In Defense of Incrementalism
Dec12

In Defense of Incrementalism

Jonathan Chait writing in New York Magazine about Senator Marco Rubio’s “dodges” on the budget deficit and incrementalism as it relates to immigration reform: On the budget, Rubio delivered the Republican weekly radio address, and his message was more of the old-timey religion: We must get the national debt under control. Tax increases will not solve our $16 trillion debt. Only economic growth and a reform of...

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Can the GOP Win Without the Crazies?
Nov08

Can the GOP Win Without the Crazies?

Birthers, truthers, paranoids, conspiracists — the whole angry, resentful, frightened mob of right wingers who make up a good portion of the Republican base scares the wholly living hell out of most of the rest of us. They exist on a different plane of reality — uncomfortable with deep thinking, irrational when their delusions are challenged, and unable to climb out of the echo chamber in which they find comfort and...

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The Right Will Draw the Wrong Conclusions from an Obama Victory
Nov06

The Right Will Draw the Wrong Conclusions from an Obama Victory

Unless a lot of voters have been lying to pollsters — and I’m not entirely dismissing the notion, although probably not in numbers to drastically effect the race — Barack Obama will win re-election to a second term. It is likely to be a near thing in the popular vote, but not a nail biter in the electoral college. A billion dollars buys a lot of organization and the Obama team should once again be congratulated for...

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God and Man at the DNC
Sep07

God and Man at the DNC

So, the Democrats hate God. How do I know? I read it on the internet — at least, that portion of the internet that belongs to right wing crazies: Are you a God hater? The Democrat party is for YOU, then. Bunch of godless paganistic freaks. I hate these people, yes I HATE these people. HATE, HATE, HATE. Yes, ok — I get it. Video doesn’t lie. Democrats booed after they put the name of God back in their party platform....

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A Declaration of RINOhood
Sep04

A Declaration of RINOhood

I have been branded with the epithet “RINO” by most of the internet right — at least, those who view themselves as true blue, or “real” conservatives. But “RINO” may be a misnomer. I have never been a “party man” in the almost 8 years the Nuthouse has been on the net, although I have had my partisan moments to be sure. The ideologues who have tarred me with what they believe to be...

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Cats Rule the Internet. But Why?
Mar04

Cats Rule the Internet. But Why?

Since it’s Sunday, how about a little non-political distraction? Besides, I love cats and any opportunity that presents itself where I can tweak dog owners a bit is welcome. In an article by a young intern at The New Republic, Perry Stein writes about the fact that posting cat pictures or writing about cats will bring more readers and links than writing about dogs. But why is that? But the reason that cats have catapulted to...

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Andrew Breitbart: Bomb Thrower, Fearless Advocate, Bane of the Left
Mar01

Andrew Breitbart: Bomb Thrower, Fearless Advocate, Bane of the Left

Andrew Breitbart, dead suddenly at the age of 43, was not my cup of tea. He was too strident, too much the serial exaggerator, and was far too emotional to argue logically or in a reasoned manner. And yet, I wrote this at American Thinker this morning: Ed Morrissey writes at Hot Air that Andrew Breitbart was “our Merry Prankster”: He was willing to take risks and look foolish in order to make a point or win an argument,...

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What’s the Real Rate of Inflation?
Feb21

What’s the Real Rate of Inflation?

The following is completely anecdotal, which means it is useless as intelligent analysis. I make no claim to understanding the theory or practice of figuring the inflation rate any more than I can “understand” the Holy Trinity or Quantum Mechanics. But something is horribly wrong with the “official” inflation numbers. They are meaningless to anyone who has to live in the real world and is watching in horror as...

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Conservatism Approaching Double Face Palm Territory
Nov10

Conservatism Approaching Double Face Palm Territory

It pains me to say it – well, not really because I actually enjoy writing about the idiocy of the right – but conservatism is fast approaching double face palm territory. Have you ever seen such a collection of losers, dunces, moral cretins, and blissfully unaware candidates for high office as showed up for last night’s CNBC debate? You have a certified imbecile (Perry). A serial sexual harasser (Cain). A chronic...

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Labor Pioneers Helped Create Modern America
Sep05

Labor Pioneers Helped Create Modern America

So it’s Labor Day – one of those quaint, old fashioned holidays that once meant something to people but is now just another excuse for a barbecue or a ballgame. Thus will it ever be so; America changes and we slough off the old and embrace (or at least tolerate) the new. But Labor Day should be a time to call to mind the triumphs and tragedies that built the labor movement and through the efforts of a precious few...

