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  • Trekonomics: Is Star Trek Really “Anti-Libertarian”?

    10/23/2014 4:12:28 PM PDT · 73 of 79
    x to C19fan
    Deep Space Nine wasn't a Roddenberry project and contradicted the spirit of the original series.

    The original series, though, was in line with the space program of the 60s. Private enterprise stopped somewhere in the stratosphere or mesosphere, and Roddenberry saw that as the model for the future. It was logical for him to conclude that in frontier societies, government and the military predominate over private interests and private enterprises.

    Now of course, that's not entirely correct. Whether we're talking Roman Britain or British India or the Old West, traders and tradesmen followed where pioneers and soldiers went. Deep Space Nine may have been an attempt to take that part of history into account.

  • Sudbury, MA Democrat Town Committee Discusses Repeal of Second Amendment

    10/23/2014 2:34:19 PM PDT · 38 of 53
    x to Ender Wiggin
    Stand on the street holding signs moonbats.

    Sudbury had war protesters holding signs in the old town center every weekend when Bush was president.

    After Obama took over -- not so much.

    "Occupy Sudbury" was also a thing:

  • Why The GOP Prefers Establishment Losers To Tea Party Losers

    10/23/2014 2:12:33 PM PDT · 26 of 28
    x to cotton1706
    ... now advocating over-the-counter birth control ...

    Condoms? You can already buy those just about anywhere.

    First, we should concede that the notion tea party candidates are more likely to lose seats doesn’t jibe with history.

    First, why "concede"? It sounds like something Lewis would agree with.

    Secondly, does he really prove the point? Some seats that could have been expected to go Republican in the past were lost when tea party challengers go the nomination.

    So when you consider that these boring, content-free establishment Republicans like Roberts, Rounds, and Perdue are poised to lose “safe” seats ...

    Third party candidates are a problem whoever gets the nomination.

    But here’s my theory: While the boring establishment candidates might lose, they will likely lose quietly. At that’s sort of a big deal. When Richard Mourdock or Todd Akin made gaffes regarding hot-button social issues, those gaffes resonated nationwide, providing cable news with endless loops and sound bites. But when David Perdue says something stupid about outsourcing, it might cost him a seat, but it probably won’t show up on Saturday Night Live …

    That's true. I don't know if it's the reason why Establishment candidates get nominated, but a candidate who gets a reputation as a loose cannon can hurt nominees in other races.

    Some people vote as a means of expression and are looking for a candidate who articulates their views. Other people are looking for someone like their banker or accountant who seems to be reliable. Whatever Establishment or Elite is left in the party is like that. They don't want their candidate to be flashy and mouthy anymore than they'd want that in their stockbroker.

  • Michael Savage Spouts Savage Nonsense

    10/23/2014 1:44:00 PM PDT · 59 of 62
    x to servo1969

    Whenever I caught the show he was talking about restaurants, or his dog, or herbal remedies ...

  • Catholics, the Real Liberals

    10/23/2014 1:24:02 PM PDT · 34 of 34
    x to redgolum
    On of these days, the Catholics will stop blaming their problems on non Catholic churches.

    I was responding to an article that appears to put a lot of blame on the Catholic church for Catholics following the prevailing norms in the wider culture, the norms of modern Western society. The title "Catholics, the Real Liberals" does give that impression.

    I just wanted to point out that Catholics share the values of the larger society, and that it wasn't so very long ago when (mainstream or liberal) Protestants used to attack Catholics for holding on to older values and ways of thinking.

    Catholics decided to assimilate to secular culture on their own (or they drifted into it). They can't blame anyone else for it, and the modern secular West is as much Catholic as Protestant, but surely one can note the irony of history here.

    We all have issues, because we are all fallen.


  • Catholics, the Real Liberals

    10/22/2014 2:43:43 PM PDT · 26 of 34
    x to Alex Murphy
    Was this commissioned by the guy here who's always going on and on about Catholics and Mormons? Blessedly, I have forgotten his name, but he'll show up here sooner or later.

    The support of 18-29 year old Catholics for gay marriage isn't in line with the opinions of others in that age group of other religions.

