Josh Mandel Could Win Ohio

August 31, 2012

State Treasurer Josh Mandel is the Republican nominee for Senate from Ohio.  He is running against incumbent Senator Sherrod Brown.

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Politifact Not Credible

August 30, 2012

National Review’s editors on that self-appointed arbiter of truth:

Maybe it’s liberal bias that explains PolitiFact’s blown calls. Whatever the reason, it is no good at distinguishing between truth and falsehood, which is to say at its professed mission. It should therefore give itself a “pants on fire” rating and shut itself down.

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Last week, a man who volunteered at a “community center for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people” or “support center for the gay community” and “strongly supported gay rights” entered the headquarters of the pro-marriage Family Research Council in Washington, D. C., and shot a security guard in the arm.

The shooter, Floyd Lee Corkins II, upon entering, “told the guard ‘words to the effect of “I don’t like your politics.”’”  Glenn Beck interviewed a first-hand witness to what happened next:

GLENN: . . . you were actually there when the shooter came?

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Did the Obama administration really “repeal” or “gut” welfare reform?  A lot of people are arguing about it lately.

The short answer appears to be Yes, with qualifications.

Even at Slate, no right-wing rag, David Weigel writes,

Has the HHS “gutted” welfare reform?

It’s at least cracked open the door for the people who might gut it. . . .

. . . The only non-“gutting” theory I can come up gives HHS rather a lot of credit.

He links to Mickey Kaus (who he says “owns this beat”; whom Newsbusters describes as a “[p]ro-welfare reform Democratic journalist”), who writes,

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Bonus Paul Ryan fact:  Did you know that Paul Ryan’s mother, after the death of her husband, went back to school and started a small business, all while caring for Ryan’s aging grandmother?

Click for video.  Transcript:

When my dad died, my mom went back to school.  She went back to college, got a new skill or new trade, and then she started a small business.  My mom had three or four employees at that small business that she started.  We were taking care of my grandma at the time, she was going to school, and then she started this small business.

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A friend recently asked about my favorite Bible passage.

Of course the whole book is non-optional!  I recommend reading all of it, and reading any part of it in the context of the rest of it (and in the context of Christianity as practiced by the church across times and places).  So without meaning to disparage any parts not mentioned, here are a few of my favorite passages:

“And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.”
Ecclesiastes 12:12

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Romney Donated Inheritance

August 16, 2012

Did you know that Mitt Romney gave away his inheritance?

Even the New York Times, trying to give him no quarter, admits it.  The Times and Politifact try to say that if Romney’s parents helped him pay for college or his first house (more than twenty years before his father died), that somehow makes his statement only partially true, but it clearly doesn’t.  Politifact admits that Romney made his fortune himself, by doing an excellent job at Bain Capital.

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