Why stop there

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If the left-wing McCarthyites want to take it to its next logical conclusion, then the 35,000 or so who gave to the Prop 8 campaign must also have their careers shortened or ended. Saletan provides a helpful template. And why not add a little wrinkle. For those who don't recant from this heresy, the hell with 'em.

The proposition party?

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When Paul Ryan laid out his new budget, he said that, "We need to be a proposition party, not just an opposition party." I have no problem with propositions. I do have problems when the propositions suck. It'll likely pass the House but, because the Reid-led Senate doesn't have a budget, the Ryan plan will go nowhere. In effect, it is a political template that won't contribute to any legislation.

Tab cleansing round-up

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Douchebag update: It's understandable. When you shovel out so much demagoguery, it's hard to keep it all straight.



St. Patrick's Day open thread

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I celebrated by watching Leprechaun's Revenge on SyFy.


Sink versus Jolly

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In the left corner, you had a candidate with all the winning traits:

For Democrats hoping to claim a prized House seat in a swing district, Alex Sink seemed a shining candidate: a moderate, business-minded banker and former candidate for governor with ample experience in running a big race and raising money for it.

CIA (Update: and White House) versus Senate

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A year ago yesterday, DNI Clapper went before the Senate and lied. We would not have known that his testimony was dishonest and unforthcoming, and we would not have known the breadth of NSA surveillance if not for the Snowden affair.

Another Obama department to be politicized

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This time it's the Office of the Surgeon General with the appointment of Vivek Murthy, a part-time physician, full-time entrepreneur and part-time Obamacare activist. He's a smart guy, Harvard and Yale trained, but at 36, has only practiced medicine for only eight or so years. Not unlike some embarrassing ambassador appointments, it looks like he was nominated to the post as an award for his Obamacare cheerleading efforts.

DeBlasio versus low-income minorities

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Apparently not satisfied with his crusade against horse-drawn carriages, Mayor DeBlasio started a new one against charter schools, and it is a case where ideology and petty politics trump the educational welfare of children. The NYT:

Putin hates gays open thread

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If you say something pro-gay that hits a minor's ears, or even if you wear rainbow-colored suspenders on certain occasions, then you better pay up, bub. 

It's past time for moderator elections open thread

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● I nominate MSE, JayC and MA. Should we perhaps re-jigger the terms? Nine months, maybe?

The latest waving of the Obamacare magic waiver wand

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This time it's about tax credits.

States that have experienced technical problems running their own health care enrollment websites are getting some help from the Obama administration.

The administration quietly issued a health law fix Thursday to help those states.


The 9th Circuit's curtailments on speech

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After the following two recent rulings, the Ninth Circuit may regain its top position of most reversed federal appeals court. The first ruling came yesterday, and the Obama administration got its wish, shutting down an offensive video trailer.

Surveillance state round-up

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The good news is this. When the media and general public elicit sufficient backlash, the fascist-leaning bureaucrats back down.

Pussy Riot in Sochi open thread

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Police state update. Along with threats from female suicide bombers, aka black widows, the Russian Federation is also threatened by the appearance of a couple of girl rock band members in Sochi. Putin also appears to be threatened by U.S.

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