    Catholics are concentrated on highly urbanized states and their views aren't that different from those of their (Mainline) Protestant neighbors.

    Before Vatican II it was very different. This is a case of Catholics finally assimilating to the opinions of the (secular and Mainline Protestant) culture after decades of being chastised for their "backwardness," and finding themselves attacked by people who really weren't on the scene for all those years.

  • How America learned to love gay marriage

    10/22/2014 2:27:08 PM PDT · 55 of 89
    x to 2ndDivisionVet
    “Don’t ask don’t tell” sounds ugly now ...


    Isn't most of society run that way?

    Looks like the Telegraph is going the way of the Economist.

  • Jackie Kennedy believed Lyndon Johnson killed JFK

    10/22/2014 2:11:05 PM PDT · 156 of 190
    x to 2ndDivisionVet

    Who did she think killed Marilyn, though?

  • Canada Parliament Shooter Identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau

    10/22/2014 1:49:33 PM PDT · 39 of 66
    x to therightliveswithus
    He was eventually killed by the sergeant-at-arms, Kevin Vickers.

    Good, but when they offered him the job I don't think they realized he'd take the title so seriously.

  • Monica Lewinsky: Drudge Ruined My Life

    10/22/2014 1:34:05 PM PDT · 143 of 143
    x to Impala64ssa
    I saw some clips, and yes, she pretty much does blame Drudge, complain a lot, and play the victim, so I was wrong.

    It doesn't come out so much in the printed transcript, it's more in her delivery.

    I guess she wants to cash in and thinks this is the way to do it.

    And this is the time, too. The Clintons never were this popular and probably never will be again, so interest in the story may be higher now than at any time since Clinton was president, and Lewinsky can count on a big payout. Plus, getting this out there now will make her story very "old news" when the 2016 primaries roll around.

    What's also interesting is that even though she talks very much like a victim, her life will probably be written up a survivor's story. It's easier to sell that way.

  • Karl Rove: Weapon of Mass Delusion

    10/21/2014 4:40:02 PM PDT · 52 of 55
    x to Servant of the Cross
    Santorum on Thursday stood by that claim. “There was no active chemical-weapons operation in Iraq—that doesn’t mean there were no chemical weapons,” he said. “That was the point we were making. It’s clear from The New York Times’ article that the military as well as the administration didn’t want to have that conversation because they missed it.”

    Go to war over a weapons program. There was no ongoing weapons program. Is that really something you want to keep reminding the public about?

    It's a little strange, too, that somebody who was reporting about gas shells found in Iraq in 2006 is now telling us that Rove squashed the story at about that time. Short memory about what you wrote yourself, Eli? Is it really up to the White House to do the reporters' job for them?

  • Hard to believe this is 30 years old.

    10/21/2014 4:28:36 PM PDT · 18 of 62
    x to Gay State Conservative
    We must admit...*sadly* admit...that Reagan wouldn't stand a chance today.He was so dominant during his time because the overwhelming majority of Americans worked for a living and *wanted* to work for a living.

    Pretty much. People went through common experiences of Depression, World War, Cold War, and they saw the changes in the 60s and 70s threatening what they'd worked and saved to create.

    Nowadays people don't have that common cultural background and sense of shared values. Forty or fifty years on, one can't keep harping on the 60s and the 70s, and feelings about what's happened in recent years aren't anywhere near as monolithic as the rejection of Carter and 70s liberalism was.

    The idea of Middle America versus East Coast and West Coast elites doesn't fly as well today as it once did. Many people whose parents voted for Reagan don't see Republicans as the default American option but as another player in the political game whose values they don't always share.

  • Woman Arrested After Becoming Trapped in Chimney at Thousand Oaks Home

    10/21/2014 3:16:20 PM PDT · 50 of 51
    x to Maceman

    Christmas season starting early this year ...

  • Monica Lewinsky: Drudge Ruined My Life

    10/21/2014 2:58:06 PM PDT · 120 of 143
    x to Slyfox
    Did you tell your parents everything you were up to at that age?

