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October 29, 2010

I swear it’s not because he’s running against my daughter for governor

In my latest piece for WNYC I take on Dorian Davis’ claim that Sarah Palin is costing Republicans the Senate win on Tuesday.

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October 28, 2010

Without comment

The most unreal debate clip of all time. Of. All. Time.

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Golly gosh, I wonder why Democrats are poised to lose so badly on Tuesday

Perhaps it’s because they ignored the wants of their constituents and backed Obamacare? My latest piece, on just this topic, is up at WNYC.

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October 27, 2010

Charlie Chaplin and the cell phone

If you haven’t heard already, a guy from Belfast named George Clarke found what appears to be a woman walking down the street and talking on a cell phone in the Charlie Chaplin movie The Circus. The film was made in 1928. Here’s the video:

Sure, the woman appears to be holding something in her hand and speaking but Clarke’s conclusion that she must be, wait for it, a time traveler seems a bit extreme. She might be laughing while holding a transistor radio, she might be shielding her face from the camera and speaking to the cameraman. It’s a cool find but only because it makes us wonder exactly what we’re seeing, not because time travel was involved.

UPDATE: Now this guy, that’s a time traveler.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Here’s a post about George Clarke, who is also a filmmaker, and how he showed this clip to 100 people who all reached the same conclusion: time traveler.

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October 26, 2010

The official response

Sadie’s campaign responds:

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Hey, they’re better than the other guys running

Dorian Davis is running against my daughter for governor of New York. I usually write in Allahpundit when I don’t want to vote for the available options but the goal now is for Sadie to crush Dorian in write-in votes. Join me in writing in Sadie on election day.

Dorian’s first attack ad is below. Sadie will be issuing a response tonight:

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October 25, 2010

Do Something

Ace is putting together a get-out-the-vote effort for Michael Grimm, running for Congress in Brooklyn/Staten Island, with a happy hour afterward. More information here. Also read Ace’s pitch, he’s funny.

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And on a similar note

Toby Harnden writes in the British Telegraph that Obama “echoes anti-Americanism of Europe in calling voters stupid”:

In the 1990s, Democrats managed to get away from their image as “eggheads” in the 1950s or “pointy-headed liberals” in the 1970s. Bill Clinton spoke like a Good Ol’ Boy from the Deep South, ate junk food and enjoyed trashy women. He was clever, but he did not look down on people.

Obama, by contrast, has become a parody of the Ivy League liberal smugly content with his own intellectual superiority and pitying the poor idiots who disagree with him. It is an approach that shares much with the default anti-Americanism of British and European elites, who love to mock the United States as a country full of gun-toting, bible-clutching morons.

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Angry, not scared

Obama insults the electorate. Again. Will it work in 2010? My latest piece for WNYC is up.

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October 24, 2010

October 22, 2010

The loneliness of the good candidate

My latest piece for WNYC is up. It’s about the media’s infatuation with the bad candidates, and ignoring of the good. An excerpt:

“The guy who sends around bestiality cartoons and says gay people don’t have a valid life? That guy everyone knows. The two men with credentials, strong positions on the issues, clean campaigns and just the one family each? They barely get mentioned.”

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October 21, 2010

Song of the Day

“Home” by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Yes it’s old, yes I got it from the NFL commercial, and yes, Nikhil, it is pretty hippie-ish. But wow do I love this song. And my husband. Because that’s who I want to kiss when I hear it.

Stop gagging.

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October 20, 2010

Roger and them

I don’t think the story with this photo is why Carl Paladino adviser Roger Stone marched in the gay pride parade, but rather why is this one guy working for two gubernatorial candidates. I’ve never seen that before. Hat-tip Judith.

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The art of changing your mind completely

This story is from back in August but I mentioned it to a bunch of conservatives yesterday and they hadn’t heard about it so I figured it was worth posting. Well-known environmental “skeptic” (his word) Bjorn Lomborg has reversed many of this long held positions.

Lomborg, a Danish academic, had previously downplayed the risk of acute climate change. A former member of Greenpeace, he was a vocal critic of the Kyoto Protocol — a global U.N. treaty to cut carbon emissions that the United States refused to ratify — as well as numerous other environmental causes.

“The Skeptical Environmentalist,” published in 2001, argued that many key preoccupations of the environmental movement, including pollution control and biodiversity, were either overblown as threats or amenable to relatively simple technological fixes. Lomborg argued that the governments spending billions to curb carbon emissions would be better off diverting those resources to initiatives such as AIDS research, anti-malaria programs and other kinds of humanitarian aid.

Lomborg’s essential argument was: Yes, global warming is real and human behavior is the main reason for it, but the world has far more important things to worry about.

In a book to be published this year, Lomborg calls global warming “undoubtedly one of the chief concerns facing the world today” and calls for the world’s governments to invest tens of billions of dollars annually to fight climate change.

That’s quite a change. The first question I have is how does this guy retain “expert” status after reversing everything he ever believed (likely for a second time, as I’m pretty sure he wasn’t a “skeptic” when he was a member of Greenpeace.”

My second question is for Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the UN’s climate change panel, who has previously compared Lomborg to Hitler. Has he still murdered 10 million people, or now that he agrees with you is he a-ok?

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October 19, 2010


The right-leaning Twitter happy hour is happening tonight at 7pm at Emmett O’Lunney’s, 210 W 50th street. Be there (even if you’re not on Twitter).

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