The Babe Theory Of Political Movements.
Mar. 21, 2005 11:50 AM
Iran's Sham Election In Houston.
June 20, 2005 5:36 AM
Yes, Kanye, Bush Does Care.
Oct. 31, 2005 12:41 AM
Health Care vs. Wealth Care.
Nov. 23, 2005 3:28 PM
Americans Voting With Their Feet.
Nov. 30, 2005 1:33 PM
Idea Majorities Matter.
May 12, 2006 6:15 PM
Twilight Zone Economics.
Oct. 17, 2006 12:30 AM
The "Shrinking" Middle Class.
Dec. 13, 2006 1:01 PM
From Ashes, GOP Opportunities.
Dec. 18, 2006 6:37 PM
Battle Between Entitlements & Pork.
Dec. 21, 2006 12:31 PM
Let Economic Freedom Reign.
Dec. 22, 2006 10:22 PM
Biggest Health Care Moment In Decades.
July 25, 2007 4:32 PM
Unions Antithetical to Liberty.
May 28, 2008 11:12 PM
Right To Work States Rock.
June 9, 2008 12:25 PM
Social Security Reform Thursday.
March 13, 2008
Caption Contest: Enter Today!
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The Carnival Of Classiness.
Mar. 14, 2006
Quotational Therapy: Obama.
Apr. 4, 2008
Mainstream Melee: Wolfowitz.
May 19, 2007
Pundit Roundtable: Leaks.
July 9, 2006
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SCOTUSblog has a great series on the Gonzales v. Raich case, recently decided by the Supreme Court, which struck down a California statute allowing marijuana for medicinal purposes, which contradicted federal law on the matter, including this visual guide to the opinion:
Bowing to the orders of his Big Pharmaceutical Buddies, Bush has cruelly yanked the macrame hemp rug of hope out from under all those who suffer from chronic illness. My spine is beginning to twitch already.
It would be even funnier if it weren't so spot-on true.
Venezuelan Opposition Babe-
* By receiving the leader of SUMATE the US declares that in Venezuela there is a problem with free and fair elections (to Hell with the Carter Center who somehow managed to convince Colin Powell that all was fine and dandy down here).
The Dutch Nee-
On a more practical level the EU Constitution in its present form is dead. Despite Michael Totten’s helpful suggestions it begs the question if there really is an immediate need for such a document. As mentioned before, the voters did not vote on the constitution but on broader issues and even if a simpler document had been presented we would probably have seen the same outcome, minus one or two percent.
Constitutions should guarantee rights, not empower bureaucrats.
Trey Jackson has the video if you want to see Connolly make her ridiculous claim.
Howard Dean, The Disaster-
Patrick Ruffini has a great take on just how atrociously dreadful Howard Dean's tenure at the helm of the DNC has been thus far:
As it turned out, Dean was perfectly programmed to succeed in that in-between period (2003) where the activists are paying attention, but when the general public has yet to tune in. Once they did tune in, and the focus turned to personality over process, Dean flopped. The Dean chairmanship now is effectively the bookend to the Dean Scream.When voters start paying attention again, just before the election in 2006, Republicans running against Democrat incumbents in red states and districts need to make Howard Dean an issue. Nationally, Republicans need to pound away at the idea that Howard Dean is the symbol of the DNC.
Meanwhile, the GayPatriot blog asserts that Hillary Clinton has become another Howard Dean Democrat.
It semed inexorable that Malthus' numbers were going to lead to massive world wide starvation and misery...didn't happen. Did anybody see the solution (improvements in technology) when Malthus put forth is theory? My guess is no. Many people thought Ehrlichs views on feeding humanity were inescapable, but he was totally and completely wrong. The Club of Rome figured millions would die as we ran out of resources, but they too were wrong. Now none of this means that the Hubbert/Peak Oil/End of the World believers have to be wrong. But do you want to bet they are right? The doom-n-gloomers have a poor track record, but hey, maybe this will be the big success for them.
Obviously, there are limited fossil fuel resources. They could theoretically run out one day. But that day wasn't 1970, it wasn't 2000, and it almost certainly won't even be 2030.
Among whites, higher grades yield higher popularity. For Blacks, higher achievement is associated with modestly higher popularity until a grade point average of 3.5, when the slope turns negative.
As Bill Cosby has pointed out, this mentality needs to change, in a big way, and in a hurry.
Here's a look at the differences between and among the races, adapted from the original paper (.pdf):
Really amazing stuff. The power of culture.
Red State Rant points out how John Kerry should probably stay away from the religion talk, offering this advice to the Senator:
You may want to be more careful in the future. If you're hoping to give folks the impression that you're biblically informed, comments like these hurt more than help--except among people who are not biblically informed.
Right on. John Kerry, like many Democrats, are clearly at their most uncomfortable when discussing religion. No wonder most of them just don't even try.
The Blue State Conservatives blog takes note of Michael Moore's reward to one of his student heroes:
As for the campus cops being racists, lets look at the facts.Of the 7,365 students enrolled at the school in the fall of 2004, 207 -- about 3 percent -- were black.
The more people are discussing Michael Moore, the better it is for Republicans. No wonder there's been so little attention paid to him in the establishment media.