    Bob Dole lived on the same floor of the Watergate (next door even?) as the Lewinskys when he was running against Clinton and Monica was working at the White House.

    Pretty big reason for Clinton's lover to keep quiet back at home.

  • Why Republicans Could Have A Pro-Gay Marriage Presidential Candidate In 2016 ZOT!

    10/21/2014 2:53:16 PM PDT · 152 of 161
    x to e-gadfly
    It's not a matter of the next nominee endorsing gay marriage. It's more about it not being an issue. And indeed, with so many other issues to worry about, it probably will be downplayed.

    The attitude will be: if you want to keep your same-sex marriage ban, you can keep your same-sex marriage ban; if you want to keep your same-sex marriage, you can keep your same-sex marriage.

    If that sounds weak-kneed or mealy-mouthed or like a prelude to deception and betrayal, so be it. It probably is, but it's also what will probably happen.

    P.S. "The Daily Caller" was supposed to be a conservative site, wasn't it? When they talk about this as "marriage equality" it's a sign of the changes going on.

  • Chuck Todd Says Staten Island Race 'Fight Between Mob Families'

    10/21/2014 2:25:06 PM PDT · 14 of 14
    x to governsleastgovernsbest
    Because Staten Island? Because Italian?

    NBC is going to regret having let snoozemaster David Gregory go.

  • Monica Lewinsky: Drudge Ruined My Life

    10/21/2014 2:20:14 PM PDT · 116 of 143
    x to Impala64ssa

    She didn’t actually say that. The headline writer is reading between the lines. You could infer from what she says that she blames Drudge for making the relationship public, but she only mentions Drudge once and in a factual manner. I doubt she really wants to give him any publicity now.

  • Man accused in Washington shooting spree says he wanted to die, but officers are bad shots

    10/21/2014 2:09:45 PM PDT · 26 of 26
    x to dware
    Yet another case of "suicide prevention by cop."

    The Samaritans have nothing on the police department.

  • Czar Klain: No Way To Run a Republic

    10/21/2014 2:06:07 PM PDT · 9 of 11
    x to jazusamo

    Obama should have cut out the middleman and just appointed Kevin Spacey directly ...

  • Billy Boyd Sings Us Goodbye After Peter Jackson's Final Battle

    10/21/2014 2:02:28 PM PDT · 9 of 23
    x to Perdogg

    Headline makes it sound like he’s dead ...

  • Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dies aged 82

    10/21/2014 1:59:55 PM PDT · 25 of 30
    x to dfwgator

    And a great boxer, too.

  • Brace yourself. The 2016 Republican field is going to be HUGE.

    10/20/2014 2:00:16 PM PDT · 58 of 90
    x to SoConPubbie
    And everybody who didn't vote was a conservative?

    From the data I've seen nonvoters don't break down much differently from voters, except that they're less committed to politics in general.

    For every person who didn't vote because Romney wasn't conservative enough, there must have been many more for whom that wouldn't have made a difference.

  • Why shouldn’t we repeal the 16th and 17th amendments?

    10/20/2014 1:31:00 PM PDT · 34 of 51
    x to Tolerance Sucks Rocks
    We might have repealed the 16th Amendment, but two World Wars, the Cold War, and the War on Terror got in the way. It's not going to happen. Once you become a world power, taxes are imposed to pay for it, and the rest of the government piggybacks on that need and takes advantage of the opportunity.

    Nor will the 17th Amendment be repealed. In a democratic age, political legitimacy comes from winning the popular vote, and we live in a democratic age. If senators were still chosen by state legislators, or if they were to be selected that way again, the effect would be a loss of power for the Senate in favor of the popularly elected House (and the White House, the courts, and the bureaucracy).

    I don't really buy the argument that state legislators understood or voted for their state's interests more than popular majorities do. If there was something in that idea early on, it ended with the expansion of the national (and global) economy and the growth of parties.

    Here's what happened: top politicians aimed for Washington and the second-tier settled into state legislatures. They don't want the headaches of taking on greater responsibility. They don't want to be the ones imposing taxes, and they're more limited in the money they can get through taxation or borrowing, so they let the feds do the heavy lifting.

