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The posts in play...

Marginalizing extremists, at home and abroad
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quote of the day
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The Problem with Blue-Doggism (Hint: It isn’t the Blue Dogs)
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The Age of Ideological Uncertainty
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Late Night Husker Du
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evolution & metaphysics
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The comments...

Steyn is perhaps the most talented practitioner of the art of topical commentary writing today. Of course he is read.

+ Here's a fun one: Coakley is ending the campaign on a high note of condescension. William Jacobson highlights a classic quote from a Boston Globe [. . .]
Nazgul35
+ Daily Kos did exactly that (Polled the districts via Research 2000) and found that, in fact, many of these folks are NOT representing the interests [. . .]
+ Perhaps the only answer to Europe is the Koran. Today Europe is the poster child for the concept of "Freedom Without Responsibility" Islam [. . .]
greginak
+ but what does the quote refer to then? There has been a push for medical providers to not have to provide services they find morally [. . .]
Bob Cheeks
+ Help me here; am I outta line, engaging in hyperbole, when I say that it appears that the president's economic policies are designed to cripple/destroy [. . .]
+ It sounds an awful lot to me like Democrats have determined that they are the 'Deciders' and all of us with dumb, redneck, contra opinions [. . .]
+ [...] sentiment ran high in the comments section of my (qualified) defense of the Obama Administration’s economic policy. I encourage the skeptics to check out [. . .]
+ well, don't worry -- Obama commiserated with the Democrats this morning and let them know he's aware he's asking a lot of heavy lifting, but [. . .]
Scott

The real question is if Scott wins, how long will the Dems in Mass keep him from taking office.

Bob Cheeks
+ In Taxechewsetts he's a radical right-winger! ;What if the "rino-hunters" are elated at a Scot Brown in Mass. because a paleo is outta the question. I'm thinkin' [. . .]
+ I think it's bad news, but more importantly I think it's bad news for the RINO-hunters and the whole myth that conservatives need to fall [. . .]
+ That's an awfully stupid thing to say. Here's Scott Brown on abortion: While this decision should ultimately be made by the woman in consultation [. . .]
Bob Cheeks

ok ED, if Scott wins what do you think that portends for the libruls?

alkali

Scott Brown understands that rapists give their victims the gift of life.

"People's seat" may be the line of the decade. Well, at least so far....

Jaybird

Dang, you just posted what I was about to post.

Jaybird
+ Watch the movie "Rabbit-Proof Fence" some afternoon when you've got some extra wiskey sitting around and ask yourself the following question: "Would those kids have been [. . .]
+ I think the best point Jamelle makes is this one: "Yes, your average Blue Dog...also represents a conservative district and in all likelihood, is reflecting the [. . .]
North
+ Yes Sam, I think I am getting your point that ID is inconsequential and a waste of time in class just like teenage texting and [. . .]
ThatPirateGuy

I couldn't agree more that the spinelessness of the response to people issuing death threats over a novel didn't help anyone.

A Greenhill
+ I'm about 3/4 through the Qur'an and all I can say is that I hope Muslims are as good as Christians when it comes to [. . .]
A Greenhill
+ North: "...it adds no value and it actively subtracts value because it’s a waste of time and it’s a deception..." Sam M: "...And what I think [. . .]
Bob Cheeks
+ I think some rural folks interpret the gummint teat, not as a helpful, sustaining nipple, rather as the symbol of corruption regardless of whether that [. . .]
+ "What constitutes free speech isn't fixed..." [. . .]
+ I'll cheerfully defend Jamelle's use of 'corporate lackeys' to describe the Blue Dogs. Sure, it's leftover Marxist language that I was already ridiculing 40 [. . .]
Mr. Prosser
+ True, Herb. It seems to me that often times the teat isn't even recognized. Tax breaks or the easing of a permitting process, the relaxing [. . .]
Ian M.
+ I'm still kicking myself for not submitting the Husker Du cover of "8 Miles High" by The Birds to the recent "Best Cover Ever" [. . .]
Herb
+ Bob Cheeks may be right about the rural folks not wanting the gummint teat, but that doesn't explain their willingness to vote for politicians who [. . .]
Bob Cheeks

A lotta folks in rural America neither need or want the gummint teat. Some understand the moral cost of that teat.

+ To be honest, it doesn't help that there are liberals who are looking down on others when they do this. I also don't think it's [. . .]
jetan
+ That's fair enough. And the reference to "What's The Matter With Kansas " is quite timely. I agree that the public face of the GOP does [. . .]
greginak
+ undie bunching was referring more to stuff like " keep the governments hands off my medicare" and health care reform is a hitler inspired [. . .]
jetan
+ Well, greginak, as a Cherokee I actually get something close to socialized medicine. And, as I said before, I am quite in favor of that [. . .]
greginak

2010!!!???...you've got to be kiddi........oh wait i remember that.

greginak
+ oh sure we're trying to have a nice little conversation and you have to mention Broder. Did you have to go there??? I don't disagree with [. . .]
JosephFM

Yeah, uh, it's 2010. I know, we're babies.

+ Well that's not quite, right? You're not separating normative and positive statements. The offence isn't that Liberal A says Policy X is a good thing. [. . .]
greginak
+ immensely cool J. Husker Du was a great band. Joe- That era???? That era??? wait a darn minute, that was when i was in college, that [. . .]
JosephFM

Same here! Just bought this album a few months ago actually. And I've been into other bands from that era forever (like since elementary school).

greginak
+ yes Jetan, a line Reagan made up for speech truly are the scariest words. I'm guessing "sorry your health insurance has been canceled, you've used [. . .]
greginak
+ exactly, when conservatives talk about who and who isn't a "real American" thats peachy. when a liberal says he thinks liberal policies are a good [. . .]
Jaybird
+ All of this is apropos of low-tech cyclist’s discussion of “Blue Doggism” or the tendency on part of Blue Dogs to adopt positions and support [. . .]
jetan
+ Like I said, I is a hardcore Dimmycrat. But Kyle has a point. What do you do when the dogs won't eat the dogfood? Not [. . .]
+ I don't buy this. I mean my understanding is that the assimilation problems were precisely because Europe's weakening but still present class system kept [. . .]
 
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