just to cancel.

  • Cruzifiction

    09/13/2014 12:20:47 PM PDT · 96 of 115
    x to GeronL
    Apparently that group supports Hezbollah

    They didn't exclude people who may support Hezbollah. It's not the same thing.

    But some people are using articles like that to support Cruz, and there's talk that he read them and went to the conference expecting conflict.

  • Ted Cruz and the most cynical, despicable political stunt of the year

    09/13/2014 12:14:48 PM PDT · 145 of 322
    x to wardaddy
    Could actually be a matter of conviction for him.

    Or it could be that he wants you to like him more.

    The public being fickle and its enthusiasms fleeting and all that.

  • ‘The Roosevelts’: Once you finish all 14 hours, you’re sorry to see them go

    09/13/2014 11:58:29 AM PDT · 76 of 103
    x to reg45
    VP John Garner and James Farley, DNC head and Postmaster General, both wanted it. Cordell Hull and Millard Tydings both got a smattering of votes at the convention.

    Rumor was that old Joe Kennedy wanted it as well (but he and Farley were both Catholics and unlikely to be elected; James Byrnes had been a Catholic and become an Episcopalian, which probably disqualified him as well).

    It's impossible to say what would have happened if FDR hadn't decided to run again. He really held the party together North and South. There would have been real inter-party strife if FDR wasn't in the picture.

  • Cruzifiction

    09/13/2014 11:32:28 AM PDT · 78 of 115
    x to Jeff Chandler
    Attitudes to Israel as to everything else can be complicated. That goes beyond loving and hating.

    Cruz wasn't booed when he said, "Tonight, we are all united in defense of Jews." He was applauded. He was booed when he said, "Christians have no greater ally than the Jewish state," perhaps because the audience disagreed factually with the statement or perhaps because they thought he was going to make his speech about Israel rather than persecuted Christians.

    I agree that it wasn't just Muslims who were booing and that Arab culture is different from Western culture, but a lot of people in the world don't feel about Israel exactly as Ted Cruz does, and that's not a matter blanket disliking or hating, but of feelings that can be quite complicated.

  • Cruzifiction

    09/13/2014 11:19:07 AM PDT · 69 of 115
    x to Jeff Chandler

    Being “generally true” is different from being true. Lebanese Christians, for example, have had a complicated relationship with Israel in recent decades that I suspect goes far beyond liking or disliking, loving or hating.

  • Far-Left Filmmaker Michael Moore Says Obama’s Only Accomplishment Is Being Black

    09/13/2014 11:16:54 AM PDT · 8 of 37
    x to kingu
    Obama’s powerful political machine will BURY Michael Moore for that statement...

    Isn't he already buried somewhere?

    When was the last time you heard anything out of him?

    This statement will sink into oblivion like everything else he may have tried to say over the last few years.

  • China Could Upend Elon Musk's Renewable Energy Dreams

    09/13/2014 11:14:40 AM PDT · 27 of 59
    x to ckilmer
    Maybe it won' work out, but he got you to type "Elon Musk" didn't he?

    And isn't that what it's all about?

  • Why does the left keep aiming at our guns?

    09/13/2014 11:12:40 AM PDT · 5 of 18
    x to Oldpuppymax
    It's an easy target.

    You can run a simplistic campaign starting with school children and get a lot of traction politically.

    Like so much else in politics, the symbolism -- "message: I care," "it's about the children" -- matters more than any real substance.

  • Cruzifiction

    09/13/2014 11:09:08 AM PDT · 62 of 115
    x to Jeff Chandler
    Middle Eastern Christians dislike Israel.

    Nothing like a bald and sweeping generalization to get things rolling.

  • Cruzifiction

    09/13/2014 11:00:41 AM PDT · 49 of 115
    x to all the best
    What does any of this -- the conference, Cruz's speech, the booing and heckling, Cruz's walkout, all the subsequent controversy -- do to help persecuted Christians in the Middle East?

    Maybe the gathering was itself just one of those Washington opportunities to network and look concerned, but how did Cruz's speech improve things for Christians in that part of the world? And if his goal was to improve relations between Arab or Arab-American Christians and Israelis or Jews, how did that work out?

