Archive for February, 2011
Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik’s widely-reported observation that hate speech was partially responsible for the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) has prompted several heated discussions on this blog, as well as other venues.
Let me say one thing, because people tend to pooh-pooh this business about all the vitriol that we hear inflaming the American public by people who make a living off of doing that. That may be free speech, but it’s not without consequences.
Where’s that toxic rhetoric coming from? Let’s not make a false pretense of balance: it’s coming, overwhelmingly, from the right. It’s hard to imagine a Democratic member of Congress urging constituents to be “armed and dangerous” without being ostracized; but Representative Michele Bachmann, who did just that, is a rising star in the G.O.P.
And there’s a huge contrast in the media. Listen to Rachel Maddow or Keith Olbermann, and you’ll hear a lot of caustic remarks and mockery aimed at Republicans. But you won’t hear jokes about shooting government officials or beheading a journalist at The Washington Post. Listen to Glenn Beck or Bill O’Reilly, and you will.
On this blog and elsewhere, the discussion devolved into a predictable round of tu quoque, where commenters who identified themselves as conservative accused the left of just as much outrage speech as the right. (more…)
It is often said that if a proposal draws ire from both sides of the political aisle, it must be good. By that metric, Obama’s 2011 budget proposal is a winner.
The White House proposal comes a few days after House Republicans proposed a $100 billion reduction, not from 2010 levels, but from proposed 2011 levels. Why does this matter? Because the 2011 proposal calls for a total increase of $90 billion over 2010. So the GOP proposal calls for merely $10 billion in less spending, compared to 2010. There’s a lot to look over in their proposal. (more…)
CPAC Straw Poll results are out
Ron Paul – 30%
Mitt Romney – 23%
Gary Johnson – 6%
Chris Christie – 6%
Newt Gingrich – 5%
Tim Pawlenty – 4%
Michele Bachmann – 4%
Mitch Daniels – 4%
Sarah Palin – 3%
Herman Cain – 2%
Mike Huckabee – 2%
Rick Santorum – 2%
John Thune – 2%
Jon Huntsman – 1%
Haley Barbour – 1%
I will not (at this time) be able to move comments from one post to another, so please indulge me while I copy and paste them. I will identify the author, but they’ll appear under my name for the time being.
- Ron Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll, Again (newser.com)
- Ron Paul wins CPAC straw poll (boston.com)
- For the second year in a row the CPAC Straw Poll gives the Presidency-hope to Ron Paul… (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)
- CPAC Straw Poll 2011: Ron Paul Wins For Second Consecutive Year (huffingtonpost.com)
- Ron Paul Takes CPAC Straw Poll for Second Year — DBKP - Death By 1000 Papercuts (news.google.com)
- Rep. Ron Paul wins CPAC straw poll (nowpublic.com)
- Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll Again, Romney 2nd (biggovernment.com)
- Chaos erupts as Ron Paul wins CPAC straw poll (salon.com)
Nate has an interesting article up on the “Economics of Blogging” using the sale of HuffPo as a springboard.
One interesting factoid I got from the article: 1,000 page views are worth about $6.25.
It’s a really good analysis of the problems with blogging, and reading it, you can see why almost all blogs are labors of love.
2012 Contender Series: Michele Bachmann
Michele Marie Bachmann is the U.S. Representative for Minnesota’s 6th congressional district. This district wraps around outside the northern half of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area, extending to the northwest to include St. Cloud. The district is mostly suburban, tending toward rural farmland as it moves away from the Twin Cities. This district was once represented by Charles August Lindbergh, father of the famed aviator. Rep. Bachmann’s public persona has reflected the conservative politics of her district.
I intend in this article to avoid much editorializing. I will also resist the temptation to present many quotes. Plucking those low-hanging fruit would simply be mean; the facts speak for themselves.
Her first term in the House began in January of 2007, when she replaced retiring two-term Republican Mark Kennedy. She had previously served for six years in the Minnesota State Senate, defeating 18-year incumbent Gary Laidig to secure the GOP endorsement in 2000. In November of 2003, she co-sponsored a Minnesota state Constitutional Amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage. Her efforts to get that proposed amendment on a ballot referendum failed. She tried again in 2004, and again the state Senate rejected her proposal. (more…)
Q: What’s even worse than being subjected to the pain and indignity of a vasectomy?
A: Enduring the pain and indignity of a vasectomy, having it fail, and getting your wife pregnant anyhow.
Q: What’s even worse than that?
A: Being the doctor who performed the botched vasectomy, and discovering the couple who got pregnant as a result are suing you for child care.