Monthly Archives: August 2011

Marco Rubio and the All New 21st Century 19th Century Conservative Consensus

Marco Rubio, the near-certain Republican vice-presidential nominee, delivered a speech that is yet another signpost in his party’s rightward lurch. During the 1980s and 1990s, the thrust of mainstream conservatism held that American government started veering off course in the

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Qadaffy Better Duck

Libya Live Blog | Al Jazeera Blogs 5 min 43 sec ago – Libya Ali Lagha, an opposition fighter in Tripoli, says he’s inside the house of Mohammed Gaddafi, the Libyan leader’s eldest son, who surrendered earlier. Libya Live Blog

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Top 10 Deadliest Animals on Earth

Top 10 Deadliest Animals On Earth | Bane Planet   9. Poison Dart Frog If you ever happen to be running through the rain forests somewhere in Central or South America, do not ever pick up beautiful and colorful frogs

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This Time Maybe It Really Is Different (Straw In The Wind #812)

Miles to Go Before We Sleep | Jared Bernstein | On the Economy Every few months I check in on this graph by the Federal Highway Administration of vehicle miles driven since the mid-1980s (it’s a 12 month moving average). 

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Bottom-Lining Wisconsin

Outcome in Wisconsin shows there’s no mandate for Walkerism – The Plum Line – The Washington Post   There’s no way to look at what happened and claim that it shows that Walker has governed within his popular mandate, as

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The Right’s McGovern Moment

Crashing the Tea Party –   Of course, politicians of all stripes are not faring well among the public these days. But in data we have recently collected, the Tea Party ranks lower than any of the 23 other

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Happy Endings

…like all endings a happy one, but we do not really get to this or any ending at all – whether or not we have gotten up and left the theater, dropped our refreshment containers in the trash bin or

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Ladies and Germs, Here’s Your Possibly No Longer Already R Frontrunner – UPDATED with photo!

Rick Perry’s Serious Unforced Error « Commentary Magazine   Today in Iowa, Rick Perry was asked about the Federal Reserve and, in a halting 45-second answer, went off on chairman Ben Bernanke: “If this guy prints more money between now

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As fanatical as anything the left spawned in the 1960s

The Christianist Takeover [E]xamine the candidacies of the two front-runners for the GOP. One launched his campaign in a revival meeting calling for God to solve our economic problems (having previously led mass prayers for the end of the Texas

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Fox News Commenters Respond to Cholera Epidemic in Somalia

Little Green Footballs – Fox News Commenters Respond to Somalia Story with Deluge of Racism Yesterday someone emailed a link to a Fox News article, with a note saying I wouldn’t believe the vile comments being posted by the Fox

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