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3 Memes That Annoy Me

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I marked all of the following in my feed reader this morning, intending to post on them individually.  But, really, they’re all examples of common tropes that annoy the bejeezus out of me. 1.  Have you read it? Lots of folks, including Glenn Reynolds, are chortling over about Attorney General Eric Holder’s admission that he […]

Obama and Too Much Money

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President Obama’s unscripted line, “I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money” continues to draw scorn and derision. Here’s the video: The text: We’re not, we’re not trying to push financial reform because we begrudge success that’s fairly earned. I mean, I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money. […]

Racial Resentment

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Regular reader and commenter Michael Reynolds forwarded me Arian Campo-Flores‘ Newsweek article entitled “Are Tea Partiers Racist?”   It contains provocative new data: Opponents have seized on these examples as proof that Tea Partiers are angry white folks who can’t abide having a black president. Supporters, on the other hand, claim that the hateful signs are […]

Two Blogospheres: Left and Right

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It has long been an article of faith that — in terms of authorship, comment policy, other user interaction, and linking policies — Left-leaning bloggers are more communitarian and Right-leaning bloggers more individualistic. At the same time, however, several studies have found that neither side does a very good job of linking to and discussing […]

Yale Bans Sex Between Faculty and Students

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Thanks to the tireless efforts of one man, Yale has banned sex between faculty and students. After more than a quarter century of debate, Yale faculty members are now barred from sexual relationships with undergraduates—not just their own students, but any Yale undergrads. The new policy, announced to faculty in November and incorporated into the […]

Consent of the Governed

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Glenn Reynolds has been pushing an interesting meme: that somehow the United States should be a direct democracy. This seems to be the direct implication of his Sunday Examiner column and this morning’s  link teased with “If members of Congress won’t come to their constituents, their constituents will come to them,” but it’s also endemic […]

Senator Mickey Kaus?

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Mickey Kaus, who was blogging before there was a blogosphere, has taken steps to run against California Democrat Barbra Boxer for the U.S. Senate. Pioneering political blogger Mickey Kaus took out papers filed to run for U.S. Senate in California, he told LA Weekly. The Venice resident said he’ll run this year against Barbara Boxer […]

Toyota vs. The Government

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In my discussion with Dave Schuler on the hearings about Toyota safety issues on last night’s episode of OTB Radio, I noted in passing my concern that Congress has a conflict of interest now that the federal government is effectively the owner of General Motors and Chrysler — direct competitors with Toyota. PJM’s Tom Blumer […]

Bruce Bartlett, the VAT, and the Right

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In an interview with Pejman Yousefzadeh on why Supply Side Economics has outlived its usefulness and the United States desperately needs a Value Added Tax, former WSJ columnist Bruce Bartlett remarks, “I have yet to find anyone on the right who takes any of my arguments seriously.” The line happens to be Glenn Reynolds‘ takeaway […]

Amy Bishop’s Politics

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Glenn Reynolds, Stacy McCain, Jim Hoft, Lonely Conservative and others continue to point to rather thin evidence that UAH mass murderer Amy Bishop was a “socialist.”  She went to Harvard after all.  And one kid on a prof rating website called her one.   QED! As I’ve previously noted, her politics seem rather irrelevant.  Certainly, […]

Should Republicans Call Domino’s?

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NRO’s Jonah Goldberg thinks the Republican Party should take a lesson from Domino’s Pizza, which has apparently admitted that their product is awful and is working to fix itself. You may have seen the commercials or the YouTube video touting the iconic pizza-delivery chain’s reinvention. But if you haven’t, Domino’s new campaign can be summed […]

ObamaCare Mission Creep

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Reason‘s Nick Gillespie does his best John Stossel impression in explaining why whatever winds up in the final compromise health care bill will be just the beginning. [Y]ou don’t have to side with those who warn of euthanasia classes to recognize that government programs often end up doing all kinds of things that weren’t in […]

Charles Johnson ‘Breaks’ From the Right

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In a move that has been coming for nearly two years, Charles Johnson has issued a manifesto explaining “Why I Parted Ways With The Right.”  For those who don’t know, Johnson is the founder and principal author of Little Green Footballs, one of the oldest and most popular blogs.  He was an elder statesman in […]

Journalistic Ethics and Illegally Acquired Documents

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Ed Driscoll, Jonathan Adler and Glenn Reynolds take the New York Times and other mainstream outlets to task for their decision to not republish the stolen emails from climate scientists on the grounds that they were illegally obtained and written with the expectation of being kept private.  After all, these outlets famously publish illegally obtained […]