    The process was already underway in the 19th century, but the 16th Amendment sealed the deal: instead of the federal government having to rely on the states for money or having only limited sources of tax revenues, the federal government tapped into the big money and the state governments became dependent on it. Most state legislators are satisfied with that, and those who aren't -- those who really want more power -- aren't necessarily the ones who deserve it.

  • Brace yourself. The 2016 Republican field is going to be HUGE.

    10/20/2014 1:10:11 PM PDT · 52 of 90
    x to Citizen Zed
    That's the follow-up question. Did you really think they'd start the poll off with "If Romney does not run for president ..."?

    You can find the original question (which included Romney) and the results here.

    Before we say the poll is flawed, consider that only 3 or 4 percent say that Ted Cruz would be their choice. Even if the real figure were double or triple that, it falls short of what most of us would expect. Of course the campaign hasn't even really started and he'll do better if he runs, but isn't this a reality check?

    Maybe it's the circles we move in online and the people we talk to on the Internet that aren't representative of typical Republican voters, the 47% of the population that voted Republican last time, or the 50% that would have to go that way again for the GOP to win.

  • Romney Leads Scattered 2016 GOP Field

    10/19/2014 1:33:06 PM PDT · 30 of 92
    x to Caipirabob
    There were certainly no conservatives involved and no real Republicans.

    True, it is very hard to believe that Romney is really 7 times more popular among Republicans than Ted Cruz and Bush is more than 3 times better liked than Cruz, but still, the poll is a strong indication that Ted Cruz really isn't as overwhelmingly popular in the party or the country as he is with many people here.

    A hint like that isn't something one can simply brush away.

  • Rove Agonistes Karl Rove’s metamorphosis into legend is now complete.

    10/19/2014 1:18:36 PM PDT · 33 of 36
    x to shuck and yall
    Very good article. Rove has become a symbol for whatever it is people don't like in the GOP. I don't love the guy, but the party's problems are always bigger than one person.

    Williamson is right that you can't expect a campaign strategist like Rove to be purely a rallier and an exhorter like Limbaugh or Hannity. That's just not his strong suit.

  • Rove Agonistes Karl Rove’s metamorphosis into legend is now complete.

    10/19/2014 1:10:08 PM PDT · 32 of 36
    x to Zhang Fei
    I don’t have a problem with Karl Rove, but it would be nice if we had someone like Lee Atwater as the GOP’s pre-eminent political strategist rather than Rove, someone who understood how to go for the jugular while winning votes.

    Lee Atwater is a bit of a myth himself and there's no telling whether what he was supposed to have done in the 80s would work today. If you look at what he was saying at the end of his life it's also hard to say what he would have evolved into a quarter century later.

    The speculation, though, is that if he'd lived Bush would have put up more of a fight in 1992 and maybe even won. Atwater wouldn't have done any good in 2008, and it's hard to say if his approach would have worked in 2012. I guess a little more aggressiveness couldn't have hurt the Republicans.

  • Southern Evangelicals: Dwindling—and Taking the GOP Edge With Them

    10/18/2014 1:37:18 PM PDT · 18 of 52
    x to re_nortex
    You're right not to trust The Atlantic, but the falling off of Evangelical energies has been reported elsewhere.

    It's not really a new or surprising thing: no revival or Great Awakening on religious energies in American history lasted forever. There was always a weakening of enthusiasm and a falling away of adherents. It's hard to maintain the a high degree of commitment and energy over several decades.

    But religious fervor moves in cycles. This isn't the end of Evangelicals by any means. Just the receding tide before the next wave comes in.

  • The case for voting Republicans, even those you think are Rinos

    10/18/2014 12:31:14 PM PDT · 573 of 767
    x to bert
    Where does the flat right end of the bell curve become Rino moderation? Is there an asympotitic uptick indigatind Rinoism?

    English, please.

  • The Death of Taney

    10/18/2014 12:23:16 PM PDT · 47 of 62
    x to iowamark

    Not a happy camper.

