The Conversation

Return of the Job Pivot

Feb 8, 2013 10:04 AM PT

In response to Obama to "Focus" on Job Creation for 17th Time:

I wonder if Obama will explain why he didn't mention a single word of this during his vaunted Second Inaugural.  Simple question for every real reporter to ask: is job creation now a higher priority than climate change?  Or any of the other stuff on his inaugural shopping list?

Obama to "Focus" on Job Creation for 17th Time

Feb 8, 2013 10:01 AM PT

Obama has now "pivoted to jobs" more times than he's made par.  And he's golfed an awful lot, you know.  He golfs almost as much as he dusts targets when he does gun-firing-at-moving-inanimate-targets.

 Meet the new focus, same as the old focus.

President Barack Obama told House Democrats Thursday his State of the Union address will focus on job creation, education and energy independence. Speaking at the House Democratic Issues Conference in Leesburg, Va., the president repeated a theme from his 2012 re-election campaign, that "our economy succeeds and our economy grows when everybody is getting a fair shot and everybody is getting a fair shake and everybody is playing by the same rules." "Because I believe that is a growth agenda -- not just an equity agenda, not just a fairness agenda -- that is a growth agenda," he said.

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Media Bias

Righteous power

Feb 8, 2013 9:25 AM PT

In response to Nick Gillespie's brilliant insight about journalists' hypocrisy on drones:

I added a few thoughts about Gillespie's fine piece here.  (Special guest appearance by Ace, because I thought immediately of something he wrote the other day when I was reading Gillespie.)  I've always been fascinated by the intersection of left-wing politics and power worship.  It seems initially contradictory, because they talk so often of their appetite for individual "freedom," in areas they think judgmental conservative busybodies want to invade... but time and again, they fall head-over-heels for authoritarian rulers, and their domestic policy agenda is all about power and control.  

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Media Bias

Anti-terror conservatives also consistent on drone policy

Feb 8, 2013 8:47 AM PT

In response to Meet the New Boss:

I think it's true that libertarians generally have been consistent in their criticisms of drone policy (and anti-terror policies in general). But so, too, have the so-called "neoconservatives"--folks like Charles Krauthammer and John Yoo, who have backed anti-terror policies and executive prerogatives in war even under Obama. 

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Bush Email Hack Reveals Secret Talents of Former President

Feb 8, 2013 8:03 AM PT

So, an email account used by former President George W. Bush and his family has reportedly been hacked.

The hack, labeled as "audacious" by The Smoking Gun, which broke the story, revealed various photos of the former president and members of his famous family.  The emails date back between 2009 and 2012 and are said to have come from a breached AOL account that was created to host the photos and enable correspondence amongst the family and others.  The accounts of other contacts with whom George W. Bush had corresponded, including his sister, are also said to have possibly been compromised.

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Media Bias

A Word of Thanks to the MSM (I Have Greatest Job In the World)

Feb 8, 2013 7:42 AM PT

Who would've ever thought that someday I'd be paid actual real-live money to wake up every morning to ridicule, expose and go to war with the most hypocritical, dishonest, snobby, bigoted out-of-touch, provincial, mean-girl institution allowed to operate legally in America.

And the media makes my job so easy. The media's so consistently awful, there just aren't enough hours in the day to cover all the material.  

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Diet Soda + Booze = Drunker

Feb 8, 2013 7:28 AM PT

A new study out of Northern Kentucky University reports that "alcohol, consumed with a diet mixer, results in higher (BrAC) Breath Alcohol Concentrations as compared to the same amount of alcohol consumed with a sugar-sweetened mixer."

A timely discovery in this Obama economy: you can get drunk for less money if you mix your drinks with a non-sugar mixer. 

The danger here is that, by choosing a diet mixer, you don't feel any more drunk than you would have with a normal drink, but - believe it or not - you actually are.

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Media Bias

Meet the New Boss

Feb 8, 2013 7:22 AM PT

In response to Nick Gillespie's brilliant insight about journalists' hypocrisy on drones:

Someone commented on Twitter, I think maybe Kirsten Powers, that libertarians seem to be the only ones with any consistency on this subject.  We expect partisans to be partisan about their guy, which is why I think Gillespie's indictment of the media is particularly noteworthy:

By making clear that as a journalist he tries to see things first and foremost from the perspective of the powerful, Michael Tomasky helps to clarify why so many in the media are rushing to the president's defense. They are entranced with power and the view from the top. "Presidents live with that responsibility [of protecting American lives] every day," he writes. "If that responsibility were mine, I can't honestly say what I'd do, and I don't think anyone can." Not all journalists are awed by power, of course, even on the right (National Review's Jim Geraghty, for instance, asserts that this sort of thing of extra-judicial killing policy wouldn't be cricket even under a GOP president).

This isn't ultimately about ideological hypocrisy - of liberals changing their tune once their guy is in office - but something much more basic and much more disturbing. It reveals that for all their crowing about being watchdogs of all that is good and decent in society, when push comes to shove, too many journalists are ready and willing handmaidens to power - including the power to kill.

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