Martians Can’t Sue

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Eugene Volokh brings to our attention, rather belatedly, the case of Joly v. Pelletier, in which Rene Joly brought a suit some ten years ago alleging that Pelletier and others had conspired to suppress evidence that he was a Martian.  The judge dismissed the case on two grounds: 1. Neither pleading discloses a cause of […]

Don’t Bring a Knife to a Coffee Fight

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A self-professed gun nut named Caleb: Saturday leaving my office, I was the subject of an attempted mugging by a member of the Indianapolis Choir Boy School of Good Men Who are Only Down on Their Luck.  As I was leaving my office, said altar boy came around the corner of my building to the […]

Prosecutors Investigate Innocence Project Students

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A rather bizarre case in Illinois — even by the standards of that state. For more than a decade, classes of students at Northwestern University’s journalism school have been scrutinizing the work of prosecutors and the police. The investigations into old crimes, as part of the Medill Innocence Project, have helped lead to the release […]

Limbaugh, Obama, and the NFL

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Joseph Ashby argues that something fishy is being ignored in the matter of Rush Limbaugh’s failed bid to buy the Rams. NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith served as counsel to Attorney General Eric Holder and was a member of Barack Obama’s transition team. […] Despite the fact that Smith’s opposition was based on […]

Punt the NFL

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Glenn Reynolds links some poor sap who is angry at the NFL because Rush Limbaugh has been dumped from the group bidding for the Rams and is going to start a one-man boycott under the banner “Punt the NFL.” I have cancelled my DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket package (including the Supercast). I will not watch […]

Star Trek Meets Monty Python

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A well-done Star Trek – Monty Python mashup: via Glenn Reynolds

Un-American

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The Outrage of the Day, apparently, is a USA Today op-ed by Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer in which they assert “Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American.” Weekly Standard, Gateway Pundit, The Huffington Post, Top of the Ticket, Moe_Lane’s blog, The Moderate Voice, JammieWearingFool, JustOneMinute, The Atlantic Politics Channel, Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion, The Jawa […]

Blogs ARE Social Media

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Copyblogger‘s Brian Clark has noticed a distinction developing between blogs on the one hand and “social media” on the other.  He rightly notes that “blogs were the first modern form of social media” and thus the distinction is artificial. My sense is that, blogs are indeed social media, they’re definitely of a different piece than […]

Quote of the Day – One World Edition

“I just purchased a Routan. I really like it. My friends tell me it’s a Chrysler. I firmly say ‘No!’ to them. I proudly point to my Routan and announce that it’s an American engineered German branded Fiat, manufactured in Canada, using some Japanese parts, by a company that is majority owned by American taxpayers. […]

Madoff vs. Murderers

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Dr. Helen Smith (aka Mrs. Glenn Reynolds and The InstaWife) asks, in re Bernie Madoff’s 150 year sentence, “Why is it that someone who set up a Ponzi scheme gets more jail time than the majority of murderers?” Glenn Reynolds, Esq. (aka, the InstaPundit) answers, “I think it’s because he made powerful people look stupid.” […]

FTC to Monitor Blogs

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Here we go again:  The government is looking to get into the business of regulating blogs, reports AP’s Deborah Yao. Savvy consumers often go online for independent consumer reviews of products and services, scouring through comments from everyday Joes and Janes to help them find a gem or shun a lemon. What some fail to […]

Quote of the Day – GOP Future Edition

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In order to rebuild, Republicans need to identify the people who have something—good ideas, popularity, vision, and a good record. – Mark McKinnon and Jon Henke Upon seeing the quote at InstaPundit, my initial thought was, “Duh.” Followed by, “Unfortunately, nobody comes to mind” (or words to that effect). They proffer six candidates.  Three, I’ve […]

Sam Adams Alliance

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When Glenn Reynolds linked the Sam Adams Alliance Contest, I clicked hoping it had something to do with craft beers. I was disappointed. At least it doesn’t involve Joe the Plumber.

DC Real Estate Pricing Guides

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Responding to recent shenanigans at Craig’s List, Megan McArdle provides some rules of thumb for those seeking to rent an apartment in one of D.C.’s tonier neighborhoods.  Money quote: In Georgetown, Dupont, or Logan, you should expect to pay at least $2,000 for a one bedroom that you can turn around in; and similar in […]

Blogging Making Comeback Over Microblogging?

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Steve Rubel points to what I hope is a trend. Interesting discussion overnight between my friends Robert Scoble and MIke Arrington over whether Robert’s personal brand diminished because of his love for Friendfeed. How refreshing and retro that this conversation is actually taking place via blogs instead of just on Twitter and Friendfeed, where I […]