  • Scott Brown’s very bad omen: What his dopey campaign says about Democrats’ prospects

    10/17/2014 2:42:25 PM PDT · 19 of 40
    x to 2ndDivisionVet
    Shouldn’t the author, Jim Newell, be listed?

    Listed as criminally insane, maybe.

    Check out his previous articles.

    The abuse just doesn't stop with this guy -- or maybe everything on is like that.

    He does sound a lot like some RINO hunters I've run into, though.

  • White House: New Ebola Czar Will Report to Susan Rice

    10/17/2014 2:34:57 PM PDT · 25 of 100
    x to Kaslin
    What me worry?

    That grin doesn't exactly inspire confidence.

    And I'm afraid to ask what was going on here ...

    (Kevin Spacey played Ron Klain in Recount, which I don't recall as a medical drama)

  • Two male strippers in quarantine after flying with Ebola-stricken nurse faced 81 MINUTE WAIT on CDC

    10/17/2014 2:29:14 PM PDT · 24 of 31
    x to maggief

    Which sitcom was that on?

  • Meet America's New Ebola Czar

    10/17/2014 1:41:05 PM PDT · 38 of 41
    x to tired&retired
    Catch this on Klain's Wikipedia page before the editors remove it:


    Klain helped Fannie Mae overcome "regulatory issues". Lobbying on "regulatory issues concerning Fannie Mae" in 2004, as disclosure forms indicate Klain did, involved convincing Congress and Fannie Mae's regulators that Fannie Mae wasn't doing anything dangerous, and wasn't exposing taxpayers to risk. In other words, Ron Klain got paid to help fuel the housing bubble up until a couple of years before it popped.

  • Time for V.P. Joe Biden to Relieve Barack Obama of Presidential Duties

    10/17/2014 1:14:58 PM PDT · 24 of 49
    x to MCF
    What about Hillary?

    If Biden becomes president and wants a full term isn't that setting the Dems up for an ugly primary fight?

  • Dr. Thomas Frieden Medical License lapsed. No longer a licensed Doctor!

    10/17/2014 1:13:44 PM PDT · 11 of 61
    x to WellyP

    Need more context on this. Just as some politicians are lawyers whose licenses are inactive, so some medical administrators may be doctors whose license status is inactive.

  • Time for V.P. Joe Biden to Relieve Barack Obama of Presidential Duties

    10/17/2014 1:11:19 PM PDT · 20 of 49
    x to kathsua

    Okay, but who will relieve Joe of whatever duties he has?

  • I'm a feminist, and I converted to Islam

    10/17/2014 1:08:07 PM PDT · 147 of 149
    x to zencycler
    I'll grant that you got the results that you got and that searching without quotes does bring up some videos of celebrities who converted from Christianity to other religions, but the fact that some guy put the tagline "Look at the world's celebrities, who converted to Islam" all over the Internet doesn't exactly mean that the US media is reporting a lot of stories about celebs who have converted to Islam.

    Most of these videos were put online by amateurs. I assume many or most of them were created by amateurs. Some of the information they contain is indeed bogus (Liam Neeson becoming a Muslim, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and Angela Merkel converting to Islam, for example). While it's indeed not treated as a big story when a celebrity returns to Christianity or embraces it for the first time, I don't really see big media in the US making much of a sensation over Hollywood converts to Islam. That was one of the points I was trying to make.

  • Looking Past The Party, The Texas House Is Blue

    10/16/2014 4:07:57 PM PDT · 11 of 14
    x to thetallguy24
    You can prove anything with numbers.

    I doubt many Texas Republicans would count as liberal or moderate in some other parts of the country.

  • Martha Stewart to Axe up to 50 Staff One Week after Losing her CEO to Bitter Rival Gwyneth ....

    10/16/2014 4:04:34 PM PDT · 13 of 22
    x to Cecily
    Martha Stewart is recovering from the loss of her CEO to rival Gwyneth Paltrow by axing up to 50 employees

    Reality is one step in front of The Onion these days ...

