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In our preferred world, politics would revolve around intelligent argumentation, clever rhetoric, and appropriate deference would be given to facts. Unfortunately, we don’t live in that world. The world we live in is more dominated by popularity and personality than it is by principle.
This reality is why Bernie Sanders is still a contender to win the Democrat Presidential nomination. How has he gotten this far? By promising his followers a bribe. The opening bid? Forgiveness of all student loan debt. But that’s merely an aperitif; a foretaste of the giant enchilada Senator Bern has promised everybody in the form of free healthcare for all.More
I cannot add words to make this any more ironic: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5335457/CDC-director-RESIGNS-buying-tobacco-stocks.html More
Sometimes it’s good to step back and look at things from a clarifying distance. More
A dear FB friend enjoins her Trump-voting friends; “Please read this first!” NY Times: Donald Trump Voters, Just Hear Me Out Thomas — may I call you Tommy, since you’ve deigned to be my buddy, if only for a little while? More
From Artnet and Le Monde: It seems like something one would be hard pressed to disagree with: the word “coexist,” written on a wall using a Muslim crescent as the letter “C,” a Star of David as the letter “X,” and a Christian cross as a “T.” More
… no, not abortion. The real problem, of course, is the recession: A study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Princeton researchers Janet Currie and Hannes Schwandt quantifies just how many fewer babies were born because of the Great Recession. Their answer: at least a half a million. More
Try and get through this smug codswallop; it’s interesting. To wit (follow the link to compare the pictures): It’s like rain on your wedding day. It’s a free ride when you’ve already paid. It’s a strongly conservative news network blatantly copying the logo of video game in which the villain is a strongly conservative evil […]
There is, uncharacteristically, a John Lennon song running through my head today. Daniel Greenfield writes at Frontpage Magazine: Deso Dogg was a Muslim rapper in Germany who kept threatening war against everyone. More