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How Much is the Tea Party to Blame for the Downgrade?
Aug08

How Much is the Tea Party to Blame for the Downgrade?

There are times I want to grab some tea party folk by the neck and try and shake some sense in them. Many of them are, indeed, unreasonable and illogical. Advocating not raising the debt ceiling, forcing the government to cut about 40% of the budget in one year, may not be terrorism but they might as well support detonating an atom bomb in New York City considering the similar effect it would have on the economy. You don’t...

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The Attack in Norway and Jumping the Gun on Blaming Islamists
Jul23

The Attack in Norway and Jumping the Gun on Blaming Islamists

James Fallows sounds upset that bloggers jumped the gun in speculating that al-Qaeda or Islamic terrorists were responsible for the attack in Oslo yesterday: No, this is a sobering reminder for those who think it’s too tedious to reserve judgment about horrifying events rather than instantly turning them into talking points for pre-conceived views. On a per capita basis, Norway lost twice as many people today as the U.S. did on...

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Time for an Independent Committee to Investigate Bin Laden’s Death
May06

Time for an Independent Committee to Investigate Bin Laden’s Death

It is incomprehensible how the White House has screwed the pooch in the aftermath of their most spectacular success; the killing of Osama bin Laden. Incomprehensible because one would have to believe that they discussed the potential fallout from the attack, as well as how they might exploit any political advantage that came their way, before the attack took place. It’s a good bet they talked about what to do in the event of...

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Springtime has Become the Winter of My Discontent
Mar31

Springtime has Become the Winter of My Discontent

I missed writing my annual paean to the change of seasons this year. In the past, my blog sang the praises of the return of the robin, the blooming of the dogwood, the eternal hope engendered by opening day at Wrigley Field, and the quiet joy that feeling the warmth of the sun on my face after months of bitter cold brings to my fatalistic Irish soul. I just didn’t have it in me this year. I am restless, irritable, snarky,...

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Why I’m Supporting My President
Mar22

Why I’m Supporting My President

In a word – it’s complicated. First and foremost, I am supporting the president because he is Commander in Chief and he has taken the United States to war. He didn’t take the Obama administration to war, or the Democratic party, or (many) liberals. He has taken the country to war – my country, our country. If we have disagreements – and believe me, I’ve got a ton – they can wait until after...

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‘Attention: The Following Disaster is Being Recorded’
Mar11

‘Attention: The Following Disaster is Being Recorded’

In my youth, it was popular to say, “The revolution will be televised.” At that time, it seemed magical that we could witness unrest in countries from around the globe almost in real time, not to mention videotape of riots and demonstrations here in the states. The technology of recording video at the time was laughably primitive. The professional grade video recording equipment may have been “portable” in the...

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The Consequences of Being Too Civilized
Feb28

The Consequences of Being Too Civilized

We are rightly proud of the accomplishments of western civilization over the past 500 years. We have not been perfect – not by a long shot. But gradually, western values and attitudes have permeated the planet, softening the rough edges of civilization, and providing a framework of law where the strong do not always ride roughshod over the weak. Imperfect, but viable. Flawed, but as a practical matter, better than any...

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The Wages of Beck
Feb25

The Wages of Beck

There are many on the right who make the argument that clowns like Glenn Beck, Hannity, Limbaugh, and their ilk are, if not entertaining and usually right about Obama and the liberals, basically harmless. “No one believes they are ‘leaders” of the conservative movement,” goes part of the argument. The left wants to choose our leaders for us and define them while the MSM takes every nutty thing they say out of...

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In Which I Explain Myself to My Critics Who Believe in Paranoid Fantasies About Obama
Feb19

In Which I Explain Myself to My Critics Who Believe in Paranoid Fantasies About Obama

My PJ Media piece yesterday wasn’t linked by a single blog and yet, it garnered more than 150 comments. My guesstimate would be that 95% were extremely negative — abusive, belittling, and dismissive. I fully expected this, have come to expect it, whenever I write anything for PJM or other conservative websites. No one likes to be called a paranoid, but frankly, I can’t think of another word that describes the divorce...

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Happy 100th, Ronald Reagan
Feb06

Happy 100th, Ronald Reagan

Exactly 100 years ago in Tampico, IL – not far from where I am sitting writing this – Ronald Reagan was born. I realize that all Americans lay claim to Reagan’s legacy, but I hope you’ll forgive a little Heartland chauvinism and allow me to say that we here in the Midwest – perhaps more than others – can claim him as a favorite son. Heartland values defined his life. The simplicity and decency of...

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