  • Austin Flake, Son Of Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, Among 4 Indicted On Animal Cruelty Charges

    10/16/2014 4:03:13 PM PDT · 11 of 15
    x to ObamahatesPACoal
    Last year his brother, Tanner Flake, got in trouble for stuff he posted online.

    Maybe a name like that was just too much of a burden.

  • Ebola patient’s dog Bentley playing, doing well.

    10/16/2014 3:56:14 PM PDT · 16 of 39
    x to SeekAndFind

    Sure, but the next thing you know that dog’ll be hopping on a plane to a city near you ...

  • Nobody Wants To Host The 2022 Winter Olympics — One Example From A College Prof. Tells You Why

    10/16/2014 3:52:14 PM PDT · 28 of 48
    x to SeekAndFind
    It makes economic sense to reuse old facilities. Los Angeles did a pretty good job in 1984 and Lake Placid in 1980 the second time they hosted.

    So did Innsbruck. Squaw Valley, CA has also hosted once, though California may not be up to the headaches of doing it again.

    Winter Olympics, though, must be a worse bet than the Summer. You could always get a professional sports team to use an Olympic stadium in a big city after the games are over. Winter sport facilities are bound to be used less and bring in less money.

  • When Women Become Men at Wellesley

    10/16/2014 2:34:27 PM PDT · 25 of 30
    x to detective

    To judge by the photos he still has a lot more work to do (if it’s even possible) for him to get his man card.

  • Harvard is No. 438 in these college rankings

    10/16/2014 2:16:45 PM PDT · 12 of 19
    x to grundle
    Music colleges are naturally going to have low placement rates of students in their chosen fields. I'd suppose that few students really expect a steady job in music when they get out.

    Where the Culinary Institute screws up is harder to say. Folks do gotta eat. Maybe most of the jobs are in greasy spoons.

  • I'm a feminist, and I converted to Islam

    10/16/2014 1:15:59 PM PDT · 141 of 149
    x to zencycler
    "Look at the world's celebrities who converted to Islam" is an ad or tagline or feature that shows up on every page that features a celebrity who became a Muslim. Doing a search for the exact quote "celebrities who converted to Islam" brings up everyone of those pages.

    A similar search for "celebrities who converted to Christianity" doesn't bring up all that spam or promotionalism or whatever you want to call it. You're free to create a video or tag to attach to every YouTube video featuring a celebrity who became a Christian if you want, and it would change the results of searches.

    The exact quote search may be amusing to you or indicative of just how much somebody is promoting the idea of celebs becoming Muslims, but it doesn't really make for a fair comparison. Search without the quotes and you find videos of celebrities (mostly in India and other non-Western countries) who converted to Christianity.

  • Let’s send Kris Kobach to political oblivion

    10/15/2014 4:07:36 PM PDT · 3 of 5
    x to ObamahatesPACoal

    Let’s not, and say we did ...

  • Pat Caddell gets mad at Fox News bimbo Heather Childers for smearing Greg Orman

    10/15/2014 4:04:31 PM PDT · 5 of 11
    x to Bidimus1
    As much as I like P.Caddell remember he is a Carter Democrat even if fairly honest about how the game is played.


    "[Orman] represents a new world view, which is politics as-is is failing the country, the people are being let down…there is a new force coming in politics, and I think he’s gonna win that seat, and I think, actually, it represents a real breakthrough. "

    That's not so very different from the way people talked about Carter in the 70s.

    How did that work out for us though?

  • Shep Smith: Ebola Panic "Not Based In Fact And It's Not Based In Reason"

    10/15/2014 4:01:33 PM PDT · 38 of 52
    x to Sir Napsalot
    He's ad-libbing, and news anchors really shouldn't depart from the script.

    Maybe he wants to say "Don't panic, but this is serious."

  • Meghan McCain: My dad hates Rand Paul

    10/15/2014 3:51:45 PM PDT · 71 of 126
    x to Bettyprob
    “In a fistfight, I’m pretty sure your dad can kick [Paul’s] ass,” Stern quipped to McCain.

    Meghan could kick Rand's @$$ too.

    But she fights dirty.