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Obama and ObamaCare crater in the polls

I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with polling.  On the one hand, it seems reasonable to want a snapshot of how the public feels about issues and candidates at any given moment; it's easy to understand why political strategists and activists desire such information.  Taking polls from a number of sources, as a site like RealClearPolitics does, helps to overcome the inevitable weaknesses, sampling errors, and perhaps deliberate bias of individual polls. Apr 29, 2014 7:47 AM PT

Lead author claims U.N. climate change report was rewritten for political reasons

If the Church of Global Warming still had any real credibility, the bombshell revelations by Harvard professor Robert Stavins in an open letter published Friday would be devastating.  As it is, the fanatics will probably scream that Stavins has become a Nazi-like "climate denier" or tool of Big Oil or something. Apr 27, 2014 3:01 PM PT

House Oversight Investigates Justice Department Connection to IRS Scandal

Last week, it was discovered - not by official investigators, but by outside watchdog group Judicial Watch, which spends its days waterboarding the Most Transparent Administration in History with Freedom of Information Act requests - that IRS scandal kingpin Lois Lerner made inquiries with the Justice Department about the possibility of ginning up criminal investigations against the conservative groups she was targeting.  Basically, Lerner wanted to establish that these groups were engaged in the sort of partisan political activity they promised not to pursue in their applications for tax-exempt status, then prosecute them for lying to the IRS. Apr 26, 2014 3:44 PM PT

Raiders of the Lost Crappy Videogame

Strange to think of videogame cartridges turning up as archaeology, but a legend of the gaming world was just confirmed by a documentary crew working on a series to be broadcast over Microsoft's Xbox network next year.   Apr 26, 2014 3:20 PM PT

CNN busted for slipping Democrat propaganda into Chicago 'documentary'

In an earlier age, this would be shocking enough to bring network executives tumbling out of their offices.  In today's world of absurdly biased left-wing media, it's a footnote.  But for what it's worth, the Chicago Tribune just busted CNN for allowing Chicago mayor (and former White House chief of staff) Rahm Emanuel's office to orchestrate some propaganda in what viewers were told was an unbiased "documentary" series: Apr 25, 2014 6:42 AM PT

'Net Neutrality' Gets Less Neutral

There are many ideas and proposals packed under the rubric of "Net Neutrality," but the core principle amounts to rent control on the Internet: all web traffic must be treated equally.  In its undiluted, absolute form, this idea would work about as well as rent control does - it would destroy the Internet experience as we know it.  The ability to sell high bandwidth to large websites that can afford it, adjust rates and access speeds for users who consume large amounts of bandwidth, sell unused bandwidth at a discount, and otherwise treat traffic unequally is crucial to the business model that sustains the fast, inexpensive, and powerful Internet we have come to take for granted.   Apr 24, 2014 11:19 AM PT

Race-baiting loudmouth gets his comeuppance at the hands of angry parents

One of the salient features of Democrat race-baiting is that participants believe themselves to be invincible.  They can say any crazy, offensive, slanderous thing that pops into their heads, and there will never be a price to pay.  Usually that means a political price, but in the case of Alabama Democrat Alvin Holmes, it's a specific six-figure cash amount.  From the Alabama ABC affiliate: Apr 23, 2014 2:34 PM PT

The deliberate inconvenience of airline boarding

If you've ever been stuck in the agonizingly slow-moving, confusing queue to board an airplane, you might have found yourself thinking, "There couldn't be a worse way to manage this circus!"  That's literally true.  The standard methodology of boarding an airplane - back to front, organized into loose "zones" of several rows apiece - is the least efficient way to do the job.  It has been demonstrated that letting people board at random is actually faster. Apr 23, 2014 1:51 PM PT

Report: 87 Percent of Online Spying Comes from Governments

It's not surprising to learn that various governments (not just the United States) account for the bulk of online mischief, but it's a bit sobering to see the numbers laid out by a new Verizon investigative report, summarized by the UK Telegraph: there has been a 300 percent increase in cyber espionage since last year's report, and government agents are responsible for 87 percent of it.  (11 percent came from organized criminals, which I suppose leaves two percent traceable to random jackasses.) Apr 23, 2014 1:25 PM PT

'Game of Thrones' finally goes too far

There's something strange about discovering the moment at which HBO's generally superb, but extremely graphic, "Game of Thrones" finally went too far for many viewers.  Horrific violence, including torture, castration, and the violent murder of children?  No problemo.  Gratuitous nudity deployed during otherwise chilly blasts of expository dialogue, with such frequency that it became a cliche worthy of parody?  Whatever.  An extended scene of a bisexual orgy?  Ho-hum. Apr 22, 2014 2:09 PM PT

Meet Josie Cunningham, the final logical extreme of 'pro-choice' rhetoric

While we're on the subject of Democrats trying to re-define what "pro-life" means, maybe they should explain how the UK's Josie Cunningham is not the final logical distillation of what "pro-choice" means.  She's 18 weeks pregnant, but announced she'd have an abortion because the pregnancy was interfering with her career plans... specifically her ambition to appear on the celebrity edition of "Big Brother." Apr 22, 2014 10:49 AM PT

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