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April 19, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1257817
(John Hinderaker)

President Obama asserts that 8 million people have signed up for Obamacare, as though that were something to be proud of. In fact, Obamacare has always been a fiasco from a fiscal perspective–a black hole of subsidies and expanded Medicaid, with largely fictitious mechanisms in place to ...


April 19, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1257816

Annalee Newitz: The io9 Manifesto: Science Is Political: "io9 started out in 2007 as the germ of an idea for a site about futurism...

...with a name that was a joke about brain implants. Six and a half years later, we've grown in ...


April 19, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1257815

April 19, 2014, 10:18 am, 1257798
(Steven Hayward)

I assume you heard the news: a new royal baby is on the way, perfectly timed for the 2016 campaign. No—I’m not talking about Will and Kate: I’m talking about the announcement of the newest member of the House of Clinton, as revealed this week by Princess ...


April 19, 2014, 10:18 am, 1257797
(Scott Johnson)

Politico draws attention to the release yesterday in the latest tranche of papers from the Clinton library of what it refers to as the conspiracy commerce memo.”

The memo appears to be undated; Politico assigns it to 1995, contemporaneous with the Paula Jones sexual harassment ...


April 19, 2014, 10:18 am, 1257796

Brad DeLong : Department of "Huh?!": Larry Lessig Suffers Badly from Stockholm Syndrome in His Devotion to Nino Scalia Department: The surprising thing is that Lessig appears to have forgotten how Scalia prostituted his high office--and demonstrated that if you are not a Legal Realist you are ...


April 19, 2014, 10:18 am, 1257795

"So we are settled," said the convenor of the meeting. "Our story is: the truth!"

"At least it is easy to remember," someone muttered under their breath as we gathered up our papers.

It seems to me that the Obama administration can go with any of three different ...


April 18, 2014, 8:18 pm, 1257707
(John Hinderaker)

Paul has been writing about the war on standards in various aspects of our society, generally as a means of advancing the interests of minorities (or purporting to advance them, anyway). Now it appears that the decline ...


April 18, 2014, 4:18 pm, 1257681
(Steven Hayward)

It’s not just any old Friday afternoon, but Good Friday, and so why are we surprised that the Obama Administration chooses late in the day today to make this announcement:

Administration Again Delays Keystone Pipeline Decision

The Obama administration on Friday extended the review period on ...


April 18, 2014, 4:18 pm, 1257679

April 18, 2014, 4:18 pm, 1257680

What wondrous love is this,
O my soul! O my soul!
What wondrous love is this!
O my soul!
What wondrous love is this!
That caused the Lord of bliss!
To send this precious peace,
To my ...


April 18, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1257666
(Paul Mirengoff)

After the 1848 revolution in France, the slogan of the non-socialist revolutionaries, lifted from a speech by Lamartine, became “the tricolor [flag] has gone around the world; the red flag [of socialism] has only gone around the Champs-de-Mars [a large park on the Left Bank of Paris].” ...


April 18, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1257665
(Scott Johnson)

is where we seem to be with Obama’s declaration that the debate on Obamacare is over and he won. Is there a red-blooded American who doesn’t recoil at such talk? Someone in a position of authority really ought tell him to stuff it, someone like the citizenry ...


April 18, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1257664
(John Hinderaker)

In his press conference yesterday, President Obama accused Republicans of being obsessed with Obamacare. He said the law is here to stay, and it is time to “move on.” This is silly on a number of levels, some of which Paul pointed out this morning. I ...


April 18, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1257663

From World War II Today: H.F. Norman at Kohima:

At 09.30 hours Corporal Judges and his section consisting of Privates Johnson,Thrussel and myself, as well as Corporal Veal’s section, went onto the road to help evacuate the wounded Indians, BORs, walking and stretcher cases. ...


April 18, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1257609
(Paul Mirengoff)

President Obama says that 8 million people now have signed up for Obamacare. Apparently, the extension of the enrollment deadline helped boost the final figure to well in excess of the administration’s publicly declared target of 7 million.

Obama also claimed that 35 percent of ...


April 18, 2014, 8:19 am, 1257521
(Scott Johnson)

Our friend Ammo Grrrll is back in the ammo line:

After my first post, Responder Pete Parks (Salisbury University) said, “Finding ammo is a pain.” Es verdad, Pedro, es verdad! Bilingual Arizona talk for “Yes, Pete, it’s true!”

But, fear not, for Ammo Grrrll is here to ...


April 18, 2014, 12:18 am, 1257420
(Paul Mirengoff)

I have it on good authority that Parker Gilbert, the Dartmouth student found not guilty of raping a fellow student, has been told by Dartmouth administrators that he will be wasting his time if he applies for readmission. Why is Dartmouth dead-set against readmitting Gilbert?

The College’s ...


April 18, 2014, 12:18 am, 1257419