    Also, look at the comment that got Ted booed: “Christians have no greater ally than Israel.” Where is the US in that? Are we really not much of an ally for Middle Eastern Christians and other persecuted groups? Is that because Obama is so feckless? Or does Cruz really believe Netanyahu is the best friend of Christians in the region whoever's in the White House? Or is it just the sort of thing politicians blurt out without giving it much thought?

  • From Blue to Red Overnight

    09/13/2014 10:47:17 AM PDT · 24 of 45
    x to Still Thinking; Gay State Conservative; smokingfrog
    I wonder what made Arkansas so different from the trajectory of the other Southern states.

    A lack of those damn Yankees?

    Population growth would be my guess. It takes a while for the FDR democrats from the 30’s & 40’s to die off.


    Both good answers. Arkansas was the most rural and agricultural of Southern states, without even a little bit of coastline where northern retirees moved, so the state was the slowest one to change.


    In olden days, as Vermont went, Arkansas went the other way:

  • If Scotland can secede, so can Texas

    09/13/2014 10:22:07 AM PDT · 171 of 183
    x to CMAC51
    Oil is only half the equation.

    Okay, but you don't want to be too dependent on oil. Wasn't there an energy bust in the 80s that hit Texas hard? Also, isn't most of the oil shale people are talking about actually located elsewhere? Texas may have the corporate offices, but that may not count as much as the actual resource.

    Did you realize that the port of Houston is the second most active in the US and the expansion of the Panama anal is only going to increase Houston’s impact.

    That expansion sounds painful.

    Combine Houston, New Orleans and Mobile, and you control the flow of energy, food and manufactured goods into the US.

    Okay, but if you change one thing in a system you may alter the whole system drastically. If Houston is the 2nd busiest port in the US, what happens when it's no longer in the US? Will trade reroute to other cities?

    Houston is rapidly becoming the financial capital of the country. New York and California will remain the major players in name only.

    Banking is becoming decentralized (or recentralized). North Carolina and Georgia may give you a run for your money. Even places like Minneapolis or Washington DC have a shot. And foreign centers may dwarf all of them.

    But finance is mobile. What happens if Texas isn't part of the US? And for manufacturing -- Texas can produce more cheaply than other parts of the US, but the situation could be different if Texas is outside the US and competing with cheap (and not cheap) foreign countries.

  • ‘The Roosevelts’: Once you finish all 14 hours, you’re sorry to see them go

    09/13/2014 10:07:36 AM PDT · 59 of 103
    x to afraidfortherepublic

    I don’t know about being sad to see them go, but the last time only death loosened their grip on the country, so the bond must have been pretty intense.

  • Video, "September Eleven 1683",first 9/11

    09/13/2014 10:05:09 AM PDT · 19 of 24
    x to wtd

    It's been downhill ever since.

  • Ginger Jihadis: Why Redheads are Attracted to Radical Islam (school bullying often a factor)

    09/13/2014 10:02:32 AM PDT · 17 of 62
    x to Clintonfatigued
    Sounds like a British thing.

    Which I really don't get, since if you have red hair, you or your ancestors are probably more likely to be from that part of the world more than from anywhere else.

    Is it an anti-Irish thing? Or just that English redheads are particularly freakish and Rupert Grintish?

  • WJR Radio, Alan Mulally is considering a run for POTUS

    09/13/2014 9:57:56 AM PDT · 37 of 38
    x to taildragger
    Okay, he's a talented manager. But to be head of a giant multinational is already to be multinational or transnational and likely to think more in terms of something other than the interests of one country and its people.

    Also, engineers and managers don't always have the political sense to make their forays into electoral politics and national government work. Cases in point: Herbert Hoover, the Great Engineer, and Jimmy Carter, who was at least on paper some kind of nuclear engineer. Their way of thinking just wasn't the kind of thinking that works well in the White House.

    Maybe you could add MBAs G.W. Bush, and Mitt Romney to the list: not bad guys to have a beer with, maybe, but Bush wasn't on top of some important things, and Romney certainly wasn't very good at electioneering.

    So Mulally may not deserve all of the automatic putdowns that are so easy to make up, but he wouldn't be my first choice for president by any means.