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The Omega Victim

When I first read this article from Campus Reform, I assumed it had to be a put-on, a slice of Onion-style satire.  I've seen it taken seriously here and there, but I remain a bit skeptical.  It's also possible the author of the article is writing in earnest, while the subject was not.  It reads an awful lot like someone having fun with Campus Left stereotypes. Nov 26, 2014 11:51 AM PT

Wanted: a government that sides with the law-abiding

It's amazing how fast our rich and powerful mega-government ditches the people who pay for it, isn't it?  The horrified small business people and employees of Ferguson got to watch a gang of thugs lay waste to their property on Monday night, without much interference from the authorities.  The lieutenant governor of Missouri, Peter Kinder, has been asking what happened to the National Guard during the riots.  "What the vast majority of Missourians are asking this morning is, we see the National Guard rolling in this morning - where were they last night?" he said on Fox News.  "The law-abiding citizens, and businesses owners, and taxpayers of Ferguson and the St. Louis region have the right to ask this governor to answer some questions." Nov 25, 2014 11:46 AM PT

ObamaCare's Facebook page is a sham, too

I've long been fascinated with the business of manufactured popularity, in which various forms of sock puppetry are used to make a person or product seem much more popular than it actually is.  It's amazingly easy to do on the Internet - just create a half-dozen free email accounts, build them into a half-dozen social media profiles, and write six glowing reviews from ostensibly different people for your product on Amazon.  There are paid professionals who specialize in selling five-star product reviews, or pumping out zillions of phony Twitter accounts to provide paying customers with an instant million "followers." Nov 17, 2014 11:19 AM PT

Possible hacker attack at the State Department

CBS News is careful to note that the State Department shut down its unclassified email system to repair "possible" damage from a "suspected" hacker attack, but those suspicions must run pretty deep to justify the measures that were taken: Nov 17, 2014 8:16 AM PT

ISIS claims to have beheaded another American hostage

The new ISIS snuff film is a little different than their previous offerings, in that they don't show the marquee murder taking place, but according to the UK Daily Mail, a severed head purportedly belonging to captured aid worker and former U.S. Army Ranger Peter Kassig is prominently displayed.  The video does show the knife beheadings of dozens of captured Syrian troops, who are marched into the desert by Islamic State jihadis and decapitated slowly and painfully in the 16-minute video. Nov 16, 2014 5:15 AM PT

Comet Guy and the social-justice black hole

An amazingly stupid story with a clever Twitter hashtag, #shirtstorm, has been brewing for the past couple of days.  Long story short, one of the brilliant scientists who just landed a space probe on a moving comet decided to wear a shirt covered with cheesecake cartoon girls for a media appearance.  A gang of decidedly non-brilliant feminists freaked out and organized an Internet flash mob to accuse Dr. Matt Taylor of objectifying women, charging that his choice of shirt would intimidate young ladies out of pursuing careers in science.  The really stupid part of the story is that it worked - Dr. Taylor was bullied into making a tearful public apology for his shirt. Nov 15, 2014 3:58 PM PT

Ted Cruz warns against lame-duck passage of Internet sales tax

At first glance, I thought this video from Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) concerned President Obama's Net Neutrality push.  While Senator Cruz has been outspoken about Net Neutrality, in this case he's warning about dethroned Democrats forcing a different bad idea through Congress during the lame-duck session: a sales tax on Internet purchases. Nov 14, 2014 7:41 AM PT

Separation Theater: Red-state Democrats vote against Harry Reid

Senator Mary Landrieu isn't the only Democrat looking to stage a little Separation Theater to open daylight between herself and Party leadership.  Politico reports she was one of several Senators to stage show votes against keeping Harry Reid as the Minority Leader: Nov 13, 2014 1:28 PM PT

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