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Seahawks Lost the Super Bowl Because of Racism, Obviously

By on 2.3.15 | 11:43AM

Leave it to The Nation to uncover the real reason that the Seattle Seahawks lost the Super Bowl in a crushing, heart-breaking, emotionally devastating last-minute decision that allowed the New England Patriots to intercept the ball and end the game: everyone, including Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, is a racist.

Apparently, a disgruntled anonymous source in the Seahawks locker room told The Nation's reporter (or a reasonable facsimile thereof) that the Seahawks were more interested in allowing Russell Wilson to come out of the game a hero than actually winning the game, a theory that doesn't quite add up for reasons I'll get to in a minute.

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Conor Friedersdorf’s Naive Foreign Policy Beliefs

By on 2.3.15 | 11:38AM

Scott Walker has got The Left spooked again. He has been in their gunsights as long as he has been Governor of Wisconsin and now that he has made a positive impression among conservatives on a national level, that target has become much bigger.

In response to Walker's interview with Martha Raddatz of ABC News last Sunday in which he suggested he would not rule out boots on the ground in Syria, The Atlantic's Conor Friedersdorf has written an article assailing Walker's foreign policy naivete. Friedersdorf, full of snark, writes, "It's as if Walker learned about foreign policy by watching The West Wing or reading Bill Kristol columns."  But alas, Friedersdorf only succeeds his exposing his own foreign policy naivete:

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Three French Soldiers Stabbed Protecting Jewish Community Center in Nice

By on 2.3.15 | 11:37AM

Three French soldiers have been stabbed protecting a Jewish community center in Nice.

Fortunately, their injuries do not appear to be life threatening and the man responsible for the stabbing is in custody.

The man has not been identified and authorities have not disclosed a motive. Somehow methinks the man in question isn't an angry Quaker.

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Where is Hamas More Welcome? Egypt or UC Davis?

By on 2.2.15 | 9:59PM

Egypt has deemed Hamas as a terrorist organization.

Meanwhile, there were chants of "Allahu Akbar!" by Muslim students at UC-Davis last week after a resolution passed in support of divesting the university's investments with Israel.

So at the moment Hamas has begun to wear out its welcome in the Arab world, they are finding a home in America. 

God help us.

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Would Rand Paul Appoint Jenny McCarthy as Surgeon General?

By on 2.2.15 | 9:08PM

So Rand Paul says, "I’ve heard of many tragic cases of walking talking normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines.”

Gee, I didn't know Paul studied pediatrics in his spare time. As it stands, he's barely qualified to be an opthalmologist.

Sorry, vaccines don't cause autism or any other mental disorder. I'm far more inclined to take the word of The Mayo Clinic on the question of autism and vaccines than I am of Kentucky's junior Senator. 

Yeah, I know that Chris Christie injected himself into the so-called vaccine debates too. But Rand Paul went much further than Christie.

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Lindsay Graham Launches Presidential Campaign, Possible Ground War in Asia

By on 2.2.15 | 1:03PM

Mitt Romney may have bowed out of Presidential contention (though a few hardcore pundits are still predicting a last-minute re-entry when no one effectively fulfills the "unappealing moderate" role), but Lindsay Graham is ensuring that there is still a Presidential contender present who no one asked for and no one wanted. Graham's candidacy, which is predicated on "Safety Through Security" focuses primarily on foreign policy, an area where other Presidential candidates are already faltering, but which Graham is most famous for. 

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Obama’s Nonsensical Claim That 99.9% of Muslims Reject Radical Islam

By on 2.2.15 | 12:05PM

In an interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria, President Obama claimed that 99.9% of Muslims reject radical Islam. (H/T Daniel Halper of The Weekly Standard):

But it is absolutely true that I reject a notion that somehow that creates a religious war because the overwhelming majority of Muslims reject that interpretation of Islam. They don't even recognize it as being Islam, and I think that for us to be successful in fighting this scourge, it's very important for us to align ourselves with the 99.9 percent of Muslims who are looking for the same thing we're looking for--order, peace, prosperity.

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Did Japan Create Terrorists?

By on 2.2.15 | 10:10AM

Over the weekend, ISIS beheaded Japanese hostage Kenji Goto. His execution came a week after ISIS beheaded his fellow countryman Haruna Yukawa.

How often have we heard The Left (as well as the Ron Pauls of the world) argue that the War in Iraq, Gitmo or U.S. foreign policy is responsible for creating terrorists?

Indeed, Ron Paul blamed French foreign policy for last month's Charlie Hebdo attacks. But as I pointed out, the French opposed the War in Iraq. Yet this did not prevent Cherif Kouachi from recruiting his countrymen to fight in Iraq on behalf of the insurgency.

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What Am I Missing?

By on 2.2.15 | 12:23AM

OK, what is it I’m missing? Two weeks ago, when the winning hand was putting the ball up and trying to put more points on the scoreboard, the Packers sent fullback over tackle three straight times. They lost the ball and the game. Sunday, when the winning hand was to hand the ball to the fullback and get out of his way, the Seahawks threw into traffic (very dense traffic indeed in the shadow of the goal post — jump ball territory). They lost the ball and the game. And, by the way, lost the Vince Lombardi trophy.

Obviously there’s a lot about play-calling in the NFL I don‘t understand.

I know, I know — anticipating the objections — both teams had 60 minutes to win the game. And the Patriots earned the win on many grounds. But that play was damned strange.

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Nissan’s Eerie Super Bowl Commercial Featuring Harry Chapin

By on 2.1.15 | 11:12PM

As much I love Harry Chapin's music, I was overcome with an eerie feeling when I saw "Cats in the Cradle" being used in a Nissan commercial.

The theme of the commercial was "With Dad". The father in question is a race car driver who doesn't spend a lot of time with his son. In one scene he is involved in a car crash from which he walks away.

But when I watched the car crash I asked my roommate, "Don't these people know that Harry Chapin died in a car crash?"

Apparently, I'm not the only one who had a squeamish reaction.

If nothing else perhaps more people will become curious about Chapin's music.

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