Monthly Archives: May 2011

What Israel Lobby?

How The Lobby Chills Middle East Debate | Political Correction   Then came a moment that was, for me, the most shocking experience I ever had during my years working for the United States government. William Safire, the most influential

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Department of incredibly empty statistical arguments

You’ve all heard of the “factoid” – which Wikipedia helpfully defines as a “questionable or spurious—unverified, incorrect, or fabricated statement presented as a fact, but with no veracity.”  One can watch entire political interviews on a Sunday morning and hear

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On behalf of the uncorrupted core and true legacy, I say those wanna-bes can go pound sand, of which they got lots

The quasi-$40 billion Arab-democracy-roulette caper « Theoptimisticconservative’s Blog The Arab Spring has resulted so far in a series of bloody crackdowns, one full-scale civil war, and two nations (Tunisia and Egypt) under new but non-elected, still-autocratic government.  We can certainly

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Frack you, too, OPEC

Oil in Shale Sets Off a Boom in Texas –   The Texas field, known as the Eagle Ford, is just one of about 20 new onshore oil fields that advocates say could collectively increase the nation’s oil output

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Cussing is about defiance

Out walking the dog yesterday AM, thinking about the post and the discussion on swearing, including George’s essay on the linguistics of popular profanities, and the example of NYPD Blue’s Sipowicz, who embodied the spirit of the cuss without ever

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One Nation and Everyone Else

The above-depicted ass-end of Sarah Palin’s command bus for her forthcoming political-religious revival tour puts all of the would-be positive elements of Palinism together in a format that seems well-designed for her fans to love and to nauseate everyone else. 

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Why is BHO at a 16-month high?

Sarah Palin's Bus - Ass-End

Gallup is having some difficulty figuring out why the President’s job approval  just hit a 16-Month High: It’s often difficult to pinpoint why a president’s job approval rating goes up or goes down. The bin Laden raid was one of

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Netanyahu’s, and Israel’s, Pyrrhic Victory

Netanyahu relegated himself to the footnotes of history – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News   The “speech of his life” must now quickly become the speech of Prime MInister Benjamin Netanyahu’s political demise. The hour is pressing, there is

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Libyan Quagbump?

The British press has been reporting on Libya more extensively than American outlets, which makes sense considering the greater ongoing involvement of the U.K. in the NATO-led operation.  Two articles suggest that we may, but then again may not, soon

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In Honor of Her Highness Oprah Selassie

chuget.doc – The Oprah Variations  

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