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An Armed Cop Disarmed School Shooter in Atlanta

Feb 1, 2013 10:43 AM PT

Immediately after the NRA recommended putting cops in schools the left flooded the zone with pieces claiming this was daft idea. Case in point "NRA Calls for More Guns Everywhere" by Adam Serwer:

LaPierre's "solution" is for Americans to arm themselves, and for the government to place armed guards at every public school in the country...LaPierre did not note that Columbine High School had an armed guard when two students went on a murderous shooting rampage there in 1999

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The 'right' of mandatory 'access'

Feb 1, 2013 9:59 AM PT

I see that the contraception socialists are once again buzzing about "access" to contraception in the wake of the new HHS rulings, by which they mean "forcing other people to buy it for them."  Socialism lives by twisting language, and the thoughts that come attached to it.  What coinage of Orwell's Big Brother was as insidious as the notion that if the government says we "deserve" something, anyone who resists paying for it is somehow "denying access" to it?

That's really the long-standing rationale of collectivism in a nutshell: if the government isolates a public good and issues a decree, the righteous must obey, and the disobedient are enemies of the people.  The modern twist is to couple this mechanism of power to the piteous language of victimhood.  The Total States of yore told their people they must obey the national father's commands to build mighty edifices, make the wheels turn in factories, or smite their enemies.  The new Total State orders us to set aside our morals and obey its commands to buy cheap over-the-counter drugstore products.  

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Once upon an unemployment report dreary, which we ponder weak and weary

Feb 1, 2013 7:25 AM PT

The January unemployment report lands with a soft thud, showing a mild worsening of the permanently dreary job market.  Factor in all the adjustments to previous months, and you've got an unemployment flatline stretching back for months, which is consistent with an adjusted GDP that shows virtually no real private-sector growth.  

To call any of this a "recovery" is risible, but we live in a risible nation now.  The January job report was covered with cobwebs the moment it rolled off the printer.  The mind reels at the coverage we'd be seeing if this was the first report of President McCain's second term, following years of workforce decline and economic paralysis.  Not that he would have survived a re-election campaign in which he tried to blame everything on headwinds, tsunamis, and his predecessor.  Try to imagine how successful he would have been at changing the subject away from his record with the silly trivial distractions that worked so well for Obama, only to be utterly forgotten by everyone except right-wing smart-alecks just two months later.

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Hot and cold running scandals

Feb 1, 2013 7:13 AM PT

In response to NYT Turns Up Heat on Menendez, Melgen:

Good call on the media response to the Menendez sex scandal.  They're very sensitive to the perception that they've been led into a story by alt-media right-wing scoopers.  I think they studied the Rathergate scandal and the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth from the 2004 election cycle, and took some deliberate steps to insulate themselves from undesirable reality even more.  The left-wing media bubble is, if anything, thicker than ever.  They seem willing to let Fox News keep its ratings as long as its exclusives serve as a dumping ground for stories the rest of the media doesn't want to follow.  How many of us right-wing blogger types exited the 2012 election genuinely astonished that stories we gave extensive coverage simply never got anywhere near the mainstream media culture, even though they were important and well-documented?

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When You've Lost the Porn Star Vote...

Jan 31, 2013 4:01 PM PT

In response to Porn Stars In The News:

Javier, where have you been???  The most famous (former) porn star of all time is on our side.  Jenna Jameson's endorsement of Mitt Romney was lukewarm at first, but once she took to Twitter and saw all the negativity from the Left it pushed her over the edge and she became a lot more vocal about her political beliefs.  Twitchy has documented much of the hate she gets for daring to criticize the President.

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Salacious, yes ... Influence peddling, Oh Yes ... and in Boomtown

Jan 31, 2013 2:37 PM PT

In my quirky way I want to put this under the category "Foreign Affairs."

Anyone else wonder why an Opthamologist aka Dr. Salomon Melgen is in the business of donating to Senator Bob Menendez, Hillary Clinton, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz; Florida Republicans Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. He's the lynchpin in this salacious story, but ... influence peddling is the likely reason.

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