Nothing ‘tacit’ about this victory

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United States Supreme Court building, Public Domain

This is a good Omen for the First Monday in October:

Supreme Court Hands Gay Marriage a Tacit Victory
Adam Liptak / New York Times

WASHINGTON — In a move that may signal the inevitability of a nationwide right to same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court on Monday let stand appeals court rulings allowing such unions in five states.  —  The development, a major surprise …

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The Matter With Kansas

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They even pulled old Bob Dole out of mothballs to try to save Pat Roberts

What’s the matter with Kansas? Seems that they are sick of out of touch, out of state, out to lunch representation:

Kansas Surprise: Orman Leads Roberts by 10 in NBC/Marist Poll – NBC News
NBC News

Independent candidate Greg Orman is leading incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Roberts in Kansas by 10 points, while Democrats have a slim lead in North Carolina’…

Wait a minute! The National GOPs just fired Sen. Pat Roberts’ (R, Kan.) campaign staff, brought in D.C. professionals, and lots of dark money!

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The GOP Needs to Change its Symbol to the Ostrich

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Not, alas, an endangered species.

The bunkum from the Denialist Corps(e) continues:

The Walrus and the Politicians
Gail Collins / New York Times

Let’s consider the walrus crisis.  —  They’re piling up in Alaska.  About 35,000 walruses have formed what looks to be a humongous brown ball along the northern coast.  A mass of critters, some weighing 4,000 pounds, are pressed shoulder to shoulder — or flipper to flipper….

Collins then does a ’roundup’ of the various GOP politicians denying the disasters overtaking their selfsame states, from Bobby “Pander Bear” Jindal in Lousy-ana to the Alaska GOP/Teatard challenger Sullivan in full-throated bloviating I DUNNO mode. Continue reading

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Typhoid Scary and other Crazy Vectors

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How NOT to write about public health
issues, courtesy of then-tyro Maureen Dowd.

I was raised in a public health atmosphere. I also wrote the first national cover story on Herpes in 1980, years before Maureen Dowd and TIME Magazine engaged in the shameless fear-mongering of their 1982 “HERPES: TODAY’S SCARLET LETTER” cover article. So this is not new ground for me. It may be for you. Therefore: hearken.

The Case for Panic
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon

Deadly, irrational, and determined, the intruder snuck across a weakened perimeter.  Eluding capture, the intruder was detained only after missteps and close calls.  The spin began soon after the threat was isolated.  Information was selectively leaked…

And that’s just the opening fun. Here’s perhaps the single most irresponsible medical paragraph I’ve read in three decades: Continue reading

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The Optics on this are DREADFUL; Fortunately it’s print

At first blush, this guy:

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going after this guy with a ferocity and tenacity usually reserved to rabid pit bulls:

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looks awful. Sorry. Optics is real, and that’s the optics.

It gets even worse when you look into who this guy

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Is.

Neil Tyson’s Final Words On His Quote Fabrications: “My bad”
Sean Davis / The Federalist

After publishing an embarrassing non-apology on Facebook last week for repeated quote fabrications, planetarium director Neil deGrasse Tyson took to Facebook again earlier this week to revise and extend his remarks.  His full post can be found here….

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So Long, Farewell, Aufwiedersehen, Goodbye …

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Official photo.

The “embattled” head of the Secret Service resigned today, to almost no one’s surprise:

Secret Service Chief Pierson Resigns Amid Security Gaps
By Del Quentin Wilber and Angela Greiling Keane
Bloomberg

Embattled U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson, the first woman to lead the agency in charge of protecting the president, resigned amid mounting criticism over a series of security lapses.  —  Pierson stepped down only 18 months …

Yes. The problems of the Secret Service have been on display for a long time now, and perhaps it is not entirely fair to blame them on the new head of the Agency, sworn in on March 27, 2013. Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Pelosis

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There are 33 days  and change until the November  4 election as I write this.

I will try to keep this brief and to the point — which, Progressives, IS the point.

The Republicans are running on their traditional slander:

College GOP: Democrats Are Like a Bad Wedding Dress
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal

The College Republican National Committee launched on Wednesday a nearly $1 million digital ad campaign across 16 states, aiming to draw young voters to the GOP with what the group’s chief calls “culturally relevant” ad campaigns…

The Republicans are running against President Obama for the same reasons. Continue reading

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SCROTUS Strikes in the Nick of Time

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And Nick doesn’t much like it.

Early voting in Ohio blocked (UPDATE)
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog

UPDATE 6:10 p.m. Justice Elena Kagan turned down without comment a separate request by Ohio’s legislature for the same kind of order postponing some of the early voting options.  The legislature has been allowed into the controversy only as a friend-of-the court, not as a full party….

