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MA Rep. Lynch: Dems May Lose Senate Over Obamacare

By on 4.18.14 | 7:29PM

During an interview with the Boston Herald, Massachusetts Democratic Congressman Stephen Lynch predicted Obamacare would cost Democrats seats in the House and that Democrats might lose control of the Senate. 

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Little Joe Cook, R.I.P.

By on 4.18.14 | 5:07PM

R&B and doo-wop performer "Little" Joe Cook passed away on Monday. He was 91.
 
Little Joe & The Thrillers had a hit in 1957 "Peanuts" which reached #22 on the Billboard Charts. From then on, he was known as The Peanut Man.
 
Originally from Philadelphia, Cook moved to Boston in the late 1960's and in 1980 became a fixture at the Cantab Lounge in Cambridge until retiring in 2007. I spent many nights watching "Little" Joe's revue in the upstairs part of the Cantab. He became some a fixture that the city renamed that section of Central Square "Little" Joe Cook Square. Central Square will never be the same again.

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More Useful Idiocy From Edward Snowden

By on 4.18.14 | 5:00PM

Writing in the Guardian, Edward Snowden cannot fathom why anyone would criticize him for asking Russian President Vladimir Putin a question on a call-in TV show:

I was surprised that people who witnessed me risk my life to expose the surveillance practices of my own country could not believe that I might also criticise the surveillance policies of Russia, a country to which I have sworn no allegiance, without ulterior motive. 

The problem with useful idiots is that they don't know they’re useful idiots. The only reason Snowden is permitted to ask Putin a question on Russian TV is that it gives Putin an opportunity to poke our country in the eye and claim he has a higher regard for civil liberties than the U.S.. Of course, had an ordinary Russian tried to ask such a question he would have found himself in a gulag.

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Leave the Duggars Alone

By on 4.18.14 | 12:43PM

Amanda Marcotte just couldn’t resist a dirty jab at the Duggars.

In her scathing article at the Daily Beast yesterday, the feminist blogger predicted the end of the Duggar Dynasty.

The popular TLC show “19 Kids and Counting” follows the semi-chaotic, but strangely normal and splendidly wholesome lives of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their nineteen children. Their oldest son is married and has three children of his own; one daughter is engaged and another has a serious boyfriend.

Sure, the Duggars are extreme even for many conservative Christians. They don’t watch TV, the girls all wear skirts and dresses, and for goodness sake, there are nineteen of them. However, they aren’t the women-hating, female-abusing psychos Marcotte presents them as.

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Kerry Should Condemn Palestinian Authority Anti-Semitism Too

By on 4.18.14 | 11:49AM

Upon learning that a leaflet had been circulated in the Ukrainian city of Donestk ordering Jews to register their property, Secretary of State John Kerry swiftly condemned the leaflet.  

When I first heard about the leaflet, it sent a chill down my spine. So I'm glad Kerry spoke out about it. I only wish Kerry would condemn the daily anti-Semitism by the Palestinian Authority with the same energy with which he condemned the leaflet. But he's too preoccupied with getting a peace agreement to concern himself with such matters.
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Morning Round-Up 4-18

By on 4.18.14 | 8:33AM

Feature of the Day: High Tech: How Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are rushing to cash in on cannabis.

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Associated Press

  1. Views Differ of Imam Accused in US Terrorism Case
  2. White House Updating Online Privacy Policy
  3. Late Sign-Ups Improve Outlook for Obama Health Law

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Can Democrats Save Obamacare?

By on 4.17.14 | 3:59PM

Democrats are fumbling with Obamacare like it’s a hot potato.

The White House’s inflated 7.5 million enrollee number looks good for liberals who suffered conservative taunts back in October. With the website’s abysmal failures behind them, this glimmer of hope has caused some Democrats to call for robust support of the bill:

“Democrats need to start making the case for Obamacare,” [Thomas] Mills [a consultant] said. “They all voted for it, they all own it, so they can't get away from it. So they'd better start defending it.”

This approach seems shortsighted at best. Mills speaks the truth when he says they voted for it, and conservatives will make them own it no matter what, but refusing to recognize the problems associated with the law won’t help them come election time.

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Corruption Runs Deep: DOJ and IRS in Cahoots to Target Conservatives

By on 4.17.14 | 12:11PM

There’s a reason both Eric Holder and Lois Lerner have been held in contempt of Congress.

As reported first by Katie Pavlich, the Department of Justice and the IRS were unsurprising bedfellows in the targeting of tea party 501(c)(4)s, according to new emails obtained by Judicial Watch.

Just a day before the IRS targeting scandal flooded the media, the DOJ contacted Lerner regarding how to criminally prosecute “political” groups that the IRS thought had “lied” on their applications about political activity. Further, Lerner said she couldn’t confirm that any left-wing political groups were the subjects of investigations:

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The Parable of the Pharisee Conservative

By on 4.17.14 | 11:58AM

I thank thee Lord that I am not like those other conservatives. 

Those xenophobes, nativists, obsessives about border security, drinkers of tea, and other bitter enders.

For I support comprehensive immigration reform.

I sup with the lords of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the chiefs of the AFL-CIO, and the titans of Silicon Valley.

I am welcomed at the editorial houses of the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal.

I receiveith gold from George Soros, Bill Marriott and Mark Zuckerberg, and praise from the mainstream media, the Gang of Eight, and the princes of tourism.  

Although my labors would enrich the treasuries of Corporate Mammon at the expense of the “least among us” of my fellow Americans of all races and ethnicities by lowering their wages and increasing their unemployment—I trust in my own righteousness.

For I am the Pharisee conservative.

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Limits on Campaign Contributions Serve Incumbents

By on 4.17.14 | 11:44AM

Thomas Sowell knows why politicians on both sides of the aisle are so upset that the Supreme Court overturned limits on campaign contributions—because such restrictions hurt political challengers and protect incumbents. I think he hit the nail on the head:

The recent Supreme Court decision over-ruling some Federal Election Commission restrictions on political campaign contributions has provoked angry reactions on the left. That is what often happens whenever the High Court rules that the First Amendment means what it says—free speech for everybody.

Opponents say killing these limits will lead to electoral corruption. What exactly do they mean? President Obama cries that removing restrictions “will open the floodgates for special interests.” Sowell explains, “Those unfamiliar with political rhetoric may not know that ‘special interests’ mean people who support your opponents":

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