Speaking of people we haven't heard much from lately, Tim Blair notes Al Gore's increasingly absurd (but popular in places like San Francisco) rhetoric:
When he wasn’t presenting charts about rising levels of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere or speaking about the ways global warming rapidly sucks moisture out of the Earth’s soil at high levels...
Hilarious. Al Gore, the further from 2000 we get, looks less and less presidential.
Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe-
Robert Mugabe continues his insane demolition of houses and businesses as he increasingly starts to look like Pol Pot reborn, seeking to depopulate the cites and drive the now homeless and unemployed population into the countryside to eke out an even more miserable living, thereby dispersing and isolating people from communities which might oppose his tyrannical rule.
Small Dead Animals blog answers:
There are no protest marches against Mugabe, because protest organizers are on Mugabe's side.
Mugabe is truly a monster and responsible for an inordinately high level of suffering on the African continent.
No Left Turns blog takes note of President Clinton's third-tier presidency:
Ever since Clinton left office I have been waiting for liberal revisionists to begin recognizing him for the disaster he has been for Democrats. After all, it was during the Clinton years that Democrats began their slide into the wilderness, and for what? If Clinton had got universal health care, gay marriage, or peace in the Middle East, it might have been worth it. Instead they got welfare reform, a balanced budget, the first capital gains tax cut in 20 years, and a Republican Congress.
Indeed. Back when I was writing for the school newspaper, I interviewed a dozen University Democrats together (my own little focus group), asking them what specific policy made them become Democrats. They bounced around a few ideas, before settling on a consensus: Bill Clinton's welfare reform.
I politely informed the group that welfare reform had been a major cog in the 1994 GOP Contract With America (.pdf). They, not even knowing my political slant, flatly refused to believe it. "It was Clinton's reform!" one of them declared, to approving grumbles.
XM and Sirius-
Alternative stopped being alternative around 1995 once EVERYONE started listening to it. I guess it is a moot point now.
Viking Pundit, meanwhile, adds this bizarre anecdote, one that happens every day all around the country:
This past Friday afternoon, WCBS-FM 101.1 played their last song – “Summer Wind” by Frank Sinatra – and, without warning to their baby boomer audience, launched into “Fight for your Right (to Party)” by the Beastie Boys.
As a Sirius customer, satellite radio makes roadtrips immensely more leisurely. It seems like satellite radios could also serve as Wi-Fi portals for laptops and other devices in the near future. One big question: is there room in the market for both XM and Sirius? In the meantime, competition between the two is a great thing.
Making any sort of comparison, even as a rhetorical device, between Camp X-Ray and the Soviet gulag system is problematic at best and grossly immoral at worst.
Bush, Better Than Kerry In Every Way-
Wizbang blog notes than John Kerry's grades at Yale were less-than-stellar:
...here's the real bombshell: Bush was a better student overall.
Evidently the erudite persona Kerry has worked tirelessly over the years to create wouldn't allow him to acknowledge his own failures. He paid a hefty price for his stubbornness - the Presidency.
Ace of Spades adds:
You wouldn't slam an athlete for deciding his best career path was athletics. (Or at least I wouldn't; it's a rational economic decision, even if a risky one.) Likewise, there's little sense in slamming the noble-born for pursuing the non-academic path through college.
PoliPundit, which was so instrumental in getting Kerry to sign the release form for the press to review his military records, also has a highly relevant poll on the subject.
Roger L. Simon notes:
...I was reminded of Woody Allen's famous crack about 90 percent of life being about showing up. Evidently, not for Kerry. And this even though one of the not so secret secrets about Ivy educations is that once you're admitted, it's pretty hard to flunk out. In fact it's pretty hard to get less than a B average.
Bush also had higher scores than Al Gore, incidentally.
Also, don't forget to check out all the old Trivia Tidbits Of the Day, the Reform Thursday series, the Quotational Therapy sessions, and the Wednesday Caption Contest (entries are due each Tuesday at 11:59 PM Central Standard Time).
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Posted by Will Franklin · 7 June 2005 05:55 PM
John Kerry is so ugly!...He looks like Lurch from the Adams Family! I saw that on Wizbang this morning. I really needed a good laugh! The more I see that picture the uglier it gets! His teeth are scarey...Yikes!
Posted by: Zsa Zsa at June 7, 2005 07:34 PM
OH MY GOSH!... Tim Blair had some of the funniest comments on Al Gore! I love that site. Thanks WILLisms.com for sending me over! I will dare say, Tim Blair has a great political sense of humor! I would consider that as a must read! Especially if you need a good laugh! It is really funny!
Posted by: Zsa Zsa at June 7, 2005 08:07 PM
Ceci has obviously missed her medication! That was more BS than I had ever thought I would hear in a life time let alone a few seconds! Do the Libs. just sit around making up this kind of stuff? They just feel so free to pull things out of thin air... WOW!
Posted by: Zsa Zsa at June 7, 2005 08:39 PM
damn that clinton. how DARE he BALANCE the budget!!!!!
Posted by: willis at June 8, 2005 06:41 AM
We ought to declare Maria Corina Machado "Queen of Classy," right here and now.
Posted by: Mick Wright at June 8, 2005 01:11 PM
Was Lurch on the Munsters or the Adams Family? I think that is nice how Lurch came up in the world from butler to Senator!
Posted by: Wicked witch of west at June 8, 2005 08:58 PM
Posted by: Homer at June 9, 2005 07:04 AM