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Archive for October, 2009

Mark Warner Calls In Sick

It looks like the most popular Democratic politician in Virginia won’t be helping Creigh Deeds this weekend: Virginia Democratic senator Mark Warner has an extraordinarily well-timed case of the flu, keeping him from a day’s worth of events with increasingly doomed gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds. Seems might convenient, huh ? H/T: Riley

Republican Candidate Drops Out In NY-23 As Poll Shows Hoffman Tied For Lead

by @ Saturday, October 31st, 2009. Filed under In The News, Politics

Only three days before Election Day, a stunning development: Dede Scozzafava, the Republican and Independence parties candidate, announced Saturday that she is suspending her campaign for the 23rd Congressional District and releasing all her supporters. The state Assemblywoman has not thrown her support to either Doug Hoffman, the Conservative Party candidate, or Bill Owens, the […]

Pentagon: We’ll Spend $ 500,000 For Each New Solider Sent To Afghanistan

by @ Saturday, October 31st, 2009. Filed under Afghanistan, Barack Obama, Foreign Affairs, Politics

Perhaps the most stark example of the monetary cost of ramping up the Afghan War: Washington (CNN) — If President Obama decides to send the 40,000 additional forces to Afghanistan as requested by Gen. Stanley McChrystal, a rough estimate by the Pentagon projects the cost could be an additional $20 billion a year, according to […]

The Health Care Crisis Is Not A Market Failure

by @ Saturday, October 31st, 2009. Filed under Economics, Health Care Reform, Politics

David Goldhill, author of an article in the September issue of The Atlantic entitled How American Health Care Killed My Father, explains his findings, and why he believes that the reforms being debated Congress won’t work, in this Cato Institute video: Goldhill’s article is long, but well worth reading, and here’s an excerpt of what […]

Barack Obama’s Phantom Jobs

by @ Saturday, October 31st, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Business, Credit Crisis, Economics, Politics

The Obama Administration made a big deal yesterday in announcing that the stimulus bill passed in February had supposedly “saved or created” 640,239 jobs: WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama White House on Friday said the $787 billion economic stimulus plan approved early this year had saved or created 640,329 jobs so far. The stimulus package […]

Friday Night Jazz: The Dave Brubeck Quartet

by @ Friday, October 30th, 2009. Filed under Friday Night Videos, Music, Videos

The Cult Of The Imperial Presidency

by @ Friday, October 30th, 2009. Filed under Book Reviews, Books, History, Individual Liberty, Politics, U.S. Constitution

Over the past 30 years, America has seen Presidential scandals ranging from Watergate to Iran-Contra to Travel-gate, Whitewater, the Lewinsky scandal, and the Valerie Plame affair. We’ve learned the truth about some of the truly nefarious actions undertaken by some of most beloved Presidents of the 20th Century, including the iconic FDR, JFK, and LBJ. […]

Republicans For Swine Flu

by @ Friday, October 30th, 2009. Filed under Humor, Politics

A story from The Onion that sounds like it could be true: WASHINGTON—Claiming that the president was preying on the public’s fear of contracting a fatal disease last week when he declared the H1N1 virus a national emergency, Republican leaders announced Wednesday that they were officially endorsing the swine flu. “Thousands of Americans—hardworking ordinary Americans […]

Prudish Conservative Goes Nuts Over Breast Self-Exam

by @ Friday, October 30th, 2009. Filed under Dumbasses, In The News, Politics’s Greg Hengler seems upset by the fact that MSNBC aired a segment to educate women about self-examination for breast cancer: This reminds me when Fox News plays a constant b-roll of girls in bikinis during, say, Spring Break while proclaiming, “Ohhhh, isn’t that terrible! That’s so inappropriate!” MSNBC’s Dr. Nancy — who’s show gets […]

A Pakistani Connection To 9/11

by @ Friday, October 30th, 2009. Filed under Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Foreign Affairs, Pakistan, September 11th, War On Terror

Some interesting information was found recently in connection with a raid on a Pakistani terror cell: SHERWANGAI, Pakistan — Pakistani forces pushing toward a lair of hard-core Taliban fighters found documents this week linked to a member of the Hamburg cell of Al Qaeda that is believed to have planned the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. […]

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