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October 23, 2014, 12:18 am, 1355967
(John Hinderaker)

For a pure distillation of liberal stupidity, it is hard to beat this article in the Denver Post by the paper’s Fine Arts Critic. Denver’s main train depot, Union Station, has been renovated and restored to its former glory (more or less), which is what troubles the ...


October 22, 2014, 10:18 pm, 1355910
(John Hinderaker)

Today a Muslim convert attacked the Canadian Parliament building, after first murdering a soldier at a nearby memorial. The terrorist, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau–real name, Michael Hall–apparently fired dozens of rounds inside the Parliament building, without injuring anyone, and was shot and killed by a Sergeant at Arms who effectively ...


October 22, 2014, 8:18 pm, 1355874
(Paul Mirengoff)

Annie Kuster, a Dartmouth grad, represents New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District. She’s a “pro-choice” Democrat.

Kuster is locked in a tight race with rising star Republican Marilinda Garcia. Larry Sabato rates the race “leans Democratic.”

This morning, Kuster ...


October 22, 2014, 8:18 pm, 1355873
(Steven Hayward)

McDonald’s just turned in a lousy earnings quarter, but don’t say I didn’t warn you this was coming.  The company is promising “fresh thinking,” which will prompt all the Big Mac deniers to make the obvious jokes about offering fresh food.

Except that it turns out ...


October 22, 2014, 6:18 pm, 1355799
(Paul Mirengoff)

With control of the Senate at stake, Barack Obama can’t quite stand the thought of remaining on the sidelines. This, perhaps, is why he keeps injecting himself into the race by telling people that his policies are on the ballot and that endangered Democratic incumbents ...


October 22, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1355572
(Steven Hayward)

Both the estimable Bill Galston today and Wall Street Journal veteran political reporter Gerald Seib yesterday are making much of last week’s ABC News/Washington Post poll that finds a large jump in the number of people who say they prefer candidates who seek “consensus” and “compromise” over ...


October 22, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1355571
(Paul Mirengoff)

A new AP/Gfk poll provides lots of good news for Republicans. Perhaps most significantly, it shows that female likely voters no longer favor the Democrats in this election.

AP/Gfk surveyed 1,608 adults. The sample included 968 likely voters. The margin of error is plus-or-minus ...


October 22, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1355570

October 22, 2014, 10:18 am, 1355498
(Scott Johnson)

President Bush gave us the surge that turned the tide in Iraq and gave us victory until President Obama threw it away. Obama, however, is making plans for his own surge impending, this one in the United States. Jonathan Strong of Breitbart News dug up ...


October 22, 2014, 10:18 am, 1355497
(Scott Johnson)

On two occasions this campaign season, against all the odds, President Obama has said something useful and, even more improbably, something true. On those occasions he advertised the fact that the Democratic Senate candidates running for election or reelection in states such as Colorado, New Hampshire, Louisiana, ...


October 22, 2014, 10:18 am, 1355496

Battle of Leyte Gulf: Background:

On 12 October 1944, the US 3rd Fleet under Admiral Halsey began a series of carrier raids against Formosa and the Ryukyu Islands, with a view to ensuring that the aircraft based there could not intervene in the ...


October 22, 2014, 10:18 am, 1355495

Stolen from http://unfogged.com

My quality of life is diminished by the fact that I am not a fluent reader of rot13. Is there a good online drill site?


October 22, 2014, 8:18 am, 1355422

Doughlas MacArthur:

This is the Voice of Freedom, General MacArthur speaking.

People of the Philippines: I have returned.

By the grace of Almighty God our forces stand again on Philippine soil – soil consecrated in the ...


October 22, 2014, 2:18 am, 1355237
(Paul Mirengoff)

An expert witness hired by Eric Holder’s Department of Justice testified that North Carolina election law requirements have an adverse impact on black voters because they are less “sophisticated” than white voters and therefore have more difficulty figuring out how to register to vote.