Seem a little arcane?

Here’s the gist of it: Continue reading

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GOPs Lose Heads Over Decapitation

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Even though Khorosan (sic) isn’t real (according to NRO), don’t imagine that the GOPs won’t make as much hay as possible about something with zero connection to the Middle Eastern Terrorists.

BREAKING: Beheading Suspect Fired After Argument Over Stoning Women
Caleb Howe / Truth Revolt

—  Hometown paper reveals details about suspect in the Oklahoma murder…

This is another of those new “superblogs” it appears*. They LOOK newsy, and plagiarize as a matter of course. What alarms do these modern Paul Reveres sound? Continue reading

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Tell Me This Stuff Isn’t Coordinated

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Joe McCarthy knew: fear and paranoia 
can be used to enhance and preserve GOP power.

Ah, the “patriots” of the Right, have decided that only a scumbag of the highest order would use Al Qaeda fears for p0litical gain. And, after all, THEY ought to know better than anybody:

The Khorosan Group Does Not Exist
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review

We’re being had.  Again.  —  For six years, President Obama has endeavored to will the country into accepting two pillars of his alternative national-security reality.  First, he claims to have dealt decisively with the terrorist threat, rendering it a disparate series of ragtag jayvees….

Andrew McCarthy (no relation to Joe that I know of*) has decided that, while the Bushies had all kinds of secret information that we ought to all “trust them” on, HE knows much better than the President what that secret information is.

[* The Three McCarthys of the Apocalypse: Joe, Jenny, Andrew.]

Right. Sure. But there’s something that you need to see beyond the snark that McCarthy dispenses like fecal matter from an overflowing septic tank … Continue reading

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The In-Depth look that’s out of its depth

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Dreadful headline, worthy of Politico

There is a good REASON that Charles Pierce of Esquire calls PoliticoTiger Beat on the Potomac.” Here’s that reason:

Why Holder Quit
Glenn Thrush /Politico

It’s oddly fitting that Attorney General Eric Holder – a stubbornly independent career prosecutor ridiculed by Barack Obama’s advisers for having lousy political instincts — would nail his dismount.

But Holder, who began his stormy five-plus-year tenure at the Justice Department with his controversial “Nation of Cowards” speech, has chosen what seems to be the ideal (and maybe the only) moment to call it quits after more than 18 months of musing privately about leaving with the president and senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, a trio bound by friendship, progressive ideology and shared African-American ancestry….

Ah, they’re all NEGROES!  (Duh.)

That’s the lede. It gets worse. Continue reading

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Faux Nooz Analysis of President’s UN Speech

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Richard Grenell  familiarly follows John Bolton

Rust never sleeps; Faux Nooz never awakens from its treasonous torpor:

Obama’s condemnation of Ferguson, Missouri, during UN talk was a mistake
Richard Grenell / Fox News

President Obama spoke Wednesday to the United Nations General Assembly in his annual foreign policy address to the world body.  Speaking after the Brazilian president but before Uganda’s leader …

Because the Black President talking about young, unarmed Black men being gunned down on our streets by our “police” forces offends lily-white Faux viewers, no doubt. Continue reading

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Querying Among The Querulous

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Queueing Amidst the Queueless Clueless: the New York Times, famously complicit and compliant in its stance on the last invasion of Iraq (the first was temporary, under Bush the Smarter in the early 90’s) proceeds to wax its eloquence:

Wrong Turn on Syria: No Convincing Plan

President Obama has put America at the center of a widening war by expanding into Syria airstrikes against the Islamic State, the Sunni extremist group known as ISIS and ISIL.  He has done this without allowing the public debate that needs to take place …

And concluding:

… With so much at stake and so much unknown, before he gets any further into this operation, Mr. Obama needs to get Congress’s approval and prove that he has fully accounted for the consequences of this foray into Syria.

If you will look up “querulous” you will find that it meansContinue reading

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The Reasons and the Reasonalizers

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Or, the reasonalizification of a plainly-written statement from the White House, the pixels that launched a thousand snarks. Here are the two paragraphs that seemingly contain the gist of it.

The White House
Statement by the President on Airstrikes in Syria

… We were joined in this action by our friends and partners — Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Bahrain, and Qatar. America is proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with these nations on behalf of our common security.

[...]

Last night, we also took strikes to disrupt plotting against the United States and our allies by seasoned al Qaeda operatives in Syria who are known as the Khorasan Group. And once again, it must be clear to anyone who would plot against America and try to do Americans harm that we will not tolerate safe havens for terrorists who threaten our people….

That’s where the serious policy wonks will go.

The political paparazzi will head in the other direction.  Continue reading

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