On the lighter side, The Week covers the Senate race in Arkansas.

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Cincinnati area:


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About candidates or current races:

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Via Sense and Snarkability, George Will reviews the ugly facts of the other campaign against Governor Walker in Wisconsin, another example of the quasi-criminalization of political dissent (see also the indictments of Rick Perry, Kay Bailey Hutchison, and Tom DeLay).

The early-morning paramilitary-style raids on citizens’ homes were conducted by law enforcement officers, sometimes wearing bulletproof vests and lugging battering rams, pounding on doors and issuing threats. Spouses were separated as the police seized computers, including those of children still in pajamas. Clothes drawers, including the children’s, were ransacked, cellphones were confiscated and the citizens were told that it would be a crime to tell anyone of the raids.

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Further to last week’s discussion of voter fraud (“Four Reasons to Hold Elections on Election Day”), two related stories:

1 — America’s Watchtower, “Over 1,400 non-citizens are on North Carolina voting rolls”

This story is an update to last week’s post where we learned that 145 non-citizens were found on North Carolina’s voting rolls. . . .

The investigation is now complete and it turns out that over 1,400 people who are ineligible to vote are on the voting rolls.

My comment:  Good thing North Carolina’s government was recently taken over by reform-minded Republicans.  It sounds as though they’ll actually try to make sure these ineligible people don’t dilute the vote.

2 — Washington Post blog Monkey Cage, “Could non-citizens decide the November election?”

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Guilty until Proven InnocentThe headline is from the liberal New York Times.

Mark Steyn and others have criticized the administrative state (such as the IRS) as acting exempt from our normal constitutional due-process rights (such as “innocent until proven guilty”).  Columbia law professor Philip Hamburger recently wrote a whole book on the subject, Is Administrative Law Unlawful?, as he explains in brief in last month’s issue of Hillsdale’s Imprimis.

I guess this is the kind of thing they’re talking about.  From the New York Times:

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Your Vote Matters1. Easier early voting opens the door to more fraud.

2. If you don’t care enough to go vote, you probably don’t care enough to vote well.

3. Longer voting periods mean more expensive campaigns, more money in politics, and more entrenched incumbents.

4. Voting early means voting without all the information.

Coloradan Sarah Hoyt is concerned about her state’s recent changes to its election laws.  Laws that make it “easier” to vote also make it easier to commit voter fraud.

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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.)

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Breath Taking

October 22, 2014

“There would never be a wild pug.”

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):

Consistent Liberals Most Likely to Block Others Based on Political Content

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.

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University of Denver

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.

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Drama Queen

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.

amazingIn 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. . . .

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The full-length documentary about the IRS abuses, Unfair, will be showing on the big screen, possibly at a theater near you, possibly tomorrow only (Tuesday, October 14th).  Learn more at the official movie Web site or see showtimes at Fandango.com.

One of the official trailers:

I don’t know whether the movie will be any good, but I know I wish more Americans were more informed about this kind of abuse of power.


(And proselytize others to pee on themselves.)

(If it’s that important, wouldn’t you accomplish the same thing by just not flushing the toilet?)

No, I am not making this up.  Yes, I triple-checked to see whether this was a piece of satire or I was missing something.  Yes, I encourage you to triple-check for yourself rather than take my word for it.

This is from the BBC: “UEA students urged to urinate in shower”.

The Go with the Flow campaign is the brainchild of students Debs Torr and Chris Dobson, from the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich.

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Repeal Obamacare shirtOne of the central arguments for Obamacare was that it was outrageous that more than 40 million Americans supposedly did not have health insurance (not necessarily that they didn’t have health care, but that they didn’t have health insurance).  For example, President Obama said on June 15th, 2009,

We are not a nation that accepts nearly 46 million uninsured men, women and children. . . . We need to get this done.

The Democrats pushed Obamacare through, and it made employers afraid to hire,* reduced many of those who had jobs to part-time hours,** and significantly increased health-care spending (as even the Obama administration eventually admitted).  A survey indicated that a majority of doctors supported repealing or defunding the law (not to mention a majority of the country).  Even NPR admitted that Obamacare would cause a doctor shortage or make it worse.

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The comic strip This Modern World by “Tom Tomorrow” is usually pretty liberal (if you’ve never read it, suffice it to say that “Archives are currently closed for repair. / In the meantime,the past few years of TMW can be found at either Daily Kos or The Nation.”) but sometimes also pretty funny.  The current strip pokes fun at “slacktivism” and the NSA, which many from across the spectrum can unite on, and also at the current administration’s prosecution of the war itself, proving that there are some liberals still willing to be anti-war when a Democrat is in office.

This Modern World

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Median VoterNRO’s Jim Geraghty says, “God Save Us from the Loud ‘I’m Staying Home This Year’ Conservatives”.

. . . who will announce they’ll stay home on Election Day as a demonstration of their power.

Because as we all know, you become more influential in politics and government and public life by staying home and doing less.

He goes on.  I don’t completely agree with all of his points, but the main message is a good point, and an important one.  Casting a “protest” or “gesture” vote for a third party, or refusing to participate at all, is half a vote for the greater evil.

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Last week, I wondered whether Ohio Right to Life and Cincinnati Right to Life would rescind their endorsements of Cecil Thomas, after he flip-flopped on the definition of marriage.

Since then, the Cincinnati Enquirer has reported (longer article, shorter article) that Cincinnati Right to Life has rescinded its endorsements of both Mr. Thomas and Mr. Winburn (and Ohio Right to Life is considering rescinding its endorsement of Mr. Thomas) after both men started waffling on their pro-life stance.

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