October 23, 2014
Republicans have a real chance of winning the Senate this November, as many have been discussing (a few examples at random). Even if Republicans get a majority, however, they won’t continue the hard work toward repealing Obamacare unless they believe that the overwhelming majority of the American people still care about that. Given the opportunity, there will always be politicians willing to give in and let the entitlement state keep expanding, like the sometimes great but sometimes surprisingly viciously liberal Ohio Governor John Kasich. (Hot Air and a Washington Post blog are talking about his latest remarks on Obamacare.)
October 22, 2014
“There would never be a wild pug.”
Pew: ‘Consistent Liberals Most Likely to Block Others’ ‘because they disagreed with a political post’
October 21, 2014
This is not news (see “Liberals More than Twice as Likely to De-friend You for Disagreeing with Them”, from two and a half years ago), but it’s still interesting. From the Pew Research Center (near the bottom of the page):
Hat tip to Hot Air, who also have a thoughtful exploration of the survey results and what they mean.
Consistent liberals are also the most likely faction to drop someone as a friend over politics, although their lead over consistent conservatives is more modest on that point (24 percent to 16 percent).
Update (October 21st, 2014): Edited title (still quoting Pew, different quote) to make clear why liberals are blocking people (not just vaguely “Based on Political Content”, but specifically “because they disagreed with a political post”).
October 20, 2014
Overheard at work (quoting from memory):
Woman 1 (recalling when she found out she was pregnant): I told her, I can’t marry this guy—there’s no way. And she said, That’s OK. I’m so glad she didn’t say, Then why were you having sex with him?
. . .
Woman 2: You don’t have to have sex with someone just because you’re married to him.
October 16, 2014
Jillian Martinez has an interesting report on a ballot initiative in Colorado. She makes sure to give some of the factual background and to quote both proponents and opponents about their views on Amendment 67, but that doesn’t prevent her from shaping the narrative in more and less subtle ways.
- Before the piece begins, the headline over it frames the issue: “Personhood amendment resurfaces and deceives”. (The issue is the amendment—not the underlying issue that it seeks to address—and the amendment “deceives”.)
October 15, 2014
There once was a man named Obama
Who said, I’m post-partisan-drama,
But in middle school
It’s a general rule
Girls who say “I hate drama” bring drama.
October 14, 2014
In 2012, conservatives remarked that government is much worse at many things than the free market, and asked, Do you want your health care to be more like using Amazon.com, or more like the Bureau of Motor Vehicles? Here’s conservative blogger Wintery Knight, July 5th, 2012:
I think this is important because conservatives are constantly being portrayed as “mean” in the media because we don’t embrace big government health care solutions. Everyone agrees on the problems, and everyone wants to help. The difference is that we conservatives think that health care is better when it is run profitably and is responsive to consumers and offers choice, low prices and high quality — like Amazon. . . .