New Blog Tagline

Every so often, we change the “tagline,” the quote under the blog title in the header, and Yorkshire suggested this, from George Orwell: “Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” I agreed, and made the change. But it points out …

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Isn’t the Commander-in-Chief supposed to protect the troops under his command?

From Marc Thiessen in The Washington Post, via Donald Douglas: Here’s what happens when Taliban leaders are released By Marc A. Thiessen, Published: June 2 If anyone doubts that the five senior Taliban leaders President Obama released this weekend will return to the fight and kill more Americans, they need only look at what happened …

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Your tax dollars at work

From The Washington Post: Female-named hurricanes kill more than male hurricanes because people don’t respect them, study finds By Jason Samenow | June 2 at 3:05 pm People don’t take hurricanes as seriously if they have a feminine name and the consequences are deadly, finds a new groundbreaking study. Female-named storms have historically killed more …

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From Around the Blogroll

First up is Mike’s America, writing on Political Realities, noting that the Democrats have attacked Dr. Monica Wehby, who won the Oregon GOP primary for the U.S. Senate. Democrats leaked smear stories that Wehby was an unstable stalker who terrorized her former male romantic partners, but, as The Wall Street Journal pointed out, the men …

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Nothing to see here, folks. Economy contracts by 1% in first quarter.

From The Wall Street Journal: GDP Contracted at 1% Pace in First Quarter First-Quarter Downturn Reflects Pattern Seen Repeatedly Over Past Five Years By Ben Leubsdorf and Sarah Portlock | Updated May 29, 2014 9:35 a.m. ET WASHINGTON—The U.S. economy contracted in the first quarter of 2014, the latest stumble for a recovery that has …

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What the VA system did is what we can all expect under single-payer

As we noted before Memorial day, the Veterans’ Administration Hospital scandal does not surprise us in the slightest. But, naturally, the scandal keeps growing. From The Daily Beast: Last week, President Obama pledged to address allegations of corruption and dangerous inefficiencies in the veterans’ health-care system. But before the president could deliver on his pledge, …

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The TEA Party isn’t dead after all!

On Truth Before Dishonor, John Hitchcock noted the defeat of Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst by Dan Patrick in the Republican primary run-off. But there’s more: Representative Ralph Hall (R-TX 4th District), at 91, the oldest member of Congress, who was first elected in 1980 as a Democrat — he switched parties in 2004 — was …

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