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Rand Paul versus Voter ID

Having previously suggested that the GOP might be pushing too hard for voter ID laws, likely 2016 presidential contender Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) went further in an interview with the New York Times while visiting Memphis this weekend: May 11, 2014 12:35 PM PT

Sequestration body count: one Justice Department staffer

Remember when Democrats were screaming that the fiscal discipline of sequestration was the equivalent of wrapping piano wire around Uncle Sam's neck?  Why, those savage and irresponsible spending cuts were going to litter the streets unemployed government workers!  We'd be lucky to make it through the crisis without Hooverville tent cities appearing on the Potomac, where the former Deputy Assistant to the Assistant Director to the Deputy Assistant Director of Social media boiled his shoes to make soup for his family, callously consigned to live the vie da broka after struggling to put out three Tweets a day for a mere $200k in salary and benefits. May 8, 2014 7:41 AM PT

MSNBC: the network of perpetual shame

Look, I disagree strongly with the editorial stance at MSNBC, and I'd be lying if I said it wasn't entertaining to watch the buffoons who work for them go face-down in the mud, over and over again.  Competence would ruin the unique charm of MSNBC, and would make it less representative of the deeply incompetent, power-hungry, tribal liberalism it represents.  The modern Left demands absolute power over your life in the name of public health, but it can't launch a website.  MSNBC is the most perfect imaginable reflection of that arrogant ineptitude. May 7, 2014 1:13 PM PT

The GOP Establishment Tries to Shoot Down Their Own Rising Stars

It's reasonable enough to express a preference for having a governor as the Republican presidential candidate in 2016, given the general difficulty of launching such a campaign from Congress.  Senator Barack Obama did it, of course, but it would be unwise to assume his success rewrote the rules for everyone else, especially since no Republican will ever be able to get away with playing hooky from the Senate to crank up a White House campaign.  (The media would utterly savage such a candidate for ignoring his congressional duties, duly trotting out anyone from his home state they can find to complain about feeling under-represented.  Also, the rules for the political class of Illinois are, shall we say, a bit looser than they are for most other states.) May 6, 2014 10:48 AM PT

The inexplicable 'Gotham'

I'll check it out with an open mind when it premieres, but at the moment I honestly cannot see the appeal of "Gotham," the upcoming Batman prequel series on Fox: May 6, 2014 10:21 AM PT

Key to longevity: feasting upon the blood of the young

I couldn't resist a bit of vampire melodrama in the headline (evidently, neither can anyone else reporting this story) but it's pretty exciting news with some great implications for elderly care: it would seem that transfusing young blood into older animals actually does have rejuvenating properties.  It's an idea that has been subject to experimental testing in rats since the Fifties, but the New York Times reports that scientists now think they have a basic understanding of how it works: young blood essentially "reboots" the stem cells in aging tissue. May 5, 2014 7:38 AM PT

Are you ready for the 185-terabyte cassette tape?

Gizmodo reports on the latest effort to refine an old technology until it becomes almost deliriously advanced: Sony's new 185-terabyte tape cassettes.  That's 18.5 gigabytes - three Blu-Ray discs worth of data - on every square inch of tape.  Of course, it's not the same kind of tape we used to stuff into our Walkmans: May 5, 2014 7:16 AM PT

Movie review: 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'

People love superheroes, and they especially love Spider-Man.  Simple as that.  Put together a halfway decent movie that has Spidey in it, with a performance in the lead role as good as what Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield have provided, and the audiences will come.   May 3, 2014 5:20 PM PT

Videogame company employee fired for supporting Donald Sterling's right to privacy

I grew up under the impression that there was some sort of "right to privacy" floating among the penumbras and emanations of the Constitution.  I guess those penumbras were more like a Constitutional solar flare that has died down dramatically over the past few years.  Freedom of speech, and even thought, are under active and sustained assault in America; we are being made comfortable with the idea of punishing people for saying things the purported cultural "majority" doesn't like.  This punishment has been mostly meted out by private-sector mob actions thus far, but the more comfortable society becomes with the idea, the closer we get to government stepping in.  Once Constitutional restraints have been abandoned, political power opportunistically flows through the channels "popular" sentiment has carved for it. May 3, 2014 6:37 AM PT


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