‘The Feds are creating a database to track “hate speech” on Twitter. What could go wrong, comrades?’
August 29, 2014
The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track “misinformation” and hate speech on Twitter.
The National Science Foundation is financing the creation of a web service that will monitor “suspicious memes” and what it considers “false and misleading ideas,” with a major focus on political activity online.
August 28, 2014
Kevin Williamson at National Review Online makes an interesting point: Liberals decry what they call “trickle-down economics”, but if they support things like President Obama’s 2009 Stimulus Bill, they’re embracing the same kind of economic theory they claim to think ridiculous.
Perversely, those advancing trickle-down ideas are mostly the same ideologues who denounce “trickle-down.” But they do not call it trickle-down — they call it “stimulus.”
August 27, 2014
This is interesting. From Jim Geraghty at NRO: “Early-state GOP voters are particularly wary about expanding Medicaid.”
“Flip-flopping to embrace Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion has real consequences,” said Tarren Bragdon, CEO of the Foundation for Government Accountability. “GOP voters in critical early-primary states have low opinions of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion and are very clear in their opposition to a governor who supports it. Republican governors like Mike Pence, John Kasich, and Terry Branstad [of Iowa] may have doomed their presidential campaigns before they even begin.”
August 25, 2014
From one of the hundreds of e-mails I’m reviewing for work:
“Meanwhile, I think we are more familiar with Nitrogen Evaporator now;-)”
There must be a great story behind that, but the world may never know that story.
August 22, 2014
Via Liberty Island, Right-wing Riot has an interesting idea: Take real Doonesbury strips (the comics written and drawn by liberal great Gary Trudeau for the last half century or so) and replace a fraction of the words with satirical conservative content. (The replacements are clearly indicated in red text.)
August 14, 2014
People love to compare those who want to maintain the traditional legal definition of marriage (one man and one woman) to those who supported laws against interracial marriage in the American South in the first half of the twentieth century.
It’s a terrible argument, but people keep making it, even (most recently) a federal appeals-court judge.
Meriam Ibrahim, Sentenced to Death in Muslim Sudan for ‘Apostasy’, Free and Alive with Her Family in America
August 5, 2014
Sometimes the news that makes headlines is good news; sometimes this story has a happy ending:
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence arrived Thursday in the United States, where she was welcomed first by the mayor of Philadelphia as a “world freedom fighter” and later by cheering supporters waving American flags in New Hampshire.